Here's Where You Should Dine In Chicago For The Holidays

The year was fantastic for the Chicago Cubs, and one local restaurant encourages diners to relish in their greatest season one more time during the holidays. Another wants guests to revel in the season by doing a bit of karaoke after some liquid courage. Some ethnic delights range from Feast of the Seven Fishes to a Cuban-themed Christmas Eve dinner. Of course, you'll find plenty of dining destinations offering traditional celebrations for those looking for low-key evenings with the family.

Here are the highlights, plus top holiday attractions and where to sip holiday high tea.

Feast of the Seven Fishes (Dec. 24)

Osteria Via Stato. Executive Chef David DiGregorio whips up a super supper inspired by his family's traditions from his homeland of Rome. The multi-course, holiday meal captures the spirit of Italy with an abundance of seafood dishes from around the country, plus dessert and sides. The cost is $59.95 per person. The regular menu will also be offered. Reservations are available 4-9:30 p.m. 620 N. State St., 312-642-8450

RPM Italian. Another modern version of the classic Italian celebration occurs, this time at River North hot spot RPM Italian. Guests will be greeted with an array of antipasti and traditional fare--think frutti di mare with artisanal pasta and roasted Maine lobster—before coming to a sweet ending. It is $75 per person (plus tax; gratuity not included). In addition to this feast, the RPM Italian dinner menu will also be available. Hours are 3-11 p.m. 52 W. Illinois St., 312-222-1888

Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)

Bub City. Dig into hearty portions of some of the city's finest BBQ, then get ready for live band karaoke beginning at 10 p.m. Guests are encouraged don their best "ugly" Christmas sweaters as they belt out their favorite holiday tunes onstage. The top three contestants with the loudest round of applause will duke it out for a chance to win two tickets to Bub City's annual New Year’s Eve party and $100 in Bub City certificates. 435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4200

Nacional 27. Spice up the season with a Cuban-themed Christmas Eve dinner at this long-time Latin-focused restaurant. For $45 per person, guests may dive into a four-course, prix-fixe menu that includes hearts of palm salad, ropa vieja, slow-roasted suckling pig Cubano and spice-rubbed jumbo prawns. Guests may add an optional ceviche course for $9, along with a mojito or margarita for $11. Reservations are available 5-10 p.m. 325 W. Huron St., 312-664-2727

Ramen-san. How cozy is this? Generous bowls of piping hot noodles, authentic Asian beer and holiday classics like "Home Alone," "Jingle All The Way" and "The Santa Clause" play on the large screens as you settle in with family and/or friends. That's happening at the trendy River Northramen bar 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 59 W. Hubbard St., 312-377-9950

R.J. Grunts. The iconic, family-oriented restaurant offers one of the best brunch buffets in town--and it's affordable, too. For $15.95, diners may chow down on healthy portions of thick-cut bacon, mini-Belgian waffles, French toast and more. As always, the world famous salad bar will be available (and included in the price). The event occur 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Check out the Chicago holiday tradition of ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo afterwards. 2056 North Lincoln Park West, 773-929-5363

By Audarshia Townsend

About Travel

(December 7, 2016)