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La Luna

La Luna will hold a drag brunch hosted by Stassi Dee Diamond and featuring Au Blakk Diamond, Vanya Adalet Diamond and special guest Anya K Thunderkat on December 16th, 23rd and 30th. Show times are 11 AM to 1 PM and 1:15 pm TO 3 pm. Reservations may be made through OpenTable or reserve on Eventbrite. 

Photo courtesy of La Luna

Mercat a la Planxa

On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus is coming to town and the Grinch is joining right alongside. Mercat is offering a brunch special Join Mercat for complimentary cookies and hot chocolate in their dining room with Santa and the Grinch from 10AM - 12PM. Adults can select cocktail specials like Eggnog or the Brandy Alexander and the kids can snack on specialty bites alongside their regular brunch menu.

This Christmas, the Catalan-inspired tapas spot in the South Loop presents a special tasting menu to accompany the restaurant’s array of street-food starters and grilled specialties. Priced at $85 per person, the Christmas menu includes Spanish-style dishes such as Sopa de Galets: a classic Christmas soup made with shell shaped pasta; Albondigas: beef and pork meatballs, Tortilla Espanol with caramelized onion and potato omelet and saffron aioli; 10 oz. Grilled Black Angus Hanger Steak with chili relish and fondant potato, Churros con Chocolate and more. 

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Photo courtesy of Mercat a la Planxa


Throughout Christmas, Francesca’s restaurants will serve the Chicagoland community by staying open and serving the regular menu alongside special features: 

  • Christmas Hours: Open on Christmas Eve from 11 AM to 9:30 PM and Christmas Day from 3 PM to 9 PM. 
  • Christmas Specials (available from December 22-25):
    • Zuppa Crema di Aragosta - A blend of crème fraiche and chives for $9.95.
    • Agnolotti Tartufati - Four-cheese agnolotti served with brown butter, black truffle, and chives at $28.95.
    • Risotto all’ Arlecchino - A savory combination of shrimp, sea scallops, manila clams, garlic, spicy cherry tomato sauce, and herbs for $31.95.
    • Bistecca all Tartufati con Patate - A 14 oz dry-aged NY strip paired with brussels sprouts, smashed fingerling potatoes, black truffle, and barolo demi for $54.95. 

Vinny's Clam Bar

In Tinley Park, Vinny’s Clam Bar offers an East Coast-inspired haven where Italian-American flavors intertwine with seafood and pasta specialties. Here's what's cooking for Christmas:

  • Inaugural Cocktail Making Class: Join Vinny's on December 20th at 6:30 PM for their first-ever Cocktail Making Class, paying homage to Dean Martin with crafted cocktails. RSVP at (708) 680-4200. ($30 per person plus tax and gratuity)
  • Christmas Hours: Open on Christmas Eve from 11 AM to 9:30 PM and Christmas Day from 3 PM to 9 PM. 
  • Christmas Specials (available from December 22-25):
    • Lobster Bisque featuring jumbo lump crab, chives, and Tuscan olive oil ($7/$11)
    • Tuna Tartare complemented by avocado, caviar, cucumber, fresno chiles, and Sicilian olive oil ($24)
    • Prime Rib Dinner, available in a 12oz Queen Cut ($36) or a 14oz King Cut ($46), accompanied by potato au gratin, horseradish cream, and au jus
    • Spaghettini Aragosta boasting lobster, calabrian chiles, roasted cherry tomatoes, and fresh herbs ($35)
    • Indulge in a divine Amaretto Crème Brûlée for a sweet finish to your meal ($12)
  • Reservations via OpenTable.


Vasili's features hearth-cooked Mediterranean cuisine from recipes from their Papou, passed through generations.

  • Enjoy a special-holiday edition of the NIGHTCAP on December 22nd from 9 PM to 1 AM! Indulge in holiday drinks, tunes by DJ Bobby de Maria & Tsunami, late-night bites, and festive vibes.
  • Christmas Hours: Open on Christmas Eve from 11 AM to 9:30 PM and Christmas Day from 3 PM to 9 PM. 
  • Christmas Specials (available from December 22-25):
    • Pink Moon Oysters - $26
    • U10 Diver Scallops - $36
    • 22 oz Bone-In Ribeye - $78
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Photo courtesy of Eric Kleinberg for Vinny's Clam Bar


Beginning December 4, and running through the end of January, Campari is bringing a winter wonderland high to the rooftop of Cabra. A menu of cold weather options on the terrace, which will be transformed into a Winter Chalet with colorful, seasonal decor.

The festive menu includes:

  • Sleigh Ride: Mulled wine, Cider, and Grand Marnier served hot in a holiday mug
  • Snowbird: Wild Turkey 101 Rye, Rittenhouse, St Elizabeth Allspice Dram, Ginger, Demerara, Lime
  • Miracle on Ice: Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Averna, Demerara, Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Deck the Halls: Appleton Estate Signature, El Dorado 3yr, Creme de Cacao, Braulio, Lime
  • Polar Express: Pimms No.1, Aperol, Dons Mix, Tiki Bitters, Lemon, Ginger Ale

Duck Duck Goat

Chef Stephanie Izard's Peking Duck Dinner Kit comes complete with all the fixings, cooking instructions, and can be purchased on Tock. The $225 dinner for 4 people includes:

  • Spiced Sweet Potatoes 
  • Veggie Fried Rice
  • Mashed Potato Spring Rolls (6)
  • Baked Char Siu Buns (4)
  • DDG Green Beans
  • Peking Duck

Little Goat Diner

These Sugargoat pies which can be purchased on Tock:

  • Chocolate Shake French Fry Pie: a marriage of chocolate and French fries! Silky malted chocolate filling in a crispy French fry crumble crust, and chocolate-covered fry crunchies. ($45)
  • Pecan Pie: With the flavor of Chef Stephanie's This Little Goat went to Tokyo sauce and shortbread. $48 
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Photo courtesy of Boka Restaurant Group for Duck Duck Goat

Grill on 21 at The LaSalle Chicago, Autograph Collection

The LaSalle Chicago, Autograph Collection is celebrating Christmas Eve at Grill on 21 with a festive five-course menu, priced at $95 per person. Menu options include Roasted Chestnut Soup, Morrel Chanterelle Vol-au-Vent, Roasted Pear & Butternut Squash Salad, Roasted Duck, Grilled Vegetable & Spinach Lasagne, Bûche de Noël and more. 


Lirica is offering a special Christmas Eve menu of holiday specials including Alaskan King Crab, 6 oz. Petite Filet, Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, and Cheesecake. Book your reservations on OpenTable. Lirica will also be open on Christmas Day for breakfast, lunch and dinner service.

Michael Jordan's Steak House

Michael Jordan’s Steak House's Christmas Eve menu celebrates classic cuisine offering a Pre-fixe menu starting at $95 feast on Smoked Dry Aged Prime Rib served with a Port Wine Sauce. End the meal with a sweet note of Yorkshire Pudding. Make reservations on their website.

Shula’s Steakhouse

Shula’s pre-fixe Christmas menu will be available 12/23 - 12/25, and offers two starters, two mains and two desserts. For $110 per person, start your meal with Mini Lobster Rolls, made with lemon gel, brioche buns, chives and Old Bay Lobster Salad. For the main course, indulge in a Dry Brined Garlic and Herb Prime Rib Roast served with honey-glazed heirloom carrots and a Cippolini Pan Jus, and finished with desserts including an Eggnog Crème Brulee with a bourbon bonbon. Make reservations on OpenTable.

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee

Stan’s holiday menu is back with the introduction of new and returning Stan’s holiday donuts and drinks. With a list of new drinks including the Winter Cherry Vanilla Refresher, Matcha Cinnamon Latte, Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate, Min-tea and Soy Horchata Hot Chocolate, and donuts such as Peppermint Bark Old Fashioned, Sugar Cookie, Gingerbread Gluten-less, Gingerbread Stan. Both donut and drink menus are available beginning Friday, November 24. 

Staytion Market & Bar

On Christmas Eve, a Pomegranate & Pear Salad and Short Rib Ragu before Honey Brick Toast for dessert. On Christmas Day, French Onion Bisque, Double Cut Bone-In Pork Loin Chop, Spinach Risotto, Honey Glazed Carrots, Mushroom Demi, Tarte Aux Pommes and more. Pair any dish from these festive feasts with The Mouse King, a cocktail featuring bourbon, Maurin Quina, cinnamon syrup, and lemon. The regular menu is available each night as well. Reservations can be made on Tock. 

