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The Drake Oak Brook

The igloo dining village is back starting November 11th with special dining menu, personal heater, arctic-chic décor and more igloos. For a decked-out holiday cocktail bar, the Polar Bear Lounge will open December 2nd with holiday décor and serving cocktails, appetizers and ‘smores. Igloo dining reservations can be made here.

Adorn Bar & Restaurant

With the season-long The Giving Tea festive high tea service, Santa’s North Pole Breakfast, and Christmas brunches and dinners, guests can expect holiday décor, festive cocktails, and holiday menus.  

  • The Giving Tea: Whether you’re having a special outing with family & friends or need a post-holiday-shopping treat, winter-wonderland inspired tea, savory bites, and sweets at The Giving Tea. In the spirit of giving, guests are encouraged to bring a box of lights to help “Light up Lawndale” this season. $125/adult (Wed-Fri), $135/adult (Sat-Sun), $55/child. 
  • Santa’s North Pole Breakfast: Join Santa Claus for a winter wonderland-inspired pancake breakfast featuring a pancake station & garnish bar, continental & hot breakfast buffets, hot chocolate & coffee, live entertainment, cookie decorating, and ornament making. Saturday, 12/3 from 9-11 am. $75/adult, $55/child. 
  • Feast of the Seven Fishes: Savor an Italian Christmas Eve tradition with a four course, family style Feast of the Seven Fishes featuring seven varieties of seafoods. 
  • “Buon Natale” Christmas Day Buffet: This Christmas Day feast features traditional Holiday brunch favorites, special dishes inspired by the hills of Tuscany, truffles from Umbria’s countryside, a children’s buffet and more. 
  • Christmas Day To-Go: A Christmas feast prepared and ready for you without having to leave your home Christmas day. 
  • Mile High Cocktail Club: The new speakeasy from Adorn Bar & Restaurant overlooks the cityscape and the Magnificent Mile, where guests can take in the Chicago winter scenery from the 46th floor. Partake in cocktails inspired by the Seven Wonders of the World and paired bites at this exclusive cocktail destination during the holidays. 
  • Live in the Lounge / Spotlight: Sip on festive cocktails at Adorn bar and performances from the resident jazz trios, quartets, and DJs at Live in the Lounge all holiday season. The team is also supporting The Jazz Institute of Chicago Fellowship Programs with Spotlight, with performances from the program’s students every Monday (5-7 pm) along with mentorship from the Hotel’s resident musicians. 
  • A Celebration of Piemonte White Truffle Dinner: Guest Italian chefs Chef Fabrizio Schenardi (Four Seasons Resort Orlando Executive Chef) and Chef Ivan Onorato (La Credenza Head Chef) along with Adorn’s Chef Brian Rodriguez will prepare an Italian culinary feast using white Alba truffle. The five-course dinner on 12/6 is in partnership with the Region of Piemonte, Visit Piemonte, and Italian Food Style Education (IFSE) Culinary School. $275/ticket. 

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

In River North at The Godfrey, the rooftop Winter Wonderland returns with its clear-domed, heated igloos, which allow guests to be inside with cityscape views, whether it’s snowing or sunny outside. Groups may reserve an igloo, complete with furnishings, robes, and blankets on a first-come, first-served basis. Winter Wonderland visitors can also use outdoor heaters, toasty firepits, s’mores-making kits, a selection of hot cocktails, and a seasonal menu of shareable plates. 

The River North rooftop, I|O Godfrey, is hosting a Christmas Eve Brunch Buffet on Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The menu includes a buffet & omelet station, carving station, pancakes & French toast, salad bar, avocado toast bar, acai bowl station, and dessert table. Guests can visit with Santa and get their picture taken. Reservations can be made on TOck.

LondonHouse Chicago 

LondonHouse Chicago revamps its 22nd level terrace, and brings back Rudolph’s Rooftop experience. The experience decorates LH Rooftop with holiday decor, rentable outdoor igloos and holiday-themed cocktails from their Ice Bar

NoMI Kitchen

  • Starting on Saturday, December 24, better known to many as Christmas Eve, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., for $165 for adults, and $45 for kids aged 5-12, the evening at NoMI will present festive live entertainment and a 4-course, prix-fixe menu. Highlights will include hearty selections like Chestnut Soup with bacon lardon, fennel, and crème fraiche; Côte de Bœuf atop hasselback potatoes, pearl onions, and braised rainbow chard; and a Fondant au Caramel dessert adorned with nougat snow, salted caramel crunch, and popcorn ice cream.
  • If choosing to celebrate Christmas Day out in the city, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $195 per adult, and $50 for kids aged 5-12, NoMI’s 4-course, prix-fixe menu will feature dishes like Acorn Squash Soup with roasted pumpkin seed, fine herbs, and espellette; Lemon Garlic Kale Salad with sliced almonds, dried cherries, and roasted squash; and a Roasted Duck complemented with apple cider duck jus. The Christmas Day spread will also include a dessert buffet featuring a spin on holiday classics Highlights include Buche De Noel, Rice Pudding Verrines, Mexican Eggnog Macarons, and Stollen.

WoodWind

Offering dishes, drinks, and views 18 floors above Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood, WoodWind will be offering a four-course, prix-fixe menu for Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, from 3-9pm. Cost is $75/person.

Andros Taverna

  • Christmas Eve Brunch (Saturday, December 24; 10am-2pm) Andros Taverna will offer an array of specials for Xmas Eve brunch, highlighting:
    • Christmas Tsoureki Bread ($30) - filled with chestnut cream, chocolate ganache and topped with white chocolate glaze. This dish is inspired by the chefs’ trip to Thessaloniki, which is known as the “foodie city” of Greece and has several of the best bakeries in the country.  It will be on the menu for brunch and will also be available for pre-order through Tock.
  • Christmas Eve (Saturday, December 24; 2-11pm) will be an evening to feast with friends and family with these menu additions along with the nightly a la carte offerings:
    • Roasted XL royal red prawns w/ black truffle orzotto - $37
    • Grilled Wild Turbot , Iliada single estate olive oil & wild oregano - MP
    • Crispy Wood Oven Roasted Duck – Xinomavro Jus, Chestnut Porridge - $63

Ambassador Chicago 

Ambassador Chicago’s in-house restaurant, The Ambassador Room, will be offering both a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner, both from 3-8pm. Cost is $75/person. 

Ambassador Chicago will be offering Winter Afternoon Tea every weekend, throughout the winter season starting on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 12-3pm. Cost is $65/person.

Reservations can be made on OpenTable

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Photo courtesy of Adorn Bar & Restaurant

The Peninsula Chicago 

This season, The Lobby at The Peninsula Chicago hosts Festive Afternoon Tea beneath their 20-foot Christmas tree. The menu features a traditional English tea menu, including a variety of finger sandwiches; fruit and plain scones with house made preserves, Devonshire clotted cream and petite seasonal pastries with choux, chocolate, and winter fruit creations. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. Entertainment is a string duo and a visit from Mrs. Claus. Festive Afternoon Tea is offered November 25, 2022 to January 8, 2023, daily with seatings at 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm for $135 for adults Monday through Thursday, including a glass of Champagne and US$ 55 for children (under 12 years); and $150 for adults Friday through Sunday, including a glass of Champagne; and $75 for children (under 12 years). Prices exclude tax and gratuity. $10 from every Afternoon Tea will be donated to the Chicago Public Library Foundation. Reservations are accepted via TOCK.

Cafe at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago will be serving up a holiday afternoon tea with all the English finishes during the winter months. Begin the experience with a complimentary glass of rose champagne or curated Ritz Carlton teas. Afterward, dive into selections such as savory tea sandwiches, Maine lobster, or butternut squash quiche, followed by freshly baked pumpkin spice scones and eggnog panna cotta. 

·       November 25th, 26th & 27th

·       December 3rd & 4th

·       December 24th & 25th

·       December 10th & 11th

·       December 17th & 18th

Tickets on TOCK. $75 per person includes a glass of sparkling wine.

