by Lauren Wulf

Knit snowflakes, wool ornaments and a snowman made of yarn – sounds like an ugly Christmas sweater. This year, there’s no shortage of events and pub crawls to show off your fleece finest.

Ugly Sweater Party and Holiday Trivia Night

When: December 15, 2011 – 10:00PM

The title speaks for itself. Guests we’ll be sporting some heinous sweaters and playing trivia. Trivia begins at 10PM, but ugly loves company, use their free WiFi to research for trivia and taste test some winter beers anytime.


Noise For Toys

When: December 16, 2011 – 8:30PM

Bring a packaged, unwrapped toy to donate at a charity concert featuring live music by, State And Madison, Archie Powell & The Exports. The Noise FM and The Scissors. Other festive activities include, a photo booth, an ugly sweater contest and a raffle. Tickets are $12 or $5 with a packaged toy. There, now your bad sweater is doing some charitable good for the holidays.

A Beer Carol

When: December 17, 2011 – 4:00PM

Give your liver a break and take in a night at the theater. The Drinking & Writing Theater presents, A Beer Carol. This 1940s-era radio play is based on a corporate VIP, Bud Miller (Get it?) who runs a large brewery. Following a familiar holiday story, a series of ghosts visit Miller on Christmas Eve. Tickets are available for $18. Show ends, December 17.


Ugly Sweater Party

When: December 21, 2011 – 10:00PM

Itching to put that horrible sweater Grandma gave you to good use? Wear it to Moe’s ugly sweater party – you might score a Moe’s gift card if that sweater is the ugliest of the ugly! Specials include $5 domestic bottles and $5 candy cane shots all night. Music by DJ Dirty Darren from 10PM-2AM.

Santa Shuffle Pub Crawl

When: December 21, 2011 – 8:00PM

This 6-bar crawl includes a buffet, domestic drafts, elf punch and trolley rides between McGee’s Tavern and Grille, Redmond’s, Duffy’s Tavern and Grill, Wrightwood Tap, Durkin’s Tavern and Maeve. Start at any location.

Ugly Sweater Hip-Hop Extravaganza

When: December 23, 2011 – 11:00PM

That may be your grandma’s sweater but this isn’t her type of concert. Rock out to David Way, 10- 10:45PM, Blackout, 11- 11:30PM, Reign Supreme feat. ABK, Blunt Crew, Manny Duke, Prince God, Wizdum, and Vitamin D, 11:30PM- 2AM.


When: Second Saturday Of December

If you missed your chance to show off your worst holiday sweater at the TBOX Annual Holiday Bar Crawl, there’s always next year. The TBOX Holiday Bar Crawl has been a staple on Clark Street for 15 years.

Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago

Lauren Wulf writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago.