Special Bites Around Town

The Ambassador Chicago is planning a series of holiday events. Santa kicks off the festivities with visits to the Library Bar on Sunday, December 16 and 23 from 11am-2pm. In addition to a chat with Santa, guests can enjoy decorating cookies and sipping hot chocolate. The event also includes a toy drive benefitting Catholic Charities. Gifts should be unwrapped and suitable for children ages 3-18.

The Holiday History Tea Series ($42 per guest) includes Booth One’s all new tea service, complete with tea sandwiches, seasonal scones, miniature tarts and assorted macarons. A guest history speaker will lead a discussion on Chicago’s Leading Ladies, the civic-minded entrepreneurial women – many of them residents of the Gold Coast- who supported the social advances of the Golden Age.

And if you’re looking for something different for New Year’s Eve, Hot Doug’s, including owner Doug Sohn is doing a single night pop-up ($100) in the Library bar from 9pm-1am. Expect unlimited gourmet sausages (a.k.a. encased meats), including Sohn’s signature Foie Gras and Sauternes Sausage with Truffle Aioli and Foie Gras Mousse, along with his legendary duck fat fries. Also on tap is a cash bar with cocktails, wine and beer priced under $10 and a live DJ with a playlist curated by Sohn.

Ambassador Hotel, 1301 N. State Parkway, 312.787.3700.