Holiday Afternoon Tea At The Peninsula Chicago
Photo courtesy of The Peninsula Chicago

Mordecai

  • Holiday Milk Punch Class

Mordecai’s Bar Manager Corban Kell is hosting on Thursday, November 17th an instructive cocktail party featuring Mordecai’s Holiday Milk Punch. Taking place in Mordecai’s upstairs bar, those attending will receive a sneak peek into Mordecai’s holiday pop-up ‘Mistletoe,’ where the space will be completely transformed into a holiday winter wonderland, immersed in stringed lights, hanging ornaments, mounted wreaths, colorful tinsel, and more.

From 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, attendees will be exploring the history and science behind milk punch while learning to make their own. Offering small bites and pours that include a welcome cocktail, charcuterie board, step-by-step ingredient tastings, and of course Holiday Milk Punch. Participants in the class will also receive the exclusive chance to pre-order large format punches for their upcoming holiday events. With tickets selling for $55, purchase yours today via Tock.

  • Holiday Pop-Up - 'Mistletoe'

Mordecai’s holiday pop-up ‘Mistletoe,’ in its fourth year running. Mordecai’s upstairs bar will be transformed into a holiday wonderland, immersed in stringed lights, hanging ornaments, mounted wreaths, colorful tinsel, and more.

The team at Mordecai have curated an exclusive holiday cocktail list that features both contemporary & vintage creations, with their “Keep The Change, Ya Filthy Animal!” winter-inspired old fashioned. Mordecai’s full dinner menu & standard cocktail list will also be available. 

With Mistletoe being a part of Winterland at Gallagher Way, those visiting can also take advantage of festive activities happening nearby, such as Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville and Gallagher Ice Rink, among others.

Chicagoans can experience Mordecai’s ‘Mistletoe’ throughout the holiday season, beginning on Friday, November 18th. Reservations are required and groups of 1-6 can reserve two hour blocks on Tock, Thursday through Saturday. 

Lottie's Pub

Lottie's Pub (1925 W Cortland St) is helping Chicagoans immerse themselves in true holiday spirit with movie screenings happening every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday throughout the month of December. The first screenings, ‘Nice Flix,’ will start at 5:30 PM for those looking to bring kids and family, which will then be followed with ‘Naughty Flix’ starting at 8 PM. Movie screenings will be taking place in Lottie’s private & heated tents, so be sure to book your tent today at lotties@pioneertaverngroup.com. Please view the calendar below for more details. 

Tuesday, December 13th-Thursday, December 15th

  • 5:30 PM: Home Alone
  • 8:00 PM: Four Christmases 

Tuesday, December 20th-Thursday, December 22nd

  • 5:30 PM: Christmas Story 
  • 8:00 PM: The Night Before 

Tuesday, December 27th-Thursday, December 29th

  • 5:30 PM: Elf
  • 8:00 PM: Office Christmas Party

Christmas Eve at Lottie’s Pub –Saturday, December 24th

  • Spend Christmas Eve at Lottie's Pub (1925 W Cortland St) for their NFL 11 Game Stocking Stuffer offerings! With eight games streaming at 12 PM, be sure to root on the Bears as they take on the Bills! Early Christmas present raffles & giveaways will also be taking place, in addition to the streaming of two afternoon games and one night game. While cheering on your favorite team, indulge in Lottie’s drink specials that include $5 Mimosas, $7 Bloody Marys, $5 22 oz Miller & Coors Stadium Cups, $6 Guinness, $5 Screwballs, $30 Lone River Buckets, and $15 Sausage & Giardiniera Pizzas. 

Rock and Roll Christmas at Lottie’s Pub- Sunday, December 25th

  • Lottie's Pub (1925 W Cortland St) will be opening their doors at 6 PM on Christmas Day for their 18th annual Rock n’ Roll Christmas! Offerings include giveaways such as a VIP concert experience for Metro and Salt Shed, as well as $5 Heinekens and $6 Rumplemintz. Lottie’s will also be hosting a Coat Drive, so don’t forget to bring a coat (or two!) to donate to the Salvation Army.

Ina Mae Tavern

INA’S CHRISTMAS CLUB LOUNGE POP-UP

  • Every Wednesday: Holiday Themed Bingo at 7 PM
  • Thursday, December 8th: Champagne, Fried Chicken, & Caviar Event 
    • Enjoy live music at 7 PM while also indulging in $10 fried chicken & caviar plates (includes 1 fried chicken leg and caviar), in addition to $14 champagne pours!
  • Saturday, December 10th: Christmas Drag Show at 10 PM 
    • Be a part of Ina Mae’s Christmas Drag Show with drink offers including $10 Crystal Head punch & cocktails!
  • Thursday, December 15th: Christmas Carol-Oake at 8 PM
    • Sing your favorite Christmas carols while sipping on $10 Holiday Cocktails!
  • Saturday, December 17th: Ina’s Holiday Jamboree 
    • Sip on hot & festive holiday cocktails with live music from 12-3 PM, where a Christmas Band will then take the stage at 8 PM. Wear your favorite (or ugliest) holiday gear as a “Most Festive Holiday Contest” will also be taking place.
  • Thursday, December 22nd: Ina’s Reveillon Dinner
    • Celebrate the holidays with Ina Mae New Orleans style with food and drinks until the wee hours of the night on Thursday, December 22nd. While doing so, you will also be supporting New Orleans’s Son of a Saint as a percentage of sales will go directly to this organization that provides mentorship and resources for those growing up without a father.
    • With 2 seatings available, one at 6 PM and the other at 8 PM, feast on 4 courses served family-style, featuring Gumbo Yaya, NOLA BBQ Shrimp, Frenchman Street Seafood Pasta, and more! Complementing these dishes will be 4 expertly crafted paired cocktails by Beam Suntory. Rounding out the night will be live music happening between 6-10 PM. 
    • Purchase your $68 ticket today via Tock, or by visiting www.inamaetavern.com as the cut-off for ticket sales will be on Tuesday, December 20th.
Mordecai Holiday Milk Punch Class
Flyer courtesy of Mordecai

The Graystone Tavern

The Graystone Tavern in Wrigleyville will open “8 Crazy Nights” on Friday, November 25. Chicago’s first and only Hanukkah-themed pop-up bar will be open through Sunday, January 8. 

Guests can expect a winter wonderland of decorations created for the Jewish holiday throughout the bar and weatherproofed beer garden, including over 14,000 blue and white lights and Hanukkah ball lanterns adorning the ceiling, Star of David and dreidel ornaments, lighted menorah decor, Mensch on a Bench, a Hanukkah sweater wall, an 8-foot inflatable dreidel and more.

Throughout the pop-up, a special food menu, ranging in price from $6 to $22, will feature traditional and spins on Jewish options like Matzo Ball Soup and three flavors of Latkes including classic with sour cream and applesauce, jalapeno cheddar, and salt and vinegar. Brisket will be served two ways including a Brisket Sandwich and a Brisket Platter. New to the menu this year is Rabbi’s Red Hots featuring two pancake batter dipped Hebrew National Beef Franks topped with blueberry compote. For dessert, guests can choose from Boozy Jelly Donuts made with Owney’s Light Rum infused jelly. 

Themed cocktails will be available for $12 to $14 each like the Gelt Martini (Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur, Western Sons Vodka, Tippy Cow milk chocolate, gold sugar rim, Gelt coin), Mazel Tov (Nolet’s Silver Gin, Mionetto Prosecco, blueberry rosemary simple syrup and club soda), The Chosen MF (Western Sons Vodka, Nolet’s Silver Gin, Owney’s Light Rum, Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver Tequila, blue curacao, and lemon lime soda), and a Mensch Mule (Western Sons Vodka, strawberry puree, ginger beer, lemon lime soda, lime juice,and lime wedge).  

