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11 Parties You Can Wear Your Ugly Holiday Sweater To

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties—they're ubiquitous this holiday season. If you happen to have a butt ugly Christmas sweater hidden away somewhere you'd like to forget, dig it out and wear it loud and proud to one of these upcoming festive parties. You could end up getting something very cool for your effort. Most likely you'll just get drunk, but hey, there's always a chance at glory.


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1. Barcito

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151 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 274-1111
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$35 gets you a two-hour open bar and complimentary appetizers at Barcito on December 14 (beginning at 9 p.m.) The winner of the evening’s ugliest sweater will receive a $200 Mercadito Hospitality gift card and…wait for it…a fruitcake. There will also be Spanish-style egg nog and a guest DJ. Just be careful with that fruitcake, in some states it’s considered a weapon.

2. Porkchop

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941 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-9333
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Porkchop is offering up prizes of shot glasses, flasks and shirts emblazoned with their name on it for the winners of the ugliest sweater on December 20. Get buzzed with drink specials of Irish coffee, apple brandy cider and a hot toddy.

3. Chop Shop

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2033-35 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 537-4440
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Chop Shop is teaming up with Time Out Chicago for a Winter Warm Up Party on December 17. With drinks from Dan De Los Monteros and food from Chop Shop (homemade Minelli Italian sausage, shrimp ceviche, flourless chocolate cake) and TOC’s Jacques Jamz DJ’ing, fun should be had by all.

4. Drop

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1909 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 291-9584
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Drop is taking this whole scene a step further with their ‘Fugly Holiday Sweater Party.’ Bring in your fugliest sweater and rock out with DJ Naveen Kumar until 4 a.m. on December 20.

5. American Junkie

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15 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 239-0995
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You like free drinks? Got an ugly sweater lying around the house? Come out to American Junkie on December 18 and enjoy FREE Maker’s Mark cocktails from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Maker’s Mark winter sweater (limited quantities) The party continues after (cash bar) and the king (or queen) of the ugliest sweater will win a $150 gift card to American Junkie.

6. Rockit Bar & Grill

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22 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 645-6000
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Get 20% off of your food on December 20 at Rockit Bar & Grill if you’re wearing an ugly holiday sweater. There will also be all day drink specials and music from cover band Rendition.

7. Timothy O'Toole's

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622 N Fairbanks Ct
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700
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Bad Santa will be at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub (Streeterville) on December 13 to take photos (and maybe down a butt-load of $3 Santa Shots). They’ve also got 12 Christmas craft brews available for $5 each.

8. Tokio Pub

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1900 E Higgins Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 278-5181
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Tokio Pub is hosting its first ever Ugly Christmas Sweater Party on December 14 from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. coinciding with Taco Time, the restaurant’s $1 taco promotion (ugly taco, the Grinch taco, and the Christmas taco). Five $50 gift certificates will be awarded to those with the ugliest, most original, most swag-covered and sexiest sweaters.

9. Moe's Cantina

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3518 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-0002
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Show up to Moe’s Cantina on December 21 with an unopened, non-perishable canned or packaged food item and you get in for free ($10 cash donation if you don’t bring something) to help support the Greater Chicago Food Depository. There’s a complimentary appetizer buffet from 8 until 10 p.m., drink specials ($5 candy cane cocktails, anyone?), and gift cards to those with the ugliest sweater.

10. Old Town Social

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455 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 266-2277
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Get ugly with Old Town Social December 13 and win a $100 gift card and more. $4 Santa Shots and $10 spiked hot cocoa should make things even uglier by the time the night is over.

11. John Barleycorn

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3524 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-6000
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John Barleycorn Wrigleyville is accepting non-perishable food items (a $10 cash donation if you don’t) for Lakeview Pantry on December 20. They’ll have a free appetizer buffet, gift cards for the ugly sweater winners and drink specials ($5 4 Rebels cocktails).

1. Barcito

151 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654
$35 gets you a two-hour open bar and complimentary appetizers at Barcito on December 14 (beginning at 9 p.m.) The winner of the evening’s ugliest sweater will receive a $200 Mercadito Hospitality gift card and…wait for it…a fruitcake. There will also be Spanish-style egg nog and a guest DJ. Just be careful with that fruitcake, in some states it’s considered a weapon.
151 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60654

2. Porkchop

941 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Porkchop is offering up prizes of shot glasses, flasks and shirts emblazoned with their name on it for the winners of the ugliest sweater on December 20. Get buzzed with drink specials of Irish coffee, apple brandy cider and a hot toddy.
941 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

3. Chop Shop

2033-35 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Chop Shop is teaming up with Time Out Chicago for a Winter Warm Up Party on December 17. With drinks from Dan De Los Monteros and food from Chop Shop (homemade Minelli Italian sausage, shrimp ceviche, flourless chocolate cake) and TOC’s Jacques Jamz DJ’ing, fun should be had by all.
2033-35 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

4. Drop

1909 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Drop is taking this whole scene a step further with their ‘Fugly Holiday Sweater Party.’ Bring in your fugliest sweater and rock out with DJ Naveen Kumar until 4 a.m. on December 20.
1909 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

5. American Junkie

15 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
You like free drinks? Got an ugly sweater lying around the house? Come out to American Junkie on December 18 and enjoy FREE Maker’s Mark cocktails from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Maker’s Mark winter sweater (limited quantities) The party continues after (cash bar) and the king (or queen) of the ugliest sweater will win a $150 gift card to American Junkie.
15 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654

6. Rockit Bar & Grill

22 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60610
Get 20% off of your food on December 20 at Rockit Bar & Grill if you’re wearing an ugly holiday sweater. There will also be all day drink specials and music from cover band Rendition.
22 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60610

7. Timothy O'Toole's

622 N Fairbanks Ct, Chicago, IL 60611
Bad Santa will be at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub (Streeterville) on December 13 to take photos (and maybe down a butt-load of $3 Santa Shots). They’ve also got 12 Christmas craft brews available for $5 each.
622 N Fairbanks Ct
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Tokio Pub

1900 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173
Tokio Pub is hosting its first ever Ugly Christmas Sweater Party on December 14 from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. coinciding with Taco Time, the restaurant’s $1 taco promotion (ugly taco, the Grinch taco, and the Christmas taco). Five $50 gift certificates will be awarded to those with the ugliest, most original, most swag-covered and sexiest sweaters.
1900 E Higgins Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60173

9. Moe's Cantina

3518 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
Show up to Moe’s Cantina on December 21 with an unopened, non-perishable canned or packaged food item and you get in for free ($10 cash donation if you don’t bring something) to help support the Greater Chicago Food Depository. There’s a complimentary appetizer buffet from 8 until 10 p.m., drink specials ($5 candy cane cocktails, anyone?), and gift cards to those with the ugliest sweater.
3518 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

10. Old Town Social

455 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610
Get ugly with Old Town Social December 13 and win a $100 gift card and more. $4 Santa Shots and $10 spiked hot cocoa should make things even uglier by the time the night is over.
455 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610

11. John Barleycorn

3524 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
John Barleycorn Wrigleyville is accepting non-perishable food items (a $10 cash donation if you don’t) for Lakeview Pantry on December 20. They’ll have a free appetizer buffet, gift cards for the ugly sweater winners and drink specials ($5 4 Rebels cocktails).
3524 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

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