Food Fun Friday

Food Fun Friday

Thanksgiving dining options and some great Pre-Holiday dining fun!!!

SideDoor (corner of Rush and Ontario Streets) Beverage Director Jeff Van Der Tuuk and FEW Spirits Founder Paul Hletko invite guests to the launch of the long-awaited, FEWSIDE Fernet liqueur at the Burlesque FEW Dinner on November 19 at 7 p.m. The dinner features a selection of specialty cocktails showcasing a variety of the distillery’s spirits, paired with a four-course meal prepared by SideDoor’s Chef Brian Kwak.

Van Der Tuuk sets the stage to reveal this highly anticipated liquor with a 19thcentury burlesque-themed dinner, an era when fernet was served as a common digestif sipping spirit. For $75 per ticket, exclusive of tax and gratuity, guests can sip on FEWSIDE Fernet and other creative cocktails paired with the following bites to include:The Burlesque FEW Dinner is priced at $75 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 312.787.6768 or by emailing . FEWSIDE Fernet is served at SideDoor. For more information, please visit

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Chicago’s beloved seasonal event series ZooLights Presented by ComEd and PNC Bank, Chicagoland beer distributor Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. and the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Auxiliary Board host BrewLights on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 5:30-9 p.m. Adults 21 and older can join in the holiday spirit at this special one-night event featuring a dozen beers on tap throughout the zoo. Attendees can sample 4-oz. pours as holiday lights illuminate the zoo and animals roam throughout their exhibits. Regular adult ZooLights activities are included in the early-bird ticket price of $35, and food and full-size beers will be available for purchase throughout the evening. All proceeds from BrewLights help keep Chicago’s landmark zoo open and free to the public 365 days a year.

Tickets are $35 early-bird ticket (Oct. 24-Nov. 9), $40 advance ticket (Nov. 10-Dec. 1)

$50 day of event at the zoo, and $15 for designated drivers. For more information, visit Tickets can be purchased online starting October 24. This event is sponsored in part by WGN Radio, Aurelio’s and Curb.

ACME Hotel Company is honored to partner with Mercy Home for Boys and Girls this holiday season to launch its first-ever “30-Day Suite Toy Drive” on November 15. The goal is to fill a suite-full of toys for the wonderful kids of Mercy Home, a local organization that provides a safe home for children in crisis. Here’s how it works and how to get involved…

THE DEETS - Starting November 15, ACME will dedicate one of its spacious suites purely to toy collection to create a suite-full of toys in 30 days. Mercy Home will collect the toys on December 15 and then wrap and deliver the presents to the 600-plus children within the organization.

THE MORE THE MERRIER! - Envisioning a hotel suite teeming with toys, ACME is engaging everyone in the community to participate and show their support…hotel guests, locals, neighbors, colleagues, friends, family, the family dentist…literally, everyone.


ACME offers FIVE different ways for everyone to chip in for the kids…

  • In the neighborhood? Locals can stop by ACME and drop off a new, unwrapped toy with the front desk.
  • Donate digitally. Visit ACME’s crowdfunding site at to donate some dollars and ACME does the shopping.
  • Stay at ACME. Hotel Guests staying between November 15 and December 15 who donate a toy get $10 knocked off their bill – OR – Guests can book the toy drive rate and ACME will donate $10 of the proceeds toward buying a toy.
  • Stock up on Cake Balls. Buy a box of holiday cake balls from West Town Bakery at ACME Hotel and the bakery will donate 20% of proceeds to buying toys.
  • Check, please! Drop off a check to ACME’s front desk and they’ll do the shopping.

Please note toy donations should be unwrapped and appropriate for children ages 11-17. Sneak peeks of the toy suite are available upon request and subject to availability. All donations must be received by December 15.

To learn more about the 30-Day Suite Toy Drive and how to participate please visit the website at or call 312-894-0800.

Bistronomic's Beaujolais Nouveau Menu The Beaujolais Nouveau three-course prix fixe menu will be available on Thursday, November 20 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Compared to most of Executive Chef Martial Noguier's more modern cuisine, this menu stays truer to his French roots in honor of the holiday. The freshest seasonal and local ingredients will be used for the menu items in each of the three courses that is priced at $39 per person.

