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Last Minute Chicago Area New Year's Eve Dining Recommendations (Chicago,IL)

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New Year's Eve at Dovetail Brewery
The tap is always flowing at Dovetail Brewery, and New Year's Eve is no exception. Dovetail, an increasingly popular and critically-praised Chicago-based brewer of authentic continental European style beers, will stay open late and continue to pour beer in its taproom well into 2017, until 1 a.m. Dovetail is located at 1800 W. Belle Plaine at North Ravenswood Avenue in Chicago's North Center neighborhood and there is no cover charge to get in.

Dovetail will have cold glasses of all their regular beer to help you ringin the New Year. Right now, their golden Lager, yolky Hefeweizen, smoky Rauchbier and robust Holiday Bock are featured on tap. Come in, try one of these fresh, rich beers, or try all three.
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What better way to celebrate New Year's Eve than with a beer in your hand AND your dog by your side? Dovetail's taproom is dog friendly, so you don't have to worry about leaving your dog home alone. Now, you can celebrate the New Year with the entire family!

Since Dovetail is open late, swing by after dinner, bring your family, bring your friends, bring your dog, and come thirsty. The New Year's Eve party at Dovetail will be nothing but great beer and even better company.

About Dovetail Brewery
Dovetail Brewery, located at 1800 W. Belle Plaine in Chicago, Illinois, is a craft brewery owned by brewers Hagen Dost and Bill Wesselink, specializing in delicious, balanced beers brewed using traditional German and Belgian brewing methods. Signature beers include unfiltered German-style lagers, traditional Hefeweizen, Rauchbier and Lambic-style sour beers. Dovetail Brewery also produces a variety of special seasonal beers.
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Taproom hours are: Tuesday- 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Wednesday- 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Thursday- 2 p.m. - 10 pm; Friday- 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday- 11 a.m. - 11 pm; Sunday- 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The 22,000-square foot brewing facility includes an attractive tap room that is open to the public for drinking and retail sales. The tap room and loft area are also available as a rental space for private events.

Dovetail Brewery delivers beer by the keg to venues near the brewery and also to some select venues closer to the Loop. All bars, taverns and restaurants in the greater Chicagoland area that wish to serve Dovetail beer on tap are welcome to pick up kegs, in two sizes, at the brewery during normal business hours.

The 22,000 square foot brewing facility includes an attractive tap room that is open to the public for drinking and retail sales. The tap room is also available as a rental space for private events.

Dovetail Brewery delivers beer by the keg to venues near the brewery and also to some select venues closer to the Loop. All bars, taverns and restaurants in the greater Chicagoland area that wish to serve Dovetail beer on tap are welcome to pick up kegs, in two sizes, at the brewery during normal business hours.

For more information about Dovetail Brewery, please visit the brewery's website at, their newsroom at or contact Bill Wesselink or Hagen Dost by email. For information about special promotions and private events, contact Adrianne Dost by email. For additional information, call 773-683-1414.

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Celebrate the Start of 2017 at Fork with a Special New Year's Eve
4-Course Prix Fixe Menu
If you are looking for a great meal to enjoy as you ring in the New Year, Fork (4600 N. Lincoln Ave) is the place to be. Under the leadership of owners David and Paula Byers and Executive Chef Timothy Cottini, the rustic gastro pub with a large craft brew selection and contemporary American cuisine has become a food lover's mainstay in the Lincoln Square area.

For New Year's Eve, Fork will present a special four-course Prixe Fixe menu ($70 per person with a $28 wine pairing). Start off with the chef's Amuse with Endive, Red Pepper Goat Cheese and Gremolata. Paired with the wine choice of Gruet's NV Blanc de Blancs "Sauvage" from New Mexico, the night begins on a high note.

Move into the second course, for which there are three options. The first choice is Gold Beet Carpaccio with Fourme D'ambert, Pickled scallions, Arugula and Pink Radishes. Pair it with a Jean de James wine, an NV Brut Rose from Crement de Bordeaux, France. Another second course option is the Truffled Risotto with King Trumpet, Shitake and Oyster Mushrooms and Truffle Burrata. This dish will be paired with a glass of Ernest Meurgey-Perron's 2012 Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France. The last option is the Lamb Confit with Whipped Sweet Potato, Caramelized Parsnips, Roasted Grapes and Lamb Demi, paired with Pierre Dupond's 2012 Cotes du Rhone "Chantenaire" from France.