New for 2022, guests can sip a Hebrew Cold Brew cocktail with Proper 12 Irish Whiskey, Dark Matter Cold Brew, simple syrup, heavy cream and a menorah stenciled on top, the Sabbath Night Fever blue raspberry draft margarita made with Herradura Silver tequila, and Chag Nog with eggnog, Rumhaven Coconut Rum, Owneys Light Rum, and a cinnamon stick.

Board and card 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. Each week will feature different events like a Hanukkah Happy Hour Charity, Dreidel spinning tournament and more.

aliveOne

aliveOne will be closed on Christmas Eve and will open late at 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Christmas Day for a holiday nightcap and FREE pool all evening. aliveOne will also serve up a Christmas edition of their $4 bartender's choice special. 

Cody's Public House

Always dog-friendly inside and out, Cody’s Public House in West Lakeview will be open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Christmas Day. Football fans can catch all the NFL night game action with sound on eight 65-inch TVs around the bar for a total of 10 throughout the space. Weather permitting, guests are invited to “Bring Your Own Meat” (BYOM) and use the grill in Cody’s beer garden to grill up all their dinner favorites. Cody’s beer garden also features TVs, darts and bean bags.

Easy Bar

Easy Bar will offer Christmas night specials beginning at 8 p.m along with specials like $3 Miller High Life, $6 Green Chartreuse shots, and $9 beer and shot combos. 

Oda Mediterranean Cuisine

Oda Mediterranean Cuisine in Andersonville will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Guests may select from Oda’s full menu of Turkish-Georgian fare created by owner and chef Marina Cardak as well as handcrafted and seasonal cocktails. Oda will offer The Crimson Petal which is their spin on a holiday tequila punch. The cocktail features tequila, Chambord, homemade blackberry syrup, rosemary, orange bitters, lemon juice and sparkling water.

Guests will also choose mezes like Spicy Hummus with ezme, Babaganoush and a cucumber yogurt Cacik Dip, and retro classics like Beef Stroganoff and Shkmeruli (cornish hen). Guests can expect seasonal specials as well like the Mantar Güveç, a cheesy mushroom casserole which is a traditional Turkish dish prepared in an earthen clay pot called Güveç. 

Sweet Mandy B's

For Chicagoans hosting holiday events this December, Sweet Mandy B’s in Lincoln Park and Streeterville will open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve to offer festive holiday treats, available for pre-order at both locations. Holiday menu items will include festive Santa and Snowman cakes, 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.

The Rambler Kitchen + Tap

The Rambler Kitchen + Tap in North Center will be open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Christmas Day. The Rambler will broadcast all the evening Christmas Day NFL game action in the weatherproofed outdoor beer garden that accommodates up to 68 guests and is outfitted with a full bar, six TVs and a sound system. Guests can expect festive holiday decor and The Rambler’s menu of pub fare will be available as well as themed holiday food and drink specials.

Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar

Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar in Andersonville will host a holiday “Makers Market” with goods from local purveyors that will open on Friday, November 25 at 12 p.m. Held in their new Fromagerie and Tasting Room, the market will open daily and run through Friday, December 30.

The market will offer a wide selection of retail items from local vendors like Upcycled Books, Bridges Burnt, Black Dog Ceramics, Smushface Goods, Dimas Photography, Twidley Bits, Tasting India, Andersonville Fine Foods, Katherine Anne Confections and more. Uvae’s wine selection will also be available at retail pricing along with infused liquors, cheeses and house made accoutrements. 
 
Guests can also shop premade gift baskets or opt to “build your own'' gift basket with products from other Andersonville small businesses and artists. Gift baskets start at $40 each. Uvae will also feature wine and cheese-themed gifts like glassware, decanters, fondue pots, bar accessories, charcuterie boards and more.

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Sunda New Asian

Sunda New Asian is offering their take on festive holiday eats for a Christmas Dinner At-Home. Serving 4 guests, the Christmas menu features dishes like Roasted Turkey, Confit Turkey Legs, Shishito Mashed Potatoes, Street Corn Stuffing, Biscuits, Gravy and more. Reheating instructions are included with each package. Please note, Sunda New Asian will be closed on Christmas Day. Pick-up is available December 23 & December 24 between Noon-3pm. 

$180 / Serves 4 guests 

  • Shishito Mashed Potatoes 

  • Buttered Rolls 

  • Pork Belly Adobo 

  • Turkey breast and confit legs with gravy

  • Street Corn Stuffing 

  • Roasted Vegetables 

  • Cranberry Sauce 

  • Sweet Apple Pie 

Confit Turkey Leg
Photo courtesy of Sunda New Asian

Tack Room

Tack Room, the piano bar in the historic Thalia Hall building in Pilsen, is about to be decorated to the nines for the holidays with a seasonal menu and cocktails. Starting November 25th, the bar will be open as the Reindeer Room, Thursdays-Saturdays from 7 pm-1 am. running through New Years. 

Revival Food Hall

Revival Food Hall will offer weekdays this December (1st-16th) their all-local Holiday Market featuring handmade goods from various Chicago creators like Witchcraft Candle Co, Emris Ceramics, NAF Pottery, Bellina Caetano, Primaries Vintage, and Open Books. Each day a different vendor will pop up in their Curbside Record Space from 3-7pm. 

Good Ambler

Chef Kevin McCormick offers chocolates, entremets, pastries, quiche, and cakes.  There are tons of sizes/sets for the holidays. These and other holiday pastry items can be preordered on Tock.

Guests can also book a Group Chocolate Tour/Tasting by emailing hello@goodambler.com.

Familiar Bakery

Chef Ashley Robinson has a selection of fresh Sufganiyot (jelly donuts filled with housemade jams) available at two Chicago food hall locations From Here On and Revival Food Hall for pick-up from 12/19-22. Each box includes 3 raspberry lemon, 3 blueberry chamomile, and 3 spiced apple butter for $40

Formento's

  • As a special promotion, Formento’s is offering larger quantities of gift cards to be purchased. A minimum of $5,000 of cards must be purchased, available in both $50 and $100 denominations. Quantities offered:
    • $5,000 in gift cards | 15% discount
    • $10,000 in gift cards | 20% discount
    • $15,000 in gift cards | 25% discount 
    • $20,000 in gift cards | 30% discount

Formento’s is offering a $25 bonus gift card for every $100 spent beginning the day after Thanksgiving 11/25 and ending 12/30.

In addition, if you book an event (targeting social events, but including corporate) now for Q1 you will receive a 30 minute beer and wine reception.  

  • Private pasta making class at Formento's: with executive chef Don Walker. Guests can sign up for this special evening as an interactive twist on a holiday party. For a group of 10 to 15 people for a private pasta class led by Chef Don Walker, it would be $2500. The event would be hosted in Nonna's or one of three private dining spaces. During your class Chef will lead you through the cooking process of Gnocchi while offering a selection of passed appetizers and beverages. 
  • Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Formento's Feast of the Seven Fishes...at home! Orders must be placed by Sunday, December 20th. Available for pick up only on Saturday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at Nonna's. Packages are $275 and Serves Four.
    • Caesar Salad: gem lettuce, caesar dressing, focaccia crouton
    • Grilled Octopus: herb salad, gigante beans with sausage
    • Oyster Rockefeller: pancetta, spinach, sambuca
    • Whole Stuffed Branzino: citrus, herbs, garlic butter
    • Roasted Tenderloin: peppercorn demi
    • Shrimp Scampi: toast, herb
    • Braised Greens w/ smoked clam: collards, pickled onion
    • Orecchiette with Vodka Del Mar: smoked fish, broccolini
    • Parker House Rolls
    • Confit Fingerling Potato: maldon
    • Italian Christmas Cookie Spread: lemon ricotta, amoretti
    • French Toast Casserole for AM

Funkenhausen

Hand-Selected Wine Trio: The team at Funkenhausen will select three bottles of wine for holiday hosting options.These wines will all be hand selected by Chef Mark. Other gifts include a tote, beer boot, t-shirt, and gift card.

