Saturday, December 16, 2017

Photo Gifts for the Holidays!

For photo lovers, MeFOTO offers a compact, lightweight, and easy to set up line of selfie sticks and tripods in 7 colorful finishes.
For the outdoor photographer, Tenba has a variety of backpacks, bags, and accessories designed to keep camera equipment safe. Each item is made with strong materials that are durable and long-lasting.
Cotton Carrier is a great gift for photographers to keep their cameras handy while in the outdoors. The holsters and harnesses use a quick release lock to hold equipment steady while on the go.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Creators: Ask Your Congressional Rep to Cosponsor H.R. 3945

 We're posting this with permission from the "Copyright Alliance." Listen up creator friends! This is important and what many of us have been trying to push thru for several years now. Those of us that createfor a living know how important it is to protect our valuable copyrights. We also know that sometimes the legal expense can be prohibitive for the copyright holder and the infringer.
The bill to create a small claims court will work in our favor to curb these costs and finally show infringers we are serious by being able to take them to court in an easier type of court system. The U.K. has had something similar for several years now.
Please read below and click on to inform your Congressional Representative!

Dear Creator Members,

Join the copyright community in asking your Congressional Representative to cosponsor H.R. 3945, the CASE Act of 2017, a bill that would create a copyright small claims court for creators and small businesses (It’s quick and easy to do!)

For many photographers, illustrators, authors, songwriters and other creators who own copyrighted works, enforcing their rights is not feasible. Litigation is expensive and many creators simply can’t afford it. In effect, the U.S. copyright system currently provides creators with rights but no effective remedies.

It’s vital that Congress hear from creators like you on the importance of creating a small claims court. Please contact your Representative today to ask him/her to support H.R. 3945 by asking them to cosponsor the bill. We have provided a sample letter that you can send (but feel free to modify it or use your own). The important thing is to let your voice be heard on this critical issue.

To send your letter, please click here. It only takes a couple of minutes, and you’ll be benefiting the entire creative community by supporting H.R. 3945!

Thanks for your support!

The Copyright Alliance
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One Eyeland Photography Awards >> Your work

You have only 2 days left to enter the 6th Annual One Eyeland Photography Awards 2017.

THE BIG PRIZE: This year we'll be awarding the Top Photographer in every country with the Golden Camera trophy.

CASH PRIZES: US$ 5000 for Professional Photographer of the Year & US$ 2000 for Amateur Photographer of the Year

DEADLINE: 15th December (Friday)  Midnight PDT 

Best wishes,

Team One Eyeland

Field Museum Free Days (Chicago, IL.)

Free Days Return to Field Museum in 2018 for Illinois Residents
Museum Offers Free Basic Admission for Free February and other dates
What: The Field Museum’s Free Days are back in 2018! This includes an entire month of free basic admission for Illinois residents during Free February, plus additional specific free days in January and June. Free Days are about an 80-dollar savings for a family of four, making them the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the many adventures at the Museum—from exploring the pyramids of ancient Egypt to witnessing the history of life on earth, and, of course, plenty of dinosaurs. Free Days this year fall during a time of big (and by big we mean colossal) change coming to the Museum, including the introduction of the largest dinosaur ever found, the Titanosaur.
Free February and January Free Days line up with SUE’s updates as part of the transformation of Stanley Field Hall in 2018. SUE will soon be on vacation in order to receive scientific improvements and undergo conservation work, so Free Days during the winter of 2018 are great opportunities to get a last-minute selfie or group photo with SUE in Stanley Field Hall before the skeletal celebrity goes on hiatus, returning in 2019 to a new home in the Field’s permanent exhibition Evolving Planet.

When: January 3, 4, 15, 27, 28; February 1-28; June 20, 21, 22; from 9am to 5pm.
Where: The Field Museum
 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
 Chicago IL, 60605

Details: With proof of residency, Illinois residents can enjoy free Basic Admission on all above specified Free Days in January, February, and June. Visitors that wish to upgrade to an All-Access Pass which includes access to Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life, Ancient Mediterranean Cultures in Contact, Mummies: Images of the Afterlife, Cyrus Tang Hall of China, and a 3D movie, can do so at an additional cost. Tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition will also be available at an additional cost.
Illinois residents must show valid proof of residency. Visit The Field Museum website for details.

