Lincoln Square: Today is a great day for grabbing holiday dishes like latkes with ginger apple sauce and brisket with portabello mushrooms because Half Acre is hosting a tasting of its new collaboration beer with Star Lounge Coffee called Big Hugs. [Grub Street]
Noble Square: Pick up last minute items for your family dinner from The Butcher & Larder including: chicken liver pate, cheeses, spiced nuts, beef bottom round pot roast, braised cabbage, and apples and rugelach. [Grub Street]
University Village: Given that latkes and matzo ball soup are a year-round staple at Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli, we’re confident they probably have a good formula down by now. If you want it extra fresh, the restaurant now sells potato pancake mixes for quick ‘n’ easy latkes at home. [Grub Street]
River North: Jaded by years of being sequestered to Chinese restaurants and movie theaters on Christmas Eve? Dust off those dancing shoes and head to Mercadito on December 24 for the 25th annual Matzo Ball. It’s like your cousin’s bar mitzvah, but with better booze and no likelihood of being embarrassed by your parents. [Matzo Ball].
River North: Make some room in your freezer and bulk up: Buy a dozen potato pancakes at Steve’s Deli at full price and get a second dozen for half price. As if you’re going to turn down potato pancakes after Hanukkah. [Steve’s Deli]
Various Locations: Looking for some more Chanukah bites? Eater has a pretty good guide, with 10 hotspots offering holiday specials. [Eater Chicago]