Parties & Classes this Holiday Season

Parties & Classes this Holiday Season

Wow is there a TON going on. I’ve added more events to the list so make sure to read carefully. Not to gloat but I’ll be cheering on the Badgers at the Rose Bowl for New Years! Sorry Sparty and Poison Nut U, lol.

There are some really cool events and classes supporting charities as well. Tis the season…


Pei Wei!  Help feed the hungry this season by bringing a non-perishable food item to your local Pei Wei and receive 25% off one entrée of your choice. All donated food items will be given to a local food bank to fight hunger in your community.  Wednesday December 15, 2010 and Thursday December 16, 2010. Pei Wei restaurants nationwide. Find the Pei Wei location nearest you:

Chipotle not exactly an event but a cool offer! Simply purchase $25 or more in gift cards at any Chipotle Mexican Grill between now and December 24, then bring your receipt in on your next visit for a free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos. Love me some free food!

Mercadito (108 W. Kinzie St.), offering authentic Mexican delicacies and handcrafted cocktails, shares his holiday recipes in his Holiday Cooking Class on Monday, December 20 at 5 p.m. Held at Double A, the intimate lounge located beneath Mercadito, learn how to prepare traditional recipes, including Tortitas de Camaron, Taco de Bacalo, Polvorones, the classic crumbly wedding cookies, and Ponche. Following the class, guests will enjoy an intimate dinner with Chef Sandoval; cost is $65 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and may be made by e-mailing or calling 312.329.9555.

Greater Chicago Food Depository “86 Hunger” dinners – Help end Hunger Locally
* NAHA, Carrie Nahabedian – January 11, 2011
* Custom House, Perry Hendrix – January 27, 2011
* Boka, Giuseppe Tentori – February 1, 2011
* Heaven on Seven, Jimmy Bannos – February 23, 2011
Tickets for individual dinners are $150, and all proceeds benefit the Food Depository. Information and tickets are available at

Opus One Dinner at Sixteen On Thursday, December 16, Director of Wine & Spirits Rachael Lowe in partnership with Gina Voci from Opus One Winery will host an exciting dinner featuring Opus One winery that will provide guests with the rare opportunity to experience a guided tasting of the vineyard’s world-famous Bordeaux blends. The dinner is priced at $225 per guest, exclusive of tax and gratuity, and seating is limited to 30 attendees. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling (312) 588-8030.

24 hour restaurant battle casting for Food Network
Friday December 10, 2010
10AM – 1PM
Affinia Chicago Hotel
166 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Sixteen at Trump – Lots of Options
Christmas Eve Dinner at Sixteen
On this special evening, Chef Brunacci will feature a celebratory, five-course tasting menu. $135 per person, exclusive of alcohol, or $195 with wine pairings by Sommelier Rachael Lowe.  Guests will also have the option to experience an elaborate 10-course tasting menu created specially by Chef Brunacci for the Christmas Eve celebration. This dinner will cost $195 per person, exclusive of alcohol or $295 with wine pairings. All prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity. Every guest will also receive a special photograph as a keepsake of their holiday dining experience. Christmas Eve dinner will be offered from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling (312) 588-8030.
Christmas Day brunch at Sixteen is $115 per person and $35 for children eight years and under, exclusive of tax, alcohol and gratuity. Seating times are 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christmas Eve gets regal at Ria, where a lavish pre-holiday tasting menu is sure to bolster the cheery season. The three-course menu will be  available between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on December 24. The cost for the menu is $95 per person, or $140 with wine pairings. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (312) 880-4400.

Leave the holiday cooking and entertaining to the chefs this year and enjoy Christmas dinner at MARKETHOUSE Restaurant and Bar’s (611 N. Fairbanks Ct.). Executive Chef Scott Walton offers guests a three-course menu featuring delicious, hearty flavors; from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will choose from a selection of salad, entrees and sides, and, not to be missed. Open seven days a week and offers breakfast from  6 a.m. to 11 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. A bar menu is also available in the lounge from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312.224.2200.

NYE Events
The Southern
will celebrate with copious cocktails snacks, bubbly and more. Starting at 9:00 p.m., the bar will offer a premium open bar until 1:00 a.m. In addition to the open bar, the party admission price of $75 includes passed hors d’oeuvres, party favors and a Champagne toast at midnight. Guests can opt instead for $85 tickets, which ensure premium seating. An $850 VIP package includes admission for 10 people, cabana seating and two bottles of Champagne, along with the rest of the party amenities. Reservations are suggested and can be made by visiting

Violet Hour is celebrating with a lavish open bar and special holiday punch. The holiday bar package includes unlimited sparkling wine and cocktails, wine and beer, and a special holiday punch from 10:00 p.m. until close. A special la carte appetizer menu will be available. The event is a single “seating” at 10:00 p.m. and costs $75 per person. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made by calling
(773) 252-1500.

