By Melanie Falina

Holiday meals and the memories made with them can be some of the fondest experiences ever had by some, but planning for and actually planning for holiday meals can be a stressful and daunting task. And that’s why whether gathering with family, friends, or a combination of both, or even alone, sometimes it’s nice to have someone else do the cooking, and the clean up. Fortunately for those who will be celebrating the Christmas holiday in Chicago this year, there are many more options available for holiday meals than eating at home. Here are some of the best restaurants in Chicago that will be open on Christmas Day this year.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood

41 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL. 60611
(312) 397-9500
www.mccormickandschmicks.com

Tucked away in Chicago’s famed Gold Coast neighborhood is McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood. Just steps away from some of the city’s finest hotels and shopping options, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood offers some of the freshest seafood, steaks, and other culinary favorites in their elegant yet casual, comfortable dining room. With an established commitment to providing an excellent dining experience, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood is a great option for this year’s holiday meal with those you love. Please call or visit their official website for information on making reservations.

312 Chicago

136 N. La Salle St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 696-2420
www.312chicago.com

It just doesn’t get more “Chicago sounding” than 312 Chicago! Serving breakfast on Christmas Day from 8 to 11 a.m., and then a one of a kind Italian dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. prepared by Chef Luca. Located in Chicago’s Loop theater and financial district, 312 Chicago acquires many of their ingredients from local farms and markets to support the community while also offering their customers the freshest menu items around. Offering both traditional and more contemporary Italian dishes, 312 Chicago is a wonderful way to relish in a less-than traditional Christmas dinner.

Bistronomic

840 N. Wabash
Chicago, IL. 60610
(312) 944-8400
www.bistronomic.net

If you’ve been craving some French cuisine than Christmas dinner might be a perfect excuse to visit Bistronomic in the city’s Gold Coast area. Uniquely named for a combination of three words: ‘bistro,’ ‘gastronomy,’ and ‘economic,’ Bistronomic whips up their modern, French-influenced menu items with ingredients from the best Midwestern farms, and serves them to you without breaking the bank. Named “Best New Restaurant” by both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine, Bistronomic is more than ready to prepare a special holiday meal for you and your friends and family this season. Check their website to make reservations, and while you’re there click on the ‘gallery’ tab to view a mouth-watering array of their dishes.

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NoMI

800 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60611
(312) 239-4030
www.nomirestaurant.com

Simplicity at its most elegant and finest – located within the Park Hyatt Chicago, NoMI brings some of the best food around to Chicago. With gorgeous views of Chicago’s iconic Michigan Avenue to boot, NoMI’s kitchen excels in whipping up everything from rustic dishes to the freshest sushi around. Featuring a dining room with an open design allowing patrons to see an interact directly with the culinary masters, a dinner at NoMI is far more than just a meal and able to create an unforgettable holiday experience. Come watch the snow from seven stories above the holiday hustle and bustle while enjoying some of the best food and wine in the Windy City.

Deca Restaurant + Bar

160 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, IL. 60611
(312) 573-5160
www.decarestaurant.com

If art deco and jazz music easily fit into your idea of the ambiance of the holiday season then you need to share a meal with loved ones at Deca Restaurant + Bar. Located within the stunning Ritz-Carlton Chicago hotel, Deca Restaurant + Bar offers elegance and style in a warm, comfortable setting. With an array of fine wines, craft bears, and dazzling, unique menu items, Deca Restaurants + Bar’s chefs utilize ingredients from local farms, as well as the ones worth bringing in from afar too. Enjoy a Christmas meal worthy of making even Santa envious, but be sure to check the website or call for reservation information.

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