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Weekly Round Up – Chicago Events – December 18 2017

Weekly Roundup - Chicago Events

Weekly Round Up 

Chicago Events December 18 – December 24

Hello Chicago! We’ve got a quiet week ahead with less events as we near the holidays and the end of 2017! Don’t forget to check out my New Years Eve 2018 Chicago Events post if you’re still looking for ideas to celebrate NYE! While I don’t have a ton of events to share this week or next, I do have some more great holiday events and deals and a special offer just for you!

Oh, and I will be hanging out at Frosty’s Christmas Pop-Up Bar this Tuesday (December 19) with some friends if anyone wants to come out for a holiday cocktail. Check out

Are you familiar with The Chicago Diningout Passbook? This unique deal book features more than 50 of Chicago’s top restaurants offering 2 for 1 deals. It typically retails for $99 but if you use code NowYouKnow, it’s just $39 (plus shipping). It is truly worth the investment! You’ll make up the $39 in just 2-3 uses!

And, if you follow me on Instagram I will be giving away a couple passbooks for FREE to 2 lucky winners this week for the holidays. You can find me on Instagram at @appetite_4_adventure.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • – Over 52 experiences, offering over $1400 in savings for use until September 30, 2018
  • – Features both 2-for-1 entrees and other exciting offers (distillery tours, coffee roaster tours, cupcakes, doughnuts) that will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year
  • – Dine at some of the hottest restaurants around Chicago including Ronero, The Bristol, WonFun, Prosecco, Honey’s, Presidio, Arami, Fremont, CH Distillery, Hubbard Inn, LQ Chicken Shack, Firecakes, Vanilla, Yolk, Kingsbury Cafe, Steadfast, West Loop Salumi and more.
 The Chicago Diningout Passbook 2018

Monday, December 18

CTF Holiday Appreciation Week 2017

CrossTown Fitness Holiday Appreciation Week – I’m thrilled to share the news that CrossTown Fitness in the West Loop and Northside will once again offer their Public Service Holiday Appreciation Week with FREE classes Dec 17-31.

Swissôtel Chicago Santa Suite – Santa Reserves His Suite at Swissôtel Chicago for 2017 Holiday Season. The Swissôtel Chicago today announced that after a summer vacationing on the island of Bermuda, sipping on Piña Coladas, at the Fairmont Southampton resort, Santa is ready to head back to work. Prepping for the busy season ahead, Father Christmas has booked the Presidential Suite on the hotel’s 41st floor as his official home-away-from-Pole this holiday season. As the secret has been out since 2014 that Mr. Claus’ favorite hotel is the Swissôtel Chicago, the Big Guy is yet again extending an open invitation to Chicago-area families and hotel guests to visit his extravagantly-decorated “Santa Suite,” free-of-charge, beginning Dec. 2More Details

Time Out Chicago Ultimate Holiday Movie Series – Time Out Chicago Ultimate Holiday Movie Series launches with a season of classic Yuletide movie screenings in a winter wonderland. An unmissable series of holiday movies is coming to Chicago, with screenings of a host of Yuletide classics, transforming two of Chicago’s favorite breweries into winter wonderlands. For nine days, Time Out is taking over Lagunitas Brewing Company and Baderbräu Tap & Kitchen to host “The Ultimate Holiday Movie Series”, with tickets now available for $20. More Details

Tuesday, December 19

CrossTown Fitness Holiday Appreciation Week

Swissôtel Chicago Santa Suite

French Tuesdays Roaring 20s Celebration – Only registered members and their guests can attend this event. As you may know, #FrenchTuesdays throws the best parties in town, and this time, it won’t be the exception at French Tuesdays Roaring 20s Celebration! The 20 East has been newly renovated inside the luxurious Talbott Hotel! And we will celebrate Roaring 20’s style alongside beautiful guests, Canard-Duchêne Champagne and much more. More Details

The MeshugaNutcracker The Chanukah Musical – An “enchanting festival of light-hearted glee and meaningful warmth” (Los Angeles Times) arrives in celebration at the end of Chanukah when the musical comedy, “The MeshugaNutcracker!,” debuts in movie theaters nationwide on December 19, putting a unique spin on the classic Nutcracker ballet. More Details

