With so much to do to get ready for the holidays, why not take one stress off your plate by taking the family out to eat for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (or both!)? Make your reservations quickly as the holiday is right around the corner.
Big Bowl: 215 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 808-8880, and 1950 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-8881 or bigbowl.com/. If you’re in the mood for Chinese or Thai on Christmas Eve, Big Bowl might be it. The restaurant will be serving the regular menu in addition to daily specials from noon to 8 p.m. (Schaumburg) and 11:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Lincolnshire). Reservations required. Closed on Christmas.
Mon Ami Gabi Oak Brook: 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-1900 or monamigabi.com/events/oakbrook-christmas-eve-ugly-sweater-party/. It’s time to dust off that hideous Christmas sweater as Mon Ami Gabi hosts its fifth annual Ugly Sweater Party from 3 to 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. Wear your “holiday worst” to get a $10 Mon Ami Gabi gift card to use on a future visit. If you prefer to come earlier, lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and happy hour will happen from 4 to 7 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Saranello’s: 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 777-6878 or saranellos.com/. From 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, chef Mychael Bonner will be plating Feast of the Seven Fishes-inspired specialties such as stuffed clams, lobster bisque, branzino and more. Or, diners can order off the regular dinner menu, too.
Shaw’s Crab House Schaumburg: 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722 or shawscrabhouse.com/schaumburg/. On Christmas Eve, the full dinner menu will be available in both the Oyster Bar and Main Dining Room from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Indulge in specialties like Shaw’s Seafood Platter — garlic shrimp, Maryland-style crabcake and George’s Bank sea scallops — or the grilled Atlantic yellowfin tuna made with crispy rice noodles, ginger-soy vinaigrette and peanuts. Reservations requested. Closed on Christmas Day.
Wildfire: 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, (847) 657-6363; 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 279-7900; 232 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9000; and 1250 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 995-0100. wildfirerestaurant.com/. Take the family our to eat on Christmas Eve. Wildfire will be serving the dinner menu plus daily specials. Glenview hours are 11:15 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Lincolnshire hours are noon to 9 p.m.; Oak Brook hours are 11:15 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Schaumburg hours are noon to 9 p.m. Reservations required.