#TBOX2018 - Festa's 23rd Annual Original Twelve Bars of Xmas Crawl - DECEMBER 8, 2018, Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX2018 is Festa’s Original 23rd Annual TWELVE BARS OF XMAS, the World’s Largest and Longest-Running Pub Crawl. TBOX is THE Chicago Bucket List Party Experience, Rocking Wrigleyville since 1996, with over 200,000 Attendees! TBOX goes from 10AM to 8PM in 36 bars, and it’s a wild day of Crazy Costumes, Flying Cereal Shots, and Holiday Cheer up and down Clark Street. This year’s theme is “TOY BOX” – so you can dress in Christmas or Holiday Attire, Ugly Sweaters, Onesies, Pajamas… OR Your Favorite Toy! TBOX will also be conducting a charity toy drive and donating over $20,000 to local charities, bringing our total to Over $280,000 in donations!
With your ticket, you get admission to all bars, the Awesome CHICAGO FLAG GYM BAG, Your Choice of FREE BREAKFAST BUFFET or THREE $3 GIFT CARDS to use on beverages or food at our Kickoff Parties! Also great drink specials (Mostly $3-6) on Bud Light, Effen Vodka, Fireball, Cruzan Rum, Dr. McGillicuddy, Maker’s Mark, and Goose Island. Your ticket also gets you in to the famous Opening & Closing Ceremonies at Cubby Bear, featuring the Band HELLO WEEKEND! Additionally, you’ll get 2 Free Tickets to the Laugh Factory Comedy Club, a $40 value!
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ADVANCE DISCOUNT TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE via Eventbrite (GET PROMO CODE FOR 15% off HERE) if you don’t already have a coupon!) Ticket includes Wristband REQUIRED for Admission to All Venues, Chicago Flag Gym Bag, Choice of Free Breakfast or $9 in Gift Cards Kickoff Parties, Stickers, The World-Famous Cereal Shots, Admission to Opening & Closing Ceremonies, and MUCH MORE! This page tells you all you need to know to have YOUR BEST DAY OF 2018 at TBOX with Chicago’s PARTY PEOPLE!
TBOX2018 takes place simultaneously in 40+ venues within 2-3 blocks of Wrigley Field. Event hours are 10AM-8PM.
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!
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.
In the PACKET PICKUP section below are the times & places for you to get your Wristband, Badge, Gym Bag, and other goodies either 1-10 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
Saturday 12/1 & Sunday 12/2 – Noon to 6pm
Monday 12/3 thru Thursday 12/6 – 2pm to 10pm
Friday 12/7 – 9am to 7pm
Saturday Day of TBOX 12/8 – 830am to 3pm
Old Crow River North – Tues-Wed-Thu (Dec 4-5-6) from 4pm-8pm – 149 W Kinzie
Old Crow WRIGLEY – Tues-Wed-Thu (Dec 4-5-6) 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
- ✅ WRISTBAND – Required for admission to all bars, 10am-8pm (10 Hours of AMAZING FUN)
- ✅ SOUVENIR LAMINATED BADGE – a TBOX Tradition since 2002
- ✅ The Awesome Chicago Flag TBOX Gym Bag – An Amazing Accessory Free w/ your Ticket!
- ✅ KICKOFF PARTY including Free Breakfast Buffet or 3 $3 Gift Cards to Use 10am-Noon
- ✅ Spectacular Opening (9-10am) & Closing (8pm-10m) Ceremonies Band Show with Hello Weekend at Cubby Bear
- ✅ 2 Coupons for free food items during TBOX: A morning snack between 10am-Noon and evening snack 6-8pm
- ✅ 2 Tickets to Laugh Factory Chicago Comedy Club
- ✅ Excellent Drink Specials (See Below): Bud Light & Goose Island Beer; Cruzan Rum, Effen Vodka, & Maker’s Mark Bourbon Mixed Drinks; Fireball Whisky; the Atomic Mimosa specialty drink with 99 Oranges Liquor; and the Apple Pie Shot with Fireball & Dr. McGillicuddy Apple.
- ✅ Cereal Shots at our designated stations around TBOX (A MUST-DO at every TBOX)
- ✅ Over 100,000 Stickers to Collect
- ✅ Photo Ops in our custom Picture Frames (which we invented back in 2002!)
- ✅ Charitable Donation: A Portion of your ticket goes to local charity; we have donated over $280,000 the last 10 years, with $20,000+ being donated this year through the Lakeview East Community Partnership – we’ve donated also to great causes like Lakeview Pantry, Lurie Children’s Hospital, and many more local organizations!
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.
North of Addison
- Aurelio’s Pizza
- Full Shilling
- Casey Moran’s
- Rizzo’s Bar & Inn
- Sports Corner
- Murphy’s Bleachers
West Side of Clark / Sheffield
- Cubby Bear
- HVAC Pub
- Moe’s Cantina
- John Barleycorn
- Old Crow
- Roadhouse 66
- Country Club
- Blarney Stone
East Side of Clark/Sheffield
- Deuce’s & Diamond
- Irish Oak
- Nola Pub
- Dark Horse
- El Jardin
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
West Side of Clark / Sheffield
- Cubby Bear – 1059 W Addison
- 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 – 3462 N Clark
- Blarney Stone – 3424 N Sheffield
- Redmond’s – 3358 N Sheffield
- Jerk – 3404 N Sheffield
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 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!
CORPORATE RATES – please contact us if you have an office / work / organization group of 25+ People and we will take care of you! TBOX is a great place for the Office Christmas Party!!
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!