''What's On Dec'' w/ Billy Dec, November 15-21: Best Events, Concerts, Parties, Games, Fests in Chicagoland!
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Big Jam, November 16th at 6pm, Allstate Arena, $55-150
Details: Usher, WGCI & Nike Basketball are proud to bring Rick Ross featuring Kelly Rowland, Keyshia Cole, Wale, Future and Fat Joe to one stage for an unforgettable show!
Chicago Fine Chocolate Show, November 16th, Various Times, Navy Pier, $10-75
Details: Reward your taste buds with this yummy event full of live pastry demonstrations and more from world- renowned chocolatiers! Over 100 vendors will be in attendance for you to taste and enjoy.
Craig Ferguson, November 15th at 7:30pm, The Chicago Theatre, $39.50-52.50
Details: NiteLite Promotions is proud to present the host of The Late Late Show, renowned British comedian and 2005 Peabody winner, Craig Ferguson!
Rock for Kids, November 16th at 6pm, Park West, $75
Details: Support a great cause while bidding on some truly unique rock 'n' roll memorabilia and experiences, enjoying a buffet & drinks and a live performance. Proceeds to benefit Rock for Kids, an organization that provides music education to children in underserved areas of Chicago.
Chicago Food and Wine Festival, November 17th-18th at 2pm, Pheasant Run Resort, $75
Details: Local celebrity chefs come to demonstrate their culinary skills. There will also be cooking exhibits and of course shopping
World Championship Boxing, November 16th at 7pm, UIC Pavillion, $30-$150
Details: "Chicago's Polish Prince" boxer Andrzej Fonfara will duke it out against Tommy Karpency in the ring.
Chicago Toy & Game Fair, November 17th-18th at 10am, Navy Pier, $5-10
Details: What better time to check out all of the latest toys than right before the holidays? Have some fun discovering, playing, celebrating and promoting the creation of toys and games at the largest international toy & game fair.
Millennium Park Ice Rink Opens, November 16th at 12pm, Millennium Park, FREE
Details: It's time to lace up and get out on the ice! Skate in the heart of downtown until mid-March; skate rental available for $10.
Chicago Food Film Fest, November 15th-17th at 6pm, Kendall College, $45-250
Details: Taste what you see on the screen! Watch videos about the making of certain dishes and eat them during the screening.
Daley Plaza Tree Lighting, November 20th at 4:30pm, Daley Plaza, FREE
Details: Watch on as the City of Chicago officially kicks off the holiday season with performances by Gentleman's Rule and The Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol.
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, November 17th at 6pm, Magnificent Mile, FREE
Details: The nation's largest evening holiday celebration is back! Enjoy the magical Tree-lighting Parade marshaled by Mickey & Minnie Mouse, rockin' concerts, a spectacular fireworks show & a ton of other family-friendly activities.
FUN., November 15th at 7pm, The Riviera, $60
Details: This won't be like "some nights," because the hottest indie pop band is in Chicago!
Double M Gala: Fund Raise the Roof, November 15th at 9pm, Zhou B Art Center, $25
Details: Join Chicago's filmmakers, musicians, and artists for a night of cocktails & conversation. You'll enjoy Goose Island beer pairings, specialty drinks from Koval Distillery, and a rockin' party with guest DJs who won't disappoint!
Interview Social & Networking Nightcap Event, November 15th at 6pm, Bevy Nightclub, $15
Details: Whether you're looking for a job or just want to network with others in your field, this unique experience will allow you to mix & mingle with Chicago's hottest employers, career connectors, and young professionals.
Soiree for Storm Sandy Relief Fund Party, November 15th at 6pm, The Grid Chicago, Donations Accepted
Details: Chicago comes together for #ChicagoCares to raise money for those affected by the disastrous effects of Storm Sandy. Come help out by donating what you can and keeping victims in your thoughts.
Israel Idonije Foundation Fundraiser, November 15th, Rock Bottom Brewery, Prices Vary
Details: Support Izzy's foundation with a raffle, silent auction and live music. Winter brews will be tapped, and a burger designed by Idonije himself!
