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The Rambler Kitchen + Tap

A tribute to the 1964 classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer television special and the Island of Misfit Toys, The Rambler Kitchen + Tap in North Center will host a “Misfit Christmas” pop-up beginning the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 26 through Sunday, January 2. 

Owner Kyle Bagley said “The idea for our Misfit Christmas pop-up came about because we thought it would be fun to get together with our band of misfits to celebrate the holidays recalling old memories and honoring a classic from our childhoods.”

Along The Rambler on Lincoln Ave., there will be an outdoor scene featuring 10-foot custom-painted wood characters from the film made by local Chicago artist Reaghan Murphy. Inside, each room will be inspired by a different scene with Christmas lights, Misfit Toy figurines and staff dressed as characters throughout. 

When guests enter, they will find the snow-covered forest where Rudolph and Hermey first meet and sing “We’re a Couple of Misfits.” Guests will then find arctic mountain decor as they move through to the cave of the abominable snowman, Bumble. Lastly, The Rambler’s 600 square foot heated and covered beer garden will transform into Santa’s workshop. 

To complement the decor, festive cocktails from $10 to $14 will include Yukon’s Old Fashioned with Old Forester Bourbon, Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, crème de cacao, and chocolate bitters topped with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Silver and Gold with NOLET’S Silver Gin, Mionetto Prosecco and white cranberry juice with a cranberry and rosemary garnish, the Yule Mule with Jack Daniels Tennessee Apple, Jack Daniels Tennessee Fire, ginger beer, cranberry juice, lime juice and cranberries, a Bumble-tini with Black Irish White Chocolate Irish Cream, Bushmills Irish Whiskey, crème de cacao white, and a blue sugar rim. Hot drinks will also be available like Hermey’s Hot Chocolate and an Old Country Toddy. 

A themed food menu will feature sweets like warm baked Snickerdoodle Pretzels topped with cinnamon sugar and served with icing, Reindeer Food with rice cereal, chocolate, peanut butter, powdered sugar, and red and green M&M’s, and Sam the Snowman shaped powdered sugar donuts and more. Savory dishes will include a Toy Taker Turkey Sandwich with roasted turkey breast, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and a side of cranberry sauce, and an Open Faced Chicken Pot Pie on two buttermilk biscuits. 

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Photo courtesy of The Rambler Kitchen + Tap

Vendador

Vendador, a private dining service specializing in fine and casual experiences, is available for bookings this holiday season. Helmed by Chef Francis Dhono (formerly of Japonais by Morimoto; Momotaro; Roister), Vendador provides full-service event offerings for private dinner parties, holiday gatherings, and catering events. Available at private residences or at RLM Events & Design—Vendador’s exclusive partner venue—Vendador takes care of the shopping, cleaning, cooking, and set-up of your next event. 

Vendador creates experiences for guests by curating individualized menus, beverage pairings, and decor for each individual event. Chef Francis Dhono highlights seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine featuring local ingredients at their peak, while also utilizing ancient preservation and fermentation techniques. Guests can expect an individualized experience where they’ll be introduced to new flavors, combinations and presentations, with dishes like:

  • Fresh Fusilli Pasta with Roasted Mushroom, Spring Pea, Pancetta, Ricotta

  • Salmon Crudo with Fennel, Citrus, Chillies, Salmon Roe

  • Whitefish Karaage with Roasted Poblano, Pickles, Ao Nori

  • White Chocolate Crepe Cake

Vendador’s private dining offerings — either a coursed or shared-plate meal — begin with a minimum deposit of $1,500 with varying prices dependent on party size, menu, and add-ons including passed apps, caviar + truffle services, and beverage pairings. To learn more about the services or pricing, contact Vendador directly via email at vendadorchicago@gmail.com or call (630) 864-9349.

The Goddess and Grocer

For holiday gatherings of any size, The Goddess and Grocer’s Christmas catering menu makes Christmas dinner a little easier this year. Meal options include Christmas Dinner for Two (serves two) $75, Family Matters (serves six) $195, All In The Family (serves 12) $395, and a la carte food, wine, cocktail offerings. The menu also offers options for those in need of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options! 

The Christmas catering can be ordered via 773.292.7100 or visit https://goddessandgrocer.com/christmas/. Orders for Christmas Eve delivery or pickup must be placed by Noon on Friday, December 17. Delivery is available and FREE pickup is available at the River North, Gold Coast, Bucktown locations. Select items from the Christmas menu will be available in stores on Tuesday, December 21.

Menu highlights: 

  • Whole Natural Turkey - Ferndale Farms in Cannon Falls, MN raises their turkeys in a happy, stress-free 140 acres of rolling green pastureland without antibiotics. Goddess roasts the turkeys with fresh vegetables and aromatics, and serve with stock for reheating. 12-14lbs $95 (serves 6-8) /  20-22lbs $125 (serves 12-14)

  • Crab and Shrimp Cakes (12) - one dozen bite sized with remoulade

  • Holiday Salad - mixed lettuces, manchego, cranberries, spiced walnuts, apples, and honey balsamic 

  • Smoking Goose Applewood Smoked City Ham with caramelized pineapple

  • Stuffed Acorn Squash with roasted vegetables, quinoa, and pepitas

  • Turkey Sausage and Apple Stuffing with caramelized onions and sage

  • Roasted Root Vegetables with potatoes, shallots, fennel, carrots, parsnips, and fresh herbs

  • Artisanal Cheese Board 

  • Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs (12)

  • Beef Tenderloin - Herb and mustard marinated serves six

  • Smoking Goose Applewood Smoked City Ham - caramelized pineapple serves 10-12 (5lb) 

  • 8” Christmas Layer Cake with red and green vanilla cake with layers of peppermint frosting buttercream and holiday decorations

  • Black Forest Chess Pie - chocolate chess and dark cherry filling, whipped cream + dark chocolate shavings

  • Cookie Decorating Kit (Mix of stockings / trees / snowflakes / and ornament cookies with fun frosting $35

Sommelier Selections 

  • Choose from a variety of Sparkling, White, Rose and Red wines

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Photo courtesy of Vendador

Slightly Toasted

The team behind Slightly Toasted has curated, produced and launched three holiday whiskey tasting calendars – Hanukkah 8 Days of Whiskey, The 12 Days of Whiskey Advent Calendar and The 24 Days of Whiskey Advent Calendar – complete with links to guided video tastings, notes, and access to their private selection bottles.

