Crowds, Costumes, Bars, Cereal and Beer = TBOX
Are you looking for that place in the world where cereal and beer collide? Look no further than TBOX 2015 Chicago. What's billed as one of the largest and most spectacular events of its kind in the world, will take place Saturday December 12th 2015 in Chicago. TBOX. It stands for (T)welve (B)ars (O)f (X)mas - a themed event that I can best describe as Mardi Gras in Wrigleyville with a crowd predominantly comprised of "Millennials" with a spattering of Gen Y, Gen X and a teaspoon of baby boomers plus a lot more bars.
It started out as just another Pub Crawl in 1996 hosted by Chris Festa, "Mr. Festa" with a sequential tour of 12 bars (based on the “12 Days of Christmas” carol) with about 60 people. TBOX is now an all-day event, going from 8am to 8pm, including more than 50 bars in the area near Wrigley Field.
Since 2007, the TBOX Opening and Closing Ceremonies have taken place at the world-famous Cubby Bear across from the Wrigley Field marquee which is currently down for remolding work on Wrigley Field.
This year will be "Festa's 20th Annual Twelve Bars of Christmas" an annual event which is held the Second Saturday in December in the Wrigleyville Neighborhood.
TBOX 2015 theme is "The Motion Picture". TBOXER's are given an Official Program and Game board. One of the objects of the game is to visit 3 bars of the 4 color groups out of the 50 participating bars in Wrigleyville and collect a sticker from each of the 12 bars. It starts and ends with Opening and Closing Ceremonies and a finale party at the world-famous Cubby Bear at 1059 W. Addison. The festivities kicked off at 8 o'clock am. Yes, 8 o'clock in the morning!
Costumes will include the Tradition Christmas Themes like Santa, Sexy Santa Girls, Elves, Reindeer, Candy Canes and Gifts or follow this years theme The Motion Picture with your favorite movie character. It also has included everything from Star Wars Storm Troopers to a giant white bear in a Winnebago. Lots of very creative outfits could be found traveling the streets and in the bars of Wrigleyville.
Charities benefit from the TBOX festivities as well. Over the past 10 years over $250,000 in cash, merchandise, and CEREAL has been donated to local and regional charities including The Lakeview Pantry Food Bank and Hunger Assistance Center and The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
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