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Chicago Restaurant Week guide: Phil Vettel's list of best bets

Chez Joel, 1119 W. Taylor St. The three-course lunch menu is loaded with bistro classics, including moules frites, boeuf aux champignons, profiterole and creme brulee. Dinner menu also available.

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Beacon Tavern, 405 N. Wabash Ave. I really like the blackened-redfish sandwich here, and it’s part of Beacon Tavern’s three-course lunch menu. Other dishes include an eggplant-parmigiana sandwich, Brussels sprouts-kale salad and clam chowder. Dinner and brunch menus also available.

Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St. Four-star dining for $22; that’s the lure at Blackbird. Skimming through the menu...

Cindy’s, 12 S. Michigan Ave. Assuming it isn’t blizzarding, the glass-enclosed rooftop restaurant should offer beautiful Millennium Park views along with its lunch menu, which includes gnocchi parisienne and chocolate quesillo with maple-pecan ice cream.

Gene & Georgetti, 500 N. Franklin St. and 9421 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont. G&G’s city and suburban locations are part of CRW this year. The lunch menu includes a sirloin-steak sandwich, along with beet-orange salad, pistachio-crusted whitefish and tuxedo mousse cheesecake.

The Kitchen, 316 N. Clark St. Part of me wonders what “seasonal bruschetta” means in late January, but the rest of the lunch menu (turkey burger with Sriracha aioli, pasta bolognese, creme fraiche panna cotta) has me sold. Dinner menu also available.

Marisol, 205 E. Pearson St. The restaurant inside Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art has a lunch menu that includes the signature Marisol salad, porchetta sandwich and a veggie cheeseburger. And when you’re finished, you can wander around the museum for a while.

Pearl Brasserie, 180 N. Wacker Drive. The newest casual-French restaurant in the Loop makes its CRW debut with a three-course menu that includes tomato soup with mini grilled cheese, chicken milanese, prime burger and apple tart.

Portsmith, 660 N. State St. Decisions, decisions. The $22 lunch and $33 dinner both appeal (the latter has that upscale “fish and chips” dish I like), but the lunch menu offers “fried fish and waffle” with Dark Matter (local coffee) maple syrup, and that tips the scales for me. Eat early.

Booth One, 1301 N. State Parkway. Classic glamour is back at the former Pump Room, which is offering a four-course...

City Mouse, 311 N. Morgan St. Plenty of options for guests who try the three-course ($44) dinner menu: at least four choices per course (five entree options). Bring friends.

HaiSous, 1800 S. Carpenter St. A first-time participant, HaiSous was one of the best restaurants to open in 2017...

Lena Brava, 900 W. Randolph St. Rick Bayless’ open-fire restaurant joins the CRW club with a four-course ($44) menu that includes a vegetarian option in every course. In fact, the vegetarian dishes — including the superb grill-roasted pineapple with hazelnut salsa macha — all sound terrific.

The Loyalist, 177 N. Ada St. Last month, Bon Appetit ranked the Loyalist’s cheeseburger as one of the three best burgers in the nation. Said burger, along with the tempura-fried chicken sandwich and other treats, is part of the restaurant’s three-course ($33) dinner menu.

Margeaux Brasserie, 11 E. Walton St. Michael Mina’s gorgeous Parisian brasserie comes with Gold Coast prices, which makes the three-course ($33) dinner option (including smoked-salmon tartine, blanquette de veau and dark-chocolate pot de creme) especially attractive.

Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave. For a taste of Barcelona and other Spanish-inspired dishes, check out Mercat’s three-course ($44) menu of savory choices, including cannelloni stuffed with short rib and chicken, with a creamy foie gras and truffle bechamel.

Naha, 500 N. Clark St. Lunch is so popular during CRW that chef/owner Carrie Nahabedian routinely adds extra tables to the dining room. I prefer the relative quiet of the three-course dinner menu ($44), with dishes such as “popcorn” polenta with goat cheese and mushrooms.

Split-Rail, 2500 W. Chicago Ave. Dueling five-course ($44) menus at Split-Rail invite you to choose between menus inspired by “Seinfeld” (yes, there’s soup for you) and “Friends.” Each dish is listed with the episode that inspired it. A binge-watcher’s dream.

Tanta, 118 W. Grand Ave. The three-course ($44) menu includes Peruvian favorites, such as cebiche, lomo saltado and chihoakay marino.

Bad Hunter, 802 W. Randolph St. Not surprisingly, the lunch and brunch menus are heavily veggie-focused, though there is a...

Bar Siena, 832 W. Randolph St. Bar Siena offers lunch, dinner and brunch CRW menus, but I’m especially intrigued by...

Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave. Martial Noguier always rises to the CRW occasion. This year’s brunch menu is especially intriguing. The three-course menu is $22, or $39 with bottomless mimosas. (There’s an hour-and-a-half time limit on the elbow-bending.) Lunch and dinner menus also available.

Ella Elli, 1349 W. Cornelia Ave. A CRW newbie, the flashy Ella Elli offers dinner and brunch menus, the latter including poached-egg avocado toast, mushroom-artichoke quiche and stuffed brioche French toast.

Mon Ami Gabi, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West and 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. MAG’s city and suburban locations are part of...

Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division St. Like Remington, a 4 Star Restaurant Group property, also offering a “cocktail course” (bloody mary or mimosa) as part of its three-course brunch menu. Dishes include blueberry cornbread and pulled-pork Benedict. Lunch and dinner menus also available.

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    In 2008, Chicago's very first Restaurant Week featured 35 restaurants. The 11th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, which begins Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 8 (yes, it lasts two weeks) boasts more than 370 city and suburban participants. I'd call that a success story.
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Save the Tables: Last-minute New Year's Eve reservations at 178 Chicago restaurants

Davanti Enoteca, 1359 W. Taylor St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu, plus specials. 312-226-5550.

Tuscany on Taylor, 1014 W. Taylor St. Table for four at 6 and 8:30 p.m., and table for six at 6 and 6:30 p.m. Regular menu with chef specials, midnight toast. 312-829-1990.

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Arami, 1829 W. Chicago Ave. Table for two at 8 p.m. Special a la carte New Year’s Eve menu. 312-243-1535.

Artango Bar & Steakhouse, 4767 N. Lincoln Ave. Table for two at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Four-course menu, $75 (before 7 p.m.) and $85 (8:30 p.m. and later). Live music. 872-208-7441.

Bad Hunter, 802 W. Randolph St. Table for four at 6 p.m. Vegetable-forward, a la carte menu. 312-265-1745.

Bar Roma, 5101 N. Clark St. Table for two at noon (brunch menu), table for two at 7 p.m. and table for four at 9 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 773-942-7572.

The Barn, 1016 Church St., Evanston. Table for two at 5 p.m. Three-course menu, $70; four-course menu, $85, five-course menu, $100. 847-868-8041.

Beatrix, 519 N. Clark St. Two tables for up to four guests at 6 and 8 p.m. Featuring regular menu with specials; midnight Champagne toast. 312-284-1377.

Beatrix Streeterville, 671 N. St. Clair St. Two tables for up to four guests at 6 and 8 p.m. Featuring regular menu with specials; midnight Champagne toast. 312-642-0001.

Beatrix Fulton Market, 834 W. Fulton Market. Two tables for up to four guests at 6 and 8 p.m. Featuring regular menu with specials; midnight Champagne toast. 312-733-0370.

BellyQ, 1400 W. Randolph St. Saving a table for four, available any time. Regular menu plus special family-style menu available. 312-563-1010.

Big Jones, 5347 N. Clark St. Table for four at 8 p.m. Special NYE menu $45, $75 with beverage pairings. 773-275-5725.

Bites Asian Kitchen, 3313 N. Clark St. Table for two 11:30 a.m. (brunch menu) and table for four at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Regular menu. 773-270-5972.

Bohemian House, 11 W. Illinois St. Table for two and for four at 7:30 p.m. Four-course menu, $65; beer ($25) and wine ($35) pairings available. 312-955-0439.

Booth One, 1301 N. State Parkway. Table for four at 8 p.m. Regular menu, plus specials. Live music. 312-649-0535.