Their curated wine list focuses on high-acid, food-friendly Old World varietals. Funkenhausen’s wine program explores the world’s German-speaking regions including: Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Alsace as well as parts of Northern Italy, Hungary and the Czech Republic. 

Yardbird

This holiday season, Yardbird is offering a la carte specials along with regular menu favorites. There will also be Nine Days of Brunch with Brunch service offered at all locations from 12/24-1/1. Make your reservation on OpenTable.

Yardbird dine in options will be available on Christmas Day during normal operation hours. The menu includes a la carte options along with Yardbird's classic menu. 

  • Starters: 
    • Charleston She Crab Soup topped with pimento cheese straws. 
    • Charcuterie Board: Col. Newsom Country Ham Prosciutto, Ham Hock Terrine, Black Truffle Duck Rillette, Truffle Burrata Pickles & Mustard
  • Mains: 
    • Yardbird Surf & Turf: 14 Oz Char Broiled Ribeye, Half Main Lobster, Drawn Butter,
    • Truffle Parmesan Fries
  • Sides: 
    • Lobster Mac & Cheese made with a whole lobster and five artisanal cheeses.
    • Honey Glazed Carrots with spiced cashews 
  • Dessert: 
    • Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding: Vanilla Ice Cream, Cinnamon Dust, Salted Pumpkin Streusel

The Bristol

The Bristol is making spirits bright this holiday season with Bristol's Christmas Dinner at home prix fixe menu by Chef Larry Feldmeier! Orders must be placed by Sunday, December 18th and will be available for pick up only on Saturday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at The Bristol. Packages are $255 and Serves Four.

  • Gem Lettuce Salad, Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • Milk Bread w/ Butter
  • Gruyère fondue w crudités 
  • Porchetta
  • Red Wine Braised Short Rib
  • Roast Brussel & Cauliflower
  • Potato Gratin
  • Basque Cheesecake
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Photo courtesy of Tack Room

City Cruises Chicago 

City Cruises Chicago is offering festive holiday season cruising along the water with several themed cruises. City Cruises Chicago presents the Christmas Eve Premier Dinner Cruise & more. 

  • Signature Santa Lunch Cruise (12/4): a cruise with Santa Claus. This event features a 2-course holiday lunch, a special visit from Santa, festive cocktails, and holiday fun for the whole family. Guests will Board at 11:30 AM and Cruise from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.

  • Christmas Eve Premier Plus Brunch Cruise (12/24): the most premium experience offered by City Cruises Chicago, sailing on their glass enclosed Odyssey vessel. The event includes a holiday 3-course brunch, views from the Chicago River, holiday joy and more. Brunchers will Board at 12:00PM and Cruise from 12:30PM to 2:30PM.

  • Christmas Eve Premier Dinner Cruise (12/24): This event features a 3-course holiday meal, DJ entertainment, festive cocktails, and holiday fun for the family with a panoramic view from Lake Michigan. Diners will Board at 6:00PM and Cruise from 7:00PM to 10:00PM.

Offshore Rooftop

Offshore Rooftop will be hosting a Holiday Santa Brunch on Sun., Dec. 4th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Tickets are $65 for adults and $29 for kids. Adult tickets include 1 brunch entree, a choice of a Bloody Mary or mimosa, a bottomless juice bar, a framed photo with Santa and views. It’s an event for all ages. 

Replay Lincoln Park

Replay Lincoln Park, 2833 N. Sheffield Ave., has brought back A Very Harry Christmas pop up, running now through January 1, 2023. All Witches, Wizards, and Muggles of Chicago are invited to step back into the Hogwarts winter wonderland which features all new photo worthy moments throughout the space, along with weekly Harry Potter themed trivia, an extensive cocktail menu, an exclusive one night only magical speakeasy featuring a burlesque show, a House Cup competition, plus an Art Fair and much more. All of the games are free, with no reservations, tickets, or tokens required.

This limited time pop-up, which Replay first unveiled back in 2019 features homages to iconic moments from the series such as the Chamber of Secrets, The Whomping Willow, Umbridge’s Cat Office and Molly Weasley’s, along with some new Easter eggs only Harry Potter mega fans will spot throughout. The themed pop-up also features a cosplay costume pageant for fanatics to dress as their favorite wizard, plus magic shows throughout the month, a House Cup Challenge on Saturday, December 10, a Holiday Beer Tasting at Hogsmeade on Thursday, December 22 and an exclusive one night only magical speakeasy featuring a burlesque show, DISROBED, starring Crescent Moon Needlesque on Thursday, December 29 beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $30 and include two drinks and admission to the show.

An all new extensive specialty cocktail menu is also available for the duration of the pop-up, featuring new concoctions such as the Elder Wand, Sorting Hat, Rubeus Hagrid, Dobby is Free and Voldemalort, with the fan favorite Butterbeer back on the menu. A new selection of Christmas Ales and Stouts are also available for the beer lovers, along with Golden Snitch and Phoenix Tears shots.

The A Very Harry Christmas inspired pop-up is 21+ and is reservation free. Please note, this is not an official event sanctioned by Warner Bros.

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Photo courtesy of Offshore Rooftop

River Shannon

It’s time for Pawlidays at River Shannon. Established in 1946 and located at the heart of Lincoln Park, dog-friendly neighborhood spot River Shannon is celebrating the season with holiday decor, festive drinks, holiday beers on tap, and holiday-themed treats for all furry visitors. Featuring a complimentary pop-up Pawliday photo opp, guests are invited to stop in and take a photo with their furry companions against the holiday-themed backdrop. River Shannon is also selling ugly holiday sweaters for both humans and dogs, available for purchase at the bar.

The Redhead Piano Bar

Tucked away on Ontario Street, The Redhead Piano Bar invites guests to sing along to all the holiday classics 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 seasonal takes on classic cocktails including a Cranberry Mule, Christmas Margarita, Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail, and more. 

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 the Skrew-Dolph, Mule-Tide Greetings, Mai Tai-Dings, Ebenezer’s Old Fashioned, 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. Nick Cider, and more. 

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Photo courtesy of The Redhead Piano Bar

Gaijin

Gaijin will have the following holiday specials from December 19th to 31st. Gaijin will be open on New Year's Eve. 

  • Wagyu Short Ribs ($25): domestic wagyu short ribs / smoked shoyu / scallions / furikake rice
  • Scallop Osaka Okonomiyaki ($35): seared diver sea scallops / lemon / garlic/ bonito / aonori
  • Crab Negiyaki ($25): maribelle crab / egg / ponzu /bonito
  • Leona sparkling sake & champagne by the glass

Pilot Project Brewing

Join Pilot Project to celebrate the holidays and to officially welcome winter with the launch of ROVM’s new flavor, Blackberry Lime. They will be coming together to get their hands dirty to create gingerbread houses and holiday cookies and sharing in some all-natural ROVM Hard Kombucha. Register here for $25 dollars. ROVM will supply all the required goods for you to build your own gingerbread house and each attendee will receive a flight of ROVM (or a 16oz hard kombucha flavor) of their choice. Two winners will score a $50 Pilot Project gift card, ROVM’s latest winter merch, and a 4 pack of ROVM. You must snap and share a photo of your creation on Instagram, tag and follow ROVM, and they will announce the winners live during the event! 

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The Treat Your Elf Cocktail (Dark Rum & Cognac solidified with Chocolate and Hazelnut.  Whipped Cream with sprinkled Ferrero Rocher Chocolate on top. Spiced-Cinnamon graham cracker crust all served on a marshmallow bed) is available December 1- 25. 

