Monday, December 16
Saturday is (apparently) National Hamburger Day. If you don’t want to wait to celebrate, Stout Barrel House & Gallery (642 N. Clark St., River North, 312-475-1390) has a burger special running all week long. Their Stoutastic Classic features two quarter-pound patties and their special sauce (hmm, sounds familiar) served with fries for $12.
On the complete opposite end of the dining spectrum, Spiaggia (980 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280-2750) is offering a four-course version of a white truffle tasting dinner for $135, one night only. Book quickly—dinner starts at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 17
Fête and feast at Sofitel Chicago and Café des Architectes’ (20 E. Chestnut St., Gold Coast, 312-324-4063) Holiday Rock & Roll, where pastry chefs from restaurants such as Nightwood, Storefront Company, and more will serve interpretations of the traditional French Christmas cake known as the buche de Noël, from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase here for $40.
Wednesday, December 18
For what may be the last time before the holidays, the weather’s supposed to be not-terrible on Wednesday. Should you decide to use this as an opportunity to set out for ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, consider popping in to Perennial Virant (1800 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park, 312-981-7070) on the way home. A dollar from each sale of their holiday specialty cocktail, Dickens’ Path (made with tequila, beer jam, cranberry, lemon, angostura bitters, and egg white), goes back to the zoo.
Saturday, December 21
What is Christmas without Clark Griswold? Avoid finding out during Delish Diner’s (2018 W. Division, Wicker Park, 773-276-5200) holiday double feature of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and It’s A Wonderful Life starting at 6 p.m.