Things to do for December 24, 2009

The Weekender

Bad Gifts, Matzo Balls and Spanish New Year

The weekend is your Secret Santa.

Thursday
Rockmitzvah
OY TO THE WORLD

Rockmitzvah

If Christmas Eve means anything, it's lots of Jewish people partying at River North bars. Start at Rockit, where all food is half-price, you get access to 90 minutes of open bar, gift cards for Sunda and free admission to Underground later on. Sounds like Rockit's trying to make up for forgetting Hanukkah.

$10, 7pm, private reception 9-10:30pm, Dec 24, Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard St, 312-645-6000

The Matzoball

The Matzoball

This is the kind of party your mother would host—if she could throw down some fierce Lady Gaga and Jay-Z/Alicia Keys remixes. (We'll assume she can.) Fatten up on trays of homemade doughnuts (you're too skinny!), chug a Blue Dreidel cocktail and then find a nice girl who'll make Mom (and you) very happy.

$25, Dec 24, Martini Park, 151 W. Erie St. (at LaSalle), 312-640-0577

Hubbakah

Hubbakah

The Melman boys are breaking out their Manischewitz sangria again this year as part of a valiant attempt to cram eight crazy nights into just a few short hours. And since Hanukkah has already passed, there's no time to lose.

No cost, 9pm, Dec 24, Hub 51, 51 W. Hubbard St, 312-828-0051, email here

Saturday
Crobar Gift Exchange
RETURN POLICY

Crobar Gift Exchange

Look gracious when you unwrap that Ultimate Manilow CD this year—it'll give you entrée into this event, where you can put a wrapped gift under Crobar's Christmas tree in exchange for a shot at something better. Maybe someone didn't like his BMW/Rolex/trip to the Playboy Mansion this year.

$20, (free w/ Santa hat), Dec 26, Crobar, 1543 N. Kingsbury St, 312-266-1900

Wednesday
$1.99 Sangria at Mercat a La Planxa
SPANISH CLASS

$1.99 Sangria at Mercat a La Planxa

You might as well end 2009 on a high note—or, better yet, on a low one. Tuck yourself away in the dark and cozy downstairs lounge of the Michigan Avenue tapas palace, where sangria is just $2 every Monday. Think of it as Spanish New Year.

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