Octavarius: Twilight vs. Hunger Games, November 18th, 7pm, ComedySportz, $10
Details: If Katniss had to go head to head against vampires in the area, who would win? It doesn't matter because the journey will be hilarious with this sketch comedy show!
LuxeHome Presents Chill: An International Wine & Culinary Event, November 15th at 6pm, Merchandise Mart, $85
Details: Sip sensational wines from around the globe perfectly paired with plates from culinary experts while enjoying the world's largest collection of premier boutiques for homebuilding and renovation.
28th Annual Passport to France, November 15th at 6pm, Union League Club of Chicago, $60
Details: Celebrate the wonders of France without having to hop across the pond at an exciting evening featuring French wine, cuisine, culture & entertainment.
DePaul Men's Basketball Season Opener, November 15th at 7:30pm, Allstate Arena, $9-100
Details: Be sure to watch the Blue Demons take on the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs to open the regular season!
Les Miserables, November 15th at 7:30, Cadillac Palace Theatre, $23-$120
Details: Critics are getting excited for the film version of Les Mis, but you can see the original for a few weeks here! Dream the dream live!
Andersonville Homebrew Contest, November 15th at 6:30, Mary's Attic, $15
Details: It's a competition of the best home-brewed beer! Nearly 20 brewer's will be present to sample their entries into the contest to see who comes out on top! Ticket holders will be treated to small bites from Hamburger Mary's, samples and a complimentary event glass.
Kelly Cardenas Salon & A21 Campaign, November 15th at 9pm, The Underground, $20
Details: Support Abolishing Slavery in the 21st Century at this awesome event with a VIP reception. Proceeds benefit A21 to help put a stop to human trafficking.
The Best of The Second City, November 21st at 8PM, $22, UP Comedy Club
Details: Chicago's very own The Second City, the most recognized comedy group in the world, revisits some of the best sketches and improvisations of the company's 52-year history.
River North Dance Chicago Fall Engagement, November 16th, 8pm, Harris Theatre, $30-$75
Details: To celebrate artistic director Frank Chaves' 20th anniversary, the company will perform some of their best works. Along with old performances, there will be two new premieres.
Cornucopia, November 16th-18th, Woman's Club of Evanston, FREE
Details: Find unique gifts of all kinds while benefitting local North Shore charities. Browse through source for over 60 vendors featuring clothes, gourmet foods and other specialty items.
SwiftDates: Ages 20's & 30's, November 16th at 7pm, Greenville Tavern, $35
Details: Whether you're trying to squeeze a few dates alongside your hectic new job, or you're new to Chicago and just looking to meet some like-minded people, you can't miss out on our most popular event!
The Whigs, November 16th, Lincoln Hall, $12-$15
Details: With a new album this year, jam out to the garage rock band at this amazing performance space.
50 Shades! The Musical, November 16th-17th at 10:30pm, Apollo Theater, $20
Details: First a best-selling trilogy, now a parody musical - 50 Shades is here to stay! The show is written by the same folks who brought you Baby Wants Candy!
Pinot Noir Party, November 16th at 6pm, City Winery, $75
Details: Who doesn't love a great glass of pinot noir? Learn about the delicate process to make the perfect glass of Pinot and try varieties from across the world.
DREAMS Red Carpet Movie Premiere, November 16th at 7pm, Portage Theater, $10-50
Details: Attend the Red Carpet Premiere and enjoy special performances and a Q&A panel before viewing this anticipated film from Director Joel Kapity. Dreams on Screen presents a twisted tale of the hopeful, but haunted pasts of four dreamers.
Made In Chicago, November 16th at 5pm, AIBI, FREE
Details: Get a head start on Black Friday shopping with the debut of 11 new Chicago designers while enjoying drinks & passed appetizers.
Jacked: Afrojack, November 17th at 8pm, Congress Theater, $36-40
Details: Watch DJ music sensation Afrojack "Take Over Control" in Chicago Saturday night!
