The holidays are hectic. We all know that. So why not reduce the stress by having someone else prepare dinner? In the top 5 dishes for the holidays are mashed potatoes, turkey, and gravy – and you’ll find all of those at many of Chicago’s restaurants during the holiday season. Here are ten of Chicago’s best restaurants, all doing the traditional favorites as well as surprising seasonal specials for Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa.


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NoMI celebrates December 24 with a 4-course, prix-fixe menu of chestnut soup, cote de boeuf, and fondant au caramel ($165/person).


Gaijin, Paul Virant’s Japanese bistro is open December 19-31 (closed on Christmas) offering Wagyu short ribs, scallop Osaka okonomiyaki and crab negiyaki ($25-$35/person).


Sunda, Chicago’s first high-end Filipino-forward restaurant offers an East Meets West take-home dinner of specialties like pork belly adobo, shishito mashed potatoes and street corn stuffing ($180/feeds four).




Adorn Bar and Restaurant in the Four Seasons offers a four-course Feast of the Seven Fishes on December 24 ($135/person).


Osteria Via Stato also does a Feast of the Seven Fishes, featuring “mouthwatering seafood dishes from around the country” (74.95/person)


Carnivale, one of Chicago’s best Latin-forward restaurants, offers brunch with Santa on December 4 and 18 (adults, $55/under 10, $25).




The Lobby at the Peninsula lays out a five-course prix fixe dinner and dessert buffet, beneath the grand Christmas tree, accompanied by a holiday trio ($275/person)


Tortoise Club has a menu of a la carte specials on Christmas Eve; it’s going to be a surprise!


The Berghoff serves up a special holiday menu including Gretchen’s Potato Pancakes, Alsatian Onion & Apple Soup and…Glühwein.


The Walnut Room stages their traditional, spectacular holiday dinner beneath what is probably the largest indoor Christmas tree in the Midwest.


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