BalsanOpen your presents over breakfast at the Elysian (actually, maybe you should ask before you do that), or return at night for a special three-course dinner menu. 11 E Walton St (312-880-4400). Breakfast 7am–noon. Dinner noon–7pm. Three-course dinner $75.
Deca at the Ritz-Carlton ChicagoPlease accept Deca’s gift of licensed baby-sitters, a play room and a kiddie buffet so you can enjoy your favorite holiday brunch items (and soft jazz) in peace. 160 E Pearson St (312-573-5083). Noon–6pm; $125 ($40 kids ages 6 to 12).
ItaliAsiaThere are no Christmas-themed items on this buffet, save the mysterious, nondenominational mini assortment of holiday pastries. But you can load up on Oriental crab and Caesar salad. 350 W Mart Center Dr (312-529-1157). 11am–8pm; $25 (children under 12 $15.95).
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper ClubDash through the inevitable snow to chef Mark Kasper’s Jingle Bell Brunch, where you’ll get half off Kit Kat’s Christmas prix-fixe menu with the donation of any canned good. 3700 N Halsted St (773-525-1111). 11am–3pm; $30 (with discount $15).
Sixteen at TrumpAt this Christmas Day brunch for the kiddies, each family will get a fruitcake to take home, and every parent will have to figure out what to do with said fruitcake. 401 N Wabash Ave (312-588-8030). 11am–3:30pm; $125 (kids 8 and under $35).