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Igniting your Holiday Spirit Under $50: The Chicago Way

Chicago Holiday events are in full swing and we are happy to say we made it. We’ve officially been granted permission to listen to Christmas music, buy our Christmas trees, and channel all things holiday spirit. (Any of you who did it before Thanksgiving are crazy AF!) We are all excited over here at the Holler because the possibilities for getting into the Christmas spirit in Chicago are endless. Here is a narrowed down list to what we think are the coolest ways to get into the Christmas Spirit in Chicago AND for under $50! (P.s—there is booze involved).

Chicago Holiday Events under $50

Lincoln Park Zoo: Adults Night Out

Lincoln Park Zoo

To kick off the list of Chicago Holiday events…This Thursday, November 30th from 6:30-10:00pm, the Lincoln Park Zoo will be hosting all adults for a night of fun! This night is filled with holiday activities, gnome hunts, cash bars, and exposure to their billions of Christmas lights. $15 if you purchase online and $20 at the door, this is a perfect way to stroll around with a drink in hand and damn good company. But, let’s be real: purchase the ticket online and save that extra $5 for a beer. Click HERE for your tickets.

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

Navy Pier Winter Wonder Fest

For $10 at general admission or $25 to enjoy all the activities this event has to offer, this is one of the most popular Chicago Holiday events around. This Friday is the beginning of Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest and we can hardly wait. Running until January 7th, you can enjoy their 15ft tubing adventure, Ice skating, rides, and more! Click HERE for more information!

Shop Buzzed at Hopsmith Tavern


What is better than shopping with a damn good buzz? On December 14th from 6:30pm-6:30pm, my very own company, SHOP BUZZED, will be throwing a holiday shopping party at Hopsmith Tavern (15 W. Division Street)! With free entry, you will receive complimentary cocktails, 1/2 off bottles of wine, 1/2 off salads and wraps, and some damn good shopping. There will be all local Chicago vendors selling their pieces and ready to solve all of your holiday shopping woes.

How’s that for a Thirsty Thursday? You can check out SHOP BUZZED HERE for more event details! Open to the public, bring everyone! (Photo by: Jade Hull Photo)

Christkindlmarket 2017

Christkindl Market Chicago

Okay, when it comes to Chicago Holiday events, this is a must! Every year from November 17th to December 24th, the best German market comes to town and plants themselves on the Daley Plaza in the Loop. Open daily with free entry ALWAYS, you can enjoy a market of German delicacies and gifts. Let’s not forget the mulled wine that comes in a complimentary custom mug that you get to keep. (Click HERE to see the mug they designed for this year!) Don’t forget to try their delicious stuffed pretzels, German sausages, and shop around for the coolest German trinkets.

Cindy’s Rooftop 

cindys rooftop bar

The glass dome of Chicago. Cindy’s is a beautiful rooftop bar that has views for days. Grab an after dinner cocktail and enjoy their enclosed snow globe-esque rooftop or even on their outdoor patio with their toasty fire pits! A snowy evening in the city makes for a perfect holiday date night at Cindy’s. All you have to bring is the mistletoe.

Pop Up Christmas Cocktail Lounge:

the orbit room

We saved the best for last. From now until Dec 24th, The Orbit room in Avondale will be transforming their space into a month-long Christmas themed pop up called “Believe”. Lost Lake, in Logan Square, will also be sportin’ a holiday-themed pop up. We are dying to try their “Merry N’ Bright” cocktail made with Rittenhouse rye, Fernet Branca, Branca menta, demerara, creme de cacao, creme de menthe, and fresh mint: Follow them both on social media for MORE info; we can’t wait to see you there. 

Are you convinced yet? For under $50 a person, you can embrace your inner Christmas spirit, drink(s) in hand, Chicago style. Thank us later.



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Need a place to eat, too!? Check out our blog post featuring some of the yummiest Southern Eateries in the Chicago area!

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