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Movie Monday at the Drake Hotel. He’s been watching old movies on the tube all week anyway. Order him a retro cocktail, settle in amid the posh environs of the Palm Court and sing along with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye during a free screening of the 1954 classic White Christmas at 7:30 p.m. on December 29.
140 E. Walton St.
Snow Much Fun at Chicago Children’s Museum. After last year’s polar vortex, you’d like to believe you could promise the little guy a winter wonderland--but Mother Nature is so fickle. A fluffy (fake) version of the white stuff is flying fast and furious at Navy Pier through January 4, giving him the chance to throw “snowballs,” cavort around an “ice” fort and slide across the sock-friendly “ice” rink.
Admission $14; 600 E. Grand Ave.
Circuitfit at Atlas Performance. She’s a handful without her regularly scheduled workout, and a quick jog around the block isn’t gonna do it. So give her a total-body workout in 45 minutes with this intense combo of fat-burning cardio and low-load strength training.
$25 a class; 1030 N. Larrabee St.
Tippling Hall. River North’s latest late-night place to mix and match has a full menu of craft beers and wine--but she’ll probably opt for a signature cocktail on tap like the Derek Smalls (Zubrowka bison grass vodka with cucumber, mint, lime and grapefruit bitters, $11). All the better to chat up the upwardly mobile finance set.
Open until 4 a.m.; 5 a.m. on Saturdays; 646 N. Franklin St.
Afternoon tea at the Peninsula. Few experiences in town can rival the classic elegance of afternoon tea in the Lobby. With roving carolers, beautiful decor and a selection of pinkie-out sandwiches and seasonal desserts, this is a holiday tradition fit for a queen--or Nana.
$55 to $65 a person; 108 E. Superior St.
Ice-skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park. Get them off their phones and into the fresh air for a few hours with this amazing new attraction. (We deemed it “Chicago’s most awesome new thing.”)
Free, skate rental $12; 337 E. Randolph St.
Whirlyball. Who are these guys? Why do they sleep so much? Give them a reason to get out of bed with a trip to the huge new 50,000-square-foot Bucktown location, where they can get in some classic bumper car/lacrosse and bowling. Dude.
$15 a person for 30 minutes (4-player minimum); 1825 W. Webster Ave.
Enough with the leftovers. Enough with the blaring ESPN. Enough with the commentary on Aunt Cheryl’s shockingly attired new boyfriend.
After the gifts have been exchanged and the meals consumed and the conversation exhausted, pack up those relatives and get them out on the town for some fun.
Check out our slideshow of activities for everyone currently lounging in your living room.
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