Where to eat for the holidays in Chicago

Where to eat for the holidays in Chicago

Blackboard Eats |
Dec 20, 2016

Riddled with parties and family get-togethers and wrought with the craze of hunting down the perfect gifts, the holiday season can be overwhelming for even the sanest person. With all of this happening, merely deciding what to make for dinner, or where to go out to eat, can seem daunting. To lighten your load and boost your holiday spirit, we’ve gathered a few of the best spots in the city to eat, drink, and be merry for the holidays—from a traditional Christmas Eve dinner to tasty Hanukkah treats to New Year’s Day hangover brunch. Make a can’t-go-wrong choice from these, and let the restaurant take care of the rest.

Resolve to start the New Year in your PJs at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
While this go-to Spanish tapas spot is open for brunch and dinner on Christmas Eve (gifting us with an all-day happy hour) and until the midnight countdown and Cava toast on New Year’s Eve, you really won’t want to miss the 11th annual Pajama Brunch on New Year’s Day. Roll out of bed and head straight here for your fill of the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and signature sweet and savory tapas. The best part might not even be dining in your comfiest PJs; guests in their jammies will earn a gift certificate equal to the price of their meal for a future visit.
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park MAP

RPM Italian brings you The Feast of the Seven Fishes
Running from 3 to 11 p.m., Christmas Eve at RPM Italian will score you an updated version of The Feast of the Seven Fishes. The classic Italian celebration—some say it was named for the seven hills of Rome—is announced here by a festive menu ($75 per person) that includes an array of mouthwatering antipasti and traditional fare. Think frutti di mare with artisanal pasta and roasted Maine lobster, and an unmistakably sweet ending.
Neighborhood: River North MAP

Hub 51 saves the day on New Year’s Day
After a late night of partying, there’s nothing more tempting than A) more sleep, or B) an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet ($45 per person; $18 for children under 12; free for those under 3). This River North joint promises to be there for you after your inevitable NYE antics. Replenish with multiple plates loaded with classics like buttermilk pancakes, short rib eggs benedict, and house-made corned beef hash, and nurse your way back to health with a few trusty Bloody Marys and mimosas for $10 each.
Neighborhood: River North MAP

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