WHAT'S ON DEC w/ BILLY DEC, JANUARY 17-23: Best Events, Concerts, Parties, Games, Fests in Chicagoland!
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2013 Cubs Convention, January 18th-20th at 1pm, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, $60
Details: There's nothing better than seeing your favorite Cubs in the middle of the offseason - especially when you have the chance to see them for an entire weekend! Cubs' diehards unite for three days of seminars, meet-and-greets & other fun baseball-filledactivities.
Strike a Pose, January 17th at 6:30pm, River East Arts Center, $250
Details: Come see all of your favorite Cubs players, alumni & their wives strut their stuff to raise money for ALS research & support!
Leave it to Ludwig, January 19th-20th at 10am & 11:30am, Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, $15-20
Details: A family concert collaboration between Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Chicago Chamber Musicians, Leave It to Ludwig features the music of Beethoven in a one-hour concert. Perfect for families and children ages four and up, the event includes free interactive music activities in the lobby between performances.
The Cheekiest Chicks of 2013, January 17th at 7pm, PUBLIC Hotel, $20
Details: Celebrate the top inspiring, hard-working and fabulous women in Chicago at an ultra-chic party complete with custom cocktails, passed apps and music provided by DJ Megan Taylor.
Wine Tasting Party, January 17th at 7pm, City Winery, $50
Details: Enjoy an exclusive, luxurious wine tasting while mingling with a mindful crowd in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
Big Fork & Koval Bacon Sausage & Whiskey Pairing Party, January 19th at 7pm, The Space, $25
Details: Join two local companies as they collaborate for a special single night event at the new Lincoln Square art gallery, The Space.
Woody's Winter Warm-Up, January 18th at 8:30pm, Harry Caray's Tavern on Navy Pier, $150
Details: Kick off the 2013 Cubs Convention with Kerry Wood, the 2013 Cubs lineup, Cubs past players & legends, and a variety of Chicago celebrities as they get behind the bar to serve you and compete for tips! All proceeds will benefit the Wood Family Foundation.
Blackhawks Home Opener, January 20th at 7:30pm, United Center, $27-450
Details: Hockey fans rejoice! The lockout has officially ended and the Madhouse on Madison will be rocking with the sounds of Chelsea Dagger as the Blackhawkstake on the St. Louis Blues in their shortened 2013 season home opener.
Custom Rides Car Show & Expo, January 19th-20th at 9am, Tinley Park ConventionCenter, $5-12
Details: See classic and custom hot rods, muscle cars, racecars, & trucks. Have lunch, enjoy entertainment throughout the day, and help a few local charities while you're at it!
Eat This! Stories for the Love of Food, January 23rd at 8pm, The Lincoln Lodge, $10
Details: Wind down from the weekend with Monte "King of all Foodies" and some of Chicago's famous foodie celebs for stories about their favorite passion, food! Oh, and there will be snacks!
Josh Moulton Fine Art Gallery, January 17th at 11am, Josh Moulton Fine Art Gallery, FREE
Details: Browse and admire original paintings of stunning urban landscapes from around the country. You'll find many utterly breathtaking Chicago neighborhood scenes, and gorgeous architectural gems!
Brian Regan, January 18th at 8pm, The Chicago Theatre, $39.75-49.75
Details: Visit one of Chicago's brightest venues for "clean" comedian Brian Regan!
Winter Comedy Warm Up, January 17th at 7pm, Shenanigan's House of Beer, $30
Details: Four women comedians, a champagne toast, winter cocktails, light bites and sweet treats - the perfect combo to get you through these winter months! Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Flashes of Hope.
2 Sparrows Beverage Dinner, January 18th at 7pm, 2 Sparrows, $70
Details: Chef Gregory Ellis' five-course Greek Wine Dinner will highlight some of the highest regarded winemakers brought to the U.S. by Ted Diamantis of Diamond Wine Importers. Ted will also be on hand to educate guests on each featured wine and winery!
Bad Sneakers Orchestra, January 17th at 8pm, FitzGerald's, $15
Details: Rock out to some swingin' music with this pop/rock band in a popular venue!
Let Fashion Ring In 2013, January 17th at 6:30pm, AKIRA Bucktown, FREE
Details: Join Flirty Girl Fitness for an exclusive, private shopping event. Get great deals, fashion advice from experts & complimentary wine throughout the evening.
The Chicago Reporter Issue Launch Party, January 17th at 6pm, M Lounge, FREE
Details: Celebrate 40 years of the The Chicago Reporter at the January/February launch party. Enjoy $5 cocktails, complimentary appetizers & a sneak peek at the special anniversary issue.
Paul Reiser Live, January 18th-19th at 8pm, Zanies Comedy Club, $30
Details: The legendary comedian from "Mad About You", "Diner", and "Aliens" performs live in Rosemont for two nights only!
La Boheme, January 21st at 7:30pm, Lyric Opera of Chicago, $34
Details: Be transported to Paris' Latin Quarter with a score that "so exquisitely conveys the essence of every character, you'll feel like you know each of them personally" at the end.
Sing the Truth!, January 18th at 8pm, Symphony Center, $37
Details: See singers Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo & Lizz Wright honor the music and spirit of great female artists.
Devil and a Blue Dress, January 18th at 7pm, Claudia Cassidy Theater at Chicago Cultural Center, FREE
Details: Join bestselling author Walter Mosley for a discussion following a screening of the film based off of his mystery novel.
