Day 343: TBOX

Boxes of cereal stacked up and ready for TBOX.

TBOX (SM) stands for… (T)welve (B)ars (O)f (X)mas, an annual event held the Second Saturday in December in the Wrigleyville Neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. It started out as just another Pub Crawl, and over the years has evolved into one of the largest and most spectacular events of its kind in the world. The event was founded in 1996 by Chicagoan Christopher Festa as a “just for fun” event for a few of his friends from work, and has grown from about 60 people the first year to over 10,000 registered participants in 2010.  TBOX2011 is being held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 starting at 8AM/9AM, at the Cubby Bear Wrigleyville, and will travel through 36 Bars, going until Closing Time.

Originally a sequential tour of 12 bars (based of course on the “12 Days of Christmas” carol), TBOX is now an all-day event, beginning at 8AM and going through closing time (19 hours), and encompassing over 36 bars in the Wrigley area in the 3400-3800 Corridor of Clark and Sheffield, between Roscoe and Grace. Since 2007, the event has started and ended with Opening and Closing Ceremonies and a finale party at the world-famous Cubby Bear at 1059 W. Addison.

The event is now owned and produced by Festa Parties Incorporated, and tickets go on sales beginning in late August/early September on the Festa Parties Web Site. Participants then come in to the Festa Office in Chicago to pick up their Participant Kits including Gym Bag, T-Shirt, Badge, Lanyard, Schedule Card, Coupons, Stickers, and other included items.

Follow this link to read about everything that makes TBOX special, and the history of TBOX.

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