open-christmas-day 2011

Chicago Restaurants Open on Christmas Day – Dec 25 2011

Are you in Chicago and looking for a place to eat that is open on Christmas 2011?

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With special Christmas events such as Christmas Caroling at City HallZooLights at the free Lincoln Park Zoo,  the light displays at Winter Wonderfest at open-christmas-day 2011the Navy Pier (all found at http://chicagofree.info), and the lights festival on the Magnificent Mile, Chicago attracts a number of tourists and international visitors during the Christmas holiday season. On Christmas Eve many of the city’s museums are still open, including the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and the Art Institute, which are all open Christmas Eve but not Christmas Day.  The observation deck at the Willis Tower and at the John Hancock Building are both open on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day and great for visitors. In fact, one of the best places to enjoy a drink on Christmas Eve is at the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the Hancock Building.   Many of these travelers book rooms at hotels in the downtown Chicago area and are still in town on Christmas day, making it difficult to find someplace to dine.

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Here is post on National Restaurant Chains Open on Christmas 2011

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In Chicago, you don’t have to eat Chinese food on Christmas 2011 as many restaurants now cater to those not celebrating Christmas, or those not interested in churning out a big meal! Historically, eating out on Christmas Day has often meant visiting Chinese restaurants, traditionally among the few establishments open on the holiday. But no more. Of course, if you want to eat Chinese food, all the usual Chinese places in Chinatown, Uptown and the northern suburbs will be open on Christmas Day, too. Many Indian restaurants will open, as well.  As always, make sure to call ahead (many place will be full to capacity) to check on hours and menus; reservations may be required. Even more local restaurants will be open on Christmas Eve, but some will close, so calling ahead then is a good idea, too. If you are traveling on Christmas day, please note that Cracker Barrel (a road favorite) is not open on Christmas Day…..

 

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Check out DINING CHICAGO’s TOP 100 Places to have Christmas Dinner in Chicago

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Here are the Tribune’s Christmas Day Picks:

Ann Sather: You can always count on Ann Sather, which will be serving a selection of holiday dinners from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. (and breakfast beginning at 7 a.m.). Complete meals (with breads, soup, vegetable, entree and dessert) are $19.95; reservations accepted for parties of six or more. In addition, the Andersonville location (5207 N. Clark St.) will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Ann Sather Cafe (3411 N. Broadway) will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 909 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-348-2378

Aria: The restaurant in the Fairmont Hotel is bringing back the It’s a Jewish Christmas menu, a three-course menu of Chinese cuisine (though the desserts are distinctly Western). The $45 tab includes parking and a Gold Experience ticket to the AMC River East Theaters, located just a few blocks away. Available 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 200 N. Columbus Drive; 312-444-9494

Balsan: The casual half of the Elysian’s dining options (Ria is the high-end option) will be open for breakfast until noon and will feature a $75, three-course menu from noon to 7 p.m. 11 E. Walton St.; 312-646-1400

C-House: Marcus Samuelsson’s steak-and-seafooder will serve a $49 ($19 for children younger than 12), three-course menu on Christmas Eve and Day. First seating is 4 p.m.; last seating 8:30 p.m. 166 E. Superior St.; 312-523-0923

D’Noche Latin American Kitchen: Featuring its regular a la carte menu from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. for lunch and dinner. 2710 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-289-4274

Francesca’s on Chestnut: Serving its regular a la carte menu from 2 to 8:30 p.m. 200 E. Chestnut St.; 312-482-8800

Italiasia: Serving a buffet of Italian and Asian specialties ($25.95, $15.95 for ages 12 and younger) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 350 W. Mart Center Drive; 312-529-1157

Lockwood: Serving a Christmas Day buffet ($60) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a five-course, $75 tasting menu (including foie gras terrine, Kumamoto oysters, black-truffle risotto) will be served Christmas Eve and Day. 17 E. Monroe St.; 312-917-3404