  • The 12 Days of Whiskey Advent Calendar – $145 

The 12 days of Whiskey Advent Calendar features 4 of ST's hand picked single barrels from 2020 and 2021, selections from some of their favorite local distilleries, and a couple rare releases from this year. 

  • The 24 Day of Whiskey Advent Calendar – $245 

The signature 24 Days of Whiskey Advent Calendar features 8 of ST's Hand Picked Single Barrels from 2021, selections from some of their favorite local distilleries, and a couple rare releases from this year, including 1 "surprise" whiskey featuring one of several of this year’s hardest to go get whiskeys.

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Photo courtesy of Slightly Toasted

El Bandido Yankee Tequila

Holiday season is right around the corner. El Bandido Yankee Tequila, founded by Chicago native and former Blackhawks player Chris Chelios and former NFL player Jim Bob Morris, is now available across the city.

Featuring two expressions, the velvety and clean Tequila Blanco (SRP: $39.99) offers a refreshing, crisp finish in the purest expression of agave, and the Tequila Reposado (SRP: $44.99), which has a complex profile intended to linger over. Every bottle of El Bandido Yankee tequila starts its journey from the sun and soil of Los Altos in Jalisco. 

Here are a few cocktails to mix up with your bottle of El Bandido Yankee Tequila: 

  • Cup of Cheer - courtesy of mixologist Zach McCabe

Recipe:

1 1/4 oz El Bandito Yankee Reposado
1/2 oz spiced syrup*
4 oz quality coffee
Lightly whipped cream 

Build the drink in an Irish coffee glass. Start with the syrup, spirit, and coffee. Gently stir to incorporate. Float the heavy cream and finish it off with some freshly grated cinnamon. 

*For the spiced syrup toast the following:

1 tsp black peppercorns
3 1/2 cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
10 allspice berries
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Once fragrant, add 2 cups of water and 4 cups of brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and bottle.

  • Go Fig or Go Home - courtesy of mixologist Suzy Tweten

Recipe: 

1.25 oz El Bandido Yankee Reposado Tequila
3/4 oz Fino Sherry
1/2 oz Spiced Pear Liqueur
1/4 oz Rosemary Liqueur
1/4 oz Caramelized Fig Syrup
Barspoon Fernet Branca
Dash of Cardamom Bitters

  • Hazelnut Horchata - courtesy of mixologist Alex Ramirez

Recipe:

Horchata base:

1 cup raw rice
1 cup raw hazelnuts 
1.5 cups of water
2 cinnamon sticks 

Let it sit overnight in fridge. Separate liquid from mix and blend solids with equal amounts of that same liquid. Once all is blended, strain with cheese cloth .

Now with the horchata strained add:

2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
2 cups almond milk 
3/4 cup agave syrup

Stir well and chill in fridge.

Serves 6 cocktails

To make cocktail, add 2 oz of El Bandido reposado tequila. Pour over ice, garnish with cinnamon stick, hazelnuts and Nutella drizzle.

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Photo courtesy of El Bandido Yankee Tequila

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

When people think of the holidays, typically hot drinks such as apple cider, mulled wine and eggnog come to mind. But this year think of a nontraditional treat: Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s newest smoothies which require zero baking or preparation.

The smoothie brand is offering cranberry desserts with the return of their two festive items – The Very Berry Cranberry Smoothie and The Cranberry Truffle Smoothie. Both smoothies are under $7 and are for any cranberry (or holiday) lover who is looking to switch up their holiday dessert for an option that’s not a heavy lift and lighter.  

They’ve also added a new Caprese Grilled Cheese – a toasty and seasonal twist on the classic.

*Available through January 18*

  • Verry Berry Cranberry Smoothie: strawberries and cranberries served with an edible strawberry straw.
  • Cranberry Truffle Smoothie: strawberries, cranberries, white chocolate & non-fat yogurt served with an edible strawberry straw. 
  • Caprese Grilled Cheese: Fresh mozzarella, parmesan, white American cheese, fresh tomatoes, basil pesto & balsamic glaze on toasted sourdough bread
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Photo courtesy of Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Boxcar Betty’s

Boxcar Betty’s, the southern fried chicken sandwich shop, has announced a new holiday menu item. New to the menu, the ‘Pecan Pie in a Cup’ is a simple Southern-style dessert. 

Incorporating flavors from its southern roots, Boxcar Betty’s new dessert features a made from scratch silky sweet layer of pecan pie, Homer’s vanilla bean ice cream and is finished with chopped, candied pecans. The new item is available at the Bucktown and Ogilvie locations and can be purchased for $4.29.

Jaleo

Transport yourself to the bustling streets of Spain this winter season at Jaleo, where guests can celebrate Spain’s festivals and holidays without leaving Chicago. 

  • November 26 - December 12: Sparkling Festival -- Raise your glass and celebrate the two-week Sparkling Festival celebration by stopping into Jaleo and tasting Spanish bubbly including Sparkling wine flights and specialty Sparkling cocktails. Diners will also be able to sip hand selected wines selected by Sommelier Jordi Paronella. 