There are four third course selections. Option one is the Poached Dover Sole with Champagne Vanilla Sauce, Fennel Braised Apple and Vanilla Leeks, paired with Eldos De Padrinan's 2014 Albarino Rias Baixas from Spain. The meat choice is an 8oz Dry Aged New York Strip with Confit Fingerlings, Bone Marrow Flan, Coriander-Orange Glazed Carrots and Bernaise. The steak will be accompanied by Mount Veeder's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, California. The vegetarian entrée is a Red Cabbage Steak, Balsamic Garlic Glaze, Sauteed Spinach and Fig Burrata, paired with a Los Cardos 2015 Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. The poultry selection is Pheasant with Pistachio Crusted Breast, Braised Thigh, Gnocchi, Green Beans, Fig and Cherry Demi, paired with a Graves 2009 Chateau Grand Abord from Bordeaux, France.

To close out the evening, guests will be served a full spread of Chocolate Éclair with Praline Cream, Dark Chocolate Truffles and White Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Jelly. A dessert wine will be brought out, a Malvira 2014 Brachetto from Italy.

After sampling Fork's special tasting New Year's Eve menu, your taste buds will be sufficiently satiated and you will be ready to ring in the New Year.

About Fork 
Fork, located at 4600 N. Lincoln Ave., is a popular rustic gastro pub from owners David and Paula Byers and the very talented Chef Tim Cottini. The restaurant emphasizes a craft brew and wine flight menu plus cheese, charcuterie and farm-to-table American eats. Chef Tim takes fresh, locally sourced ingredients and turns them into easygoing comfort food. The standout fried chicken & waffle with candied maple-pecan bacon was voted the best chicken & waffles in Chicago by Thrillist

Fork is open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The bar is open until midnight weekdays and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. All major cards are accepted; ample street parking is available. Fork also is available for private events. For more information, please contact Fork at (773) 751-1500. Visit the website at

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Ring in 2017 at Knife with a Special New Year's Eve Tasting Menu
Booth seating at Knife 300 pixels.jpg Celebrate the start of 2017 at Knife Restaurant (4343 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-799-8283), the enticing new steakhouse near Lincoln Square. Owners David and Paula Byers, Executive Chef Tim Cottini and mixologist/bartender extraordinaire Anthony Munger invites diners to join them for a sophisticated, intimate New Year's Eve, when they will present a special tasting menu in addition to the regular menu.

The tasting menu will consist of three courses priced at $90 per person. Start off with the Chef Cottini's chef's choice of appetizers: Beef Tartar with Bordeglaze, Apple and Smoked Shiitake Mushrooms and Beef Fried Toasts. Another delicious appetizer option is Lobster Thermidor. Last but not least, Celery Root Risotto and Fresh Black Truffles is also an appetizer choice. Moving into the entrée options, guests can choose one of three dishes: Winter Vegetables, a study of the winter's bounty provided by local farmers; Truffle Crusted, Dry Aged Beef Tenderloin; or the elegant Dover Sole with Porcini Mushroom Mille Feuille. To close out the evening, guests will indulge in the Chocolate Mousse with Bittersweet Chocolate, White Chocolate and Tart Cherries.

Knife Restaurant, which opened in October, has quickly gained an enthusiastic following with its contemporary, elevated interpretations of traditional steakhouse fare, exceptional wine selections by the glass and bottle, and extraordinary cocktails. The varied menu expands on Cottini's well-honed farm-to-table philosophy, with in-house dry aged beef as its distinctive culinary centerpiece.

About Knife 
Knife, located at 4343 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, opening October 18, will be a new contemporary steakhouse from David and Paula Byers and Chef Tim Cottini, the team behind the popular Fork restaurant in Chicago's Lincoln Square. Knife is inspired by traditional steakhouse food and beverages and gives them a modern interpretation, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. 

Knife will be open for dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed on Sunday and Monday. All major cards will be accepted; ample street parking is available. Knife also will be available for private events. For more information, please contact Knife at (773) 799-8283. Visit the website at

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Ring in the New Year with a Special New Year's Eve Prix-Fixe Menu
at Ixcateco Grill

Ixcateco Grill (3402 W. Montrose, Chicago; 773-539-5887) is serving up an authentic Feliz Año Nuevo celebration with new menu creations from Executive Chef/owner Anselmo Ramirez. The special dishes all reflect the authentic Mexican flavor Ixcateco is known and loved for but also contain new twists, much like the start of a new year. The three course Prix-Fixe dinner menu is $65 per person plus tax and tip.

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Start your night with a choice of appetizers; Empanadas Vegetarians with stuffed vegetables, goat cheese and smoked molcajete salsa, or Ensalada de la Casa, a mixed green salad with 
cherry tomatoes, almonds, cincho queso, crispy corn tortilla strips and a bright lemon dressing.

