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What’s On Tap in Chicago This Weekend: January 22-24, 2021

Get your weekend plans squared away with our Chicago event guide.

Chicago Events

Welcome to the seventh 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. A few reminders before we start:

Please follow COVID-19 protocols for each event. Do only what you feel is most comfortable during the ongoing pandemic.

As restrictions become more relaxed, this article series should get more selective and focused as the variety and volume of events add up.

Let’s dive right into the new year with everything that’s going on in the Chicagoland area for the weekend of January 22-24, 2021.

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Events

Lake Geneva Ice Castles

Lake Geneva Ice Castles
Photo: statetrunktour.com

Up in Wisconsin, Lake Geneva hosts one of the best spectacles of the winter. Artists come in and create amazing art and castles out of ice. This includes breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, fountains, and much more.

  • When: January 22nd through February 15th
  • Location: 11091 Hidden Cottage Cir Lake Geneva, WI, 53147, United States
  • Details and Tickets

Plunge Where You Are

The Polar Plunge put on by the Chicago Polar Bear Club would be this weekend, but COVID-19 will prohibit the frigid dip into Lake Michigan this year. Organizers are asking participants to plunge remotely in a cold shower, bathtub, or some other means outside. The purpose of this event is to raise money for local families in need. Check out the link below for more information.

  • When: Now until January 30th
  • Location: Online
  • Details

Ice Skating at Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating
Photo: Maggie Daley Park

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

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Ice Skating at Rosemont

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

Wilmot Mountain Snow Tubing and Brewery Trip

Wilmot Mountain
Photo: JSNonline.com

While you can go up to Wilmot for skiing, snowboarding, or tubing, there is another way to make it a more convenient weekend trip. There is a package that includes a coach bus that departs downtown Chicago and drives you straight to and from Wilmot, where you enjoy snow tubing for two hours. The trip package costs $149 and includes dinner plus one free beer along with the tubing session and round-trip bus ticket. Tickets are sold out for this weekend, but weekends the rest of January and February are available.

  • Pick-up Location: 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Wilmot Mountain Location: 11931 Fox River Rd, Wilmot, WI 53192
  • Details and Reservations

Fire and Ice Pop-up Bar

While most winter/holiday pop-ups are in the month of December, this one opens open in January at Recess in the West Loop. This patio will have ice sculptures, fire pits, s’mores, and a cocktail included in the cost of the ticket.

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Shows

Dennis Watkins
Photo: denniswatkins.net

The Magic Parlour at Home – Illusionist Dennis Watkins

Dennis Watkins typically does a residency at the Palmer House, but it is a virtual event this time around due to COVID-19. His magic and illusions will take place via the internet. Some of his tricks require a deck of cards while you are watching. Watkins’ show is ranked number one on TripAdvisor.

ChiTown Movies Drive-In

This drive-in screens some classic movies all weekend. Check out the movie listings and full details below.

Laugh More Live

Zanies Comedy Club in Rosemont is putting on a live stream performance. Local Calvin Evans is the host and the acts include Erica Nicole Clark, Joey Villagomez, Jim Flannigan, and Dario Durham. On Tap Sports Net’s own Joe Kilgallon had the privilege of interviewing Erica Nicole Clark in our new article series, “Chicago Comedian of the Week“.

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Concerts

Piece Pizza fundraising for the Chicago Independent Venue League

While there are no notable concerts this week due to the pandemic, Piece Pizza is doing a fundraiser for Chicago’s Independent music venues. It’s a $27 pizza with $5 going to the music venues. The pizza was created by Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen and Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar. We will definitely be ordering from there this weekend to help out with such a great cause. Check out the post below for more details.

  • When: Now through January 31st
  • Location: Piece Brewery and Pizzeria, 1927 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
  • Cost: $27

Sporting Events

Here are all the sporting events involving Chicago-affiliated teams taking place 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 highlights include NFL Playoffs, the second weekend of NHL regular-season action, NBA games, and NCAA men’s basketball.