  • December 10-23: Clementina -- Celebrate Spain’s favorite citrus fruit, the clementine, throughout the month of December. Indulge in various specialty tapas, desserts and drinks featuring Spain’s juiciest fruit.

  • January 6: Three Kings Day -- King Cakes will be available for pickup January 4-6 to celebrate Three Kings Day with family and friends. Orders for whole King Cakes must be made three-days prior to the pickup date and King Cakes by-the-slice will be available on January 6. 

El Che Steakhouse & Bar

Located just a few feet from the custom-designed grill, the Hearth Table experience at El Che Steakhouse & Bar evokes Argentina’s traditional Asados, where family and friends gather around the table for a feast served family-style. The menu includes empanadas, salad, olives, a seafood platter, the famous Parrillada, bone-in ribeye, quail, seasonal vegetables, fries and dessert. Plus, the restaurant’s all South American wine list offers excellent pairings to round out the meal. Reservations for groups of six to ten can be made via Tock and require a $30 deposit per person.

Chef John Manion’s retail offshoot from El Che Steakhouse & Bar is offering gift baskets. Priced at $155 and available for pickup at the restaurant located at 845 W Washington Blvd, the gift basket includes an El Che apron, $25 gift card, house-smoked sea salt, Fire Watcher seasoning, Fire Watcher Peri Peri, a leather- and citrus-scented El Che candle and a copy of ‘The Meat Project,’ Chef Manion’s cooking zine about cooking with live fire. El Che Meat & Provisions also has a selection of South American wines and Creekstone Farms USDA Prime Steaks available for purchase. Plus, don’t forget to swing by the restaurant on December 19th for a special Holiday Market with local vendors and artisans. 

Farmhouse Evanston

With four separate rooms designed to accommodate any size of gathering, Farmhouse Evanston has options to consider when planning your holiday events. The Snug Room, Pickled Room, Beacon Room and Hay Loft Room can be used for seated dinners or cocktail-style parties and between these spaces they can fit anywhere from 10 to 110 guests depending on the arrangement. 

Smyth & The Loyalist

Plan a private dinner at Smyth & The Loyalist this holiday season with the private dining room located on the lower level. The space blends the personalities of the two restaurants to which it caters and guests can opt for either a Smyth dining experience or an experience for The Loyalist. The Smyth option begins with a half hour of canapés and cocktails before a seated tasting menu of approximately ten courses, while The Loyalist option is French.

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

Experience a private farm-to-table dining experience in the heart of Downtown Chicago at FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar. The American grill concept, known for its wood-fired cooking, offers a menu featuring the Midwest meat, freshwater fish and produce. A second floor, private dining room provides guests with a setting for small or medium-size events. Curated by Executive Chef Leonard Ventura the menu includes: 

  • Appetizers, such as Calamari, Wood Oven Wings and Meatballs and shared sides, including Herb Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Broccolini 
  • A three-course menu option with entrees including Mesquite Pork Chop, BBQ Short Ribs and FireLake Half Rotisserie Chicken 
  • A four-course menu featuring Flat Iron Steak, Pan Roasted Salmon, and Prime Bone-In Sirloin 

Boleo

Cocktails, Peruvian and Argentinian Street Snacks, hand-picked tunes and views from the 15th floor Loop rooftop. Host groups in Ezperanza, the restaurant's private dining space, or book the whole rooftop for you and 250 of your closest friends. From engagements to birthdays and holiday dinners to company socials, the staff can arrange it. 

The Blackstone

Looking for a location where past meets present? Look no further than The Blackstone. Plan an end-of-year cocktail party in the historic ballroom or organize a holiday celebration in The Barbershop or English Room. The hotel offers a collection of flexible spaces, complementing classical architectural details with modern furnishings and the latest in technology. 

Andros Taverna

Chef Doug Psaltis at Andros Taverna in Logan Square has prepared a special Christmas Eve menu featuring fresh seafood and Greek inspired preparations. Andros’ special menu is offering Chilled Oysters, Charred Tomato Mignotte, Saffron Orzotto, Crystal Blue Prawn, Mediterranean Mussel and an absolute Greek smash for a headliner — Athenian Lobster Spaghetti. 

Grapes & Grains

On Christmas Eve, Chicagoans can join Grapes and Grains for a Christmas Eve singalong and live music experience from 6:00pm to 12:00pm. Diners can sip on Hot Toddies and other specialty cocktails while getting in the holiday cheer at the new West Loop whiskey and cocktail lounge. 

Staytion Market & Bar

Located in the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, Staytion has announced special menus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for Chicago locals and visitors alike. On Christmas Eve, guests can order entrees like a herb-crusted rack of lamb paired with seasonal signature cocktails like A Festivus For the Rest of Us, featuring local Koval cranberry gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon, strawberry and cava for a sparking edition to your holiday celebration. Christmas Day, try the grilled Berkshire double-cut pork chop served with grain mustard jus and roasted acorn squash, crispy brussels sprouts and a black truffle grit cake. 

The Dearborn

The Dearborn’s Pastry Chef, Julianna Westgor, is offering diners a holiday sweet treat of her specialty pies. Available for pick up on November 22nd through December 31st, diners can choose from the Crispy Phyllo Apple Pie, Bourbon Pecan Pie, or the Black Forest Meringue Pie for $48.00 each! Orders can be made on The Dearborn’s website. The pies will also be available until December 31st and can be picked up anytime as long as the team has 48 hours to prepare the pie. 

