CHICAGO — This weekend, neighborhood events of note include performances of Second City's holiday show, a history tour based on "Devil in the White City," and an ugly sweater contest, among others.
The Second City's Miracle on Wells Street at UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., 8 and 11 p.m.
The Second City's holiday revue makes includes sketches, songs and improv, according to the show's description. The suggested rating is "R," according to the comedy club. Tickets are $30, and Friday's two performances are at 8 and 11 p.m. The show runs through Dec. 31.
"Devil in the White City" tour at Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. 1-5 p.m.
Taking cues from Erik Larson's best-selling book, this tour will take you on the trail of city designer Daniel Burnham, serial killer H.H. Holmes and the site of the World's Columbian Exposition. The tour is from 1-5 p.m. and costs $55, though members get a $5 discount.
Fourth Annual Ugly Sweater Party at Galway Arms, 2442 N. Clark St., 9 p.m.
Don your most hideous holiday sweater Saturday night and you could win a prize. More than 15 Christmas and other seasonal beers will be available on tap or by the bottle, and winners are announced at 11 p.m.
Bird Count at Lincoln Park, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West, 7:15-11 a.m.
If you can bear the thought of going outside and staying out there for an extended period, the Chicago Park District is hosting a free Youth Winter Bird Count outdoors. The event will include a discussion about bird identification and "birding techniques" before participants walk around North Park and try to identify various species. Those registered for the event will get some relief from the weather in the form of free hot chocolate after the event and free admission to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The event is for those age 4 and up, and the park district reminds participants to dress warm. Call 312-550-6150 for more information.
Rudolph Ramble 8K & Donner Dash at Lincoln Park between Fullerton Avenue and Diversey Parkway, 9 a.m. for 8K and 10 a.m. for Donner Dash
Fleet Feet Sports hosts an 8K along with a dash for the kids. Make a donation or bring a toy to benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Every 8K participant gets a knit ski hat (while supplies last) and a set of antlers, which will be given out on race day. The 8K is $40, while the dash is $15, plus handling fees.
Stars Of The Lid at Lincoln Hall, 2414 N. Lincoln Ave., 8 p.m.
Austin, Texas-based "atmospheric classical music" duo Stars of the Lid play along with openers Wordless Music Orchestra and Loscil. Tickets, restricted to those 21 and older, are $20.