What's on Dec: December 17, 2015

CHICAGO -- 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!

LATKEPALOOZA 2015, Thurs December 24th, The Underground, 9PM, $10

Details: The Landan Twins are back to throw the 2nd annual Latkepalooza or the BEST and ONLY Christmas Eve bash in Chicago. The party starts at 9pm with Cocktail & Appetizer Reception then a surprise guest DJ's to spin all the hits! It's one of the last parties of the year and cannot be missed! The party will go until 4 AM so grab your friends and come join the fun at Latkepalooza with Everyone You Know and Love! Tickets are only $10 buy them before their gone!


Neil Simon's Comedy Chapter Two, Until Sun December 20, Times Vary, Windy City Playhouse (3014 W. Irving Park Rd.), $25-$45
Details: Who doesn't love a great rom-com? Come see one of the most hilarious shows this holiday season that will be full of laughs and romance! Follow the journey of a widow who believes he can't find love again... that is, until a soap opera actress shows up. This show will pull at your heartstrings while making you laugh out loud! Don't miss it!


New Year's Eve at the Crystal Gardens and Fireworks, Thu December 31, 9pm, Navy Pier, $99-$149
Details: The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier is hosting a special 10th anniversary of Chicago's biggest scene and be seen New Year's Eve party! A red carpet entrance and a private terrace to watch Navy Pier's midnight fireworks are only a few of the amazing perks the party contains! A general admission ticket comes with a food and drink package until 2am, complimentary noise makers and party favors, and midnight champagne toast! Dress to impress and spend the night dancing to Chicago's best DJ and special guest DJs!


Con+Alt+Delete Anime Convention, Fri December 18-Sun December 20, Times Vary, Hyatt Regency Hotel, $45
Details: It's the moment we've all been waiting for: the anime convention is finally in town. Join fellow anime lovers for the ultimate cosplay and video games so everyone can show off their skills. There will be lots of panels as well as very special guests that you're not going to want to miss out on meeting! Grab your best costume and be ready to talk about Dragon Ball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh, and so many more! You won't want to miss it!


Yellow Tail Wine Wants to Help You Party Hop, Sat December 19th, 9-11pm, FREE
Details: Yellow Tail Wine wants to help you get to all your holiday parties on Saturday, December 19th from 9-11pm. They will be offering FREE rides, cabs will be available in River North on Hubbard between Dearborn and Clark. They'll take you (almost) anywhere in the city (between Cermak and Hollywood and from the lake to Western). Yellowtails gift to you this season, drink responsibly but party on!

Reaction New Year's Eve, Wed December 30-Thu December 31, 5:30pm, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (Rosemont), $79-$399
Details: Deadmau5, Skrillex, Chance the Rapper, Chvrches, and many more are in the jam-packed lineup for Reaction! The 2 day New Year's Eve celebration is going to be filled with nonstop music, dancing, and good times! Get a group of your music loving friends and head out to Rosemont for a night that is sure to be a good time!

Happy HOO HA-lidays, Fri December 18, 9pm, The White Room (1907 N. Mendell St.), $10
Details: Come one, come all to the show of the season! The Holiday season is approaching quickly and there's no better way to embrace it than with the HOO HA-lidays party! Members from HOO HA and other comedy clubs will put on a show that is sure to have you laughing all night long! This party will have ugly sweaters, spiked punch, and jokes on jokes!

New Year's Eve Party, Thu December 31, 8pm, Under the Gun Theater, $60
Details: What better way is there to bring in the new year than with lots of laughs! Under The Gun's Theater Ensemble is going to put on an interactive improv show all about your memories of 2015 and your hopes and dreams for 2016! The night will begin with a buffet that will also be offered during intermission between the first and second shows. A champagne toast and a couple hours of dancing and drinking the night away is the perfect way to kick off 2016!

Adler After Dark, Thu December 17-Thu February 18, Times Vary, Adler Planetarium, $5-$25
Details: Looking for the perfect date night? Adler After Dark is the perfect spot to light up some romance or even to get together with family or friends! This event runs the third Thursday of every month with different themes each time, never the same event twice! Enjoy full access to museum and exhibits, live entertainment, a bar to purchase cocktails, and of course, the best view of the skyline in Chicago! We'll see you under the stars!

Running of the Santas, Sat December 19, 4pm, Gold Coast, $15
Details: It's time to get running... okay, maybe more like stumbling, to the bar! Running of the Santas is officially coming to Chicago! Enjoy awesome drink deals at select bars that are too great to pass up! The holiday season can be stressful, so why not take a run around this bar crawl? Don't forget that there is also a hottest Santa costume that you should probably try and win! Be sure to hit all 5 participating bars, it's sure to be a great holiday treat!

Polar Express Train Ride, Sat December 19-Sun January 3, Times Vary, Union Station, $43-$55
Details: It's time to take a magical ride! The Polar Express is taking a tour of Chicago! The historical Union Station will be the place you'll need to be in order to hop onto this holiday train! The Polar Express will be touring Chicago for an hour and encourages all riders to come in their best attire: their pajamas! Each ticket will also include a souvenir sleigh bell as well as a hot chocolate during the ride!