New Year's Eve Event with Chef Stephanie Izard (Chicago, IL)

Date: Sunday, December 31, 2017 – Monday, January 1, 2018
Time: 8:30 PM – 12:30 AM
Location: Girl & the Goat | 809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Tickets & Pricing: Amex Card Members can purchase here for $225

Background: Ring in 2018 with a night of food, drinks and Goat fun at the celebrated Chicago restaurant Girl & the Goat! American Express Card Members will have exclusive access to the evening with Global Dining Collection partner, Iron Chef, James Beard Award Winner and 'Top Chef' Stephanie Izard as she hosts a New Year's Eve bash.
Global Dining Collection
Chef Stephanie Izard is part of the American Express Global Dining Collection, which launched along with the new Amex Platinum Card benefits on March 30, 2017 (see here for the press release). Through the Global Dining Collection, Amex has partnered with a variety of renowned chefs, including Chef Andrés, Thomas Keller, Daniel Humm, José Andrés and Massimo Bottura, to provide Platinum Card Members with access to exclusive reservations, special dining experiences and once-in-a-lifetime events with some of their favorite chefs.

Stephanie Izard
Stephanie Izard, James Beard “Best Chef: Great Lakes” recipient 2013, and 2011 Food & Wine “Best New Chef,” is the Executive Chef/Partner of three of Chicago’s most-celebrated restaurants: Girl & the Goat, Little Goat Dinner, and Duck Duck Goat. Most recently, Stephanie took home the title of Iron Chef after competing on Food Network’s competition show “Iron Chef Gauntlet.”
More information on Stephanie can be found at

Willis Tower >> Santa Visits Skydeck Chicago Next Week

 Santa is making a stop at Skydeck Chicago next week! From December 18 – 23 (12pm – 5pm), Mr. Claus will be visiting the Ledge, inviting Chicagoans to take a selfie or capture the perfect Christmas card. At 1,353 feet up, The Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the skyscraper’s Skydeck on the 103rd floor. On a clear day, visitors can view up to 50 miles and four states.

What: Selfies with Santa at Skydeck Chicago
When: December 18-23, 2017 (12pm – 5pm)
Where: Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL.
Ages: All ages
·         Adult (ages 12 and up): $23
·         Youth (ages 3 to 11): $15              
·         Children (under 3): Free

Special Holiday Market at the Maxwell Street Market, Sunday, Dec. 17 (Chicago, IL.)

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, 78 E. Washington St., 4th Fl., Chicago, IL 60602

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

$10,000 New Year's Eve Package Announced in Chicago

$10,000 New Year’s Eve TIMELESS Package Announced in Chicago
Sinatra-style Opulence for Two includes Private Helicopter from City to Suburban Presidential Suite, Professional Styling & Wardrobe, Horse & Buggy, Decadent Meals & Drinks, the TIMELESS New Year’s Eve Gala with “The Rat Pack is Back” and much more!

 Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort has partnered with Kinzie Hotel to bring Chicago an over-the-top experience of a lifetime for New Year’s.  Couples who want to ring in 2018 Sinatra-style are invited to indulge in the extravagant TIMELESS Package – three days of opulence culminating with the Rat Pack-inspired New Year’s Eve gala aptly named TIMELESS.
The weekend of elegance, glam and glitz commences in the Big City on Saturday, December 30th with an intimate stay at the luxurious Kinzie Hotel located in the heart of Chicago’s bustling River North neighborhood. The Eve of Eve experience starts with personal styling sessions from Trunk Club to customize the couple’s dazzling New Year’s Eve wardrobes (which they get to keep). Transportation from the session to the end destination of Kinzie will be provided by a luxurious horse and buggy stocked with plush blankets and hot cocoa for ultimate comfort.  Later, an interactive meal at STK Chicago that includes a chef’s dinner for two and a sommelier-led wine tasting will precede bubbly and truffles back in the lavish hotel suite at Kinzie.
On Sunday, December 31st, the couple will begin the day with a mimosa brunch at Kinzie before being chauffeured by Windy City Limousine to Vertiport Chicago, where a luxury helicopter with brand new Aston Martin seats and a glass bottom provides an unbeatable bird’s eye view of the skyline before touching down at the serene grounds of the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort 20 miles west of downtown.
Upon arrival to the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort, the special guests will be greeted by a private photographer (who will include prints) and a private butler with extravagant welcome amenities before making their way up to the newly remodeled Presidential Suite, their plush chamber for the evening. They will enjoy a private wine tasting followed by a romantic couple’s massage in the hotel’s Monarch Spa before a team of hair and makeup stylists from Mario Tricoci personally grooms them for what ensues next at Chicagoland’s most sought-after New Year’s Eve event, TIMELESS.
At 8:30 pm, TIMELESS begins in the elegant, black-and-gold themed Grand Ballroom.  The couple will enjoy access for two in the VIP Lounge with open premium bar and era-inspired food, dancing and live music from a 15-piece Big Band Orchestra, and reserved VIP seating for the Las Vegas-based hit show, “The Rat Pack is Back.”  They will also receive a private meet-and-greet with the entertainers.  At the stroke of midnight, a Champagne toast from Frank and the boys will follow a TIMELESS kiss not to be forgotten.  On January 1st, the pampered couple will replenish with a lavish New Year’s Day Hangover Brunch featuring detox-laden specialties before departing via limousine service back home or to a transfer destination.
•    Cost for the TIMELESS Package, which includes all of the above: $10,000
•    How to book or get more info on the TIMELESS Package: Call Jeannette Lemrise at 630.242.5885
•    For more info on the New Year’s Eve event, TIMELESS, or to book standard or VIP event tickets:

