TBOX 2019 - The 12 Bars of Xmas in Chicago - December 14
Thanks everyone for ROCKING #TBOX2018!!! TBOX 2019, Festa’s 24th Annual Original Twelve Bars of Xmas Pub Crawl, will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2019 in Wrigleyville, Chicago. Tickets will go on sale in mid-2019, and the early bird tickets will be at a big discount!
TBOX began in 1996 as a small Christmas gathering of 50 of Founder Christopher Festa’s friends. He kept doing it every year, and it has grown into the world’s largest and longest-running pub crawl, with over 200,000 people doing the bar crawl through the years. TBOX has donated over $283,000 to local charities, and has become a Chicago institution and bucket-list event!
TBOX2018 takes place simultaneously in 32+ venues within 2-3 blocks of Wrigley Field. Event hours are 10AM-8PM. If you choose an option for a KICKOFF PARTY, you should be there before 10:30AM to ensure entry. Then, you can choose your own route the rest of the day till 8pm. If you don’t come to a Kickoff Bar, you can start at any of the 32 you like. The bars NORTH OF ADDISON Street tend to be a little less crowded and have lower-price drink specials. The bars in the 3450-3600 N Clark Street Center area will be the most crowded. We highly recommend you go to 12 Bars and mix in a variety of larger & smaller bars. It is almost ALWAYS the case that 1/3 of the venues or more will have little or no wait to get in. Some of the more popular bars may have a lengthy wait. And if you want to come to the OPENING CEREMONIES which we highly recommend, please be at Cubby Bear at 9AM – it’s the only bar that opens 1 HOUR EARLIER.
TBOX is a private event, and TBOX Wristband will be required for entrance to ALL Venues during this time, no exceptions. Our Security Team will monitor every bar entrance and inside of each bar to remove trespassers, as a Respect to our paying customers! We Highly Recommend you PICK UP YOUR WRISTBAND & GOODIE BAG IN ADVANCE – Starting December 1 – See Hours & Places Here! This way, no wait the morning of TBOX! Otherwise, you can go to Murphy’s or Rizzo’s on TBOX Morning to pick up your materials. We have a lot of staff so the line will go faster this year!
You can also attend the Opening Ceremonies at Cubby Bear at 9AM, and the Closing Ceremonies with the band Hello Weekend from 8PM-10PM with your wristband! These are Bonuses for People wanting to come a little earlier and stay a little later and they are some of the funnest parts of TBOX!
In the PACKET PICKUP section below are the times & places for you to get your Wristband, Badge, Gym Bag, and other goodies either 1-7 days before TBOX, or the day-of on December 8. Once you do, you’ll be guided to make your own 12 Bar (or more!) route thru the venues. We recommend you arrive early, but it is not required that you be there at the very beginning. Some of the most popular bars will have lines during peak time, but many of the great bars North of Addison or South of Newport / Off Clark Street will be easier to enter!
To get to TBOX, The Addison Red Line Stop, 22 Clark & 156 Addison buses come right to the area! A full list of venues is listed below.
HOW IT WORKS
TBOX is the Largest, Longest-Running Christmas Bar Crawl in Chicago and the World – and unlike our smaller events, The 12 Bars of Xmas is an ALL DAY, ALL-WRIGLEY Event, taking place simultaneously in over 36-40 Bars at once. Though we encourage you to go “Wire to Wire” – going all the way from Opening Ceremonies to Closing Ceremonies – you are welcome to start later and go home when you’d like, as long as you pick up your entry wristband beforehand. We split up the (very large) group into 3 or 4 teams with a suggested itinerary, where you can select from multiple bars with the goal of visiting at least 12 throughout the day. We will have different stickers to collect, frames to take your picture in, and other scavenger hunt type activities to move you through the day (more details soon!) It’s an amazing day of costumed fun, and it’s even more fun when you bring all your friends!
WHAT MAKES IT FUN
TBOX is the World’s Largest, Wildest, Longest-Running Costume Pub Crawl, Christmas Bar Crawl, and a Chicago Party Tradition you cannot miss! Imagine 15,000 of your closest friends, dressed in pajamas and crazy costumes, drinking Bud Light and eating Froot Loops at 10AM in the streets of Wrigleyville… hard to beat, huh?! We will have thousands of boxes of cereal, over 200,000 stickers for you to collect, picture frames, VIP Royal Court Members to take your TBOX Virginity, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, a chance for you to be one of the 200+ couples who have gotten married after meeting at TBOX, prizes, great drink specials, and contributing to a good cause – TBOX has donated over $263,000 to charity since 2009. Want to be up on EVERYTHING? Read ALL ABOUT TBOX and view THE HISTORY OF TBOX Slideshow.
