Things to do for December 22, 2011

The Weekender

Ugly Sweaters, Mimosa Buckets and the Bears

The weekend, no batteries required.

Thursday
Your Goose Is Smoked
MEAT YOUR FAMILY

Your Goose Is Smoked

It’s just not Christmas without a big goose. (Or smoked bone-in ham. Or turkey. Or pheasant. Or mac and cheese. Or sweet potatoes.) Related: you can order Frontier’s pre-smoked meats and they’ll be ready for pickup on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. All you have to do is take credit.

Order by Dec 23, Frontier, 1072 N Milwaukee Ave (between Thomas and Cortez), 312-656-4839

Friday
An Ugly Sweater Hip-Hop Party
THE COOGIE BOOGIE

An Ugly Sweater Hip-Hop Party

Another ugly-sweater season winds to its sad, inevitable close. Get the most out of that tinsel-threaded, battery-operated Rudolph number you’ve been clinging to at this hip-hop throwdown, replete with live performers, raffles and champagne for the most tragic knit.

Saturday
Rockmitzvah Returns to Rock
MAZEL OF THE WEEK

Rockmitzvah Returns to Rock

It’s an annual rite of Hanukkah: you and 500 or so of your closest friends gather at Rockit to partake in cocktails and half off the entire menu. Then you head to the Underground for vodka and champagne, and to get kind of sweaty. Miraculously, you wake up each year.

Eight Nights in Paris
CRAZY EIGHTS

Eight Nights in Paris

Perhaps all you want is a little drink and a little nosh for Hanukkah. So an hour and a half of gratis cocktails, lamb meatballs, sweet frites, smoked salmon and avocado on brioche—and glugging bottles of champagne in Studio Paris—should help. If not, the after-party’s at Cuvee.

Sunday
Christmas Miracles Needed
CHRISTMAS BEARS

Christmas Miracles Needed

You don’t want much for Christmas. But a Bears victory would really mean a lot (well, at least to you). So the Fifty/50 will screen Bears-Packers with cheap cold beer and something called a “mimosa bucket.” Oh, like they’re so classy in Green Bay.

Dec 25, opens at 6pm, The Fifty/50, 2047 W Division St (between Damen and Hoyne), 773-489-5050

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