While the Holiday Hike guides you through some of Chicago’s most quintessential foods, visiting Macy’s Walnut Room for Christmas Tea is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the festive season. Sheehy suggests advance ticket purchases, explaining that: “This event is extremely popular and sells out quickly, so if you would like to partake, mark your calendar for the day when tickets go on sale.”
For something a little less highbrow, consider Frosty’s Christmas Bar near the North/ Clybourn CTA Red Line stop, where “decorations spill out of every conceivable corner of the premises. This event does require purchasing an entry ticket, but the lowest-price admission ticket also includes a drink with purchase,” Sheehy said.
She also recommends checking out Butch McGuire’s. “This Irish pub located off of the Clark/Division CTA Red Line has a full menu, a full bar, and is full of holiday cheer! They never skimp on the decorations and will also simultaneously give you that authentic Chicago feeling, especially if you try their original Christmas in Your Mouth shot.”
But the most important place to visit for Chicago’s festive eats? Sheehy advises heading to the Christkindlmarkt (there are three different locations) to sample everything from schnitzel and pretzels to potato pancakes and hot spiced wine.