HISTORY & LORE
Want to know EVERYTHING about TBOX? How it all started back in 1996? How it grew from 3 people to over 200,000? What on EARTH is with the CEREAL SHOTS? How did the Stickers and Frames Start? And just taking a step back… What the heck IS TBOX anyway? We guarantee… the More You Know… the More Fun You’ll Have!
PACKET PICKUP TIMES & PLACES
We encourage all to come IN ADVANCE to one of our 4 locations to pick up your TBOX Wristband & Goodie Bag. Murphy’s Bleachers is our primary customer service location, but we will also have pickup at OLD CROW RIVER NORTH — OLD CROW WRIGLEYVILLE — and RIZZO’S BAR & INN
Thursday 12/6 – 2pm to 10pm
Friday 12/7 – 9am to 7pm
Saturday Day of TBOX 12/8 – 830am to 3pm
Old Crow WRIGLEY – Thursday Dec 6 from 4pm-8pm – 3506 N Clark
Rizzo’s Bar & Inn – FRIDAY 12/6 3pm-7pm and SATURDAY DAY OF TBOX 830am-3pm
WHAT YOU GET WITH YOUR TICKET
WHAT YOU GET WITH YOUR TBOX2018 Ticket!
- ✅ Awesome CHICAGO FLAG GYM BAG
- ✅ FREE BREAKFAST BUFFET or 3 $3 GIFT CARDS to use @ Kickoff Parties (SELLING OUT FAST!)
- ✅Great Drink Specials (Mostly $3-6) on Bud Light, Effen, Fireball, Cruzan Rum, Dr. McG, Maker’s Mark, 99 Brand & Goose Island – We will post every bar’s drink specials right before TBOX
- ✅ FREE Morning & Evening FOOD APPETIZER during TBOX
- ✅ FREE XL Aurelio’s Pizza Slice During TBOX, 3801 N Clark
- ✅ 2 Free Tickets to the Laugh Factory Comedy Club, a $40 value!
- ✅ FREE Full Order of CHEESE CURDS from WILLS NORTHWOODS INN (redeemable thru 1/31/19)
- ✅ $10 Gift Card to MY BUDDY’S Bar at 4416 N CLARK (redeemable thru 2/1/19)
- ✅ $10 off $20 tab at REPLAY LINCOLN PARK (redeemable thru 1/31/19)
- ✅ Opening & Closing Ceremonies @ Cubby Bear, featuring BIG BROTHER REALITY TV STAR BRETT ROBINSON and the Band HELLO WEEKEND!
- ✅ Wristband for Admission and Souvenir Laminated Badge with Lanyard
- ✅ Photo Ops in our famous PICTURE FRAMES, Over 100,000 Cool STICKERS, and our world-famous CEREAL SHOTS!
TBOX is a truly original, bucket list experience you can ONLY have in CHICAGO! The event officially starts at 10AM, but you can come to the Cubby Bear one hour earlier at 9AM where we have our Opening Ceremonies Onstage! You’ll get to meet the TBOX VIPs, lose your TBOX Virginity, and get all the Cereal you can handle! Then, During the event as you crawl from bar to bar, we have Picture Frames for you to get snapped in, more kiddie pools along the route to get cereal shots, we have awesome drink specials all day, and everyone is out wearing Outrageous Costumes up and down Clark Street. It’s Halloween + Christmas + St Patrick’s Day all in one amazing day! At 8pm when TBOX ends, we have a private Closing Ceremonies just for you featuring the band HELLO WEEKEND back at Cubby Bear. TBOX has also had over 150 Couples Meet and Get Married, and over 20% of the people come from out of state just for the event. It’s a true can’t-miss for Chicago Party People!
DRINK & FOOD SPECIALS
TBOX 2018 is Sponsored by and will Feature Drink Specials from our long-time beer partners, Bud Light and Goose Island. We will also feature Mixed Drinks from Fireball Whisky, Effen Vodka, Cruzan Rum, and Makers Mark Bourbon. Prices will vary by bar and be posted here and on Priceboards inside the venues. In general, expect $3-4 Bud Light, $4-5 Goose, and $4-5-6-7 Mixed Drinks.
