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What’s On Tap in Chicago This Weekend: December 26-27, 2020

Looking for something to do in Chicago this weekend? We have you covered.

Chicago Events

Welcome to the third edition of What’s On Tap in Chicago This Weekend. This article series aims to bring you the best of Chicago entertainment on a weekly basis. For further background on the inspiration behind this endeavor, check out the introduction at the link below.

All caught up? Good. Let’s dive right into everything that’s going on in the Chicagoland area for the weekend of December 26-27, 2020.

Christmas Lights

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights by ComEd and Invesco

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights
Photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography

The zoo is currently hosting its annual light festival. The pandemic has caused the event to be held at reduced capacity and entry is timed this year, but it is just as merry and bright as years past. The event is currently sold out.

  • Location: 2200 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614
  • Details

Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum is putting on a drive-in light show full of lights, music, and other forms of Christmas fun. It lasts about 20 to 30 minutes in duration. While the event is currently sold out, their website says they release extra tickets weekly on Mondays.

  • Location: 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532
  • Details

Other Light Shows That Are NOT Sold Out

Santa’s Rock N Lights at the Lake County Fairgrounds

Santa's Rock N Lights
Photo: Matt Berklan/On Tap Sports Net

The Lake County Fairgrounds is hosting a drive-in light show that lasts about 20-30 minutes. The lights are all synced to music. A ticket reservation is required.

  • Location: 1060 E. Peterson Rd. Grayslake, IL
  • Details

Six Flags Lights

  • Location: 1 Great America Park Way, Gurnee, IL
  • Details

Brookfield Zoo

  • Location: 8400 W. 31st, Brookfield, IL
  • Details

Aurora Festival of Lights

  • Location: 1000 Ray Moses Dr. Aurora, IL
  • Details

Cosley Zoo Festival of Lights

Cosley Zoo Lights
Photo: Cosley Zoo
  • Location: 1356 N. Gary Ave. Wheaton, IL
  • Details

Lightscape Botanic Gardens

  • Location: 1000 Lake Cook Rd. Glencoe, IL 60022
  • Details

Let It Shine Drive Thru

  • Location: 1515 Lake Cook Rd. Northbrook, IL
  • Details

Lights on 4100 Block of North Francisco Avenue

This part of the Horner Park neighborhood has archways and some of the city’s best house light displays. It is a great spot for an Instagram backdrop!

  • Location: 4100 North Francisco Ave. Chicago, IL
North Francisco Ave Lights
Photo: Matt Berklan/On Tap Sports Net

Other Events

Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park

While the ice skating at the “Bean” is closed, the skating ribbon at Maggie Daley is open. It does require a non-transferable reservation. Skate rental is $16 and using your own skates is $5.

Ice Skating at Rosemont

Rosemont Ice Skating
Photo: Edward Marshall

Skating at the Chicago Wolves Ice Rink at Parkway Bank Park is also happening this year. Admission to the rink is FREE, however, a credit card is required to hold a reservation. Guests who fail to appear for their skate time will be charged $8 per person. Skate rental is $8.

  • Location: 5501 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018
  • Details

City of Chicago Christmas Tree

Home Alone House

Home Alone House
Photo: Karie Angell Luc/Pioneer Press

Want to see where Home Alone was filmed? Head out to Winnetka and take a look for yourself! You never know you, may see the Wet Bandits chasing Kevin in the window. The surrounding house and church were all part of the movie and the downtown filming locations are just a few blocks away.

Pro Tip: Park on Pine Street just over the train tracks before you get to the house. It’s less than a block from the house and there’s free city street parking. More people than you would think travel to see this attraction. Additionally, there is no parking on Lincoln Ave. and Winnetka police patrol Lincoln Ave. because it gets so backed up. This tip will save you from the traffic jam.

  • Location: 671 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093

Santa’s Garage and Drive-in

The Waldron Deck and the South Lot at Soldier Field have been converted into a drive full of lights, displays, and Santa and his helpers. The drive will lead you to a screening of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Jack Frost Winter Village

Jack’s takes up ten acres of Goose Island and is a winter walk and tree farm. It is a great place to show how strong your Instagram game is.

Walnut Room

Walnut Room Macy's Chicago
Photo: Jaclyn Rivas

Get a look at the Macy’s Christmas tree while you grab some take-out from the Walnut Room.


Shows

Music Box Drive-In

This drive-in screens It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas.

Holly Jolly Drive-In

This is another drive-in movie experience during the holiday season. It is presented by by Replay.