One Eyeland Photography Awards >> Last 3 Days for Submissions




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We are delighted to put out the call for entries for the 6th Annual One Eyeland Photography Awards 2017 for selecting the finest photographers in the world across a slew of categories.


We'll be awarding the Top Photographer in every country with the Golden Camera trophy.


US$ 5000 for Professional Photographer of the Year
US$ 2000 for Amateur Photographer of the Year


For discovering the categories, the rules, the jury and the prizes, go here.


For viewing the Winning Images in 2016, click here

Upload your work before December 15th if you wish to save 10% on the entry fee.

Best wishes,

Team One Eyeland

Chicago Film Office Announce the 2018 Filmmakers in Residence as part of Independent Film Initiative

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the producing team of Bea Cordelia and Daniel Kyri as the 2018 Filmmakers in Residence. The residency is part of the Independent Film Initiative (IFI), a first-of-its-kind program from the Chicago Film Office designed to support, promote and provide career-building opportunities for local film industry professionals and media makers.
“Native Chicagoans Cordelia and Kyri were selected for their originality and commitment to telling stories that are unique to Chicago,” said Commissioner Mark Kelly, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “We are excited to have two award-winning artists as our Filmmakers in Residence this year and look forward to seeing the forward-thinking series they are planning to produce.”
As part of the year-long residency, Cordelia and Kyri will be producing The T, a web-series dramedy that explores LGBTQ relationships and the universally relatable milieu of awkward hook-ups, nervous dates and the painful pursuit of lasting love. The series’ candid portrayal challenges audiences to look at how they perceive and confront social differences, often times with unintentional bias. Inspired by shows like Looking and Insecure, The T presents an authentic, unapologetic representation of voices and narratives we don’t often see onscreen.
The Filmmaker in Residence is a year-long commitment with the Chicago Film Office that provides a $10,000 cash grant and other industry resources to assist in the completion of an original work. In turn, Cordelia and Kyri will mentor four apprentices as part of the IFI’s new Independent Producer Apprenticeship (IPA) program, a collaboration of DCASE and Cinema/Chicago – the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival – that will provide hands-on filmmaking experience and strategic career development to emerging producers and media-makers.
The Independent Producers Apprenticeship, coordinated by the Chicago International Film Festival’s Industry Days program, is a professional development and mentorship program for emerging Chicago area independent film and media entrepreneurs. This apprenticeship is an opportunity to cultivate the next generation of independent film and media makers through hands-on experience working on an independent production in Chicago.  Accessible to all professional levels and open to broad industry interests, applicants interested in pursuing independent production of any kind and/or starting independent production companies are encouraged to apply.
The six-episode online series by Cordelia and Kyri will be released in June, 2018. The T is being produced in conjunction with Open TV, an online platform for queer and intersectional television, and Full Spectrum Features, a local nonprofit committed to increasing diversity in the media arts by producing, exhibiting and supporting the work of women, LGBTQ, and minority filmmakers.
Bea Cordelia is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, performance artist, producer, educator and activist whose work aims to elevate and reimagine the narratives of transgender people. Her solo show Chasing Blue was featured in Steppenwolf Theatre’s LookOut performance series and in The Brick’s inaugural Trans Theatre Festival in Brooklyn. In 2016 she developed her first multimedia installation The Cosmic Body in a University of Chicago Performance Lab residency and was named a Luminarts Cultural Foundation Creative Writing Fellow. In 2015 she self-published her first chapbook of poetry, 28.06 // Dear Sylvia, recounting the history and impact of the Stonewall riots.
Daniel Kyri is a Jeff Award-nominated actor, singer, writer and curator. He is featured in Stephen Cone’s award-winning film Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, now streaming on Netflix, and has starred in productions at Lookingglass, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare and Goodman Theatres, and is currently working in the Denver Center for Performing Arts production of Macbeth. He is also a curator and founder of the Dojo Collective—a recent recipient of the 2017 Meow Wolf DIY funding grant—partnering with local artists to produce POC, femme, and LGBTQ-centered interdisciplinary events and performances.
Four apprentices will be selected by Cinema/Chicago from an online application and will be placed working on the Filmmaker-in-Residence production for up to two weeks. Job assignments are paid up to $500 per week and are decided based on mutual goals and interests. 
“The Chicago International Film Festival’s Industry Days initiative is excited to partner with DCASE on the Independent Producers Apprenticeship program to further bolster new filmmakers and filmmaking in Chicago,” said Film Festival and Industry Days programmer Anthony Kaufman. “As the Festival has done over its last 53 years, we look forward to continuing to discover and embolden new talent.”
Those interested in applying for the apprenticeship can find applications information from Cinema/Chicago at
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit
Chicago Film Office
The Chicago Film Office, part of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, leads the City’s efforts to attract and enhance the production of feature films, television series, commercials, documentaries and all forms of local screen entertainment. For filmmakers, it is a one-stop liaison for all City of Chicago production needs, including permits, City services and logistical support. For more information, visit
Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year-round non-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. We serve Chicago’s diverse and under-served citizenry by providing access to world-class cinema. We aim to enrich Chicago’s cultural environment by presenting film in contexts that encourage discussion and debate.