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee

Starting Nov. 26, Stan’s Donuts and Coffee will celebrate the holiday season with the release of their holiday donut and beverage line-up. The 2021 menu includes seasonal donuts flavors like Gingerbread Old Fashioned (also available in Gluten-less), Eggnog Le Stan, Chocolate Peppermint Dipped and the Peppermint Bark Old Fashioned. Donuts will pair with holiday drinks and coffee including peppermint bark hot chocolate and mocha, gingerbread chai latte and eggnog latte. Looking to purchase a gift? Check out Stan’s merch store online or get the Stan’s fan in your life a $50 gift card from Nov. 26-31 and you will receive a $10 bonus card. 

Funkenhausen

Join Funkenhausen at their “Swine Out Market'' kicking off on November 26th and running through Christmas. Diners can purchase specialty bottles of BBQ sauce, pickles, ornaments, growlers, and items from other specialty and local vendors. Open during all normal operating hours at the restaurant. 

Lardon

Lardon is going to be sure you’re the best holiday host with take-out Charcuterie Boards that you can assemble yourself at home. Lardon is offering two different boards for parties: one board that serves 4-6 people, and a larger board designed to serve 8+ people. Chef Chris Thompson has also included a video promo of the boards on all board take-outs, which shows you how to assemble the board. Pre-sale tickets will be sold through Tock, and interested hosts should visit www.lardonchicago.com for up-to-date information on how to purchase. 

Recess

Recess patio is now partially enclosed and filled with space heaters all throughout the deck. Launching December 8, Recess will transform into a holiday pop-up in the West Loop, featuring your favorite holiday movies, with six Christmas and Holiday films playing throughout the shipping containers with decor to match. Special hot cocktails and menu items will coincide with the pop-up. More information is coming soon and can be found by visiting www.chicagoinrecess.com. 

The Press Room

This holiday season, The Press Room is bringing diners a speakeasy experience and re-launching their weekly live music performances. Join the Press Room with live music from some of Chicago’s best -- Jon Allegretto, Toronzo Cannon and Nick Moss -- while ordering food from their menu, cocktail, and wine list selected specifically for the live music events. 

Dinner menu favorites include the Short Rib and Kale Caesar, while classic cocktails like an Old Fashioned or Manhattan are just $14. The wine menu was hand selected to pair with menu items featuring all the favorites like Almyra Chardonnay and J. De Villebois Sauvignon Blanc.

Each live show will be 90 minutes. The Press Room will open their doors at 6:15pm with the live performance starting at 7:00 p.m.

  • December 5: Jon Allegretto at 7:00pm

  • December 12: Toronzo Cannon at 7:00pm

  • December 19: Nick Moss at 7:00pm

Tickets are $30 and do not include food and drinks. Guests can purchase tickets on Tock. 

Gemini

Heading to Zoo Lights this year at Lincoln Park Zoo and looking for a spot to grab a bite before or after? Ballyhoo Hospitality’s Gemini is located just steps away and is offering diners a three-course Zoo Lights Menu. Priced at $42.00 per person, diners have their choice of a starter, main, and a dessert. The menu includes:

  • Starters

    • Soup of the Day

    • Winter Holiday Salad - Honeycrisp Apples, Cinnamon Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, Manchego Cheese, Sherry-Maple Dressing

    • Korean Firecracker Shrimp - Tempura Fried Shrimp, Scallions, Sesame Seeds

  • Main

    • Fish of the Day

    • Short Rib Pot Roast - Buttered Egg Noodles, Glazed Carrots 

    • Berkshire Pork Chop - Caramelized Apple, Grainy Mustard Sauce, Braised Red Cabbage

  • Hot Beverage + Cookies 

    • Blend Hot Cocoa

    • Big Shoulders Coffee

    • Rishi Tea

    • Local Apple Cider

For those looking to spice it up a bit, a shot can be added to your hot cocktail for an additional fee. Gemini is also offering a "Holiday Hut." For those looking for a grab + go option on their way to Zoo Lights. Or want to walk around the holiday magic with a hot drink in your hand. Diners can purchase various cookies, hot cocoa, hot cider, coffee, tea, and have the option to make it boozy.

Good Plate Hospitality

This holiday season, enjoy meals at your favorite Chicago restaurants and keep your wallet full, too -- The Good Plate Hospitality Group is offering a loyalty program where guests receive discounts at any one of their restaurants.

The Loyalty Program allows users to earn 1 point for every $1 spent and a $5 discount for every 50 points redeemed. Points can be earned and used at any one of The Good Plate Hospitality Group’s restaurants. Whether you are in the mood for housemade Italian favorites at Nonnina’s, a chef-inspired meal after a night in the Theater District at Petterino’s, American bites at The Happ Inn or made-to-order tacos at Taco Nano, these loyalty program discounts are ones you won’t want to miss! 

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The Pecan Pie in a Cup at Boxcar Betty's (Photo courtesy of Boxcar Betty’s)

Hannah’s Bretzel

As Chicago gears up for colder weather, Hannah’s Bretzel has launched their newest winter menu offerings launching November 29: the Christkindl Sandwich, Alpine Soup, and Spicy Chicken Melt. 

The Christkindl Sandwich evokes a European-influenced holiday spirit with its layers of German speck, sliced organic apples, feta cheese, organic arugula, and fig chutney with a drizzle of organic apple balsamela - all on their signature house-made organic Bretzel baguette. 

Or try one of their new, warm, winter offerings: 

  • Spicy Chicken Melt: free-range chicken, pickles, red cabbage, pickled onions, house-made Buffalo-style hot sauce, Merkt’s + farmhouse cheddar.

  • Alpine Soup: organic barley, french ham, double smoked bacon, organic carrots, celery, yukon potatoes, organic yellow onions, garlic, dill, parsley, and cream.

