Welcome to the second edition of What’s On Tap in Chicago this weekend. This series of items is designed to bring you the best of Chicago entertainment on a weekly basis. For more information about what inspired this company, see the introduction of the link below.

Did everyone make it? That’s all I’m saying. Let’s take a dip in everything that happens on 18-20 weekends. December 2020 will take place in the Chicago area.

Christmas lighting

Lincoln Park Zoo Lights ComEd and Invesco

Photo : Todd Rosenberg Photography

The zoo currently hosts the annual Light Festival. Due to the pandemic, this year’s event is limited, but it is just as fun and lively as in previous years. The event is currently sold out.

  • Place: 2200 Н. Cannon Doctor Chicago, IL 60614.

Lighting: Tree lighting at Morton Arboretum

In the Morton Arboretum there is a light show with light, music and other forms of Christmas celebrations. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes. Although the event is currently sold out, their website indicates that they offer extra tickets on Mondays every week.

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

Other lamps not for sale.

Rocky Mountain Night Lights Santa Claus Fair in Lake County

Photo : Matt Berklan.

There is a light show at the Lake District Fairgrounds that lasts about 20-30 minutes. All lights are synchronized with the music. Reservations are required.

  • Place: 1060 Е. Peterson Rd. Grayslake, IL.
  • Details

Six lantern flags

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

Brookfield Zoo

  • Place: 8400 В. 31st, Brookfield, Illinois.
  • Details

Festival of dawn lighting

  • Place: 1,000 Ray Moses Dr. Aurora, sick.
  • Details

Cosley Zoo Festival of Lights

Photo : Cosley Zoo

  • Place: 1356 Н. Gary Avenue. Wheaton, IL.
  • Details

Luminous landscape of the botanical garden

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

Make it light.

  • Place: 1515 Lake Cook Rd. Northbrook, Illinois.
  • Details

Light on 4100 Block of North Francisco Avenue

This part of Horner Park has arches and some of the best lighting in the city. It’s the perfect place for an Instagram background!

  • Place: 4100 North Francisco Avenue. Chicago, Illinois.

Photo : Matt Berklan.

Other events

Skating in Maggie Daly Park

While the Bean Skate is closed, Maggie Daley’s track is open. This requires non-transferable reserves. Skate rent is $16 and using your own skates is $5.

Ice skating in Rosemont

Photo : Edward Marshall.

Ice skating on the Wolves of Chicago rink at Bankway Parkway is again in the spotlight this year. Access to the course is FREE, but a credit card is required for reservations. Guests who do not show up to skate will be charged $8 per person. The rent of the skates is $8.

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

Train and busHoliday CTA

Don’t forget to check the CTA holiday train and bus this weekend. Riders aren’t allowed, but it’s hard not to notice how they light up the city.

  • Various locations in Chicago


  • Blue line: 18th and 19th December


  • #79 : 18. December
  • #3 King Drive: December 19th

Follow the CTA application for the exact time and place during the day. Click here for more information.

Museum of Science and Industry: Christmas worldwide (online)

Photography : D.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry

Normally this is a mandatory Christmas event in the city, but MSI has made it an online event because of the current COVID-19 restrictions. The next round is scheduled for Friday the 18th. December at 3.30 p.m.

City of Chicago Christmas tree

Santa’s garage and entrance

The Waldron Bridge and the southern car park at Soldier Field have been transformed into a merry-go-round full of lights, displays and Santa Claus and his helpers. The ride will take you to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Deer.

Winter village of Jack Frost

Jack’s house is located ten acres of Goose Island and is a winter hike and a tree nursery. It’s the perfect place to show how strong your Instagram game is.

Nut chamber

Photo: Jacqueline Rivas.

Look at Macy’s Christmas tree ordering food in the nut room.


Music disc

This CD can be found on the screens of It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas.

Holly Jolly Drive-In

It’s another trip to the movies during the holidays. Submitted by Replay.

A Christmas Carol (online)

Photo: xperiencedays.com

Usually the Goodman Theatre is busy at this time of year at night, but COWID-19 prevented this from happening in 2020. To ensure that the story continues to be told, Goodman Theatre offers a free streaming audio version on its website.

