A Hip(po) Holiday Weekend in Chicago – Christmas

A Hip(po) Chicago WeekendMerry Chrismakuh Hippo fans!  Christmas is finally here, followed shortly after by 2011.  While I and many others will be curled up by the fireside with a warm cup of hot cocoa (and peppermint schnapps, ahem), a large population of Chicagoans will be out and about this weekend.  Be amazed at how many places are actually open and willing to serve!  It is quite the Christmas miracle.

(1)  Go see a movie

Many movie theaters are open on Christmas day, and if you are looking for something more low key that does not involve staying in your house, head over to your local movie theater.  There is a reason why so many movies are launched during the Christmas season — it pays off.

(2) Hubukkah

Ah, a lovely play on words is always welcome this time of year.  Hub 51 in River North is hosting a super fun event this Christmas Eve for those of us that will be playing the role of night-owl like Santa.  Starting at 9:00pm on the 24th, you can here DJ Alex Rage spin, drink Manischewitz sangria, and enjoy a regular Friday night out!

Hub 51, 51 West Hubbard Street (see how they did that with the name and address?…)


(3) Christmas Dinner at Mercat a la Planxa

Per Metro Mix, eat a four-course meal in the South Loop!  Why make your mom cook this Christmas?  Surprise her with the present of relaxation and delicious Catalan food!  And no worries, Ralphie — there will be no duck beheadings here….

Runs from 5p-11p on December 24th.  Call ahead and reserve, though!

Mercat a la Planxa, 638 South Michigan Avenue, 312-765-0524


(4) Christmas at Ann Sather and at Sunda

Hallelujah!  Ann Sathers is open on Christmas day!  Both the Andersonville and Belmont locations will be open, so once you’re done opening presents and making a total mess (don’t forget to recycle the paper!) go get yourself a hearty breakfast at Chicago’s favorite breakfast place!

But you won’t just find breakfast on Christmas day.  Starting at 5p, Sunda will be hosting an elaborate Christmas dinner.  Check out their website for details on New Year’s Eve events as well!

Ann Sather, 5207 N. Clark — Sunda, 110 W. Illinois


Be Hip(po)!  Have fun!  Enjoy your family and some Manischewitz sangria too! But most importantly, have a save and happy holiday weekend!

~Corie Scarpaci

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