Big Night Chicago New Year's Eve Gala, Thu December 31, 9pm, Palmer House Hilton, $115
Details: Get ready for one of the biggest New Year's Eve events in Chicago with over 3,000 people ringing in the New Year together! The Palmer House Hilton is hosting a gala to ring in the new year, and they're sure to make it huge! You won't want to miss over 8 musical acts, fully stocked bars, multiple party rooms and dance floors, buffets, and party favors! There's no other way to celebrate 2016 like this!

Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert, Sun December 27, 2:30pm, Chicago Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan Ave.), $27-$125
Details: What better way to celebrate the holiday season other than listening to some beautiful music and watch some elegant dancing? Salute to Vienna is a concert that will feature melodies sang by hand-picked European singers and a full orchestra. This whimsical show will be sure to set the holiday mood with uplifting Viennese music that you'll have to hear to believe!

NYE Party, Thu December 31, 9pm, Hard Rock Hotel, $135+
Details: It's time to ring in the new year in the best way, a soiree. Hard Rock Hotel is throwing a huge party to start 2016 right, and this year it's "Playboy Soiree" themed. Your ticket will include access to the Eve of the Eve party, the Soiree itself, and the Post party. Your new year celebration is sure to be eventful if you take a trip to the Hard Rock! With live entertainment, top shelf amenities, and a Playboy Masquerade lounge, you sure won't be disappointed with the beginning of 2016!

Taiko Legacy, Sat December 19-Sun December 20, Times Vary, Museum of Contemporary Art, $20
Details: Come out to the Museum of Contemporary Art not only to see some amazing art work, but to see a one-of-a-kind performance that you probably have never experienced before! Taiko Legacy is a Japanese-American music group that is bringing the music and culture of Japan to the museum. Be ready for Japanese percussion with a jazzy twist that'll definitely get you movin'! Immerse yourself in Japanese culture for a night! We'll see you there!

Eve of the Eve, Wed December 30, 8pm, Chicago Union Station, $125
Details: If you thought the party on New Year's Eve was crazy, then you obviously haven't celebrating the Eve of New Year's Eve! Come to the historically beautiful Union Station where you can enjoy an open bar, an hors d'oeuvres buffet, silent auction, a live DJ, and more! Celebrating on New Year's Eve isn't enough! Be sure to make celebrating the Eve of the Eve a new tradition to ring in the New Year!

New Year's Eve, Thu December 31, 9pm, The Drake Hotel, $145
Details: Celebrate the New Year in style at Chicago's historic Drake Hotel! This party is in its 16th year and has been voted 'Chicago's Best New Year's Eve Party' by Good Morning America, NBC, AOL, and many more sources! The 5 grand ballrooms will host a Vegas Style party filled with Chicago's best entertainment! The hottest DJs will keep the party going well after the champagne toast at midnight! The Drake is the ideal location with stunning views of Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan to celebrate the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016!

Brew Year's Eve, Thu December 31, 8pm, Salvage One Building, $135
Details: Happy Brew Year! Mix up your usual New Year's Eve plans by going to this craft beer party! Brew Year's Eve will feature 12 of Chicagoland's best breweries who will be serving over 30 craft beers! Live music and photo ops will be the entertainment while butler passed hors d'oeuvres and a late night pizza buffet will be available to enjoy all night. The delicious Chicago craft beers along with the amazing venues will make for a New Year's Eve party you won't soon forget! Start the new year with new brews!

Sauced Night Market, Tue December 15, Emporium Arcade Bar Logan Square, 6:00pm, FREE
Details: What better way to get your holiday shopping done than at a bar, with funky vendors, booze and bites? Sauced is at it again with a killer line up of some fabulous local vendors to kick off your shopping. Sauced is a night market that pops up once a month, so make sure you stay in the know! Grab a beer, grab a bite and check out sauced!

New Year's Day 5K Run/Walk, Fri Jan 1, 11am, Lincoln Park (Stockton Dr. & LaSalle), $20-$55
Details: Start 2016 off right with a 5K through the scenic Lincoln Park. Be apart of the first Chicago run of the year! The course runs through north along the lakefront bike path to Diversey Harbor then returning back to the North Avenue Field House. After the run a post party will be held in one of the neighborhoods, where trophies will be given out and a raffle will be held while drinks are served to participants.

Odyssey Chicago New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise, Thursday, December 31, 2015, from $229.90 per adult
Details: Make a magnificent New Year's Eve memory aboard Odyssey's upscale Chicago New Year's Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise from Navy Pier. It's the perfect, most sophisticated celebration on the lakefront. End 2015 and welcome 2016 with DJ entertainment, dinner, a platinum bar package, a champagne toast and fireworks from Navy Pier at midnight (weather permitting). Seating is available for parties of 2, 4, 6, or 8 passengers and sold by table. For party sizes greater than 8, please call at 866-305-2469 to make a reservation.