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15 restaurants and bars open on Christmas Day in Chicago

Most of the city turns into a ghost town but these restaurants and bars will be open for business on December 25.

Jeffy Mai
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Jeffy Mai
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Christmas is all about spending time with the family. This year, give the greatest gift by taking them out to a sumptuous feast and letting the experts handle the cooking. Many Chicago restaurants will be operating on Christmas Day and offer a la carte specials as well as prix fixe menus. Whether it’s steak, fried chicken or paella, the best restaurants in Chicago have everything you need to make the holiday a memorable one. If you’re looking for a place to grab an after-dinner drink or watch a football game, some of the city’s finest bars are also inviting folks to join them for an evening of revelry. No matter which you prefer, check out our guide to the best restaurants and bars open on Christmas Day in Chicago for some good times. Just make sure to book a reservation if possible to avoid getting left out in the cold.

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What’s open on Christmas Day

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  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Lake View
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The Greystone Tavern will become “8 Crazy Nights,” a Hannakuh-themed pop-up bar from Nov. 25 through Jan. 8. You can swing by on Christmas day between 5pm-2am for food and drink specials like matzo ball soup, a brisket sandwich and a gelt martini.

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