What's on Dec, January 7, 2016

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Billy Dec takes a look at what's going on around the city and suburbs in the coming weeks. (WLS)

Follow me on facebook.com/BillyDec and twitter.com/BillyDec as I also share more EVENT INFO and FREE TICKETS as they come to me during the week. Enjoy!

Taste of Oak Park "Bite Nite" Fri January 29th, Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce, $30
Details: Styled after a food show, Bite Nite offers guests samples from over 50 different local chefs. You will also have the opportunity to meet the restaurant's owners, learn about your favorite recipes, and of course eat! There will also be music and prizes! Beer and wine are not included in price of ticket.


The Cystic Fibrosis Nightcap, Fri January 29, 9pm, Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, $100
Details: The Grand Chef's Gala late nightcap will be kicked off with a pre party. Then the real deal starts with heavenly desserts and custom cocktails made by Chicago's mixology trailblazers. The main event will feature an open bar, silent auction, raffles and get your groove on to the live music. Come for a good cause, stay for a good time.


Chicago Boat, RV, & Strictly Sail Show, Thu January 14-Mon January 18, 11am Thu-Fri & 10am Sat-Mon, McCormick Place - South, $14
Details: Get through the winter by buying a boat that you can use in the summer! The Chicago Boat, Sports, and RV Show has joined forces with Strictly Sail Chicago to create the city's largest marine and outdoors sales event! There are boats for all budgets and lifestyles, sailboats, camping gear, activities, and so much more! If you love boating, camping, or sailing, you'll love this show!


Tickled Pink for Bright Pink, Fri February 19th, 8pm-1am, Morgan Manufacturing, $25-$125
Details: Grab your best pink attire and get ready to attend the Hottest Party for a Cause! The night will consist of over 50 chef stations, live music to get your groove on, open bar and raffle! Get ready to party for a good cause! All proceeds benefit Bright Pink the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer. Grab your pink and get ready to party!


Mardi Gras Bar Crawl, Sat February 6th, Navy Pier, 2pm, $30
Details: Brews & Beads! Want to celebrate Mardi Gras but a trip to New Orleans is not in your near future? Worry not! Come celebrate the New Orleans tradition at the largest indoor bar crawl! Seven bars lining the famous Navy Pier will be offering food and drink specials all day! Did we mention that your ticket will include 2 $3 gift cards to participating bars, a Mardi Gras mask, beads and entertainment throughout the night! This is one bar crawl you won't want to miss!


The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, Thu January 7-Sun January 17, Times Vary, Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont), Prices Vary
Details: Are you looking for a good laugh? The Sketch Comedy Festival is the place where you'll find just that! The fest is the largest of its kind in the world! Over 180 groups from around the globe will be performing over 200 shows over the 8 day span! Performances will be taking place every hour on the hour on each of the different performance areas. Let Sketchfest be your go-to for belly laughs and good times!

First Bites Bash, Thur January 21st, 5:30-8:30pm, Union Station, $125
Details: The official kick off to Chicago's 9th annual Restaurant week. A portion of the proceeds will go the the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. First Bites Bash is taking over the Great Hall in Union Station to give you a taste of over 60 Chicago restaurant favorites. Goose Island Beer Company, Terlato Wines International, and other spirit partners will be providing wine, beer and perfect pairings. Get tastes from restaurants like Shaw's Crab House, Summer House Santa Monica, Roy's, Jellyfish and so many more! Get a chance to taste it all!

Motorcycle Show, Fri January 8th-Sun January 10th, Pheasant Run Resort St. Charles, Price Varies
Details: Start your engines! The 32nd annual Chicago Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet is here! There will be bikes and parts featured, demonstrations, live music and of course food & beer! Don't miss your chance for $5000 cash prize or a trophy! Also, Mark Boone Junior from the TV hit Sons of Anarchy will be making a live appearance! Grab your bike and check it out!

Tomorrow Never Knows Fest, Wed January 13-Sun January 17, Times Vary, Lincoln Hall and Schubas, $15-$100
Details: Do you love good music that isn't being endlessly played on the radio yet? If so, you have to check out TNK Fest! The festival has the perfect mixture of acclaimed and up-and-coming artists, as well as national indie artists. Tomorrow Never Knows is a one-of-a-kind event that can't be missed! Head out to one of the amazing venues for some fun during the rough winter season!

Cubs Convention, Fri January 15-Sunday January 17, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Details: Go Cubs, Go! The boys are back for the 31st Annual Cubs Convention, and the weekend is PACKED! From signings to meet and greets, Cubs trivia games, meeting the management team, it'll be a weekend you and the family won't want to miss!

B-Movie Festival, Fri January 22-Sat January 23, Northwestern University, $35
Details: A&O Productions hosts B-fest a 24 hour marathon of B-movies. Audience participation is encouraged, such as the sing-along version of The Wizard of Speed and Time. The movies may be low budget but the experience is full of fun!

Restaurant Week, Fri January 22- Thur February 4th, Various restaurants in the city, Price varies
Details: Over 250 of Chicago's best restaurants take part in a 14-day special menu list, so you can taste a variety of favorites from around the city. The lunch menu is typically set at $22 while dinner is around $33/44 (not including drinks, tips etc). This is the time to try any restaurants on your list!

