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Your Weekly Guide for What to Do, See, Eat, and Drink in Chicago: November 25–December 1

Photo courtesy of City Winery at the Riverwalk

This week in Chicago, line up for some of the most coveted holiday beers, get your photo taken the old-fashioned way, take the whole family to a drag queen brunch, and laugh at a boozy live storytelling show.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Kinane/Facebook

November 26: Kyle Kinane: Spring Break Tour at Thalia Hall 
Originally from Chicago and currently one of the best comics in the country, Kinane regularly tours internationally. He’s got a TV credit on any program that’s featured stand-up comedy in the past decade, and has appeared on ​Drunk History, Workaholics, Comedy Bang! Bang!, ​and Netflix’s ​Love. ​He has three one-hour specials out on Comedy Central and is not to be missed. Don’t be surprised if this show sells out and he adds a late one. Details: 8:30 p.m.; $27–$40
—Matty Ryan, Comedy

November 26: Barrel-Aged Krampus Cookies Bottle Release 
Old Irving Brewing Co. was another big Chicago winner at this year’s GABF, with a gold medal for Beezer hazy IPA. Now riding on the cold winds of winter, Krampus Cookies comes with it’s barrel-aged decadence and desirable variants like Champurrado Krampus with cinnamon and chilies, and Breakfast Krampus with maple and Dark Matter coffee. On November 26 at 11 a.m., online ticket sales go live for purchase of all three beers ($20 each); you can then bring tickets for pickup at the taproom November 26–December 4. Easy.
—Jim Morris, Beer

Photo by Adrian Gaut/Courtesy of Freehand Chicago

November 30: Tintype Pop-Up at Freehand Chicago 
If you’ve ever wanted to time-travel to the late 19th century, photographer Jen Jansen can at least make it appear as if you have. Jansen specializes in tintype portraiture, which involves using an old-timey camera to create striking, high-contrast images on thin sheets of metal. Sign up for a private session before they sell out, and choose from three portrait sizes.
—Claire Voon, Art

November 30: The Blackout Diaries: Live Pilot Taping at the Newport Theater 
Chicago’s original drinking-storytelling show has been running for a decade, and it’s commemorating the milestone with a live pilot taping. The show features some of the best comedians in the city (and beyond), as well as one or two noncomedians (professors, doctors, firefighters, etc.) telling true stories of being blackout drunk—replete with pictures and videos from their misadventures. Details: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; $10
—Matty Ryan, Comedy

Through November 30: The City Winery River Domes Are Back  
For better or worse, one surefire sign that winter is coming is the annual return of the River Domes at City Winery at the Riverwalk. The heated bubbles are back in action through November 30, great for groups determined to keep those patio vibes going strong. Reservations are available for two-and-a-half-hour increments, and domes can fit up to eight guests. Details: $85 per person, including a $60 food and beverage minimum
—Matt Kirouac, Food/Beverage

Photo courtesy of Blackout Diaries

December 1: Marisol Drag Queen Brunch 
Looking for something unique and delicious to do? The Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting a fantastic brunch, complete with story time from two of Chicago’s best drag queens, Lucy Stoole and Kat Sass. Enjoy the magic of Marisol, the beautifully designed Jason Hammel restaurant, while indulging in babka French toast or shrimp and grits, with a side of culture for the whole family. Details: Story time at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., brunch 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
—Samantha Lande, Family Fun

December 1: “Better Nights” at Kavi Gupta 
This is perhaps one of the unmissable shows of the season: Revered artist Mickalene Thomas presents a ’70s-themed installation that transforms the gallery into an immersive environment that resembles an apartment, complete with wallpaper, faux wood paneling, and custom seating. In addition to showing her own rhinestone-embellished paintings of black individuals, Thomas has curated a selection of work by other artists of color.
—Claire Voon, Art

Through December 5: I Am Going to Die Alone and I Am Not Afraid: A Furious History of the Holocaust
Devised by the ensemble, this play asks: How do you fight for a future you won’t live to see? In a time when fascism is on the rise and history threatens to continue repeating itself with permanent, global, environmental, and social consequences, can this play be more relevant? Part reminder, part call to action, I don’t think it is one to miss right now.
—Tanuja Jagernauth, Theater

Restaurant Opening of the Week: Time Out Market Chicago 
The biggest food hall to hit Chicago comes by way of Time Out—a massive Fulton Market mecca filled with 18 kitchen concepts, three bars, a demonstration kitchen, event space, and entertainment venue. Altogether, the 50,000-square-foot behemoth features a laundry list of local culinary talent, from John Manion (El Che Bar & Steakhouse), Abe Conlon (Fat Rice), and Thai Dang (HaiSous) to Paul McGee and Shelby Allison (Lost Lake), Kevin Hickey (The Duck Inn), and Zoe Shor (Split-Rail).
—Matt Kirouac, Food/Beverage