The Dearborn

For $35, guests have the option to order two desserts, the French Silk Pie made with dark chocolate custard, oreo shortbread and mascarpone chantilly or the Dutch Apple Pie made with cinnamon apples, “rough puff” crust and a graham cracker streusel. Orders are available all holiday season long, until January 31.


W XYZ at Aloft Chicago is offering cocktails celebrating the flavors of the holiday season. Stop in to try The Fireside Martini, a sweet sip made with Tito’s, toasted marshmallow syrup, Mozart chocolate syrup, and served with a Graham cracker rim. Or, The Grinch, a cheeky cocktail made with Cruzan light rum, Midori, ginger ale and a sugar rim.

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Photo courtesy of Stan's Donuts & Coffee


Indienne will be open with regular hours on Christmas Eve but the restaurant will be closed on Christmas Day. 


At Federales Logan Square, they've rolled out a menu of holiday drinks including:

  • Christmas Margarita - cinnamon infused spice note tequila, St. Elizabeth allspice, Cointreau, plus lime and agave. $2 of each goes to Deborah's Place women's shelter.
  • Peppermint Bark Repo Espresso Martini - rumchata peppermint bark, Borghetti espresso liqueur, Dark Matter espresso, plus Cuervo Tradicional reposado.
  • Winter Warmer Sangria - red wine + port along with the flavors of cinnamon, cardamom and orange peel, served hot in a glass mug for cold-weather sipper.
  • Anejo Hot Toddy - Olmeca Altos anejo tequila, agave, lemon, piping hot water, and a swirling cinnamon stick.
  • Christmas-Migos - an ice shot, each with edible red or green holiday glitter; you can also opt for a rumchata peppermint bark with a mini candy cane.

These cocktails are only available at Federales’ Logan Square location, and will be on the menu through the holiday season.

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Photo courtesy of Federales


Nettare opened last month in West Town and will be offering the following December cocktail specials:

  • Nettare Nog Solera (Aged egg nog with Oppidan Solera Finished Whiskey, Alander Spiced Rum, Chicago Cane Distilling Founder’s Blend Rum, Rhine Hall Pinot Noir Grappa, Dampfwerk Rabbit in the Rye Liqueur, Maple Syrup, Vanilla. Garnished with fresh nutmeg.)
  • Something Like a Grasshopper (Cream, Egg, Dampfwerk Pfefferminz Schnapps, Tattersall creme de cacao, Chicago Cane Co-op founder’s blend rum, sorghum syrup and Maplewood fat pug. Garnished with chocolate shavings.)


Arbella's holiday cocktails will be available for the rest of the month of December, including: 

Santa’s Cookies - $18

  • fernet menta, creme de cacao, lemon, chocolate chip cookie syrup milk, andy’s chocolate mint

Amor Caliente  - $17

  • Gran Centenario Tequila, Grapefruit juice, Passionfruit, Chipotle, Squirt

Flip-Flip-Flipadelphia  - $18

  • Montenegro. Ancho Reyes, Dark rum, Pimento spiced Liquor, Lemon, Pasilla Syrup, Whole egg

Let That Man-go - $17

  • Three Olives Vodka, Mango infused Pisco, Ginger syrup, Lime, Ginger beer

The Talbott Hotel

The Talbott Hotel in Chicago’s Gold Coast will be transforming its first level space into a festive holiday pop-up speakeasy called On The List from November 27 through January 3. The speakeasy is designed by experiential + creative agency POP! by Yaz, who has worked with brands ranging from HBO and Instagram to Moët Hennessy and Tinder in the past. 

Draped in rich red velvet and adorned with gilded ornaments, the hotel will be offering crafted spiced cocktails and artisanal concoctions.

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Photo courtesy of Sandy Noto for The Talbott Hotel

Maple & Ash

On December 17th, Maple & Ash’s Santa Baby Brunch will be filled with boozy eggnog and live music courtesy of The Parker Louis Trio. For the main course, a Scrambled Eggs plate with winter black truffle and foie gras toast will be available along with other Maple brunch dishes like Lobster Avocado Toast and Alaskan King Crab Eggs Benedict. Guests are encouraged to wear their tackiest Christmas gear for an ugly sweater contest and Santa Claus will be making a special guest appearance for festive greetings and photos. 

Additionally, dinner on both Christmas Eve and Day will feature a special Bone-In Chateaubriand Rossini with seared foie gras, black trumpet mushrooms, Perigord black truffle and truffle jus in addition to their signature wood-fired menu of steakhouse fare, seafood towers, and caviar. 

Make your reservations via SevenRooms.


Swing by Venteux’s cafe on Saturday, December 2nd from 6-7:30pm and make a holiday wreath with help from Leelee’s Garden! Sip on rosé and make a piece of natural decor with help from an experienced florist. Each ticket price ($45) includes two glasses of Whispering Angel rosé along with all the materials to make a wreath. Get your tickets via Eventbrite.

On December 14th, discover gifts for your loved ones or treat yourself to something at Venteux’s Sip & Shop Holiday Market. Sip on festive Christmas-themed cocktails as you browse handcrafted items from local Chicago artisans, ranging from jewelry to decorative home goods to cosmetics, including To Be Frank, a nail polish brand supporting homeless LGBTQ youth and Blessa Soaps, BIPOC-owned vegan soaps. When you’re done shopping, take advantage of the complementary wrapping station.

The Evie

On Christmas Eve, special creations from Executive Chef Phil Rubino like the 16 oz King Cut Prime Rib served with creamed spinach, pomme puree and au jus or the traditional Sticky Toffee Pudding with fresh whipped cream. Reservations are available through OpenTable and their website.

The Whistler

If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for the at-home mixologist in your life, gift them a copy of The Whistler: Cocktail Recipes (2008-2023), a recipe booklet written and photographed co-owners Billy Helmkamp and Rob Brenner. Released in September 2023 for the bar’s 15th anniversary, this pocket-sized guide highlights some of The Whistler’s “Greatest Hits” from its first 15 years in business and includes recipes, step-by-step instructions, photos, and interesting lore about each drink. Upgrade your bartending game and learn how to make classic Whistler cocktails like the Milk Maid, Dehli Cooler, Friends with Everyone, and more. Cocktail booklets are on sale for $13 each and can be purchased on The Whistler's website.


Daisies is treating Chicago to a lineup of festive take-home holiday dessert kits and treats curated by Executive Pastry Chef/Partner Leigh Omilinsky. Available offerings include: 

  • Hot Chocolate Kit: Includes two Daisies chocolate stirrers, peppermint bark, and chocolate marshmallows ($30 each) 
  • Eggnog Kit: Includes a nutmeg eggnog base, rum, and four eggnog Snickerdoodle cookies  ($30 each) 
  • Cookie Decorating Kit: Includes six sugar cookie cut-outs, three bags of frosting, and sprinkles ($25 each) 
  • Buche de Noel: Peppermint and chocolate roulade that serves 10. ($75 each)  

Kits are available for pick up at Daisies’ cafe from December 10th - 24th. 

Daisies has also teamed up with a lineup of Chicago-area chefs to create “Cookies for a Cause,” with a portion of proceeds directly benefitting Pilot Light in their efforts to provide food education for youth. 

Spearheaded by Daisies' Executive Pastry Chef and Partner Leigh Omilinsky, Cookies for a Cause brings personal cookie recipes like the Gluten-Free White Chocolate Cherry Cookie from Paul Kahan of One Off Hospitality, a family recipe from his sister-in-law who makes “cookies by the millions” around the holidays and Omilinsky’s Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies, an homage to her favorite holiday flavors. 

Cookie recipes for the boxes have been provided by— 

  • Stephanie Izard of Girl & The Goat
  • Paul Kahan of One Off Hospitality
  • Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde
  • Meg Galus of Good Ambler
  • Natalie Saben of avec and Publican
  • Mindy Segal of Mindy’s Bakery. 

Each box is $30 and can be ordered on Tock beginning December 1st, with pickup available at Daisies cafe starting December 7th. 

