TBOX2019 – Day of Event Information & Guide

How To Register & Pick Up Your Wristband & Coupons
Event Schedule, Live Music,
Attraction Guide
List of Participating Bars, Addresses, & Links
Graphic Event Map
TBOX Sponsor Drink Specials
Making the Most of Your TBOX Experience
Everything You Get with Your TBOX Ticket

How to Register / Event Wristband Pickup

To attend TBOX2019, you must:
1) Buy at Ticket Online via Eventbrite, then
2) Take the Receipt and Get your Wristband and Coupon Strip either In Advance the Week Before, or the Day-Of at Designated Locations

You must put on your wristband and be wearing it to enter any of the TBOX Bars during the event on December 14. Below are the places you can pick up your materials in advance. Mon-Fri the week before TBOX, the Lakeview East Chamber Annex at 3208 N Sheffield will be open during the day 12-5pm, then we’re having an evening happy hour at at Wrigley Bar.

  • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 – DAY OF TBOX9am-730pm (ALL DAY) at Murphy’s Bleachers, 3655 N Sheffield (The North End of the Crawl)

    9am-230pm at HOUNDSTOOTH / GRISWOLD’S 3369 N Clark (The South End of the Crawl)

Event Schedule, Music, & Swag Pickup

First Note – You Do NOT Have to Show Up at a Certain Bar at a Certain Time – TBOX reserves all 31 Bars all day from 1030am-730pm for TBOX Participants to accomodate the large crowd, and you can go in any order you choose. We Recommend you go to TWELVE BARS (or more) to get the genuine experience!

9AM – Murphy’s Bleachers & Houndstooth Open for Wristband Pickup

9AM – Opening Ceremonies at Cubby Bear with HAIRBANGERS BALL
Cubby Bear opens 90 Minutes before the other bars on TBOX to kick off the event, and it’s an AWESOME, HIGH ENERGY experience with Cereal Flying Everywhere, and this year, renowned Metal Cover Band Hairbangers Ball!  Get in Line Early or right at 9 to make sure you get in!

1030AM-730PM – The Main Part of TBOX Where You Can go to Any of the 31 Bars. See List with Photos, Addresses, & PopUp Names at Bottom of Page!

1030AM-Noon – Free Breakfast Buffets at These Bars!!!
> Country Club – AKA Christmas Club
> Happy Camper
> Houndstooth – AKA Griswold’s
> HVAC Pub
> John Barleycorn
> Merkle’s
> Moe’s Cantina
> Old Crow
> Rizzo’s Bar & Inn
> Stretch – AKA Elf’d Up

1030AM-1PM – Redeem Your Three $4 Gift Certificates for Beverages (COUPONS A — B — C on Your Strip ) at the Designated Bars Printed on the Back of Them
You will be given 3 $4 Gift Cards in your Coupon Strip when you get your Wristband. Each of them is good for $4 toward One Drink at a Selection of 6-7 Different Bars between 1030AM-1PM.  These are written on the backs of the coupons.  So, make sure to use them during this time to get $4 toward your first beverageat your first 3 stops.  Coupons are one per person per venue, cannot be combined, no change given, cannot be used for tips.

FOR COUPONS A, B, AND C – THE COUPONS THAT ARE FOR $4 TOWARD BEVERAGES FROM 1030AM-1PM, BE SURE TO READ THE BACK OF THE COUPON TO SEE THE LIST OF BARS THAT THAT COUPON CAN BE USED AT. THAT COUPON CAN ONLY BE USED AT ONE OF THOSE BARS! WE WANT YOU TO MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS SO YOU CAN PROPERLY USE ALL 3 AS YOU HAPPILY CRAWL THROUGH TBOX2019!! 

1030AM-730PM – Karaoke with DJ Kev Rokken at Vines

1030AM-530PM – MEME GARDEN / MEME CONTEST at Vines Courtyard on Clark Street – Take Your Photo in Our 12 FACE IN THE HOLE MEME BOARDS Courtesy or Effen Vodka, Maker’s Mark, and Cruzan Rum — And Our TBOX Picture Frames, Courtesy of Bud Light, Goose Island, and Bon & Viv!

