The Palmer House Hilton will be hosting it's annual Christmas tradition, Tubachristmas. The concert is made up of tuba and euphonium musicians and will feature holiday songs. There will also be a collection for donations made to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a nonprofit food distribution center. Free admission. The Palmer House Hilton Chicago, 17 East Monroe Street, 312-726-750; 3.hilton.comEnd of Year Champagne Tasting Party
I|O Urban Roofscape will be holding an end-of-the-year Champagne Tasting Holiday Party. Guests will be able to meet with representatives from the best champagne houses, and will be provided with a glass of champagne upon arrival. Cheese and meat tastings will be given to go along with the tasting. Tickets can be purchased here. $25. 6:30 p.m. I|O Urban Roofscape, 127 W. Huron St., 312-943-6900The Joffrey Ballet's "The Nutcracker"
Ring in the holiday season with the Joffrey Ballet for their 27th annual presentation of "The Nutcracker." The show will be in theaters from Dec. 5-28. The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway; ticketmaster.comNew Years Eve Pop-up Dinner
Chefs Michael Sheerin & Sarah Jordan will be creating a special five-course dinner to celebrate New Years Eve. Dishes include black sesame dumplings and a signature chocolate creation from Chef Jordan. Tickets are $200 per person. Service starts at 7:30 p.m. Locallective, 410 S. Michigan Ave., locallective.com14th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival
Stage 773 will be hosting its annual sketch comedy festival from January 8-18. The event celebrates the best in local, national, and international sketch comedy, and has attracted thousands of performers and audiences in the past. Tickets are $14 per person. Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont Ave., 773-969-5203; chicagosketchfest.com"Laugh Your Face Off" Comedy Event
TV personality Pat Tomasulo and his wife will be hosting a comedy fundraiser to benefit the Facial Pain Research Foundation. Guests will be treated to light bites from Delightful Pastries & Cafe, and can buy drinks from the cash bar. All of the proceeds from the event will go toward the FPRF. Tickets are $75. The Laugh Factory, 3175 North Broadway; laughfactorychicago.comChicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show
The Chicago Boats, Sports & RV Show will be merging with Strictly Sailing Chicago to host one large event to showcase the best in boating, sailing, and RVing. There will be various events both fun and educational for attendees such as the scuba diving, kayaking, and a sailing simulator. McCormick Place, South Hall, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.; chicagoboatshow.comSoccer Ball
Join Urban Initiatives for drinks, bites, dancing, and a silent auction at its ninth annual benefit supporting health and educational programming. 7 p.m. Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St.; urbaninitiatives.orgBlack Creativity Gala
Support youth in the sciences as the Museum of Science and Industry hosts its 32nd annual black-tie gala, which benefits the institution’s Black Creativity programming honoring African Americans’ achievements. 6:30 p.m. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.; For tickets, email email@example.com Annual d’Vine Affair
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago will be hosting its annual d'Vine charity event benefiting the Catholic Charities. The event features a premier wine tasting boasting of over 250 wines from all over the world. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $125. Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson; catholiccharities.netSeasonal Slam Two
Watch Chef Tom Van Lente and head bartender Graham Crowe of Two compete against Chef Heather Terhune and Bartender John Stanton. Chandra Ram will be the emcee for the evening, and has chosen the ingredients the chefs and mixologists must feature in their food and drinks. Guests will be treated to a cocktail reception and a seated dinner. $105. 5 p.m. Two, 1132 Grand Ave, tickets can be purchased here.First Bites Bash
First Bites Bash is the official kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week. Join us inside the magnificent Great Hall at Chicago Union Station, where you will enjoy savory and sweet tastings from over 50 of Chicago's most celebrated chefs and restaurants. Restaurateur & master sommelier, Alpana Singh will host this year's event, from which a portion of the proceeds will benefit Inspiration Corporation. $125. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Great Hall at Chicago Union Station, 500 W. Jackson St.; choosechicago.comFirst Bites Bash
Chicago Restaurant Week’s official kickoff event features tastings from 50 of the city’s most celebrated chefs to benefit local charities. 5:30 p.m. Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd.; firstbitesbash.comAspire’s Big City Night Gala
Take a trip back to the roaring 20’s at Aspire’s 17th annual Gatsby-themed gala with cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent and live auction, and speakeasy after party. 6 p.m. – midnight. Palmer House, 17 E Monroe St. aspirechicago.com/gala20158th Annual Be My Valentine Family Event
The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation will be hosting its eighth annual Valentine's Day event, which will be featuring a grand family buffet, live music, and activities for children. There will also be a private auction. Proceeds from the event will benefit breast cancer research and programs at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. The Ritz Carlton Chicago Hotel, 160 East Pearson Street, 312-926-7133; lynnsage.org
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