Orders can be placed online for delivery or pick-up, or customers can stop into their storefront locations (400 N. LaSalle and 107 S Franklin).

Dusek's

Looking for somewhere to host your holiday party? Dusek’s offers a seasonal four-course family-style meal for the whole table for $55 per person. Guests set a regular reservation and the server will explain that day’s menu. Chef Ben Truesdell (Longman, Publican, PST) offers seasonal dishes and continues 12+ year-long relationships with local farmers. An example of their most recent menu: Tuna Crudo and Sweet & Sour Marinated Eggplant as starters, Timeless Prairie Apple Salad, Wood Roasted Mt Lassen Trout, Roasted Beet & Blueberries, and Luganega Pappardelle for the second course, Delicata Squash, Roasted Rockfish, and Roast Chicken & Warm Escarole Caesar as entrees, and Kentucky Butter Cake from Pastry Chef Ashley Robinson for dessert.

The Bristol

The 13-year-old New American restaurant from B. Hospitality has a private events space above the restaurant. The Bristol offers private and semi-private events on the first or second floor with options for seated dinners. Chef Larry Feldmeier and team can put together a customized menu (multi-course seated dinners, passed apps, dining stations) for private holiday events and dinners. 

The Robey

The Mid-century Modern hotel (built in 1929) in Wicker Park offers 180-degree views of the city skyline from the cocktail lounge, the Up Room and the Cabana Club. Chef Kevin McAllister offers a raw bar, a variety of apps, and main courses for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

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Photo courtesy of Marcin Cymer

Now Boarding

Now Boarding is a Chicago-based company passionate about snacks being as local and seasonal as possible. Started by private chef Amanda Skrip, Amanda married her love of simple food with her passion for styling to create her boards. Beyond boards, they also create picnic boxes for individuals or grazing tables for larger crowds.  

This holiday season, Now Boarding has curated two Perfect Bite Boxes featuring their favorite artisanal food products as gifts to clients, colleagues, friends, and family. The ingredients and detailed tasting notes are packed and wrapped in a box. Included is a custom note card and gift tag for a personalized touch. 

Select from the Mt. Tam or Prairie Breeze Bite Box, or choose Two Perfect Bites if you can’t decide. There is also the option to add on a wine pairing from Bottles Up! ($16-21) and/or dried floral bouquet from Flower Life Chicago ($25). 

Amanda also creates customized individual boards - choose from cheese, crudite and fruit or a mix of all. Amanda can also come out to an event and create grazing tables for larger events/parties.

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Photo courtesy of Now Boarding

Kinzie Chophouse

The Chicago steakhouse, celebrating 30 years, has an offer for Christmas Eve this year. 

Christmas Eve – Friday, December 24

5-Course Menu ($90 per person) 

  • WELCOME BITES Smoked salmon roulade with mango and cream cheese Mini tart with Gruyére and cranberries
  • FIRST COURSE Chestnut veluté with pomegranate seeds & truffle aromas
  • SECOND COURSE Jamon Iberico carpaccio & baked Brie with fresh berries
  • MAIN COURSE (SELECT ONE) Signature "Goose Wellington" with Port gravy sauce Dry aged prime rib with red wine & bone marrow sauce Bone-in Ribeye 20 oz (Add $30) Beef tenderloin (Add $15) (make Rossini fillet- Escalope foie gras & shaved truffles add $40)
  • SIDE DISH Potatoes gratin with vegetables & Parma ham
  • DESSERT Kourabie - Bitter chocolate mousse & orange blossom aromas topped with traditional Greek Christmas almond cookie crumble

Urban Brew Labs

  • Holiday Trivia - Thursday, December 9th @ 6pm From old holiday traditions to "Text Me Merry Christmas," from Santa to Krampus, test your knowledge on holiday movies, food, music, and facts for three rounds of trivia prizes. https://urbanbrewlabs.com/events
  • Holiday Movies & Jammies Party - Thursday, December 23rd @ 4pm Throw on your favorite PJ's or onesie and cozy up for cookies and a holiday movie with Urban Brew Labs! They'll be playing some of your favorite holiday movies and offering beer flights paired with Alfajores cookies. The lineup: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation at 4pm, Gremlins at 6pm. https://urbanbrewlabs.com/events 

DANK Haus

  • Stollen Baking Class - Friday, December 10th @ 6:30 PM Join DANK Haus in December for a Kulturküche guaranteed to add some sugar to your holidays! What would the Christmas season be without Stollen? It's one of Germany's favorite holiday treats and now you'll be able to make it in your own home! Learn how to make the traditional German Christmas treat of rich yeasted bread studded with a boozy mix of dried fruit, nuts, and citrus zests and coated with powdered sugar. Tickets are $30 for non-members and can be purchased at https://dankhaus.com/event-4540509. 
  • Weihnachtsmarkt Indoor Christmas Market - Saturday, December 11th @ 11am Join DANK Haus for a warm indoor Weihnachtsmarkt with German-inspired Christmas shopping, Glühwein, food, music, and more! Enjoy German food and drink for sale as you stroll through rows of festive stands. The Haus will be decorated in holiday splendor, a backdrop for your own cherished memories. Bring your youngest children for a special visit with Santa in our ballroom. Admission to the market will be a suggested $5 donation at the door. All proceeds from the event will support cultural and educational programming at the DANK Haus. Doors Open - 11:00 AM with Shopping, Food & Drinks until 6:00 PM. For more information, visit https://dankhaus.com/event-4537452.
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Photo courtesy of Kinzie Chophouse

Santa Baby Pop Up 

The immersive, multi-story viral holiday pop-up is back at 3505 N Clark Street in Wrigleyville with a brand new menu with festive cocktails, shots, milkshakes and snacks. Keep warm with their heated cabana rentals loaded with plenty of photo opportunities.

