Welcome to the fourth 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 the New Year with everything that happens on the weekend of the 1-3. January 2021 takes place in the Chicagoland 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.
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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. Tickets are for sale this weekend until the end of the show on the 7th. January.

  • Place: 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532
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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.
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Luminous landscape of the botanical garden – Sale

  • Place: 1000 Lake Cook Rd. Glencoe, IL 60022
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Make it light.

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

Free food at the Wiener Circle

The famous hot dog stand of the Wiener Kreis is open on the 2nd day. The month of January was temporarily closed. Anyway, the score is first. In January the food is free, but don’t forget to bring cash so you can tip the unfortunately vulgar employees. Take a look at the Vienna Circle below.

  • Place: 2622 Н. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614.

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 skate is $8.

  • Place: 5501 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018
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City of Chicago Christmas tree

One house

Photo : Cary Angell Luke/Pioneer Press

Do you want to see where the movie Home Alone was shot? Go to Winnetka and see for yourself! You never know, you might see some wet thugs chasing Kevin through a window. The surrounding houses and the church were part of the film, and the film locations in the city centre are only a few blocks away.

Professional advice : Park on Pine Street, right across the railroad, before you go home. It is less than a block away and there is free parking on the street. More people than you think travel to see this attraction. In addition, parking is not permitted on Lincoln Avenue, and the Winnetka Police Department patrols Lincoln Avenue because it is very busy. This advice will save you a traffic jam.

  • Place: 671 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, IL 60093

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. The last day is Saturday the 2nd. January!

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.



Sporting events

Here are all the sports events involving teams from Chicago that will take place this weekend. 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 school soccer play-offs, a series of NBA games over the weekend and the last games of the NFL regular season.

Photo : Matt Cashore-Poole/Getty Images

4 Notre Dame (10-1) versus 1 Alabama (11-0)

  • Rose Bowl – Friday 1 January at 3:00 p.m. on ESPN.

After Clemson missed a shot in the game for the CCA title, the Irish limped to last place in the university football play-offs. A difficult task awaits Our Lady as she faces the red tide of Alabama. Watch the latest episode of Irish On Tap for a preview of the Rose Bowl.

14 Northwesterly (6-2) v. Auburn (6-4)

  • Citrus Bowl – Friday, 1 January at 12:00 noon on ABC

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


Photo : NBC-sport

Bulls (1-3) to Bucks (2-2) vs. Mavericks (1-3)

  • at the Bucks: Friday, January 1 at 7:00 p.m. at NBC Sports Chicago…
  • against the Mavericks: Sunday 3/1 at 7:00 p.m. at NBC Sports Chicago…

The Bulls hit I-94 Friday night and made the one and a half hour journey north to face their rival division, the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bulls end the weekend with a date with Luke Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at the United Center. Watch the Bulls On Tap podcast to prepare for the weekend and click on the Bulls tab here for a more in-depth analysis of the NBA season.

NCAA Men’s basketball

Photo : IlliniMBB/Twitter

15 Illinois (6-3) versus Purdue (7-4)

  • Saturday 1/2 to 5 hours on the Big Ten network.

Illinois last played on Saturday when they ran into Indiana at home. They return to the State Farm Center this Saturday and look forward to expanding their Big Ten winning streak to three games against Purdue.

19 Northwestern (6-2) to 16 Michigan State (7-0)

  • Sunday 3:00 p.m. on the Big Ten network.

On Tuesday, the Wildcats will try to bounce back from a disastrous loss to 10th place on the Iowa rankings. The undefeated Michigan will be another tough ordeal, but the Wildcats continue to prove themselves with a great start to the season.

Notre Dame (3-4) to Pittsburgh (5-2)

  • Saturday 1/2 to 17:00 on the ACC network.

DePaul (1-1) to St. John (6-4).

  • Saturday 1/2 to 11:00 Fox Sports 1

Loyola (6-2) – AUS

  • Next game: Against Drake on Sunday 1/10.

UIC (5-2) vs Detroit Mercy (1-7)

  • Saturday 1 January at 3 p.m. on ESPN3.

NIU (1-6) versus Bowling Green (5-2)

  • Saturday 13.2 to 17.00 on ESPN3.

Bowling Green visits DeKalb as the Huskies try to claim their second victory of the year. Follow Huskies On Tap on Twitter and listen to the podcast for Huskies basketball and football.

Illinois – AUS

  • Next game: Evansville, Saturday, 9/1.

SIU (7-1) to Drake (11-0)

  • Saturday 3/1 at 2 p.m. on ESPN3

Bradley (6-3) – AUS

  • Next game: Northern Iowa, Sunday 10 January at 3:00 p.m.

Valparaiso (3-5) – AUS

  • Next game: against the state of Missouri, Saturday 1/9.

State of Chicago (0-7) – CANCELLED SEASONS


Picture : Jeff Hanish-United States Monday Sports

Chicago Bears (8-7) versus Green Bay Packers (12-3)

  • Sunday 1 March at 15:25 on FOX

It all comes down to week 17 for the Chicago Bears. If they win Sunday’s game against the hated Green Bay Packers, they qualify for the playoffs. Mitchell Trubisky will have a hard time catching up with Aaron Rodgers. In week 16 the Bears took on the Jaguars, who were very disappointing. Will Chicago lose the steak to the Packers to further destroy their hopes of making the playoffs? I hope not. Watch the Bears On Tap podcast for intrigue, analysis and commentary around the game.

I hope you’re still in your fantasy football league. Make sure you have the right setup by checking Pat Boadway’s starts and spots for week 17. For more tips on fantasy football, check out the Fantasy Chair Hour podcast.

This concludes the fourth 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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