''What's on Dec'' w/ Billy Dec December 15-21: Best Events, Concerts, Parties, Games, Fests...
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Enrique Iglesias, Selena Gomes, Joe Jonas, LMFAO & more at B96 Jingle Bash, Dec. 17 at 6pm, Allstate Arena, $25-$275
Details: B96's annual Jingle Bash with LIVE PERFORMANCES by some of today's biggest stars!
Graham Colton, Dec. 15 at 8pm, $14
Details: Graham Colton comes to Chicago! Known for his songs featured on "American Idol" and "Kyle XY," Graham as toured with John Mayer, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band and more! 18+ show at Lincoln Hall.
JADED Concert featuring Hometown Heroes, V1C3 & Thrift Store Heroes, Dec. 19 at 8pm, The Elbo Room, $7
Details: Check out Illinois' own JADED and other awesome bands from HGR Management! Show is 21+
Hanukkah Jam, Dec. 18 at 2pm, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, $15-$30
Details: Enjoy music and song by Grammy award-winning Howard Levy and fellow Chicagoan, world-renowned tenor Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi.
Unwrap Wicker Park & Bucktown Holiday Passport, thru Dec. 24, FREE
Details: Want to put more dollars back into your community? Shop at Wicker Park Bucktown's local stores this season with the Holiday Passport. Download and present your passport to over 50 local establishments and receive great discounts and freebies!
Lincoln Park Zoo's Annual ZooLights Festival, thru Jan 1st, FREE
Details: Walk among your favorite animals and enjoy over 2 million twinkling lights! Special activities include Santa at the lion house, real reindeer roaming around, a light show at the zoo's center, holiday crafts, and live ice carving!
Noise for Toys: A Rock N Roll Charity Event, Dec. 16 at 9pm, Beat Kitchen, $10 ($5 w/ packaged & unwrapped toy)
Details: Listen to your favorite local Chicago acts while supporting local charities! Bring in a packaged or unwrapped toy and it will be doanted to the US Marine Corp Reserve "Toys for Tots" charity.
Holiday Party for a Cause, Dec. 15 at 5:30pm, Marigold Indian Restaurant, Prices Vary
Details: This restaurant will donate 25% of its sales to Care for Real. All you have to do is print out the flyer on Marigold's Facebook page or show your server you "checked0in" on Foursquare or Facebook.
Holiday Giggle, Dec. 15 at 7:30pm, Portage Theater, $20 Donation
Details: Ana Belaval, WGN-TV's Channel 9 reporter, hosts the 10th annual Holiday Giggle benefit. There are tons of charities that will be receiving proceeds and some hilarious comedians to enjoy!
Winter Bourbon Dinner, Dec. 15 at 7pm, The Southern, $50
Details: Chefs John Manion and Cary Taylor prepare a five-course meal. Also included with pairing from Maker's 46, Knob Creek, Single Barrel, Booker's and more.
Chicago Celebrity Mob-Writers Book Signing, Dec. 16 at 6pm, Bella Luna Cafe
Details: Eat, drink, and mingle with mob & mafia insider book authors! You can also take pictures and take home the 3 best-selling books by well-known Chicago authors.
Zappatista Trolley Crawl, Dec. 16, 7pm, Zapatista Lincoln Park, $50
Details: Beginning at the Lincoln Park location, join Zapatista as they travel by trolley to their other locations throughout Chicago. Signature drinks, appetizers, dinner, and punch are on the menu. website
"The Great Norway Adventure" Open Casting Call, Dec. 16 at 9:30am, O'Connor Casting Company, FREE, 18+
Details: Take your chances on this Open Casting Call for Norway's #1 Reality Show "Alt for Norge". 12 Norwegian-Americans fly to Norway and compete in challenges to win a prize of $50,000! The Season One runner up was from Chicago- lets see if we can bring home the cash!
Ugly Sweater Chef Competition, Dec. 16 at 7pm, Kenmore Live Studio, FREE
Details: Watch Paul Morrison and Patrick Justice battle in the kitchen while wearing your hideous holiday outfit! There will be samples and prizes for the ugliest sweater!
Windy City Fight Night 20, Dec. 16 at 8pm, UIC Pavillion, $31-$76
Details: Watch as local light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara headlines the show. Puerto Rican welterweight Luis Santiago, Mississippi heavyweight Curtis Tate, and Chicago super-middleweight Mike Gavronski all step in the ring.
Left Hand Red: Twister and Cask Beer Party, Dec. 16 at 9pm, Rocco Ranalli's, No Cover
Details: Compete in a Twister tournament and enjoy different brews.
Songs of Good Cheer, Dec. 17 at 7:30pm, Old Town School of Fold Music, $35-$45
Details: Get in on some holiday caroling with Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn and Mary Schmich. Musicians from the Old Town School of Folk Music perform.
Dreidel and Santa Rampage, Dec. 17 at 11am, Twisted Spoke, FREE
Details: Go for a seven mile bike ride throughout the city dressed up as a Santa, elf, or dreidel.
Holiday Hound Up, Dec. 17 at 2pm, Twist 'n' Twirl Frozen Yogurt, FREE
Details: Participate in a holiday walk with your pooch and other pets! There will be treats, photos, and more.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, Dec. 17 at 9am, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, $35-$45
Details: Wear a holiday themed costume and tie jingle bells to your shoelaces! Participate in a run/walk for the Arthritis Foundation.
Holiday Artisan Pop-Up Food Market, Dec. 18 at 10am, Katherine Anne Confections, FREE
Details: Shop and indulge in candies, pastries, pasta, sauces, teas, breads, etc from local vendors.
Guitar Friends Studio Recital, Dec. 18 at 7pm, Heartland Cafe, No Cover
Details: Join parents, kids, professionals, and students in strumming everything from Jimi Hendrix to J.S. Bach
Winter Break Down (Louder Than Your Christmas Sweater), Dec. 18 at 7:30pm, Center on Halsted, $15-$25
Details: This Chicago-based rhythmic dance, percussion, and theatre ensemble perform new works along with M.A.D.D. Rhythms & Chicago Dance Crash.
Do-It-Yourself "Messiah", Dec. 19 at 7pm, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, $10
Details: You can be a part of the tradition annual public performance of Handel's "Messiah".
Maisonn de LaCour featured at Holiday Tea at The Drake, Dec. 19, Various showing times
Details: Spend the afternoon at The Drake and marvel at the clothing designs by Maison de LaCour - a great holiday event. Informal showings at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.
Santa Shuffle Pub Crawl, Dec. 21 at 8pm, McGee's Tavern & Grille, $15
Details: Get your tickets for the Santa Shuffle Pub Crawl! You will get a meal package that includes food, drink specials, elf punch, and a trolly ride to all six bars participating.