Brickhouse Tavern, 3647 N. Clark St., is holding five tickets ($80) to the first-ever New Year’s countdown in the Park at Wrigley. Expansive passed-food options, premium drink package, party favors, midnight toast and more; doors open 9 p.m. Tickets via brickhousetavernchi.com, or call 312-579-3637.

The Bristol, 2152 N. Damen Ave. Table for two at 8 p.m. Four-course menu, $75. 773-862-5555.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! 2024 N. Halsted St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 773-935-5000.

Cantina Laredo, 508 N. State St. Table for two at 11:30 a.m. (brunch menu), table for two at 7:30 p.m. and table for four at 9 p.m. Three-course menu $59.99, with optional cocktail pairings for $15.99; regular menu also available. 312-955-0014.

Chicago Firehouse Restaurant, 1401 S. Michigan Ave. Tables for two and four at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. A la carte menu. 312-786-1401.

Chop Shop. 2033 W. North Ave. Table for four at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Four-course menu, $60; regular a la carte menu also available. Performance by Har Mar Superstar at 8 p.m. 773-537-4440.

Cindy’s, 12 S. Michigan Ave. Table for four at 4 p.m. A la carte menu with specials. 312-792-3502.

City Mouse, 311 N. Morgan St. Table for two at 5:30 p.m. Three-course menu, $79. 312-764-1908.

Commons Club (Virgin Hotel Chicago), 203 N. Wabash Ave. Table for four at 5 p.m. Three-course menu, $85. 312-940-4747.

Commonwealth Tavern, 2000 W. Roscoe St., is saving four tickets ($60) for its 8 p.m. party. Bar package, appetizer buffet, party favors and midnight toast. 773-697-7965.

Daisies, 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave. Table for two at 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Five-course tasting menu, $55; optional wine pairing $25. 773-661-1671.

The Dearborn, 145 N. Dearborn St. Table for two at 5 and 7 p.m. Three-course menu, $72. 312-384-1242.

Dolce Italian, 127 W. Huron St. Table for four at 5 p.m. Seasonal Italian menu. 312-754-0700.

Dos Urban Cantina, 2829 W. Armitage Ave. Table for four at 10 p.m. Four-course menu, with shot of tequila, $89. Live mariachi. 773-661-6454.

Dusek’s Board & Beer, 1227 W. 18th St. Table for four at 6 p.m. Five-course menu, $65 (optional beer pairings $25, wine pairings $35). 312-526-3851.

Eden, 1748 W. Lake St. Table for two and for four at 9 p.m. Special a la carte menu. 312-366-2294.

El Che Bar, 845 W. Washington Blvd. Table for four at 6 and 9 p.m. Regular menu featured. 312-265-1130.

Elske, 1350 W. Randolph St. Table for two at 7 p.m. Tasting menu, $85 (optional wine pairings $45), plus a la carte menu with supplements. 312-733-1314.

Ema, 74 W. Illinois St. Table for two at 6 p.m., and two tables for up to four guests at 6 and 8 p.m. A la carte menu with specials. 312-527-5586.

The Fifty/50, 2047 W. Division St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular upscale-pub menu. 773-489-5050.

Fizz Eater and Soda Fountain, 7958 W. Belmont Ave. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu of retro burgers, shakes, phosphates. 773-839-3499.

The Florentine, 151 W. Adams St. Table for two or four at 7:30 p.m. A la carte Italian menu. 312-660-8866.

Formento’s, 925 W. Randolph St. Table for two at 8 p.m. Four-course menu, $75. 312-690-7295.

Found, 1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Table for two at 8 p.m. Midnight in Paris party features five-course, shared-plate menu for $75. 847-868-8945.

Francesca’s on Chestnut, 200 E. Chestnut St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu plus special Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. 312-482-8800.

Hearth Restaurant, 1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston. Table for four at 9 p.m. Four-course menu, $70; regular menu also available. 847-570-8400.

The Herbarium at Bad Hunter, 150 N. Halsted St., Table for 6 at 5 p.m. Three-course menu, $80. 312-912-4882.

Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar, 2700 W. Chicago Ave. Table for four at 6 and 9 p.m. Three-course menu, $60; six-course menu, $120; caviar tasting, $90. 773-661-9577. (See review here.)

Honey’s, 1111 W. Lake St. Table for four at 6 p.m. Four-course, west-European menu, $85. 312-877-5929.

Hub 51, 51 W. Hubbard St. Table for four at 6 p.m.; table for two at 9 p.m. Regular menu with specials. 312-828-0051.

Il Porcellino, 59 W. Hubbard St. Table for four at 7 p.m.; table for two at 9 p.m. Featuring family-style supper and holiday specials. Midnight toast. 312-959-0800.

Imperial Lamian, 6 W. Hubbard St. Table for two at 7:30, table for four at 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. A la carte menu of favorites, plus specials. 312-595-9440.

Italian Village, 71 W. Monroe St. Table for four at 7:30 p.m. at La Cantina, The Village and Vivere restaurants, each serving its regular menu and Champagne from large-format bottles. 312-332-7005.

Ixcateco Grill, 3402 W. Montrose Ave. Table for two at 6:45 p.m., table for four at 7:30 p.m. A la carte menu and specials. BYO. 773-539-5887.

Koi Fine Asian Cuisine, 624 Davis St., Evanston. Table for two at noon (dim sum brunch), kids countdown table for four at 6:30 p.m. and table for four at 9 p.m. A la carte menu and $30 tasting menu available. 847-866-6969.

Le Colonial, 937 N. Rush St. Table for four at 7:30 p.m. Three-course Vietnamese menu, $75. 312-255-0088.

The Loyalist, 177 N. Ada St. Table for two at 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve lobster bash includes all-you-can-eat lobster, side dishes and New Year’s swag, $75. Limited a la carte menu also available. 773-913-3774.

Macello Ristorante, 1235 W. Lake St. Table for four at 7 p.m. and table for two at 8 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 312-850-9870.

Mahalo, 1501 N. Milwaukee Ave. Table for two and table for four at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. A la carte menu. 708-328-3091.

Mariscos Sirena, 3658 W. Lawrence Ave. Table for four at 7 and 9 p.m. Prix-fixe menu, $45; regular menu also available. BYO. 773-961-7016.

Margeaux Brasserie, 11 E. Walton St. Table for four at 5:30 p.m. Five-course modern-French tasting menu, $95. 312-646-1386.

Mercadito, 108 W. Kinzie St. Table for two at 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. Five-course sharing menu, $45 (2 1/2-hour open bar $50 additional). 312-329-9555.

mfk, 432 W. Diversey Parkway. Table for two at 9 p.m. Seasonal a la carte menu. 773-857-2540.

Mi Tocaya Antojeria, 2800 W. Logan Boulevard. Table for four at 6:30 p.m. Seasonal, regional-Mexican dishes. 872-315-3947.

Mity Nice Bar & Grill, 835 N. Michigan Ave. Two tables for up to four guests at 12:30 p.m. Brunch menu. 312-335-4745.

Mott St, 1401 N. Ashland Ave. Table for four at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tasting menu (15 courses) with sparkling wine toast, $75.

Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron St. Table for four at 7:30 p.m. Multicourse menu for $99.99. 312-664-2727.

Naoki, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West. Table for four at 8 p.m. A la carte menu with specials. 773-868-0002.

Nonnina, 340 N. Clark St. Table for four at 8 p.m. A la carte menu plus Italian specials. 312-822-0077.

Osteria Via Stato, 620 N. State St. Table for four at 7:30 p.m. Multicourse menu, $95. 312-642-8450.

Pete Miller’s Steak and Seafood, 1557 Sherman Ave., Evanston. Table for four at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Special three-course dinner, $65. 847-328-0399.

Piccolo Sogno, 464 N. Halsted St. Table for four at 8 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 312-421-0077.

Portsmith, 660 N. State St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular, seafood-focused menu. 312-202-6050.

PR Italian Bistro, 3908 N. Sheridan Road. Table for four at 8 p.m. Blackboard menu will feature a la carte “foodie countdown” of its most popular dishes. 773-404-8955.

Proxi, 565 W. Randolph St. Table for four at 9:30 p.m. A la carte menu with specials. 312-466-1950.

