‘Tis the season to be jolly at Chicagoland’s best restaurants and bars. Plan the holidays by dining at these local spots on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Host A Tuscan Holiday Dinner at Carlucci
Let Carlucci in Downers Grove do the cooking and cleaning and make family reservations between noon and 7 p.m. to enjoy new Executive Chef David Oland’s new dinner menu.
Carlucci Restaurant & Bar
1801 Butterfield Rd. | Downers Grove, Ill. | 630.512.0990 | carluccirestaurant.com
The Chocolate Sanctuary has delicious and indulging holiday gift baskets and presents for friends and loved ones to enjoy an escape with top of the line chocolate-inspired gifts. The Chocolate Sanctuary is selling chocolate gift boxes, tea sets, advent calendars, chocolate wine and more to chocolate enthusiasts. Call 224.944.0808 to order a gift basket.
The Chocolate Sanctuary
5101 Washington St. | Gurnee, Ill. | 224.944.0808 | thechocolatesanctuary.com
Grab Dinner or Drinks While Shopping In The South Loop
Chop, the chic “everyman’s” steakhouse is open regular business hours for those who want to enjoy its full menu or a drink at the bar before or after shopping at the Roosevelt Collection for those final gifts.
Next to the ShowPlace ICON Theatre at Roosevelt Collection, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd. | #chopchicago | 312.461.9333 | chopchicago.com
A Christmas Eve Tradition at Chicago’s Acclaimed Coco Pazzo
River North’s iconic Tuscan restaurant and lounge celebrates the La Vigilia di Natale with Italian classics that are evocative of the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” for Christmas Eve. Chef Federico Comacchio’ menu includes Mediterranean Octopus Carpaccio, Marinated Seafood Salad, Hand-Cut Tagliatelle, Risotto with Seafood ragù, and roasted Dover Sole Filets. Buon Natale.
300 W. Hubbard St. | Chicago, Ill. | 312.836.0900 | cocopazzochicago.com
Streeterville’s Neighborhood Christmas Eve Celebration is at Coco Pazzo Café
Enjoy Tuscan favorites in the warmth of this casually elegant restaurant with family and friends. The Café is heading to a new home in the neighborhood this January, and the evening’s dinner will be a nostalgic goodbye before the restaurant moves to its classic Modigliani-inspired murals and Tuscan menu to its new destination one block away at 212 E. Ohio (just a block south of its current location). The Café will merge menus with Tre Soldi, the group’s Roman inspired restaurant that is currently doing business at the Ohio St. address.
Head To Chicago’s Party Headquarters Before Holiday To Celebrate New Toys and Other Holiday Joys!
Start Christmas Eve off right with drink specials on Division Street. The Hange-Uppe, The Lodge, Original Mother’s, Mother’s Too, and She-nannigan’s will be open Christmas Eve and into the wee hours of Christmas morning, making it a great place to watch for Santa to fly over. The bars will offer drink specials all night, including $6 Jameson, Absolut, and Avion and Goose Island.
Christmas Eve hours:
The Hangge-Uppe: 8pm-5am
The Lodge: 12pm-5am
Mother’s Too: 5pm-3am
The Original Mother’s 10pm-4am
She-nannigans: 8pm until midnight
Division Entertainment Street District
Between State Street and Dearborn in Chicago’s Gold Coast | http://rushanddivision.com
Have a Very Beefy Christmas at Buona
Party with Chicago’s original Italian beef! Order catering for the holidays for pick-up at any of the 18 Chicagoland Buona Restaurants. Chicagoans who are doing last minute shopping can grab their favorite Italian beef and pick up stocking stuffers for their loved ones. Spend $25 on gift cards and receive a $5 reward back for the season of giving.
Buona | 18 Chicagoland locations
Find the nearest location at: buona.com
Let Freddies Do The Cooking While You Do the Wrapping!
Bridgeport’s iconic Italian Eatery, Fabulous Freddies, helps ease the stress of holiday prep with catering options, including well-priced and delicious Fabulous Feasts for the Family. Order in advance by calling 312.808.0147. Ask for some stocking stuffers including Freddies’ wearables and the gift that keeps on giving – a Fabulous Freddies Gift Card!
Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery
701 W 31st Street, Chicago, Ill. | 312.808.0147 | freddieson31st.com
Bring Famous Dave’s Legendary Taste Home for the Holidays
Famous Dave’s is sharing its legendary BBQ with the family this Holiday Season. For $54.99, enjoy Famous Dave’s take on the classic holiday ham dinner. Famous Dave’s 7-9 pound hams are smoked in house over hickory wood and then glazed with a signature mix of spices and brown sugar for a flavorful, tender finish. Order by Tuesday, December 20 for pickup on December 24 or order on by Tuesday, December 27 for pick up on New Year’s Eve.
All Chicagoland Locations | http://www.famousdaveschicago.com
12 Days of Burgers > 12 Days of Christmas
Tom & Eddie’s is featuring one of its famous handcrafter burgers for 12 days on the traditional 12 Days of Christmas – from December 26 to January 6. The 12 Burgers of Christmas special includes 12% off the entire check with an order of one or more burger of the day. Specialty burgers include an egg and French-fry topped Hangover Burger on New Year’s Day (complete with Bloody Brews made with craft beer), and a selection of “Resolution Burgers” (vegetarian, tuna or turkey) to put burger lovers on a delicious start to keeping their resolutions, See the Burger Menu here
Tom & Eddie’s | 3 Chicagoland locations
Find the nearest location and check out the burger selection at: tomandeddies.com
Chop, the chic “everyman’s” steakhouse located in the South Loop, is open at noon to serve its full menu.
Located next to the ShowPlace ICON Theatre at Roosevelt Collection, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd. | #chopchicago | 312.461.9333 | chopchicago.com
Let The Drinks Flow With 2 Bars in Gold Coast
Keep the Christmas spirit alive in the Division Street Entertainment District at The Lodge (12 p.m. – 4 a.m.) or Mother’s Too (5 p.m. – 2 a.m.) with $6 Jameson, Absolut, Avion and Goose Island, all day!
Division Street Entertainment District
Enjoy Drinks Along the Magnificent Mile
Streeterville’s Neighborhood classic, Pippin’s Tavern, is open Christmas Day from 7 p.m. until 4 a.m. with $6 Jameson, Absolut, Avion and Goose Island, all night, so Chicagoans can enjoy their favorite drink with exceptional holiday spirit.
806 N. Rush St. | 312.787.5435 | pippinstavern.com
Christmas Drink Specials in Lincoln Park
River Shannon in Lincoln Park is open 9 p.m. until 2 a.m, so Chicago Northsiders can head to their favorite neighborhood pub to enjoy $6 Jameson, Absolut, Avion and Goose Island, all night long. Ho Ho Ho.
425 W. Armitage St. | 312.944.5087 | therivershannon.com