What: Not to be confused with the guy in the red suit, the group of University of Illinois grads lays down upbeat, organ-laced folk pop.
Why: You need a break from Christmas Muzak.
When: Tonight, 8 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., at Fullerton Ave. (773-525-2501). Tickets online ($8) at lincolnhallchicago.com or ($12) at the door.
Lillie’s Q Boxed BBQ Sauce Sets
What: Smoke out the gift-giving competition with the joint’s mixes (three-sauce set, $30; five-sauce set, $45).
Why: There’s everything from Carolina (Western Carolina-style vinegar and tomato sauce) to Ivory (Alabama-style vinegar and mayonnaise sauce with a pepper kick).
When: Call it a wrap.
Where: 1856 W. North Ave., at Wolcott Ave. (773-772-5500).
Tre Kronor Julboard
What: Dig into a traditional Swedish holiday spread ($55-$60) of herring, salted codfish, reindeer meat, rice pudding, potato casserole, and more.
Why: Plenty of glogg to wash it all down.
When: Tonight-Sat., seatings at 5 & 8 p.m.
Where: 3258 W. Foster Ave., at Spaulding Ave. Reservations (required) to 773-267-9888.
Riley Fall/Winter Sale
What: Bucktown’s clothing and accessories haven brightens spirits with 25-75 percent off seasonal goods.
Why: Warm up to jersey dresses, chunky cardigans, cashmere sweaters, and hobo bags.
When: Thru Dec. 31.
Where: 1659 N. Damen Ave., b/t Concord Pl. & Wabansia Ave. (773-489-0101).
The Purple Pig’s Winter Menu
What: Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. faces the big freeze with comforts like butternut squash arancini with sage and walnut pesto; and buttermilk-brined quail, salsify, and pomegranate.
Why: Save room for the panna cotta with marmalade and candied pistachios.
When: Sun.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 500 N. Michigan Ave., at Illinois St. (312-464-1744).
Photo: Courtesy of Santah