FASH BASH: Join other savvy shoppers at the Cynthia Rowley Bucktown boutique for a slammin' sample sale. You'll be treated to discounts of up to 80 percent off of the Chicago-born designer's collection of flirty and feminine dresses, tops, pants, jackets, accessories and more. 11AM-7PM.
FASH BASH, TAKE TWO: Get in on the action at Tribeca's "Beat the Clock" shopping cage match. All already marked-down sale items at this West Loop boutique will be further discounted throughout the day (10AM-noon is 50 percent off, noon-2PM 40 percent, 2-4PM 30 percent and 4-6PM is 20 percent off). You must be in line to check out by the listed times to get that discount. We predict some fleet-footed fashionistas.
SLOSHED SANTAS: SantaCon 2008, a pub crawl consisting of a bunch of silly Santa suit wearers, goes down today and into tonight. The festivities kick off at 2PM at the Tavern Tap Pub in the Congress Plaza Hotel and continue through 10 stops. It's not all drinking, however -- you'll also be caroling, taking snapshots and participating in a "hot Santa" contest. Ahh, the holidaze. 2-10PM, no cover.
TROPIC THUNDER: A night of sizzling Brazilian beats mixed with cutting-edge electronica awaits as Kassin + 2, leaders of the new Brazilian music movement, perform at the Old Town School of Folk Music tonight. 7:30PM, $24-$28.