Sepia invites Chicago food lovers to usher in 2011 over a memorable New Year’s Eve dinner on Friday, December 31, 2010. Two seatings will be offered, the first from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., and the second from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. The cost for the first seating, at which a four-course prix-fixe menu will be offered, is $65, exclusive of tax, beverage and gratuity. Optional wine pairings cost an additional $55 per person. The cost of the five-course prix-fixe offered during the second seating is $85 per person, exclusive of tax, beverage and gratuity. A welcome cocktail, amuse and petit fours are included. Wine pairings for the second seating cost an additional $70 per person. Sepia will be open from 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, with the final seating at 8:00 p.m.; the restaurant will be closed for lunch. Reservations for New Year’s Eve are required and may be made by calling (312) 441-1920 or via Sepia will be open for dinner on New Year’s Day.

Beginning at 9 PM on December 31st, DMK will count down the New Year by passing Chicago’s best damn burgers, fries, shakes and other goodies all night long.  What about the booze, you ask? It’ll be an open bar for the entirety, with American craft beer & tasty house-made cocktails to quench your thirst. Rockin’ tunes, sexy movies and delicious hospitality will round out the night. At midnight, be the very first to try our two new “breakfast” burgers. $75 gets you a table all night, $50 let’s you hang around the bar. Just can’t beat it! Call your friends and reserve your spot (773) 360-8686, parties up to 20!

Faith & Whiskey (1365 W Fullerton Ave), the premier whiskey bar and party spot in Lincoln Park, will throw a New Year’s Eve party on Friday, December 31. There will be a 5-and-a-half-hour bar package featuring premium alcohol, beer, and wine that will run from 8pm until 1:30am. Shots are not included in the package. All shots are $5 each. Special K, a resident DJ on 103.5 KISS FM, will spin from 9pm until 2am during the New Year’s Eve party at Faith & Whiskey. The New Year’s Eve party package also includes a catered food buffet, a midnight champagne toast, coat check, party favors, and more. Tickets to the New Year’s Eve party at Faith & Whiskey cost $75 each. Tickets must be purchased via this link:

Affinia Chicago is offering revelers (guests and locals), a variety of New Year’s Eve options including a tasty four-course dinner at C-House, acclaimed Top Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant, and a New Year’s Eve party at C-View including spectacular views of the city and an open bar. Guests looking to make a night of it can also book a room at Affinia Chicago with rates starting at $219.

C-House (Four-course dinner, $79*): First and second course selections include innovative dishes such as salsify soup (truffles and lobster) and pan seared foie gras.  Diners will then have to make the tough choice between the Slagel Farm New York Steak and Snake River Sturgeon for their entrée.  However, the biggest challenge will be saving room for dessert, which includes choices such as coconut doughnuts, baked chocolate mousse sandwich, or whipped buffalo ricotta.  Dinner includes a glass of sparkling wine, and seatings begin at 5:30 p.m.

C-View (New Year’s Eve party, $79*): After indulging in a meal fit for a king, take the party to C-View, which boasts elegant décor and spectacular views of Chi-Town.  Pricing includes premium open bar from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. and a sparking toast at midnight, hors d’oeuvres from C-House including dessert canapés at midnight, and fun party favors to commemorate the evening.  

Affinia Chicago (Nightly rates starting at $219): After the party dies down, bed is just a few feet away.  Nightly rates start at $219 per room, and guests can wake up refreshed in a room customized to their liking via My Affinia, a program which allows them to personalize their rooms with a six-choice pillow menu, and fun amenities including an Ibanez guitar, fitness kit, cupcakes, and even a rubber ducky! 

For more information or to book these offers, please visit or call 312.787.6000.

N9NE Steakhouse and ghostbar for a one-stop-shop celebration. N9NE will offer two seatings, each featuring N9NE’s a la carte menu filled with signature steaks and seafood dishes. The first seating is between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and requires a pre-paid $40 per person food and beverage minimum. The second seating kicks off N9NE’s grand New Years Eve bash with dinner seatings available between 8:00 p.m. and 10 p.m. and includes admission to ghostbar after 11:00 p.m. A pre-paid $90 per person food and beverage minimum is required. Request a spot at the Champagne and Caviar Bar at either seating and enjoy the added bonus of a Champagne cocktail for the same per person minimums.