The Publican, 837 W. Fulton Market. Table for four at 8:30 p.m. Three-course menu, $75. 312-733-9555.

Regards to Edith, 326 N. Morgan St. Table for four at 6 p.m. in dining room; table for four at 8:30 p.m. in the bar. A la carte menu with specials. 312-763-6564.

Riva, 700 E. Grand Ave. Table for two at 6:30 and 7 p.m., table for four at 6:30 and 7 p.m. Regular menu with specials, fireworks view. 312-644-7482.

River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St. Table for two at 7:30 p.m. A la carte NYE menu of River Roast favorites, including prime rib and whole duck. 312-822-0100.

R.J. Grunts, 2056 N. Lincoln Park West. Table for two at 7 p.m. A la carte menu. 773-929-5363.

SafeHouse Chicago, 60 E. Ontario St. Table for two at 5 and 7 p.m. Regular menu. 312-313-1007.

Saint Lou’s Assembly, 664 W. Lake St. Table for six at 9 p.m. Five-course menu, $55 ($90 with optional wine pairings); a la carte menu also available. 312-600-0600.

Salero, 621 W. Randolph St. Table for two at 6 and 9 p.m. Four-course Spanish-inspired menu, including black-truffle and lobster paella, $75. Wine pairings and bar packages available. 312-466-1000.

Seven Lions, 130 S. Michigan Ave. Table for two at 6:30 p.m.; table for four at 9:30 p.m. Regular menu with specials; special Champagne prices. 312-880-0130.

Split-Rail, 2500 W. Chicago Ave. Table for two at 7 and 9 p.m. Titanic-themed menu, starting at $60. 773-697-4413.

State and Lake Chicago Tavern, 201 N. State St. Table for four at 6 and 8 p.m. A la carte steakhouse menu. 312-239-9400.

Steadfast, 120 W. Monroe St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu. 312-801-8899.

Stella Barra Pizzeria, 1954 N. Halsted St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 773-634-4101.

Tanta, 118 W. Grand Ave. Table for four at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Regular a la carte menu and Peruvian holiday specials. 312-222-9700.

Tavern on Little Fort, 4128 N. Lincoln Ave., is saving four tickets ($40) for an 8 p.m. party. Bar package, appetizer buffet, party favors, midnight toast. 773-360-1869.

Tavern on Rush, 1031 N. Rush St. Table for four at 6 p.m. Regular menu and specials. 312-664-9600.

312 Chicago, 136 N. LaSalle Drive. Table for four at 7 p.m. Four-course menu, $75. 312-696-2420.

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks Court. Holding two tickets to annual, sold-out party. $15 includes Champagne split or beer tallboy, plus DJ, dancing, midnight toast. 312-642-0700.

20 East, 20 E. Delaware Place. Table for two at 7:30 p.m. Regular menu; Champagne toast at midnight. 312-397-3633.

Wood, 3335 N. Halsted St. Table for two at 6 and 9 p.m. Four course menu, $75; wine pairings and bar packages available. 773-935-9663.

The Albert, 228 E. Ontario St. Table for four at 8 p.m. Prix-fixe menu, $125; wine pairings $75 additional. 312-471-3883.

The Aviary, 955 W. Fulton Market. Table for two at 5:30 p.m. Three-course cocktail tasting menu with food bites, $135. hospitality@theaviary.com.

Bellemore, 564 W. Randolph St. Table for two at 6:30 p.m. and table for four at 8:30 p.m. Six-course tasting menu, $85 (wine pairing $45 additional). 312-667-0104.

Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St. Table for two at 8 p.m. Tasting menu, $125; regular menu also available. 312-715-0708.

Blvd, 817 W. Lake St. Table for four at 8:45 p.m. Family style menu, $125, includes Champagne toast. DJ, dancers and other surprises. 312-526-3116.

Brindille, 534 N. Clark St. Table for four at 8:30 p.m. A la carte menu, plus tasting menus (ranging $125-$250 with wines) available. 312-595-1616.

Cafe Robey, 2018 W. North Ave. Table for two at 9 p.m. Four-course dinner with wine pairings, $110 ($75 without pairings). 872-315-3084.

Chez Moi, 2100 N. Halsted St. Table for four at 5, 7 and 9:30 p.m. A la carte menu with holiday specials. 773-871-2100.

Duck Duck Goat, 857 W. Fulton Market. Table for two at 7 p.m. Fixed-price dinner, $70; optional beverage pairing $30. 312-902-3825.

The Duck Inn, 2701 S. Eleanor St. Table for four at 8 p.m. Five-course menu, $95; seven-course menu, $120. Wine pairings available. Midnight toast and party favors. 312-724-8811.

Fremont, 15 W. Illinois St., is saving five tickets ($125) for its A Night in Disguise party; package includes premium bar, passed appetizers, midnight toast. Tickets at fremontchicago.com, or call 312-874-7270.

Geja’s Cafe, 340 W. Armitage Ave. Saving a table for two or four for 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m...

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush St. Table for four at 6, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Regular menu. 312-266-8999.

Gibsons Italia, 233 N. Canal St. Table for four at 8 p.m. Regular menu. 312-414-1100.

GT Fish & Oyster, 531 N. Wells St. Table for four at 7:15 p.m. A la carte menu. 312-929-3501.

GT Prime, 707 N. Wells St. Table for four at 8:45 p.m. A la carte menu. 312-600-6305.

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, 1024 N. Rush St. Table for four at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Regular menu. 312-640-0999.

Izakaya at Momotaro, 820 W. Lake St., is holding four tickets for its Countdown to New Year’s Eve party. Premium bar, passed hors d’eouvres, Champagne toast at midnight. $125, tax and tip included. 312-733-4818.

The J Parker, 1816 N. Clark St., is holding two tickets for its Roaring ’20s party, which starts at 9 p.m. Premium beverages, passed appetizers, dessert station, DJ Kareem and midnight toast, $125. 312-254-4747.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, 60 E. Grand Ave. Table for four at 11 p.m. Regular menu; prosecco toast at midnight. 312-379-5637.

Joy District, 112 W. Hubbard St., is saving four tickets ($150) for 8 p.m. party. Bar package, passed hors d’oeuvres, hosted Champagne bar 8-9 p.m., DJs, midnight toast. 312-955-0399.

Katana, 339 N. Dearborn St. Table for two at 5:30 and 8 p.m, and table for four at 9:30 p.m. Regular sushi and robata menus featured. 312-877-5544.

The Kennison, 1800 N. Lincoln Ave. Table for two at 7:15 and 8:15 p.m. Five-course menu with wine pairings, $110. 312-981-7070.

La Sirena Clandestina, 954 W. Fulton Market. Table for four at 6 and 9 p.m. Regular menu available. 312-226-5300.

Little Goat Diner, 820 W. Randolph St., is holding four tickets for its ’70s-themed New Year’s Eve party, starting 8:30 p.m. Food stations and passed food, open bar, DJ and dancing, $150. 312-888-3455.

Luxbar, 18 E. Bellevue Place. Table for four at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Regular menu. 312-642-3400.

Maple & Ash, 8 W. Maple St. Two tables for two at 7:45 p.m. A la carte steakhouse menu with specials, Champagne toast at midnight. 312-944-8888.

Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave. Table for two at 7 p.m. Spanish tasting menu, $95; vegetarian tasting, $65. 312-765-0524.

Michael Jordan’s Steak House, 505 N. Michigan Ave. Table for four at 7 p.m. Eat Like Mike NYE package, $125; $150 with optional beer and wine pairings. 312-321-8823.

Monteverde, 1020 W. Madison St. Table for two at 7 p.m.; two bar seats at 9 p.m. Early seating features four-course menu, $110; late seating features five-course menu, $125, and includes live music and midnight toast. 312-888-3041.

Naha, 500 N. Clark St. Table 81 (corner table, best view) being held for party of four at 9:30 p.m. A la carte menu, plus tasting options. 312-321-6242.

Nico Osteria, 1015 N. Rush St. Table for two at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Prix-fixe menu, $110; regular menu also available. 312-944-7100.