1030AM-5PM – CEREAL SHOT KIDDIE POOL at 2 Locations – Vines Courtyard Meme Garden AND NW Corner of Clark & Cornelia (Across from Jingle Junkie/Roadhouse 66)

1030AM-630PM / While Supplies Last – Use Your Coupons D, E, and F to Pick Up Your Swag Items and Enter Contests . SWAG PICKUP LOCATIONS ANNOUNCED! 

COUPON D- TBOX Touchscreen Gloves: Use your “D” Ticket – Redeemable at Rizzo’s Parking Lot in RED, BLUE, or GREEN during TBOX Event Hours for One Pair of Gloves, While Supplies Last.

COUPON E- TBOX Koozie:  Use your “E” Ticket to get your TBOX “T-Shirt” Koozie in RED, BLUE, or PINK – Redeemable at Dark Horse Tap & Grille (AKA Christmas Story Pop-up) during TBOX Event Hours, While Supplies Last.

COUPON F- TBOX Gym Bag: Use your “F” Ticket- Redeemable at Vines in the Courtyard Meme Garden during TBOX Event Hours for TBOX Gym Bag, While Supplies Last.

COUPON G – Lucky Strike Skee Ball Contest:  Use Your “G” Ticket at Lucky Strike Social to Win a VIP Bowling for 8 People!  Since believe it or not, they booked kids birthday party on the bowling lanes during TBOX, instead of bowling, they are gonna have us do SKEE BALL instead – and let’s face it, isn’t it gonna be safer for us to be handling skee balls instead of bowling balls???

COUPON H –  Sink a Shot & Win Your Way Into the Bud Light Bulls Legends Lounge: Use your “H” Ticket at at Rizzo’s during TBOX and try to sink a shot on the pop-up basketball hoop! Sink a shot and get entered into our raffle to win one of 2 pairs of Bud Light Legends Lounge Bulls Tickets for the December 28th game vs the Atlanta Hawks! (One Female and One Male will win a pair of these great tickets!) Simply check into the outdoor Wonderland in Rizzo’s side lot, present your ticket, and take your shot! This contest will take place from 11AM-5PM during TBOX.

COUPON X- Spin to Win with Prairie State Gaming: Use your “X” Ticket at Rizzos and Spin to Win with Prairie State Gaming, where you can win great prizes such as an Icemule Cooler, Facebook Portal TV, and win $20 if you land on your number! Stop by during TBOX and Spin to Win at Rizzo’s!

130PM-330PM – ULTRABEAT Performs at Rizzo’s Bar & Inn

730PM  – Closing Ceremonies at Cubby Bear with STACHE.
This show will go on until at least 930 – They’re awesome so don’t miss it!

TBOX Crawlers Get Great Drink Specials from Our Great Sponsors AND $12 of Gift Cards to Use on Your First 3 Drinks at TBOX

TBOX is an awesome value, with a great drink selection – first off, we’ll let you know, you get TWELVE DOLLARS – that’s Three x $4 – of Coupons when you check in, that you can use at 3 Different Bars from 1030AM-1PM on the day of TBOX.  Each Coupon is valid at 6 or 7 different bars. So from 1030am-1pm, you can use the $4 tickets.

Thank You to Our Sponsors and The Bars for Providing Great Drink Specials
At Most of the Bars, you’ll get the following specials from our Sponsors:

Bud Light 12oz – $4
Goose Island 312 or Other Craft Beer $5
Bon & Viv Sparkling Seltzer $5
Cruzan Rum Drinks $5
Effen Vodka Drinks $6
Maker’s Mark Bourbon Drinks $7

Making the Most of Your TBOX Experience

Our Goal is to Make TBOX Your Most Memorable Day of the Year! Christopher Festa started The 12 Bars of Xmas Back in 1996, with the goal of Having Fun with His Friends and Making New Ones (Read Here!)  We strive to make TBOX about creative fun and joy – not just drinking! So here are some tips for you to have the best day you can…