For entrees, choose between Salmon en Mole de Calabaza, wood grilled salmon with pumpkin squash mole, saffron rice and sa utéed vegetables; Pozole de Camarones, wood grilled shrimp, hominy stew, crab, cabbage, radishes and oregano; Puerco Estilo Agostadero, wood grilled pork, mole agostadero, chunky garlic mashed potato, dried fruit and sesame seeds; and Carne Asada, wood grilled skirt steak, tomatillo salsa, black beans, plantains, sour cream and cheese. A vegetarian option is also available upon request. Tres Leches

Save room for Ixcateco Grill's succulent Tres Leches Cake. With a moist cake base, light whipped topping, chocolate shavings and a sprig of mint, the cake is the perfect palate cleanser between dinner and champagne. 

Remember to bring your own bubbly as Ixcateco Grill is BYOB. 

New Year's Eve dining begins at 5:30 p.m. The last seating is at 10:30 p.m. Call 773-539-5887 for a reservation or make it on-line at

About Ixcateco Grill
Ixcateco Grill is an intimate casual Mexican restaurant featuring authentically prepared dishes from the central and southwestern regions of Mexico, by chef/owner Anselmo Ramirez. BYO is encouraged. The restaurant is located at 3402 W. Montrose in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Mondays. Ample street parking is available. All major cards are accepted. Reservations are highly recommended. For reservations, please call the restaurant at 773-539-5887. The website is Follow Ixcateco Grill's news at, Facebook page at, Twitter at http://www.twitter.corm/ixcatecogrill and Instagram at

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Kick Off New Year's Eve Early with Prairie Grass Cafe
Sauteed Whitefish 300Have big plans for New Year's Eve? Come to Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, IL; 847-205-4433) early to start the night out right. Continue the party with your friends later, but get the festivities started with your family from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  no_1_burger_300 pixels for ET Celebrate New Year's Eve with Prairie Grass Cafe by enjoying delicious food from its regular a la carte menu. From the Wild Lake Superior Whitefish with Cauliflower Puree and Delicata Squash, to the Crispy Half Boneless Chicken with Acorn Squash and Wild Rice, to Chicago Magazine's #1 Sirloin Burger with Mild Amish Blue Cheese Topping and Warm Beefsteak Tomato, the Prairie Grass menu never disappoints. 
Come for the dinner, and stay for the dessert. Treat yourself to one last indulgence in 2016 with a Prairie Grass signature dessert, like the Warm Chocolate "Muk Muk" with Crème Anglaise or the Sticky Toffee Date Cake served with Vanilla Ice Cream. Pair your desserts with Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea Forte. 
If you want to end your 2016 with a bang, there is no better way than to start the evening at Prairie Grass Cafe. Don't wait, book your table now! Call at 847-295-4433 or go to to make reservations today.
About Prairie Grass Cafe
Sarah and George 300 Prairie Grass Cafe (601 Skokie Blvd.; Northbrook, IL; 847-205-4433) supports Chicago's Green City Market and local sustainable farms, selecting the freshest ingredients to reflect the season. Prairie Grass Cafe currently serves lunch Monday - Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner Monday through Sunday. Dinner is served Tuesday - Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Monday and Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prairie Grass Cafe also serves breakfast Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Light fare is available in the bar Monday through Friday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (847) 205-4433 or visit Follow Prairie Grass Cafe news at and on Facebook at
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Join us for the ROLLOVER New Year's Eve Bash!
Rollover edited210 will be THE PLACE to party this New Year's Eve. Everything you could possibly want to usher in the New Year will be right here: great food, fabulous drinks, a great band, a high-spirited crowd, and the coolest atmosphere this side of Chicago!

The festivities begin at 9 p.m. and run until 1 a.m. on New Year's Day. Louie Zagoras and ROLLOVER return to party and bring in the New Year. Join us for a wonderful night of dining and festivities. Tickets are $20 and include a midnight champagne toast. Buy tickets here.

New Year's Eve Early Show with Piano Man Warren Beck
If you prefer an earlier and more relaxed New Year's Eve celebration, 210 is still the place to be! Piano Man Warren Beck will be featured at the 210 New Year's Eve Early Show from 5-7:30 p.m. Come early and enjoy a wonderful dinner menu from Chef Jeff Tomchek while you sing along with one of Chicago's finest piano bar entertainers. Tickets for the Warren Beck show are $10. Buy tickets here.

About 210 Restaurant and Live Music Lounge
210 main dining room and stage adjusted 400 pixels w border210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge , located at 210 Green Bay Road in Highwood, Illinois, is a true supper club where guests enjoy live music five nights a week and delicious chef-driven dining. 210 is a community of musicians, food enthusiasts, and neighbors-an inviting, comfortable and romantic environment where singles, couples and families escape from their everyday life to relax, enjoy and indulge. 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge is open 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Thursday and Sunday; 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday for live music and lunch.

For more information, please visit or call (847) 433-0304. Follow the newsroom at

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