Rudolph’s Pop Up 

Santa Baby’s sister pop-up (more family-friendly) is located just down the street at 3660 N Clark Street featuring a brand new food & drink menu, all new interactive social experiences and Christmas decor. They will be hosting the following events over the holiday season: 

  • Holiday Wreath Making Workshops on 11.30 & 12.7
  • The Night Before Canvas Sip & Paint Each Wednesday in December
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Photo courtesy of Deuce's

Offshore

Offshore is welcoming families of all ages to Breakfast with Santa on December 5 from 9am to 11am. Families will have the opportunity to meet with Santa, get their photos taken, and order bunch all with views of the entire city skyline as their backdrop, along with close proximities to Light Up The Lake and a quick trip to the Children's Museum. Tickets include a stationed breakfast & dessert and photos with Santa. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. 

On site will also be Kendra Scott having a pop-up featuring their signature pieces and gift sets, along with brand new winter collection and treating guests to a special 15% off discount.

Thorn Restaurant & Lounge 

Thorn Restaurant & Lounge inside the Rose Hotel in Rosemont is hosting Brunch with Santa on Sunday, December 5th, 2021. Santa will make an appearance from 10am until 12pm for a free visit and professional photo next to the holiday decor. Parents can also order $7 Mimosa and Bloody Mary special as well as items from the new brunch menu including a Dark Chocolate Waffle, Avocado Toast, or Hemp Hummus with Fried Naan. Those who bring a new, unwrapped toy to their Toys for Tots Gift Drive will also receive 10% off brunch Reservations can be made by clicking here.  

Carnivale

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a special appearance at the iconic West Loop location this Sunday, December 12th. Guests will have the chance to meet and mingle with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and take a photo, as well as indulge in food and handcrafted cocktails. Reservations for Santa at Carnivale are available from 1pm to 6pm on the Carnivale website. 

Thorn Brunch
Photo courtesy of Thorn Restaurant & Lounge

LondonHouse Chicago 

Rudolph’s Rooftop is back this year at hotel LondonHouse Chicago (85 East Wacker Dr.). 

At Rudolph’s Rooftop, open now, guests can partake in a whimsical winter wonderland of panoramic city views for the second consecutive year while surrounded by holiday décor and festive photo ops for capturing the moment. Cozy up in one of its outdoor igloos or order drinks from the Ice Bar.

Executive Chef Elizabeth Sweeney presents guests with comforting fare inspired by the wintry season, with highlights including:

  • Louisiana Crab Dip with jumbo lump crab, cream cheese, Old Bay, and tater tots ($18)
  • Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup with vegan tomato bisque ($12)
  • A-5 Beef Skewer with truffle fingerling potatoes, red wine caramelized onions, truffle bearnaise, and horseradish cream ($32)
  • Berbere Spiced Scallops with butternut squash puree and pickled golden raisin relish ($30)
  • Steak-Cargot with garlic butter and puff pastry ($15)
  • Shrimp de Jonghe with sherry bread crumb and garlic butter ($15)
  • Warm Apple Crisp a la Mode with oat streusel and vegan vanilla bean gelato ($14)
  • Pumpkin Crème Brulee Bite with cinnamon whipped cream and a gingersnap cookie ($11)

Guests can additionally toast to the season with selection of house-made icy or warm holiday cocktails, including:

  • Reindeer Games with Zacapa, Captain Morgan, ginger, and spices ($18)
  • Snow-Way Baby with Ketel One, Mr. Black, Rumpleminze, and oat milk ($18)
  • Sleigh Wreck (available spirit-free) with Don Julio Blanco, Ancho Reyes, dark chocolate, and mini marshmallows ($16)
  • Ugly Sweater (available spirit-free) with Kikori Japanese Whiskey and spiced cider ($16)

Rudolph’s Rooftop is open for viewing and dining until January 30 from 11 a.m. to midnight. Dining reservations can be made on Tock. Igloos can comfortably seat up to six guests and may be reserved from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. by emailing rsvp@londonhouse.com. Reservations require a $500 food and drink minimum.

Ambassador Chicago 

  • Breakfast with Santa - Spread cheer and get into the Christmas spirit with Ambassador Chicago’s Breakfast with Santa Event! On Sunday, December 5 and December 12 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., enjoy a breakfast spread with pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, toast, orange juice or milk, and best of all, the opportunity to meet Santa! Pricing: $20 for adults, $15 for children (ages 3-12). To make a reservation, click here.
  • Holiday Cookie Decorating - Satisfy your sweet tooth and get creative with Holiday Cookie Decorating at Ambassador Chicago! On Saturday, December 11 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., enjoy home-brewed hot chocolate, holiday candy, and tons of cooking decorations along with frosting and sugar cookies! Pricing: $20 for adults, $15 for kids (ages 3-12). To make a reservation, click here.

I|O Godfrey

  • Christmas Eve Buffet - Indulge and enjoy cityscape views at I|O Godfrey’s Christmas Eve brunch buffet! On Friday, December 24, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., the high-energy rooftop will offer a variety of menu items curated by Executive Chef Alfonso Martinez, including: brunch buffet, omelet station, carving station, salad bar, sushi bar and dessert table. Holiday Treats and Assorted Desserts Pricing: $39 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. Igloos will also be available to reserve. Reservation details coming soon.