Da Allience, November 15th at 6pm, Congress Theater, $15
Details: See Da Allience perform live at this 17 & older event!
If I Ran the Zoo..., November 17th at 10am, Lincoln Park Zoo, $100
Details: Spend a day with zoo staff prepping animal diets, cleaning exhibits & learning exactly what you would do if YOU ran a zoo. At the end of the workshop, you'll design your very own zoo - from coming up with a name, to making the map!
HIP Holiday Special, November 17th at 9am, Harlem Irving Plaza, FREE
Details: A great family oriented holiday kick off welcomes kids and live reindeer alike to enjoy a visit with Santa, great holiday snacks, pony rides, face painting, and more!
Vest Fest 2012, November 17th at 3pm, Zella, $50
Details: Join Vest Fest for a day of drinking, "vest-tivities" and charity! All proceeds benefit Bright Pink, a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
Teen Music Fest, November 17th at 7pm, UIC Pavillion, $35.50-75.50
Details: "Shake it Up" with Disney's Bella Thorne & Zendaya Coleman at the this highly anticipated LIVE pop explosion! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Teen Living Programs of Chicago.
Bill Kim Cooking Demonstration, November 17th at 11am, Lemon Tree Grocer, FREE
Details: The chef of Belly Q, Urban Belly and Belly Shack will show you how to make some of his most famous sauces. If you can't replicate it well yourself, don't worry; you can buy his bottled sauces after the event.
Shopping Works Wonders, November 17th, Bloomingdales, Prices Vary
Details: Head to the 5th floor of Bloomingdales and shop till you drop because it's for a good cause! 10% of sales will go to the Israel Idonije Foundation, plus you can get bMoney for every $150 you spend.
Lewis Black, November 17th at 8pm, Chicago Theatre, $39.50-65
Details: Live Nation & MSG Entertainment welcome one of the country's most well-known comedians to the stage as part of his Running on Empty tour.
Picturing Poetry, November 17th-May 12th at 10:30am, Art Institute, $12-18
Details: This new exhibit brings some of the most popular poems in history to life with art from various popular picture book artists.
A Christmas Carol, November 17th-December 29th at 2pm, Goodman Theatre, $21.50-57
Details: Charles Dickens' timeless tale returns to the stage for its 35th anniversary. A holiday staple, this show is the perfect family event during the holiday season.
The Field of Screams Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt, November 17th at 1:30PM, $33, Field Museum
Details: Form a team, crack hieroglyphic codes, and uncover the mystery behind the mysterious murders of museum staffers. Tickets include museum admission. Adults only.
The Holiday Express, November 18th at 5:30pm, Lincoln Park Conservatory, $19-59
Details: Preview the Conservatory's toy trains, hear stories from the Storybook Mom & enjoy a concert by Little Miss Ann all while sipping hot cocoa amidst the natural, historical & cultural assets of Lincoln Park.
Dinner at Naha with Owner, Chef & Co-founder, November 19th at 8pm, Naha, $95
Details: Indulge in a 6-course meal prepared by Michelin-Starred & James Beard Foundation award winner for "Best Chef in the Greater Lakes Region" Carrie Nahabedian. Dinner will be accompanied with custom cocktails designed to enhance this one-of-a-kind culinary experience.
Sharing It Day Food Drive, November 20th at 8am, Merchandise Mart, FREE
Details: Give back this holiday season & support Chicago's largest one-day, indoor food drive benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The food & funds collected throughout the day help feed thousands of Chicago's hungry each year.
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, November 21st at 9PM, Metro, $17
Details: 93XRT throws their Holiday Concert For The Kids. Also performing are Archie Powell and the Exports, I Kong Kult, and DJ Ross Kelly. Guests are encouraged to bring a new toy or book for children in Chicagoland hospitals. Part of proceeds will benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand.
DEKA Fashion Show, November 16th at 10pm, The Underground, FREE w/ RSVP
Details: See the hot new looks from this new-to-Chicago fashion line that takes women from workout to weekend and strives to help women reach their "Perfect 10" look.