This is it. The final month of 2018! It has been a fantastic year of seeking sharing monthly guides with each and every one of you. This month, I encourage you to seek out the unseen in this season of giving and receiving. Share what you seek with others so that more and more people can be better enlightened on what you believe makes the city of Chicago so great. There are many things to do in Chicago, use this guide to make finding your favorites that much easier. Happy Holidays! See you in the New Year with a brand new monthly guide to get you ready for the year 2019.
9th Annual Chicago Fashion Show
Sunday | December 9th | 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Palmer House | 17 E Monroe St. |$45 – $75
The 9th Annual Chicago Fashion Show will kick off the year to celebrate life through fashion, fun, and a very informative suicide prevention seminar to at the Palmer House in downtown Chicago. This is a night everyone will remember. Are you ready for the fashion show of your lifetime? Models and titleholders from nationwide are taking a stance by parading down our runway, to stop the most preventable cause of death, suicide. The fashion show will have top performers, fabulous designers, and incredible media coverage. Help bring awareness this December 2018 by joining the Live Out Loud Charity for their annual fashion show. To purchase tickets, visit the event page here.
The Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-up Shop
Saturday & Sunday | December 15th & 16th | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bell Elementary | 3230 N Oakley Ave. | Free
The Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-up Shop is the perfect place to meet friends and shop for handmade holiday gifts. The curated show features the work of over 40 women artists, so you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list, including yourself. Each year, the Chicago Art Girls sponsor high-valued raffles of artwork to benefit a local charity – raising $12k over the years to give back to our community. The show features free parking, free admission, and a free tote bag to the first 25 shoppers each day. Check out this holiday tradition and support local “boss babes” in Chicago. For a full list of participating vendors, visit the website.
Gifts Galore at the One of a Kind Holiday Show
Thursday – Sunday | December 6th – 9th | 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Merchandise Mart | 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza | $12 – $20
One of a Kind Holiday Show returns just in time for the busiest shopping season of the year. More than 600 independent makers will set up shop at the 18th annual holiday show held at The Mart. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience while browsing and shopping from a variety of categories of handmade work. You can check out the goods in person, ask questions, and find just about anything you could possibly want — jewelry, home goods, clothes, art and even stuff for your pet. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family (or yourself) and support artists and makers. Grab tickets, using my special link and save on tickets to the One of a Kind Show here.
Chicago Artisan Market
Sunday | December 2nd | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Morgan MFG |401 North Morgan St. | Free
The Chicago Artisan Market is the perfect place to grab holiday gifts for friends and loved ones. The artisanal movement is all about authenticity and hand craftsmanship, and producing products you have to touch, see, smell and/or taste to appreciate — which is kind of tough to do on a smart phone. This family-friendly event offers an opportunity to support small business and snag original designs you can’t find online or anywhere else at the Chicago Artisan Market. Grab tickets—for a special price.
The Last Speakeasy on the Eve of Repeal
Thursday | December 6th | 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Chicago History Museum | 1601 N Clark St. | $65 – $95
Calling all ladies and gentlemen, chaps, and flappers. Put on your best get-up and join the Chicago History Museum for the 85th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. The evening will be filled with food, fun, entertainment, and most importantly very good drinks! Admission includes light bites, two drink tickets, a preview to upcoming special exhibitions, dancing, live performances and much more. To participate in the celebration, visit the website here.
National Coquito Festival
Wednesday | December 3rd | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance | 3000 N. Elbridge| $30 – $75
A festive fusion of Coquito tastings made with rum. What better way to kick off the Holiday Season than by sipping on Puerto Rico’s favorite holiday drink while in good company, listening to live music and sampling good eats. This December, meet three, taste their creations, and vote on the best Coquito concoction. Coquito shot glasses will be provided for sampling, open wine and bar will also be available during the event. Grab a festive holiday favorite by visiting the website here.
Saturday| December 1st | 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Promontory | 5311 S Lake Park Ave.| $35 – $45
Over 500 gallons of the cities best gumbo will be served at the 1st Annual ‘GMBO Fest’ here in Chicago. The Fest will consist of up to 10 local Restaurants competing for the best Gumbo in the city. Gumbo is judged by the attendees; with a $500 First Place Cash Prize awarded to the GMBO Fest Gumbo winner. Fill up on gumbo, live entertainment, and let the good times roll this December in Chicago. Grab your tickets to the event here.