DAY OF EVENT MAP AND GUIDE
The #TBOX2018 23rd Annual 12 Bars of Xmas Pub Crawl Map & Guide will be published here in advance of the event. All Venues are within a 2-3 block radius of Wrigley Field, centered around the corner of Clark & Addison streets in Wrigleyville. All bars are within walking distance of each other, and all bars will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC during the entire day of TBOX, and will require a TBOX Wristband for Admission.
VENUES ON THE CRAWL
We will be listing all the #TBOX2018 Event Venues below as they are confirmed. The bars are shown below in alphabetical order with addresses, and all are within a 2-3 block walk of Wrigley Field. All bars are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC the day of TBOX on December 8, 2018, with a Wristband required for admission.
NORTH OF ADDISON AREA
These may be a little less crowded and they have some Great Drink Specials!
- Aurelio’s Pizza – 3801 N Clark – THIS IS A LITTLE FURTHER, BUT FIRST 10000 TBOX People get a coupon for a FREE XL SLICE OF PIZZA! So if you make the walk, you get free pizza!
- Full Shilling – 3724 N Clark
- Trace – 3714 N Clark
- Bernie’s – 3664 N Clark
- Casey Moran’s – 3660 N Clark
- Rizzo’s Bar & Inn – 3658 N Clark
- Brickhouse – 3647 N Clark
- Sports Corner – 956 W Addison
- Murphy’s Bleachers – 3655 N Sheffield
- Dugout – 952 W Addison
WEST SIDE OF CLARK / South of Addison
- Cubby Bear – 1059 W Addison – Home of Opening & Closing Ceremonies – Opens One Hour Earlier at 9AM, and the Band Show for TBOX People Only is 8PM-10PM
- Vines – 3554 N Clark
- Sluggers – 3540 N Clark
- HVAC Pub – 3530 N Clark
- Moe’s Cantina – 3518 N Clark
- Merkle’s – 3516 N Clark
- John Barleycorn – 3524 N Clark
- Old Crow – 3506 N Clark
- Roadhouse 66 – 3478 N Clark
- Country Club – CHRISTMAS CLUB POP UP EXPERIENCE – 3462 N Clark
- Blarney Stone – 3424 N Sheffield
- Redmond’s – 3358 N Sheffield
- Jerk – 3404 N Sheffield
EAST SIDE OF CLARK & Sheffield / South of Addison
- Deuce’s & Diamond – SANTA BABY POP UP EXPERIENCE 3505 N Clark – PLEASE NOTE – Due to the Special Pop Up Event, We Cannot Guarantee Entry after 1130AM. You may choose this as a Kickoff Option while available and enter with TBOX Wristband before 1130AM, but not guaranteed after. Sorry for Inconvenience
- Irish Oak – 3511 N Clark
- Stretch – 3485 N Clark
- Nola Pub – 3481 N Clark
- Sandlot – 3477 N Clark
- Graystone – 3441 N Sheffield
- Dark Horse – 3443 N Sheffield
- Underground Lounge – 952 W Newport
- Houndstooth – 3369 N Clark
WHAT TO WEAR
Think of TBOX as a cross between Halloween, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve, and YOUR Birthday, all rolled into one. TBOX is the original costume pub crawl, and we encourage you to go ALL OUT in your craziest, most colorful holiday gear… take a look at our picture galleries to get an idea of how people dress.
In addition to dressing for the Holidays, we also have a Yearly TBOX Theme, and 2018’s theme is… TOY-BOX! TBOX this year is all about Toys, and you are welcome to dress as your favorite Christmas (or other…) toy! Past themes have included Christmas Vacation, Summer Camp, TBOX-opoly, TBOX Zoo, and TBOX the Movie. But this year, it’s all about the TOYS! But some great reliable costumes to always wear are: Ugly Sweaters, Footie Pajamas, Santa-Wear, Red and Green, Reindeer Antlers, Mistletoe… anything related to Xmas and the holidays!
This Section will be updated continually as TBOX approaches. You may also CONTACT US with Any Questions!
What Do I Do Once I Buy My Ticket?
