Food & Drink

The Chicago Restaurants You'll Actually Want to Eat at on Christmas

Updated On 12/24/2017 at 07:58AM EST Updated On 12/24/2017 at 07:58AM EST
Margeaux Brasserie
Margeaux Brasserie | Neil Burger
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Chicago's Pizza

Chicago's Pizza

Lakeview

One of Lakeview’s top pizza makers is open until midnight on Christmas Day for a Christmas miracle of delivery, dine-in, and takeout options, with the Ravenswood location open for delivery and the Old Irving location closed. Just be sure to tip the delivery guy well.
Price/reservations: Check out their holiday schedule; walk-ins welcome

Phoenix

Chinatown

This no-frills Chinatown mainstay will be serving up its delicious dim sum and the rest of its packed menu of authentic Chinese delights from roving dining room trays for both dine-in and carryout until 11pm on Christmas Day. You’re welcome.
Price/reservations: Regular menu prices; walk-ins welcome

Slippery Slope

Slippery Slope

Logan Square

Grab Chinese grub from the takeout buffet and pound drinks till 2am at this notorious late-night Logan Square party bar during their third annual "Slippery Slope Orphans Party." It sure as hell beats sitting through midnight mass.
Price/reservations: No cover; walk-ins welcome

needs reservations
Fogo de Chão

Fogo de Chão

Various locations

The fancy-pants Brazilian steakhouse chain will be offering a carnivorous stocking stuffer with a special holiday menu (Christmas Day & Eve + New Year’s Day + Eve) of bone-in cuts like cowboy rib-eye, lamb chops, and beef ribs plus New York strip and sweet potato casserole.
Price/reservations: $55 per person; reservations recommended

NoMI Chicago

NoMI Kitchen

Mag Mile

This primo rooftop brunch spot will be rolling out all the essentials for your Christmas Day feast with four buffet-style holiday stations featuring hot food (roasted chicken, ham, lamb, beef), seafood and sushi, salad, and desserts, plus a huge assortment of cheeses, breads, mashed potatoes, and more waistline enhancements.
Price/reservations: $145 per person; reservations needed

Neil Burger

Margeaux Brasserie

Gold Coast

Michael Mina’s upscale ‘20s-style spot in the Waldorf-Astoria unfurls an appropriately upscale Christmas Day spread with hard-to-pronounce items like escargots a la bordelaise, duck à l'orange, steak "foie poivre," and wood-roasted leg of lamb. You can also snag a chef’s selection of oysters, lobster, or king crab.
Price/reservations: Holiday menu prices; reservations needed

Bistronomic

Bistronomic

Gold Coast

On Christmas Eve and Day, Bistronomic’s blend of approachable French cuisine with Midwestern ingredients includes a three-course prix fixe menu with main course options such as roasted rack of lamb, winter wild mushroom ravioli, and beef tenderloin au poivre with gnocchi and duck confit apps plus baked Alaska for dessert.
Price/reservations: $70 per person; reservations needed

Christina Slaton

Booth One

Gold Coast

This newly opened Lettuce Entertain You joint taking over the former Pump Room space inside the Ambassador Chicago is looking to start a new Christmas Day tradition in Chicago with dishes from its a la carte menu such as Japanese snapper ceviche, lobster cappuccino, roast chicken frites, and 18-hour prime rib.
Price/reservations: Prices here; reservations recommended

Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection

The Albert

River North

This newish spot in the Hotel EMC2 named after Albert Einstein and lined with 12,000 books is serving up an intellectually ambitious three-course prix-fixe menu of dry-aged Berkshire pork rack with au gratin potatoes plus dessert options that include mint-chocolate ice cream and a sorbet trio.
Price/reservations: $75 per person; reservations needed

Huge Galdones

Travelle

River North

This uber-swanky spot in The Langham not only offers one of the best views in the city, but also two special Christmas Day menus including a wildly diverse brunch menu of made-to-order omelets, sushi, tacos and tamales, ramen, seafood, and holiday favorites like rib-eye steaks and pan-seared duck breast. Dinner is a five-course feast that includes braised wagyu short ribs, seared scallops, and vanilla mousse.
Price/reservations: Brunch $145 per person; dinner $85 per person; reservations needed