A Christmas Carol (Online)

A Christmas Carol
Photo: xperiencedays.com

The Goodman Theatre is usually packed nightly this time of year, but COVID-19 has hindered that in 2020. To make sure the story is still told, the Goodman Theatre has a free audio streaming version on their website.

Miracle on West Madison

This is another drive-in presented by Replay.


Concerts

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Sporting Events

Here are all the sporting events going on with Chicago-affiliated teams this weekend. There will be no fans in attendance at any games in the state, so please enjoy them from your couch. Additionally, if you are gambling, be sure to check back frequently for gambling articles and follow us on Twitter for even more #OnTapBets. The highlight is the first weekend of regular NBA games and the second to last week of the NFL!

NCAA Football

Notre Dame Football
Photo: UND.com

4 Notre Dame (10-1) vs. 1 Alabama (11-0) – OFF

  • Next game: Rose BowlFriday 1/1 at 3:00 PM on ESPN

After getting blown out in the ACC title game by Clemson, the Irish limped into the last spot of the College Football Playoff. Check out the latest episode of Irish On Tap for a recap of the ACC Championship Game and analysis on the adjustments Notre Dame must make against Alabama.

14 Northwestern (6-2) vs. Auburn (6-4)

  • Next game: Citrus Bowl – Friday 1/1 at 12:00 AM on ABC

After a tough loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship, the Wildcats can still cap off a great year against a tough Auburn team in the Citrus Bowl.

NBA

Zach LaVine Bulls
Photo: Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Bulls (0-1) vs. Pacers (1-0), vs. Warriors (0-2)

  • vs. Pacers: Saturday 12/26 at 7:00 PM on NBC Sports Chicago
  • vs. Warriors: Sunday 12/27 at 7:00 PM on NBC Sports Chicago

The Bulls open their first regular-season weekend slate at home vs. the Indiana Pacers and the Golden State Warriors. This will be a good opportunity for the Bulls to correct the defensive mistakes that cost them in the season opener. Check out the Bulls On Tap podcast to get ready for the weekend of games.

Head to the Bulls tab here at On Tap Sports Net for further analysis throughout the NBA season.

NCAA Men’s Basketball

Illinois Basketball Schedule
Photo: Matthew OHaren/USA TODAY Sports

 18 Illinois (6-3) at Indiana (5-3)

  • Saturday 12/26 at 3:00 PM, TV on Fox Sports 1

The Fighting Illini got back on track in Big Ten play by knocking off Penn State on the road on Wednesday. Brad Underwood’s team returns home to face the Indiana Hoosiers, who dropped their most recent contest to Northwestern at home on Wednesday.

Northwestern (6-1)

The Wildcats continued their impressive start to Big Ten play by taking down Ohio State just before this article was published. They’ll face an even bigger test in their next contest.

  • Next Game: at Iowa, Tuesday 12/29 at 8 PM

Notre Dame (3-4) – OFF

  • Next Game: vs. (16) Virginia Wednesday 12/30 at 5:00 PM on ACC Network

Loyola (4-2) vs. Illinois State (3-3)

  • Sunday 12/27 at 3:00 PM on ESPN+

UIC (3-2)

  • vs. Detroit Mercy (1-5) Saturday 1/1 at 3:00 PM on ESPN3

Chicago State (0-7) – SEASON CANCELED

  • Chicago State suspended its season due to COVID-19 issues and injuries. They only dressed six players in their final game.

DePaul (1-0) vs. Providence (5-3)

  • Sunday 12/27 at 8:00 PM CBS Sports Network

NFL

Bears Vikings
Photo: Jim Mone/AP

Chicago Bears (7-7) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-13)

  • Sunday 12/27 at 12:00 PM on CBS

Mitchell Trubisky and David Montgomery kept the Bears’ playoff hopes alive in Week 15 by sticking it to the Minnesota Vikings. Will there be a huge letdown vs. the tanking Jaguars? Hopefully not. Tune in to the Bears On Tap podcast for storylines, analysis, and commentary surrounding the matchup.

Fantasy Football Playoffs (Championship Week 1)

Hopefully you’re still standing in your fantasy football league. Make sure you set those lineups properly by checking out Pat Boadway’s Week 16 starts and sits. For further fantasy football advice, check out the Fantasy Hour On Tap podcast.


That will wrap things up for the third edition of What’s On Tap in Chicago This Weekend. As you can see, there’s plenty to do in and around Chicago, so don’t let the ongoing pandemic get you down! Be sure to check back weekly for future events.

As always, drop a comment if there is something you think we should add to the list for this weekend or any upcoming ones!


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