Osteria Langhe, 2824 W. Armitage Ave. Two tables for four at 9 p.m. Five-course menu, $85, or $135 with half-bottle of sparkling wine. Champagne toast. 773-661-1582.

Prime & Provisions, 222 N. LaSalle St. Table for two at 8 p.m. Regular menu, plus a la carte special menu including Dover sole and beef Wellington. 312-726-7777.

Quartino, 626 N. State St. Table for four at 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Regular menu. 312-698-5000.

Roister, 951 W. Fulton Market. Table for two at 8 p.m. A la carte menu; deposit required at booking. hospitality@roisterrestaurant.com.

RPM Steak, 66 W. Kinzie St. Table for four at 5:15 and 6:45 p.m. Regular menu with luxury specials. 312-284-4990.

Sepia, 123 N. Jefferson St. Table for two at 9:30 p.m. Six-course menu, $125. 312-441-1920.

Signature Room, 875 N. Michigan Ave. Table for two at 6 p.m. Three-course menu, $125. 312-787-9596.

Somerset, 1112 N. State St. Table for two at 6:15 p.m., table for four at 8:15 p.m. and table for two at 10:15 p.m. Four-course menu, $135; beverage pairings available. 312-586-2150.

SteakBar, 1500 N. Wells St., is saving five tickets ($100) for its American Hustle party. Package includes premium drinks, passed appetizers, dessert hour, party favors, midnight toast. Tickets at steakbarchicago.com or call 773-966-0404.

Steak 48, 615 N. Wabash Ave. Table for four at 7 p.m. and two tables for two at 8 p.m. Regular menu. 312-266-4848.

Swift & Sons, 1000 W. Fulton Market. Table for two and table for four at 9 p.m. A la carte steakhouse menu. 312-733-9420.

Torali Italian-Steak, 160 E. Pearson St. Table for four at 9:30 p.m. A la carte menu, plus an $85 surf-and-turf special. 312-573-5160.

Travelle Kitchen + Bar, 330 N. Wabash Ave. Table for two at 7:30 p.m. Fixed-price menu, $175; wine pairings $60 additional. 312-923-7705.

Vol. 39, 39 S. LaSalle St., is saving two tickets ($145) to the library bar’s Paris in 1920s themed party...

Wildfire, 159 W. Erie St. Table for two at 5:45, 6:45, 8:45 and 9:45 p.m. Regular menu, plus specials. 312-787-9000.

Acadia, 1639 S. Wabash Ave. Table for four at 5 p.m. and a table for two at 8:30...

Alinea, 1723 N. Halsted St. Table for two at 5 p.m. Multi-sensory, 14-to-16-course menu, $425. hospitality@alinearestaurant.com.

Boka, 1729 N. Halsted St. Table for four at 7:45 p.m. Seven-course menu, $150; add $55 for standard wine pairing, $125 for reserve. 312-337-6070.

Entente, 3056 N. Lincoln Ave. Table for two at 8 p.m. Eight-course tasting menu by chef Brian Fisher, with wine pairings, $200. 872-206-8553.

Everest, 440 S. LaSalle St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Tasting menu, $185; prix-fixe menu, $130. 312-663-8920.

GreenRiver, 259 E. Erie St. Table for two at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Early seating features five-course menu for $180 ($125 without wine pairings); late seating features six-course menu for $230 ($155 without wine pairings). 312-337-0101.

Next, 953 W. Fulton Market. Table for two at 8:45 p.m. Grand tasting menu, featuring dishes from acclaimed chefs around the world, $385 including midnight Champagne toast. hospitality@nextrestaurant.com.

Oriole, 661 W. Walnut St. Table for two at 5:30 p.m. Fifteen-course menu, $190. 312-877-5339.

Sixteen, 401 N. Wabash Ave. Table for two at 5 p.m. Five-course tasting menu, $175. 312-588-8030.

Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Ave. Table for two at 7:30 p.m. Ten-course Autunno (fall) dinner, $350. 312-280-2750.

Temporis, 933 N. Ashland Ave. Table for two at 6 and 9 p.m. Serving a special 10-course menu, $150; wine pairings available for $95 or $165. 773-697-4961.

Topolobampo, 445 N. Clark St. Table for two at 6:30 p.m. Six-course menu with wine pairings, $230 ($140 without pairings). Live mariachi music, Champagne toast. 312-661-1434.

    Save the Tables: Last-minute New Year's Eve reservations at 178 Chicago restaurants
    Welcome back to our annual Save-the-Tables feature, wherein you, the alert reader, get a shot at impossible-to-get New Year's Eve tables that I, your not-so-humble servant, have set aside. OK, actually, the restaurant owners themselves are the generous folks who set these reservations aside. But they're all in my name.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

  • Just read some of this thread. Steve sounds like your the only one impressed with yourself. Whats the big deal about an Eve of the Eve party at Merch Mart that anybody could drop $160 for. It's not some exclusive shindig that's by invitation only. You can see Maggie Speaks...

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    Just read some of this thread. Steve sounds like your the only one impressed with yourself. Whats the big deal about an Eve of the Eve party at Merch Mart that anybody could drop $160 for. It's not some exclusive shindig that's by invitation only. You can see Maggie Speaks at any of the numerous summer fest's all over the city ( but not downtown!! ) every summer for free. I don't think anybody at the party was all that impressed with you either Steve or you wouldn't be spending your time on EveryBlock with all us dumb paupers. Poor Steve. Too smart and rich for everyone.

  • Correction: he is neither.

Jan 06

Aug 11 2016

Updated Jan 05

Obnoxious Loudness in Pilsen

How can people in certain parts of Pilsen tolerate Banda music and drunkeness in the middle of the night? How? The is a total lack of regard for people who have wake up early. Moreover, if you call the police, you become a target for their animosity. Does anyone know how to silence these folks without becoming a target?

  • Ringo712 Block Captain

    I live in La Villita so it's the same if not more so. It comes with the territory for living around Mexican Immigrants. It's a different way of life you need to get used to if you want to live Amongst different cultures

  • I've been here 6 years..a transplanted South Chicagoan.. Its a shame gentrification has softened peoples ears.. There are bigger fish to fry..but keep complaining about Banda music.. The assault rifles down Cermak Road during school hours bring perspective..

Jan 05

Vandals damage Holy Family window; five other churches hit

“It reminds us to always be forgiving and understand people are coming from other places,” said Linda Lavery as she helped distribute food to the homeless at Holy Family Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd. “At Christmas time, people do have a lot of emotional issues. We are called to be forgiving.”

On Dec. 7, someone tried to break into St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 813 W. Roosevelt Rd., smashing a glass panel in a front door. “The alarm was on, so they left,” the pastor, Rev. Walter Mallo, said.

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At St. Procopius Church, 1641 S. Allport St., a thief broke through a glass panel in a side door to steal money from the candle box, Sylvia Pels, church operations director, said. “A surveillance camera photographed the thief, but could not capture his face.”

Pels said the St. Procopius burglary was at 2 a.m. Dec. 4. At 9:30 a.m. the same day, a thief broke into St. Pius Parish, 1919 S. Ashland Ave. No one at St. Pius could be reached for comment.

At Old St. Pat’s, 700 W. Adams St., sometime between 10 p.m. Dec. 20 and 10 a.m. the following morning, someone smashed a glass block window but did not enter the church, police said.

Fr. Gabriel said he was told vandals also broke two windows at the former St. Adalbert Church, 1650 W. 17th St., which has been purchased by an arts group. Many windows in the church and its adjacent buildings were already boarded up.

    Gazette Chicago " Vandals damage Holy Family window; five other churches hit
    January 4, 2018 Christmas joy was tempered by sadness at six houses of worship hit in December by vandals and would-be thieves: Holy Family, Old St. Patrick's, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Pius, St. Procopius, and St. Adalbert churches.
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Jan 05

ATN: January 2018

...7 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, in the basement at 1220 W. Lexington St. The meetings are closed format, meaning they are for people with drinking problems or AA...

Saint Ignatius is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd. Call (312) 421-5900 or log on to www.ignatius.org.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii is looking for liturgical and cultural event volunteers. Call (312) 421-3757. The shrine is located at 1224 W. Lexington St.

