Welcome to the seventh 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 22nd through the 24th. January 2021 takes place in the Chicagoland area.


Ice castles on Lake Geneva

Photo: statetrunktour.com

In Wisconsin, Lake Geneva is one of the best winter spectacles. Artists come to create amazing works of art and castles out of ice. These include beautiful LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice tunnels, slides, fountains and much more.

  • When: 22. January – 15. February
  • Place: 11091 Hidden Cottage Lake Geneva Cir, WI, 53147, USA
  • Details and tickets

Dive where you are

A polar dive organized by the Polar Bear Club of Chicago will take place this weekend, but COVID-19 banned ice diving in Lake Michigan this year. Organizers ask participants to remotely immerse themselves in a cold shower, bathtub or other outdoor means. The purpose of this event is to raise money for local families in need. Follow the link below for more information.

  • When: Now up to 30. January.
  • Place: Online
  • Details

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

Snow pipe and Wilmot brewery in the mountains

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 context bar

While most winter/holiday pop-ups happen in December, this one opens in January on West Loop Lane. The patio features ice sculptures, fireplaces, s’mores and a cocktail included in the entrance fee.


Photo: denniswatkins.net

Magic House 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.

Drive-In ChiTown Films

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

Louder laughter

The Zanis Comedy Club of Rosemont is hosting a live show. Local hosts Calvin Evans and Erica Nicole Clark, Joey Villagomez, Jim Flannigan and Dario Durham also perform. Kilgallon’s Joe had the honor of interviewing Erica Nicole Clark in our new Chicago Comedian of the Week series.


Fundraising for the Chicago League of Independent Places

Although there are no major concerts this week due to the pandemic, Piece Pizza is hosting a fundraiser for Chicago Independent Music Venues. It’s a $27 pizza, $5 of which is for musical events. The pizza was created by Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and Sammy Hagar of Van Halen. We will definitely be ordering there this weekend to support such a great cause. For more information, see the post below.

  • When: Until the 31st. January
  • Place: Brasserie and pizzeria, 1927 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60622.
  • Cost: 27 $.

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 the NFL playoffs, the second weekend of the NHL regular season, NBA games and NCAA men’s basketball.


Photo : ChicagoBulls/Twitter

Pigs (6-8) to the Hornets (6-8) against the Lakers (11-4)

  • in Hornz: Friday 1/22 at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago…
  • against the Lakers: Saturday, 5/01 at 7pm on NBC Sports Chicago.

The Bulls have two games in a row this weekend against the Hornets and the Lakers. The Bulls have grown remarkably and are starting to get a few wins in a row. This weekend will be a good test against high level competition. 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.


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

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

  • against the Red Wings: Friday, January 22 at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago.
  • against the Red Wings: Sunday, January 24 at 11:30 a.m. on NBC.

The Blackhawks began the 2021 season in Florida by losing two games to the Lightning and Panthers. Losing is no picnic in a developmental year either, but their last game on Tuesday marked their best performance of the young season. 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 : IlliniMBB/Twitter

12 Illinois (10-5) – AUS

  • Next game: against Iowa Friday 1/29 at 8pm.

North West (6-7) v. Penn State (3-6)

  • Saturday, January 23 at 6 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

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

Photo : SBNation

DePaul (2-5) on the market (8-6)

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

  • Sunday, January 24 at 3 p.m. on ESPN+.

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

  • Friday 1/22 at 4 p.m. on ESPN3
  • Saturday, January 23 at 4 p.m. on ESPN3

NIU (2-9) – FROM

  • Next game: against Bowling Green on Tuesday, January 26 at 6 p.m. on ESPN+.

Photo : NIU Athletics

For the latest news on track and field in Northern Illinois, listen to the Huskies On Tap podcast.

State of Illinois (5-8) v. Valparaiso (3-9)

  • Saturday, January 23 at 5 p.m. on ESPN3.
  • Sunday, January 24 at 5 p.m. on ESPN3

SIU (7-3) – FROM

  • The next game will be held at Indiana State on Monday, January 25 at 6 p.m. on ESPN+.

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

  • Sunday, January 24 at 3 p.m. on ESPN+.

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

  • Sunday, January 24 at 5 p.m. on ESPN3

Chicago State (0-7) – END OF MORNING


Conference Championship Photo : The New York Times

  • Packers (13-3) vs Buccaneers (11-5) Sunday, January 24 at 2:05 p.m. on FOX
  • Directors (14-2) vs. Bills (13-3) Sunday 1/24 at 5:40 p.m. on CBS

Two conference championship games are on the NFL schedule this week. Come Sunday night, we’ll find out all about the Super Bowl game.

NFL and DFS playoff games

If fantasy football is over, the NFL conference football championship weekend certainly offers some interesting bets. 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 seventh 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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