Experience Life At The Coldest And Most Isolated Place On Earth

Experience Life At The Coldest And Most Isolated Place On Earth

 Imagine, for a moment, spending one year at the bottom of the world, in 100-below-zero temperatures. One couple chose to not only imagine it, but to also live it, and they've written a riveting account of their unforgettable experiences.
In One Day, One Night: Portraits of the South Pole, scientist John Bird along with writer and composer Jennifer McCallum take readers along on a journey like no other, as they fly to the middle of Antarctica and live under the dome for a year with 50 other researchers at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
The book's title is a nod to the six-month-long "day” of 24-hour sunlight and the six-month-long "night” of perpetual darkness. The nonfiction narrative provides a candid, first-hand account of the challenges the couple faced as they tried to adapt — both physically and emotionally — to a year of isolation in the unforgiving environment.
One Day, One Night also immerses readers in the station's incredible microcosm of scientific discovery, where researchers study not only the mysteries of climate change that lie frozen beneath them but also the astrophysics of the heavens above through the famous South Pole Telescopes.
The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is where world-class science happens against a backdrop of spectacular natural phenomena and where the extreme conditions prove that the human body's ability to adapt is nothing short of miraculous.
Author Jennifer McCallum holds an M.A. in music composition and has composed chamber and choral works. While living at the South Pole, she wrote an article for The Globe and Mail titled "Poetry at the South Pole,” and she also wrote a feature-length cover story for Musicworks, a magazine circulated among the Canadian and American experimental music scene. Musicworks also distributed a sound recording of her chamber work, "Continuus Line,” which describes barren landscapes.
As an atmospheric scientist, author John Bird spent several winters at a remote observatory near the North Pole studying the ozone hole, prior to his posting at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. He holds a Ph.D. in space science and has taught at several universities, including Imperial College in London. He climbed the Matterhorn and Denali mountains, and broke the world altitude record for hang gliding by descending from a helium balloon at 35,000 feet. He has trained with NASA astronauts both underwater and in zero-g aircraft to develop experiments. He has published over 70 magazine articles and peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is the author of The Upper Atmosphere, published by NASA.
One Day, One Night: Portraits of the South Pole was awarded Honorable Mention from the New York Book Festival and was a finalist in the New Generation Indie Book Awards.
For more information, please visit

One Day, One Night: Portraits of the South Pole
ISBN-10: 1539947300
ISBN-13: 978-1539947301
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

"Ugly Sweater" Food Drive this Thursday! (Chicago, IL. )


Discover a new favorite holiday tradition in Greater Albany Park (Chicago, IL)

Greater Albany Park’s diversity brings a variety of sweet traditions to the holiday season
Chicago’s Albany Park, Irving Park and North Park neighborhoods are bustling with a uniquely international holiday spirit. Home to the city’s most vibrant and diverse communities, the northwest side offers many businesses of diverse cultures. Albany Park is home to 40 different spoken languages and businesses rich in culture and customs.

