12/05/2012 11:11:00 AM

Where to Eat for Christmas in Chicago: Dinner, Brunch and Takeout

Save room for dessert from Floriole.
Merry Christmas! Our gift to you is this convenient guide to where to eat Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day brunch and even a few favorites that can cater your feast at home. Because between gift lists and house guests, you have enough to worry about.

Christmas Eve
The Florentine: An Italian prix fixe feast is available for $65 with an optional wine pairing for $25. Upgrade to reserve wine pairings for $45, because the holidays are a time to splurge and max out credit cards (312-660-8866).

Mercat a la Planxa: 'Tis the season for suckling pig and sides including fingerling potatoes and rosemary white beans. The "whole-pig" package feeds six-eight people for $220 or six-12 people for $440 (312-765-0524).

Trenchermen: Special occasions of every variety call for pickle tots. They kick off the prix fixe Christmas Eve menu, which is available for $35 alongside the usual offerings (773-661-1540).

Christmas Brunch
Hash House A-Go-Go: After the gifts are unwrapped, toast to a successful Christmas morning with cranberry mimosas. The full brunch menu will be served with some holiday extras such as apple-cinnamon flapjacks plus corned beef hash and eggs (312-202-0994).

Palmer House Hilton: Roasted prime beef, Yorkshire pudding and all the fixings can be savored as part of this brunch buffet. The meal costs $65 for adults, $55 for seniors and $30 for children under 12, and children under six eat for free (312-726-7500).

Sixteen: If your stocking was filled with cash, splurge on the gourmet buffet for $135 per adult and $30 for children under eight. Mrs. Claus will be at brunch with two live reindeer - where else would Donner and Blitzen park after their long night? (312-588-8030)

Takeout
Floriole: Enjoy frisée and fennel salad, onion and goat cheese galette, and chestnut soup via convenient online holiday dinner ordering. Don't forget about dessert - there are yule logs in three different flavors (773-883-1313).

Frontier: For your smoked-meat fix, order a whole animal to go. Options include turkey ($75; serves 10-14), ham ($90; serves 15-20), duck ($55: serves six-eight), pork loin ($65; serves 10-12) and porchetta ($325; serves 20-25). Place your order at 773-772-4322.

The Southern: Options at this Southerner include family-style sides such as smoked mac 'n' cheese ($60), cornbread ($35), collard greens with bacon ($35) and mashed potato casserole ($35). Call 773-342-1840 to place your order.

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