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

Did everyone make it? That’s all I’m saying. Before we begin, a few notes:

Refer to the COVID-19 protocols for each event. Only do what you feel most comfortable doing during the current pandemic.

With the relaxation of restrictions, this set of items is expected to become more selective and targeted as the number and volume of events increases.

Let’s plunge into the new year with all that’s happening over the weekend of the 15th to the 17th. January 2021 takes place in the Chicagoland area.


Ice skating in Maggie Daly Park

Photo : Maggie Daley Park

While skating is closed at Bean, an ice rink has opened at Maggie Daly Park. This requires non-transferable reserves. Skate rental is $16 and use of your own skates is $5.

Ice skating in Rosemont

Skating on the Wolves of Chicago rink at Bankway Parkway is in the spotlight again this year. Admission to the course is FREE, but reservations require a credit card. Guests who do not show up to skate will be charged $8 per person. The skate rental is $8.

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

Snowpipe and Wilmot brewery

Photo : JSNonline.com

If you can ski, snowboard or tub in Wilmot, there’s another way to spend a weekend. There is a package that includes a bus that leaves downtown Chicago and takes you directly to Wilmot and back, where you can enjoy two hours of snow tubing. The price is $149 and includes dinner, a free beer, a tubing session and a round trip bus ticket. Tickets for this weekend are sold out, but weekends in late January and February are sold out.

  • Meeting Place : 100W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
  • Location of Mount Wilmot: 11931 Fox River Rd, Wilmot, WI 53192
  • Details and reservations

Fire and ice bar

While most winter/holiday pop-ups happen in December, this one on West Loop Lane opens in December. In the patio, ice sculptures, fireplaces, s’mores and cocktails are included in the ticket price.


Photo: denniswatkins.net

Magic Home Salon – Illusionist Dennis Watkins

Dennis Watkins usually stays at Palmer House, but this time it’s a virtual event thanks to COVID-19. Its magic and illusions take place on the internet. Some of his tricks require you to have a deck of cards while you watch. Watkins’ show is number one on TripAdvisor.

Chicago Movie Disc

Classic films will be shown on these screens throughout the weekend. Check out the movie schedules and all the details below.


Isaiah Chain and selected

Photo : Time out in Chicago.

Isaiah Collier is one of Chicago’s most promising jazz artists who has achieved fame. Collier and his group made a game with the numbers 3-6-9. This is a project with a matching trio.

Sporting events

Here are all the sporting events involving Chicago teams taking place this weekend. Fans won’t be at the state games, so enjoy them 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. Highlights include NFL playoffs, NHL opening weekend, NBA games and NCAA men’s basketball.


Photo : ChicagoBulls/Twitter

Bulls (4-7) to Thunder (5-6), Mavericks (6-4)

  • in the thunder: Friday 1/15 at 7pm on NBC Sports Chicago.
  • at Mavericks: Sunday 1/17 at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago

The Bulls head south this weekend, visiting the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks. Although the Bulls have been close in their last three games, they are still in a losing streak. Let’s hope they right the ship this weekend. Check out the Bulls On Tap podcast to get ready for the weekend and click on the Bulls tab here for more in-depth analysis of the NBA season.


Photo : NHLB-blackbirds/Twitter

Blackhawks (0-1) to Lightning (1-0), Panthers (0-0)

  • in the lightning: Friday, 13/15 at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago
  • with the Panthers: Sunday 1/17 at 6pm on NBC Sports Chicago.

The Blackhawks begin the 2021 season in the state of Florida. While Stan Bowman has offered Jeremy Colliton another contract extension, fans are skeptical that this season will be nothing more than a developmental year for the team’s young players. The Blackhawks lost 5-1 in their first game against the Lightning. Check out the Blackhawks tab here and listen to the Four Feathers podcast to keep you updated on the latest news from the Blackhawks this year.

NCAA Men’s Basketball

Photo : Michael Hickey/Getty Images

12 State of Illinois (9-4) vs. 21 State of Ohio (10-3)

  • Saturday, January 16 at 11:00 a.m. on FOX

Illinois last played on Sunday night when the Maryland Terrapins beat them at Champaign. Brad Underwood’s team was scheduled to travel to Nebraska on Wednesday, but the game was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns about the Huskers’ schedule. Illini will have a chance to get back in the win column on Saturday when the Ohio State Buckeyes visit the State Farm Center.

Northwest (6-5) vs. Iowa (11-2)

  • Saturday, January 17 at 8 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

Notre Dame (3-8) vs Boston College (3-9)

Photo : SBNation

DePaul (1-4) v. Valparaiso (3-7)

  • Saturday 16 January at 15.00 on Fox Sports 1

Loyola (8-3) vs. Northern Iowa (3-8)

UIC (5-4) v Robert Morris (3-3)

  • Friday, January 15 at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.
  • Saturday, January 16 at 4 p.m. on ESPN3.

NIU (2-9) to Ball State (5-5)

  • Saturday, January 16 at 12:00 in the afternoon

Photo : NIU Athletics

After the MAC’s first win over Akron on Tuesday, the Huskies traveled to Muncie for a baseball game. Follow Huskies On Tap on Twitter and listen to the podcast for Huskies basketball and football.

From Illinois (4-6) to Indiana (4-7)

  • Saturday, January 16 at 3 p.m. on ESPN3.
  • Sunday, 1/17 at 3 p.m. on ESPN3

SIU (7-3) – FROM

  • Next date: Missouri State on Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.

Bradley (7-4) vs Evansville (6-6)

  • Saturday, January 16 at 3 p.m. on ESPN 3
  • Sunday, January 17 at 3 p.m. on ESPN 3.

Valparaiso (3-5) v DePaul (1-4)

  • Saturday 16 January at 15.00 on Fox Sports 1

Chicago State (0-7) – CANCELLED SEASONS


Playoffs Photo : Sports News

  • Packers (13-3) vs. Rams (10-6) Saturday, January 16 at 3:35 p.m. on FOX
  • Bills (13-3) vs. Crows (11-5) Saturday, January 16 at 7:15 p.m. on FOX
  • Chiefs (14-2) vs. Browns (11-5) Sunday, Jan. 17 at 2:05 p.m. on CBS.
  • Saints (12-4) vs. Pirates (11-5) Sunday, January 17 at 5:40 p.m. on FOX

While the Bears have been eliminated from the NFL playoffs, the divisional round takes place this weekend. If you want to know anything about the Bears On Tap dumpster fire, this guide is for you. Follow the final episode to find out how Ted Phillips and George McCaskey managed their announcer at the end of the season.

NFL and DFS Playoffs

With fantasy football coming to an end, the NFL divisional round is one of the biggest sports weekends in the game. There are also DFS pools and numerous other post-season bets. The Fantasy Hour On Tap team has brought you extra DFS games and tips this week, so listen to the podcast to hear their picks and cash in.

This concludes the sixth edition of What’s On Tap in Chicago this weekend. As you can see, there is a lot to do in and around Chicago, so don’t let the ongoing pandemic scare you off! Don’t forget to check back each week for 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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