5 Things to do this Weekend: December 23

Enjoy winter with new experiences to make your season bright! From cultural opportunities through food and festivals, to adventures in the arts, to exploring new areas and shops, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a round-up of five activities this weekend that we think you will love!

Find Yourself Under the Mistletoe

Take yourself out for a holiday experience at Mistletoe, a pop–up bar hosted at Mordecai. This upscale holiday bar features some incredible vintage and modern holiday-themed cocktails and delicious seasonal bites. Reserve your spot at the bar to enjoy a night out surrounded by holiday decorations to kick off Christmas weekend! 
Date: December 23 
Time: 5:00 – 10:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Mordecai, 3632 N Clark St 
More info: exploretock.com

Go See a Movie, Yah Filthy Animals

Bring the family to Pilsen’s drive-in movie theater, ChiTown Movies, this weekend. They are running two holiday classics over the weekend, Elf and Home Alone. This dog-and-kid-friendly experience boasts a great menu of movie snacks and drinks (try the hot cocoa!) for you to enjoy while shouting out “SANTA! I know him!!” along with the stars on the screen. 
Date: December 23 & 25 
Time: 5:00 & 7:00PM 
Cost: $33+ 
Location: Chitown Movies Drive-In, 2343 S Throop St 
More info: chitownmovies.com 

Be the King of the Castle

The Chicago Children’s Museum is open on Christmas Eve to help burn some holiday treat–fueled energy before the big day! Check out their Castle exhibit where everyone is royalty. Cross moats, wear crowns, climb the towers, and let imaginations run wild in this amazing exhibit.  
Date: December 24 
Time: 10:00AM – 3:00PM 
Cost: $19+ 
Location: Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier, 700 E Grand Ave 
More info: chicagochildrensmuseum.org

Play Some Reindeer Games

Celebrate the holiday season winding down with a night out at Headquarters in River North at their Reindeer Games pop-up holiday experience. The HQ arcade games are lit up like Christmas trees next to actual Christmas trees at this bar. Try some specialty cocktails while checking out the decorations or take the best Instagram photo of 2022 in their full-sized Santa sleigh.  
Date: December 23 – 25  
Time: 4:00PM to close 
Cost: Free 
Location: Headquarters River North, 213 W Institute Pl  
More info: hqrivernorth.com 

8th Night, 8th Light

Cuddle up in your pajamas with hot cocoa and your menorah to celebrate the last night of Hanukkah with JCC Chicago. This virtual event is available to all who want to listen to the story of Hanukkah. This story time and menorah lighting party is the eighth night of JCC Chicago events for Hanukkah, so Zoom into the last night of community events with the whole family. 
Date: December 25 
Time: 5:45PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Virtual 
More info: jccchicago.org

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