Show Me Chicago's top 10 things to do right now

1. The Harlem Fine Arts Showharlemfineartsshowchicago

The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS), returns to Chicago for year three, December 9 through the 11th. The large show features a sale of African Diasporic art at Life Creative, 1655 W. Walnut, in the city’s trendy West Loop. 

Since its inception in New York in 2009, HFAS has attracted over 80,000 visitors, showcased hundreds of artists and galleries. The colorful one-of-a-kind pieces, by some of this country's top African American artists are available in all price ranges.

2. The Twelve Bars of Christmas

Photo: Chicago Tribune

Photo: Chicago Tribune

This annual Wrigleyville pub crawl, The Twelve Bars of Christmas (TBOX), billed as "the world's craziest pub crawl, is a holiday tradition for many. The crawl steps off at 8 am., December 10 with participants dressed in their sexy, scanty and fun holiday attire. Warm up with liquid refreshments deep in the heart of Wrigleyville along Clark St. Click here for tickets and more information.

WARNING for those not attending: Don't even think about driving down Clark St. in Wrigleyville on that day as you can spend 30 minutes or more just to travel one block. 

3. Yuletide Genocide

 Hobo Junction Productions presents “The Little Drummer Boy (and other stories Doug really does not want to tell) at Stage 773.

Hobo Junction Productions presents The Little Drummer Boy (and other stories Doug really does not want to tell) at Stage 773.

STAGE 773 ONE ACT FESTIVAL: YULETIDE GENOCIDE offers a twist on Christmas classics. Six theatre companies from across the Chicagoland area ask the question: “Can Santa really get arrested for that?! This Thursday, December 8, and Friday December 9 and next Thursday, December 15 and Friday, December 16.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door for all shows, and may be purchased here or call 773 327 5252.

4. Experience a holiday classicharrisholidaymessiah

Chicago’s oldest choir, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago will be performing Handel’s MESSIAH on Saturday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music & Dance, 2015 E. Randolph Drive. For additional information and to purchase tickets click here or call 312 427 5620.

5. SantaCon is Coming to Town

Revelers dressed as Santa Claus run as the arrive at Tompkins Square Park to take part during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries.

Revelers dressed as Santa Claus run as the arrive at Tompkins Square Park to take part during the annual SantaCon bar crawl event occurs worldwide in more than 300 cities in 44 countries.

You better watch out cause SantaCon is coming to Logan Square this Saturday, December 10. The annual event that takes place worldwide has been described as a flashmob/bar crawl. Just don your best Santa or holiday attire and join the fun. 

6. 5K Ugly Holiday Sweater Runuglysweaterrunchicago

Time to recycle your ugly holiday sweater at Saturday's (December 10) Ugly Sweater 5K Run at Soldier Field. Get your tickets, here. After the race partake in Kahlúa cocktails, holiday goodies, and awards for best sweater, mustache, and more.

7. Old Town Crawloldtownholidaypubcrawl

The Old Town Christmas Crawl on December 10th offers another way for Chicagoans and visitors to catch the spirit. Tickets are required.

8. The Holiday Miniature Thorne Roomsholidaysthorne-victorian_480

The Art Institute of Chicago's beloved miniature Thorne rooms are decked out for the holidays with 11 rooms dressed in their holiday best. Highlights include the 1930s French Library showcasing Art Deco holiday glamour and a new long-term loan, a miniature replica of the breakfast room of Frank Lloyd Wright’s William Martin House in Oak Park. 

Admission to the Thorne Miniature Rooms (Gallery 11) is free with general admission to the museum. 111 S. Michigan Avenue. 

9. Polar Adventure Dayspolaradventuredays

Embrace the cold at Northerly Island's Polar Adventure Days this Saturday December 10 (also Jan. 21 & Feb. 25) from noon to 4 p.m. The event offers fun for all both inside and outside with animals, crafts, and winter activities. The park is at 1521 S. Linn White Dr. Call 312 745 2910.

10. The CTA Holiday Train

Santa Claus, shown last year on the Green Line, returns for 2016. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

Santa Claus, shown last year on the Green Line, returns for 2016. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)

All aboard the Chicago Transit Authority Holiday Train, a six-car train decked out for Christmas. The train will run now through Fri., Dec. 23. Schedule: Dec. 7, Pink Line. Thurs. through Sat. Dec. 8 to 10, Blue Line. Tues., Dec. 13, Red Line. Wed., Dec. 14, Purple Line. Thurs., Dec. 15, Red Line. Fri., Dec. 16, Purple Line. Sat., Dec. 17, Red and Purple Lines. Thurs., Dec. 22, Purple Line Express. Fri., Dec. 23, Yellow Line. For details, click here. 

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