November 2014

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.

11:00 am

Black Friday Brunch at Division Ale House

The Division Ale House hosts a Black Friday brunch service and offers $3 mimosas, $6 bloody marys and $3 Jameson shots all day. The brunch menus lists choices such as waffle fried chicken, Irish breakfast, crab cakes Benedict and house-brined corned beef hash.

Wicker Park.

11:00 am

Black Friday Brunch at High Noon Saloon

High Noon Saloon opens early and offers Tex-Mex brunch dishes such as Huevos Rancheros, Chilaquiles and a Breakfast Burrito from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. All-day drink deals include $3 mimosas, $5 bloody marys and $4 Trumer Pils drafts.

Wicker Park.

11:00 am

Black Friday Beers Brunch

Mac’s American Pub features a Beers Brunch on Black Friday, including choices such as Stuffed Banana Nutella French Toast, a Chevre Three-Egg Omelet and Huevos Rancheros, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and offers $3.50 craft draft beers all day.
Ukrainian Village.

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).
Hinsdale.

8:00 pm

Goose Island Tap Takeover at Red Line Tap

Red Line Tap is hosting a Goose Island Tap Takeover on Black Friday featuring brews including Bourbon County Stout, Sticky Feathers IPA, Festivity Ale, 312 Wheat Ale & Green Line. Representatives from Goose Island will be available to chat and answer questions. Red Line Tap will also feature music from brother/sister rock ‘n roll duo Alex White & Fancis Scott Key White of White Mystery.
$7 in advance, $10 at the door.
Rogers Park.

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.
$45/person.
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.
$35/person.
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.
Avondale.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

11:00 am

"Da Floyds" Tap Takeover

The Franklin Tap features five Three Floyds brews on draught during a Chicago Bears game viewing party.  The beers featured are Backmasking, Dreadnaught, Gumballhead, Majsgoop, and Zombie Dust.
The Loop.

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 brittany.robbins@fairmont.com.
The Loop.

Friday, December 05, 2014

4:00 pm

Winterfest

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.
$500/person.
$6000/table.
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.  
Pilsen.

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12:00 pm

Nutcracker Reading & Cupcakes

Magnolia Bakery hosts a few of the Joffrey's Sugar Plum Fairy ballerinas straight off "The Nutcracker" stage to do a personal reading from "The Nutcracker" to children and adults. The Joffrey Hotel will give away a pair of tickets to the show, a Joffrey goodie bag, and one Nutcracker soldier and nut globe ornament.   Magnolia also features their limited-edition signature Nutcracker Cupcake.  
More info here.
The Loop.

3:00 pm

Highwood Tree Lighting Ceremony

Highwood's City Hall Park turns into a mini Kringle Market, featuring pictures with Santa, S'more making, holiday caroling, gifts from The Silk Thumb, and Clucker's warm chicken chili.  Attendees are encouraged to bring toys and non-perishable food donations for less fortunate families. The Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 4:30pm.
Highwood, IL.

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.
$29.95/person.
Reservations are required by calling 630.850.5507.
 
 

5:00 pm

Fat Rice & Friends Holiday Market

A special holiday market featuring food, drink, and unique retail items from Fat Rice's kitchen and from several of their local partners.  Every guest who walks through the door gets one ticket good for the first round of boozy punch or house made dumpling.
Free admission.  More info here.
Logan Square.

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.

5:30 pm

12 Beers of Christmas at Jake Melnick's

Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap hosts a “12 Beers of Christmas” featuring a Santa photobooth, cookie decorating, and 12 specialty beers only available this time of the year.

Near North Side.

6:30 pm

Holiday Sparkling Wine Dinner

Trellis hosts a 6-course dinner paired with Sparkling Wines presented by special guest and Master Sommelier Fernando Beteta.
$80/person.
Lincoln Park.

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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 Wine Pairing Dinner

City Winery and Pasternak Wine Imports curate wines from the portfolio of France’s Château Lafite Rothschild. The wines are paired with a menu inspired by the regions whence the wines hail.
$125/person for tasting and five course meal.
Near West Side.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

6:00 pm

Free Spirits Tasting

At Pizza Rustica, spirits expert, Caroline Servat, serves up some of her most intriguing and delicious holiday spirit selections including Prichard's Double-Barreled Chocolate Bourbon, Elation Pear Cognac, Zafra 21-Year Master's Reserve Sipping Rum, and more.
Lakeview.

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.

Friday, December 12, 2014

3:30 pm

Santa....We Know Him!

Families can stop by TETE between 3:30-5:30pm, tell Santa what they want for Christmas, and enjoy a cookie take-home bag.
West Loop.

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.
Ravenswood.

5:30 pm

Roasted Pig

Annual Cuban Holiday Dinner Menu at Nacional 27

Nacional 27 celebrates National Roast Suckling Pig Day (December 18),with a Cuban-themed menu and optional wine pairings from December 16 to December 19. Executive Chef Chico Vilchez's four course menu includes a tapas sampling, followed by soup or salad, choice of entree and dessert for $30. Wine pairings may be added for $19.
Dinner reservations may be made by calling 312.664.2727.
River North.

6:00 pm

Canard-Duchêne Champagne Dinner

Japonais by Morimoto hosts a dinner featuring Lily Baetche from Champagne. The tasting includes a 5-course meal and champagne pairings.
$130/person.
More information here.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

6:30 pm

Holiday Truffle-Making Party

Katherine Duncan, founder of Katherine Anne Confections, opens her kitchen and recipe book to the public as she demonstrates how to make holiday truffles.  Attendees create classic hand-rolled truffles and everyone leaves with a sampling of the truffles created.
$60/person.
Lincoln Park.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

1:00 pm

El Tapeo Holiday Cooking Demo

The Christkindlemarket Oakbrook hosts a demonstration of unique winter cooking by Chef Franco Diaz.  
More info here.
Oak Brook, IL.

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 prepares a 4-course Christmas Eve menu showcasing a bounty of fresh fish and seafood. 
$100/person.
Call 312.994.7100 for reservations.

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.
Andersonville.

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.

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. 
$79/person.
More info here.  Reservations made by calling 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.