November 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

5:00 pm

Monthly Noodle Night at Arami

Arami hosts its next "noodle night" special ramen and noodle dishes by Chef Fred Despres. Each dish is paired with Asahi Japanese beer ($4) and Arami's custom-brewed sake Ichi No Tori ($9 a glass/$15 hot carafe). Complimentary table side sake tastings will also be offered.
Reservations are encouraged, but not required. Call Arami at 312-243-1535.
Ukrainian Village.

6:00 pm

Bourbon Dinner

The Signature Room hosts a Bourbon Dinner with Kentucky Bourbon Ambassador, Megan Breier. Executive Chef Cardel Reid prepares a 5-course gourmet meal paired with the season’s whiskey libations. Each dish is complimented with cocktails prepared with an array of Bourbons including Jim Beam, Knob Creek, and Maker’s Mark.     

$85/person. Reservations are required. Call 312.280.0472.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

6:00 pm

2nd Annual Cheesy Noodle Mac N' Cheese Competition

Max’s Restaurant & Deli hosts their annual competition on benefitting Stand Up for Kids Chicago, a non-profit organization dedicated to end youth homelessness through national and local outreach. The competition will showcase specialty macaroni and cheese dishes from chefs across Chicagoland.
For more info, call 847-831-0600.
Highland Park, IL.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

11:00 am

Black Wednesday at Chicago q

Chicago q offeres a special Bourbon flight featuring 3 Wild Turkey Bourbons: Rare Breed, Russell's Reserve, and Russell's Reserve Rye for $18.
Gold Coast.

7:00 pm


Black Wednesday Trolley Crawl

Pioneer Tavern Group hosts the 4th annual Black Wednesday Trolley Crawl featuring a complimentary trolley running all night between Lottie's, The Pony and Frontier.The trolley launch point begins at Lottie's at 7 p.m. and heads to The Pony, which features a Chicago Blackhawks official roadwatch party. Guests can meet the Blackhawks Ice Girls, win autographed prizes, and the first 100 fans will receive a Blackhawks souvenir koozie.The trolley also makes a stop at Frontier which will have food samples from a guest chef and the weekly Meat & Potations party that features a 20% industry dis

7:30 pm

Thanksgiving Eve at Nacional 27

On Black Wednesday, dance instructor Rickey Spivey leads complimentary salsa lessons with DJ X spinning Latin beats until 2 a.m. Nacional 27 will also have their potent rum punch cocktail, made with light rum, dark rum, spiced rum and a mixture of orange, pineapple, mango and cranberry juices ($8/glass, $30 per 52-ounce fishbowl). 
No cover charge.
River North.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

7:30 am

Thanksgiving Brunch

Kanela hosts a Thanksgiving brunch that features specials such as biscuits & gravy and chicken & waffles.
More info here.
Available at Lakeview, Old Town, and Wicker Park locations.

10:30 am

Devon Seafood + Steak's Thanksgiving Day Menu

Devon Seafood + Steak’s Thanksgiving Day pre-fixe menu includes three courses of holiday favorites priced at $35 for adults and $17 for children 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity.
For more info and the full menu, click here.

11:00 am

Asian-Inspired Thanksgiving

Karma Asian Food & Fine Wine and Karma Pub feature an Asian-inspired full harvest feast for Thanksgiving. Karma offers a 4-course dinner that is $30/person, $18/children ages 5-12 and $12/children under 5. Guests may order from either menu. 
For reservations, call 847-970-6900. Click here for more info.
Mundelein, IL.

11:00 am

Thanksgiving with Nico Osteria

Join Nico Osteria this Thanksgiving for a four-course Italian meal, with a decidedly American touch. The full dinner menu will also be available.
$35/children ages 6-12.
Make reservations at 312-994-7100
Near North Side.

11:00 am

Fire-Grilled Thanksgiving Feast

Weber Grill open their doors all day for a coursed ‘Fire-Grilled Thanksgiving Feast’ in addition to its regular dinner menu. The Thanksgiving menu includes butternut squash soup, grill roasted smoked turkey, grilled sausage stuffing, classic pumpkin pie and many other options. Also available at the Lombard and Schaumburg locations.
$28.95/adults, $9.95/children 10 and under.
Various locations.