Chef Rob Levitt from One Off Hospitality’s Publican Quality Meats

Chef Rob Levitt from One Off Hospitality’s Publican Quality Meats is offering PQM’s Butcher Box subscription. Every month of this subscription includes a curated selection of responsibly raised meats, marinades, spice mixes, and recipes, so you can whip up some Publican Quality meals from home. The option to customize your order with a mini box of artisan breads from Greg Wade’s bakery, Publican Quality Bread for $25, or have them pull a bottle from their wine cellar to pair with your box for $30. Boxes are available for pickup, or local Chicago delivery for $15. Subscriptions are available via Table 22, starting at $125/per month. 

Big Star

The very first Big Star Whiskey Subscription begins in December with a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 12-year and goes on to include several Big Star-exclusive bottles including Knob Creek’s 120 Proof Single Barrel, batched bourbon-based cocktails, DIY kits, and more. Because many of these offerings are highly allocated, only 55 subscriptions are available. Boxes are available for pickup, or local Chicago delivery for $10/per month. Subscriptions are available via Table 22, starting at $2,400/per year.

The Violet Hour

The Violet Hour has launched an all-new subscription box. Each month, two servings of four different cocktails including off-menu specials, seasonal recipes, and signature drinks. Each subscription includes premier access to the latest from the folks at TVH, as well as first dibs on tickets to exclusive cocktail demos, residencies, pop-ups, and other events. Optional add-ons include a collection of The Violet Hour’s trademark cocktail mixes & syrups for the home mixologist, some of The Violet Hour’s most well known cocktails, or browse a curated selection of TVH's private spirit barrels, available a la carte. Boxes are available for pickup, or local Chicago delivery for $15. Subscriptions are available via Table 22, starting at $100/per month.

The Graceful Ordinary

Celebrate the holiday season at The Graceful Ordinary’s Holiday High Tea! On Saturday, 12/9, a tea service that offers a selection of loose-leaf teas from The Irie Cup, juices, and coffee provided by their partner, Sparrow Coffee. Several sweets and savory canapés as you sip on the bar's exclusive menu of holiday-inspired cocktails, available for a la carte purchase. Santa Claus himself will be making an appearance for photo opps in his festive sleigh on the outdoor patio, giving the kids a chance to tell the big man what they are wishing for this Christmas. At the end of the day, TGO will send you home with a little present to start your gift stockpile under the tree. Tickets are $66/per adult, $42 per child aged 3-13, 2 and under join for free. Tickets are available via Resy.

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Photo courtesy of Matt Reeves for The Graceful Ordinary

The Langham, Chicago

Offered daily until January 7, guests can experience a ‘Santa’s Toy Stories’ holiday-themed afternoon tea experience presented by Executive Chef Damion Henry and Executive Pastry Chef Walleska Cianfanelli. Reservations can be made via Tock ($135-155/adult, $60/child aged 5-12).

For a post-present-opening feast, guests are invited to The Langham, Chicago for a Christmas Champagne Brunch Buffet. The event features a menu from Chef Henry including buffet carving, seafood, and dessert stations alongside a Santa visiting station. Reservations can be made on Tock ($275/adult, $75/child aged 5-12).  

Ranalli's Lincoln Park and West Loop

Both locations will hold Ugly Sweater Sundays every Sunday in December featuring a Holiday DJ, Football Specials, Santa Gift Giveaways and Gingerbread Houses + Candy Canes for a little seasonal, sweet treat.

On Monday, December 17th, guests can join either location to Build-Your-Own Gingerbread House from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. $30 tickets include:

  • Gingerbread House Decorating Kit
  • Assorted Candies and Frosting
  • Choice of a Carafe of Wine or a Pitcher of Beer
  • Plus, a $100 gift card for the best gingerbread house! 


On Thursday, December 14th, join Benchmark for a Holiday Cookie Decorating Party from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. $10 Per Person Includes: One Drink Ticket, Hot Chocolate Bar, Cookies & Decorating Materials.


Fremont will host an Ugly Sweater Brunch Party on Saturday, December 2 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Fremont’s brunch offers a $75 Two Hour Brunch Package including:

  • All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Buffet + Mimosas
  • Boozy Hot Cocoa Stations
  • Plus, an Ugly Sweater Contest!

Fremont will also hold a Bad Santa Brunch on Saturday, December 16 & Sunday, December 17 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This year’s Bad Santa party offers a $75 Two Hour Brunch Package including All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Buffet + Mimosas.

80 Proof

The Old Town bar and restaurant will host an Ugly Sweater Brunch Party on Friday, December 1 from 8 p.m. -11 p.m. Tickets Start at $25 and include:

  • Call Drink Package
  • Limited Buffet
  • Best Ugly Sweater or Holiday Costume Contest - Grand Prize: 4 Chicago Bulls Tickets!

Guests can also join 80 Proof on Sunday, December 10th for their Bad Santa Brunch held from10 a.m. – 4 p.m. which includes: 

  • $35 2-Hour All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Buffet
  • $25 Mimosa Kit
  • Buffet Stations: Carving Station, Waffle Station, Raw Bar, Vegan Station


Brickhouse invites guests to their Ugly Sweater Brunch Party on Saturday, December 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Brunch includes the following:

  • $35 All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
  • $25 Two-Hour Mimosa Package
  • Plus, a grand prize for the best dressed!


Join Highline for their Ugly Sweater Brunch Party held on Sunday, December 10 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and a $60 Two-Hour Brunch that includes an All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Buffet and Mimosa Package.

Diners are also invited to their Bad Santa Brunch on Sunday, December 17 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for the same $60 Two-Hour Brunch that includes an All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Buffet & Mimosa Package.

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Photo courtesy of 80 Proof

Truluck's Rosemont

Truluck's Rosemont location will be open on Christmas Eve to serve guests from 4 PM to 9 PM. Diners can select from seafood and steak items from Truluck's regular menu. Specialty holiday cocktails will be available like bourbon-based Holiday Nog or a Nutcracker Rum Punch. In addition to Truluck's usual desserts, a special Peppermint Chocolate Cake is also available with layers of chocolate cake, frosted with peppermint cream cheese icing, topped with crushed candy and Godiva chocolate sauce. 

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State and Lake

The three-course Christmas Menu will include an appetizer, a main entree and a dessert, as well as Complimentary Prosecco upon arrival and Wine Pairings available per course, for $65 per person. The menu includes:


  • Maine Lobster, Potato Bisque
  • Pumpkin Mushroom Risotto, Delicata Squash and Brown Butter-Sage Nage
  • Beet & Arugula Salad, Greek Yogurt, Pumpkin Seed Granola, Mint, White Balsamic Dressing
  • Winter Chopped Tuscan Kale Salad, Poached Pear, Dried cranberries, Spiced Pecans, Smoked Gouda, Maple-Poppyseed Dressing


  • Roasted Amish Chicken Breast, Nueske Bacon Lardon, Confit Marble Potato & Apple cider Reduction Sauce
  • Filet 6oz, Wild Mushroom Potato Lasagna, Truffle Reduction, Glazed Root Vegetables
  • Grilled Faroe Island Salmon, Cauliflower, Pickled Peppers, Lobster -Saffron Beurre Blanc
  • Eggplant Gateau, Roasted Tomato Sauce, Fresh Ricotta
  • Cavatelli With Braised Duck Breast, Parsnip Puree, Royal Trumpet Mushrooms


  • Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake, Luxardo Cherry Coulis
  • Apple Olive Oil Cake, Cinnamon Crème Anglaise
  • Composed Cheese, Tulip Trillium Triple Cream, Quince Paste, Toasted Ciabatta
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding
  • Mango Sorbet, Spiced Macerated Berries

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

  • An afternoon of holiday-inspired treats during Festive Holiday Tea at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago every weekend from November 25 through December 24. Tea service starts at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, where guests can choose from sweet and savory selections created by Executive Chef Guenther Moreno and Pastry Chef Toni Roberts. The special offerings include a variety of finger tea sandwiches, quiche, freshly baked scones and pastries adorned with touches of holiday cheer. Options include the Pecan Pie Parfait, Coconut Snowball, Pistachio Ombré Cake, Raspberry Spritz Sandwich and Malted Chocolate Mousse Tartelette. Choose from an array of teas curated by French tea house Palais De Thes, or enjoy a flute of rose champagne. Tickets are available for $80 per person and can be purchased on Tock. 
  • On December 24, 2023 and December 25, 2023 10:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago’s Torali will be offering specialty holiday menus throughout the day. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.
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Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

River Shannon

River Shannon is celebrating the season with holiday decor, festive drinks, holiday beers on tap, and holiday-themed treats for all furry visitors. From the holiday menu, guests can choose from classic drinks with a holiday twist like the Claus-Mopolitan, Polar Paloma, Mistletoe Mule, Rudolph’s Old Fashioned and more. Known for its array of board games onsite, guests can also expect Holiday Game Nights at River Shannon, featuring holiday board games galore. 

