Again I'm working up to the last minute to get more and more holiday events and big beer events into this list. If it seems like there are more beer choices here in Chicago, it's true! The Brewers' Association has noted that the Chicago metropolitan area now has 167 commercial brewers, the most of any city in the U.S. That covers an area from the Wisconsin border to Aurora and Joliet, and includes northwestern Indiana. I can think of a couple dozen more. Some places like Portland have many more brewers per capita, but the growth in our beer scene had been huge. (Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune.)
You may have noticed that there are a lot of Bears-watching events for this Sunday afternoon. There is also a possibility that NBC may "flex" the Bears-Packers matchup to Sunday evening, what with the Bears looking to clinch a playoff spot this weekend. In the event that happens, check the venues below. Most have indicated they will move their events to the evening.