Things to do for December 07, 2016

This Weekend, You Go Underground

To a Password-Protected Bar and a Subterranean Christmas Party That Just Made the Naughty List

By Sam Eichner

Wednesday
Have a Very Tiki Christmas
HOLIDAY SPIRITS

Have a Very Tiki Christmas

Just think of Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack as the same old Lost Lake, except with thousands of twinkling lights, a festive playlist and special holiday-forward tiki drinks created by Paul McGee and his friends from New Orleans’s Latitude 29 and NYC’s Boilermaker. Nice thought, isn’t it...

Through Dec 31, Lost Lake, 3154 W Diversey Ave, 773-961-7475

Thursday
Password-Protected Truffle Fries
WHAT LIES BENEATH

Password-Protected Truffle Fries

Sure, the whole “speakeasy” thing is pretty played out. But try convincing yourself that Meet & Whiskey, a password-protected bar underneath Randolph Row BBQ stalwart Porkchop—where you can eat truffle fries and drink barrel-aged whiskey drinks while lounging on antique furniture—sounds un-fun. (It’s okay if you don’t want to.)

Your Out-of-Town Guests Stay Here Now
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Your Out-of-Town Guests Stay Here Now

A word of advice for those about to host out-of-towners: the Robey and the Hollander now exist at the six corners in Wicker Park. The former’s a boutique hotel with a fancy French-American café; the latter’s a social-media-forward hostel. And if you want to know more, here you go.

Now open, The Robey, 2018 W North Ave, 872-315-3050; now open, The Hollander, 2022 W North Ave, 872-315-3080

Friday
A Timeline of Two Very Important New Menus
DAY AND NIGHT

A Timeline of Two Very Important New Menus

At happy hour: Head to GT Fish & Oyster for their new four-course oyster tasting menu with shooters, sliders and poke spoons.
After midnight: Swing by Mott St for their new late-night menu with Asian-inspired hot dogs and ramen cotton candy. Feel free to read the words “ramen cotton candy” again.

Saturday
This Christmas Party Just Made the Naughty List
DREAMING OF A DARK CHRISTMAS

This Christmas Party Just Made the Naughty List

On Saturday, you’re attending a rather iniquitous “Dark Christmas” party at SPiN, where leather-clad Mrs. Clauses dance, evil elves play with fire and snow queens double as trapeze artists. Needless to say, your office Christmas party has a lot to live up to this year.

Dec 10, 9pm, no cover with RSVP, SPiN, 344 N State St, 773-635-9999

Sam Eichner likes literature, reality television and his twin cats equally. He has consistently been told he needs a shave since he started growing facial hair.

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