Wonder on West Madison

Here’s another record presented by Replay.



Sporting events

Here are all the sporting events taking place this weekend with teams from Chicago. Fans won’t be at the state games, so enjoy it from your couch. If you’re a gambler, don’t forget to check out the gambling articles regularly and follow us on Twitter to discover other #OnTapBets. The highlight is the week of the University Football Conference Championship!

Photo : Matt box/AP

2 Notre Dame (10-0) versus 3 Clemson (9-1)

  • Saturday, December 19th at 3 pm on ABC.

This game will definitely be on television this weekend. When it comes to the CCA title and the university football play-offs, these teams are going to give everything on the pitch. There will be a lot of anger, especially after the last game of the season where Notre Dame won a 47-40 overtime thriller. Clemson’s star quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, will be in good health this time. Watch the latest episode of Irish On Tap for a preview of the game.

14 North-western (6-1) vs. 4 Ohio State (5-0)

  • Saturday 12/19 at 11:00 on FOX

Two of the top schools in the Big Ten are participating in a conference championship. Will the state of Ohio secure the last play-off spot or will Northwestern Crown have an incredible season with a victory over the Buckeyes?

Illinois (2-5) to Penn State (3-5)

Saturday, 7:12 p.m., 4:30 p.m., TV on FS1.

The 9th. Inter-divisional matches in the Big Ten are seldom played because of the many cancellations of COVID-19. Illinois and Penn State, however, will face this weekend in Happy Valley. Illini fired head coach Lovie Smith after last week’s loss to Northwestern. Offensive coordinator Rod Smith will take over.


Photo : Chicago Tribune

Bulls in a Storm

  • Friday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. at NBC Sports Chicago.

The Bulls end the preseason in Oklahoma City this weekend with a game against the Thunder. This will be the last graduation opportunity before the start of the 2020-21 campaign. Watch the latest episodes of the pre-season Bulls podcast on Click to be ready for the season.

Click on the Bulls tab here for more analysis of the pre-NBA season.

NCAA Men’s basketball

Photo : Michael Hickey/Getty Images

13 Illinois (5-2) to 19 Rutgers (5-0)

  • Sunday 20 December at noon on ESPN 2.

The Fighting Illini won their first Big Ten victory on Tuesday night and defeated Minnesota at Champaign. This weekend they travel to New Jersey to compete against an undefeated Rutgers team that just won 14 points over Maryland this week.

Northwestern (3-1) vs. 4 Michigan State (6-0)

  • Sunday December 20th at 18.00 on the Big Ten network.

Our Lady (2-3) v. Purdue (5-2)

  • Saturday 19 December at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN 2.

Loyola (3-1) v. Richmond (5-1)

  • Friday, December 18 at 5 p.m. on ESPN+.

UK (3-2)

  • versus Oakland (0-7) Saturday 20 December at 6 p.m. on ESPN+.
  • against Oakland (0-7) on Sunday 20 December at 4 p.m. on ESPN+.

State of Chicago (0-7) versus NIU (0-5)

  • Friday 12/18 at 6 p.m. on ESPN 3

DePaul (0-0) v. Xavier (7-0) – POSTONAL

  • Friday, 6:12 p.m. – POZTONAD
  • Next match: 12/23 against UConn


Picture : Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Chicago Bear (6-7) versus Minnesota Vikings (6-7)

  • Sunday 20/12 at 12:00 on FOX

Can Mitchell Trubisky obscure last week’s incredible performance? Can the Bears stay in the hunt for the playoffs? The Vikings are testing the Bears on Sunday to see which NFC North team retains its post-season hope. Watch the Bears On Tap podcast for intrigue, analysis and commentary around the game.

For most people, this is the second week of the Fantasy Football Playoffs. Make sure you have the right team by checking Pat Boadway’s departures and arrivals for week 15. For more tips on fantasy football, check out the Fantasy Chair Hour podcast.

This concludes the second edition of What’s On Tap in Chicago this weekend. As you can see, there’s a lot to do in and around Chicago, so don’t be put off by the ongoing pandemic! Don’t forget to come back every week for the upcoming events.

As always, feel free to leave us a comment if you think we should add to the list for this or next weekend!

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