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Christmas Dinner in Chicago 2010

Select Chicago Restaurants Open on Christmas and Christmas Eve

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Christmas dinner in Chicago doesn't have to consist of a hot dog from the convenience store next to your hotel. A number of Chicago restaurants are open for Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, offering a wide array of options. (Prices, times and offerings subject to change. Prices listed do not include drinks, tax or gratuity unless otherwise noted.)

Aria Restaurant

Aria, inside Chicago's luxury Fairmont Hotel, is taking a whimsical approach to Christmas dinner with "Sticks and a Flick" which they're calling a "Jewish Christmas dinner" -- Chinese food and a movie. The restaurant will be serving a special three course Chinese menu, and each diner will receive a ticket for the AMC River East Theater, located a block and a half away.

  • Address: Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago
  • Phone: 312-444-9494
  • Christmas Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Cost: $45 per person

Drake Brothers

Drake Brothers, the aptly named steakhouse inside the Drake Hotel, will be offering both a Christmas Eve buffet with items like Scotch eggs, duck confit salad, crab claws, Michigan turkey with prosciutto and sage stuffing and dry aged pork loin and a Christmas Day pre fixe four course dinner and a dessert buffet with entree choices such as filet mignon or seared duck breast. Santa and holiday carolers will be on hand for both events.

  • Address: 140 E. Walton Place, Chicago
  • Phone: 312-787-2200
  • Christmas Eve/Day Hours: Noon - 7 p.m.
  • Feast Cost: Buffet: $60 adults, $30 children; Dinner: $80 adults, $30 children

Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse

Take the sports nut in your life to Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse, named after the legendary baseball broadcaster, for their special Christmas Eve dinner featuring selections like fire roasted tomato bisque, roasted half duck and Colorado lamb chops as well as their full menu.

  • Address: 33 W. Kinzie Street, Chicago
  • Phone: 312-828-0966
  • Christmas Eve Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Entrees range between $16 - $35

Lockwood

Lockwood, located in the Palmer House Hilton, is offering an upscale Christmas buffet with choices such as local cheeses, organic fruits and entrees such as prime rib and maple honey molasses roasted turkey breast. The restaurant's full à la carte menu will be available after 5 p.m.

  • Address: 17 E. Monroe St., (Palmer House Hilton), Chicago
  • Phone: 312-917-3404
  • Christmas Hours: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Buffet Cost: $58 adults, $48 seniors, $25 children (6-12)

Markethouse

Chef Scott Walton is bringing his farm-to-table sensibilities to Christmas dinner, and is offering a three course meal with selections such as Painted Hill Farms rib eye, Maple Leaf Farms cassoulet, winter truffle potato pave and "egg nog" bread pudding with bourbon butterscotch sauce.

  • Address: 611 N. Fairbanks Court, Chicago
  • Phone: 312-224-2200
  • Christmas Day Hours: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Cost: $36 per person

Sixteen

Want to make your Christmas dinner very merry and bright? Then blow the bank at Sixteen at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, which will have special decadent dinners on both Christmas Eve/Day and a brunch on Christmas Day.

  • Address: 401 N. Wabash Avenue, 16th Floor, Chicago
  • Phone: 312-588-8030
  • Christmas Eve Hours: 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Day Brunch Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Christmas Dinner Hours: 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Christmas Eve Dinner: $135/195 per person (5 or 10 course tasting menu); Christmas Brunch: $115 per person, $35 children (8 and under); Christmas Dinner: $95/$125 per person (3 or 5 course tasting menu)

Sushisamba Rio

Try something different for Christmas dinner at Sushisamba Rio, which will offer its full menu on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Selections on its eclectic Japanese/Brazilian/Peruvian menu include items from the raw bar, Japanese style Kobe beef, various seviches and sashimi tiraditos as well as Brazilian style churrasco.

  • Address: 504 N. Wells Street, Chicago
  • Phone: 312-595-2300
  • Christmas Eve Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 1 a.m.
  • Christmas Day Hours: Noon - 2 a.m. (may close early)
  • Cost: Entrees range from $20-$40

Zest

Zest, in the Intercontinental Hotel is a contemporary American restaurant with a picturesque view of the Magnificent Mile. Zest is offering both a Christmas Day brunch and Christmas Eve/Day dinner this year. The brunch will feature a carving station, a sushi station, a kids table and entrees/sides such as beef tenderloin filets and roasted rosemary potatoes. For dinner, Zest is offering a prix fixe 6 course menu with items like ox tail strudel and venison saddle.

  • Address: 505 N. Michigan Ave., (Intercontinental Hotel), Chicago
  • Phone: 312-321-8844
  • Christmas Eve/Day Dinner Hours: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Christmas Day Brunch Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Cost: Brunch: $55 adults, $23 children; Dinner: $65 per person

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