Cocktail Classes, Suckling Pig Sundays, and Lunar New Year Feasts Headline Chicago’s Best Winter Dining Events

Photo by Nathan Michael/Courtesy of Mott St

If you made a New Year’s resolution to diet, you may want to look away, because Chicago restaurants and bars are going all out this winter with decadent dining events like a Lunar New Year feast at Mott St, beef Wellington for the Super Bowl, and Suckling Pig Sundays at Bar Ramone.

Photo by Clayton Hauck/Courtesy of Parson’s Chicken and Fish

Parson’s Chicken and Fish Pops Up in the Loop 
Dear downtown denizens, you can now get a taste of one of Logan Square’s hottest hot spots thanks to a monthlong stint at the Chicago Athletic Association, as Parson’s Chicken and Fish brings its patio vibes, fried chicken, Negroni slushies, and hush puppies to the hotel through February 1. Held in the Tank event space, the whole room has been bedecked to resemble Parson’s famous patio, complete with ping-pong tables, twinkling lights, and umbrellas.
Details: Through February 1, Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Roaring Twenties Cocktail Class at Summer House Santa Monica 
Seeing as we’re once again in the ’20s, it’s only appropriate that we hark back to last century’s Roaring decade. Summer House Santa Monica is doing just that with a Roaring Twenties–themed cocktail class led by wine director Bobby Joe Rinaldo, who will guide guests through the era’s cocktail lore and demonstrate drinks like the Vieux Carre and Corpse Reviver No. 2. The event includes hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, naturally.
Details: January 14, 7 p.m.; $60

Photo by Anjali Pinto/Courtesy of Summer House Santa Monica

Happy Hour at Nico Osteria 
With recently appointed executive chef Tim Graham at the helm, the Gold Coast’s magical Nico Osteria is rolling out a series of new promotions and menu offerings, starting with happy hour. Available 3–6 p.m. on weekdays in the Salone Nico bar area, the menu features seven items for $7 each, including arancini, grilled cheese, cheese puffs, oysters, and house wines.
Details: Starts January 17 and available weekdays, 3–6 p.m.

Chifa Chinese New Year at Boleo
In line with its South American roots, Boleo is celebrating a Chifa Chinese New Year with a special menu available January 22–February 1. One of the most unique (and delicious-sounding) Chinese New Year menus in town features Peruvian-inspired dim sum infused with Chinese goodness. Dishes include longevity noodle saltado with short ribs, Chinese broccoli, snow peas, scallions, mushrooms, and saltado sauce; turnip cakes with daikon radish, dried shrimp, mushroom, chochlo, and XO puffed quinoa salad; and Peruvian barbecued pork steam buns. It’s kicking things off with a traditional lion dance ceremony during happy hour on January 24, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Details: Chinese New Year menu available January 22–February 1

Photo by David Szymanski/Courtesy of Boleo

Burlesque With a Side of Beef 
You know what pairs well with a grilled farm steak or some lamb meatballs? Burlesque, of course! Evanston’s always-wonderful Found Kitchen & Social House is hosting its very own burlesque event this month, for what’s sure to be a unique dinner-and-a-show experience. It will feature an MC and four dances with elaborate costume changes.
Details: January 23, 8–10 p.m.; $20 cover

Lunar New Year at Mott St 
In honor of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rat, West Town’s incomparable Mott St is going all out with a 10-course feast. Offerings include candied baby shrimp salad with chicken and kohlrabi; dduk guk stew with miso, spinach, and rice cakes; roasted pork butt; and wok-smoked gailan with oyster sauce, just to whet your appetite. Reservations are recommended.
Details: Available January 24–31; $62.88 per person

Mansion Tours at Lawry’s The Prime Rib 
Housed inside the historic—and allegedly haunted—McCormick Mansion, Lawry’s The Prime Rib has some of the most fascinating real estate in the city, and now diners will have the chance to get out of the dining room and explore more of the property. The restaurant is hosting periodic mansion tours this winter, giving guests a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the building’s history, including secret rooms, an opera workshop, and a puppet theater.
Details: January 25, February 22, March 28, tours at 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.; $50. Reservations can be made by emailing or calling 312-787-5000

Photo by Paul Strabbing/Courtesy of About Last Knife

Beef Wellington for the Super Bowl 
Hosting a Super Bowl Sunday party and looking to really wow your guests with something other than wings or pizza? About Last Knife has you covered with an epic beef Wellington catering package. It’s the restaurant’s signature dish, available as a full or half, along with sides and red wine Bordelaise. It’s all fully cooked, so all you have to do is reheat, slice, serve, and watch your friends thank you.
Details: Email or call 312-392-2440 to place your order by February 2; $275 for whole or $150 for half

Go Spirit-Free at Eden 
If you’re partaking in Dry January (I’m not, but you do you), or even if you just enjoy a well-made mocktail now and again (I do), then there’s no better place to raise a glass this month than Eden. The West Loop stunner has an array of impressive and meticulous options, including the Forbidden Fruit Canela Noir, made with apple cider, Rare Tea Cellar lapsang souchong, lemon, and cinnamon; the Sanguine Sling, with blood orange, lime, rosemary-honey syrup, and ginger beer; and the White Hot Chocolate, with milk, raspberry dust, and house-made whipped cream.

Suckling Pig Sundays at Bar Ramone 
Sundays are a great day to indulge and dine family-style, especially when said feast includes suckling pig at Bar Ramone. Every Sunday, the River North wine bar is serving up a convivial, family-style meal of suckling pig confited in duck fat with rosemary and garlic, available in quarter- or half-size portions with mustard-pork jus, whipped potato puree, roasted parsnips, sherry-glazed carrots, and house-baked baguettes.
Details: Available every Sunday