Fishing Show, Thur January 28th-Sun January 31st, Schaumburg Convention Center,
Details: The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo has everything from seminars to fishing supplies to exhibitors. This is the perfect event for all levels, whether you're just starting or have been fishing for years, everyone can learn something new to improve their craft! Don't miss "The Sportfishing Spectacular" of the year!

The Grand Chef's Gala, Fri January 29, 6pm, Navy Pier Ballroom, $650
Details: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 19th annual Grand Chefs Gala will be hosted by Jeff Mauro from the Food Network. The evening will entail dinner and drinks created by Chicago's finest culinary genius. Truly a treat from your taste buds. In addition to dinner the night will include, live music, dancing, and premium auctions that include once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences. Don't miss an unforgettable night!

Steamy Swamp Punk Mardi Gras Bash, Sat January 30th, Chicago Cultural Center, $50
Details: Grab your mask and get ready to have the time of your life. The cultural center will be transformed into Mardi Gras paradise; It'll be like you're almost in New Orleans! The night will be filled with live music, booze and food. The Goal of the Mystick Krewe of Laff is to give back to the community. So come down and let the good times roll.

Polar Bear Plunge, Sat January 30th, NOON, Oak Street Beach, FREE to watch
Details: BURRRR, it's cold in here! The 15th annual Lakeview Polar Bear Club Polar Plunge is amongst us! If you're planning on taking the plunge into our beloved Lake Michigan, make sure to register for the party AND the after party ($30 & $35). If jumping into the freezing lake gives you chills you can always head to the beach to watch and as always feel free to donate. Proceeds go to the nominated Families in need.

Snowball 2016, Sat January 30, 8PM-1AM, Chicago Union Station, $135 and up
Details: What better way to spend your Saturday than dancing, drinking, eating and socializing for a cause? The Junior Counsel is hosting the 28th Snowball event to raise money for the Adolescent and Pediatric HIV/AIDS programs at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Last year the Junior Council was able to write a check for $200,000 for the hospital, let's see how much we can raise this year! Come out for a great cause!

Whiskey Wine & Moonshine, Sat January 30th, Various locations in Lincoln Park, 6pm-9m, $40
Details: Have an experience like never before! Get the chance to taste over 40 different wines and whiskeys throughout Lincoln Park! Your ticket will include admission to all the locations, a tasting passport, souvenir glass, and a $5 gift card for food / drink at participating locations. So come check out some of Lincoln Park's best!

Professional Championship Bull Riders, Fri February 5th and Sat February 6th, Sears Center Arena, 7:30pm, $20-65
Details: See these cowboys take on the baddest bulls in the business at the World Tour Finale X! These bulls are fierce and don't want to be messed with. See the bucking bulls and cowboys fighting for the title. Who will get bucked off first?

Cupid's Undie Run, Sat February 13th, John Barleycorn Wrigleyville,12pm
Details: Grab your cutest undies and get ready to run! Run the streets of Wrigley for a good cause, all proceeds/ fundraising of the run go towards, Children's Tumor Foundation. The party gets start at noon then the official undie run will take place at 2:00 and run fast the earned open bar closes at 3:30! So put on the cutest undies you got and get ready to run your butt off for a good cause!

Play Your Best Card: 2016 One Step Charity Poker Championship, Thur February 18th, Montgomery Club, $75-$260
Details: Gamble for a Cause,2016 One Step Charity Poker Championship! Players from all over put on their bet poker faces for poker and high stakes gambling. The night will host 240 players and over 100 volunteers and viewers. Players will compete for $15,000 worth of prizes, with the grand prize being a seat at the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas ($10,000 value) sponsored by RW Baird. The night will be full of food, alcohol and fun all for the Children's Oncology Services, Inc.

Naperville Winter Ale Fest, Sat February 27th, 12-4pm, Frontier Park, $50
Details: Winter Ale Fest is back for its third year! This year the fest will have over 130 unique beers for a multitude of breweries from around the country. Giving you the opportunity to taste a collection of crafts. Of course there will be live music and food to enjoy alongside your brews and buddies. A portion of proceeds will go towards the Naperville Community. Grab your parkas and winter gear for the most fun you'll have on a frozen tundra.

Cider Tasting, Sat February 27th,11am-3pm & 4pm-8pm, Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, $35+
Details: Cider Summit is back! The cider makers themselves will be there to inform and guide you throughout the tasting. Portions will be 4oz giving you a chance to taste them all! There will be over 150 different ciders including, regional faves but also international ciders as well (we're talking England, Scotland and France)! You will have the opportunity to taste special pairings that are specific to the event. Don't forget to check out the event store on your way out! Must be 21 to attend event and buy those tickets early!
Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival, Sat February 27th, 1-4pm & 6-9pm, Halsted & Waveland $35
Details: Warm up at Lakeview's largest craft beer festival! 41 local brewers serving Chicago's favorites in a heated tent! Sample up to 15 brews while dancing and grazing from the food trucks! This event is enough to cure anyone's cabin fever. Attendees must be 21 or over to participate in the event.
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