The holidays on a budget
Where to find cheap trees, party clothes, booze and more.
Being broke for the holidays doesn’t have to suck. It can be the sort of harrowing experience you use as fodder for future party-convention speeches when out-sob-storying your opponent is mandatory. It can even be, dare we say, fun. Here’s some advice to help you make the most of these cash-strapped times:
Boozing on a budget
• The Krampus is the Lucifer of Alpine tales of yore, a monster who feasts on naughty children come Christmas time. To honor the beast, Rodan (1530 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-276-7036) hosts a Krampus Romp with music, booze, dumplings and hopefully no real monsters. Dec 23 at 6pm, DJs start at 10pm. No cover; average beer: $5.
• While the “Après-Ski Party” theme is a bit shaky—DJ Luis Aguilera plays retro, electro and world beats from Italy, Brazil and France under the premise that these are countries full of ardent ski-goers—we like that there’s no cover charge and abundant cheap craft beer at Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar (960 W 31st St, 773-890-0588). Dec 22 at 9pm. Average beer: $4.
• Even though Logan Square quirk fixture Saki (3716 W Fullerton Ave, 773-486-3997) is a record store, not a booze store, its third annual holiday party, “A Very Girl Group Christmas w. Summer Girlfriends and Kitchen Hips,” promises plenty of free Goose Island beer, in addition to a photo booth, a cookie potluck and live music from the aforementioned girl groups. Cuts from A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector complete the effect. What’s not to like? Sat 15 at 7pm; free.