Happy Holidays Happy Hour Specials will be available (Monday-Saturday from 5pm-7pm) now through December 25th and include:

  • $5 What A Wonderful Time of Beer (Spiteful Gridiron)

  • $6 Shot of the Day: Shot-o-claus is coming to town OR 12 days of Christmas themed shot of the day unless you've been naughty (charcoal tequila) *See below for themed shots that change every two days

  • $7  All I wine for Christmas is more wine (in Mariah Carey voice though). Red/White/ Sparkling/ Rose options

  • $8 To the Pole and Back (Basil infused vodka-pisco- lime- ginger beer)

  • $9 Resting Grinch Face (Tequila- Watermelon- Blood Orange- Grapefruit Soda)

  • $10 Oh Deer Fashioned

  • Meet Me under the mistletoe...for happy house bites: Chef selection (changes daily) OR 12$ KFC or Hot and Spicy Chicken tendies

12 Days of Christmas Themed Shots

  • 12 Drummers Drumming: Best Drum solo is In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins change my mind - Phil Collins cocktail - Vodka, cucumber, green chartreuse

  • 11 Pipers Piping: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers - pickled peppers, tequila, lime, triple, sugar

  • 10 Lords a Leaping: Lord Voldemort shot - whiskey, bitters, sugar, charcoal, smoked

  • 9 Ladies Dancing: White Lady cocktail shot - gin, pierre ferrand, dry orange, lemon

  • 8 Maids a Milking: Clarified milk punch cocktail - rum, lemon, milk, ube, coconut

  • 7 Swans a Swimming: Did you know Queen Elizabeth owned all the swans in England - England Classic cocktail - gin, campari, sweet vermouth

  • 6 Geese a Laying: Grey Goose, espresso mix, oat milk

  • 5 Golden Rings: Golden Milk Shots - Bourbon, turmeric, clove, cinnamon, coconut milk, oat milk

  • 4 Calling Birds: Jungle Bird Cocktail shots - rum, campari, pineapple, lime, demerara

  • 3 French Hens: French Martini shots - Pineapple, chambord, vanilla vodka

  • 2 Turtle Doves: Baileys, turtle chocolate, pecan

  • 1 Partridge in a Pear Tree: Absolut Pear, elderflower, lime, ginger, honey shot

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Foxtrot Chicago 

Gift Boxes (Alcohol-Free)

  • Snow Day Kit:  Features Foxtrot's homemade Peppermint Brownie, Foxtrot x Mindy's Candy Cane Hot Chocolate mix, a custom Foxtrot Jumbo Mug, and custom Cozy Holiday Socks. 

  • Hot Cocoa Date: This gift box includes two of their Hot Cocoa On A Stick flavors (Salted Caramel & White Chocolate Peppermint), a Peppermint Twist Crispy Cake, and a Foxtrot Diner Mug & Serving Tray. 

Wine & Spirits Gifts

  • Season's Greetings: Foxtrot's take on the staple holiday gift box includes the evocative scent of Fraser Fir from Brooklyn Candle Studio, homemade Old Fashioned Flavored Dark Chocolate Caramels for the dessert tray, and a dry dark-red fruited sparkling Syrah that complements the season. 

  • Kid Sister Trio: A trio featuring three of Foxtrot's original Kid Sister launches: the bubbly, crispy, bone dry Rosé; the matured, dark-fruity, and rebellious Cabernet; and the effervescent, medium-bodied, acidic Sauvignon Blanc. 

Giftable Sweets

  • Pound O' Minty Mix Chocolate: Chocolate & mint come together in one whole pound of Foxtrot's chocolate assortment, the Minty Mix. Contains mini yogurt pretzels, peppermint malt balls, dark chocolate caramel pretzels, red chocolate dots, and peppermint bark. 

  • Pound O' White Elephant Gummies: Foxtrot's newest gummy mix for 2022 comes in a pound, curated for the holidays. The White Elephant Mix includes mixed skulls, dummies, and non sour strawberries. 

Cozy Cafe (In-store)

  • Peppermint White Mocha: A brisk mixture of chocolate sauce, peppermint simple, whipped cream, and peppermint crumbles

  • Gingerbread Latte: Combines ginger syrup and cookie butter to create fresh-baked gingerbread in a mug.

  • Hot Tea by the Fire: Tea drinkers get all the vibrancy, tartness, and sweet organic kodama sencha tea of Foxtrot's Blackcurrant Sencha.

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Esquire by Cooper’s Hawk

Esquire (58 E Oak Street), a wine-centric concept featuring rotating menus from visiting chefs, will be offering their regular menu alongside pop-up menu items from Miller & Lux, a California steakhouse concept from celebrity Chef Tyler Florence during the holidays. 

Esquire's wine list includes over 1,600 bottles of rare and vaunted wines from around the world – with a wide selection of Champagnes, Champagne Style and other Sparklings. Holiday guests can also be among the first to experience Tyler’s newest wines, made in collaboration with Jean-Charles Boisset (Boisset Collection).

Select items from the menu include:

  • Caviar Donuts with Crème Fraiche Custard, Kaluga Caviar
  • Steak Tartare
  • Louisiana Shrimp Cocktail
  • A 46 oz. Tomahawk Ribeye and other dry aged prime steaks accompanied by a selection of gourmet steak sauces made from scratch – Green Peppercorn Bordelaise, Whipped Horseradish and Fresh Tarragon Bearnaise
  • The M&L 10 oz. Burger and more.

Diners can also order items from Esquire’s standing menu.

Esquire will be open on Christmas Eve 11AM until 10PM.

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Photo courtesy of ​Esquire by Cooper’s Hawk

Third Coast Hospitality - Moe's Catina and Old Crow Smokehouse

Third Coast Hospitality is decking the halls of both Moe’s Cantina locations and Old Crow Smokehouse, as the bar-restaurants will play host to holiday-themed pop-up events throughout the season. Kicking off Friday, November 25 and running through December 30, the three experiences — Santa’s Workshop, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Here Comes Santa Claus — will feature festive specialty cocktails, seasonal food items, jolly décor and special appearances from holiday icons.

  • NEW FOR 2022! Moe’s Cantina River North

Santa Claus ditches the North Pole for River North, as Moe’s takes on a Here Comes Santa Claus theme. Featured menu items include birria tacos, mole enchiladas and buñelos — a crispy fried dessert coated with cinnamon sugar — along with a specialty cocktail menu complete with six different craft drinks, all built around the Santa theme  including: “Santa’s night cap” (hot chocolate based) “Rudolph's night off” (whiskey and cranberry cocktail) “On holiday” (pineapple, vanilla vodka and oat-based creamy liquor).

Guests can snap pics in a giant Santa Claus chair that fits up to five people, and the River North venue features a custom Christmas video mapping feature on the building’s exterior.

As an added holiday gift, guests at Moe’s River North can receive special parking rates at the garage across the street from the venue. Rates are as follows: $16 for up to four hours, $20 for four to 10 hours and $50 over 10 hours. Discounted parking rates can be found on the Moe’s Cantina website. 

  • Moe’s Cantina Wrigleyville 

The Grinch takes center stage at Moe’s Wrigleyville as the venue gets a dose of Whoville with a How the Grinch Stole Christmas theme. The Grinch welcomes guests in, while inside, bright Christmas balls, bold holiday patterns, Christmas trees and colorful lights pair with menu items like birria tacos as well as buñelos — a crispy fried dessert coated with cinnamon sugar. The pop-up also features a roster of six different fun, festive specialty drinks including Christmas Tree Patron Towers

Special guests and photo ops include several different Grinches — including a live one — and a few familiar faces from Whoville.

  • Old Crow Smokehouse

Santa Claus is coming to town, as the Wrigleyville barbecue spot morphs into Santa’s Workshop for the season. Giant Christmas balls, white lights and Christmas trees set the holiday scene, while the menu features comfort food options like Old Crow Pot Pie, Short Rib Sandwich, Christmas Ham Sandwich and Sugar Cookies. Specialty cocktail options include the bright and icy Jack Frost, with Patron Blanco, Blue Curacao, lime and agave; the nostalgic Dirty Chocolate Milk, with eggnog, Amaretto and Crème de Cacao in a Mason jar; the Old Crow version of Harry Potter’s Butterbeer, with vanilla vodka, caramel syrup and cream soda; and the Polar Espresso, with whiskey and cold brew coffee in a martini glass.

Photo ops include Santa Claus and his sleigh and reindeer, Ralphie from “A Christmas Story,” Buddy the Elf and the Old Crow giant Christmas horse. 

