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Eater's MoW* Guide to Holiday Party Eats in Chicago

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Every Man of the World* has a Heineken BeerTender®. After all, it lets you have the premium experience of pouring fresh Heineken draught beer right at home.It's probably the greatest gift in the world. Secretly, you'd love to buy one for yourself, but you can't. It's the holidays after all — buying yourself a gift looks selfish.
Until now. Introducing BeerFriender, a first of its kind Facebook application that matches you up with a like-minded stranger who's also in the market for a BeerTender®. Instead of buying BeerTenders for yourselves, the app makes it look like you bought them for each other. It’s going to change gift-giving as we know it.

Now that you are set with your BeerTender®, it’s obviously time to throw the perfect holiday party. Check out our list of Chicago's best to-go-friendly food spots to accompany your home-poured draught.

1.) Old Town Social: Get your fill of chef Jared Van Camp's housemade charcuterie from Old Town Social's in-house Butcher Shoppe. Place your order for soppressata, summer sausage, chorizo, pepperoni and super silky prosciutto (if it's ready in time). Match it up with cheese from Pastoral or anything else from the menu, like sandwiches, wings and more.

2.) Wow Bao: Steam up the party with hot Asian bao, pot stickers, stir fry rice bowls, pad Thai salad and more. They can even fulfill your sweet craving with chocolate or coconut buns.

3.) Gene's Sausage Shop: This European-style gourmet deli in Lincoln Square offers more than 40 varieties of housemade, wood-smoked sausage. Add in various cheeses, sides like German potato salad and Tuscan bean salad, and entrees including schnitzel, meat loaf, spaetzle, pierogis and more.

4.) Lou Malnati's: Who doesn't like a pizza party? Lou Malnati's, one of the city's oldest and longest-running pizza joints, offers deep dish and thin crust cheese, pepperoni, sausage and spinach pizzas along with pastas, Italian beef sandwiches and salads.

5.) City Provisions Deli: This North Side deli focuses on locally sourced and often organic products. They have an extensive catering menu that has everything from Gunthorp Farms chicken and Michigan Farms turkey meatloaf to quick snack items including homemade brat skewers, Moody Bleu bacon mini cheeseburgers and ginger-rum glazed ham mini sandwiches.

6.) Shaw's Crab House: Take the party to the next level with fresh seafood platters filled with super fresh sushi, king crab mikado, charred sashimi tuna, crispy calamari, crab cakes, blue crab spring rolls and other great crustaceans.

Old Town Social

455 West North Avenue, , IL 60610 (312) 266-2277 Visit Website

City Provisions Deli

1820 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 773-293-2489