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Two Chicago standouts, Longman & Eagle and Sun Wah BBQ, will team up for the holiday.
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Where to Eat on Christmas Eve and Day in Chicago

Leave the holiday meal to the experts

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Two Chicago standouts, Longman & Eagle and Sun Wah BBQ, will team up for the holiday.
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The holidays can be a stressful time so take a load off and let someone else handle the cooking. Many Chicago restaurants will be open for dine-in service and offer special menus to enjoy on Christmas Eve and Day. The following options around town include Feast of the Seven Fishes celebrations, all-you-can-eat lobster, truffle-laden specials, succulent steaks, and more. Regardless of what diners choose though, it’s a gift the whole family will appreciate.

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1. Bar Roma

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5101 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 942-7572
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Rustic Italian eatery Bar Roma is opening on Christmas Eve and chef Fred Ramos is whipping up a couple of special dishes for the evening. They’ll include beluga lentil soup ($10), smoked salmon pinwheel ($18), spaghetti arrabiata ($30), beef tenderloin pizzaiola ($36), and butter rum cake with eggnog ice cream and fresh fruit ($10). Reservations are available here.

2. Longman & Eagle

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2657 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-7110
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For the second year in a row, Longman & Eagle is partnering with Chinese favorite Sun Wah BBQ for a limited-time menu on Christmas Eve and Day. The offerings will include jumbo smoked salmon Rangoon, walnut shrimp po’ boy, General Foie’s chicken, and Sun Wah classics like barbecue roast duck and barbecue pork fried rice. Reservations are available here.

A variety of dishes laid out on a table.
Longman & Eagle is going in a different direction for the holiday by featuring special Chinese-influenced dishes.
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3. Andros Taverna

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2542 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 365-1900
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Feast like a Greek on Christmas Eve at Andros Taverna. The holiday menu will offer Greek-inspired preparations of fresh seafood, such as chilled oysters, blue crystal prawns, Mediterranean mussels, and Athenian lobster spaghetti. Reservations are available here.

4. Testaccio

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2456 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-6028
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In honor of the Feast of the Seven Fishes, Testaccio chef Jacob Soloman is creating a seven-course menu boasting seafood delights like tuna crudo, risotto with scampi, Sicilian-style swordfish with eggplant caponata, spaghetti with clams, and more. Reservations are available here.

5. Bocadillo Market

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2342 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-0331
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This new Spanish café and restaurant in Lincoln Park will serve brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve so guests can sit back, relax, and enjoy sangria, tapas, and other shareable bites. Book a table here.

6. Crab Cellar

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1962 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-1737
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Give the greatest gift of all this year: Unlimited Maine lobster. On Christmas Eve, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise’s all-you-can-eat concept will provide diners with as many steamed lobsters and burgers as they can consume. The cost of the experience is $105 per person, with the option to add on shellfish platters of oysters, jumbo shrimp, king crab, and more. Reservations for two-hour seatings are available here.

7. Etta

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1840 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 757-4444
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Both outposts of the popular hearth-fire restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve and Day and serving etta classics plus holiday specials. The Wicker Park location will feature frito misto, nonna’s endless raviolis, and chicken parm while the River North outpost will offer fire baked clams, nonna’s endless rigatoni a la vodka, and veal chop parm. Reservations are available here.

8. Somerset

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1112 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 586-2150
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The swanky restaurant in the Viceroy hotel is opening its doors on Christmas Eve and Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a special a la carte menu featuring holiday favorites. Book a table here.

9. Adorn Bar & Restaurant

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120 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-8800
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Visit Adorn, the restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, on Christmas Day for a bountiful feast inspired by a traditional countryside hunt. The four-course “Chicago Trout & Hunt Club” menu will include dishes such as brie en croute with almond, fig pudding, and pumpernickel; deep fried turkey with Nevis hot sauce; cola-braised country ham with gravy; and deconstructed apple pie with cinnamon ice cream. The cost is $150 per person with the option of wine pairings for $75. A three-course children’s menu is also available for $65 per child ages 2-12. Reservations can be made here.

10. Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

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2700 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 661-9577
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Join the West Town restaurant and caviar bar on Christmas Eve for a “Home for the Holidays” tasting menu. The five-course meal includes dishes like Hamachi crudo with coconut-lime broth, bone marrow and beignets, and crispy duck breast with gold leaf and caviar. The cost is $55 per person, with optional wine pairings for $100, and the special menu will also be available throughout the entire month of December. Reservations can be placed here.