Adorn Restaurant & Bar

  • Festive High Tea - Guests can indulge in the ultimate Festive High Tea available now through Friday, December 31. The menu includes savory and sweet food items as well as over 25 tea varietals. A full sparkling wine and champagne menu will be available. 1 p.m. first seating; 3 p.m. second seating; Price $110 per person with complimentary glass of champagne. To make a reservation, please call 312.280.8800.
  • Live in the Social Lounge - Guests are invited to immerse themselves in the holiday spirit at the Live in the Lounge experience showcasing local DJs and musicians at the newly imagined Social Lounge! Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Christmas Day - On December 25 from noon – 6 p.m., guests are invited out for a bountiful feast inspired by a traditional countryside hunt. The four-course Chicago Trout & Hunt Club menu includes Brie en Croute with almond, fig pudding, pumpernickel; Deep Fried Turkey with nevis hot sauce; House-Cured Cola-Braised Country Ham with red eye gravy; and Deconstructed Apple Pie with fuji apple compote, and cinnamon ice cream. Price: $150 per person / $75 for wine pairing / Kid’s options available upon inquiry, $65 per child (2-12) plus tax and gratuity – separate 3 course Christmas kid’s menu. Live Entertainment: 12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. To book your Christmas feast, call 312.280.8800-8800 or click here for reservations.
  • Festive Bar Bites & Specials - Adorn Bar is open from noon – midnight serving festive bar bites and beverages. Guests can savor Adorn’s a la carte holiday entrée options available at the bar or in-room along with the dining destination’s bar bites menus for lighter fare options. Christmas Day - Saturday, December 25 Prime Rib Eye Steak Burger $34 Deep-Fried Turkey Breast $45 House-Cured Cola-Braised Country Ham $60 All served with: twice baked potato, carrot glazed carrots, celery sage stuffing
  • Festive To-Go Offerings - Christmas Package Order due date - December 17. Christmas dinner that you can enjoy at home. Your meal will include roasted ham or prime beef ribeye, plus all the traditional trimmings and jalapeno cream cheese and house corn bread. $325 for a party of 4 / $485 for a party of 6 / $650 for a party of 8
  • Merry Martini Cart - Guests can enjoy a signature spirited cocktail or mocktail by Mixologist Slava Borisov and his team on select Fridays and Saturdays between 2 and 4 p.m. Or, guests can book an exclusive in-room tipple. Available daily from 3 – 6 p.m. *December 31
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Photo courtesy of LondonHouse Chicago

Adalina

Adalina, a restaurant known for its creative twists on classic Italian fare and exceptional wine and beverage program, announces a lineup of dine-in promotions, events, and seasonal items to help everyone get into the holiday spirit and celebrate the season. 

Located at 912 N. State in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, Adalina will be open for weekend brunch, weekday lunch, and dinner throughout the holidays. Guests can look forward to outstanding seasonal food offerings prepared by executive chef Soo Ahn and pastry chef Nicole Guini including:

  • Cappelletti - Chestnut, Celery, Chestnut, Essenza, Caper Leaves
  • Chicken Alla Diavola - Peppercorns, Kale, Ceci Beans, FInger Chili, Lemon Garlic Marmalade
  • Truffle Gnudi (**off the menu**) - Ricotta, Parmesan, Emperor Genmai Japanese Roasted Brown Rice, Truffles
  • Apple Crisp - Apple pie filling infused with orange zest and topped with a brown sugar oat streusel

Starting December 1st through December 23rd, Adalina will offer a special coursed lunch menu from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Guests can choose from two different prix fixe options:

Lunch Menu A (priced at $50 per person, taxes and gratuity not included)

  • Course 1 - Choice of Meatball, Arancini or Truffle Caesar Salad
  • Course 2 - Entrée Choice of Gnocchi Della Nonna, Mafaldine Bolognese, Salmon Vesuvio, Chicken Parmigiana Sando w/ Adalina Chips
  • Course 3 - Chef's Seasonal Selection of Dessert

Lunch Menu B (priced at $70 per person, taxes and gratuity not included)

  • Course 1 - Choice of Meatballs, Gnocco Fritto, Caprese Salad, Truffle Caesar Salad
  • Course 2 - Entree Choice of Mafaldine Bolognese, Campanelle, Bavette Tagliata, Veal Parmigiana, Crab Roll & Homemade Giardiniera w/ Adalina Chips
  • Course 3 - Chef's Seasonal Selection of Dessert

Guests looking to satisfy their sweet tooth can also indulge and choose from an assortment of holiday cookies including:

  • Brown butter chocolate chip cookies with milk and dark chocolate
  • Candied orange and Italian pistachio biscotti dipped in white chocolate
  • Dried fruit and nut Linzer cookies with seasonal jam
  • Pumpkin whoopie pies with maple cream cheese frosting
  • Ginger molasses cookies
  • Soft sugar cookies with American buttercream

An assorted box of holiday cookies featuring three different flavors will be available for takeaway starting December 1st. Priced at $12, it is a fun and delicious gift for any loved one.

Those looking to host intimate gatherings this holiday season can choose from three private rooms that vary in seating capacity (maximum 50 people). To inquire about their private dining options, minimums, and availability, email events@adalinachicago.com. 

To book dining reservations and experiences, visit: https://www.opentable.com/r/adalina-chicago 

Cappelletti  Photo Credit Matt Reeves
The Cappelletti (Photo courtesy of Matt Reeves)

Ace Hotel Chicago

Pre-Christmas

  • Take Home Gingerbread House Kits from Lovage - Baked in-house and packed with all the icing and decorations you and the little ones will need to construct a festive Christmas abode, the kits are available for pre-order through Tock with pickup at Lovage from December 5th through the end of the year.
  • Gift Good Shop - There’s no better time to shop local than the holiday season, and no better place for that matter, than the Gift Good Shop on Saturday, 12/11 - The Lobby's free to the public market of local makers, curated by beloved vintage shop, Dovetail Chicago.