Located at 840 N. Wabash, in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Reservations are available through and are strongly recommended.


Black Wednesday and Friday

River Roast, 315 N LaSalle St  Chicago, Invites Black Friday shoppers in River North to take a load off with a snack break!  Escape the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping in downtown Chicago with a seasonal soup & cider promotion. Find a warm respite with Chef John Hogan’s Red Kuri Squash Soup with Ham Hock paired with a Vander Mill Totally Roasted Cider for just $10.  Rest those tired feet and set down the shopping bags! Embark on another great Black Friday deal by warming up with toasty soup and raising spirits with a festive cider.

The Black Friday Shopping Break will run from Black Friday (Friday, November 28) through Sunday, November 30, to continue the holiday shopping weekend.

KANELA LAKEVIEW, OLD TOWN & WICKER PARK  - Black Friday and National French Toast Day Special at Kanela Breakfast Club. Shoppers who visit Kanela on Black Friday will receive a complimentary Julius Meinl coffee with any food purchase when they show their receipt from shopping that day. Additionally, in celebration of National French Toast Day, guests will enjoy an exclusive one-day only special. Created by Executive Chef Don Penza, the special will feature French Toast Sticks with crème anglaise, strawberry and blueberry jam for $9.

MAK: MODERN ASIAN KITCHEN, 1924 W Division  - Win a Free Lunch at MAK on Black Friday

Guests who dine in at MAK on Friday, November 28 while shopping in Wicker Park for Black Friday can enter to win a lunch for up to 12 guests by dropping off their business card at the restaurant.

PIONEER TAVERN GROUP - Black Wednesday Trolley Crawl

  • Wednesday, November 26
  • Trolley runs every 30-minutes between each location
  • Complimentary trolley
  • $4 to $5 drink specials

Guests can celebrate Black Wednesday with Pioneer Tavern Group as they host the 4th annual Black Wednesday Trolley Crawl that will feature a complimentary trolley running all night between Lottie's, The Pony and Frontier. Each location will feature drink specials including $5 Jameson Black, $5 Black and Stormys, $4 Strongbow, $4 Heineken and more.

The trolley launch point begins at Lottie's at 7 p.m. and heads to The Pony, which will feature a Chicago Blackhawks official roadwatch party beginning at 7 p.m. vs the Avalanche. Guests can meet the Blackhawks Ice Girls, win autographed prizes, and the first 100 fans will receive a Blackhawks souvenir koozie.The trolley also makes a stop at Frontier which will have food samples from a guest chef and the weekly Meat & Potations party that features a 20% industry discount, a late night menu and toxicology mixed specials.

To guarantee a spot on the trolley, guests can sign up at the bar or email

Cooking Class

Class is back in session! Well cooking class that is. Executive Chef Luca Corazzina will be teaching “Scoula 312” at 312 Chicago on the first or second Saturday of every month, August through December. Guests will have the opportunity to learn authentic Italian recipes from Chef Luca, a Padova native, who grew up learning to cook by his mother’s side. A variety of techniques and recipes will be taught, including:

  • The Art of Holiday Recipes – December 6 at 12pm

Classes are $45/person and include recipe cards, a bottle of 312 Aged Balsamic and light bites. For more information visit or directly purchase tickets here:



Bistronomic's Thanksgiving Menu with Seasonal Produce  - Thanksgiving has quickly become a favorite holiday tradition over the past three years since Bistronomic opened its doors. This year Executive Chef/Owner Martial Noguier will offer a three-course Thanksgiving prix fixe menu on Thursday, November 27 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the price of $55 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). The standout dishes of the feast include the Peekytoe Crab Salad, Roasted Farm Turkey, Prime Beef Short Ribs, Filet Mignon Au Poivre, and Bistronomic Apple Tart Tatin. A Bistronomic Cheese Selection may be added for an additional $15.

Located at 840 N. Wabash, in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Reservations are available through and are strongly recommended.

Falafill (Lakeview) Open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Full menu and mezza bar will be available as well as a Mediterranean Thanksgiving-inspired wrap with turkey-falafel balls, cranberry hummus, sweet potato fries tossed in buttered sage, pickled onions $7.50. The eatery will be donating $1 for every wrap sold during the month of November to the Lakeview Shelter on Broadway.