11. I|O Godfrey

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127 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 374-1830
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Treat the family to a delicious brunch buffet on Christmas Eve at this River North rooftop venue. Guests can indulge as much as they want from an omelet station, prime rib carving station, pancakes and waffles station, salad bar, sushi bar, and dessert table. The cost is $39 per adult and $15 for children 12 and under. Reservations are available here.

12. Osteria Via Stato

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620 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 642-8450
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Executive chef David DiGregorio is cooking up a storm on Christmas Eve this year for the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Osteria Via Stato’s multi-course dinner will highlight Italian seafood dishes, such as a baccala (salt cod) spread, grilled octopus, seafood stew, seafood linguine, and pan-roasted salmon. The menu is priced at $69.95 per person. Make a reservation here.

13. Lure Fishbar

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616 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 660-6180
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Savor the flavors of the ocean on Christmas Eve and Day as seafood specialist Lure Fishbar will offer a holiday prix fixe menu. Diners can choose lobster bisque or Belgian endive salad; prime rib or Dover sole; and eggnog crème brulee or molten chocolate cake. The cost is $95 per person and reservations are available here.

14. RPM Italian

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52 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 222-1888
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Do as the Italians do with a Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. The traditional Italian-American celebration will feature choices like oysters on the half shell, cured king salmon, Mediterranean octopus, lobster risotto, scallops with squash and brown butter, and more. The cost is $95 per person, with the option to add wine pairings for $65 per person. Book a table at RPM Italian here.

15. Kinzie Chophouse

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400 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 822-0191
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Steakhouse stalwart Kinzie Chophouse is planning a five-course menu for Christmas Eve. The dinner will start with welcome bites before transitioning to courses of chestnut velouté and jamon iberico carpaccio with baked brie. For entrees, guests can choose between “Goose Wellington,” dry-aged prime rib, bone-in rib eye (+$30), and beef tenderloin (+$15). Dessert stars bitter chocolate mousse topped with Greek almond cookie crumbles. The cost is $90 per person and reservations are available here.

16. Siena Tavern

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51 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 595-1322
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‘Tis the season for truffles so Fabio Viviani’s Italian spot is serving Christmas Eve specials like truffled burrata and filet mignon with truffled cauliflower puree. The regular a la carte menu will also be available as well as a five-course chef’s tasting truffle menu with wine pairings. Reservations can be booked here.

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Truffle lovers can get their fill of the delicacy at Siena Tavern.
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17. Tortoise Supper Club

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350 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-1700
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Gather the family at this River North supper club for a festive Christmas Eve meal. The kitchen will offer its regular dinner menu in addition to holiday specials. Reservations can be made here.

18. Staytion Market & Bar

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1 W Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 372-7200
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Located inside the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, Staytion will be open for service on Christmas Eve and Day. Guests can try specials like herb-crusted rack of lamb, grilled Berkshire double-cut pork chops, and a “Festivus for the Rest of Us” cocktail (Koval cranberry gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon, strawberry, cava).

19. Venteux

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224 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 777-9003
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Add French flair to Christmas Eve with dinner at this chic French brasserie inside the Pendry Chicago hotel. Customers can order foie gras with fig confiture, roasted chestnuts, and pickled gooseberries; boeuf en croute with chanterelle mushrooms and Bordelaise sauce; and a yule log with candied hazelnuts and cocoa nibs. The regular dinner menu will be available as well. Book a table here.

20. Grapes & Grains

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858 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 776-6552
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Get in the holiday spirit and head to this West Loop speakeasy for a carol singalong from 6 p.m. to midnight on Christmas. Folks can sip whiskies and wines while snacking on charcuterie, cheeses, and other light bites. Reservations are available here.

21. Cherry Circle Room

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12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 792-3515
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Cherry Circle Room is putting together a five-course prix fixe menu for Christmas Eve. The vintage-style restaurant, which is tucked away on the second floor of the Chicago Athletic Association, will serve milk bread with truffle butter to start followed by a Caesar salad and choice of shrimp cocktail or French onion soup. For entrees, pick between Mediterranean sea bass and eight-ounce tenderloin. The cost is $120 per person. A vegetarian option is also available for $75 per person. Wine pairings are an additional $75. Reserve a table here.

22. The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

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1401 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 786-1401
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The South Loop firehouse-turned-restaurant has crafted a special a la carte menu for Christmas Eve. Highlights include lobster bisque, white truffle and wild mushroom risotto, roasted Dover sole, a “Feast of the Seven Fishes” seafood stew, and prime rib. Book a reservation here.

