Chicago may be known for the bulls, but the city also has plenty of outstanding restaurants to choose from, too! However, finding a restaurant that's open on a holiday can be little challenging anywhere. If you plan on dining out with family and friends instead of preparing a holiday feast at home, check out our list of some of the best restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Chicago.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood

Seafood’s in the name (and for good reason) as fresh fish is always available. Many types of fish that McCormick & Schmick’s offers are flown in daily from the Pacific Ocean. If you and your family love great seafood, reservations are still available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day until 10 p.m.

This Chicago restaurant also has a fantastic happy hour (the “#1 happy hour in America” according to USA Today) that serves up hand-crafted, signature cocktails. Come for the Seared Sea Scallops or the Swordfish Casino with lump crab, roasted red pepper, bacon, and a mushroom-spinach sauté- you won’t leave disappointed!

Baptiste & Bottle

Baptiste & Bottle is the pairing of renowned chef Richard Sandoval’s love for bourbon and whiskey with Chicago’s first resident, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. The Christmas special this year will consist of a pre-fixed brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. including Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls, an unlimited waffle station, and much more. the brunch is $69 for adults and $33 for children four to 10 years old. Reservations are still available online, so make yours now if you want to have a delicious brunch on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.


If Japanese BBQ is what you’re craving, look no further than Gyu-Kaku in Streeterville. This is the best spot for traditional Japanese BBQ that serves up high-quality meat that is never frozen. Happy hour also happens twice a day at Gyu-Kaku from 11:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and then again from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.. From Spicy Pork and Bistro Hanger Steak Miso to Kalbi Chuck Rib Tare and Filet Mignon, Gyu-Kaku has you covered on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


If you’re looking for a hearty meal that mixes fine dining with down-home favorites, STK is the place for you. Steak is the main attraction here if you didn’t already guess that from the name. STK offers small, medium, and large cuts of meat and more decadent options as well. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, STK will offer their signature menu with traditional Christmas specials as well. Reservations are still available online until 10:45 p.m. on Christmas Day!

Regardless of where you dine on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Chicago, you’re in for a treat. Reservations are filling up quickly, so it’s highly recommended you book a table for your family as soon as possible!

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