...on the West Side. The exhibition runs through Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the museum, 800 S. Halsted St.

...hours, the area has video surveillance and a seating area. The station is located at 943 W. Maxwell St., and parking is available...

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At Benton House, 3052 S. Gratten Ave., find out about public benefits such as supplemental nutrition assistance and citizenship application help. Food...

...offers those ages 12 through 18 a safe and relaxing atmosphere at its Youth Center, 3528 S. Hermitage Ave. Teens can get help with homework, play sports, and interact with other teens. The center...

Bridgeport Catholic Academy, 3700 S. Lowe Ave., will have an open house on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. School registration also will begin then. For information, call (773) 376-6223.

...art spots includes performance art and shopping opportunities. Admission is free. Begin your tour at 2003 S. Halsted St. For more information, call (312) 432-1995...

Three children explore how to deal with hurtful words about skin color in My Wonderful Birthday Suit! at Chicago Children’s Theatre, 100 S. Racine Ave. Performances are Tuesday, Jan. 16, through Monday, Feb. 18. Call (773) 227-0180.

Join Chicago Hope Academy for boys’ and girls’ basketball games Friday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m., 2641 W. Harrison St. See chicagohopeacademy.org.

...Monday, Jan. 8. The Queen Contest will be held in the Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., on Sunday, Jan. 14. The parade and river dyeing will be held Saturday, March 17...

...North Central College, Naperville, IL, Sunday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m., and Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Monday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are from $10 to $62...

Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens at 1801 S. Indiana Ave. will host adult fitness, early childhood, and youth programs from Monday, Jan. 8, through the week of March 12. Log on to http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Chicago-Womens-Park-and-Gardens.   

...Call (872) 216-9695 or log on to www.civiclegalcorps.org. The office is at 310 S. Peoria St.

Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St., will host the Fire and Ice Festival Friday, Jan. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy woodcraft, astronomy, a bonfire, and ice skating. Call (312) 742-3918.

De La Salle is at 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 842-7355.

The Field Museum will offer free basic admission on Monday, Jan. 15: Saturday, Jan. 27; and Sunday, Jan. 28; as well as throughout the month of February. The museum is at 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Log on to www.fieldmuseum.org.

...Before Christmas’ runs through Sun., Jan. 7, at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. This comic take on the classic poem features a couple of dancing mice, a spunky...

First Defense Legal Aid, 5100 W. Harrison St., provides representation to people in custody, informs people of their rights, and organizes volunteers to help.

First Trinity Chicago Lutheran Church Community Center welcomes donations of clothing, shoes, and hygiene items. Volunteers take donations on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 643 W. 31st St. Call (312) 842-7390.

The park is at 37th Street and Archer Avenue.

The hospital is at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. Visit www.mercy-chicago.org or call (312) 567-2000.

Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St., invites children and their parents or caregivers to gather the second Monday of every month at 11 a.m. for a free Storytime early childhood music class. Next date is Jan. 8.

Northerly Island is located at 1521 S. Linn White Dr.

Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., hosts its 17th annual Winter WonderFest, which presents a 170,000-square-foot holiday-themed...

Public Narrative, 600 S. Michigan Ave., offers courses in various locations on topics including social media, communication plans, podcasting, search engine optimization, and analytics. Call (312) 369-6400.

...of Your Health.” All are offered at Rush at the Johnson R. Bowman Health Center, 710 S. Paulina St. To reserve your spot, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874...

St. Barbara Catholic School, 2859 S. Throop St., will have an open house and book fair on Sunday, Jan. 28. Call (312) 326-6243.

...Walsh School. All-tournament most valuable player was Gabriella Passarelli from St. Jerome, located at 2810 S. Princeton Ave. Walsh School is at 2015 S. Peoria St...

...Gabriella Passarelli from St. Jerome, located at 2810 S. Princeton Ave. Walsh School is at 2015 S. Peoria St.

St. Jerome Catholic School, 2801 S. Princeton Ave., will have an open house on Sunday, Jan. 28. The school is at 2801 S. Princeton Ave. Call (312) 842-7668.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2108 W. 21st St., (773) 847-6458, offers family counseling, including pre-marriage classes and marriage counseling. The soup kitchen welcomes gifts of cups, paper products, plates, silverware, napkins, paper towels, and toilet paper. Call (773) 847-6458.

...of students, graduates of STCCS, and parents in the community. The school is located at 247 W. 23rd St. Call (312) 326-2837...

Santa Lucia School, 3017 S. Wells St., will host its Lead with Your Heart fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 10. Tickets are $75...

Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., hosts its annual winter coat drive during January. Donations of warm socks, coats, sweaters, sweatshirts...

...Warm up afterward in the main barn with special refreshments. The zoo is located at 2200 N. Cannon Dr. Call (312) 742-2000 or visit www.lpzoo.org...

    Gazette Chicago " ATN: January 2018
    January 4, 2018 The AARP Foundation Experience Corps will hold volunteer information sessions on Thursday, Jan. 18, Friday, Jan. 19, and Tuesday, Jan. 23. Call (877) 926-8300. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, in the basement at 1220 W.
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Jan 04

Best Chicago happy hour deals: Jan. 4-10

Enjoy $5 well, $6 call and $7 premium whiskey from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Tuscany on Taylor Street (1014 W. Taylor St. 312-829-1990).

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Pearl Brasserie (180 N. Wacker Drive 312-629-1030) offers $1 oysters, 50-cent wings, $5 glasses of bubbly and $3 absinthe from 4 to 7 p.m.

BellyQ (1400 W. Randolph St. 312-563-1010) offers $5 glasses of sake, $3 togarashi-spiced fries, $1 dumplings, $4 16-ounce cans of Tiger lager and $2 Coors Banquet from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Union Sushi & Barbecue Bar (230 W. Erie St. 312-662-4888) offers $1 oysters, $3 beef filet skewers, $5 glasses of rose wine, $6 spicy shrimp rolls and $10 truffled tuna from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

GT Prime (707 N. Wells St. 312-600-6305) offers a trio of three-ounce glasses of wine paired with mortadella arancini, beef tartar and chicken liver mousse for $25 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Weber Grill (539 N. State St. 312-467-9696) offers $3 domestic beer bottles, $5 sangria, $6 martinis, $2 crispy fried pickles, $5.50 cheeseburger sliders and $6.50 chargrilled chicken wings from 3 to 6 p.m.

Roanoke (135 W. Madison St. 312-940-3760) offers $6 Absolut cocktails, $7 margaritas, $5 glasses of house wine and $5 tacos in the bar area from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    Best Chicago happy hour deals: Jan. 4-10
    Here's where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago.
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Jan 01

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Jan 01

These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

  • Cubbies for Kindergarten!

    Mrs. Cipriani is asking for $893.61:
    My students need cubbies to store their materials and keep them organized!
    John M Smyth Magnet School Comment
  • Cubbies Count!

    Mrs. Cipriani is asking for $452.40:
    My students need cubbies for learning center activities for reading and math!
    John M Smyth Magnet School Comment

Dec 31

Dec 28

Best Chicago happy hour deals: Dec. 28-Jan. 3

Buy two drinks and you'll get a free appetizer from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the bar area at Tuscany on Taylor Street (1014 W. Taylor St. 312-829-1990).

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Houndstooth Saloon (3369 N. Clark St. 773-244-1166) offers $1 Bud Light and Michelob Ultra drafts from 7 to 10 p.m.

Draft beers and seasonal cocktails are half-price from 5 to 7 p.m. at Easy Bar (1944 W. Division St. 773-227-4644).

Build your own $5 Tito's bloody mary or $3 mimosa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Commonwealth Tavern (2000 W. Roscoe St. 773-697-7965).

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya (1482 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-270-4150) offers $1 beers with a signature ramen purchase (one per person), $7 pineapple apple sangria, $9.99 Sapporo pitchers and $4 chicken wings from 5 to 7 p.m.

Lottie’s Pub (1945 W. Cortland St. 773-489-0738) offers a $1 brunch menu and $2.18 mimosas and bloody marys from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Best Chicago happy hour deals: Dec. 28-Jan. 3
    Here's where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago.
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Dec 28

Dec 28

  • Help Us Get Organized!