“The holiday season is the perfect time to experience our community,” says Thomas Applegate, Executive Director of the North River Commission. “Join us in celebrating traditions and cuisines from around the world.” Without leaving the city, you’ll find a taste of China, Serbia, Vietnam, Iran (Persia), Mexico, Brazil, the Middle East, Puerto Rico, Philippines and more with stops at the many wonderful businesses in greater Albany Park.

Lizard’s Liquid Lounge
Tis the season for ugly Christmas sweaters! Put on your most outrageous holiday sweater and head over to Irving Park’s Lizard’s Liquid Lounge on Friday, December 15 for an ugly sweater holiday party. “It’s a great chance to break out that silly sweater and get into the Christmas spirit,” says Liz Kavanagh, owner of Lizard’s Liquid Lounge. Enjoy drink specials and free appetizers from 8 p.m. until supplies run out. Additionally, the bar will celebrate NYE on a high note with DJ Bloodshot Scott, drink specials and free appetizers.
3058 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618; (773) 463-7599

Brasa Roja
Get into the holiday spirit with Brasa Roja’s annual Novena de Aguinaldos on December 17! A Colombian tradition, Novena de Aguinaldos is similar to Christmas caroling but includes prayers and food. Stop by for a prayer, favorite Christmas songs, snacks and homemade hot chocolate.
3120 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618; (773) 866-2252

Templestowe Pub
Celebrate Christmas like they do “down under”. Templestowe is spreading Christmas cheer with a Secret Santa drawing and party! “People love this because it’s a great time, and you get to meet awesome people,” says John Sheahan, owner of Templestowe Pub. To participate, contact or head over to the bar and sign up. Names are drawn Thursday, December 7 and the gift sharing party takes place on Thursday, December 21. There is a $15 gift maximum.
3135 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618; (773) 681-0341

The popular Jewish deli is celebrating Hanukkah with eight days of deals! Steingold’s will have a different special each day of Hanukah so be sure to follow the deli on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for details on the daily specials. Hosting a big Hanukkah party? Cater holiday favorites like Nanna’s Matzo Ball Soup, fish platter and latkes served with lebneh and applesauce. View the full catering menu online . Steingold's is opening a second location next to the Francisco stop at 4642 N Francisco Ave. on December 12.
1840 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613; (773) 661-2469

El Picosito Jibaro
No one celebrates Christmas like the people of Puerto Rico. Celebrations generally begin in early December and last until December 25. In addition to parranderos—the Puerto Rican version of Christmas caroling—and big parties, the holiday is celebrated with traditional Puerto Rican Christmas food such as pork, coconut rice pudding and coquito, a Puerto Rican eggnog. El Picosito Jibaro’s famous pork jibaritos are a delicious ode to tradition. Jibaritos are a quintessential Chicago sandwich snack originally created in 1996 by restaurateur Juan Figeroa. The sandwich substitutes two flattened fried green plantains slathered in garlic mayo for bread and layers meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato between them. View the full menu online.
3216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625; (872) 806-2405

This restaurant brings a taste of Persia to Albany Park! On Christmas Day, Kabobi will be serving a traditional dish of turkey with vegetable stuffing, perfect for any gathering. Want to start 2018 with a flavor bang? Ring in the New Year at Kabobi with a special menu item—mixed superior white fish served with hummus Persian dill rice and Persian salad consisting of chopped cucumber, tomato and onion in an olive oil and lemon juice dressing. Visit the website to place an online order.
4748 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625; (773) 583-1400

Markello’s Baking Company
In Mexico, Christmas means a whole season of celebrations, beginning with “posadas.” These processions take place on each of the nine evenings leading up to Christmas Eve and end at one house with food, drink and a piñata in the shape of a Christmas star. Traditional treats include tamales, buñuelos and Pan Dulce, sweet Mexican bread. Put a Mexican twist on your Chicago Christmas with Pan Dulce from Markello’s Baking Company!
3520 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625; (773) 539-9344

Merla’s Kitchen
Christmas is the most important holiday in the Philippines, with celebrations lasting from December 16 to December 25. Filipino Christmas customs are a mixture of western and native traditions, so locals celebrate with Santa Claus, Christmas trees, Christmas cards and Christmas carols like Jingle Bells. 