After registration, you must come in for packet pickup to get your CHICAGO FLAG BAG, WRISTBAND, SCHEDULE, BADGE, LANYARD, and Swag Items. The Hours Start DECEMBER 1 at 4 Locations – Listed Here! We are open in FOUR LOCATIONS for up to 8 Days Preceding the Event, so it is strongly advised you Pick Up Your Materials In Advance – you can send one person from your group to pick up all the stuff!!! Just contact us to tell us!
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Participants must be 21 Years of Age or Older.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The Addison Red Line / Wrigley Field Stop and Addison and Clark CTA Buses come directly to the part of Wrigleyville where the 12 Bars of Xmas Pub Crawl takes place. We highly recommend taking public transportation, and definitely not driving! Many people take Uber or Lyft, and from the Suburbs, the Metra trains are packed with people in TBOX costumes! We love our suburban crawlers!
What’s the refund / transfer policy?
There are NO REFUND or Price Adjustments on tickets, but you may transfer the ticket to another person before the event. Notify TBOX Bar Crawls of who you have authorized to redeem your ticket. PLEASE NOTE THE “PROMOTIONAL CODE” FIELD in the Upper Right on Eventbrite. Enter Code there and MAKE SURE IT TAKES. We cannot do price adjustments if the coupon fails to register and you complete purchase.
Do I have to come the whole time? Can I start later?
You are encouraged to come the whole time and go “Wire to Wire” – but once you get your Wristband and materials, you can come or go any time during the event between 10AM-8PM. You set your own schedule going thru the bars, and we advise you to GO TO 12 BARS!!! We will have up to 1500 BAR STICKERS that the door security person will give you on request. Collect 12 stickers and we will have prizes for you! And what’s the deal with the kickoff parties??
What’s the Deal with the Kickoff Parties?
This year, TBOX has arranged with more than 14 of the participating bars to host a “KICKOFF” – starting at 10AM. Think of it as your Homeroom for the day! These bars are offering Free Breakfast Buffets, OR Three $3 Gift Cards, OR entrance to Premium Popup Experiences. You can choose these at NO EXTRA CHARGE and get all the other TBOX stuff with it too! It’s just a bonus! You need to arrive by 10:45pm at latest to guarantee your spot. We’ll announce how we’ll give you your gift tix to use on beverages/food at the door. Encourage your friends to sign up for the same kickoffs!
TICKET DISCOUNTS & FREE TICKETS
Use the Code “ILOVETBOX” to get 15% off TBOX2018 tickets! You can use this code on our Single Ticket Page for a plain ticket or a ticket including any of the Kickoff Parties! If you have a large group of 6-150 people, no coupon is needed – go to our GROUP RATES TICKET PAGE (No Coupons are needed or Applicable Here) where you can save with no coupon needed. Once you buy, contact us immediately telling us what kickoff party you want to be assigned to, and we will assign your group to that Kickoff!
If you’d like a FREE ticket, contact us – See the Section Below called “EARN MONEY PROMOTING FOR US” – by creating a qualifying Facebook Event Invitation or Instagram Post, we can send you a Comp Code to Register!
EARN MONEY PROMOTING FOR US
TBOX is offering opportunities to promote for us! These offers are in effect as of November 1, 2018, and we will offer until we reach our quota!
If you set up a Facebook Event Invitation, and add at least 450 people to it, and make us a co-host, we will pay you $25 immediately once we verify the numbers and can add our cover logo and ticket purchasing link. We will then make you a custom coupon code and URL, and pay you $5 per ticket sold using your code/link. Alternatively, we will send you a free ticket for completing these tasks! CONTACT US TO START!
If you have an Instagram account with a good following, we will also pay you to post our event logo/photos and ticket info. Please contact us with your name and IG handle and we will also give you this opportunity and details!
TELL PEOPLE YOU'RE GOING!
Tell Your Friends You’re Going! Use the Share Buttons below! You can also save the TBOX Logo and Use for Instagram Postings. You can copy this text too:
I’m Going to #TBOX2018 – The 23rd Annual Original TWELVE BARS OF XMAS Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago, Saturday, December 8, Starting at 10AM! Wh0’s with me?! Tickets & Info at TBOX.org/TBOX
TBOX Bar Crawls has donated over $263,000 to local charities since 2009, and we’re thrilled to be able to contribute and give back to the Chicago area and Lakeview Community that we call home! We donate a percentage of all our annual event proceeds to charity, and will be making another series of large donations this fall and winter in coordination with the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. For more information on our charitable contributions, please click here!