Upcoming holiday-themed events:

  • Dog Photos with Santa: Santa Claus is coming to River Shannon. Patrons can stop in with their furry friend on Sunday, December 3rd from 12pm to 3pm for a complimentary photo opp with Santa.
  • Holiday Cookie Turn-Up Service: Every Monday night in December, River Shannon will be offering a special complimentary cookie delivery during the Holiday Cookie Turn-Up Service. 

The Lodge Tavern

The Lodge Tavern is transforming into a holiday wonderland complete with twinkling lights, wreaths, garland, and more. From the holiday menu, guests can choose from festive riffs on classic cocktails like Mule-Tide Greetings, Ebenezer’s Old Fashioned, Mrs. Clausmo, holiday beers on tap, and more. And for those looking to warm their bellies, The Lodge Tavern will offer a hot cocktail menu featuring the Ho Ho Hot Toddy, Irish You A Merry Christmas, St. Nicks Cider, and more. 

Upcoming holiday events at The Lodge:

  • Letters from The Lodge: This holiday season, The Lodge is spreading joy and sending warm wishes to heroes stationed overseas. Compose messages of gratitude to service men and women stationed overseas on custom Lodge holiday postcards.
  • Cookie Decorating: Kick off the week every Monday in December from 3pm to 5pm with a festive and fun-filled evening of complimentary cookie decorating at The Lodge. 
  • Dog Photos with Santa: Santa Claus is coming to The Lodge Tavern. Patrons can stop in with their furry friend on Sunday, December 3rd from 12pm to 3pm for a complimentary photo opp with Santa.

The Redhead Piano Bar

Sing along to your favorite carols at Redhead Piano Bar with nightly live piano music and performances from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. The late night spot decked out with garland, lights, and mistletoe will feature a special limited time holiday cocktail menu including Candy Cane with Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Bailey’s, and Peppermint Schnapps, Jingle Juice with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Cranberry Juice, and Ginger Ale, Kris Kringle Kir Royale with Cranberry Juice, Chambord, and Korbel, and more.

The Original Mother’s

The Original Mother’s is getting into the holiday spirit with weekly dueling piano theme parties every Saturday in December from 9pm to 12am. Guests are invited to dress up, bring their favorite song requests, and partake in live holiday sing-along piano shows consisting of two grand pianos and entertainers behind the keys with the addition of a rock band drummer. 

Upcoming holiday dueling piano parties include:

  • Sat, Dec 2: Ho Ho Ho-down 
  • Sat, Dec 9: Classic Christmas Characters 
  • Sat, Dec 16: Ugly Sweater Party
  • Sat, Dec 23: Naughty or Nice
  • Sat, Dec 30: Christmas Pajama Party
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Photo courtesy of River Shannon

Cindy's Rooftop

  • Cindy’s Pastry Chef Yami Mercado brings back Cindy’s Holiday Cookie Tins, returning this year for a limited time. Tins of a dozen assorted holiday cookies are available for online pre-order with pick-up at Cindy’s.
    • Order pick-ups are available between 2-5PM on Friday, December 22 - Saturday, December 23 at Cindy’s Rooftop, located on the 13th floor of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel. Pre-orders will close Thursday, December 21st. Order pick-ups are available between 2-5PM on Friday, December 22 - Saturday, December 23 only.
  • Christmas Eve at Cindy's Rooftop will include exclusive specials, available from 10am-10pm from Chef Kaleena Bliss. Menu specials are below and will also feature a selection of Champagnes.
    • CRISPY WHOLE BRANZINO MP - kimchi fried rice, bonito aioli

    • 12 OZ PRIME RIB $55 - prime rib, garlic mashed potato, roasted root vegetables, red wine jus

  • Wine Specials  

    • Canard Duchene‚ Cuvee Leonie Brut, Champagne, France, NV $110

    • Billecart-Salmon Brut, Champagne, France, NV $130

    • Perrier-Jouet ‚Grand Brut, Epernay, France, NV $170

    • Ruinart Rosé, Reims, France, NV $225

    • Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose, Champagne, France, NV $195

Cindy's will be closed Christmas Day.

The Goddess and Grocer


The Goddess and Grocer offer Hanukkah a la carte to-go / delivery menu full of twists on the classics with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well as Sommelier wine selections. 


The Goddess and Grocer’s Christmas catering menu has meal options that include Christmas Dinner for Two $75, Family Matters (serves 6) $225, Ham It Up (serves 6) $195, Vegan Dinner for 2 $75 and a la carte food, wine, and more. 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 Delivery is available and free pickup is available at all locations. Select items from the Christmas menu will be available in stores. 

Chicago Athletic Association

Happy's Holiday Bar, the annual holiday pop-up is back on the ground floor of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel. Happy’s is an all-out explosion of all things holiday: over-the-top decor, warm vibes, seasonal tunes, and as many twinkling lights as possible. Opening the day before Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, the bar, designed and operated by Land and Sea Dept., will feature a menu of festive cocktails, wine, and beer, as well as bar bites like Dry Aged Beef Chili and Chicago Mix Popcorn. 

Photo courtesy of Land and Sea Dept.

Adorn Bar & Restaurant 

Holiday Pop-Up: Mile High Cocktail Club

  • Nov. 2-Feb 15: Mile High Cocktail Club: The speakeasy pop-up, Mile High Cocktail Club, returns for its second season on the top floor of Four Seasons Chicago. Overlooking the Magnificent Mile, this year’s speakeasy features cocktails and small bites from Chef Richie Farina. 

The Essential Holiday High Tea

  • Nov. 25- Dec. 31: Festive Afternoon Tea: Winter wonderland inspired tea from Rare Tea Cellars, savory bites, and sweets at Adorn’s Festive Afternoon Tea. $125/adult, $55/child. 


  • Dec. 25: Christmas in Adorn: Chef Rollinson’s A Nutcracker Christmas Brunch will have all the traditional Holiday fare featuring everything from brunch, chilled seafood, a Holiday hot chocolate station, and other confections from Pastry Chef Bharat Dharmwani. $265/adult, $85/child. 
Festive Tea
Photo courtesy of Adorn Bar & Restaurant

Wake 'n Bacon

Holiday Pies To-Go

  • Preorder by 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 17
  • Pickup between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. from December 22-24
  • $30 Bourbon Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie

Executive Chef Will Silas has created a Bourbon Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie available for pick up this holiday season. The pie is a celebration of Southern charm with a combination of rich bourbon, gooey chocolate chips, and crunchy pecans, all nestled in a buttery crust. 

Christmas Eve Brunch and Dinner

  • Brunch & Dinner: Sunday, December 24 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wake ‘n Bacon will serve Christmas Eve brunch and dinner on Sunday, December 24. The brunch menu is served from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests can pair their meal with an array of local beers, mocktails and seasonal cocktails like the Express Yo-Self with Espresso, Tito's Vodka, Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur, Baileys Espresso Creme,milk, and simple syrup. 

The Rambler Kitchen + Tap

The Rambler Kitchen + Tap in North Center will open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Christmas Day for Chicagoans without family in town. The Rambler will broadcast all the evening Christmas Day NFL game action in both the bar and the weatherproofed outdoor beer garden that accommodates up to 68 guests and is outfitted with six TVs and a sound system. Guests can expect festive holiday decor, The Rambler’s menu of pub fare, and themed holiday food and drink specials. To reserve a table, email 

The Owl

Guests looking for a low-key or late night Christmas night party can head to The Owl in Logan Square starting at 10 p.m. for late night hangs and a $5 house lager special until 4 a.m.

Sweet Mandy B's

Sweet Mandy B’s will offer festive holiday treats available for pre-order for both Christmas and Hanukkah this December. Holiday menu items will include festive cupcakes and Santa and Snowman cakes along with Hanukkah-themed desserts like specialty cakes and a four pack of Dreidel and Star of David cupcakes.