Weber Grill (River North, Schaumburg and Lombard)

Open from 12 p.m-8 p.m. in Lombard and Schaumburg and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Chicago.

An all-day coursed Fire-Grilled Thanksgiving Feast in addition to the dinner menu will be available plus Thanksgiving Party Platters To-Go for those celebrating at home.

Pinstripes (Northbrook, South Barrington and Oak Brook)

Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bowling, bocce and dining.

Bowlers of all ages are invited to participate in Pinstripes’ 4th Annual Turkey Bowl and aim for a ‘turkey’ or, three strikes in a row, to receive a complimentary turkey platter! Full menu plus the turkey platter with freshly carved turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and Brussels sprouts $19 will be available.

The Boardinghouse, the River North wine-driven destination from Proprietor and Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, invites guests to enjoy a four course prix-fixe dinner on Thanksgiving, from 12pm to 7pm, prepared by Executive Chef Tanya Baker. Diners will have multiple choices from each course to choose from, ranging from traditional holiday dishes to seasonally-inspired and vegetarian options, as well as the opportunity to add Alpana’s wine pairings for an additional cost. An assortment of autumn desserts crafted by Pastry Chef Julia Fitting complete the holiday feast.

The four-course meal costs $65 per person, with optional wine pairing for an additional $38, exclusive of tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required and are available by calling 312-280-0720 or through Open Table.  A children’s menu will also be available for kids 12 and under.  The Boarding House’s regular menu will not be available

On Thursday, November 27, visitors and Chicago residents alike are invited to give thanks at Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago.

Brunch at Sixteen - On Thanksgiving Day, Sixteen brings the year’s bountiful harvest to life by presenting a festive brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. inside the stunning dining room, which affords breathtaking views of Chicago’s architectural landscape, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Guests can indulge in traditional Thanksgiving favorites and other specialty items during the brunch buffet.

Dinner at Sixteen - Sixteen will be open for dinner beginning at 6 p.m., offering a warm and inviting setting for those looking to enjoy a celebratory evening meal. Executive Chef Lents will offer innovative items from the autumn menu, along with dessert creations presented by Executive Pastry Aya Fukai. A multi-course tasting menu for $185 and a pre-fixe menu for $125 will be offered. A la carte options are also available.

Thanksgiving To-Go - Hotel guests are invited to enjoy the warm seasonal flavors of the holiday in the comfort of their guestoom with the Thanksgiving To Go offering. Guest may reserve their meal in advance to be picked up at their convenience or arrange for an in-suite experience. Eliminating any entertaining hassle, hotel staff can service a dining event throughout the evening.

Serving up to eight guests, the Thanksgiving To-Go menu options include:

  • Organic free range maple-roasted turkey or salt crusted prime rib
  • Side dishes of seasonal green salad, date and almond cornbread stuffing, candied sweet potatoes, giblet gravy, cranberry chutney, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, vegetable medley and holiday bread
  • Dessert options of fresh-baked apple, pumpkin or bourbon pecan pie

Price varies with guest count. Guests may contact Liz Karz for more information or to place an order at (312) 588 - 8131 or

Multinight Stay Offer -For those guests seeking an extended visit this holiday season, Trump Chicago is offering a multinight discount of 25 percent off a three night stay when booked directly with the hotel. This option is ideal for families and friends planning a relaxing, home-away-from-home holiday retreat. Reservations may be made by calling (877) 45-TRUMP or by visiting

This year, guests can celebrate Thanksgiving and Black Friday with an Italian twist at CURRENT, the social, Italian-inspired restaurant that opened over the summer in the W Chicago - Lakeshore with Executive Chef Gregory Elliott at the helm. An Italian-Inspired Thanksgiving Feast. - On Thanksgiving Day, in addition to the restaurant’s à la carte menu of simple and soulful ingredient-driven dishes, Chef Elliott is preparing several specials for guests craving a home-away-from-home meal To view CURRENT’s full menu, click here. Prices listed are exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations or additional information, please call (312) 255-4460 or visit

Frontier Turkeys To-Go, 1072 N Milwaukee

  • Orders must be placed by Monday, November 24
  • Pick up: Thursday, November 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • $75 for 15 pound turkey
  • $95 for 20 pound turkey

Frontier is closed on Thanksgiving Day but Executive Chef Brian Jupiter will offer guests the option to order whole smoked Amish Turkeys To-Go which are available for pick up on Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The turkeys are antibiotic and hormone free.

