Little Market Brasserie (Hilary Higgins / For RedEye )
Just think how delectable a holiday meal with family or friends would be if you didn't have to A) grocery shop B) actually cook everything and C) clean up when it's all over. Whether you're looking for a place to share a Feast of the Seven Fishes or Christmas Day dinner or a decadent Christmas Day brunch, local restaurants are busting out special menus to make your holidays a lot happier.
Christmas Day at Nomi Kitchen
800 N. Michigan Ave. 312-239-4030
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 25
Price: $125; $38 for kids
If the price tag seems steep, consider that you can easily make this meal at the Gold Coast's Park Hyatt Chicago the only one you'll eat all day. Five stations offer everything from oysters to carved-to-order ribeye along with brunch dishes such as brioche French toast in the morning, which give way to duck confit, mac 'n' cheese and more after 2 p.m.
Feast of the Seven Fishes at Filini Bar & Restaurant
221 N. Columbus Drive 312-477-0234
Time: Noon to 10 p.m. Dec. 24
Italian-American families traditionally get together on Christmas Eve for a meatless meal, so it's appropriate for this Italian-inspired inside the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel to celebrate Feast of the Seven Fishes with a filling seven-course seafood dinners. Dishes include mussel soup, octopus salad and tuna carpaccio along with a glass of prosecco.
Thanksgivukkah at Red Door
2118 N. Damen Ave. 773-697-7221
Time: Noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 28
The first day of Hanukkah coinciding with Thanksgiving Day won't happen again in this millennium, so this Bucktown restaurant celebrates the occasion with a Thanksgivukkah dinner combining roasted turkey breast, brussels sprouts and pumpkin brioche stuffing with traditional eats for the Festival of Lights such as brisket, noodle kugel and potato pancakes.
Christmas Day at Stetsons Modern Steak and Sushi
151 E. Wacker Drive 312-239-4491
Time: 5-10 p.m. Dec. 25
The restaurant within the Hyatt Regency Chicago in the Loop marks its first holiday season with a four-course meal including tuna nicoise, lobster-cheddar bisque and roasted Cornish game hen with seared duck foie gras. End the night on a sweet note by ordering a Santa's Secret cocktail ($14), which blends warm chocolate milk, locally made hibiscus-lime-ginger liqueur Hum, Fireball cinnamon whiskey and Amarula, a South-African cream liqueur.
Christmas Day at Travelle
330 N. Wabash Ave. 312-923-9988
Time: Noon-7 p.m. Dec. 25
Chef Tim Graham serves up a three-course dinner to celebrate his posh River North restaurant's first Christmas. Mediterranean flavors take center stage with dishes such as lamb meatballs and stuffed eggplant, or you can opt for traditional American fare such as a grilled New York strip steak.
Feast of the Seven Fishes at Osteria via Stato
620 N. State St. 312-642-8450
Time: 4-9:30 p.m. Dec. 24
Chef David DiGregorio puts his family's own Feast of the Seven Fishes traditions on display at his River North restaurant, serving up a multi-course meal spotlighting seafood dishes from throughout Italy. Sides and dessert are included and the regular menu is also available.
Christmas Eve and Day at Mercat a la Planxa
638 S. Michigan Ave. 312-765-0524
Time: 5-9 p.m. Dec. 24-25
Price: $65; $35 for kids
Feast on a four-course dinner at the Spanish restaurant inside the South Loop's Blackstone Hotel. Options include serrano ham and fig salad, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with almonds, jumbo prawns with garlic and chocolate croquettes with banana marshmallow.
Feast of the Seven Fishes at Pelago Ristorante
201 E. Delaware Place 312-280-0700
Time: 4:30-10:30 p.m. Dec. 24
Price: Prices vary
In addition to its regular menu, this elegant restaurant inside Streeterville's Raffaello Hotel is offering seven special dishes to celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Options include cod mousse with grilled polenta ($24), grouper in tomato broth with polenta and mussels ($38) and tuna carpaccio with caper-lemon dressing ($20).
Feast of the Seven Fishes at The Florentine
151 Adams St. 312-660-8866
Time: 5-9 p.m. Dec. 24
At the J.W. Marriott in the Loop, chef Chris Macchia celebrates this Italian holiday with a three-course menu including fried calamari, spaghetti with clams and octopus carpaccio. Add wine pairings to your meal for an additional $25.
Christmas Day at Lockwood
17 E. Monroe St. 312-917-3404
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 25
Price: $70; $40 for kids
At the Palmer House Hilton in the Loop, you can sip sparkling wine while grazing the buffet of traditional Christmas dishes including turkey breast roasted with maple, honey and molasses; Alaskan salmon oscar and roasted beef tenderloin, plus side dishes such as caramelized brussels sprouts and squash casserole.
Christmas Eve and Day at Little Market Brasserie
10 E. Delaware Place 312-640-8141
Time: 5-11 p.m. Dec. 24, 5-8:30 p.m. Dec. 25
For its first Christmas holiday, this restaurant inside Gold Coast's Talbott Hotel is serving a special menu all week long including truffled deviled eggs, prime rib with potato puree and sugar cream pie. You can also order the dishes a la carte along with anything from the regular menu.
Christmas Day at Balsan
11 E. Walton St. 312-646-1470
Time: 2:30-8 p.m. Dec. 25
Price: $78; $34 for kids
Head to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in the Gold Coast for a four-course dinner featuring soft-poached duck egg with wild boar ham, lamb loin with buttered turnips and chocolate-hazelnut buche de noel. For some extra decadence, you can sub out your appetizer for foie gras terrine with winter truffle for an additional $12.