Guests can also select seasonal items throughout the month of December like Sweet Mandy B’s Cranberry Walnut Bread, Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes with chocolate cake and swirled red and white peppermint buttercream, and Peppermint Brownies with red and white peppermint buttercream and peppermint candy pieces on top.

For those hosting Christmas gatherings, Sweet Mandy B’s will open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve.


Remedy will open late on Christmas Day at 10 p.m. offering up a seasonal nightcap. The late-night bar will serve their menu of local brews, craft cocktails and more until 4 a.m. along with new seasonal house cocktails like the Mentatellu ($13) with Fernet Menta, Ketel One Vodka, and Borghetti Espresso Liqueur or a festive Remedy Hot Toddy ($11) with Evan Williams White Label, Maplewood Bitter Orange, demerara, orange and spice tea, lemon.

Central Park Bar

Chicagoans can join Central Park Bar for a Christmas Nightcap on Monday, December 25 beginning at 8 p.m. Try the Winter Vacation cocktail ($12), reminiscent of warmer beach days, featuring Cardinal Spirits Lake House Spiced Rum, Heirloom Pineapple Liqueur, Clement Mahina Coco Coconut Liqueur, lime and agave nectar. Guests will also choose a $9 beer plus a shot combo all evening. 

All Too Well

All Too Well will offer a special catering menu of gourmet Sandwiches, Dips and Spreads with a culinary twist utilizing chef/owner Mitchell Jamra’s background in Lebanese and Mexican cuisine. Orders must be placed ahead and pick up is available daily before 3 p.m. Orders can be placed by visiting The catering menu will include the following: 

  • A choice of any two sandwiches from the catering menu (feeds 10-12 guests) for $140. 
  • Dips and Spreads served with pita chips liked Whipped Feta ($10), Baba Ganoush ($25), Whipped Brie and Fig Jam ($45) and Stuffed Grape Leaves ($35)

The Graystone Tavern

Christmas Eve Football Watch Party

  • Sunday, December 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

On Christmas Eve, Graystone will host a watch party for the Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions game at 12 p.m. Game day specials include $5 Skol Bombs, $6 Surly Drafts, $6 Sam Seasonal drafts, $20 Miller Lite buckets, $20 Coors Light buckets, and $28 Truly Vodka Seltzer buckets.

“8 Crazy Nights” Pop-up Open on Christmas Day

  • Monday, December 25 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

8 Crazy Nights, Chicago’s only Hanukkah pop-up bar, features a winter wonderland of decorations created for the Jewish holiday, including over 14,000 blue and white lights, Hanukkah ball lanterns adorning the ceiling, Star of David and dreidel ornaments, lighted menorah decor, Mensch on a Bench, a Hanukkah sweater wall, and 8-foot inflatable dreidel. Games will be available to guests nightly including Connect 4 with Hanukkah gelt, Cards Against Humanity Jew expansion pack, Mitzvah Match, Jewish Guess Who, Dreidel, Apples to Apples Jewish edition and Schmear Build-A-Bagel card game. 

Guests will be offered themed food menu, ranging in price from $6 to $22, featuring a traditional and spins on Jewish favorites like Matzo Ball Soup, Challah Grilled Cheese, a Brisket Sandwich, a Messiah Melt, a Gelt Fudge Sundae garnished with gelt coin (make it boozy for $5 with chocolate liqueur) and six flavors of Latkes.

Cocktails will be available for $12 to $14 each like the Gelt Martini (Stateside Vodka, Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur, Tippy Cow Cream Liqueur, gold sugar rim, Gelt coin), Rockin Rabbi (Nolet’s Silver Gin, Coppola Diamond Prosecco, blueberry basil simple syrup and club soda), Hanukkah Harry’s Hot Chocolate (made with Tincup Whiskey) and more.

Cody's Public House

Chicagoans can get in the holiday spirit this December as Cody’s Public House (1658 West Barry Avenue) in East Lakeview teams up with Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR) to find loving homes for 12 dogs. Cody’s aims to achieve this through a series of fundraising events in December like an Ugly Dog Sweater Party on Saturday, December 16, a drink-for-a-cause Santa-Paws Sippers menu and more.

“We love our dogs, as well as our regulars and all of their dogs! Our staff even knows the majority of the dogs’ names that come to Cody’s,” said co-owner Kristin Kopicki. “So for the holiday season we really wanted to create a way to help find homes for dogs in need so those pups can be loved just as much as all of ours!”

Cody’s will be decked out in dog-themed Christmas decor including giant inflatable holiday dogs, dog-shaped ornaments and dog-themed stockings. There will be a photo station featuring Snoopy’s red dog house, plus photos and bios of the adoptable dogs posted throughout the bar. If all 12 dogs get adopted, Cody’s will donate an additional $100 per dog. On December 1, adoptable dogs will be available HERE.  

To raise additional funds, $1 from every cocktail sold from the Santa-Paws Sippers menu will be donated to SCCR. Tito’s Handmade Vodka will also donate $1 from any Tito’s cocktail sold during the month of December to SCCR. The cocktails range from in price $10 to $14 and will include Santa’s Little Helper with White Claw Black Cherry Vodka, ginger beer and lemon-lime soda, Lady and The Tramp which includes a beer + Bushmills shot, Scooby Snack with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Owen’s Transfusion Mix, Yellow Snow with White Claw Mango Vodka and Yellow Red Bull and more. For furry friends, FREE pup cups and $5 Best Buds Brews (non-alcoholic craft brew for dogs) will also be available all month. 

Additional dog-friendly December events to support the initiative will include the following: 

Photos with Santa

  • Thursday, December 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Dogs and their owners will be treated to photos with Santa and a Tito’s Ornament Making Station. The Santa-Paws Sippers menu will be available with $1 from every cocktail being donated to Second City Canine Rescue. 

Ugly Dog Sweater Party and Contest

  • Saturday, December 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Guests are encouraged to bust out their holiday sweaters for the Ugly Dog Sweater Party which will feature a contest with prizes for best dressed dog and best dressed human and dog combo. There will also be a complimentary Tito’s Handmade Vodka custom dog tag station and pup cup station. The Santa-Paws Sippers menu will be available with $1 from every cocktail being donated to Second City Canine Rescue. SCCR will also have several of the adoptable dogs on-site for a meet and greet with guests.

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Photo courtesy of Cody's Public House

Once Upon A Bagel

A Hanukkah menu is offered by Once Upon A Bagel (locations in Highland Park, Northbrook, and Winnetka).

They are taking Holiday tray orders now that include Deli and fish trays, bagels, cream cheese trays, bulk bagel orders, soups, and more including salads, soups, desserts, and sides.

Beginning Saturday, November 25-December 31 they are taking orders for raspberry jelly, chocolate and vanilla custard sufganiyot.

They will be frying latkes all month long in both full size and mini versions to be ordered by piece or the platter.

Chocolate covered matzah is available for pre-order (and onsite) for a sweet treat!

They’ll also be offering their limited bagel and cream cheese of the month program with a couple holiday inspired flavors:

  • November: Cranberry orange bagel with pumpkin cream cheese
  • December: Gingerbread bagel with maple cream cheese

They will have their full line of Leonard's Bakery products available for the holidays that includes coffee cakes, cookies, kiddish cakes, muffins, doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, Mandle bread, and more.

Photo courtesy of Once Upon A Bagel

Eataly Chicago

Holiday Kick-Off Taste-Around | Friday, November 17, 2023 6:00 - 7:30 pm: Kick-off the holiday season with a classic taste-around featuring 10+ tasting stations with premium bites like housemade pasta served out of a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano DOP and the newly launched Eataly panettone. Tickets include access to each station and two glasses of regional Italian wine.

Holiday Taste-Around: 10-Year Anniversary Edition | Saturday, December 2, 2023 1:00 - 2:30pm and 2:30 - 4:00 pm: In addition to the 10+ tasting stations and glasses of Italian wine, guests will be offered hands-on cooking demonstrations, such as fresh pasta making, photo moments, and more. Plus, they will uncork a large format bottle of Prosecco.

