Sure, you could spend the days leading up to Christmas in Chicago laboring over a supply chain-proof grocery list—or you could abandon elaborate cooking plans, relax and let the pros handle your holiday meal. Some of the best restaurants in Chicago are open on Christmas Eve and Day with holiday menus fit for every preference, whether you're looking to splurge on filet mignon and views of the Chicago River or score half-priced drinks and happy hour deals. On Christmas Eve, check out interesting riffs on holiday traditions like the Italian-American Feast of the Seven Fishes (you'll find several variations on our list); on Christmas Day, visit restaurants inside Chicago hotels for boozy brunches, buffets and other specials. Have a very happy holiday, and don't forget to spread the Christmas cheer with an extra-generous tip for your server!
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