Christmas may be over, but the Christmas spirit officially lasts until the end of the first week of January; Christmas Inn is three floors of Christmas decorations, cocktails and kitsch ’60s decor. Pro tip: There’s a “Christmas Apocalypse” on the third floor.
Until January 9
Food Reservoir Summit
(UIC Student Center East)
“Digitization throughout the food supply chain” is the theme of this year’s summit, and one hundred percent of all ticket sales go to Feeding Illinois, a network of food banks.
Chicago Winter Whiskey Tasting Festival
(Restaurant and Bar at the station)
Journeyman Distilling, American Born Whiskey, and many other fine liquor makers are dying to give you a taste of their good stuff. They provide the drink; you provide the designated driver, and, yes, there will be food.
Mac & Cheese Crawl
Considered “Chicago’s Cheesiest Beer Crawl” (decide for yourself), it’s a good way to have your drink while loading up some high-carb ballast to help you get through a night of unapologetic booze.
Oktoberfest in the big barn
(County Line Orchard, Hobart, Indiana)
Over 100 of the Midwest’s Best Craft Beers – Endless Samples! – with live music and a large buffet. Indiana knows how to party. (And all proceeds go to Centraide.)
Restaurant and beverage editor for New city, David also writes a weekly column on food for Wednesday newspaper at Oak Park and is a frequent contributor of food / drink and travel parts to the Chicago Tribune, Plate loader and other publications. David has also contributed chapters to several books including Street food around the world, Street food, and The Chicago Culinary Encyclopedia. Contact: [email protected]