Old Crow Smokehouse, Moe’s Cantina Wrigleyville and Moe’s Cantina River North will be open during the holiday season Wednesday- Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. As Christmas gets closer, the venues will open their doors Monday and Tuesday as well. All three pop-up events welcome children until 9 p.m., and seating is first-come, first-served — though tickets for an express entry are available via the venue’s websites. The venues reserve the right to limit table times if it’s busy.

All popups are free entrance, but express entry tickets can be purchased online that include a holiday welcome shot.

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 18th 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, and plaid.

Holiday cocktail options include LumberJack Juice with Bulleit bourbon, fireball, cranberry, and lemon; Campfire Cidera hot cocktail featuring George Dickel bourbon, cider, allspice, lemon, and honey; Chocolate Cherry New Fashioned with Bulleit rye, chocolate liquor, cherry liquor, and chocolate bitters; Nutty and Nice with Bailey’s s’mores liqueur, amaretto, Frangelico, and Mr. Black coffee liqueur; Eggnog Freezea frozen cocktail with Captain Morgan, eggnog, and cream; Lost in the Woods with union mezcal, grapefruit, lime, and blood orange soda; and Ginger Pomegranate Margarita with Don Juilio Blanco, pomegranate, ginger, and lemon. All Lodge Libations (holiday cocktails) are $13. An $8 Shotski is also available using Bailey’s Eggnog, Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Fireball, Bourbon Cream, or Rumble Minze.

Along with Smoke Daddy’s regular menu, LumberJack Lodge will also feature a special menu featuring Tableside S'more Platters, Fried Chicken and Waffles, and Lumberjack Breakfast Chili. 

The pop-up will host a range of free and ticketed events with special themes and activities throughout the season kicking off with a Wood Carving patio event on opening day. Grab a group of friends for trivia on Thursdays in December, build gingerbread houses while imbibing cocktails, and brunch with Santa and Buddy the Elf. 

Featured Events Include:

Buddy the Elf Brunch – Sunday, December 11th from 11am – 2pm

  • Buddy the Elf is hosting a family-style brunch, including Buddy’s favorite – spaghetti with syrup and candy. Tickets are $25 for kids (2-14) and $35 for adults. Kids under 2 are free. 

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Contest – Friday, December 9th – Sunday, December 11th

  • No reservations are needed for this #smokingsweater weekend. Come dressed in your ugliest Christmas sweater for a chance to win prizes. Post on social and get a half-priced holiday cocktail.

White Elephant Exchange – Wednesday, December 14th & 21st @ 6pm

  • Tickets are $35/person and include a wrapped white elephant gift and your first holiday cocktail. 

Ice Carving on the Patio – Friday, December 16th @ 6pm & 8pm

  • Watch ice carvings in action on the terrace. Photo ops and drink specials will be available.

Santa Brunch – Saturday, December 17th from 11am – 2pm

  • Santa Brunch will feature a family-style brunch with a holiday sweets table. Tickets are $25 for kids (2-14) and $35 for adults. Kids 2 and under are free. 

Boozy Gingerbread House Building – Monday, December 19th from 5pm – 9pm

  • Tickets are $35 per person and include a gingerbread house and a holiday-themed cocktail. Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated.

Smoke Cocktail Class – Wednesday, December 28th @ 6pm

  • A cocktail class with Old Forester Bourbon and Smoke Daddy's limited release Smoke BBQ Barrel Select Bourbon. Tickets are $55 and include a tasting of (3) whiskeys and (2) smoked cocktails. Add a bottle of Smoke Daddy Barrel Select for $60. 

Thursday Night Trivia! – December Thursdays @ 6pm

  • 12/1: Home Alone Theme
  • 12/8: Elf Theme
  • 12/15: The Office Theme
  • 12/22: TBD

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. Reservations are required for all scheduled events and available via Tock.

George Trois

For Christmas Eve, the 12-seat dining room of George Trois will offer a festive 8-course tasting menu from Chef Lachowicz and team with highlights including: 

  • Golden Kaluga Caviar with butternut squash royale
  • Pithivier of Pheasant with madeira sauce
  • Orange Dusted Lobster with sweet curry glaçage
  • and Roast Squab with beignet of local corn, celeriac-fennel soubise, and perigord truffle. 

The Christmas Eve dinner costs $225 per person with seatings at 5:30pm and 6:00pm. George Trois reservations can be made on Tock. 

Aboyer

Aboyer will be serving Christmas Eve dinner and will offer a three-course menu with highlights including: 

  • Lobster Raviolo with broken citrus vinaigrette and sautéed prawns
  • Mushroom Stuffed Breast of Hen with duck fat potatoes and morel mushroom sauce
  • Lobster and Crab Filled Dover Sole Roulade with saffron potatoes and lobster fondue
  • and Grand Marnier Crème Brulée, with ginger snaps. 

The Christmas Eve dinner will be available from 4:00pm to 8:00pm for $105/person (tax + gratuity not included). Aboyer reservations can be made on Tock. 

Pennyville Station

Pennyville Station, Park Ridge’s farm-to-table New American, will be hosting Dinner with Santa on Wednesday, December 14th. 

Dinner will be served family style and will include Mini Cheeseburgers, Grilled Cheese, Mac & Cheese, Sausage & Peppers, Rigatoni with Vodka Sauce, Pot Stickers, French Fries, Chicken Lemon, Broccoli, and a Hot Chocolate Bar. 

Dinner With Santa takes place on Wednesday, December 14th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm and costs $29.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 6 to 12 years old, and $8.95 for children 2 to 5 years old.

Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 847-720-4841.

The Hampton Social

All season long, The Hampton Social Streeterville location will host a holiday pop-up experience. Starting December 1, the rooftop will feature two handcrafted holiday cocktails alongside a new dinner menu, all wrapped up in festive décor with a seaside spin. The pop-up is available for reservations Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday all day long.

Time Out Market Chicago 

Time Out Market Chicago transforms into a Winter Wonderland this holiday season with events and festive activities under one roof. From now through January 5th, Time Out Market Chicago has themed cocktails and menu specials, live music, a “Kicks & Confetti” themed party to ring in the New Year, and more.

Holiday Specials from Each Concession | December 5th through January 5th

Starting December 5th and running through the New Year, each of the concessions at Time Out Market Chicago will feature a festive dish created specifically for the season - in addition to the existing menus:

  • Arami - Tako Yaki 
  • Avli - Pumpkin Soup 
  • Bar Goa - Makhani Loaded Fries 
  • Bittersweet Pastry Shop - White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha 
  • Bill Kim Ramen Bar - Pork & Shrimp Ramen 
  • Evette’s - Fried Shrimp with Smoked Harissa Mayo 
  • Gemma Foods - Short Rib Lasagna with Basil-Ricotta Bechamel and Bordelaise 
  • JoJo’s ShakeBAR - Winter Wonderland Shake & Peppermint Party Hot Chocolate 
  • Lil Amaru - Asada Quesadilla 
  • Lono Poke - Big Kahuna Dog 
  • Luella’s Southern Kitchen - Mississippi Pot Roast, Buttermilk Biscuit, Provolone Cheese Pepperoncini 
  • Polombia - Bandeja Paisa 
  • Soul & Smoke - Smoked Turkey Tips 
  • Urban Belly - Phat Curry Udon 

Festive Cocktails | Available Now at the Time Out Bar & Tony’s Rooftop

Visitors to the Market can toast to the holidays with an array of specialty cocktails. Available all winter long, these sips will complement the specialty items by the Market’s chefs. 