23. MingHin Cuisine

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2168 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 808-1999
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It’ll be business as usual at Chinese stalwart MingHin on Christmas Eve and Day. The local mini chain is open 365 days a year so Chicagoans can spend their holiday enjoying dim sum, roast pork, Beijing duck, white cut chicken, noodles, fried rice, hot pot casseroles, and more. Reservations are available here.

1. Bar Roma

5101 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Rustic Italian eatery Bar Roma is opening on Christmas Eve and chef Fred Ramos is whipping up a couple of special dishes for the evening. They’ll include beluga lentil soup ($10), smoked salmon pinwheel ($18), spaghetti arrabiata ($30), beef tenderloin pizzaiola ($36), and butter rum cake with eggnog ice cream and fresh fruit ($10). Reservations are available here.

5101 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

2. Longman & Eagle

2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
A variety of dishes laid out on a table.
Longman & Eagle is going in a different direction for the holiday by featuring special Chinese-influenced dishes.
Longman & Eagle [Official Photo]

For the second year in a row, Longman & Eagle is partnering with Chinese favorite Sun Wah BBQ for a limited-time menu on Christmas Eve and Day. The offerings will include jumbo smoked salmon Rangoon, walnut shrimp po’ boy, General Foie’s chicken, and Sun Wah classics like barbecue roast duck and barbecue pork fried rice. Reservations are available here.

2657 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

3. Andros Taverna

2542 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Feast like a Greek on Christmas Eve at Andros Taverna. The holiday menu will offer Greek-inspired preparations of fresh seafood, such as chilled oysters, blue crystal prawns, Mediterranean mussels, and Athenian lobster spaghetti. Reservations are available here.

2542 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Testaccio

2456 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

In honor of the Feast of the Seven Fishes, Testaccio chef Jacob Soloman is creating a seven-course menu boasting seafood delights like tuna crudo, risotto with scampi, Sicilian-style swordfish with eggplant caponata, spaghetti with clams, and more. Reservations are available here.

2456 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Bocadillo Market

2342 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

This new Spanish café and restaurant in Lincoln Park will serve brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve so guests can sit back, relax, and enjoy sangria, tapas, and other shareable bites. Book a table here.

2342 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

6. Crab Cellar

1962 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Give the greatest gift of all this year: Unlimited Maine lobster. On Christmas Eve, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprise’s all-you-can-eat concept will provide diners with as many steamed lobsters and burgers as they can consume. The cost of the experience is $105 per person, with the option to add on shellfish platters of oysters, jumbo shrimp, king crab, and more. Reservations for two-hour seatings are available here.

1962 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

7. Etta

1840 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Both outposts of the popular hearth-fire restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve and Day and serving etta classics plus holiday specials. The Wicker Park location will feature frito misto, nonna’s endless raviolis, and chicken parm while the River North outpost will offer fire baked clams, nonna’s endless rigatoni a la vodka, and veal chop parm. Reservations are available here.

1840 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

8. Somerset

1112 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

The swanky restaurant in the Viceroy hotel is opening its doors on Christmas Eve and Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a special a la carte menu featuring holiday favorites. Book a table here.

1112 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610

9. Adorn Bar & Restaurant

120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

Visit Adorn, the restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, on Christmas Day for a bountiful feast inspired by a traditional countryside hunt. The four-course “Chicago Trout & Hunt Club” menu will include dishes such as brie en croute with almond, fig pudding, and pumpernickel; deep fried turkey with Nevis hot sauce; cola-braised country ham with gravy; and deconstructed apple pie with cinnamon ice cream. The cost is $150 per person with the option of wine pairings for $75. A three-course children’s menu is also available for $65 per child ages 2-12. Reservations can be made here.

120 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

2700 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Join the West Town restaurant and caviar bar on Christmas Eve for a “Home for the Holidays” tasting menu. The five-course meal includes dishes like Hamachi crudo with coconut-lime broth, bone marrow and beignets, and crispy duck breast with gold leaf and caviar. The cost is $55 per person, with optional wine pairings for $100, and the special menu will also be available throughout the entire month of December. Reservations can be placed here.

2700 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

11. I|O Godfrey

127 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654

Treat the family to a delicious brunch buffet on Christmas Eve at this River North rooftop venue. Guests can indulge as much as they want from an omelet station, prime rib carving station, pancakes and waffles station, salad bar, sushi bar, and dessert table. The cost is $39 per adult and $15 for children 12 and under. Reservations are available here.

