5 free things to do this weekend | December 21–23
Doomsday on Division: 6 Bar Excursion
Saturday, you'll wake up feeling like hell. The bright side: You won't actually be there. Each location has $5 Svedka cocktails. Get your lanyard punched at all six to attend the free "I Survived Doomsday" party on Saturday the 22nd at Mahoney's.
Various bars including the Original Mothers, 26 W Division St. Friday 9 p.m. Free admission.
Awash in Color: French and Japanese Prints
Before the 19th century, adding color to printed images was a difficult and laborious business. Through works by artists including Hokusai, Mary Cassatt and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, this exhibition of inventive and beautiful prints demonstrates how technological and artistic exchanges between France and Japan advanced printmaking in both countries.
Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S Greenwood Ave (773)-702-0200. Fri, Sat, Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free.
Designed to mimic Germany's annual market celebration, the Loop replica returns for another year. Live entertainment, dozens of vendors selling miscellaneous handmade ornaments and classic food and drink—mulled spice wine, marzipan, schnitzel, stollen and strudel— are yours for the taking.
Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn Sts (312)-744-3315. Fri/Sat 11 a.m. -9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. -8 p.m. Free.
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
Now in its 11th season, this rink is free and open to the public. Skate rentals are available for $10. Visit the website for exceptions to regular hours.
11 N Michigan Ave (312)-742-5472. Fri Noon-10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. -10 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. -9 p.m. Free.
Rock Your World: The Wildest and Weirdest Rock and Roll from Around the Globe
Beginning with the unique social advantage the U.S. had following World War II, pop culture around the globe undeniably looked to us for cues (we can thank the real life Mad Men for that), and one of the biggest was rock & roll. More than just an American and British thing, this musical expression took root from Iran to Argentina, and Maria's resident musical mind Joe Bryl intends to showcase it all, with stops in Africa, Brazil and Thailand along the way.
Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar, 960 W 31st St (773)-890-0588. Sun 9 p.m. Free