11:00 am

Thanksgiving at Park Grill

This Thanksgiving, gather your family and friends for a holiday meal in the heart of Millennium Park. Park Grill will welcome Thanksgiving Day dining guests from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Executive Chef Jared Case will offer an array of a la carte specials in addition to the regular fall menu, including Autumn Spiced Butternut Squash Soup; Pumpkin Ravioli; Ho-Ka Turkey Roulade; Pumpkin Pie; and more. Reservations may be made online at, or by calling 312-521-7275.
The Loop.

11:30 am

Thanksgiving Day Dining at The Chicago Firehouse

The Chicago Firehouse hosts their annual day-long Thanksgiving Day buffet. The South Loop restaurant serves an unlimited holiday menu that includes breakfast dishes, salads, seafood, carving stations, side dishes and desserts.

$49.99/adults and $19.99/ children ages 5-12.

More information here.

South Loop.

12:00 pm

Tuscany's Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Dinner

Tuscany in Wheeling serves a seasonal Thanksgiving prix fixe dinner featuring turkey, mashed and sweet potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry relish, stuffing and a slice of pumpkin pie.
$35/person. More info here.
Wheeling, IL.

12:00 pm

turkey dinner

The Hilton Thanksgiving Feast

The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center hosts a Thanksgiving Feast. In an effort to provide a home away from home for locals and out of town guests, the hotel invites families to show appreciation for each other this holiday season. 
For more information, please call the hotel direct at 630.850.5555.

1:00 pm

Thanksgiving Buffet at Maxwell's At The Club

Maxwell's At The Club offers a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet that also features many vegetarian dishes as well as gluten-free choices.
$45/person. $15/children 10 and under.
River North.

3:00 pm

Thanksgiving at Brasserie

Brasserie by LM hosts a Thanksgiving Prix Fixe dinner. Traditional favorites such as Roasted Turkey Roulade, Green Bean Casserole, and Pumpkin Pie will be served.
More information here.
South Loop.

5:00 pm

Thanksgiving Dinner, a la Chez Moi

Join Chef Dominique and his family for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with the flavors of France. Chez Moi offers a prix fixe menu and a limited regular menu will also be available. The menu includes their signature pumpkin soup, roasted turkey breast, pumpkin creme brulee and many other options.
$39/adult, $19/children ages 10 and under.
Lincoln Park.

5:30 pm

Thanksgiving at Kit Kat

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club hosts a Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Menu available on both Nov. 26 and 27. The menu includes a pumpkin pie martini, herb-marinated roasted turkey breast, a pumpkin pie tart and more. 
$25/person with a canned good donation. $49.95/person without donation.
More info here.

6:00 pm

Lottie's Thanksgiving Get Together

Lottie's opens at 6 p.m. with specials including a $10 Thanksgiving pizza (smoked turkey, candied cranberries, white sauce, mozzarella and provolone cheese), $4 Heineken, $4 Strongbow and $4 Jameson Black.
More info here.

Friday, November 28, 2014

11:00 am

Christkindlmarket Oakbrook

The Christkindlmarket Oakbrook is an outdoor holiday market featuring vendors from around the world who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique holiday gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages. Visit the new Village Green area near Crate&Barrel for a special selection of the German-American Holiday Market.
More details here.
Oakbrook, IL.

11:30 am

Black Friday in Downtown Hinsdale

Il Poggiolo Ristorante and CiNe Modern Taqueria, located in suburban Hinsdale, offer holiday shoppers 10% off their lunch tab November 28 - November 29. Show any retail receipt to redeem the dining discount (in addition to Hinsdale's boutiques, nearby centers include Yorktown and Oak Brook).

Saturday, November 29, 2014

9:00 am

Small Business Saturday Networking & Pop-Up Shop

Free Range Office hosts a morning networking breakfast for area businesses in the Wicker Park-Bucktown neighborhood along with a small business pop-up shop for local vendors. 
Free to attend. Register here.
Wicker Park.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

11:00 am

Britney Spears Birthday Brunch

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club hosts a Britney bunch in celebration of her birthday. A special Britney "Blackout" martini (Effen Black Cherry vodka, tart cherry juice, splash of champagne) and the full brunch menu will be available from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
More info here.
East Lakeview.