Photo courtesy of Eataly

The Albert

  • CHRISTMAS DAY BUFFET: Monday, December 25, 2023 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Cost: $75 per person with glass of Champagne 

Featuring both traditional and new favorites, guests will experience stations filled with house-made crostini and flatbreads, cured meats and cheeses, salads, carving stations, homemade pies and cakes and more. Additional selections include: Olive oil poached turkey with all the trimmings; Roasted dry-aged prime rib accompanied by au jus; Italian ham and more. 


Holiday Punches –Thursday, November 16, 6 to 9 p.m. $60 per person

JChef Steve Chiappetti and the Albert’s lead mixoogist will offer the art of Italian-inspired holiday meals, as well as how to craft a well-balanced holiday punch.

Bubbles – Thursday, December 21, 6:30 to 9 p.m. $65 per person

Learn how to shop for and serve bubbles, and as well as how to utilize them in cocktails. From a Bellini with a twist to a Champagne spritz.

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Photo courtesy of Katherine McConnell for The Albert


The 2nd Annual Schubas Winter Market will be popping up at Schubas Tavern in Lakeview East on Sunday, December 10th from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The event is open to all ages and free to the public. 

The pop-up will feature a local maker’s market showcasing vintage dealers, local artisans, and merch sellers. A DJ will spin vinyl records as guests can select from food and drink specials while shopping. A portion of proceeds from each Lagunitas Sumpin Sumpin and Lagunitas Hop Water sold will benefit The Night Ministry, a Chicago-based organization whose mission is to provide human connection, housing support, and health care to those who are unhoused or experiencing poverty.

Sushi | Bar Chicago

On Christmas Eve, dine at the newly opened Sushi | Bar during normal business hours with an Omakase-style dinner with a variety of drink pairings. The restaurant will be closed on Christmas Day.

Lottie's Pub

Lottie’s doors opening on Christmas Eve at 11:00am, catch the Cardinals vs Bears game at 3:25pm and drink specials like $8 bloody marys, $5 22 oz Miller & Coors cups, $9 Christmas mules, and more. Raffles will also be taking place with the chance to win a Bears cooler, among other prizes. 

On Christmas Day, Lottie’s for its 19th annual Rock & Roll Christmas starting at 6:00pm. $5 Heinekens, $6 Rumplemintz, $8 eggnog cocktails, and $9 Christmas mules. Lottie’s will also be hosting a coat drive, so be sure to bring an extra jacket to donate to the Salvation Army.


Tanta will have Christmas Eve dinner specials, available Friday, December 22 - Sunday, December 24. The menu will feature limited dishes like marinated octopus carpaccio, smoked duck breast, and braised beef in red wine demi-glace-- a dish serving up to four, complete with aji amarillo potatoes puree, choclo butter rice, and a criolla salad.

Tanta will also have their Peruvian Holiday Pollo To-Go. Available for pick-up on Sunday, December 24 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, this $132 package serves up to four people. The package features a 3-lb pollo a la brasa, marinated in Peruvian spices and roasted in-house, alongside offerings like Peruvian corn cake, roasted fingerling potatoes, sautéed Brussels sprouts with Chinese-style pork tenderloin, and a pumpkin tres leches. 

Ina Mae Tavern

Ina Mae's Christmas Club Lounge Pop-Up is back on December 5th with an array of events and specials, including holiday bingo, festive karaoke, and even a Mariah Carey drag show. 


As of November 21st, Homeslice will be decorated in lodge-inspired interiors, bedecked with holiday magic, featuring hanging ornaments, twinkling string lights, and festive snowflakes. They will also have a special holiday cocktail menu. 

Happy Camper

Starting November 17th, Happy Camper's winter wonderland awaits with hanging snowflakes, festive wreaths, and twinkling lights. A range of 'zas and apps, and special limited-time holiday cocktails will be offered.

Paradise Park

Beginning November 17th, Paradise Park will transform their pink flamingos and greenery into life-size snowflakes, twinkling lights around every corner, and cozy nooks adorned with plump pillows, ornaments, and wreaths. They will also have a special holiday cocktail menu to complement a variety of shareable apps, handhelds, and pizza.


Mistletoe in Mordecai returns on Friday, November 17th. The restaurant’s mixologists curate an exclusive holiday cocktail list that features both contemporary and vintage creations available for a limited time. 

“Mistletoe is a fan favorite at Mordecai and we’re excited to bring it back for a fifth year,” shares Kris Peterson, general manager and spirits archivist at Mordecai. “We love the chance to utilize vintage spirits in both classic and new cocktails but with a festive twist. It’s a fun challenge and our guests love the unique options you can’t find anywhere else.” 

Located across the street from Winterland at Gallagher Way, Mistletoe transforms Hush Money - Mordecai’s 2nd floor cocktail lounge - into a holiday storybook.. The pop-up blends nostalgic and modern-day details including string lights, hanging ornaments, colorful tinsel, mounted wreaths, and more. 

The flavors of the season will be offered with a menu spotlighting rare and vintage spirits. Mordecai’s full dinner menu and standard cocktail list will also be available. Holiday cocktail specials include:

  • Saturnalia – rum, amontillado sherry, fernet, rum butter, Morita, toasted almond, and egg

  • Gingerbread Milk Punch – clarified brandy and bourbon milk punch, ginger, and all the baking spices

  • Twelfth Night – tequila reposado, mezcal, allspice dram, elderberry, black tea, lemon

  • Staycation – 1960s Caribbean rum, early-2000s foursquare spiced, 1990s Carda mondo, coconut, and lime

  • Winter Old Fashioned – private blend bourbon, 1950s Kapriol, 1960s alpine amaro, maple, and winter forest bitters

  • Golden Cadillac – 1970s Galliano, 1980s crème de cacao, 1980s Becherovka, nutmeg, and cream

  • Vintage Black Haus (1 oz) – Original German Production. Sip it or rip it. Happy Holidays!

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Photo courtesy of Mordecai


Yardbird will be offering a dine-in option for Christmas dinner this year! Yardbird Christmas dine-in options will be available on Christmas Day during normal operating hours. The menu includes a la carte options along with Yardbird’s classic menu. Highlights include: Herb Roasted Prime Rib, Lobster Agnolotti, Red Velvet Cake. Make your Christmas reservation on OpenTable.

Yardbird will continue to celebrate the holiday season into the New Year! The Chicago location will be offering 9 Days of Brunch from December 23 till January 1. Make it a boozy brunch by adding in some of Yardbird’s classic brunch cocktails including The Yardbird Bloody Mary or the Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade.

Hewn Bread

Holiday treats for Hanukkah and Christmas will be available and diners can place online orders.

  • Hanukkah: Pickup on Dec 8th: Orders due Dec 5th 

    • Sufganiyot (4pk): Two raspberry and two lemon donuts topped with powdered sugar. (Sufganiyot is normally deep fried, symbolizing the miracle of the menorah oil. Their version is baked, not fried—they are unable to deep-fry items at the bakery.)

    • Rugelach (6pk)

  • Christmas: All orders must be placed by 8 PM Thursday, Dec 21. Customers will choose a pickup day of either Dec 23rd or 24th. Christmas offerings include homemade breads, Take and Bake Items (Morning Buns & Cinnamon Brioche, and a variety of speciality items like:

    • Birch De Noel: A traditional yule log. Chocolate sponge cake with chocolate cream filling and vanilla buttercream frosting.

    • Stollen: A traditional German Christmas bread made with rum-soaked candied fruits with a dense and rich bread with an almond paste center.

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Photo courtesy of Hewn Bread

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

On Friday, December 22, Bodega West Loop will be hosting a special Champagne Chalet event, guests can join for a night filled with bubbly, including Moet specials on Christmas weekend. Sounds by DJ Mike Jamz.

Both West Loop and River North locations will be participating in a Holiday Toy Drive – Guests can donate one toy and receive one holiday cocktail. Toys benefit Sylvester Cancer Research Center in partnership with the Dolphins Challenge Cancer. 

Bronzeville Winery

While the restaurant will be closed on December 24 and 25, Chef LaMar Moore and his culinary team will offer a special prix fixe menu that will be available for dinner service on Saturday, December 23rd with two seatings at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Priced at $85 per person, the three-course menu includes the option for a vegetarian entrée as well. Reservations can be made on Tock.