  • Go to The Opening Ceremonies at Cubby Bear & Get There Right at 9AM!
    The energy and excitement of having everyone together, early, ready to rock, is unbeatable!  It’s worth waking up for
  • Dress is a Fun Costume, but Wear Comfortable Shoes, and Don’t Bring Your Best Coat
    Your shoes will get really messy, and we don’t want your nice coat to get ruined either. And check the weather forecast — if it’s over 45/50F or so, which it has been many times, you don’t need a heavy coat, especially if your costume is elaborate and hot.
  • Pace Yourself and Drink in Moderation!
    TBOX is an amazing spectacle of magic, color, and wonder… you want to take in every minute of it!  It’s 9 – 12 hours of fun, and if you take it a little easy, you’ll be going strong by evening time and go WIRE TO WIRE all the way to the Closing Ceremonies! It’s an accomplishment!
  • Be Open to Meeting New People and Mingle as Much as Possible
  • Try to Make it to at least 12 bars or more, and remember the smaller bars can be as much fun or more than the big ones!
  • Do All the Fun Stuff – Collect Stickers, Do a Cereal Shot on Clark Street in one of our Kiddie Pools, Visit the Meme Garden, Take Pictures in the Frames, Do it All!
  • EAT!  We have free breakast buffets 1030am-Noon, but also, you can get food at almost any bar during the day, so don’t forget to eat!
  • This is How People Used to Meet and Mate Before Tinder, Bumble, & Dating Apps — so if you’re single, here’s your chance to sharpen your skills in real life!!! 

TBOX 2019 Participating Venues

Bernie’s Tap & Grill 3664 North Clark

Blarney Stone 3424 North Sheffield

Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern 3643 North Clark (Adjacent to Wrigley Field)

Casey Moran’s
*** Pop-Up Name > RUDOLPH’S ***
3660 North Clark

Casey Moran’s
*** Pop-Up Name > RUDOLPH’S ***
3660 North Clark

Cubby Bear
1059 North Clark
Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Location

Dark Horse Tap
3443 North Sheffield

Deuce’s MLB
*** Pop-Up Name > SANTA BABY ***
3505 North Clark

Dugout (Lower Level Only is Open for
TBOX)
952 West Addison

Graystone Tavern
*** Pop-Up Name > EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS ***
3441 North Sheffield

Happy Camper
*** Pop-Up Name > Disco Christmas
***
3452 North Clark
FREE BREAKFAST LOCATION

Houndstooth Saloon
*** Pop-Up Name > Griswold’s ***
3369 North Clark
FREE BREAKFAST LOCATION

HVAC
*** Pop-Up Name > ROCK N ROLL
CHRISTMAS ***
3530 North Clark
FREE BREAKFAST LOCATION

Irish Oak
3511 North Clark

Irie/Jerk
3404 North Sheffield

John Barleycorn
3524 North Clark
FREE BREAKFAST LOCATION

Lucky Strike Social 1027 West Addison BOWL A STRIKE CONTEST LOCATION

Merkle’s
*** Pop-Up Name > SANTA CLAWS ***
3516 North Clark
FREE BREAKFAST LOCATION

Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern 3643 North Clark (Adjacent to Wrigley Field)

Murphy’s Bleachers
3655 North Sheffield
CUSTOMER SERVICE
HEADQUARTERS ON DAY OF TBOX

Nola Bar
*** Pop-Up Name > A VERY CAJUN
CHRISTMAS ***
3481 North Clark

Old Crow Smokehouse
*** Pop-Up Name > SANTA’S WORKSHOP***
3506 North Clark
FREE BREAKFAST LOCATION

Redmond’s Ale House
3358 North Sheffield

Rizzo’s Bar & Inn
3650 North Clark
FREE BREAKFAST LOCATION
ULTRABEAT LIVE SHOW 130PM
ALL DAY BULLS SHOOT A HOOP
CONTEST OUTSIDE

Roadhouse 66
*** Pop-Up Name > JINGLE JUNKIE ***
3478 North Clark

Sandlot
3477 North Clark

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar
3540 North Clark

Sports Corner
956 West Addison

Stretch
*** Pop-Up Name > Elf’d Up ***
3485 North Clark

Underground Lounge
952 West Newport

Vines on Clark
3554 North Clark