Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Jan. 17-19

Shannon Blum
January 17, 2020 - 7:51 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- We are half way through January and the New Year is off to a great start, with the city offering a variety of fun events! From conventions, charity events, and fundraisers to bar crawls and pop-ups, and a lot in between, there is something to keep you going this weekend.

Plus, the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks play at home this weekend, so head to the United Center to cheer on Chicago!

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

Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations of the Chicago Cubs, (L) David Ross, new manager of the Chicago Cubs (C) and Jed Hoyer, general manager of the Cubs (R) pose for a photo as Ross is introduced to the media at Wrigley Field on October 28, 2019
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Cubs Convention

Join the Chicago Cubs for a weekend of excitement at the 2020 Cubs Convention! The annual event will be held at the Sheraton Grand Chicago and feature autograph signings, player meet and greets, interactive exhibits, new fan experiences, special panels with Cubs players, alumni, coaches and more. More info.

Where: Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 E. North Water St.

When: Friday-Sunday

Cost: $125

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Woody’s Winter Warm-Up

Join the Wood Family Foundation for their 10th annual Woody’s Winter Warm-Up on Friday at Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch in the historic Water Tower Place. Mingle with 500+ other Cubs fans and friends of the Wood Family Foundation from across Chicago, and celebrate the upcoming 2020 MLB season. Don’t miss your chance to ring in 2020 in style while your favorite players, Cubs alumni, and other Chicago celebrities bartend. More info.

Where: Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch at Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave.

When: Friday, 9 p.m.

Cost: $250 GA, $350 VIP

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Snowball 2020

Hosted by the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago's Junior Council, this annual black tie gala takes over the Field Museum for a night of celebration that raises money for the hospital's pediatric and adolescent HIV/AIDS program. Guests will be treated to a five-hour open bar, tastings from 20 Chicago restaurants and a headlining performance from local cover band Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press. More info.

Where: The Field Museum, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Cost: $190 GA; $250 VIP


Aura Aura Pop-Up

Have you ever wondered what your aura looks like? You can find out when "experiential portrait project" Aura Aura returns to the Ace Hotel on January 18 and 19. The pop-up makes use of a special camera that spits out Polaroid-esque photos depicting a rainbow of colors, which correspond to the electromagnetic field surrounding your body. Each reservation includes an instant portrait of your aura, an informational card, a box to store the portrait and a personalized interpretation of your aura colors. On January 17, Aura Aura will be offering 50-minute pet aura photo sessions, allowing your dog to get in on the fun with the use of a special sensor. Twenty percent of proceeds from pet sessions will be donated to local non-profit PAWS. More info.

Where: Ace Hotel Chicago, 311 N. Morgan St.

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Cost: $45, pets $333

Teddy Bear Toss
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Teddy Bear Toss at Chicago Wolves Game

Join the Chicago Wolves and ABC Plumbing, Sewer, Heating, Cooling, and Electric as the team hosts its second Teddy Bear Toss to benefit Facing Forward to End Homelessness on Saturday, Jan. 18. The Wolves ask fans to bring new or gently used stuffed animals to be tossed on the ice during first intermission. The bears and other stuffed animals will be collected and donated to Facing Forward. More info.

Where: Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Rd., Rosemont

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Cost: Varies


Boozin’ In Your Onesie Bar Crawl

The World's Most Comfortable Bar Crawl returns Saturday to River North. Hop from bar to bar in River North in your pajamas while enjoying DJs and other entertainment. More info.

Where: River North

When: Saturday, 3-10 p.m.

Cost: Varies

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UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cerrone Fight at Joe’s on Weed St.

A welterweight bout between former two-division champion Conor McGregor and former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Donald Cerrone. More info.

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

When: Saturday, 7-10 p.m.

Cost: $8 GA

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Special Prohibition Menu at The Darling

All weekend long, The Darling will offer a special celebratory cocktail menu to celebrate as if it was the day before America went legally dry, in partnership with Templeton Rye. The menu include ‘The Good Stuff’ Sour, The Bootlegger’s Old Fashion, Johnny Appleseed, and Maple Cast Mulled Wine. More info.

Where: The Library at The Darling, 905 W. Randolph St.

When: Thursday-Sunday

Cost: Varies

A Very Harry Christmas Pop-Up
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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

Millennium Park Ice Rink
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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

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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
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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 more. More info.

Where: Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark St.  

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

Cost: Free, event/activity pricing varies

United Center
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Chicago Bulls v. Cleveland Cavaliers

Head to the United Center on Saturday to cheer on the Chicago Bulls as they take the court to play the Cleveland Cavaliers! More info.

Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Cost: Varies

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Chicago Blackhawks v. Winnipeg Jets

Cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday when they take the ice to play the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center! More info.

Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

When: Sunday, 6 p.m.

Cost: Varies