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Five great Christmas meals of 2011

Where (and what) to eat on Christmas


Balsan Open 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 Chicago Please 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).

ItaliAsia There 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 Club Dash 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 Trump At 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).

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