Hanukkah In Chicago

Happy Hannukah! The Jewish Festival of Lights comes early this year, and we’ve got a round-up of events and restaurants that are celebrating Hanukkah in Chicago.

Lights  – The Miracle of Chanakuh

Starting tonight scenes from favorite holiday movies are being shown in Pritzker Pavilion, and the first one is Lights – The Miracle of Chanukah.

Mazel Tov to Hanukkah Menu

The Hearty Boys are honoring the holiday with a three course menu that includes beef brisket, spinach noodle kugel, and sweet goat cheese blinis with spiced honey. The menu’s available from December 1 through December 5 and is $30 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Honeyed Cupcake at more

The cupcake hot spot is featuring a Honeyed Cupcake. Honey is often used during Hanukkah, and owner Patty Rothman is using it in a honey buttercream frosting which tops a walnut cake and it’s served with a piece of walnut brittle.

Hanukkah Menu & Beer Pairing at Jerry’s

The kitschy sandwich shop is offering a special menu paired with beers. A couple of selections are Chicken & Leek Soup with Matzoh Balls served with Bell’s Hanukkah Ale and brisket braised in tomatoes and herbs paired with Rogue Morimoto Soba Brown Ale. The menu’s available alongside their regular items from December 1 through December 8.


Saturday night at Nick’s Beer Garden there will be free food, a free beer, and “greasy heeps and wild food” – at least that’s what the invitation says to this celebration from Chabad of Bucktown/Wicker Park.

Reading Under The (Jewish) Influence

RUI: Reading Under The Influence is a monthly get together of literary types who like to drink (is that redundant?). In honor of Hanukkah, tonight at Sheffield’s the theme is “Jews!”

Eight Bars of Chanukah

Getting lit may not be what the Festival of Lights is about, but you can certainly do that at this pub crawl. The event starts at Pippin’s at 2 and makes its way north to the Hangge-Uppe by 9pm.

Hanukkah Dinner and Concert at Botanic Gardens

For a celebration that’s a bit more Hanukkah-ish, Sunday night bring the family for a “Kosher-style” buffet and music from the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and then enjoy the park’s Wonderland Express.

Shalom Sesame

Break out your inner Cookie Monster! Sunday morning the Mayer Kaplan JCC Children’s Center in Skokie is inviting you to watch Chanukah: The Missing Menorah and have brunch with a character from Sesame Street! You can also choose between an open swim or open gym. No word on whether you’ll get to dunk Big Bird…The event’s only $5 in advance or $6 at the door.

Hanukkah Happenings

Get crafty at the Westfield Hawthorn Mall on Sunday with Hanukkah crafts, dreidel games, and “the Musical Merriment of children’s entertainer Joel Frankel”. A nice touch to this event, also hosted by JCC, is that kids can make Hanukkah cards to send to soldiers and local nursing homes. Guaranteed to “light” up their days!

Know of more events celebrating Hanukkah in Chicago? Leave a comment!

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