The idea of making Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner is a nice one. But in practice, it can create more stress than you really need. You already have your hands full with gifts, activities and coordinating with people who can’t seem to remember where they’re supposed to be and when. Make a reservation at one of these 22 restaurants and let them take care of the actual dinner part.
Enjoy dishes inspired by the Feast of the Seven Fishes at Il Porcellino. Indulge in an Alaskan king crab ravioli or a lobster fra diavolo, a spicy tomato-based sauce, or choose items from the restaurant’s regular dinner menu. 4-10 p.m. Christmas Eve, 59 W. Hubbard St., 312-595-0800, ilporcellinochicago.com
Osteria Via Stato will celebrate the Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve with a multicourse holiday meal with dishes like Rhode Island calamari with hot cherry peppers, lobster and shrimp risotto, crispy potatoes and ricotta cheesecake with huckleberries. 4-9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, 620 N. State St., 312-642-8450, osteriaviastato.com
Crustaceans and seafood are the focus of RPM Italian’s celebration of the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Crack open a whole roasted lobster, or dig into Alaskan king crab risotto or Santa Barbara uni spaghetti with white truffle. You can also add a wine pairing because why not, it’s the holidays. $85/person, noon to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve, 52 W. Illinois St., 312-222-1888, rpmrestaurants.com