‘Tis the season to be both jolly and unfashion. Helping you do both is the start of what I’m declaring the “Season of Ugly Sweater Parties.” For the next two weeks bars across the city will be ugly sweater parties and bar crawls so you can tell your Great Aunt Edna, she you did wear the hand knit sweater she made you late year.
RA Sushi – Thursday, December 12th
Fashionable sushi and unfashionable ugly sweaters aren’t a natural fit, but when it’s for the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, I like it! Starting at 7 pm, anyone who brings in a $15 donation or a new, unwrapped toy will receive happy hour prices all night and have an opportunity to win a $25 RA gift card as part of the Ugly Holiday Sweater contest.
The Twelve Bars of Christmas – Saturday, December 14th
Ugly sweaters and drunken Santas come together for the day long “bar crawl” in Wrigleyville. Less of an actual bar crawl than a mad house with 23,000 people merrily dancing between 50+ bars, TBOX is the largest ugly sweater party in Chicago and, perhaps, the world.
American Junkie and Marker’s Mark – Wednesday, December 18th
Raid your mom’s closet because anyone who attends American Junkie’s Ugly Sweater Party will receive a Maker's Mark winter sweater (limited quantities available), complimentary Maker’s Mark cocktails from 7 pm - 8 pm (followed by a cash bar) and the ugliest sweater will walk away with a $150 gift card to American Junkie. There’s no word on if the Marker’s Mark “winter sweater” is for you or your bottle of Markers at home, but either way, I’m there.
Porkchop – Friday, December 20th
The West Loop's late night BBQ and whiskey spot is inviting ugly sweater aficionados to warm up in their worst attire with holiday themed cocktails. Throughout the night the good girls and boys in theme will receive prizes like branded shot glasses, flasks and shirts. Regardless of whether you’re on Santa’s naughty or nice list, any time after 10pm you can indulge in the late night menu featuring $1 appetizers (sliders, tacos, wings and fries) or a burger, beer and shot special for only $10.
Rockit Bar & Grill – Friday, December 20th
Beginning at 9pm, anyone in the holiday spirit with a good ol' fashion ugly sweater will receive 20% off food and drink specials all night, including $6 Apple Jameson and Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery. If you can’t make it in for the Ugly Sweater Party, Chef Amanda Downing and her team will be serving up a “Holiday Ham TV Dinner” ($21) featuring bourbon and brown sugar glazed Applewood smoked ham, country-style red skin mashed potatoes, Rockit four cheese mac, steamed broccoli, buttered corn, sweet potato fries and holiday sugar cookies. The TV dinner inspired meal will run December 17 through December 23 (excluding brunch).
And for those without an ugly sweater, don’t forget to hit up Ragstock before heading out to the bar.