Pump Room: Will feature a four-course, $57 set menu (in addition to the regular a la carte menu) from noon to 9 p.m. 1301 N. State Parkway; 312-787-3700

Rio’s D’Sudamerica: Featuring a Peruvian buffet ($13) from noon to 8 p.m. 2010 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-276-0170

Sunda: For the second year, the restaurant will serve Christmas Day dinner (regular menu, with specials) from 5 to 11 p.m. 110 W. Illinois St.; 312-644-0500

SushiSamba Rio: Featuring its regular menu, augmented with seasonal specials and specialty cocktails. 504 N. Wells St., 312-595-2300

 

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OpenTable.com has a list of restaurants with openings on Christmas Day, Sunday December 25,  2011

 

676 Restaurant and Bar

Downtown / Loop | Contemporary American
56 Reviews
$$$
  • 4:00
  • 4:30
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant

Edgewater | Ethiopian
3 Reviews
$$
  • 3:45
  • 4:00
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Adriatic Restaurant

Andersonville | Mediterranean
10 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Aja

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Asian
100 Reviews
$$
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

Amarit Thai Restaurant

South Loop | Thai
17 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Aria

Downtown / Loop | Asian
124 Reviews
$$$
  • 2:30
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 5:45

Balsan

Gold Coast / Streeterville | European
133 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Bice Ristorante- Chicago

River North | Italian
156 Reviews
$$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Bijan’s Bistro

River North | American
64 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Bin 36

River North | American
190 Reviews
$$
  • 5:30
  • 6:15
129 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Cafe Des Architectes/CDA

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Contemporary French
180 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Cafe Med of Chicago

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Mediterranean
24 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Caliterra Bar & Grille – Chicago

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Californian
17 Reviews
$$
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

Cantonesia Restaurant

China Town | Chinese
Ratings
Coming Soon
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Carmine’s

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Italian
Not Available $$$
  • 4:00
  • 4:30
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

Carnivale

West Loop | Latin / Spanish
478 Reviews
$$
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

Chen’s Chinese & Sushi

Lakeview / East Lakeview | Asian
18 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Chicago’s Pizza – Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park | Pizzeria
Ratings
Coming Soon
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

China Grill – Chicago

Downtown / Loop | Global, International
52 Reviews
$$$$
  • 3:00
  • 4:00
  • 5:00 PM
  • 6:00
  • 7:00

C-House Restaurant

Gold Coast / Streeterville | American
93 Reviews
$$$
  • 4:00
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

CoCo Restaurant

Bucktown / Wicker Park | Puerto Rican
22 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

The Conrad Chicago

Gold Coast / Streeterville | American
9 Reviews
$$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Dine

West Loop | Contemporary American
14 Reviews
$$
  • 2:45
  • 3:00
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Eatt

River North | American
98 Reviews
$$
  • 2:30
  • 2:45
Ratings
Coming Soon
$$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Fireplace Inn

Old Town | Barbecue
60 Reviews
$$
  • 4:00
  • 4:30
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

The Florentine

Downtown / Loop | Italian
124 Reviews
$$$$
  • 2:30
  • 3:00
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 5:45

Fornetto Mei – a pan-italian restaurant

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Italian
40 Reviews
$$
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

Francesca’s on Chestnut

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Italian
249 Reviews
$$
  • 4:00
  • 4:30
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

Gosu

Logan Square | Japanese
15 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Great Street Restaurant & Bar

Downtown / Loop | American
40 Reviews
$$
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

The Grill on the Alley – Chicago

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Steak
123 Reviews
$$
  • 7:00
  • 7:30

Gyu-Kaku – Chicago

River North | Japanese
289 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Hai Yen – Argyle

Uptown | Vietnamese
6 Reviews
$$
  • 3:45
  • 4:00
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30
Ratings
Coming Soon
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Il Mulino – Chicago

River North | Italian
124 Reviews
$$$$
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

