Happy Holi-Daze: SantaCon Chicago 2013
Bust out the Santa suit and crawl to six downtown bars with a raucous group of merry (and tipsy) St. Nicks.
Tour time: Stop for pics in front of the Art Institute and Millennium Park to see how many confused tourists you can freak out.
Sat noon. Meet at Congress Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave., Loop. $10 here.
Look Good Do Good: Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball at Hilton Chicago
Rub shoulders with Chicago’s rich and famous at this annual black tie engagement for local children’s charities.
Dance off: The 15-piece Ken Arlen Orchestra will have you looking like James Bond on the dance floor.
Fri 6:30p. Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Loop (312-948-6797). $500-6,000 per table; call to RSVP.
Nearby: Buddy Guy’s Legends; Oysy; Jimmy Green’s
Old School: Film Strip: A Picture Show A Go-Go at The Admiral
The Admiral returns to its roots as a 1920s-era cinema with a series of variety shows at this celebration of B-movies and burlesque.
Setting your sights: VIP admission ($75) gets you front row seating, a signed poster, and unlimited drinks. So yeah, it’s worth it.
Tonight-Sat, 8p. Admiral Theatre, 3940 W. Lawrence Ave., Albany Park. $20-75 here.
Nearby: Gamblers; Ali Baba’s Hoohak Café; Big Pho
Face Mask: The White Panda at House of Blues
Watch DJs in white suits and light-up panda masks mash up Games of Thrones with Rihanna at this Girl Talk-style rager.
Indecent exposure: Meet the mysterious men behind the masks with a meet and greet before the show.
Fri 9p. House of Blues, 329 S. Dearborn St., River North. $15-62 here.
Nearby: Chicago Cut Steakhouse; Hoyt’s; Public House