Available sides include five-cheese mac ($35 half pan serves 8; $70 full pan serves 16), potato salad, sweet potato puree and string beans ($25 half pan serves 8; $50 full pan serves 16). Order early, limited quantities available. Call to reserve your order 773.772.4322

KANELA LAKEVIEW, OLD TOWN & WICKER PARK Thanksgiving Brunch at Kanela Breakfast Club

  • Thursday, November 27
  • $5 to $12 specials

Kanela Breakfast Club in Lakeview, Old Town and Wicker Park invites guests to enjoy Thanksgiving brunch. Featured specials will include Biscuits and Gravy (with biscuits from Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits) and Chicken and Waffles, both available for $12 each. Exclusive to the new Wicker Park location, on Thanksgiving Day, guests can enjoy a $5 unlimited BYOB Bloody Mary Bar as well as a $10 corkage fee for champagne (includes orange juice) and wine.

LOBBY LOUNGE at SHOWPLACE ICON THEATRE Lobby Lounge Thanksgiving Specials – 150 W Roosevelt Rd Chicago

  • Now through Sunday, November 30
  • $10 to $16 specials

Guests who visit the Lobby Lounge located at ShowPlace ICON Theatre over Thanksgiving will enjoy holiday specials including Pumpkin Spiced Cider ($16), Iconic Eggnog Martini ($12), The Capitol Martini (In honor of Mockingjay Part 1, $12), and a Kickin’ Turkey Roll (Chipotle seasoned shaved turkey, melted Swiss, spicy aioli on a gourmet roll with house made chips, $10). In addition to the specials, guests can catch new releases including Mockingjay Part 1, The Penguins of Madagascar, Horrible Bosses 2 and more.

LOTTIE'S PUB Lottie's is Open for Thanksgiving, 1925 Cortland

  • Thursday, November 27
  • $4 to $10 specials

For Chicagoans without family in town or those who need a break from theirs, Lottie's will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day with specials including a $10 Thanksgiving pizza (smoked turkey, candied cranberries, white sauce, mozzarella and provolone cheese), $4 Heineken, $4 Strongbow and $4 Jameson Black.

Football Season Dining!

Howells & Hood’s launch of “Bears Brunch” beginning September 7th from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Chef Scott Walton offers Chicagoans a special football-themed brunch menu to include a Seven Layer Dip, Italian Beef Strata, Sausage and Peppers, Kielbasa Chilaquiles, and more (full menu below)! On top of this, gameday-goers will also have the chance to enjoy sound throughout the entire restaurant. What a great way to kickoff football season!

Executive Chef Michael Reich with JW Marriot Chicago is offering locals and visitors alike Bears-themed menu items in the Lobby Lounge to include:

  • Smoked Short Rib Chili with chipotle peppers, white beans, and BBQ dusted oyster crackers
  • Warm Pretzel Bites with aged cheddar cheese dip and spicy mustard
  • Chicken Wings with BBQ dry rub, buffalo, and sweet chili sauces

Municipal Bar + Dining Co. (216 W Ohio St) will be offering a variety of food and drink specials! During every Michigan State University and Chicago Bears football game, guests will enjoy $6 Buffalo Chicken “Cutler” Sliders, $6 Angus Beef Sliders, $7 Chili Cheese All Beef Dogs, and $7 Flatbreads. To wash down the game day grub, the below drink specials will also be available.

Bears Games

$15 Miller Lite Buckets and Bud Light Buckets

$5 Miller Lite and Bud Light 22 oz drafts

$5 Fireball shots

MSU Games

$20 East Lansing Shark Bowls

$15 Bud Light Buckets

$5 Bud Light 22 oz drafts

$5 Founders beer cans

$5 Fireball shots

Monday, Thursday, Sunday NFL Football Games

$15 Bud Light Buckets

$5 Bud Light 22 oz drafts

$5 Fireball shots

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