After dinner, head up to ghostbar, where the real party will be rocking. From 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. the sleek lounge will host its own private celebration priced at $20.11 (plus tax and gratuity) which includes passed hors d’oeuvres and a glass of champagne. DJ and dancing will continue throughout the evening as N9NE and ghostbar welcome 2011. All reservations must be pre-paid by credit card with an authorized signature. To book your table, contact Sara at or 312.575.9900. For more information, visit

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New Year’s Eve Dinner at Sixteen
As guests arrive at Sixteen’s Orient Express-themed New Year’s Eve celebration three-course tasting menu offered during the first seating (from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.) is $125 per person or $175 with wine pairings. Chef Brunacci’s five-course tasting menu offered during the second seating (from 9:30 to 11 p.m.) is $225 per person or $325 with wine pairings, and the eight-course menu is $330 per person or $470 with wine pairings. Available during the second seating is a luxe “first-class” dining package including guaranteed window seating, Chef Brunacci’s eight-course menu with wine pairings and a Krug Champagne toast at midnight. The cost for this package is $490 per person. All prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity. three-course tasting menu offered during the first seating (from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.) is $125 per person or $175 with wine pairings. Chef Brunacci’s five-course tasting menu offered during the second seating (from 9:30 to 11 p.m.) is $225 per person or $325 with wine pairings, and the eight-course menu is $330 per person or $470 with wine pairings. Available during the second seating is a luxe “first-class” dining package including guaranteed window seating, Chef Brunacci’s eight-course menu with wine pairings and a Krug Champagne toast at midnight. The cost for this package is $490 per person. All prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Say adios to 2010 with Mercadito this New Year’s Eve on Friday, December 31. Guests may indulge in a five-course menu featuring Mercadito’s signature guacamoles, ceviches, tacos and more for $50 per person from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; or the second seating five-course menu for $60–or $110 including libations–from 9:45 p.m. to 2 a.m. Chef Patricio Sandoval will offer his regular dinner menu in addition to these special menus.

A deejay will perform in the front lounge and the entire restaurant will be filled with hundreds of balloons, party favors and festive décor to celebrate the start of 2011.

Blackbird will greet 2011 in style with two degustations on December 31.
The restaurant will forgo its regular menu for five-course and ten-course
prix fixe menus. The five-course costs $85 per person, and the ten-course
costs $125 per person. Menu details are still to be determined.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling (312) 715-0708.

theWit Hotel’s New Year’s options include:
The sky’s the limit at ROOF, Chicago’s hottest rooftop lounge, where attendees will have a bird’s eye perspective on New Year’s Eve revelry. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., guests will enjoy an open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a celebratory Champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight. Throughout the evening, the crowd will dance to tunes by D-JR, one of Chicago’s most sought-after DJs. Tickets for ROOF’s New Year’s Eve celebration are available for $150 per person. Limited tables are also available, starting at $1,000. For reservations, call 312.239.9502 or e-mail

Guests looking to ring in the New Year with friends in a more intimate setting can head to the Phoenix Lounge, theWit’s sophisticated, mezzanine-level lounge that offers contemporary décor and impeccable club service. While sipping handcrafted cocktails and nibbling on Italian-inspired small plates from the adjacent cibo matto kitchen, guests will enjoy a live acoustic vocal and instrumental performance from duo Chris and Lou from 6 to 9:30 p.m. DJ Avi Sic will close out the night by spinning for the crowd from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.  The Phoenix Lounge will open starting at 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Known for its contemporary Italian fare, cibo matto will offer a gourmet dining experience that will satisfy guests into the New Year. Diners who head to theWit’s second-floor restaurant on New Year’s Eve will revel in a delectable six-course pre-fixe tasting menu priced at $99 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Seatings are available from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 312.239.9500.

Revelers who want to refuel after a long night of Champagne toasts and New Year’s countdowns can stop by State and Lake, theWit Hotel’s lobby-level artisanal American restaurant, for a special “Diners and Dives” late-night dining menu. Available from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., this special one-time offering will include a variety of a la carte starters and a selection of desserts will also be offered. Reservations can be made by calling 312.239.9502. Otherwise, seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

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