December 2014

Monday, December 01, 2014

6:00 pm

The Dinner Party at City Winery

Fear No Art presents "The Dinner Party" at City Winery. Chef Chris Pandel of Bristol & Balena cooks for some local celebs and the guests. His menu for the evening includes Raw Winter Squash Salad and Cassoulet Polonaise, Duck, Smoked Chicken, Polish Sausage, Kraut, and Beans, a Lagunitas Beer sampling, Voss Artesian Water from Norway, DAVIDs TEA samples, Lifeway Kefir Frozen Yogurt and Vosges Chocolate.
$45/person.  Tickets here.
Near West Side.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

11:00 am

Twelve Beers of Christmas

The Boundary invites guests to sip on the season with the inaugural Twelve Beers of Christmas Flight ($25) on December 2. Holiday brew enthusiasts can enjoy a sample of Christmas crafts, while supplies last, with a beer flight including Sam Adams Merry Maker, Shiner Holiday Cheer, Bells Christmas, Great Lakes Christmas, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, and Lagunitas Brown Sugar. Flights are offered from open to close on December 2 only.

6:30 pm

Revolution Brewing Beer Dinner

Compass Bar hosts a Revolution Craft Beer Dinner where guests can enjoy a 4-course menu paired with a selection of Revolution beers. A brewery representative will also be there to talk about the beer selections and answer questions.
Lincoln Park.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

5:30 pm

BrewLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

ZooLights is a free event hosted by the Lincoln Park Zoo with over two million lights that illuminate the park. Within the event is BrewLights, where adult guests have access to draft beer samples and purchase food and their favorite brews.  All proceeds from the event help keep Chicago’s landmark zoo open and free to the public 365 days a year.
More information here.
Lincoln Park.

6:30 pm

Holiday Feast

Chicago Gourmets hosts their Holiday Feast at Friendship Restaurant with a Chinese cooking and cultural experience by Chef and Owner Alan Yuen.
$85/person. More info here.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

5:30 pm

Chocolate and Cheer Cookie Exchange

The Fairmont Chicago hosts this event that features a wine tasting and an array of seasonal cookies.  Attendees go home with 3 dozen gourmet cookies of their choice, wrapped in custom luxury packaging.
$50/person. Reservations required by calling 312.565.6603 or emailing
The Loop.

Friday, December 05, 2014

4:00 pm


St. Viator's hosts a 3-day Winterfest including an ice skating rink, Mistletoe Market, craft fair, fresh wreaths & tress, snowflake cafe, hot cocoa bar, and winter cocktail bar.
More info here.
Irving Park.

6:30 pm

Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball

Catholic Charities will host the 25th Anniversary Spirit of Saint Nicholas Ball to benefit the children served by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Held at the Hilton Chicago, more than 1,300 guests will attend this black tie engagement’s Silver Anniversary featuring entertainment by the Ken Arlen Orchestra.
South Loop.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

11:00 am

Tasting Table's Open Market

The Open Market is held at the Redmoon Theater and gives guests access to more than 40 of Chicago's notable chefs, pastry chefs, and artisan producers selling small bites and gifts, as well as a complimentary drink from Tasting Table.  Click here for a full list of the vendors.
Tickets are $5/person + tax.  

Buy tickets online

6:30 pm

Gingerbread House Competition

The All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva challenges participants of all ages to test their creativity at the 1st Annual Gingerbread House Competition to benefit the Saving Tiny Hearts Society. Entries will be judged on overall appearance, originality/creativity, difficulty and precision. 
The entry fee is $15.
More info here.
Geneva, IL.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

9:00 am

Breakfast with Santa at The Hilton

The Hilton Hotel hosts Breakfast with Santa. Families can take photos with Santa Clause and have a breakfast by Chef Curry. There will also be hayrides and hot chocolate to complete the winter experience. Breakfast with Santa is hosted for three consecutive weeks: Deceber 7, 14 and 21.
Reservations are required by calling 630.850.5507.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

5:00 pm

Sake Social

Receive complimentary Sake tastings with a food purchase from certified Sake professional, Choon Lai, at Sunda's lounge and bar area from 5-7 p.m. A variety of half-priced appetizers are also available.
More info here.
River North.

