Small Business Saturday, World Cup parties and holiday fun

CHICAGO — There’s plenty to do across the city this weekend, including World Cup watch parties, music festivals and local markets.

Here’s a roundup of 15 things to do in Chicago this weekend:

Holly Jolly trolley rides

Starts Saturday at 11 a.m

Different places

Holly Jolly trolleys will be in neighborhoods across the city including Ravenswood and Bucktown on Small Business Saturday.

5pm-10pm Friday

Rizzo’s Bar & Inn, 3658 N. Clark St.

This Santa Claus party bus is heading into town this weekend and through December. The five-hour experience includes a chili, mac, and cheese buffet, bus tour, and admission to Lincoln Park ZooLights and Christkindlmarket. Tickets for this BYOB bus ride start at $49 and are available online. Drivers must be at least 21 years old and have a valid ID.

4pm-1am Friday-Monday

Lucky Strike, 322 E. Illinois St.

Go bowling this Thanksgiving weekend. If you throw a turkey — three strikes in a row — Lucky Strike will donate $50 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

10am-2pm Saturday

The Common Cup, 1501 W. Morse Ave.

Kick off the holiday shopping season and support local businesses this weekend for #SmallBizSat. There will be a welcome station from 10am to 2pm with complimentary crepes, coffee and cocoa, live music, a selfie station, tote bags and a list of shops offering all-day specials.


Various locations in Lincoln Square

Shop at small shops that offer special discounts and enjoy celebrations throughout the day, including photos with Santa Claus and carols from Victorian Christmas carols. You can also end the day with the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce Tree Illumination at 5:30pm

10am-5pm Saturday

Absolutely all essentials, 3521 S. King Drive

More than 20 artists, designers, small business owners, vendors and key service providers will be present at Bronzeville’s largest Small Business Saturday event. You can “make and take home” your own handmade gifts or shop for locally made clothing, jewelry and accessories, tasty treats and more.

Recognition: Quinn Myers/Block Club Chicago
Midwest Coast Brewing, 2137 W Walnut St. on April 29, 2022

Friday 12pm-5pm

Various locations in the Chicago Brewing District

Shop drink in hand at 35 local producers this Black Friday. There will be a variety of handmade goods including jewelry, home decor, prints, soap, paintings, candles and more. Admission is free.

6-7pm Friday

Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St.

Celebrate the holidays and sing with local music groups including the Oakdale Christian Academy Choir and the Windy City Gay Chorus and Treble Quire. If you can’t make it this weekend, there’s sing-alongs on Fridays through December 16th.

10am-4pm Friday-Sunday

National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St.

This Christmas market features handcrafted Mexican souvenirs including ornaments, nativity scenes, t-shirts, jewelry and more. Museum members receive a 30 percent discount on all goods.

Recognition: Provided
This will be the city’s third annual Albanian Independence Parade.

Albanian Independence Day Parade

12:30pm-2:30pm Sunday

900 S. Columbus Drive

This parade is a great way to celebrate Albanian Independence Day with the Albanian-American community.

World Cup watch parties in a pub

Friday 1 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m

Broken English Taco Pub, 75 E Lake St., 2576 N Lincoln Ave and 1400 N Wells St.

You can tune in to USA vs. England and Mexico vs. Argentina with fellow Chicagoans and enjoy $40 Marg Pitchers.

1 p.m. Friday

Gallagher Way, 3635 N Clark St.

You can also watch the USA vs. England game at the Gallagher Way. Afterwards you can enjoy international food and drinks at the Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville.

Recognition: Provided
You can take photos with Santa every weekend from November 25th to December 18th.

3pm-8pm Friday and 11am-5pm Saturday-Sunday

Gallagher Way, 3635 N Clark St.

Santa Claus is making his way to Lakeview this weekend. He will be there for photos from Friday to Sunday until December 18th.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday

Friday-Saturday at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St.

Sunday at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave.

Catch performances from Psyche, Blu Anxxiety, Boy Harsher, Black Plague and more this weekend. There will also be a photo booth, interactive exhibits, vendors and more. Tickets range from $41 to $176 and are available online.

7pm-11pm Friday

SPIN, 344 N. State St.

Watch paint fly and canvases go from blank to pretty in this live art match. All artwork created during the event can be purchased via a silent auction. Admission is at 7:00 p.m., painting begins at 8:00 p.m. You can register for the competition here. Spectator tickets are $22 online and $25 at the box office. You must have valid ID with you to enter.

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