    Mrs. Cipriani is asking for $1590.71:
    My students need storage to keep their individualized work easily accessible and organized!
    John M Smyth Magnet School Comment

Dec 27

Save the Tables: Last-minute New Year's Eve reservations at 178 Chicago restaurants

Davanti Enoteca, 1359 W. Taylor St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu, plus specials. 312-226-5550.

Tuscany on Taylor, 1014 W. Taylor St. Table for four at 6 and 8:30 p.m., and table for six at 6 and 6:30 p.m. Regular menu with chef specials, midnight toast. 312-829-1990.

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Arami, 1829 W. Chicago Ave. Table for two at 8 p.m. Special a la carte New Year’s Eve menu. 312-243-1535.

Artango Bar & Steakhouse, 4767 N. Lincoln Ave. Table for two at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Four-course menu, $75 (before 7 p.m.) and $85 (8:30 p.m. and later). Live music. 872-208-7441.

Bad Hunter, 802 W. Randolph St. Table for four at 6 p.m. Vegetable-forward, a la carte menu. 312-265-1745.

Bar Roma, 5101 N. Clark St. Table for two at noon (brunch menu), table for two at 7 p.m. and table for four at 9 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 773-942-7572.

The Barn, 1016 Church St., Evanston. Table for two at 5 p.m. Three-course menu, $70; four-course menu, $85, five-course menu, $100. 847-868-8041.

Beatrix, 519 N. Clark St. Two tables for up to four guests at 6 and 8 p.m. Featuring regular menu with specials; midnight Champagne toast. 312-284-1377.

Beatrix Streeterville, 671 N. St. Clair St. Two tables for up to four guests at 6 and 8 p.m. Featuring regular menu with specials; midnight Champagne toast. 312-642-0001.

Beatrix Fulton Market, 834 W. Fulton Market. Two tables for up to four guests at 6 and 8 p.m. Featuring regular menu with specials; midnight Champagne toast. 312-733-0370.

BellyQ, 1400 W. Randolph St. Saving a table for four, available any time. Regular menu plus special family-style menu available. 312-563-1010.

Big Jones, 5347 N. Clark St. Table for four at 8 p.m. Special NYE menu $45, $75 with beverage pairings. 773-275-5725.

Bites Asian Kitchen, 3313 N. Clark St. Table for two 11:30 a.m. (brunch menu) and table for four at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Regular menu. 773-270-5972.

Bohemian House, 11 W. Illinois St. Table for two and for four at 7:30 p.m. Four-course menu, $65; beer ($25) and wine ($35) pairings available. 312-955-0439.

Booth One, 1301 N. State Parkway. Table for four at 8 p.m. Regular menu, plus specials. Live music. 312-649-0535.

Brickhouse Tavern, 3647 N. Clark St., is holding five tickets ($80) to the first-ever New Year’s countdown in the Park at Wrigley. Expansive passed-food options, premium drink package, party favors, midnight toast and more; doors open 9 p.m. Tickets via brickhousetavernchi.com, or call 312-579-3637.

The Bristol, 2152 N. Damen Ave. Table for two at 8 p.m. Four-course menu, $75. 773-862-5555.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! 2024 N. Halsted St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 773-935-5000.

Cantina Laredo, 508 N. State St. Table for two at 11:30 a.m. (brunch menu), table for two at 7:30 p.m. and table for four at 9 p.m. Three-course menu $59.99, with optional cocktail pairings for $15.99; regular menu also available. 312-955-0014.

Chicago Firehouse Restaurant, 1401 S. Michigan Ave. Tables for two and four at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. A la carte menu. 312-786-1401.

Chop Shop. 2033 W. North Ave. Table for four at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Four-course menu, $60; regular a la carte menu also available. Performance by Har Mar Superstar at 8 p.m. 773-537-4440.

Cindy’s, 12 S. Michigan Ave. Table for four at 4 p.m. A la carte menu with specials. 312-792-3502.

City Mouse, 311 N. Morgan St. Table for two at 5:30 p.m. Three-course menu, $79. 312-764-1908.

Commons Club (Virgin Hotel Chicago), 203 N. Wabash Ave. Table for four at 5 p.m. Three-course menu, $85. 312-940-4747.

Commonwealth Tavern, 2000 W. Roscoe St., is saving four tickets ($60) for its 8 p.m. party. Bar package, appetizer buffet, party favors and midnight toast. 773-697-7965.

Daisies, 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave. Table for two at 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Five-course tasting menu, $55; optional wine pairing $25. 773-661-1671.

The Dearborn, 145 N. Dearborn St. Table for two at 5 and 7 p.m. Three-course menu, $72. 312-384-1242.

Dolce Italian, 127 W. Huron St. Table for four at 5 p.m. Seasonal Italian menu. 312-754-0700.

Dos Urban Cantina, 2829 W. Armitage Ave. Table for four at 10 p.m. Four-course menu, with shot of tequila, $89. Live mariachi. 773-661-6454.

Dusek’s Board & Beer, 1227 W. 18th St. Table for four at 6 p.m. Five-course menu, $65 (optional beer pairings $25, wine pairings $35). 312-526-3851.

Eden, 1748 W. Lake St. Table for two and for four at 9 p.m. Special a la carte menu. 312-366-2294.

El Che Bar, 845 W. Washington Blvd. Table for four at 6 and 9 p.m. Regular menu featured. 312-265-1130.

Elske, 1350 W. Randolph St. Table for two at 7 p.m. Tasting menu, $85 (optional wine pairings $45), plus a la carte menu with supplements. 312-733-1314.

Ema, 74 W. Illinois St. Table for two at 6 p.m., and two tables for up to four guests at 6 and 8 p.m. A la carte menu with specials. 312-527-5586.

The Fifty/50, 2047 W. Division St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular upscale-pub menu. 773-489-5050.

Fizz Eater and Soda Fountain, 7958 W. Belmont Ave. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu of retro burgers, shakes, phosphates. 773-839-3499.

The Florentine, 151 W. Adams St. Table for two or four at 7:30 p.m. A la carte Italian menu. 312-660-8866.

Formento’s, 925 W. Randolph St. Table for two at 8 p.m. Four-course menu, $75. 312-690-7295.

Found, 1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Table for two at 8 p.m. Midnight in Paris party features five-course, shared-plate menu for $75. 847-868-8945.

Francesca’s on Chestnut, 200 E. Chestnut St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu plus special Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. 312-482-8800.

Hearth Restaurant, 1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston. Table for four at 9 p.m. Four-course menu, $70; regular menu also available. 847-570-8400.

The Herbarium at Bad Hunter, 150 N. Halsted St., Table for 6 at 5 p.m. Three-course menu, $80. 312-912-4882.

Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar, 2700 W. Chicago Ave. Table for four at 6 and 9 p.m. Three-course menu, $60; six-course menu, $120; caviar tasting, $90. 773-661-9577. (See review here.)

Honey’s, 1111 W. Lake St. Table for four at 6 p.m. Four-course, west-European menu, $85. 312-877-5929.

Hub 51, 51 W. Hubbard St. Table for four at 6 p.m.; table for two at 9 p.m. Regular menu with specials. 312-828-0051.

Il Porcellino, 59 W. Hubbard St. Table for four at 7 p.m.; table for two at 9 p.m. Featuring family-style supper and holiday specials. Midnight toast. 312-959-0800.

Imperial Lamian, 6 W. Hubbard St. Table for two at 7:30, table for four at 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. A la carte menu of favorites, plus specials. 312-595-9440.

Italian Village, 71 W. Monroe St. Table for four at 7:30 p.m. at La Cantina, The Village and Vivere restaurants, each serving its regular menu and Champagne from large-format bottles. 312-332-7005.

Ixcateco Grill, 3402 W. Montrose Ave. Table for two at 6:45 p.m., table for four at 7:30 p.m. A la carte menu and specials. BYO. 773-539-5887.

Koi Fine Asian Cuisine, 624 Davis St., Evanston. Table for two at noon (dim sum brunch), kids countdown table for four at 6:30 p.m. and table for four at 9 p.m. A la carte menu and $30 tasting menu available. 847-866-6969.