127 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654

12. Osteria Via Stato

620 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

Executive chef David DiGregorio is cooking up a storm on Christmas Eve this year for the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Osteria Via Stato’s multi-course dinner will highlight Italian seafood dishes, such as a baccala (salt cod) spread, grilled octopus, seafood stew, seafood linguine, and pan-roasted salmon. The menu is priced at $69.95 per person. Make a reservation here.

620 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

13. Lure Fishbar

616 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Savor the flavors of the ocean on Christmas Eve and Day as seafood specialist Lure Fishbar will offer a holiday prix fixe menu. Diners can choose lobster bisque or Belgian endive salad; prime rib or Dover sole; and eggnog crème brulee or molten chocolate cake. The cost is $95 per person and reservations are available here.

616 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

14. RPM Italian

52 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654

Do as the Italians do with a Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. The traditional Italian-American celebration will feature choices like oysters on the half shell, cured king salmon, Mediterranean octopus, lobster risotto, scallops with squash and brown butter, and more. The cost is $95 per person, with the option to add wine pairings for $65 per person. Book a table at RPM Italian here.

52 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654

15. Kinzie Chophouse

400 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

Steakhouse stalwart Kinzie Chophouse is planning a five-course menu for Christmas Eve. The dinner will start with welcome bites before transitioning to courses of chestnut velouté and jamon iberico carpaccio with baked brie. For entrees, guests can choose between “Goose Wellington,” dry-aged prime rib, bone-in rib eye (+$30), and beef tenderloin (+$15). Dessert stars bitter chocolate mousse topped with Greek almond cookie crumbles. The cost is $90 per person and reservations are available here.

400 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

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16. Siena Tavern

51 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
A person shaving truffle over a plate of burrata.
Truffle lovers can get their fill of the delicacy at Siena Tavern.
Siena Tavern [Official Photo]

‘Tis the season for truffles so Fabio Viviani’s Italian spot is serving Christmas Eve specials like truffled burrata and filet mignon with truffled cauliflower puree. The regular a la carte menu will also be available as well as a five-course chef’s tasting truffle menu with wine pairings. Reservations can be booked here.

51 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

17. Tortoise Supper Club

350 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

Gather the family at this River North supper club for a festive Christmas Eve meal. The kitchen will offer its regular dinner menu in addition to holiday specials. Reservations can be made here.

350 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

18. Staytion Market & Bar

1 W Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

Located inside the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, Staytion will be open for service on Christmas Eve and Day. Guests can try specials like herb-crusted rack of lamb, grilled Berkshire double-cut pork chops, and a “Festivus for the Rest of Us” cocktail (Koval cranberry gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon, strawberry, cava).

1 W Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

19. Venteux

224 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

Add French flair to Christmas Eve with dinner at this chic French brasserie inside the Pendry Chicago hotel. Customers can order foie gras with fig confiture, roasted chestnuts, and pickled gooseberries; boeuf en croute with chanterelle mushrooms and Bordelaise sauce; and a yule log with candied hazelnuts and cocoa nibs. The regular dinner menu will be available as well. Book a table here.

224 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

20. Grapes & Grains

858 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607

Get in the holiday spirit and head to this West Loop speakeasy for a carol singalong from 6 p.m. to midnight on Christmas. Folks can sip whiskies and wines while snacking on charcuterie, cheeses, and other light bites. Reservations are available here.

858 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

21. Cherry Circle Room

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

Cherry Circle Room is putting together a five-course prix fixe menu for Christmas Eve. The vintage-style restaurant, which is tucked away on the second floor of the Chicago Athletic Association, will serve milk bread with truffle butter to start followed by a Caesar salad and choice of shrimp cocktail or French onion soup. For entrees, pick between Mediterranean sea bass and eight-ounce tenderloin. The cost is $120 per person. A vegetarian option is also available for $75 per person. Wine pairings are an additional $75. Reserve a table here.

12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

22. The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

1401 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

The South Loop firehouse-turned-restaurant has crafted a special a la carte menu for Christmas Eve. Highlights include lobster bisque, white truffle and wild mushroom risotto, roasted Dover sole, a “Feast of the Seven Fishes” seafood stew, and prime rib. Book a reservation here.

1401 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

23. MingHin Cuisine

2168 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

It’ll be business as usual at Chinese stalwart MingHin on Christmas Eve and Day. The local mini chain is open 365 days a year so Chicagoans can spend their holiday enjoying dim sum, roast pork, Beijing duck, white cut chicken, noodles, fried rice, hot pot casseroles, and more. Reservations are available here.

2168 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

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