Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Jan. 3-5

Shannon Blum
January 03, 2020 - 8:05 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Happy New Year, Chicago! The new year brings some great events to the Chicagoland area, from food, wine, and beer tastings to concerts and shows, there is something for everyone this first weekend of the new year. And if you are still in the holiday spirit, this is the last weekend for a lot of holiday events, so be sure to get your fill before they are gone!

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.

Beer and Bacon

Chicago Beer, Bacon, and Wine Walk

Did someone say beer, wine and bacon? Yes, please! Explore the trendy River North neighborhood while discovering some of Chicago’s best craft beers and delicious wines paired with different bacon and pork treats. You will indulge in famous Chicago deep-dish pizza stuffed with bacon and a house-brewed pint of your choice. Learn the true history of Chicago pizza while you enjoy authentic deep dish and award-winning Chicago beer. Other stops include Chicago’s best barbecue paired with bottles of red and white and another stop for more craft beers, wine and a variety of delicious pork-inspired hors d’oeuvres. This tour is great for bachelor parties and birthday celebrations. More info. 

Where: American Walks, 500 N. LaSalle Dr.

When: Wednesdays and Sundays through Feb. 1, 4 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Hamilton: The Musical
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Hamilton The Musical

This is your last chance to see Hamilton The Musical in Chicago! Hamilton is a musical with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It is inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. The musical tells the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton through music that draws heavily from hip hop, as well as R&B, pop, soul, and traditional-style show tunes; the show also incorporates color-conscious casting of non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures. Through this use of modern storytelling methods, Hamilton has been described as being about "America then, as told by America now." More info. 

Where: CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.  

When: Friday, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Cost: Varies

James Mangold arrives at the premiere of Fox's "Ford V Ferrari" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on November 04, 2019 in Hollywood, California.
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Ford v Ferrari Display at Volo Auto Museum

It excited you on the big screen, now see it in person! This holiday season you will not want to miss seeing the actual GT40 used in the smash hit “Ford v Ferrari” on display at the Volo Auto Museum through Jan. 5. More info. 

Where: Volo Auto Museum, 27582 Volo Village Rd., Volo

When: Now through Jan. 5; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday-Sunday

Cost: $7 adults, free for kids 12 and younger with a paying adult.

Rod Man at Chicago Improv

Best known as the winner of Last Comic Standing Season 8, Comedian Rod Man is truly a gem in the World of Standup Comedy today. Check him out this weekend at Chicago Improv in Chicago. All shows are 18 and over and seating is first come, first serve. VIP tickets include a meet and greet, reserved seating on the floor, a photo, and a signed CD. More info.

Where: Chicago Improv, 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg 

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.; Saturday, 7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m.

Cost: $28-38

Vintage Clothing

Pheasant Run Antique and Vintage Market

This Chicagoland antique, vintage, and designer market features antiques, vintage jewelry, clothing, collectibles, décor, art, and more. More info. 

Where: Pheasant Run Resort, Mega Center, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles

When: Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $7 adults, free for kids 12 and younger with a paying adult.


All Animal Expo at the DuPage County Fairgrounds

Check out pets, pet supplies and more at the All Animal Expo at the DuPage County Fairgrounds. From reptiles to birds, small exotic mammals to creepy crawly creatures, puppies and kittens to small livestock and everything in between – the All Animal Expo has everything you need. More info. 

Where: DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd., Wheaton

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $5

Morgan Wallen performs at Irving Plaza on February 21, 2019 in New York City.
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Morgan Wallen’s Whickey Glasses Roadshow

Imma need some whiskey glasses! Platinum-selling Big Loud Records Country star and CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Morgan Wallen brings his brand-new headline tour to Chicago. He will be joined by Jon Langston and Ashland Craft. More info.

Where: Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Lincoln Park ZooLights
Lincoln Park Zoo / Julia Fuller

ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

The most wonderful time of the year deserves the most wonderful event of the year. For that, Lincoln Park Zoo invites you to join them in celebrating 25 years of ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo. This one-of-a-kind, festive holiday experience offers a free, merry, family-oriented celebration of joy right in the heart of the city. ZooLights features hundreds of luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities, all under the glow of 2.5 million lights. More info.

Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St.

When: Fridays, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Jan. 5

Cost: Free

Morton Arboretum

Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum

When the weather gets cold, the trees at Morton Arboretum light up in a sea of color at this popular winter event. Guests at Illumination walk down a one-mile path through the forest, admiring the magical display and seasonal music. Enjoy the display while strolling along a one-mile path and then warm up by a crackling fire with hot beverages and s’mores. More info. 

Where: Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle 

When: Saturday, Nov. 23-Jan. 5, first entry at 4:30 p.m., last entry at 8:30

A Very Harry Christmas Pop-Up
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A Very Harry Christmas Pop-Up Bar

Calling all witches and wizards, and muggles too, Replay Lincoln Park is bringing a Harry Potter pop-up through Jan. 5. Replay Lincoln Park’s Great Hall will be decked from floor to roof with magical decorations and holiday cheer. Replay has partnered with Zizi's Cafe to serve up a variety of Harry Potter-inspired snacks including Hogwarts Housecup Chicken, Huffle Pizza Puffs, and Paddington Burge. There will also be a variety of custom cocktails. More info.

Where: 1455 N. Elston Ave.

When: Now through Jan. 5; 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

Christmas Tree Chicago 2019
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City of Chicago Christmas Tree

Every year, Millennium Park is adorned with an epic Christmas tree that remains on display until the beginning of the new year. The larger-than-life attraction is festooned with twinkling lights and crowned with an illuminated star. Spectators can check out the festive tree near Washington Street and Michigan Avenue through Monday, January 6, 2020. More info.

Where: Millennium Park, 55 N. Michigan Ave. 

When: Now through Monday, Jan. 6.

Cost: Free

Christmas Around the World
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Christmas Around The World

Every year, the Museum of Science and Industry puts up its 45-foot-tall Grand Tree and surrounds the towering pine with more than 50 trees that represent Chicago's various communities and their respective holiday celebrations. Visitors can admire the 30,000 lights that cover the trees and stick around for the "snow" that falls from the rotunda every 30 minutes. During the weekend, live performances of holiday music fill the room, lending some additional seasonal cheer to your day at the museum. More info.

Where: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lakeshore Dr.

When: Thursday, Nov. 14-Sunday, Jan. 5

Cost: Included in museum admission

Navy Pier Winter WonderFest
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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

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

Jack Frost Winter Village 

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
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

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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

Chicago Bulls v. Boston Celtics

Cheer on the Chicago Bulls this weekend. Head to the United Center on Saturday to watch the Bulls take on the Boston Celtics! More info.

Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Cost: Varies

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Chicago Blackhawks v. Detroit Red Wings

Head back to the United Center on Sunday for a sports-filled weekend and cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks as they take to the ice to play the Detroit Red Wings. More info.

Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

When: Sunday, 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Varies