Best Restaurants To Visit In Chicagoland During Christmastime
Nothing beats Chicago at Christmastime. While you may have to fight the cold, the beautiful decorations and Christmas cheer will make up for all of the bundling up you have to do to go outside. These restaurants in are must-visits if you are in Chicago during the holiday season.
- Lawry's The Prime Rib
- Whether you head to Lawry's for the prime rib, the accompanying Yorkshire pudding, or the seasonal Christmas vibe, you won't be sorry. At this classic Chicago steakhouse, the prime rib is cut off the bone right in front of you, the salad comes with a salad spinning performance, and Christmastime promises carolers who sing Christmas favorites while you enjoy your delicious meal.
- Chicago Brauhaus
- This Chicago favorite has a great combination of German food and live polka music. Be sure to try the homemade brauts, liver dumpling soup, and a boot of beer (2 liters) before hitting the dance floor. If you're around for Christmas, check out their annual holiday party which includes live music and a special visit from Santa.
- The Lobby and Shanghai Terrace
- If you're looking for a Christmastime experience you won't forget, head to the Peninsula Hotel. Enjoy a meal or high tea at The Lobby, where you'll experience some Chicago favorites: the beet salad with marshmallow, the Peninsula club sandwich with egg and avocado, the truffle mac and cheese...etc. In addition to the beautiful indoor Christmas decorations, the Shanghai Terrace is transformed into a small, outdoor ice skating rink where skaters can hit the ice and spectators can stay warm in the heated areas with coffee, pretzel sticks, and roasted nuts. In true Christmas spirit, all proceeds from the ice rink go to local charities.
- Tre Kronor
- This cozy location in North Park houses some of the best Scandinavian food in Chicago, which is saying something. If you're there for breakfast, good luck deciding between savory or sweet, as you'll be choosing between these classics: Corned Beef Hash, the Oslo omelet (salmon and havarti), the Swedish pancakes, and the Vanilla and Orange French Toast. The decisions don't get any easier for dinner, as you'll be choosing from favorites like Swedish Meatballs, Broiled Salmon, and Seared Duck Breast with Apple Pork Sausage. In addition to the authentic food, Tre Kronor knows how to do Christmas. Their traditional decorations add a lovely ambience to the meal, as does the traditional Scandinavian Christmas music.
- In addition to having one of the best sandwiches in the United States, Ricobene's also has some other Chicago favorites, including deep dish pizza and barbecue rib tips. Locals and tourists alike will be happy (and surprised!) to know that there is a free parking lot across the street and live, local musicians on the weekends.
- Chicago Pizza Tours
- Chicago knows how to do two things better than anyone else: Pizza and Christmas. While you'll get more slices if you take the traditional pizza tour, the Holiday Pizza Tour focuses on pizza AND Christmas. Your tour will include a history of the Chicago pizza scene, the history of some of Chicago's favorite holiday traditions, two slices of pizza (one deep dish, one stuffed slice), hot chocolate from Latinicity, a serving of the world-famous Frango Mint, a cannoli from Lezza's Bakery, and Frango Mint pie. In addition to these delectable treats, you'll have the opportunity to see some of Chicago's best city decorations in Jeweler's Row, Daley's Plaza, and the Great Tree at Macy's.