Killing Spree: Murder at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt
A murdered curator leaves clues throughout the museum at this singles and socially oriented whodunit.
Peep show: While you’re there, check out the freaky moving imagery of film/video installation artist Steve McQueen.
Sat 2p. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Loop. (877-946-4868). $36 (includes museum admission) here.
Nearby: Miller’s Pub; Beef & Brandy; Rudy's Bar & Grille
Hyper Ventilation: PANIC! Dance Party at Beauty Bar
Following the demise of Darkroom, this long-running and epic dance circus takes up new residence at Beauty Bar.
Hit list: Down $4 Brooklyn Lager drafts and $5 Tito’s Vodka cocktails with indie/alt/Brit-pop DJs Pogo and Arturo.
Fri 9p. Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Ave., West Town. (312-226-8828). No cover.
Nearby: Leopold; Five Star; Swim Cafe
Drunken Elves: Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl
Crawl through Wrigleyville bars (and play bags or pong along the way) in your most bedazzled, clashing holiday garb.
Freak out: $100 cash prize for the “most outrageous” outfit, so be creative — and nothing is off limits.
Sat 1p. Starts at Goose Island Wrigleyville, 3535 N. Clark St. (773-832-9040). $20 here.
Nearby: Rebel; Rockit Burger Bar; Mad River
Race Curse: Santa Hustle 5K at Soldier Field
Santa hats and beards will be provided if you agree to dash around Soldier Field for charity.
Course trimmings: There’s also holiday music, sleigh rides, and a post-race bash (location TBA).
Sat 9a. Starts and ends at Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, South Loop. (312-747-1285). $40 here.
Nearby: Chicago Firehouse; Little Branch Café; Bongo Room