Le Colonial, 937 N. Rush St. Table for four at 7:30 p.m. Three-course Vietnamese menu, $75. 312-255-0088.

The Loyalist, 177 N. Ada St. Table for two at 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve lobster bash includes all-you-can-eat lobster, side dishes and New Year’s swag, $75. Limited a la carte menu also available. 773-913-3774.

Macello Ristorante, 1235 W. Lake St. Table for four at 7 p.m. and table for two at 8 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 312-850-9870.

Mahalo, 1501 N. Milwaukee Ave. Table for two and table for four at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. A la carte menu. 708-328-3091.

Mariscos Sirena, 3658 W. Lawrence Ave. Table for four at 7 and 9 p.m. Prix-fixe menu, $45; regular menu also available. BYO. 773-961-7016.

Margeaux Brasserie, 11 E. Walton St. Table for four at 5:30 p.m. Five-course modern-French tasting menu, $95. 312-646-1386.

Mercadito, 108 W. Kinzie St. Table for two at 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. Five-course sharing menu, $45 (2 1/2-hour open bar $50 additional). 312-329-9555.

mfk, 432 W. Diversey Parkway. Table for two at 9 p.m. Seasonal a la carte menu. 773-857-2540.

Mi Tocaya Antojeria, 2800 W. Logan Boulevard. Table for four at 6:30 p.m. Seasonal, regional-Mexican dishes. 872-315-3947.

Mity Nice Bar & Grill, 835 N. Michigan Ave. Two tables for up to four guests at 12:30 p.m. Brunch menu. 312-335-4745.

Mott St, 1401 N. Ashland Ave. Table for four at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tasting menu (15 courses) with sparkling wine toast, $75.

Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron St. Table for four at 7:30 p.m. Multicourse menu for $99.99. 312-664-2727.

Naoki, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West. Table for four at 8 p.m. A la carte menu with specials. 773-868-0002.

Nonnina, 340 N. Clark St. Table for four at 8 p.m. A la carte menu plus Italian specials. 312-822-0077.

Osteria Via Stato, 620 N. State St. Table for four at 7:30 p.m. Multicourse menu, $95. 312-642-8450.

Pete Miller’s Steak and Seafood, 1557 Sherman Ave., Evanston. Table for four at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Special three-course dinner, $65. 847-328-0399.

Piccolo Sogno, 464 N. Halsted St. Table for four at 8 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 312-421-0077.

Portsmith, 660 N. State St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular, seafood-focused menu. 312-202-6050.

PR Italian Bistro, 3908 N. Sheridan Road. Table for four at 8 p.m. Blackboard menu will feature a la carte “foodie countdown” of its most popular dishes. 773-404-8955.

Proxi, 565 W. Randolph St. Table for four at 9:30 p.m. A la carte menu with specials. 312-466-1950.

The Publican, 837 W. Fulton Market. Table for four at 8:30 p.m. Three-course menu, $75. 312-733-9555.

Regards to Edith, 326 N. Morgan St. Table for four at 6 p.m. in dining room; table for four at 8:30 p.m. in the bar. A la carte menu with specials. 312-763-6564.

Riva, 700 E. Grand Ave. Table for two at 6:30 and 7 p.m., table for four at 6:30 and 7 p.m. Regular menu with specials, fireworks view. 312-644-7482.

River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St. Table for two at 7:30 p.m. A la carte NYE menu of River Roast favorites, including prime rib and whole duck. 312-822-0100.

R.J. Grunts, 2056 N. Lincoln Park West. Table for two at 7 p.m. A la carte menu. 773-929-5363.

SafeHouse Chicago, 60 E. Ontario St. Table for two at 5 and 7 p.m. Regular menu. 312-313-1007.

Saint Lou’s Assembly, 664 W. Lake St. Table for six at 9 p.m. Five-course menu, $55 ($90 with optional wine pairings); a la carte menu also available. 312-600-0600.

Salero, 621 W. Randolph St. Table for two at 6 and 9 p.m. Four-course Spanish-inspired menu, including black-truffle and lobster paella, $75. Wine pairings and bar packages available. 312-466-1000.

Seven Lions, 130 S. Michigan Ave. Table for two at 6:30 p.m.; table for four at 9:30 p.m. Regular menu with specials; special Champagne prices. 312-880-0130.

Split-Rail, 2500 W. Chicago Ave. Table for two at 7 and 9 p.m. Titanic-themed menu, starting at $60. 773-697-4413.

State and Lake Chicago Tavern, 201 N. State St. Table for four at 6 and 8 p.m. A la carte steakhouse menu. 312-239-9400.

Steadfast, 120 W. Monroe St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu. 312-801-8899.

Stella Barra Pizzeria, 1954 N. Halsted St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Regular menu plus specials. 773-634-4101.

Tanta, 118 W. Grand Ave. Table for four at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Regular a la carte menu and Peruvian holiday specials. 312-222-9700.

Tavern on Little Fort, 4128 N. Lincoln Ave., is saving four tickets ($40) for an 8 p.m. party. Bar package, appetizer buffet, party favors, midnight toast. 773-360-1869.

Tavern on Rush, 1031 N. Rush St. Table for four at 6 p.m. Regular menu and specials. 312-664-9600.

312 Chicago, 136 N. LaSalle Drive. Table for four at 7 p.m. Four-course menu, $75. 312-696-2420.

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, 622 N. Fairbanks Court. Holding two tickets to annual, sold-out party. $15 includes Champagne split or beer tallboy, plus DJ, dancing, midnight toast. 312-642-0700.

20 East, 20 E. Delaware Place. Table for two at 7:30 p.m. Regular menu; Champagne toast at midnight. 312-397-3633.

Wood, 3335 N. Halsted St. Table for two at 6 and 9 p.m. Four course menu, $75; wine pairings and bar packages available. 773-935-9663.

The Albert, 228 E. Ontario St. Table for four at 8 p.m. Prix-fixe menu, $125; wine pairings $75 additional. 312-471-3883.

The Aviary, 955 W. Fulton Market. Table for two at 5:30 p.m. Three-course cocktail tasting menu with food bites, $135. hospitality@theaviary.com.

Bellemore, 564 W. Randolph St. Table for two at 6:30 p.m. and table for four at 8:30 p.m. Six-course tasting menu, $85 (wine pairing $45 additional). 312-667-0104.

Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St. Table for two at 8 p.m. Tasting menu, $125; regular menu also available. 312-715-0708.

Blvd, 817 W. Lake St. Table for four at 8:45 p.m. Family style menu, $125, includes Champagne toast. DJ, dancers and other surprises. 312-526-3116.

Brindille, 534 N. Clark St. Table for four at 8:30 p.m. A la carte menu, plus tasting menus (ranging $125-$250 with wines) available. 312-595-1616.

Cafe Robey, 2018 W. North Ave. Table for two at 9 p.m. Four-course dinner with wine pairings, $110 ($75 without pairings). 872-315-3084.

Chez Moi, 2100 N. Halsted St. Table for four at 5, 7 and 9:30 p.m. A la carte menu with holiday specials. 773-871-2100.

Duck Duck Goat, 857 W. Fulton Market. Table for two at 7 p.m. Fixed-price dinner, $70; optional beverage pairing $30. 312-902-3825.

The Duck Inn, 2701 S. Eleanor St. Table for four at 8 p.m. Five-course menu, $95; seven-course menu, $120. Wine pairings available. Midnight toast and party favors. 312-724-8811.

Fremont, 15 W. Illinois St., is saving five tickets ($125) for its A Night in Disguise party; package includes premium bar, passed appetizers, midnight toast. Tickets at fremontchicago.com, or call 312-874-7270.

Geja’s Cafe, 340 W. Armitage Ave. Saving a table for two or four for 5, 7:30 and 10 p.m...

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush St. Table for four at 6, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Regular menu. 312-266-8999.

Gibsons Italia, 233 N. Canal St. Table for four at 8 p.m. Regular menu. 312-414-1100.

GT Fish & Oyster, 531 N. Wells St. Table for four at 7:15 p.m. A la carte menu. 312-929-3501.