  • Time Travelin’ - Ilegal Mezcal Reposado, Maplewood Coffee Liqueur, Chocolate, Bitter Orange 
  • Stag Party by Daniel - Old Forester Bourbon, CH Amargo de Chile Liquer, Chai Tea, Chai Bitters 
  • Championship Vinyl by Ryan - Koval Cranberry Gin, Suze, Peach Liqueur, Rosé, Scotch, Agave 
  • Protector of Man by Jelena Prodan of S.K.Y. - Tromba Reposado, Piloncillo Syrup, Angostura, Cocoa Bitters 
  • Jack Rose by Brian Sturgulewski of Bordel - Calvados, Pomegranate Soda, Sour Patch 
  • Dreamgirl - Catan Pisco, Appel’s Spiced Pear, La Fuerza Blanco Vermouth, RH La Normande, Lemon, Foam
  • Concrete Rose by Emily - Flor de Cana 4 yr Rum, Appel’s Spiced Hibiscus, Lemon, Rose Hip Bitters, Prosecco
  • E.Z.P. Z. by Christina Chae of Moonflower - George Dickel Rye, Apologue Aronia Berry Liqueur, Cream Sherry, Yuja Syrup, Lemon, Saline 
  • Smile My Boy, It’s Sunrise by Donny - TRÄ.KAL Patagonian Spirit, RH Oaked Apple Brandy, Apple Cider, Lemon
  • Place Called Kokomo - Paul John ‘Nirvana’ Whisky, RH La Normandy, Appel’s Coconut Curry Shrub, Lemon, Curry Bitters 

Holiday Music | December 4th, 5th, 12th, & 17th

  • Verzatile Band - December 4th at 2 p.m.: Founded in 2003, Verzatile Band is a group of Chicago-based musicians. From R&B and Hip Hop to Classic Rock and Top 10 pop, their style is “Verzatile”. The group will be getting into the spirit with a set of modern holiday music.
  • The John Fournier Quartet - December 5th and 12th at 5 p.m.: Guests can grab a bite and sip on a cocktail with an evening of Holiday Jazz with The John Fournier Quartet. 
  • December 17th at 1 p.m.: Marlow is a collective of featured musicians from their full band, The 479, and led by Anna Marlow. From R&B to country to rock, Marlow seamlessly fuses genres and fan favorite songs. 

Character Storytimes | December 3rd, 10th and 17th at 11 a.m. 

Families looking to keep the kids entertained can head to the Market for a magical storytime from the animated film Frozen. The characters will read stories for 30 minutes and then stick around to meet children and take photos. 

Zanies Comedy Night | Wednesday, December 21st 

This winter, Tony’s Rooftop Bar (located on the Market’s 3rd floor) will transform into a pop-up comedy club as Zanies brings some comics to the Market for an evening of comedy. On Wednesday, December 21, comedian Luca Ferro emcees with stand-up sets from Joe Eames, Sohrab Forouzesh and headliner Kristen Toomey. More information and tickets are available on Eventbrite

Kinzie Chophouse

On Christmas Eve, Kinzie Chophouse will be offering a special menu for $150 per person with an optional Sommelier wine pairing add-on for $55/person. Reservations can be made online.

WELCOME BITES

  • Beetroot ravioli stuffed with Smoked eel and truffled ricotta
  • Foie gras mini tart with pickled mango

FIRST COURSE

  • Cured salmon with Yuzu Pearls and Gin and Tonic Shavings

SECOND COURSE

  • Chicory tart with walnut and pear salad, bleu cheese croquettes, and Jamon Serrano

MAIN COURSE (Choose one)

  • Sautéed Grouper Fillet lemon egg Cream with caviar and salmon roe
  • Duck Breast Tagliata  parsnip purée, fresh blueberries and raspberries, served with Christmas stuffing cannelloni
  • Dry Aged Prime Rib with red wine & bone marrow sauce
  • Lions' Mane Mushroom Filet (Vegan) served with chimichurri sauce

MAIN COURSE UPGRADES (for an additional price)

  • Beef Tenderloin (+$40) Prepared a la Rossini with escalope Foie Gras
  • 1 oz. Olive Fed Wagyu (+ $10)

SIDE DISH

  • vegetables dauphinoise with Le Gruyère AOP and ham 

DESSERT

  • Mont Blanc Classic tender meringue, Chestnut Crémeux and warm chocolate sauce

ADDITIONAL MENU ITEMS A La Carte

  • FRUIT DE MER PLATTER — $100 lobster claws, oysters, salmon sashimi, tuna tartar and steamed shrimp served with mignonette, lemon herbed olive oil, soy sauce and horse radish
  • Golden Osetra Caviar 1 oz. — $180
  • Golden Kaluga Caviar 1 oz. — $90
  • Whole Lobster and Asparagus — $96 Cooked in truffle butter and Hollandaise sauce

Prime & Provisions

Prime & Provisions will be offering a special prix fixe dinner menu on Christmas Eve this year. The menu will feature highlights including Lump Blue Crab CakeRed Wine Braised Beef CheekFarro Island Salmon, and Tres Leche Cake. The dinner menu costs $125/person with sommelier wine pairings available for an extra $65/person. Upgrades are also available. 

Prime & Provisions Christmas Eve dinner reservations can be made here.

Radio Room

  • Radio Room is hosting an ugly sweater party on Friday, December 9th at 8pm. Grab your crew and check out the newly transformed Christmas pop-up and be dressed to UNimpress while sipping on holiday cocktails. The festive event will include an ugly sweater contest, a live DJ, musical performances, holiday decor and merch, and more! Tickets to the event are $10 and can be purchased here.
  • On Christmas Eve, join Radio Room for brunch to cheer on the Chicago Bears as they take on the Buffalo Bills. Their Christmas Eve game day brunch package includes: Platters of Chicken Sliders & Smash Burger Sliders and Fries for the TableRadio Room Wings (boneless or bone-in), Beer Buckets (Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Budweiser, or Nutrl), 1 Round of House Shots, and Radio Room Koozies.
    • Christmas Eve Game Day reservations begin at 11:30am within their decorated holiday pop-up bar.
    • Tickets to their Christmas Eve brunch can be purchased here.

Siena Tavern

Siena Tavern is celebrating Christmas Eve this year with a three course plus dessert prix fixe menu. The special dinner menu will feature Wagyu Beef Meatballs with roasted tomato sauce, bellwether ricotta; Gnocchi with truffle cream, fried sage, crispy pancetta; Brick Chicken Diavolo with sticky parmesan potatoes, arugula, cherry tomato, grilled lemon; Braised Short Rib with truffle winter root vegetables, fennel gremolata; Chocolate Gianduja Bar made with brownie, hazelnut ganache, milk chocolate mousse, hazelnut praline; and more. 

Siena Tavern's Christmas Eve Prix Fixe dinner menu costs $95/person with upgrades available. Reservations can be made here.

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Gioia

Chef Comacchio’s upbringing in Lodi, Italy, along with his passion for serving fresh ingredients, inspired him to create an Italian fish dinner honoring of the Feast of 7 Fishes – largely an Italian-American holiday, derived from immigrants of Southern Italy and the Italian religious tradition of abstaining from meat on Christmas Eve. Guests can experience by ordering any of the specially prepared seafood dishes like Octopus Carpaccio, Tagliatelle with green and white asparagus and lobster sauce, or squid ink Risotto with Sepia and n'duja.

In addition to the seven seafood specials, guests can also choose items off the regular dinner menu. Winter-inspired cocktails and wine pairings will also be available. Gioia will open at 4:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, and reservations can be made through Open Table. 

  • Insalata di Mare $27 - Marinated Seafood & Artichokes Salad, spicy Fregola Chips, Lemon oregano oil
  • Carpaccio di Polipo $25 - Octopus Carpaccio, Puntarelle Salad, Taggiasca olives, Bottarga and Bagna Cauda dressing
  • Zuppa di Ceci e Baccalà $20 - Black Chickpeas Soup, Baccala Cappelletti, crispy artichokes, marjoram infuse oil
  • Tagliatelle all’Aragosta $47 - Tagliatelle, green and white asparagus, Lobster sauce
  • Risotto $38 - Squid Ink, grilled baby sepia, N’duja 
  • Tonno $65 - Seared Ahi Tuna & Duck Foie Gras, marble potatoes, Cipollini, Endives, chestnuts and Pinot Nero reduction
  • Sogliola $75 - Atlantic Dover Sole Turban, spiced lentil sauce, Puntarelle salad, toasted Guanciale

LG’s Bar & Kitchen

Starting Wednesday, November 23rd, diners can stop by LG’s Bar and Kitchen for the first Icy Christmas. This sparkling giveaway will feature jewelry prizes ranging from a pair of Kate Spade pearl earrings, a Kendra Scott layered necklace to a classic Tiffany & Co. diamond necklace. With every purchase of a holiday-inspired drink or karaoke session, bar goers will receive up to four raffle tickets each Wednesday night to have the chance to win the prize of the day and be included in the final drawing on December 21st. 