The Whistler

Pre-Christmas

  • Princemas - Head to the Logan Square cocktail bar on Thursday, 12/23 for a glammed-up celebration honoring the musical icon Prince. With four local DJs playing all his hits, connected projects and unreleased gems from the funky depths of The Vault, it’ll be a glamorous night to remember.

At Home With One Off Hospitality

Pre-Christmas

  • Drinks with Dickens - Kicking off with some Christmas cheer, The Violet Hour is offering a box of 1840s-inspired Charles Dickens punches as part of its experiential There and Back Again Series. A box of craft cocktails is dropped on your doorstep with an accompanying Ken Burns meets Drunk History style video that discusses the history of these cocktails and the Dickens era as you drink along with it. 
  • Sweet Treats - If you’d rather skip straight to dessert — holiday Panettone and Christmas Stollen from Publican Quality Bread or The Greatest Cookie Box of All Time, featuring treats from pastry chefs around the nation, are available for purchase and nationwide delivery as well. 
  • TLC - Finally, for when you need some TLC on Christmas morning or New Years Day, The Publican’s Brunch Box is packed full of everything it takes to make an epic at-home feast (waffle mix, biscuits, sausage links and homemade bacon from PQM and more). 
  • Cult-Favorite Apps - To help add a bit of James Beard-caliber flare to your appetizer assignments, One Off is offering some of its most iconic appetizers like Chorizo-Stuffed Dates and Focaccia from avec or artisan charcuterie platters from Publican Quality Meats to bring a taste of some of Chicago’s most beloved restaurants to your home.

Venteux

Pre-Christmas

  • Chriskindlmarket Special - After a chilly day exploring the city’s German holiday market, visitors can warm up at with a complimentary glass of house wine. cocktail, hot chocolate or coffee with the purchase of any pastry or appetizer. Simply show your server this season's collectible mug or a pic of yourself at Chriskindlmarket to redeem any day until Christmas. Reservations here.
  • Family Santa Brunch - Join the team at Venteux for a special family-friendly brunch on Sunday  12/12. Kids will be able to decorate festive sugar cookies, snap a holiday pic with Santa, and a special menu featuring kid-approved brunch favorites will be available. Reservations here
  • Ugly Holiday Sweater Brunch - Grab your most dazzling holiday sweater for a hilarious holiday brunch at Venteux Sunday, 12/19. All guests who come in their ugly Christmas sweater will be treated to bottomless mimosas and rose with the purchase of brunch. Reservations here

Christmas Eve/Day

  • French XMas Eve - Celebrate amongst the city lights with a special Christmas Eve dinner at Venteux, featuring specials like Foie Gras with fig confiture, roasted chestnuts and pickled gooseberries, Boeuf en Croûte served with Chanterelle mushrooms and Bordelaise sauce and classic Buche de Noel (Yule Log), topped with candied hazelnuts and cocoa nibs. Reservations here.
  • Extended Brunch - Hand over the spatula to the expert on Christmas morning with an extended holiday brunch service at Venteux, featuring $20 bottomless mimosas and rose. Reservations here.

Osteria Langhe

Christmas Eve

  • White Truffle Menu - Christmas Eve Dinner just reached a new level with Osteria Langhe’sWhite Truffle Menu where the unique flavor and fragrance of the celebrated tuber is incorporated into dishes such as stracciatella with creamy polenta and pork belly or Pana Cotta topped with sweet and savory truffle honey. Reservations here.

Testaccio

Christmas Eve

  • Feast of the Seven Fishes - Grab the family for a traditional Italian celebration with seafood galore at Testaccio this Christmas Eve. Chef Jacob Solomon is creating a seven course menu honoring as many underwater delicacies including Tuna Crudo, Risotto with Scampi, Sicilian-style Swordfish with eggplant caponata, Spaghetti with Clams and cured tomato, and much more. Reservations here.
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Houndstooth Saloon

Inspired by the holiday classic “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation,” Houndstooth Saloon (3369 N. Clark St.) will debut the “Griswold’s at Houndstooth” Christmas pop-up beginning on Friday, November 19. The lively Wrigleyville country bar will transform into a holiday wonderland with wall-to-wall décor inspired by the film, a festive themed menu and special seasonal events.  

Fans of “Christmas Vacation” will enjoy menu items such as Yakking on a Bone ($14), a two-pound turkey leg and choice of side and Christmas Bonus ($11), a triple decker PB&J with creamy peanut butter and fig jelly of the month club. Cocktails include Aunt Bethany’s Jell-O Mold Fishbowl ($15) with Absolut Watermelon, green jell-o and Aunt Bethany’s cat food; Cousin Eddie’s Eggnog ($11), housemade with brandy; and Lotta Sap ($8), housemade mulled wine. 

Events at Griswold’s at Houndstooth include:

  • “Christmas Vacation” Team Movie Trivia on Wednesday, December 8 at 7 p.m.

  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Party with live music on Friday, December 10 from 7 to 10 p.m.

  • Christmas Carolers on Saturday, December 18 from 5 to 6 p.m.

  • Santa Claus Brunch on Sunday, December 19 from noon to 3 p.m.

Houndstooth Saloon
Courtesy of Houndstooth Saloon

Buca di Beppo

This holiday season, it's time to get back to celebrating with friends, family, co-workers and everyone looking to spread some cheer. Buca di Beppo, is providing full holiday parties both in-restaurant and TO GO for any size group and any budget. See here for various catering packages and details on how to book your holiday party at Chicagoland locations of Buca di Beppo.

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