Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Jan. 10-12

Shannon Blum
January 10, 2020 - 7:40 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It's January and the month brings lots of fun activities for everyone to enjoy! This weekend there are a variety of events including an ale fest, boat show, charity concert, and more. And if you are looking for some unusual fun, the No Pants Subway Ride is Sunday on the CTA Red Line! 

Plus, the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks play at home this weekend, so if you are looking for some hometown spirit, head to the United Center to catch those two teams in action.

Here's a look at things to do this weekend in and around Chicago.


Chicago Ale Fest

The Chicago Ale Fest Winter Edition return Saturday to the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The fest will feature more than 100 craft brews to sample, Chicago’s favorite food trucks and a DJ spinning all-your favorites. You can look forward to sampling beers from Three Floyds, Maplewood, Pilot Project and Whiner while enjoying Detroit-style pizza from Five Squared and Italian cuisine from Fat Tomato. Snag the early entry ticket to get an extra hour of sampling. More info. 

Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

When: Saturday, 2-7 p.m.

Cost: $60-70

Chicago Boat RV Show
WBBM Newsradio/Nancy Harty

Chicago Boat, RV, & Sail Show

Cruising into the Windy City for the 90th time, the 2020 Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show, the largest event of its kind in the Midwest, returns to McCormick Place. Offering something for everyone, from boarding luxurious 50+ foot yachts and fishing (for real fish!) indoors in the middle of January, the 2020 show will feature over 600 boats, 100 RVs, sailing and boating educational opportunities, plus the latest in technology and outdoor accessories. More info.

Where: McCormick Place – South, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive

When: Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: $15

No Pants Subway Ride
Adam Berry/Getty Images

No Pants Subway Ride

Usually, we'd advise you to keep your pants on when you ride the CTA, but on just one day each year, take them off! Improv Everywhere's annual No Pants Subway Ride got its start in New York City, but the tradition has spread across the world to other cities that have rail-based public transportation options. The Chicago edition of the event takes place on the Red Line, usually boarding at the Loyola Station at noon (check out the official Facebook page for more details about where to meet and what to bring). This year, one lucky participant could take home a new desktop computer for simply stripping down and enduring the bemused stares of strangers. And don't forget to bring a pair of pants to put back on when it’s all over! More info.

Where: CTA Red Line (Meeting place: 1209 West Arthur, Chicago 60626, 4th Floor of the parking ramp)

When: Sunday, noon-3 p.m.

Cost: Free

 Duncan Keith
Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Keith Relief Benefit Concert featuring Randy Houser

Join Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith and teammates for his annual charity concert benefiting Keith Relief, featuring country music star Randy Houser. A VIP reception prior to the concert will include drinks, appetizers and the opportunity to mingle with your favorite Blackhawks. A silent auction will be open throughout the event, in addition to a live auction prior to the concert. Funds raised will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and Keith Relief. More info.

Where: Joe’s on Weed St., 940 W. Weed St.

When: Sunday, 7:15-10 p.m. (VIP 6-7:15 p.m.)

Cost: $75, VIP $200

A Very Harry Christmas Pop-Up
Jeremy Steffen/Facebook

A Very Harry January Pop-Up

Calling all witches and wizards, and muggles too, Replay Lincoln Park is bringing a Harry Potter pop-up through Jan. 19. Yes, it has been extended! Replay Lincoln Park’s Great Hall will be decked from floor to roof with magical decorations and holiday cheer. Plus, their stern-but-lovable potions professor has conjured up a whole host of magical concoctions sure to satisfy even the most discerning witch or wizard. And the best part? You don't have to run through a wall to find the train station that gets you there. So consider this your acceptance letter-delivered-by-owl-via-the-chimney. You've been invited to spend the season at Replay. More info. 

Where: Replay Lincoln Park, 2833 N. Sheffield

When: Now through Jan. 19; Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.; Friday, 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday, noon-3 a.m.; Sunday, noon-2 a.m.

Cost: Varies

Jack Frost Winter Village & Christmas Tree Farm
Jack Frost Winter Village & Christmas Tree Farm

Jack Frost Winter Village & Christmas Tree Farm

There’s no need to head inside when the weather turns cold. The dropping temperatures, first snowfalls, and icy ambience awakens your need to go outside and play. And that's why winter is the best time to throw a massive, outdoor festival in downtown Chicago! The creative mastermind team behind Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up and Frosty’s Christmas Pop-Up Bar, are back for the first time ever, larger-than-life, multi-sensory spectacle of Holiday lights, unique winter Instagram photo opportunities, an Christmas Tree Farm and S-now much more! More info.

Where: 1455 N. Elston Ave.

When: Now through March; Monday-Friday 4-10 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Navy Pier Winter WonderFest
Nick Ulivieri Photography

Winter WonderFest

Bring the winter fun inside at Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest, as they fill their gigantic 170,000-square-foot Festival Hall with an ice skating rink, carnival rides, a tubing hill, seasonal activities and piles of holiday decorations. Bring the kids and avoid the cold for an afternoon. More info.

Where: Festival Hall, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

When: Now through Jan. 12

Cost: Varies

Millennium Park Ice Rink
Ice-skating at the Millennium Park ice rink (Mike Ramsey/WBBM Newsradio)

Ice Skating in Millennium Park

Skate under the Chicago skyline and within eyeshot of the Chicago Christmas Tree at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. Admission to the rink is free, and you can rent skates for $13–$15. The most popular time to hit the rink is in the evening, so show up earlier if you don't feel like waiting in line for your chance to slide around. Take advantage of free skating lessons on Fridays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. If it seems too warm to skate, call ahead—this rink is open through March 8, weather permitting. More info. 

Where: Millennium Park, 55 N. Michigan Ave. 

When: Friday, Nov. 15-March 8 (weather permitting)

Cost: Free, skate rentals $13–$15

WBBM Newsradio/Nancy Harty

Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park

Situated in the heart of downtown Chicago, with the city's sweeping skyline as a backdrop, the Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park is a winter attraction unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multi-sensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. More info.

Where: Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St. 

When: Friday, Nov. 15-March (weather permitting)

Cost: Free, skate rentals $13–$15

Winterland at Gallagher Way
Gallagher Way Chicago/Facebook

Winterland at Gallagher Way

The Cubs may be hibernating for the winter, but Gallagher Way provides some excellent reasons to hang out in Wrigleyville during baseball's off-season. The public square's Winterland event series offers an array of seasonal, family-friendly activities, including an 8,000-square-foot ice rink, curling and skating lessons, holiday movie screenings and visits from Santa Claus. Beloved holiday bazaar Christkindlmarket also hosts an outpost at Gallagher Way, bringing shopping and glühwein north of the Loop. Plus, look out for wreath-making workshops, breakfasts with Santa and a tree lot at Big Star. More info. 

Where: Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark St.  

When: Wednesday, Jan. 15-Sunday, Feb. 16

Cost: Free, event/activity pricing varies

United Center
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Chicago Bulls v. Indiana Pacers

Head to the United Center on Friday to cheer on the Chicago Bulls as they take the court to play the Indiana Pacers! More info.

Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks v. Anaheim Ducks

Cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday when they take the ice to play the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center! More info.

Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Varies