Gathering the family together for dinner is a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays, but cooking for 20 or more people can be quite a burden! If you would rather dine out for this special occasion, here are five Chicagoland restaurants where you and yours can enjoy a delicious, festive meal.
Wildfire is a warm, welcoming, steakhouse-style restaurant that is always filled with jazz music and festive decor. They're offering a special celebration menu on December 25 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The exact menu has yet to be released, but with the delicious steaks and chops Wildfire is known for, you can bet it will be delightful. Make your reservations on Open Table or by calling 847.279.7900.
The Clubhouse has been a Chicagoland mainstay since the 1990s, with an American menu featuring steaks, seafood and pasta dishes. They're offering a holiday buffet at both their Oak Brook and Schaumburg locations on December 25 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. At a price of $49.95 per adult and $24.95 per child age 6 – 12, you can enjoy dishes like slow-roasted prime rib, salmon and shrimp. Make your reservations online; space fills up quickly.
If you would rather enjoy brunch than dinner, consider making reservations at Drury Lane. They're offering a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 25. Tickets are $50 per adult, $15 for children ages 6 – 12, and $10 for children ages 3 – 5. The menu will include fresh omelets, prime rib, vanilla bread pudding and other house specialties. Stunning artwork on the walls and elegant chandeliers make for a very holiday-inspired atmosphere.
Warm, rich French cuisine can be a perfect choice for the holidays. Margeaux Brassiere in the Waldorf Astoria will remain open, serving their regular menu and several specials throughout the holidays. Favorites include the Dry Aged Rohan Duck Breast and Wood-Fired Oysters. For brunch, they offer selections like the Croque Madame Sandwich and Buttermilk Pancakes Flambe. Make reservations through Open Table so you don't miss out.
If you've never been to a Brazilian steakhouse before, this is your opportunity to try it at its very best. Fogo de Chao offers a holiday menu with bone-in cuts of meat like rib eye, lamb chops, sweet potato casserole and other favorites. They're open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on December 25, and they also have New Year's Eve and New Year's Day hours. Reserve your table online.
Wherever you end up dining, we wish you happy holidays! Springs residents, do you know of any other area restaurants offering holiday dining? Share them in the comments below and let us know the dishes you enjoyed most.