MONDAY 1/12: FREE MONDAYS AT THE EMPTY BOTTLE
Ah, yes, a free Monday night at the Empty Bottle is always a classic choice.
Empty Bottle, 9pm, FREE
OTHER STUFF TO DO TODAY: Haymarket Pub & Brewery 4th Year Beerthday Celebration, The Trotter Project at City Winery, CDK Evening Hackathon: 1871, Improv Night with Stand and Spitballin’ at Quenchers [FREE], [FREE], Buzzed Spelling Be at Elbo Room [FREE]
TUESDAY 1/13: PUNDAMONIUM: THE CHICAGO PUN SLAM
It’s gonna be so punny, y’all! (and that last sentence is exactly why I will be attending, not participating, in this pun slam…)
OTHER STUFF TO DO TODAY: TNK 2015 Pass Pickup Party w/Twin Peaks at Schuba’s [FREE w/RSVP], Life Coaching 101, Beer Dinner at Dusek’s with Half Acre Beer Company, Drinking Gourd: An Evening of Poetry and Music, Relax Attack Jazz Series at The Whistler, Midwest Action Presents: Young Marshall, New Wave Dance Party at Slippery Slope [FREE], Open Mic Hip Hop at SubT Lounge [FREE]
WEDNESDAY 1/14: CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL PUPPET THEATER FESTIVAL
This year is a first for the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and it’s bringing some serious puppet performances. Events are held until Jan. 25.
Various Locations, ticket prices vary
OTHER STUFF TO DO TODAY: Soup & Bread at The Hideout, Brew U – A Series of Beer Education, Film at The Art Institute: The Dark Crystal and Humdrum, Video Game Night @ Quenchers [FREE], Off the Hookah at The Shrine, The Flabby Hoffman Comedy Cavalade @ Abbey Pub [FREE], For Your Consideration Zine Release show at Emporium Arcade [FREE]
THURSDAY 1/15: GAPERS BLOCK: “STARS ALIGN” FEATURING BRAD SAWICKI OF ANCIENT FRIENDS AND BRYAN KVETON OF SUNJACKET at GMAN TAVERN
Your horoscope says to attend this event. Stars are aligning…
Gingerman Tavern, 7:30pm, FREE
OTHER STUFF TO DO TODAY: David Waterman Acoustic Show at The Cubby Bear [FREE], Muay Thai Kickboxing (Class Series), Links Taproom Anniversary Party, Mystical Night at Punch House (Tarot Readings), Lucero plays Concord Music Hall
FRIDAY 1/16: LADIES NIGHT AT BOTTLE & BOTTEGA: NEW YEAR, NUDE MODEL
Yup, that’s right, NUDE MODEL! Every year should start with wine, painting, and a hot naked guy, right?
Bottle & Bottega (Lakeview Studio), 7pm, $40
OTHER STUFF TO DO TODAY: Wired Fridays: Featuring Sassmouth at Chicago Cultural Center, Cheeseburger Night at The Standard Bar & Grill, January Dance Party at SPACE Evanston, TTTTotally Dudes 90s Dance Party [FREE], Manual Cinema Mementos Mori: Puppetry at the MCA, Wale plays House of Blues, Logan Square Disco Vol. 2 – John Mork, Marty Mars & Derek Specs at East Room, Flashback at SubT Lounge (Ladies Free, Guys $5), Jermaine Dupri DJ’s Studio Paris
SATURDAY 1/17: EAST ROOM PRESENTS: ZEBO, EDIE & FRIENDS
“Spinning house/disco/fun.” Could there be a more apt description?
East Room, 10pm, FREE
OTHER STUFF TO DO TODAY: Chicago Sketch Fest (events until 1/18!), Janis Joplin Fest at Underground Wonderbar, You’re Being Ridiculous (Lit event), Acoustic Social Saturday at Hard Rock Hotel, Story Sessions at Fillet of Solo (lit event), Soul Summit at Double Door [FREE]
SUNDAY 1/18: FUTURAMA TRIVIA NIGHT
The show may be over, but it’s legend lives on in trivia games.
Quenchers, 5:30pm ,$5
OTHER STUFF TO DO TODAY: Logan Square Indoors Farmers Market [FREE], Sunday Funday Showtunes Sing-A-Long at Sidetrack [FREE], Ice Skating in Millennium Park [FREE, Rent skates for $10], Funimation Brunch: Samurai Champloo at Geek Bar Chicago