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15 Christmas Eve dinners in Chicago

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For some, Christmas Eve is the main event of the holiday season. For others, it’s a night for wrapping last-minute gifts and prepping for the big day on the 25th. And then there are those for whom it’s just another night.

Whichever camp you fall in, plenty of Chicago restaurants are open to serve you. Here are a just a few options. Reservations are required for most.

  1. Bistronomic, Gold Coast, 5 to 10 p.m. $55 adults, $20 children, $10 children 5 and under.

    Chef Martial Noguier’s four-course French menu includes Maine diver sea scallops with wild mushroom, caramelized cauliflower, winter truffle foam; mache salad with pomegranate, Capriole goat cheese, citrus vinaigrette; glazed venison osso bucco with persimmon, celery-root mousseline, black peppercorn sauce; winter squash ravioli with almond, parmesan shaving, butternut squash nage; chocolate hazelnut bars with Grand Marnier sauce, vegetarian options and more.

  2. LM Restaurant, Lincoln Square, 5 to 10 p.m., $45.
    Chef Justin Perdue presents a four-course holiday menu featuring sunchoke soup with parsley puree; grilled shrimp with Israeli couscous, lardon and orange zest; braised short rib with salsify, confit potato and truffle jus; and apple tart with frangipane and cinnamon creme. The regular menu will also be available.

  3. Sixteen, River North, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., $145, or $205 with wine pairings.

    Chefs Joseph Rose and Sarah Kosikowski’s five-course tasting menu features apple and chestnut soup with poached apples, foie gras Chantilly and ginger snap; Dover sole; roasted beef tenderloin; l’edel de cleron cheese with with pine syrup, winter fruit compote and spiced walnuts and gingerbread buche de noel with roasted pear gelee and speculoos ice cream.

  4. Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club, Northalsted, 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., $30.

    A cocktail such as the “Harmoni Merry-tini,” “Hpnotiq Snowflake,” “Pumpkin Pie,” “Banana Nut Bread,” “Santa Baby” or “Fruity Xmas” is included in the prix-fixe dinner of beef bourguignon with grilled baguette and roasted poussin with cauliflower puree, brussels sprouts and truffle gaufrette. Kit Kat’s “Super Sexy Santa” will be on hand for photographs.

  5. Big Jones, Andersonville, 5 to 10 p.m., $45.

    Chef Paul Fehribach presents a dinner inspired by “Reveillon,” or “reawakening,” a tradition of the New Orleans Creoles, with a table d’hote menu based on turn-of-the-century recipes. Options include such items as paneed Strauss Farm sweetbreads with oyster puree and absinthe gastrique; coconut and calf’s foot soup; oyster stew with house-cured hog collar cappicola and buttered croutons; speckled belly goose gumbo with house-made chaurice meatballs and Kurt Unkel’s rice; creamed venison pie with celery root, rutabaga, leeks, and horseradish red wine jus; and rum and nutmeg bread pudding with molasses cookie crumble and vanilla bean ice cream.

  6. Ann Sather, Lakeview, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. $19.95, $10.95 for children 12 years and under.

    Holiday dinners include: roast turkey with celery-sage stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce; baked bone-in ham with fruit glaze and sweet potatoes; prime rib au jus with mashed potatoes; broiled salmon with mustard dill sauce and mashed potatoes; and The Swedish Sampler (roasted duck breast with lingonberry glaze, meatball, potato sausage, spatzle, sauerkraut and brown beans); plus house-made breads, vegetable soup, seasonal vegetable and apple, walnut-chocolate chip or pumpkin pie. Reservations will be accepted for parties of six or more.

  7. Le Titi de Paris , Arlington Heights, 4 to 8:30 p.m., $48 ($67 with wine flight: $67; add $8 for cheese course or $14 for cheese and tawny port).

    Choices include crispy feuillette of bay scallop and rock shrimp with leeks and fennel, and lobster sauce; assiette of house-made pates, dried sausages, cranberry raisin chutney and a duo of mustards; billi bi soup (black mussel and leek chowder); tenderloin of beef en croute with Yorkshire pudding and white truffle infusion; coq au vin with white mushrooms, pearl onions and carrots; potato-crusted Norwegian salmon on Mediterranean couscous with citrus Champagne sauce; and a trilogy of desserts.

