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The Perfect Tweet About The Absurdity of TBOX

By Jon Graef in News on Dec 14, 2013 7:00PM

The Twelve Bars of Christmas, the annual tradition of people dressing up in holiday garb and then going out to bars in Wrigleyville to drink themselves stupid [as if people in Wrigleyville needed a formal pretense for doing so], is now afoot. Surely, if social media users out there have been following the #TBOX hashtag, they've gotten more than their share of bad behavior. Those who scoff at #TBOX have a perfect tweet from former Chicagoister Scott Smith to articulate the reason why this tradition, merriment notwithstanding, may leave a sour taste in their mouth.


An ordinance introduced last November by Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) to ensure the South Side Irish Parade stays Chi-rish free passed the City Council Police Committee Wednesday. If approved by the full City Council, anyone caught drinking in the public way within 200 feet of a parade could see fines ranging from $500-$1,000 and up to 10 days in jail. ...

O’Shea told the Sun-Times his vigilance is intended “to make sure that a bad element doesn’t come back to our neighborhood. To make sure this event stays a celebration of faith, family and heritage.”

That bad element: North side revelers who begin binge drinking hours before the parade. ...

Of note: it was the community itself that shut down the South Side Irish Parade. The community in Wrigleyville? Well...let's just say #TBOX 2013 appears to be alive and well.