Where to Eat on Christmas in Chicago

Find Christmas feasts at these restaurants around the Windy City
Christmas in Chicago
Chicago Tribune

You can find special Christmas dishes and tasting menus around the city this holiday season.

Christmas is just around the corner! The holidays can be quite the hustle, so why not let yourself be served a feast to celebrate? These Chicago restaurants will have you feeling warm and toasty with their festive menus. Reservations will go fast, so take a look at what gifts these chefs have in store.

676 Restaurant – With the same devotion to local ingredients as he shows throughout the year, Chef Hasho will be serving up a four-course prix fixe meal on Christmas Day. Special dishes include Catalpa Farm Lamb Chops with pickled huckleberry, parsnip puree, and sautéed faro, and Burtons Sugarplum Crumble with rum raisin ice cream and maple caramel. It is $65 for the tasting menu and $22 for a children’s entrée. Call (312) 944-6664 for reservations.

The Florentine – Chef Chris Macchia will be presenting his spin on the traditional Italian Feast of Seven Fishes with a three-course menu. Antipasti will include octopus carpaccio and grilled scallops, with featured entrees of spaghetti vongole and roasted whole sea bass. The menu is $55 a person with wine pairing available for $25. Make reservations by calling (312) 660-8866. [related]

Bistronomic – The three-course tasting menu from Chef Martial Noguier’s Gold Coast restaurant will be available from 3pm to 10pm on Christmas Day. Dishes include sweet potato gnocchi, Jerusalem artichoke veloute, veal medallions, and Baked Alaska. The price is $65 per adult and $20 per child. Call for reservations at (312) 944-8400.

Sixteen – The Trump Tower’s premier restaurant will offer a couple choices for Christmas Day. The first is a Christmas brunch, including carving station, fresh seafood, breads, and a seasonal dessert station. Brunch will be served from 10:30 am to 3 pm, at $148 for adults and $35 for children eight and under. From 6 pm to 10 pm, dinner will be offered in both four and eight courses at $115 and $155 per person. The tasting menu will be very special, celebrating the history and growth of Chicago. Call for reservations at (312) 588-8030.

J. Rocco Italian Table & Bar – With another Feast of Seven Fishes, J. Rocco provides a more traditional take. The seven course meal will include dishes inspired by owner Joseph Frasca’s childhood holidays. The menu is available for $48 per person and will be offered from the 18th through Christmas Eve. Reservations can be made by calling (312) 475-0271.

Lockwood Restaurant – From 11 am to 4 pm, help yourself to a Christmas feast at Lockwood’s buffet. Selections from land, ocean, and farm will be on offer, as well as traditional and contemporary holiday desserts. Reservations are available at $70 per adult, $65 per senior, and $40 for children 6 to 12 years old. Call (312) 917-3404 to save your spot and see the entire menu here.

NoMi – Take in the views of Michigan Avenue and Water Tower with NoMi’s Christmas brunch. Five chef stations will be serving up salads, carved meats, and more. An a la carte menu will also be available, including duck stew and truffled risotto. The buffet is being served at $125 per person. Check out the menu, then get your reservation by calling (312) 239-4030.

LM Bistro – A special prix fixe menu will be served both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 12 pm to 9 pm. For $39 guests will enjoy lavish dishes such as coconut poached monkfish with uni hollandaise and fig tart with crème fraiche sorbet. You can see the entire menu here. For reservations, call 312. 202. 9900.

Travelle – Join the team at the Langham Hotel with their Christmas Day tasting menu. Choose from appetizers such as Moroccan Minestrone and Heirloom Beet Salad, as well as appetizers like Jamon Wrapped Monkfish and Crispy Roast Duck. The meal will be served for $80 per adult and $30 per child under 10. View the menu here. Reservations can be made at (312) 923-7705.

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Mercat a la Planxa – Four courses with thirteen dishes makes the Mercat a la Planxa feast merry indeed. Favorites from Catalan will be featured, including jumbo prawns with garlic, parsley, and lemon, and grilled ribeye. The cost is $65 for adults and $35 for children. Christmas brunch will also be available from 11 am to 3 pm for $25 per person. You can make reservations by calling (312) 765-0533.