Things to do for December 14, 2016

You’re Attending a Holiday Party at the Virgin Hotel

Then, You’re Going Ice Curling and Drinking Maple Bacon-Infused Bourbon

By Sam Eichner

Wednesday
You’re Invited to the Virgin Hotel’s Holiday Party
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

You’re Invited to the Virgin Hotel’s Holiday Party

Don your best holiday attire for tonight’s party at the Virgin Hotel. They’ll have live performances from the likes of local rockers, The Walters, plus DJ sets, cranberry-infused gin and rye-and-apple-brandy drinks. Christmas sweaters are encouraged. Ugly ones are optional.

Thursday
Sausage, Beer and Ice Curling: A Love Story
CENTER ICE

Sausage, Beer and Ice Curling: A Love Story

The ice curling lanes in Kaiser Tiger’s beer garden are back for the winter. You’ll head over there with some like-minded friends after work, drink some beer, eat some wild boar sausage and, when the time is right, curl some ice. Hmm. That can’t be how you say that.

Ongoing, $40/half hour, Kaiser Tiger, 1415 W Randolph St, 312-243-3100

Friday
Jeni’s Strikes Again. This Time, with Waffles.
THIRD TIME’S A CHARM

Jeni’s Strikes Again. This Time, with Waffles.

A third Chicago outpost of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is opening Friday in Lincoln Park. Starting at 7pm, if you’re one of the first 50 people there, you’ll get a gratis glazed street waffle (it’s new). If you’re not one of the first 50 people there, well, you’ll still get a gratis scoop of ice cream. How considerate.

Saturday
The Truffle Student Becomes the Truffle Master
TRUFF AND TUMBLE

The Truffle Student Becomes the Truffle Master

On Saturday, you’re taking a very lucky date (or maternal relative) to a truffle-forward cooking demonstration at Eataly, hosted by the Vice President of Italy’s leading truffle brand, Urbani. Throughout the demonstration, you’ll acquire some choice truffle-related knowledge and eat four very truffle-y courses. So, truffles.

Dec 17, 6-8pm, $125 (use code “URBANDADDY” for a gratis bottle of truffle oil from Urbani Truffles), La Scuola at Eataly Chicago, 43 E Ohio St, 312-521-8700, tickets here

Sunday
Short Rib Hash and Breakfast Old Fashioneds, 20 Floors Up
BOTTLE ROCKET

Short Rib Hash and Breakfast Old Fashioneds, 20 Floors Up

Baptiste & Bottle, the bourbon-forward restaurant on the 20th floor of the Conrad hotel, is now doing brunch. You should rejoice because: 1) Short rib hash and avocado crab toast are happening, 2) They’re slinging maple bacon-infused bourbon Old Fashioneds, and 3) It’s likely you’ll be hungover in the near future.

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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