NBA

Bulls Thunder
Photo: ChicagoBulls/Twitter

Bulls (6-8) at Hornets (6-8), vs. Lakers (11-4)

  • at Hornets: Friday 1/22 at 6:00 PM on NBC Sports Chicago
  • vs. Lakers: Saturday 1/17 at 7:00 PM on NBC Sports Chicago

The Bulls have a back-to-back slate this weekend when they take on the Hornets and the red-hot Lakers. The Bulls have shown noticeable growth and they’re starting to string some wins together. This weekend will be a good test against some high-level competition. Check out the Bulls On Tap podcast to get ready for the weekend of games and head to the Bulls tab here at On Tap Sports Net for further analysis throughout the NBA season.

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NHL

Calvin de Haan Blackhawks
Calvin deHaan is in his second year on the Blackhawks (Photo: Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Blackhawks (0-3-1) vs. Red Wings (2-2-0)

  • vs. Red Wings: Friday 1/22 at 7:00 PM on NBC Sports Chicago
  • vs. Red Wings: Sunday 1/24 at 11:30 AM on NBC

The Blackhawks began the 2021 season on the road in Florida, dropping two games each to the Lightning and Panthers. Losing is no fun even in a developmental year, but their most recent game on Tuesday marked their best performance of the young season. Check out the Blackhawks tab here at On Tap Sports Net and tune in to the Four Feathers Podcast to stay up to date on the Blackhawks this year.

NCAA Men’s Basketball

Illinois Basketball
Photo: IlliniMBB/Twitter

 12 Illinois (10-5) – OFF

  • Next game: vs. Iowa Friday 1/29 at 8:00 PM

Northwestern (6-7) vs. Penn State (3-6)

  • Saturday 1/23 at 6:00 PM on Big Ten Network

Notre Dame (4-8) vs. Miami (6-7)

  • Sunday 1/24 at 5:00 PM
DePaul Basketball
Photo: SBNation

DePaul (2-5) at Marquette (8-6)

  • Saturday 1/23 at 5:00 PM

Loyola (11-3) at Bradley (9-5)

  • Sunday 1/24 at 3:00 PM on ESPN+

UIC (7-2) vs. Youngstown St. (7-7)

  • Friday 1/22 at 4:00 PM on ESPN3
  • Saturday 1/23 at 4:00 PM on ESPN3

NIU (2-9) – OFF

  • Next game: vs. Bowling Green on Tuesday 1/26 at 6:00 PM on ESPN+
Darius Beane NIU
Photo: NIU Athletics

To stay up to date on all things Northern Illinois athletics, tune in to the Huskies On Tap podcast.

Illinois State (5-8) vs. Valparaiso (3-9)

  • Saturday 1/23 at 5:00 PM on ESPN3
  • Sunday 1/24 at 5:00 PM on ESPN3

SIU (7-3) – OFF

  • Next game: at Indiana State on Monday 1/25 at 6:00 PM on ESPN+

Bradley (9-5) at Loyola (11-3)

  • Sunday 1/24 at 3:00 PM on ESPN+

Valparaiso (3-9) at Illinois State (5-8)

  • Sunday 1/24 at 5:00 PM on ESPN3

Chicago State (0-7) – SEASON CANCELED

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NFL

NFL Conference Championship
Photo: NY Times
  • Packers (13-3) vs. Buccaneers (11-5) Sunday 1/24 at 2:05 PM on FOX
  • Chiefs (14-2) vs. Bills (13-3) Sunday 1/24 at 5:40 PM on CBS

This week’s NFL slate consists of a pair of conference championship games. Come Sunday night, we will know the Super Bowl matchup.

NFL Gambling and DFS for Playoffs

While fantasy football is over, NFL Conference Championship weekend certainly makes for some intriguing bets. There are also DFS pools and countless other bets out there for the postseason. The crew at Fantasy Hour On Tap has you covered on DFS plays and additional advice for this week, so check out the podcast to hear their picks and make some money.


That will wrap things up for the seventh 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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