Artango

Artango

Ravenswood

This Argentine neighborhood hotspot pairs a flavor-packed Christmas Day prix fixe menu of empanadas, lobster bisque, chorizo beef, and quinoa risotto with chocolate mousse, flan, and a live guitarist playing Christmas songs along with Latin jazz numbers.
Price/reservations: $55 per person; reservations needed

Café de Architectes

Gold Coast

This criminally underrated fine dining spot in the Sofitel keeps things classy this Christmas with a special holiday menu of truffle ricotta gnocchi, filet mignon with foie gras and truffle puree plus various cheese tastings and carrot cake verrine for dessert.
Price/reservations: $79 per person; reservations needed

Filini Chicago

Filini

Loop

This authentic Italian spot in the Radisson Blu Aqua is showcasing a powerhouse four-course prix fixe menu on Christmas Day with entrees including braised short ribs, smoked duck, and sablefish, with buche de noel (a European sponge cake shaped into a Yule log) for dessert along with optional wine pairings.
Price/reservations: $65 per person (plus $30 for wine pairings); reservations needed

Grassroots

Lakeview

This longtime Lakeview neighborhood favorite formerly known as Deleece is slinging a more health-conscious three-course holiday dinner with your choice of organic free-range turkey, herbed beef, walleye, or a vegan option paired with family-style sides.
Price/reservations: $42 per person; reservations needed

Kurah

Kurah Mediterranean

South Loop

If you’re looking for a break from all the prix fixe menus in fancy hotels this Christmas, stop by this cool and colorful South Loop Mediterranean joint and dive into their regular menu that includes everything from grilled kabobs and lamb burgers to rack of lamb and seafood paella. Don’t skimp on the baba ganoush.
Price/reservations: Prices here; reservations recommended

Andies

Andersonville

If you can’t decide between brunch and dinner, this Andersonville Mediterranean mainstay has got you covered with both brunch and dinner buffets going all Christmas Day long, with one side of the restaurant offering dinner items like ham, chicken, salmon, kabobs, and beef, with the other side serving up brunch favorites like pancakes and eggs.
Price/reservations: $28 per person; reservations needed

Allium

Allium

Streeterville

While they sadly will not be serving their $19 Chicago-style hot dog that flies under the radar as one of the best in Chicago, this contemporary fireplace-equipped spot in the Four Seasons is throwing down a massive Christmas Day buffet menu with everything from Peking duck and BBQ pork to whole roasted turkey and crispy chicken thighs, paired with an expansive assortment of sweets and holiday cookies.
Price/reservations: $170 per person; reservations needed

Ann Sather

Lakeview

For a more low-key Christmas dining experience, head to the Belmont location of this popular North Side hang for Christmas Day specials like baked ham, prime rib with au jus and mashed potatoes, broiled salmon, roast turkey, and a “Swedish sampler” of duck breast, meatballs, potato sausage and spatzle.
Price/reservations: $22 per person; no reservations for parties under 6

The Florentine

The Florentine

Loop

This swanky contemporary Italian outpost in the JW Marriott is offering an adventurous Christmas Day and Eve special menu of prime rib and an Italian seafood stew with mussels, clams, and rock shrimp alongside sweet offerings like Italian bread pudding and pumpkin cheesecake with cranberry jam.

Price/reservations: Holiday menu prices here; reservations needed

Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse

Mag Mile

The downtown steak emporium named after the GOAT isn’t putting on any airs with any special menus this Christmas, but they are open Christmas Day with their usual menu of His Airness-approved delights like 16-oz Delmonico steaks and 34-oz dry-aged porterhouse in addition to pan roasted halibut, Slagel Farm’s pork chops, and miso-glazed Faroe Island salmon.
Price/reservations: Regular prices here; reservations needed

Café con Leche

Logan Square

For a Latin-flavored take on the holidays, head to this Logan Square favorite for chilaquiles and breakfast burritos, Cubano sandwiches, and huevos rancheros. Or go boring gringo style with French toast, pancakes, and bacon char burgers. Hey, it’s Christmas. You do you.
Price/reservations: Regular prices here; reservations recommended

Carmine’s

Gold Coast

Impress out-of-towners with a Christmas Day excursion to this classic Chicago steakhouse in the Viagra Triangle, where they’ll be serving their usual menu of expertly cooked steaks and filet mignon paired with a deep selection of pastas including shrimp risotto and fettuccine crab with lobster and shrimp.
Price/reservations: Regular prices here; reservations needed