Another way diners can enter this raffle is by purchasing one of the following two drinks to receive four raffle tickets. The LG's team has created two special cocktails, available through December, the Holly-Day and Tiffany Blue. The Holly-Day is served with gin, blue curacao, lemon juice, agave, and topped with prosecco. Diners who sip on the Tiffany Blue can enjoy blue curacao, vanilla vodka, grand Marnier, Baileys salted caramel, and Godiva white chocolate liqueur shaken into a coupe glass.

Soul & Smoke

This Hanukkah season, Soul & Smoke is offering a customizable meal for your holiday gathering. With an extensive a-la-carte menu created by Chef D’Andre Carter, customers can choose from a variety of entrees and sides, including Smoked Prime Brisket (available in 1 lb and 5 lbs orders) and Pastrami. In addition, Soul & Smoke is offering a Half Tray of Scottish Salmon made with your choice of grilled cajun spiced salmon with charred lemon or oven roasted salmon with herbs and lemon. Side options include Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Apple Slaw. All Hanukkah orders are available for pickup at Soul & Smoke’s Evanston location on December 18 or 19. Preorders and the full menu can be found on Tock.

For Christmas, traditional menu options include Herb Roasted and Cajun Turkey Breast and Holiday Ham with a Pineapple Ginger Chutney, both available in 1 lbs and 5 lbs orders. Side offerings include Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Mac & Cheese, Gravy and more. Guests can choose from barbecue optionns such as Smoked Pulled Pork, Smoked Beef Brisket or Housemade Pastrami or opt for a game meat alternative of Braised Duck Quarters and pair it with Cornbread Muffins and Collard Greens. Soul & Smoke is offering to-go pickup at all three locations – Evanston, Avondale, and Time Out Market on Saturday, December 24. All pre-orders can be placed on Tock.

Bloom Plant Based Kitchen and Amaru

Bloom is serving a three-course dinner special from December 9 through December 23 for $55. The meal opens with Puerto Rican Pastel featuring plantains, malanga, yuca, squash, lentil sofrito and winter greens. Christmas Log follows with braised jackfruit, acorn squash puree, pumpkin chimichurri and black garlic demi-glace. Bloom also serves an Aji Amarillo Corn Bread with maple butter, and a Hazelnut Pot de Crème Tart for dessert with almond coconut crust, toasted hazelnuts and cashew dulce de leche. Sister restaurant Amaru will offer a Lechon Navideno throughout the month of December, with slow roasted pork shoulder, rice, red beans, plantains, mojo and chicharron. 

Michael Jordan's Steak House

The menu will include a special 60 Day Dry Aged Roasted Prime Ribeye Steak with Yorkshire Pudding and Port Wine Jus ($75). Reservations can be made on OpenTable. 

Untitled Supper Club

Untitled Supper Club will host special live performances of A Charlie Brown Christmas by Bonzo Squad on Sunday, December 11. The live performances, along with a special visit from Santa Claus, will have two seatings through the night at 5 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. Bonzo Squad will be joined by special guests throughout the night. Bonzo Squad will play the album in its entirety throughout both seatings on December 11. The soundtrack album by The Vince Guaraldi Trio, originally released in 1965, following the 1965 television special, has since become a holiday favorite. Guests will have a variety of food and beverage options to choose from, as the full menu will be offered, as well as a one-night-only kids' menu.

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee

Stan’s Holiday Boxes are back in-stores this holiday season. With holiday donuts and drinks gracing Stan’s menus this December, including donut options such as the Peppermint Bark Old Fashioned, Gingerbread Gluten-less, Sugar Cookie and Eggnog Le Stan and drink options including Eggnog Latte, Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate, Mint Chocolate Cold Brew and a Gingerbread Chai. Stan’s is offering a Holiday Donut & Coffee Lovers Gift Pack. This gift box includes Stan’s signature coffee blend, a Stan’s coffee mug, 2 Sugar Cookie donuts, 2 Gingerbread and 2 Vanilla Holiday Sprinkles donuts. Available for delivery for all 50 states on Goldbelly. 

Hannah’s Bretzel

Hannah’s Bretzel has created a Christmas dinner in sandwich form. Introducing the Christkindl Sandwich to their holiday lineup. Made with German Speck, Sliced Organic Apples, Brie Cheese, Organic Arugula and Fig Chutney with a drizzle of organic apple balsamela on a housemade organic Bretzel Wecken, this sandwich is available now until January 31 at all Hannah’s locations throughout Chicago.

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Truluck's Rosemont

To celebrate the season, Truluck's Rosemont will be adding a few limited time offers on their menu for the month of December. Now until December 31, 2022 guests can select the following:

  • Holiday Nog $15.50
  • Peppermint Chocolate Cake $14

Truluck's Rosemont will be open on Christmas Eve to serve guests. 

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Fremont

On Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., come in your best ugly holiday sweater to Fremont’s Bad Santa Brunch. For $75, brunch goers will have access to a two-hour brunch package that includes:

  • All-You-Can-Eat Brunch Buffet + Mimosas
  • Pictures with Bad Santa himself

Reserve your table at RSVP@4Cbars.com - holiday attire encouraged.

80 Proof

On Sunday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 80 Proof is offering $35 tickets for a 2-hour all-you-can-eat brunch buffet and a $20 mimosa kit. The specialty brunch buffet will include breakfast options including:

  • A Carving Station
  • Waffle Station
  • Raw Bar
  • Vegan Station

Brickhouse Tavern

On Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a $30 ticket, will give brunchers access to an all-you-can-eat buffet and a $20 mimosa two-hour package optional add-on. Brickhouse is also encouraging brunch goers to bring an animal shelter donation in exchange for a raffle ticket for prizes. Ugly holiday sweaters are encouraged. 

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Lure Fishbar

Offering specialty Christmas and New Year's Eve menus, Lure Fishbar will offer dishes like crab ravioli, seared Nantucket bay scallop toast, whole roasted branzino, roasted lobster tail and more. Baked Blue Point Oysters, foie gras bruelée, pan roasted dover sole, and grilled wagyu N.Y. strip are highlights of the New Year’s Eve menu, among other dishes for celebrating the evening. Guests can ring in the New Year with profiteroles and chocolate truffles, with a glass of champagne.

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Vasili's

Beginning Friday, December 16th, Vasili’s (135 Water St, Naperville) will offer customers an upscale, late-night cocktail bar experience to provide the Chicago Suburbs an elevated holiday experience this season. For the month of December, each Friday night will provide a variety of holiday cocktails and a full bar, set in a lively environment with entertainment, yet quintessential and cozy to gather as we gear up to make the holidays extra bright! 

GREEK-INFLUENCED NIGHTCAP COCKTAILS, $15

  • ALTHEA - 400 Conejos Mezcal

  • LUKA - Evan Williams 1783

  • LALO - Gran Centenario Reposado

  • PYTHEAS - Hangar 1

Additional Late-Night SIPS 

  • Hard Cider / STARCUT Octorock, $7

  • Porter / DESTIHL Peanut Butter, $8

  • Winter Ale / 21ST AMENDMENT Fireside Chat, $8

  • X-mas Brown Ale / SOLEMN OATH We’re All Misfits, $9

  • White Stout / LEFT HAND White Russian, $9

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Photo courtesy of Vasilis

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