Christmas is coming, and if you haven’t made your holiday dining plans yet, it’s time to get started. When you live in Chicago, you can sit back and relax and let someone else do the cooking. Spend the day visiting with friends and family instead of being stuck in the kitchen. If you’re looking for the perfect festive spot for your dinner, these South Loop and downtown Chicago restaurants are open on Christmas day.
Celebrate Catalan-style with brunch or dinner at Mercat a la Planxa. The acclaimed tapas restaurant will feature Spanish-inspired dishes by Barcelona native Chef Diego Amat. Forego the traditional ham or turkey and instead dine on dishes like the salad with cured duck magret, foie gras shavings, spiced bread, and a pomegranate vinaigrette and finish the meal with a floral lychee and rose cheesecake.
Escape the cold with a trip to the Mediterranean at Kurah. Located right on Michigan Avenue, you can dine on pita bread that’s freshly baked in their brick oven. With vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options they have something for everyone, and all of the meat and produce are organic. This is a great place to go if you have to accommodate different food allergies and aversions, and if you’re concerned about the origin of what you eat.
While eating at a Chinese restaurant on Christmas may seem like a cliche, it’s worth following the stereotype when you dine at Dolo. Located in Chinatown, which borders the South Loop, you can dine on Peking Duck or lamb chops. Seafood lovers can try the seafood combo, which includes crab leg, crawfish, clam, and shrimp.
Celebrate Italian-style at The Florentine. Their elegant menu features Italian-inspired dishes in a warm and sophisticated dining room. The a la carte menu includes items like Prime Rib with Yukon gold potato puree, roasted brussels sprouts, and horseradish cream, and a dessert of pumpkin cheesecake with pecan crumble and cranberry jam
You don’t have to worry about cooking and cleaning on Christmas Day with these South Loop and downtown Chicago options. For more ways to celebrate the holidays, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.