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9 places to celebrate Passover 2012 in Chicago


Passover, the Jewish commemoration of the Biblical Exodus, begins at sunset Friday, April 6. If you don’t have a seder to go to, a variety of local restaurants stand ready to provide you with traditional holiday fare. Many provide Passover meals to go as well, but call now to order.

  1. Mity Nice on the Magnificent Mile presents a family-style Passover dinner Friday, April 6, with house-made matzo, chopped liver, Suzy Friedman’s vegetarian chopped liver, gefilte fish with horseradish and carrots and matzo ball soup. Main course include from sweet-and-sour beef brisket, herb-roasted chicken and garlic-crusted whitefish plus sides such as carrot tzimmes and potato pancakes. Finishing touches are flourless chocolate cake and toasted coconut macaroons. The price for adults is $36.95 and $16.95 for children 12 and under. Reservations are not required.

  2. Steve’s Deli in River North encourages you to bring your own Seder plate on Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7. The restaurant welcomes diners to host a complete seder with readings from the Haggadah. Their a la carte menu offers house-made apple-walnut charoset, matzo balls, gefilte fish, roast brisket of beef, roasted lemon chicken and chocolate banana cake.

  3. The Bagel in Skokie serves a traditional Passover dinner with candlelight and white tablecloth service on Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, with seatings at 5 and 8 p.m. The menu starts a relish tray of chopped egg/onion salad, dill pickles, sour green tomatoes, chopped liver, gefilte fish with beet horseradish and golden chicken broth with matzoh ball. The choice of entree includes oven-roasted brisket of beef, half roasted chicken, broiled Lake Superior whitefish and sweet-and-sour meatballs. Sides include carrot, sweet potato and prune tzimmes and matzoh dressing. The dessert tray offeers old-fashioned sponge cake and assorted macaroons. A glass of sweet red or white kosher wine and coffee, tea or fountain beverage also feature. The meal is $32 or $15 for children under 10.

  4. Manny’s in the South Loop will be open for both seder nights featuring a la carte items such as gefilte fish; chopped liver, matzo-ball soup; brisket, chicken; matzo pizza; potato kugel; roasted potatoes and more.

  5. Tuscany in Wheeling offers a three-course menu served family-style on both nights including chopped liver, gefilte fish with horseradish, golden chicken broth with matzo ball, oven-roasted brisket of beef, whole roasted chicken, fresh broiled lake superior whitefish and more, $29 adults, $14.50 for children under 10.

  6. Max’s Deli in Highland Park offers holiday dinners centering on brisket, chicken, whitefish, matzo-crusted salmon, sweet-and-sour meatballs or grilled vegetables, with a complete seder plate and all the trimmings, $27.95, $12.95 for kids.

  7. Mon Ami Gabi in Lincoln Park offers a menu including such dishes as matzo-ball soup, braised brisket of beef with roast potatoes, house-made gefilte fish and flourless chocolate cake, $36.95, $15.95 for children 12 and under. Reservations are encouraged.

  8. Wildfire in Glenview and Lincolnshire. offers traditional Passover dishes on both nights, including matzo-ball soup, chopped liver, braised brisket of beef, Chef Joe Decker’s family recipe potato kugel and coconut macaroons. The dishes come as part of a three-course dinner for $39.95, a kids’ menu $16.95, or, for groups of six or more, served family style for $39.95 per person.

  9. L. Woods in Lincolnwood offers a menu of traditional holiday food on Friday and Saturday, starting with house made chopped liver, Suzy Friedman’s vegetarian chopped liver, gefilte fish, and matzoh ball soup. For the entree, choose herb chicken, braised beef brisket or matzo-crusted whitefish. Entrees are served with honey-glazed carrots and potato pancakes. Dessert choices include house-made sponge cake, coconut macaroons or flourless chocolate cake. The meal is $39.95.

A variety of local congregations also host community Passover seders.