Wednesday, December 20

CrossTown Fitness Holiday Appreciation Week

Swissôtel Chicago Santa Suite

Thursday, December 21

CrossTown Fitness Holiday Appreciation Week

Swissôtel Chicago Santa Suite

Jingle Bowl: Bowlmor AMF Offers Festive Promotions to Celebrate the Holidays – Beginning on Dec. 21 through Jan. 1Bowlmor AMF centers in Chicago, including Bowlmero Naperville and Bowlero Romeoville, will celebrate the annual “Jingle Bowl” by offering special freebies, parties and contests to celebrate the holiday season. Highlights include an Instagram photo contest where guests will have the chance to win a $100 bowling gift card, a special day to bowl with Santa, and a $1 cookie day. Guests who are interested in learning more can visit to find the nearest participating venue. December 21 – *Bonus Gift Card Offer – When Bowlmor AMF guests purchase a $50 gift card, they will receive a $15 bonus gift card.*

Jingle Bowl

Friday, December 22

CrossTown Fitness Holiday Appreciation Week

Swissôtel Chicago Santa Suite

Jingle Bowl: Bowlmor AMF Offers Festive Promotions to Celebrate the Holidays – December 22 – Instagram Photo Contest – Visitors bowling at any Bowlmor AMF center can share their best bowling photo on Instagram using the hashtag #BeBowled for the chance to win a $100 gift card. Winners will be notified on January 2nd.

Wrigley BBQ Holiday Dining Deals – In celebration of the most wonderful time of the year, Wrigley BBQ is offering holiday specials Dec. 22-24. ‘Tis the season for smoked ham, turkey, and festive brunch promotions.

Saturday, December 23

CrossTown Fitness Holiday Appreciation Week

Swissôtel Chicago Santa Suite

Jingle Bowl: Bowlmor AMF Offers Festive Promotions to Celebrate the Holidays – December 23 – Bowl with Santa – Santa will make a special appearance to bowl with guests at participating locations across the U.S.! Please check your center for exact times.

Sunday, December 24

Merry Christmas Eve!

CrossTown Fitness Holiday Appreciation Week

Jingle Bowl: Bowlmor AMF Offers Festive Promotions to Celebrate the Holidays – Deccember 24 & 25 – $10 All You Can Bowl – Guests who have signed up for Bowlmor AMF’s email clubs before 12/23 will receive a $10 coupon to bowl an unlimited amount of games for up to two hours.

ACE Hotel City Mouse Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – Hotel guests and locals alike can indulge in Christmas dining specials at City Mouse on Sunday, December 24 and Monday, December 25, providing the perfect way to entertain (and feed) the family – without any cleanup involved. Guests can nosh on the restaurant’s regular all-day menu, in addition to the festive specials, which include: Seafood Crudité with poached gulf shrimp and king crab cream cheese dip ($14); Herb Roasted Beef Ribeye with vesuvio potatoes and smoked onion rings ($36); and Eggnog Soufflé with burnt cranberry and brandy cookies ($12).

Don’t think there won’t any holiday cheer on hand! Four classic, holiday movies will also be projected on the walls and windows of the lobby and restaurant on Christmas Day, including: “Home Alone,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,”“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and the original “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Wrigley BBQ Holiday Dining Deals – Wrigley BBQ is open on Dec. 24 until 7 p.m., and is kicking off the holiday weekend with the following meal packages:

  • 4-Person Holiday Special: This family-friendly package includes one smoked turkey or ham, four sides to share, and two desserts for $44.99.
  • Santa’s Sam & Erna Slammer Tray: Wrigley BBQ’s signature sandwich marries juicy pulled pork with succulent brisket and is topped with coleslaw. For $40, guests can indulge in four Sam & Erna Sandwiches and four sides.
  • 2-Person, Three-Course Meal: Dine with a friend, and enjoy nachos or wings as an appetizer, a meat platter of your choosing, two sides and a dessert for $30.

Additional Holiday Fun:

Call Santa Claus with Ooma

 You can now leave Santa a voicemail! With Christmas around the corner, I have to tell you about a company giving kids a direct (land)line to Santa … and granting a few wishes. Over the years, Santa’s scaled his operation, using high-tech tools like drones and super-fast reindeers to deliver presents all around the world. So why are kids still relying on the obsolete letter to send Santa their wish lists? Enter Ooma []—a leading DIY home phone and security company—whose san-tastic Call Santa Campaign lets kids leave a voicemail for Santa at the North Pole. Kids can call Santa until December 25 and enter to have their wishes granted here: 1-844-544-OOMA! I hope you’ve been nice this year!

Katie Cahmann