  8. Restaurant Michael, Winnetka, 4 to 8:30 p.m. $49, $24.50 children under 10.

    Chef Michael Lachowicz’s six-course menu offers such selections as potato and truffle soup with duck confit vol au vent; two preparations of lobster; ravioli with ginger mustard beurre blanc and tempura claw over tarragon spinach blini; house-cured and smoked wild Alaskan salmon rosette over a warm potato gateau; warm grilled quail and foie gras salad with rosemary toasted walnuts, truffle vinaigrette and crisp potato galette; roast chateaubriand of beef tenderloin, chive scented potato croquettes, vegetable bouquetierre, sauce bearnaise; duo of stuffed breast of hen and roast breast of duck with sweet potato and celery root gratin, duck fat potatoes and sauce bigarade; filet of wild Chilean sea bass with gratin potato, shallot, pearl onions and mushrooms and sauce marchand de vin; duo of roast saddle of venison and bacon wrapped saddle of rabbit with dried blueberries, Dijon mustard jus; roasted pumpkin mascarpone cheesecake with pecan-spiced shortbread, spiced syrup; peppermint spiked Valrhona hot chocolate and tiny Christmas cookies and chocolates and trio of seasonal fruit desserts.

  9. Chicago Prime Steakhouse, Schaumburg, 3 to 11 p.m.

    Entrees include roast boneless leg of lamb with rosemary red wine sauce, cranberry and pecan wild rice pilaf with a squash medley ($25); honey glazed ham with citrus pan sauce, maple whipped sweet potatoes, asparagus and baby carrots ($25); 18-ounce U.S.D.A prime rib served au jus with horseradish cream sauce ($38).

  10. Lawry’s The Prime Rib, River North, 5 to 11 p.m..

    Victorian Era costumed carolers serenade diners throughout the evening. The regular menu will be offered.

  11. Cyrano’s Bistrot & Wine Bar, River North, 4 to 10 p.m., $42, $25 children under 12.

    Chef Didier Durand’s four-course dinner offers roasted French goose, grilled salmon, rack of lamb, coq au vin, grilled swordfish, bistrot steak and more.

  12. Deleece Restaurant, Lakeview, 5 to 9 p.m.

    Along with the regular menu, holiday selections include oyster stew; roasted pork loin ‘ham style” with chestnut-apple and cornbread pudding, garlicky braised greens, and brown sugar-mustard gravy; prime rib, horseradish twice baked potatoes, rapini, pearl onions and shiitake mushrooms with natural jus; venison, red sauerkraut, spiced caramelized quince and Szechuan-pepper spatzle; and lobster and market fish potage with saffron, fennel and new potatoes.

  13. Pensiero, Evanston, 5 to 8 p.m., $60.

    Italian-inspired choices incude kale soup, gnudi with orange marmalade, brown butter-beet emulsion and tarragon; hand cut tagliatelle with wild mushrooms, pistachios, porcini brodo; pappardelle with rabbit, arugula and parmigiano-reggiano; braised pork with greens, hazelnuts and tomato confit; tuna with onions, mint-carrot brodo and cocoa; lamb and winter vegetables with huckleberries and dessert.

  14. Park Grill, Loop, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

    Chef Alex Shalev presents a holiday dinner including a la carte options such as prime rib of beef green beans, truffle mashed potatoes, horseradish cream, bordelaise ($33 to $40); grilled half Amish chicken with buttermilk mashed potatoes and roasted-garlic jus ($21); roasted Berkshire pork loin and braised shoulder, with turnips, pearl onions, swiss chard and pickled raisin relish ($29); braised lamb shank with zinfandel barbecue sauce, buttermilk mashed potatoes, baby carrots and mint gremolata ($24); grilled center-cut filet with red wine, roasted fingerling potatoes and spinach ($28 to $35); whole roasted red snapper with meyer lemon, garlic, fennel, fingerling potatoes ($38); grilled salmon with butternut squash, maitake mushrooms, pumpkin seed pesto ($25); sea scallops cauliflower, green beans, mushrooms ($26); sweet-potato risotto with pumpkin, sage, pine nuts, leeks and manchego cheese ($16).

  15. Rockit Bar & Grill, River North, 7:30 to 10 p.m., $30, VIP $350.

    Tickets to Rockit’s “Rockmitzvah” party include half-off food, a private reception with a food and beverage package, and an after party starting at 10 p.m.