7:00 pm

Iron Chef Jose Garces Holiday Cooking Demo

Celebrity Chef Jose Garces invites up to 60 Chicago gourmands to a cooking demo and 4-course dinner in the Barcelona Room of Mercat a la Planxa. The Iron Chef offers instructions on how to prepare Catalan-inspired holiday dishes including a Serrano Ham & Fig Salad and bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with almonds. A selection of Spanish wines will be served throughout the demo and guests can taste test each dish.  

Tickets are $75, with $50 from each ticket benefitting the Chicago Greater Food Depository. 

Call (312) 765-0524 for reservations.

South Loop.

7:00 pm

Bordeaux Around the World

City Winery and Pasternak Wine Imports curates wines from the portfolio of France’s Château Lafite Rothschild. The wines – Champagne Baron de Rothschild, Le Dix de Los Vascos grande cuvee, Bodegas Caro “Amancaya” Gran Reserva, Bodegas Caro “Caro” and a Bordeaux to be determined – are paired with a menu inspired by the regions from which the wines hail.
More information here.
West Loop.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

6:30 pm

Swine and Wine Collaboration Dinner

Travelle hosts an exclusive "Swine and Wine" 5-course dinner where Chef Tim Graham teams up with Chef Nathan Sears of The Radler. The dinner features a pork-based menu paired with international wines.

$99/person. Reservation required, call 312-923-9988.

River North.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

4:00 pm

Celebrate Chanukah with Eight Beery Nights

Fountainhead hosts a series of beer nights featuring special collaboration beers from Chef Cleetus Friedman and Begyle Brewing. Eight Beery Nights takes place Dec. 16-23. The beers range from $6-10 and traditional Chanukah dishes will be served.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

4:00 pm

Feast of the Seven Fishes

Nico Osteria hosts a celebration for the Southern Italian tradition, the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Chef de Cuisine Erling Wu-Bower’s prepares a four-course Christmas Eve menu showcasing a bounty of fresh fish and seafood. 
Call 312.994.7100 for reservations.

5:00 pm

Christmas Eve French Feast

Bistronomic offers a 3-course Christmas Eve prix fixe menu. On the menu are seasonal and local ingredients along with classic and familiar holiday favorites. Seatings are available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Highlights of the menu include the House Cured Faroe Island Salmon, Maine Diver Sea Scallops, Winter Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Roasted Rack of Lamb, Prime Beef Short Ribs, and Martial's "Kit Kat" Bars.
$58 per adult and $20 per child. Reservations and more info here.
Gold Coast.

5:00 pm

Creole Réveillon Dinner

Big Jones hosts a 4-course dinner to celebrate Christmas Eve.  The name for the dinner comes from the French word for "awakening" and in the 19th century was an elaborate dinner served Christmas Eve after midnight mass.
$49/adult.  $20/child. (plus tax & gratuity).
Call 773.275.5725 for reservations.  More info here.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

11:00 am

Christmas Day with Nico Osteria

Nico Osteria hosts a four-course Italian meal in celebration of Christmas Day. A limited regular dinner menu will also be available.
$75/adult and $35/ Children ages 6-12.
Call 312.994.7100 for reservations.
More information here.
Gold Coast.

12:00 pm

Naughty or Nice Christmas at Travelle

Travelle in The Langham Hotel invites guests to a Naughty or Nice family-style dinner this Christmas Day. The duel-sided menu showcases a “Naughty” section featuring hearty, meat-centric and rustic cuisine, along with a “Nice” side, catered toward a healthier holiday meal with vegetable and seafood creations. Guests can mix and match to create their perfect Christmas Day feast. 
For reservations visit or call 312.923.7705.
Near North Side.

3:00 pm

Christmas Day at Bistronomic

Bistronomic offers a three-course Christmas Day prix fixe menu. Composed from seasonal, local, and sustainable ingredients, the holiday menu incorporates familiar favorites that are prepared in a modern style. A notable amount of vegetarian options will be available on Christmas Day as well. Seatings are available from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. 
$65 per adult, $25 per child. See the menu here.
Gold Coast.