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Chicago Christmas Meal Box Roundup 2020

The holidays, like so many other things, will look different this year. Instead of big holiday parties, Chicagoans will be hunkering down with their quarantine pods to celebrate.

Best Christmas Meal Boxes in Chicago

Spend more quality time with the ones you love and let Chicago's best restaurants take care of the feast. These meal kits are sure to bring joy to any socially distanced celebration.

The Bristol

Bucktown hotspot, The Bristol is offering more for the holidays than snow globe dining. The holiday meal kits, lovingly prepared by the staff, are intended to feed 2-4 people for $125. Dig into prime rib with au jus and horseradish, honey-glazed pork belly with pineapple, truffle potato gratin, roasted root vegetables, and Brussel sprout salad. Save room for dessert because the egg nog bread pudding is not to be missed! Add a touch of luxury to your holiday meal and opt for the caviar and champagne package (1 ounce of caviar and a 750mL bottle of champagne) for an additional $145.

Bucktown hotspot, The Bristol is offering more for the holidays than snow globe dining | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy The Bristol)

Etta

Both the River North and Bucktown Etta locations will be putting together holiday meal kits for carryout and delivery. Each package ($240) comes with detailed cooking instructions and feeds a family of 4. The fire-roasted filet mignon comes seared, ready to bake, and perfect for smothering in the included black truffle jus. The box also has bubbling shrimp, Etta's famous spicy meatballs, cacio e pepe mac and cheese, wild roasted mushrooms in short rib ragu, and other scrumptious sides. The adults will enjoy the included carafe of wine (red, white, or pink) while the whole family will savor the chocolate peppermint cake. Those that want food and libations throughout the day can add on the cocktail hour package with a charcuterie board and carafe of old fashioneds. Pickup is available December 23-25.

Both the River North and Bucktown Etta locations will be putting together holiday meal kits for carryout and delivery | WhereTraveler
Etta’s Spicy Meatballs (©Rachel Bires)

Yugen

Fine dining aficionados that miss a curated chef's table experience should consider ordering a meal box from Yugen. A 5-course tasting menu is available for $200 per person and orders must be placed by December 22 for pick up on the 24th. The meal starts with a seaweed salad with littleneck clams, leek, and lotus root. The pasta course features okara gnocchi with pickled chanterelles, bonito, house togarashi, parmesan, and luxurious burgundy truffle. Next up is Atlantic lobster with caviar followed by A-5 wagyu au poivre. Guests may choose between sticky toffee pudding or molten chocolate cake for dessert. No chef's tasting would be complete without a wine pairing! A standard pairing package including champagne, white, and red is available for an additional $150.

Proxi

For many, Christmas Day means Chinese food and lots of it. Try this Asian-inspired meal box from Proxi (order by December 18 for pickup on December 23 or 24). Snack on steamed black pepper pork dumplings before tucking into the shrimp and lemongrass soup. The main course features stone bass with Fresno chilis, a grilled Chinese eggplant salad, and roasted kabocha squashed glazed with coconut milk. The Vietnamese coffee flan with chocolate-hazelnut crunch gives a caffeinated kick to the final course. Bottles of wine can be added a la carte and meal boxes serve two or four people, $140 or $280.

Try this Asian-inspired meal box from Proxi this Christmas | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Proxi)

Frontier

2-time James Beard award semi-finalist, Chef Brian Jupiter is making carnivores happy this Christmas. The team at Frontier is catering holiday meats for the entire month of December (excluding Christmas Day). The smoked prime rib or smoked tenderloin both feed 4 while the smoked 15 or 20-pound turkeys feed even more. If you're not making your own side dishes, Frontier can cover that as well. They have traditional mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, cornbread stuffing, and more available a la carte. For those over 21, the cocktail kits add joy to the holidays. The "Frontier Fall Classic," a mixture of rye, lemon, and apple cider oat horchata makes 8-10 cocktails while the "Pumpkin Spice Old Fashioned" makes 5 or 6. Simply pour the cocktails over ice and garnish; it's that easy!

Chez Moi

Dine like a Parisian this yuletide season with a holiday gourmet box by Chez Moi. Pickup is available on Christmas Eve from 4-8p.m. and meals can be packaged hot or cold according to preference. This meal kit is one of the most customizable options in Chicago, allowing guests choices for both the second and third courses. Start with smoked salmon crepes and DIY kir royales (with house-made cassis syrup). Next, choose between a lobster bisque with parmesan croutons or foie gras terrine with apricot marmalade. The duck duo of confit leg and seared breast with bourbon sauce au poivre or braised short ribs with potatoes dauphinoise round out the main course selections. Finish off the meal with Basque sheep's milk cheese with rhubarb jam and a chocolate buche de noel cake roll. Each meal is $68 per person.

Dine like a Parisian this yuletide season with a holiday gourmet box by Chez Moi | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Chez Moi)