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Christmas dinner specials in Chicago

Let restaurants handle your Christmas dinner this year, with specials and other offerings on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Photograph: Martha Williams
Nico Osteria

Are you all set for the holidays? Christmas can be overwhelming with decisions—from gifts to holiday parties to where to see Santa. Since it's the season of giving, here's our gift to you: a list of restaurants serving up traditional and not-so-traditional Christmas dinners on Christmas Eve and Day. All you have to do is pick one, then let the restaurants take care of the hard work.

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Christmas dinner specials

Big Jones

Big Jones toasts Christmas Eve with its annual Réveillon, with a variety of Creole dishes such as country ham and rice, goose gumbo and stuffed trout. Tickets are $50 per person and seatings are from 4-9pm.

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The French restaurant celebrates Christmas Eve with a three-course prix fixe for $60 per person and $20 for kids under 12. On Christmas Day, the prix fixe is $65, and menus for both days include celery root veloute, roasted rack of lamb and baked Alaska. A vegetarian menu is available each day.

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Gold Coast

The Boarding House

Wine lovers should head to Boarding House on Christmas Eve from 5-9pm for the regular dinner menu, which includes a venison loin, seared sea scallops or parsnip risotto.

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River North

Chez Moi

The French spot will be offering a special a la carte menu for Christmas Eve from 5-10pm. Options include lobster bisque, smoked duck breast salad, pan-seared salmon and Gâteau Breton for dessert.

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Lincoln Park

Cochon Volant

On both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Cochon Volant will serve a $95 prix fixe that includes a Champagne toast, dry-aged prime rib roast, truffle mashed potatoes, lobster macaroni, Bang Bang biscuits and cheesecake.


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Filini hosts both Christmas Eve and Day dinners with a Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. Dishes include tuna carpaccio, salmon risotto and other seafood items. Dinner is $90 per person and a complimentary glass of prosecco is included.

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Celebrate Christmas Eve at Intro, where current chef-in-residence Stephen Gillanders will serve a special Chinese menu, with dishes such as truffled egg drop soup, roasted duck and foie gras fried rice. The dinner is $95 per person.

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Lincoln Park

The Langham Chicago

The striking hotel serves a special jazz Christmas buffet, with offerings for brunch, a Bloody Mary bar, a carving station and much more. The meal is $135 per person and seating times are 11am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Santa will also make an appearance—tickets for kids are $50 each.

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Near South Side

Mercat a la Planxa

Head to the elegant Spanish spot for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner. The three-course menu is $75 per person and includes a serrano ham and fig salad, smoked ribeye and more.

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South Loop

Michael Jordan's Steak House

The former Chicago Bulls star's signature steakhouse will be open Christmas Eve and Day with a special smoked dry-aged prime rib with raclette-stuffed bone marrow and black truffle for $51.

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Magnificent Mile
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