In the spirit

• Bub City Rosemont is getting in the holiday spirit with its annual Bad Santa Christmas Party starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Sip on $5 Old Fashioneds, spiked cider and boozy hot cocoa while enjoying live music, giveaways and photos with Santa.

• Bub City takes its whiskey seriously. For a special treat, both the Rosemont and River North locations will be serving up six special varieties of whiskey in December. Choose from 2-ounce pours of the Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year ($22), Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year ($26), Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Year ($45), Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 Year ($50), Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Year ($75) and Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Year ($90).

Bub City is at Parkway Bank Park, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 261-0399, and 435 N. Clark St., Chicago, (312) 610-4200, or

Bub City in Rosemont and Chicago will be serving up some specialty whiskeys during December.

Ugly Sweater Brunch

Grab the gaudiest Christmas sweater you can find and head to Shaw’s holiday-themed Ugly Sweater Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23. Shaw’s will reward all those wearing an ugly holiday sweater with a $25 gift card to use at a future visit. Brunch costs $65 for adults, $15 for kids 7-12, and free for kids 6 and younger. Shaw’s Crab House Schaumburg is at 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722 or