If you’d rather not cook this year for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, here are some restaurants that will take care of everything for you. Even better, no cleanup! Make your reservations soon since the holiday is quickly approaching.
Big Bowl: 215 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 808-8880, and 1950 E Higgins Road, (847) 517-8881 or bigbowl.com/. If you’re in the mood for bold or spicy on Christmas Eve, Big Bowl might be what you’re looking for. The restaurant will be serving the regular menu in addition to daily specials from noon to 8 p.m. (Schaumburg) and noon to 9 p.m. (Lincolnshire). Reservations required.
Bub City: MB Financial Park, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 261-0399 or bub-city.com/rosemont/. Kick off Christmas Eve with Bub City’s Southern BBQ brunch and DIY Bloody Mary Bar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Don’t miss the $5 draft beers on special all day long. Plus, the Sunday Rib Dinner will be available, too. Reservation requested.
Mon Ami Gabi Oak Brook: 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-1900 or monamigabi.com/news-events/?loc=oakbrook. Christmas Eve brunch runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, with an Ugly Sweater Party following from 3 to 9 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Reel Club: 272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 368-9400 or reel-club.com/. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve, Reel Club will be hosting a seafood brunch buffet featuring seafood and salad options, assorted sushi rolls, smoked fish, carved prime rib, an omelette station and a selection of homemade desserts. The regular dinner menu and daily specials will be available from 3 to 8 p.m. Reservations required.
Shaw’s Crab House Schaumburg:1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722 or shawscrabhouse.com/schaumburg/ Start off Christmas Eve with a morning buffet at Shaw’s. Build-your-own omelet stations, fresh fish, a raw bar, a dessert bar and more are on the menu starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. $45 for adults, $10 for kids 7-12, and free for kids 6 and younger. Reservations requested.
Wildfire: 1250 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 995-0100; 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, (847) 657-6363; 232 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9000; 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 279-7900. wildfirerestaurant.