Society makes us feel weird and bad for sitting around in bars while the sun is still up (unless sports are on TV—then anything goes). On the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, you can feel good about hunkering down at your neighborhood bar when it's only four in the afternoon, because it's probably dark out. And you can't really be depressed about it when you're wasted! Check our neighborhood bar guide for locale suggestions: chicagoreader.com/barguide.
You can have your goddamned hot chocolate and mince pies. The only sane way to celebrate the season is with cake and whiskey. There will be plenty of both at Whiskey, Frankincake & Myrrh, presented by the Cake & Whiskey Club: chocolate cake from Maddiebird Bakery and cinnamon-flavored Fireball Whisky (plus plenty of bourbon to sample). $20, $30 reserved seating, or $15 and one warm coathttp://cakeandwhiskey.us