Indie Cafe

North of Foster / Rogers Park | Asian
9 Reviews
$$
  • 4:00
  • 4:30
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

Italiasia-The Best of Both Worlds-Holiday Inn

River North | Fusion / Eclectic
8 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

Little Bucharest Bistro

Avondale / Irving Park | Modern European
23 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Lockwood Restaurant and Bar

Downtown / Loop | American
121 Reviews
$$
  • 7:30

MarketHouse

Gold Coast / Streeterville | American
145 Reviews
$$
  • 5:15
  • 5:30
Ratings
Coming Soon
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood – Chicago

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Seafood
136 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30
240 Reviews
$$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Mei’s Kitchen

South Loop | American
3 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Mercat a La Planxa

South Loop | Spanish
431 Reviews
$$$
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Michael Jordan’s Steak House

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Steakhouse
529 Reviews
$$$
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

NoMI

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Contemporary European
286 Reviews
$$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

The Palm Court at The Drake Hotel

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Afternoon Tea
96 Reviews
$$$
  • 4:00
  • 4:30
  • 5:00 PM

Palm Restaurant – Chicago

Downtown / Loop | Steakhouse
175 Reviews
$$$
  • 4:00
  • 4:30
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:30

Papajin

Bucktown / Wicker Park | Asian
5 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Piccolo Mondo – Hyde Park

Hyde Park | Italian
23 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Pump Room-Public Hotel

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Contemporary American
314 Reviews
$$$
  • 3:30
  • 4:30

Rio’s D’Sudamerica

Bucktown / Wicker Park | Peruvian
5 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Rollapalooza

Lakeview / East Lakeview | Sushi
13 Reviews
$$
  • 4:00
  • 4:30
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

Rosebud on Rush

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Italian
Not Available $$$
  • 4:00
  • 4:30
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:30

Rosebud Steakhouse

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Steak
Not Available $$$
  • 4:00
  • 4:30
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

Sabor A Cuba

Lincoln Square | Cuban
5 Reviews
$$
  • 3:45
  • 4:00
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Select Cut Steakhouse

Lakeview / East Lakeview | Steakhouse
14 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Shine

Lincoln Park | Sushi
31 Reviews
$$$
  • 4:00
  • 4:30
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

Shiso

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Sushi
Ratings
Coming Soon
$$
  • 4:00
  • 4:30
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

Shula’s Steak House – Chicago

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Steak
103 Reviews
$$$
  • 2:30
  • 5:30
  • 6:15

Sixteen

River North | Contemporary American
177 Reviews
$$$$
  • 2:30
  • 2:45

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse – Chicago

River North | Steakhouse
400 Reviews
$$$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

State & Lake

Downtown / Loop | American
107 Reviews
$$
  • 4:00
  • 4:30
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

SUMMER

North of Foster / Rogers Park | Thai
2 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Sunda

River North | Asian
544 Reviews
$$$
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 6:00

Sushi Taiyo Restaurant

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Sushi
38 Reviews
$$
  • 3:45
  • 4:00
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

SUSHISAMBA rio

River North | Japanese
Not Available $$$
  • 2:45
  • 3:00
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:30
  • 5:45
18 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Tozi

Bucktown / Wicker Park | Korean
Ratings
Coming Soon
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Trattoria Trullo

Lincoln Square | Italian
35 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Turkish Cuisine

Andersonville | Turkish
8 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Turquoise

Roscoe Village | Mediterranean
57 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Ukai Sushi

Lakeview / East Lakeview | Sushi
13 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

River North | Japanese
158 Reviews
$$$
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Vermilion

River North | Fusion / Eclectic
226 Reviews
$$$
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Wave

Gold Coast / Streeterville | Global, International
34 Reviews
$$
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5:00 PM
  • 5:15
  • 5:30

Weber Grill – Chicago

River North | American

One Comment

  1. Christmas DAY?! That’s kinda sad. But hey, I’m happy because my family goes out every year to eat pizza. Chicago style is the best

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