GT Prime, 707 N. Wells St. Table for four at 8:45 p.m. A la carte menu. 312-600-6305.

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, 1024 N. Rush St. Table for four at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Regular menu. 312-640-0999.

Izakaya at Momotaro, 820 W. Lake St., is holding four tickets for its Countdown to New Year’s Eve party. Premium bar, passed hors d’eouvres, Champagne toast at midnight. $125, tax and tip included. 312-733-4818.

The J Parker, 1816 N. Clark St., is holding two tickets for its Roaring ’20s party, which starts at 9 p.m. Premium beverages, passed appetizers, dessert station, DJ Kareem and midnight toast, $125. 312-254-4747.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, 60 E. Grand Ave. Table for four at 11 p.m. Regular menu; prosecco toast at midnight. 312-379-5637.

Joy District, 112 W. Hubbard St., is saving four tickets ($150) for 8 p.m. party. Bar package, passed hors d’oeuvres, hosted Champagne bar 8-9 p.m., DJs, midnight toast. 312-955-0399.

Katana, 339 N. Dearborn St. Table for two at 5:30 and 8 p.m, and table for four at 9:30 p.m. Regular sushi and robata menus featured. 312-877-5544.

The Kennison, 1800 N. Lincoln Ave. Table for two at 7:15 and 8:15 p.m. Five-course menu with wine pairings, $110. 312-981-7070.

La Sirena Clandestina, 954 W. Fulton Market. Table for four at 6 and 9 p.m. Regular menu available. 312-226-5300.

Little Goat Diner, 820 W. Randolph St., is holding four tickets for its ’70s-themed New Year’s Eve party, starting 8:30 p.m. Food stations and passed food, open bar, DJ and dancing, $150. 312-888-3455.

Luxbar, 18 E. Bellevue Place. Table for four at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Regular menu. 312-642-3400.

Maple & Ash, 8 W. Maple St. Two tables for two at 7:45 p.m. A la carte steakhouse menu with specials, Champagne toast at midnight. 312-944-8888.

Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave. Table for two at 7 p.m. Spanish tasting menu, $95; vegetarian tasting, $65. 312-765-0524.

Michael Jordan’s Steak House, 505 N. Michigan Ave. Table for four at 7 p.m. Eat Like Mike NYE package, $125; $150 with optional beer and wine pairings. 312-321-8823.

Monteverde, 1020 W. Madison St. Table for two at 7 p.m.; two bar seats at 9 p.m. Early seating features four-course menu, $110; late seating features five-course menu, $125, and includes live music and midnight toast. 312-888-3041.

Naha, 500 N. Clark St. Table 81 (corner table, best view) being held for party of four at 9:30 p.m. A la carte menu, plus tasting options. 312-321-6242.

Nico Osteria, 1015 N. Rush St. Table for two at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Prix-fixe menu, $110; regular menu also available. 312-944-7100.

Osteria Langhe, 2824 W. Armitage Ave. Two tables for four at 9 p.m. Five-course menu, $85, or $135 with half-bottle of sparkling wine. Champagne toast. 773-661-1582.

Prime & Provisions, 222 N. LaSalle St. Table for two at 8 p.m. Regular menu, plus a la carte special menu including Dover sole and beef Wellington. 312-726-7777.

Quartino, 626 N. State St. Table for four at 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Regular menu. 312-698-5000.

Roister, 951 W. Fulton Market. Table for two at 8 p.m. A la carte menu; deposit required at booking. hospitality@roisterrestaurant.com.

RPM Steak, 66 W. Kinzie St. Table for four at 5:15 and 6:45 p.m. Regular menu with luxury specials. 312-284-4990.

Sepia, 123 N. Jefferson St. Table for two at 9:30 p.m. Six-course menu, $125. 312-441-1920.

Signature Room, 875 N. Michigan Ave. Table for two at 6 p.m. Three-course menu, $125. 312-787-9596.

Somerset, 1112 N. State St. Table for two at 6:15 p.m., table for four at 8:15 p.m. and table for two at 10:15 p.m. Four-course menu, $135; beverage pairings available. 312-586-2150.

SteakBar, 1500 N. Wells St., is saving five tickets ($100) for its American Hustle party. Package includes premium drinks, passed appetizers, dessert hour, party favors, midnight toast. Tickets at steakbarchicago.com or call 773-966-0404.

Steak 48, 615 N. Wabash Ave. Table for four at 7 p.m. and two tables for two at 8 p.m. Regular menu. 312-266-4848.

Swift & Sons, 1000 W. Fulton Market. Table for two and table for four at 9 p.m. A la carte steakhouse menu. 312-733-9420.

Torali Italian-Steak, 160 E. Pearson St. Table for four at 9:30 p.m. A la carte menu, plus an $85 surf-and-turf special. 312-573-5160.

Travelle Kitchen + Bar, 330 N. Wabash Ave. Table for two at 7:30 p.m. Fixed-price menu, $175; wine pairings $60 additional. 312-923-7705.

Vol. 39, 39 S. LaSalle St., is saving two tickets ($145) to the library bar’s Paris in 1920s themed party...

Wildfire, 159 W. Erie St. Table for two at 5:45, 6:45, 8:45 and 9:45 p.m. Regular menu, plus specials. 312-787-9000.

Acadia, 1639 S. Wabash Ave. Table for four at 5 p.m. and a table for two at 8:30...

Alinea, 1723 N. Halsted St. Table for two at 5 p.m. Multi-sensory, 14-to-16-course menu, $425. hospitality@alinearestaurant.com.

Boka, 1729 N. Halsted St. Table for four at 7:45 p.m. Seven-course menu, $150; add $55 for standard wine pairing, $125 for reserve. 312-337-6070.

Entente, 3056 N. Lincoln Ave. Table for two at 8 p.m. Eight-course tasting menu by chef Brian Fisher, with wine pairings, $200. 872-206-8553.

Everest, 440 S. LaSalle St. Table for four at 7 p.m. Tasting menu, $185; prix-fixe menu, $130. 312-663-8920.

GreenRiver, 259 E. Erie St. Table for two at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Early seating features five-course menu for $180 ($125 without wine pairings); late seating features six-course menu for $230 ($155 without wine pairings). 312-337-0101.

Next, 953 W. Fulton Market. Table for two at 8:45 p.m. Grand tasting menu, featuring dishes from acclaimed chefs around the world, $385 including midnight Champagne toast. hospitality@nextrestaurant.com.

Oriole, 661 W. Walnut St. Table for two at 5:30 p.m. Fifteen-course menu, $190. 312-877-5339.

Sixteen, 401 N. Wabash Ave. Table for two at 5 p.m. Five-course tasting menu, $175. 312-588-8030.

Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Ave. Table for two at 7:30 p.m. Ten-course Autunno (fall) dinner, $350. 312-280-2750.

Temporis, 933 N. Ashland Ave. Table for two at 6 and 9 p.m. Serving a special 10-course menu, $150; wine pairings available for $95 or $165. 773-697-4961.

Topolobampo, 445 N. Clark St. Table for two at 6:30 p.m. Six-course menu with wine pairings, $230 ($140 without pairings). Live mariachi music, Champagne toast. 312-661-1434.

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Vandals damage one of Chicago’s oldest churches; Police seek suspects

1098-1120 W. Roosevelt Rd.

    Vandals damage one of Chicago's oldest churches; Police seek suspects
    CHICAGO -- Police are looking for a group of vandals who broke into a Near West Side Church and damaged historic stained glass. The pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church says the vandals scaled a tree and used a brick to smash through historic stained glass on Tuesday Dec 12th.
    http://wgntv.com

Dec 19

Vandals break into Near West Side church, shatter nearly 160-year-old stained glass window

A stained glass window shattered by vandals who broke into Holy Family church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd. overnight on Dec. 12-13th, 2017.

    Vandals break into Near West Side church, shatter nearly 160-year-old stained glass window
    Burglars used a brick to smash through a historic stained glass window of a University Village church last week and ransacked the church, officials said. Nothing was stolen during the incident that happened in the overnight hours of Dec. 12 into Dec. 13 at Holy Family Parish, 1080 W. Roosevelt Rd.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Dec 19

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