Yo, ho, ho! It’s that time of year when unbridled eating, drinking and general merrymaking are the order of the day. Go forth, enjoy life while you can and happy holidays.
Southport Holiday Stroll and Cocktail Crawl
(Southport Avenue, Belmont to Irving Park)
Southport will be festooned with holiday decorations; restaurants and retail places are open late, and you’ll be serenaded by carolers, get photos with Santa and enjoy cocktails. Lots and lots of cocktails.
The Lincoln Park Holiday Spirits & Wine Festival with Gourmet Delicacies
(Floating World Gallery)
Chat with winemakers and artisans as you sip a beverage and gear up to shop for holiday gifts.
Holiday Brunch with Santa
On Navy Pier, the world’s-largest rooftop space hosts a brunch with the big guy, who’ll pose for framed photos with you and pass out gifts to the kids.
Chicago Martini Fest
Tired of all that holiday Champagne? The Chicago Martini Fest has just what you need: dozens of different ‘tinis.
New Year’s Eve Party
(Congress Plaza Hotel)
Buffet and bars ensure that good cheer will reign at what is traditionally the party of the season—you might want to reserve tickets and a hotel room (at discounted rates), in advance.
Dining and Drinking Editor for Newcity, David also writes a weekly food column for Wednesday Journal in Oak Park and is a frequent contributor of food/drink and travel pieces to the Chicago Tribune, Plate Magazine and other publications. David has also contributed chapters to several books, including Street Food Around the World, Street Food, and The Chicago Food Encyclopedia. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org