The holidays are filled with traditions, but what those are vary wildly by person or family. Christmas can be all about a big celebratory feast or marked by a laidback Chinese dinner. It can involve delighting kids with visits with Santa and crafts, or be a time to catch up with friends while sharing some seasonal beers. No matter how or when you celebrate, this guide to 21 local events will help make your planning easier.
Cafe Spiaggia. The Magnificent Mile restaurant’s annual Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner celebrates the Italian-American tradition with seafood dishes including spaghetti with clams in white wine sauce, fritto misto (fried smelt and shrimp) and squid salad, plus for dessert, Italian Christmas cookies with gelato. $75; wine pairings $25. RSVP: exploretock.com/cafespiaggia. 6, 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. Dec. 19, 980 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280-2750, spiaggiarestaurant.com