What is TBOX?

The Short Answer: TBOX®is an acronym for Twelve Bars Of Xmas, an extraordinarily large pub crawl held every year on the 2nd Saturday of December in Wrigleyville, Chicago. It goes from 8am to 8pm, and in 2017 it takes place on December 9th. TBOX has donated almost $250,000 since 2009 to charities including Lakeview Pantry.

Check out this two minute video to see the history of TBOX and what to expect for 2017!!

TBOX was founded by Chicagoan Christopher Festa in 1996 as a small get-together for his friends from work.  Originally a sequential tour of 12 bars, TBOX is now an all-day, area-wide event, encompassing 50+ bars in the Lakeview area of Chicago. Starting with 60 people, it grew and grew, with over 150,000 attendees through 2014. A Chicago institution, TBOX attracts people from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries. Now the largest event of its kind in the world, it is Chicago’s biggest party day next to St. Patrick’s Day and the city’s frequent Stanley Cup celebrations.  Everyone dresses in outrageous costumes, gets up incredibly early in the morning, braves the winter weather, and goes wild for 12 gleeful hours.

In the tabs at left, you can learn more about what makes TBOX so special, and also check out the illustrated History of TBOX from 1996 through the present.

Cereal Dump at TBOX 2012