The Florentine

The Florentine (JW Marriott, 151 W Adams St) will have an exclusive Christmas menu featuring Crab Salad Tartine on toasted sourdough for $24, Lyonnaise Potato Espuma with pork belly-onion jam at $19, a Deconstructed Ribeye "Wellington" with mushroom duxelles and black garlic jus is available for $67. Cap the dinner off with a Mille Feuille of Tiramisu, a blend of chocolate, espresso, and mascarpone. 

Lure Fishbar

A special oceanic feast this Christmas Eve at Lure Fishbar (616 N Rush St). This festive season, the restaurant is offering a special "Feast of the Seven Fishes'' with a tasting menu priced at $95 per person. The menu includes baccala mantecata, polpo alla griglia with cannellini beans and chorizo, and tuna carpaccio with caper, lemon, and fennel. Reservations for this festive dining experience can be made on their website.

Kinzie Chophouse

This year, they are offering a tasting menu experience to celebrate Christmas Eve. The Festive Odyssey Tasting Menu, an iteration of their recently launched Sunday-only Odyssey Tasting Menu, is priced at $150 per person (with the option to add on a wine pairing for $60), The Festive Odyssey Tasting Menu features steak and seafood preparations, festive seasonal flavors, and much more. See the full menu below:

  • Oyster w/ oregano infused mignonette and cranberry Sangria granita
  • Shellfish Trilogy. Poached crab claw & shrimp, pan seared scallop
  • Duck ravioli with sage and mandarin jus
  • Dry Aged Lamb Chop with chestnut and mushroom puree


  • Wet Aged center cut Filet w/ pomegranate and Port gravy sauce


  • Grouper fish with Bouillabaisse creamy sauce and asparagus 


  • Digestivo. Cheese plate with infused honey paired with “Call me Rosa” cocktail


  • Fondant Tsoureki with vanilla bean gelato & Eggnog sauce

Reservations for Christmas Eve are available on their website. Reservations begin at 5 p.m., with the final reservation time at 11 p.m.

Smoke Daddy

Smoke Daddy is kicking off the holidays with LumberJack Lodge as it takes over the Wrigleyville location. The takeover begins on Friday, November 17th when LumberJack Lodge officially transforms Smoke Daddy into a winter wonderland with lush forest greenery, Christmas trees, lodge-inspired décor like snow skis and fresh-cut logs, plaid, ceiling canopies full of garland and ornaments as well as woodland backdrops with a 7-foot brown bear.

Holiday cocktails include Campfire Cider, a hot cocktail featuring George Dickel bourbon, cider, allspice, lemon, and honey; Nutty and Nice with Bailey’s liqueur, amaretto, Frangelico, and Mr. Black coffee liqueur; Lost in the Woods with union mezcal, grapefruit, lime, and blood orange soda; and The Atticus with KOVAL Cranberry Gin, hibiscus, cranberry, and topped with Nutrl seltzer. All Lodge Libations (holiday cocktails) are $14. An $8 Shotski is also available with shots of Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Fireball, Bourbon Cream, or Rumble Minze. 

Stop by for happy hour Monday - Thursday from 7-9pm every day. Specials will include $4 shots and $4 Labatt Blue. 

Smoke Daddy’s regular menu will be available including the Smoke Daddy Rib Combo, KC-Style Burnt Ends Sandwich, Jalapeno Beer Cheese with a toasted soft pretzel, Division Street Chili, and more.

LumberJack Lodge is located at the Wrigleyville Smoke Daddy location (3636 N. Clark Street). The pop-up is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through January 8. A range of free and ticketed events will be available throughout the season. 

Geja's Cafe

Now through the end of January, Geja’s will offer a new cheese and chocolate option that can be ordered either a la carte, or as part of any premier dinner on the menu:

  • Roasted Garlic and Fontina Cheese Fondue: Fontina cheese melted down with white wine, roasted garlic and thyme.
  • Peppermint Chocolate Fondue: Geja's dark and milk chocolate melted down with coffee, cream, peppermint syrup and candy cane pieces.

Kicking off with their annual Champagne Tasting on December 3rd and Champagne Maker Dinner on December 4th – both featuring bubbles of Pommery – Geja’s Champagne festival will run through the end of January and features a selection of bubbles by the glass and bottle on the menu throughout the celebration. Tickets for 12/3 and 12/4 events are available on their website.

The Bassment

This holiday season, The Bassment brings a festive touch to its cocktail offerings, featuring "The Bathtub," their signature drink, with a Christmas twist. Available from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30, this holiday-special cocktail will feature a festive holiday rubber duckie.

Additionally, The Bassment is decking the halls with its 'Jingle Bell Rock' Thursday series, inviting all to a weekly celebration of the holiday season. Every Thursday, beginning Nov. 30, guests can enjoy a festive happy hour 8 - 10 p.m., where the sounds of live bands playing Christmas classics will fill the air with cheer. The Jingle Bell Rock series will take place on Nov. 30, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m., Dec. 7, 9:30 p.m. - 2 a.m., Dec. 14. 9:30 p.m. - 2 a.m., and Dec. 21, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m. Guests can attend the event at no cost by securing their RSVP through Eventbrite, or opt for a $10 entry fee payable at the door.

Time Out Market

Time Out Market Chicago and Lizzy J Cafe are celebrating the holidays by throwing a Pajama Brunch on Saturday, December 9th from 10am - 2pm!

The holiday pajama brunch will feature beats from DJ Firm, a brunch buffet from Lizzy J Cafe, and a visit from The Grinch and Santa from 11am - 2pm. The buffet includes Chicken and Waffles, Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Potatoes, Mini Vanilla Bean Yogurt Mixed Fruit Parfaits, Shrimp & Grits, and more. 

Tickets for brunch are $40 for adults and $20 for kids and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

The Hampton Social

With seasonal menus, specialty cocktails, and exclusive merchandise, The Hampton Social’s second annual ‘Holidays at The Hamptons’ is back with the following specials and offers:

  • Seasonal Cocktails | November 22 - December 31

The Hampton Social introduces new hand-crafted holiday cocktails including the 'Mistletoe Kiss' vodka concoction and 'Santa's Hot Cider' served with a complimentary branded mug to take home. For every Mistletoe Kiss cocktail sold during December, Tito's will donate $1 to Giving Kitchen.

  • ‘Holidays at The Hamptons’ Pop-Up | November 24 - December 31

All December long at The Hampton Social River North, guests can select holiday cocktails, revel in festive decorations, and happy hour specials. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to master holiday mixology at two festive cocktail-making classes on Dec. 12 and Dec. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Holiday Happy Hour | November 24 - December 29

$10 cocktails and dishes starting at $9. These exclusive deals are available every Monday through Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m.

  • Holiday Bonus Gift Cards | Now - December 31

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

Four hours of cocktail holiday tastings and more at The Godfrey Hotel's Holiday Cocktail Fest on December 9th from 1-5pm.

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, the Godfrey Hotel Chicago will host a festive brunch with Santa from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The brunch buffet will feature breakfast classics, a carving station with prime rib, and sweet offerings — like pancakes and French toast. Plus, an avocado toast bar, an acai bowl station, and more! For a grand finale, the dessert table will be overflowing with Christmas cookies, Santa cake pops, peppermint bark, and hot cocoa, ensuring a merry and bright experience for all. Priced at $49 per adult and $15 for children under 12. Reservations can be made on Tock.


Both of DineAmic’s Greek concepts will be open for a la carte business on Christmas Eve, and reservations are now available via their respective websites.

Siena Tavern

Executive Chef Fabio Viviani’s full a la carte menu will be available, with the addition of three special holiday preparations this Christmas Eve:

  • Half Dozen Oysters with Apple Shallot Mignonette and Pomegranate Reduction
  • King Crab Ravioli with English Peas, Roasted Fresno Chili, and Parmesan Lemon Cream
  • Whole Roasted Branzino with Sweet Potato Puree, Braised Leek, Lemon, and Fresno Chili

Reservations are now on their website.

Prime & Provisions

The steakhouse will offer a signature three-course tasting menu ($110 per person) complete with options like lump blue crab cakes, petit cut filet, dry-aged Rohan duck, red wine braised lamb shank, and many more. Menu add-ons and the addition of sommelier selected wine pairings are available as well. Reserve on their website.


This Christmas Eve, they’ll celebrate with a three-course tasting menu ($110 per person) from 4 p.m.- 9 p.m. that highlights signature Italian preparations, seafood and steak options, plus add-ons and an option for sommelier selected wine pairings. Reserve on their website.

