Itching to escape your extended family? Looking for someone else to do the cooking, cleaning and bartending on Christmas Day? Need a stiff drink stat? You’re in luck. Some of Chicago’s best bars and restaurants keep their doors and kitchens open on December 25. Whether you’re looking for an indulgent brunch buffet, a multi-course dinner or a wild, booze-fueled night out, there’s something for everyone. These 22 spots are ready to take your order on Christmas Day. Avoid getting left out in the cold by noting holiday hours and making reservations whenever possible.
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What’s open on Christmas Day
This Logan Square stalwart wins Christmas with a menu of remixed Chinese take-out favorites. Nosh on crab rangoon with hot mustard, General Foie's fried chicken, pulled pork ma pao tofu, duck confit bao and more. Walk-ins only.
Christmas Day hours: 5–10pm
Good tunes and excellent booze will be flowing at this Humboldt Park fan-favorite on December 25. Get cozy in an intimate booth, play a round of checkers and soak up the Christmas spirit.
Christmas Day hours: 8pm–2am
Whether you’re hosting your parents or looking for a quiet place to lounge the day away, this light-filled hotel lobby is a particularly beautiful option. By day, grab brunch favorites like warm coconut pudding, avocado toast or the halloumi and charred cauliflower sandwich. Starting at noon, guests can order a three-course menu ($36 per person) that's packed with delicious choices like mushroom risotto, chicken confit and cranberry trifle.
Christmas Day hours: Brunch 7am–4pm, afternoon tea 1:30–6pm, prix fixe 12pm–close
Put a French spin on your holiday celebration at Michael Mina's Gold Coast restaurant inside the Waldorf Astoria. Christmas Day diners will be treated to a three-course menu ($85 per person) with dishes like a black truffle and poached leek tart, roasted peking duck breast and seared Hudson valley foie gras. The meal is capped off with sinful desserts from pastry chef Ashley Torto.
Christmas Day hours: 4–9pm
The kitchen at this Andersonville institution is closed for the day, but the beer taps will still be flowing. Choose from ciders and meads, Belgian drafts, Chicago-made craft drafts, sours and wines.
Christmas Day hours: 6pm–2am
If your holiday festivities take you to the Loop, make a dinner reservation at Cherry Circle Room inside the historic Chicago Athletic Association. They'll be serving a family-style prix-fixe menu ($125 per person) that will fill your belly with short rib bourguignon, decadent sides and an assortment of candies and cookies. Reservations are encouraged.
Christmas Day hours: 4–9:30pm
If carols aren’t doing it for you this year, Delilah’s annual Punk Rock Christmas event should turn things up a notch. Everyone is treated to a split of Miller High Life and free pool throughout the night.
Christmas Day hours: 4pm–2am
Picture this: You're curled up with a blanket and a glass of hot mulled wine in front of an outdoor fire pit on the Peninsula Chicago's rooftop terrace. Intrigued? Stop by Z Bar for a nightcap before you pass out underneath the Christmas tree.
Christmas Day hours: Noon–midnight
Looking to class it up for the evening? Head to this Gold Coast stunner for a festive feast; the prix-fixe menu ($65 per person) features a parade of winter staples including a seafood tower, beef Wellington, lobster risotto and from-scratch desserts. Reservations are encouraged.
Christmas Day hours: 2–9pm
After you've finished opening presents and making pleasantries with your extended family, dance off the holiday stress at this retro dive in Logan Square. Select beers will be on special for $2–$3, and you can bet the jukebox will be bumpin' till 4am.
Christmas Day hours: 10pm–4am
If your family is hunkered down in the Loop for the holidays, grab a brunch or dinner reservation at Cochon Volant, where you can order from the restaurant's regular French-inspired menus. For brunch, salmon Benedict or blueberry quinoa pancakes. For dinner, croque madame eggrolls and truffle pasta.
Christmas Day hours: 8am–11pm
Sip hot holiday cocktails and play classic arcade games into the wee hours of the morning at this River North bar that stays open 365 days a year. Because the kitchen will be closed on December 25, guests get 50 percent off their tabs beginning at 7pm, and the staff will order in pizzas for everyone to munch on.
Christmas Day hours: 7pm–2am
Add some razzle dazzle to your Christmas Day routine with an around-the-world–themed brunch ($155 per person) at Travelle inside the Langham. The spread includes indulgent dishes like garlic butter Tomahawk rib eye steaks, pan-roasted duck breast, whipped truffled potatoes and more. A prix-fixe dinner is also available for $85 per person and features hamachi, roasted pear and little gem salad and seared scallops.
Christmas Day hours: Brunch 10am–3pm, dinner 6–10pm
Celebrate the day off over golden crab fried rice, whole lobster, short rib and spirited holiday cocktails. Reservations are recommended.
Christmas Day hours: 11:30am to close
If you wake up craving seafood, secure a table at Portsmith in River North. They'll be serving their regular brunch menu, which includes a delicious crab cake Benedict, the funky fried fish and waffle and a decadent king crab bao bun. Reservations are recommended.
Christmas Day hours: 7–11am
Chicago’s original punk bar is open 365 days a year, and Christmas is no exception. Exit tends to have an insider feel, but brave souls looking for their Ministry and PBR fix have to start somewhere.
Christmas Day hours: 9pm–4am
Teleport yourself to Italy this Christmas at Nico Osteria inside the Thompson Chicago hotel, where you can order from a festive holiday menu and splurge on hand-crafted desserts from pastry chef Leigh Omilinsky. (Her Buche de Noel is made with chocolate-peppermint cake and topped with candy cane gelato!)
Christmas Day hours: Noon–8:30pm
Leagues above your average hotel restaurant, City Mouse at the Ace Hotel Chicago will serve brunch and dinner on December 25. Order from the regular menu (we’re big fans of the pasta dishes) or splurge on a festive special like the baked brie cheese with walnuts and caramelized onion or the roasted duck breast with squash and farro. Reservations are recommended.
Christmas Day hours: Noon–8pm
Bargain hunters, listen up: Cafe Robey in Wicker Park is offering a two-course holiday dinner for $35 per person, with choices like roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, apple-parsnip stuffing and gingerbread cake with ice cream.
Christmas Day hours: Brunch 7am–3pm, dinner 4–10pm
This sky-high eatery has you covered on the brunch front: Cruise the stacked brunch buffet ($69 per person) for gooey cinnamon rolls, roasted short rib, stuffed French toast, omelettes, tarts and more. Reservations are recommended.
Christmas Day hours: 11am–2pm
One of the best steakhouses in Chicago is keeping its doors open on December 25 to ensure no carnivore goes hungry. Diners will be able to order from the regular menu (hello, lobster mashed potatoes) or select from specials like the chateaubriand, a large, center-cut roast of beef tenderloin sliced tableside. Reservations are recommended.
Christmas Day hours: 3–9pm
Keeping with tradition, the Bucktown dive hosts its annual Rock & Roll Christmas Party, where patrons can enjoy prizes, giveaways and drink deals. Bring your gently worn winter jackets for the Salvation Army coat drive.
Christmas Day hours: 6pm to close