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Wednesday, March 29
Chicago Public League boys basketball powerhouses Whitney Young and Simeon team up to host the Chicago Elite Classic at 9am today at the UIC Pavilion, 525 South Racine Ave. The six-game event will feature some of the area's best teams against some of America's most storied high school basketball programs. Besides local superstars Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor, upwards of 35 Division I prospects will be on the court. Tickets range from $17-55 for each of the two sessions.
Put a bird on it at the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market at Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk. Event runs 11am-6pm; free.
The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative's 23rd annual International Small Print Show and Holiday Sale runs today and Sunday from 11am to 7pm at the CPC Gallery, 4642 N. Western Ave. Browse silkscreens, block prints, etchings, lithographs and more by over 60 artists.
GiveForward hosts an Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl today starting at 1pm. Put on the nastiest, cheesiest, worst holiday sweater you can find and head to the Goose Island Wrigleyville brewpub, 3535 N. Clark St., to register, then follow the crawl to Rebel Bar & Grill, Sheffields, Uncle Fatty's and Mad River Bar & Grill. The first 100 people to attend will receive a free Santa hat and a $20 Uber credit to use for a free ride home, and everyone wearing a sweater will compete for prizes for the most outrageous sweater. More details on Facebook. 21+
You'll tour and sample foods and drinks from four of Wicker Park's best eating holes (Butcher and Larder, Prasino, The Bedford, and Frontier) beginning at 2:30pm; even the chefs will be on hand for questions. Tickets $145.
Co-op Image's 10th annual Holiday Bazaar is today from 5pm to 10pm at Ignite Glass Studios, 401 N. Armour St. Shop for gifts such as ornaments, glassware and limited edition custom Co-op Hot Sauce bottles handmade by Co-op student artists, watch glass-blowing demos and enjoy food and drink from Sauce and Bread Kitchen and Revolution Brewery. Environmental Encroachment and El is The Sound of Joy perform live. Suggested donation of $15 benefits Co-op Image's youth arts education initiatives.
Pros Arts Studios holds its annual Pozolada fundraiser tonight at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan St., from 6 to 10pm. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and include a one-of-a-kind handmade ceramic bowl filled with pozole.
Tonight at 8pm, the Arie Crown Theater, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., presents "The Chapter V Tour," starring Grammy-nominated R&B singer Trey Songz, along with Elle Varner and Miguel. Tickets are $48-$103; for more information call 800-745-3000.
Oakland rapper Kreayshawn performs at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., tonight, with Rye Rye, Honey Cocaine and Chippy Nonstop. Tickets are $23 in advance, $25 at the door. Doors open at 8pm, show's at 9pm. 18+
Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., hosts Covers for Cover IV, an evening of cover songs benefiting Sarah's Circle, a nonprofit serving homeless women. Catch covers of Violent Femmes, The Breeders, The Misfits, Salt N Peppa, Janet Jackson and 1960s girl groups, performed by a collection of the city's top female musicians. Tickets are $12, or $10 with a donation of toiletries at the door. Doors open at 10pm.