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Tapville Social Hosts Flights & Bites Holiday Cocktails on Dec. 8 & 17

Tapville Social Hosts Flights & Bites Holiday Cocktails on Dec. 8 & 17
Holiday Cocktail Flights are here! Sample 4 of the latest holiday cocktail creations and special bite platter only available on Thursdays.
Where: Tapville Social Evanston | 810 Grove St.
When: December 8 & 17, 4-10pm
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Celtic Knot Hosts "A Christmas Carol" on Dec. 17

Celtic Knot Hosts "A Christmas Carol" on Dec. 17
Attend the Celtic Knot's annual "A Christmas Carol" Afternoon Tea with Storyteller Greg Weiss' reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". $30 per person, with one half of the ticket price donated to the Forrest E. Powell Foundation, helping people work to achieve their dreams. Reservations required. 
Where: Celtic Knot Public House | 626 Church St.
When: Saturday, December 17, 1pm
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Bennison's Bakery Christmas & Hannukah Specials

Bennison's Bakery Christmas & Hannukah Specials
Get those orders in for the holidays! Whether it's a Gingerbread House, Christmas Petit Fors, Apricot or Raspberry Sufganiyot, Hanukkah cookies and so much more! Plus, you'll get a Red Envelope to save for fun surprises in January! 
Where: Bennison's Bakery | 1001 Davis St.
When: December
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Prairie Moon Presents "Moon Jazz" Every Wednesday in November

Prairie Moon Presents "Moon Jazz" Every Wednesday in November
Prairie Moon is proud to present live jazz in partnership with Chicago’s Fulton Street Collective every Wednesday from 9pm to 11pm. Fulton Street Collective is one of Chicago’s most respected and well-known venues for producing high quality live jazz. Come out to enjoy live jazz and Prairie Moon's Raw Bar, late night grill, and special cocktails, along with their full bar offerings. 

November 2 | Scott Burns Trio
November 9 | Sam Blakeslee & Wishtful Thinking
November 16 | Karli Bunn Quartet
November 23 | Blue Shift Big Band
November 30 | Jim Trompeter Quartet

Tickets are always reasonably priced and go to entirely to support the artists and Fulton Street Collective, an artists’ collective. Advance tickets available and at the door.

Where: Prairie Moon | 1635 Chicago Ave.
When: Every Wednesday, 9-11pm
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Five & Dime Hosts Stand Up Comedy Wednesdays at 7:30pm

Five & Dime Hosts Stand Up Comedy Wednesdays at 7:30pm
Get out for some laughs at a new stand up comedy show! Enjoy a delicious meal and drinks at Five & Dime restaurant. Tickets are $10 and there is a one drink minimum. 

Featured comedians include: 
Laura Hugg - Host and Co-producer 
Aaron McDavis - Co-producer 
Mark Anthony - Chirping Bird Comedy 
Seth Davis - Co-Producer 
Ricardo Angulo - Comedy Bar
Liz Greenwood - Liz Greenwood & Friends 


Where: Five & Dime Evanston | 1026 Davis St.
When: Wednesdays at 7:30pm
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Music Institute of Chicago Presents Family-Friendly "Duke It Out" on December 10

Music Institute of Chicago Presents Family-Friendly "Duke It Out" on December 10
This unique Nutcracker performance pits the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of the holiday favorite in a spectacular side-by-side showdown. Curated by Dance Chicago, the program features members of Braeburn Brass and Music Institute of Chicago Ensemble-in Residence, Quintet Attacca. The performance is a family-friendly 60 minutes. Tickets are $10.
Where: Music Institute of Chicago, Nichols Concert Hall | 1409 Chicago Ave.
When: Saturday, December 10, 2pm
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The Merion Hosts Winter Movie Series for Seniors

The Merion Hosts Winter Movie Series for Seniors
Join The Merion for their upcoming Winter Movie Showcase. The movies will be shown the first and third Thursday of the month starting in November. Movies start at 6 pm and there will be free popcorn, and soda and candy will be available for purchase. Valet parking will be provided.

Movie Lineup
December 15: “A Christmas Story”
January 5: “Driving Miss Daisy”
January 19: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”

Registration required. Make sure to note which movies you plan on attending in the comments section.
Where: The Merion | 1611 Chicago Ave.
When: First & Third Thursday, 6-8pm
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Patisserie Coralie "Buche de Noel"

Patisserie Coralie "Buche de Noel"
Order this special "Buche de Noel" from Patisserie Coralie for pick up on December 23 & 24. This year, they are offering a gluten free Buche Chocolate and a Buche White Chocolate Lavender. Available in two sizes: 4-6ppl ($36) and 8-10ppl ($59). Order online by Wednesday, December 21. Open on Christmas Eve from 7:30am-6pm; closed Christmas Day. 
Where: Patisserie Coralie | 600 Davis St.
When: Order by December 21
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SHOPPING SPECIALS


cloth + home workshops and trunk shows

cloth + home workshops and trunk shows
Kick off the holiday season with cloth+home at their opening party! This pop up shop features designers whose pieces align with their commitment to slow fashion and ethical production. Meet the designers, enjoy wine and apps and shop from 4-8pm.

November: Thursday to Saturday, 11am-5pm
December 1-23: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 11am-5pm; Thursday, 12-7pm; Sunday, 12-3pm

Below are a few special events and workshops taking place throughout November and December.
December 7 | Bubbles & Blooms - Holiday Centerpieces - Register here
December 10 | A Treasure Trove of Jewelry & Art
December 14 | An Intimate Evening - Lingerie & Loungewear

A portion of proceeds will benefit Connections for the Homeless. For more information follow us on Instagram @clothandhomeshop 

Where: cloth + home | 1503 Chicago Ave.
When: December
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TruFit Evanston & Commonwealth Running Host December Sneaker Drive

TruFit Evanston & Commonwealth Running Host December Sneaker Drive
TruFit & Commonwealth Running are having a sneaker drive in December to help everyone recycle gently used sneakers to the More Foundation. Drop them off at 604 Davis or 1630 Sherman Ave. 

Each pair of gently used athletic shoes contributes to the funding of the MORE Foundation's ongoing reforestation projects in Ghana. MORE establishes nurseries in protected schoolyards where food and income producing tree seedlings can be germinated, and the resulting saplings can be safely planted.  This creates significant carbon offset and produces hundreds of thousands of more tree seeds. 
Where: Trufit Evanston | 604 Davis St. OR Commonwealth Running | 1630 Sherman
When: December
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HEALTH & FITNESS


Grateful Yoga Winter Solstice Yoga on December 18

Grateful Yoga Winter Solstice Yoga on December 18
In the healing darkness of the longest night of the year, it is so important to pause, wait and listen. And yet, this can be very challenging as we move into the holiday season, perhaps with plans and busyness. So we take some time out to rest and honor this time of longer nights and moonlight. It's a beautiful time to cultivate inner quiet and open to what is waiting to be revealed. From this place of wise stillness, we face the returning light of the Sun and start our journey back towards longer days: more rested, supported and fortified; ready to gather and enjoy.

Please join us for an experiential afternoon immersed in movement, breath, mudra (hand gestures), sound, and yoga nidra meditation. Appropriate for all levels. This workshop takes place in Zoom Studio 2.
Where: Grateful Yoga | 1108 Davis St.
When: December 18
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