For The Love Baking
Sunday | December 9th | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00pm
Ace Hotel Chicago | 311 North Morgan St. | $55 – $75
In Partnership with Ace Hotel, Gumbo Media presents For The Love. A monthly workshop where we feature a new artist each month, with a central goal of getting to the root on inspiration. This December, experience For the Love of Baking with Kari Pendleton. Celebrate the holiday season with frosting and decorating cookies, creating some goodies to take home, while hearing more about Kari’s journey and what baking means to her. For tickets, visit the event page here.
The Simple Good Teen Photography Showcase @ Google
Wednesday | December 5th | 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Google | 320 North Morgan St. | Free
The Simple Good is partnering with Google Chicago for the upcoming Youth Showcase to Join the local non-profit for a meaningful exhibition to see The Simple Good student artwork and their final presentations on their meaning of ‘the simple good’, and how they will use it to change the world. RSVP to attend the event and support the students and mission of The Simple Good this month in Chicago.
4th Annual Timbuck2 Forever Tribute
Tuesday | December 18th | 9:00 p.m.
House of Blues | 329 N Dearborn St. | $30
Celebrate the life while raising awareness for men’s health this month, at the House of Blues in Chicago. The Timothy Francis Jones Foundation’s annual event celebrates the life of world-renowned DJ Timbuck2 who succumbed to Stage IV Renal Cell Carcinoma on at the age of 34. All proceeds from the event will go to the foundation, cancer research, and the need to drive men’s healthcare in the community. Visit the event website to purchase your tickets.
Mayoral Candidate Forum on Affordable Housing & Equitable Community Development
Tuesday | December 11th | 5:30 p.m.
UIC Forum| 725 W Roosevelt Rd. | Free
The race for mayor in Chicago is one that will keep everyone on their feet. One of the biggest topics facing many Chicagoans is the rising cost of housing. Be a part of the 800 attendees to see how the new Mayor of Chicago will solve this issue. tickets are free but registration is mandatory, visit the website to join this important conversation.
Arts + Culture:
Ambient Church Chicago: 25th Anniversary of Kranky
Saturday | December 8th | 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel | 5850 S Woodlawn Ave. | $25 – $35
Ambient Church is a nomadic experiential event series dedicated to working with artists to bring new ecologies to architecturally unique spaces through transcendent audio and visual performance. The Ambient church will make its way to Chicago this month to celebrate a quarter-century of exploratory music and showcasing its storied roster. Experience live audio and visual in a beautiful church in the Hyde Park neighborhood this December in Chicago. Purchase tickets to the immersive event here.
MCA Stage: Claudia Rankine and Will Rawls, “What Remains”
Wednesday – Sunday | December 5th – 9th | 7:30 p.m.
MCA Warehouse | 1747 W Hubbard St. | $10 – $30
What Remains unites poet and MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine, Bessie Award–winning choreographer Will Rawls, and creative consultant John Lucas for a unique, collaborative live performance. Layered with language, video, dance, and music references, the performance invites its audience into the dreamlike environment of an entombed imagination and responds to violence and disappearance with a resonant, ghostly chorus—challenging and destabilize how the audience comes to recognize personhood. For tickets to this unique, collaborative event, visit the website here.
Pocket CON 2018
Saturday | December 15th | 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center | 78 E Washington St. | Free
Pocket Con is a free single day convention for Chicago youth. It focuses on work by artists of color, particularly African-American authors and artists, as well as comics with a primary character who is Black. Pocket Con also features work in the comic genre by other underrepresented groups, such as women, Latinos, LGBTQ, and other minorities. The event believes in supporting Indie comics and publishing and welcomes small press and self-published authors to participate in the event. If you are looking to be inspired and geek out a little this December, then this is the event for you. For more details, visit the event page.
Illinois Bicentennial Birthday Party
Monday | December 3rd | 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Navy Pier | 600 E Grand Ave.| $50 – $75
Don’t miss Illinois’ 200th Birthday Celebration this December in Chicago. The event will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Illinois’ recognition as the 21st state of the union. The Bicentennial Birthday Party will be a star-studded celebration. Illinois celebrities and contributors in all walks of life, including entertainment, sports, politics and more. The theme of the year-long Bicentennial Celebration will showcase the people, places, and things that have been Born, Built and Grown in Illinois over the last 200 years that have made us Illinois Proud. For tickets and information on the evening’s programming featuring a mix of historical video and live entertainment, visit the event page.