George Trois

On Christmas Eve, guests can reserve their spot (via Tock) among the 14-seat dining room and enjoy George Trois’ seasonal Holiday Celebration menu (which is running 11/24-1/31 at George Trois). Reservation times and pricing are below, along with the complete menu of preparations from Lachowicz. 

Christmas Eve

  • Two Seatings Available (4 p.m. and 6 p.m.)
  • $189 per person
  • Additional $149 per person for wine pairings from Wine Director Brian Duncan 


  • Warm Gougeres 
  • Foie Gras Eclair over Crispy Fried Leeks 
  • Filet of Dover Sole and Lobster Mousse in Osetra Caviar-Champagne Sauce over Melted Fennel 
  • Filet of Beef Tenderloin and Truffle Mousse En Croute, Periguex Sauce, Pomme Purée & Haricots Verts in Brown Butter 
  • Grand Marnier Soufflé Frangelico Chocolate Truffles 

*There are no substitutions on this menu.


From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., reservations are available for Lachowicz’s family-style holiday menu ($105 per person, $75 per child under the age of 8). Served family style. Reservations are available via OpenTable.

  • Warm Baguettes & Butter

Appetizer courses:

  • Potato-Truffle Soup with Truffled Potato Croquette (Individually Served)
  • Herb Vinaigrette Dressed Mixed Greens

Main courses:

  • Wagyu Beef Short Ribs “Grand Mere” with Button Mushrooms, Bacon Lardons and Rich Red Wine Sauce
  • Roasted, Boursin Cheese Filled Breast of Chicken & Bercy Sauce
  • Grilled Filet of Faroe Island Salmon “Provencal”


  • Haricots Verts in Brown Butter, Ratatouille Gratin & Creamy Whipped Pomme Puree


  • Chocolate-Hazelnut Bombe, Frangelico Crème Anglaise & Tahitian Vanilla Panna Cotta, w/Salted Caramel 

Truth Be Told

Holiday Cocktails

Through the end of the years, guests can toast the season with the following holiday cocktails:

  • English breakfast Espresso Martini - $17
  • Pimms Cocktail - $15
  • Apple Cider Margarita - $16
  • Blood Orange Boulevardier - $17
  • White negroni - $18

Headquarters Beercade

Reindeer Games Christmas Pop-Up is back at Headquarters Beercade, unveiling on Thursday, November 16 running through the end of the year. Expect holiday decor installations, events and themed-cocktails plus photo opps including a full-sized sleigh. Beverage Director & Master Mixologist Aneka Saxon brings the libations with Santa's Slushie, Cutie Pie and Fireside Old-Fashioned.

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Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook

  • Breakfast with Santa 

Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook’s (2815 Jorie Blvd)  "Breakfast with Santa" will be hosted in the heart of the hotel's, Prancer's Pub on Sunday, December 10th from 9am-1pm. A breakfast spread, and be prepared for a visit from the man in red himself – Santa Claus. He'll be making a special appearance to spread joy, listen to children's wishes, and pose for photos. Tickets start at $50 for adults and $20 for children. Reservations can be made on their OpenTable.

  • Prancer’s Pub

Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook (2815 Jorie Blvd) launched their first-ever holiday-themed pop-up bar, “Prancer’s Pub”! Prancer's Pub is open now until January 2nd from 5pm-10pm every night. The pop-up features festive decorations to transport you into a winter wonderland, specially crafted holiday cocktails, and a cozy atmosphere to celebrate the holiday season.


On Sunday December 3rd and Sunday, December 17th, families are invited to celebrate the holidays in full Carnivale color as the restaurant hosts an all-you-can-eat holiday buffet with a special visit from Santa and Ms. Claus. Reservations are now available online via Tock. The experience is $55 for adults, with children ages 10 and under able to attend for $25. Coffee, Tea and soda is included. 

Oaken Bistro + Bar

Oaken Bistro + Bar will welcome the Big Man himself on Sunday, December 10 for a brunch buffet experience with seatings at 8:30 am and 11:00 am. With a buffet curated by Executive Chef Christian Alejandro, the immersive experience will include a free framed photo with Santa per reservation. The experience can be booked via Eventbrite for $32 for kids 10 and under and $52 for adults. 

Thorn Restaurant & Lounge

Brunch with the man in red this year at Thorn Restaurant & Lounge located in the Rose Hotel, 5200 Pearl Street., Rosemont. Get ready to meet Santa and take a complimentary holiday photo with the entire family with a brunch buffet featuring classics like shrimp cocktail, omelet and carving stations. There will be two seatings on Sunday, December 3 at 9am and 11:30am. Make your reservations on their website.

Depot 226

The Canopy by Hilton Chicago Central Loop is keeping things festive on property with two new specialty holiday cocktails and a lineup of performances by carolers in their on-site restaurant, Depot 226. The property's festive libations include a Blackberry Bourbon Smash with Mint as well as a Strawberry Christmas Martini. Performances by the carolers will be free to attend in the hotel's lobby on November 25, December 2, December 9 and December 16 from 5-6pm. 

Chef Art Smith's Reunion

This holiday season Santa is coming to town to visit a special pop-up experience at Chef Art Smith’s Reunion located at the front of Chicago’s Navy Pier. The concept has announced the launch of a ‘Santa’s Southern Workshop’ pop-up. Open every weekend Friday through Sunday starting November 24 through December 23, guests will have the opportunity to choose a prix fixe menu developed by Chef Art Smith within the pop-up and can visit the big man, Mr.Claus while dining. The special  prix fixe menu is available for $30 per adult, $15 per child and reservations can be made via OpenTable. Santa photo packages are not included in the meal, but can be purchased on the Where Is Santa website. 

The ‘Santa’s Southern Workshop’ experience offers a three-course meal. The first course includes a choice of Deviled Eggs topped with Crispy Ham, Goat Cheese Buttermilk Drop Biscuits paired with seasonal jam and Honey butter or Chef’s classic Fried Green Tomatoes. For the main course, diners have their choice from a range of Southern Classics including Shrimp & Grits made with Tomato Sauce, Andouille Sausage, and Artisan Corn Grits, Chef Art Smith’s Fried Chicken or Chicken Pot Pie complete with an All Butter Flaky Crust, Pulled Chicken, Root Vegetables and Fresh Peas and Herbed Chicken with Baby Arugula Salad with a Lemon Calabrian Chili Dressing. For dessert, diners may choose from Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies or Hummingbird Cake for an additional $5. For the younger diners, a choice of Mac & Cheese with Apple Slices, Chicken Tenders with Fries or Fish Sticks with Fries will be available, plus an add-on option of Ice Cream with Hot Fudge or a Festive Christmas Cookie for $15.  

In addition, Santa will be onsite at ‘Santa’s Southern Workshop’ at Chef Art Smith’s Reunion for families to visit and take pictures alongside him. 

“Winter at Navy Pier is unlike anything else, and we look forward to adding a Southern twist to the experience with the launch of our new pop up,” said Chef Art Smith. “We look forward to welcoming families in to celebrate the season together over a comforting holiday meal.” 

Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce (LPCC) has announced its inaugural Clark Street Cookie Crawl, sponsored by Clark Street Special Service Area (SSA) #23 on Sunday, December 10 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Stretching down Clark Street between Fullerton and Diversey Avenue, participating Clark Street businesses will each feature their own holiday cookie for the crawl along with holiday decorations. Attendees will pick up a bag at the designated check-in location and stop into participating businesses along the street to receive a cookie per stop. Participants will also be treated to an array of activations at participating businesses including pictures with Santa, live carolers, craft stations, hot chocolate, plus some boozy selections for the guardians. Families are invited to wear their most cozy pajamas or festive sweaters. Tickets are on sale online for $25 per person with a boozy ticket option for $35. Groups of 4 can attend for $75.  

“We are overjoyed to host our inaugural Clark Street Cookie Crawl this December,” said Kim Schilf, President & CEO of LPCC. “The holidays offer a unique time for us all to come together and share some holiday cheer, and what better way to do so than with our community and local businesses looking to make the season extra bright!” 

City Cruises Chicago

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Brunch & Dinner Cruises – December 24 and 25: City Cruises’ DJ will set the tone for the ride with views of the Chicago skyline from the climate-controlled interior and open-air rooftop decks, all while dining on chef-prepared menus.


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