Super Diamond, January 18th at 9pm, House of Blues, $22.50-25
Details: Don't miss this music sensation LIVE in the windy city!
Jose Feliciano, January 23rd-24th at 8pm, City Winery, $45-65
Details: See the man who has influenced popular music for more than two generations, bridging styles like never before with special guest DJ Sound Culture.
Donnell Rawlings, January 18th-20th at 8pm, UP Comedy Club, $20
Details: Star of MTV2's most watched shows "Guy Code" & "Hip Hop Squares" is coming to Chicago and will surely make you laugh all night!
Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, January 18th at 7:30pm, Riviera Theatre, $28.50
Details: Come jam out with one of the country's hottest indie/folk/blues rock band fronted by the Joplin- esque titular female lead.
Fire & Ice Winter Patio Launch, January 18th at 8pm, Vertigo Sky Lounge, FREE
Details: Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't enjoy a rooftop lounge! Check out the outdoor ice bar 26 floors up at the Dana Hotel & Spa while enjoying the heat and ambiance of the fire pit.
Ten Things I Facebook Like About You, January 17th at 8pm, Mullen's Bar and Grill, $7
Details: LOL at this sketch comedy show about the ups and downs of love and relationships.
Windy City Soul Club, January 19th at 9pm, The Empty Bottle, $5
Details: If you're so inclined to think that the best Djs only need a box full of vinyl's, then you're likely to be standing in line early for the opening of this event.
French Classics Cooking Class, January 19th at 1pm, Mon Ami Gabi, $50
Details: Enjoy wine as Executive Chef Ben Goodnick teaches attendees how to make butternut squash soup, braised short ribs, and a cheese pairing plate.
The Big Game, January 19th at 12pm, Mother McAuley High School, $5
Details: A group of Special Olympians are coming together for quite the matchup in the local sports world. Come see the Oak Lawn Junior Jordans & Eagles face-off in this yearly game that attracts thousands of fans.
The Prince & Michael Jackson Experience, January 19th at 9pm, Beauty Bar, $5
Details: Pay tribute to two of the greatest artists of ALL time at the ultimate dance party as Prince & M.J. fans go toe-to-toe on the dance floor to the beats of DJ Dave Paul!
Rupal Drag Race AllStars Champion Chad Michaels, January 19th at 9pm, Hydrate, $15-25
Details: Venture to Chicago's premiere gay dance club to dance the night away courtesy of DJR after meeting the Allstars champion alongside Rupaul Drag Race Season 4 star, DiDa Ritz!
Winter Garage, January 19th-20th at 11am, Vintage Garage Chicago, $5
Details: Peruse the collections from 25 vintage vendors selling everything from Mid-century collectibles, to vintage clothing, to accessories, and more!
Grand Opening VIP Party, January 23rd at 5:30pm, Park Tavern, FREE w/ RSVP
Details: See the newest sports bar & restaurant to hit the Near West Side area at an exclusive party hosted in partnership with Splash. Enjoy complimentary valet, appetizers & beverages, and live DJ music.
Open House at Art of Seduction, January 20th at 10am, Art of Seduction, RSVP
Details: Skim through album collections, admire boudoir art covered walls & meet owner Argentina herself, all while sipping mimosas & receiving advice on how to prepare for your own boudoir session!
Liquid Soul 20th Anniversary Show, January 20th at 8:30pm, Double Door, $10-20
Details: Celebrate the formation of Chicago's own jazz/hip-hop/funk band that pioneered the Acid Jazz movement.
Reel Big Fish, January 21st at 6pm, House of Blues, $22-25
Details: Get tickets to see your favorite band before they totally "Sell Out"!
ARCitext Short Play Festival, January 21st at 8pm, The Arc Theatre - LOFT 657, FREE
Details: The ARC Theatre has turned it up a notch, asking six new playwrights to riff on the Oedipus story by creating their own ten-minute version completely limitation free. Enjoy this completely original night with some of the new Chicago theatre up and comings!
Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner, January 17th at 6:30pm, Spiaggia, $175-200
Details: Spiaggia chefs Tony Mantuano & Sarah Grueneberg welcome special guest chef Joseph Lenn of the Blackberry Farm for a decedent winter feast. Each dish is immaculately paired with wine from two Italian winemakers & accented with truffles from Tuscany or Tennessee to add the ultimate luxurious flavor.
Chicago Underground Comedy, January 22nd at 9:30pm, Beat Kitchen, $5
Details: Described as " the hippest, hottest stand-up showcase to emerge in years." - Chicago Magazine.
"Sexy, Baby" and "Beauty Culture," January 23rd at 7:30pm, Hokin Hall, Columbia College, $8
Details: Attend this two-part screening from Chicago Filmmakers highlighting our culture of vanity and its ripple effect.
5th Annual ChiliFEST, January 21st-25th at 11:30am, Rockit Bar & Grill, $10-14
Details: Each day brings a new special kind of chili crafted by Executive Chef, Amanda Downing. Aside from the traditional, meaty chilis, there will also be vegetarian chili, chili mac & chili cheese fries available throughout the week.
Little Drummer Boy Performance, January 18th at 10pm, The Underground, FREE
Details: Rockit Ranch's very own Nate Bauman - aka Little Drummer Boy - gets behind the drums & turntables for a live show that will blow your mind!