However, traditional holiday foods include sweet ham, rice, flan and pancit, a traditional noodle dish. Cater your holiday party with Merla’s Kitchen. Party platters perfect for a Filipino Christmas include: Pancit Bihon, Leche Flan, Chicken Adobo and Lechon Kawali (pork belly). View the full menu online.
5207 N Kimball Ave, Chicago, IL 60625; (773) 539-2090

Cafe Beograd
Add a delicious European touch to your gifts for neighbors, teachers, mailmen, and everyone else on your list with a box of sweet treats from Cafe Beograd. Specializing in Serbian delights, customer favorites include gabon cake with raspberries and chocolate; cream puffs; baklava; and krempita, vanilla pudding. View the full menu online.
2933-39 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618; (773) 478-7575

Feyrous Pastries
Perfect party treats can be picked up at Feyrous Pastries, a Middle Eastern bakery and specialty grocery store. “Our most popular items are baklava, falafel, spinach pies and our special whole lamb,” says Mohammad Morra, co-owner of Feyrous Pastries. The lamb, available by pre-order, is stuffed with rice, meat, and pine nuts and feeds parties of 15-20.
4510 N Kedzie Ave Chicago, Illinois 60625; (773) 478-4230

Stuffed lamb is one of the most well-known Middle Eastern dishes and in celebration of the holidays, the restaurant will be serving a special rice and meat stuffed lamb dish. Diners can also bring a piece of the Middle East home and order the special to go! Visit the website to see the full menu and place an order.
4636 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625; (773) 583-0776

LD Pho
Occurring in late January, Tet Nguyen Dan is the most important and popular holiday and festival in Vietnam, marking the arrival of spring based on the Lunar calendar. Meaning “Feast of the Very First Morning,” Tet Nguyen Dan is similar to New Year’s Eve in America and is celebrated by cleaning homes, visiting friends on the first day of the New Year and cooking special holiday foods. While customary dishes vary between regions, traditional foods include sticky rice cake, pickled onions, beef braised with cinnamon and spring rolls. Bring Tet Nguyen Dan to your home with LD Pho spring rolls! Mint, basil, vegetables and pork or shrimp are wrapped in rice noodles and served with homemade peanut sauce. View the full menu online.
4722 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625; (773) 961-8551

Brazilian Bowl
Brazil salutes the New Year with one of the most festive New Year’s Eve celebrations in the whole world where locals head to the beaches for dancing and fireworks. While Chicago is too cold for a New Year’s Eve beach party, Brazilian Bowl’s catering brings that exciting Brazilian attitude to your NYE celebration. Party favorites include pastels, crispy empanada dough with choice of filling; coxinha, crispy potato dough croquette filled with shredded seasoned chicken; and Brazil’s national dish, feijoada, a stew of black beans, smoked sausage, bacon, rib meat, pork loin, Brazilian rice and collard greens topped with toasted yuca crumbs. View the full menu and place orders online.
3200 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL, 60625; (773) 961-7399

Great Sea
Food is the cornerstone of Chinese New Year celebrations. Dishes are steeped in symbolism, such as long noodles to represent longevity, dumplings for wealth, and whole fish for unity. Other traditional NYE food include spring rolls, mandarin oranges, and chicken. With restaurant favorites like Orange Chicken, Lollipop Chicken Wings and Hot & Spicy Boneless Wings, which come in half and full party tray sizes, Great Sea is the perfect place to celebrate the Chinese New Year, taking place February 16.
3254 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625; (773) 478-9129

North River Commission (3403 W. Lawrence Ave., Suite 201, Chicago, IL 60625; 773-478-0202) is the nonprofit community and economic development corporation for the northwest side of Chicago, from the Chicago River to Cicero and Addison to Devon. Founded in 1962 by concerned residents and neighborhood institutions, NRC unites more than 100 civic associations, businesses, schools, institutions and places of worship to improve the quality of life in the community by creating affordable housing, quality education, arts & cultural endeavors, open spaces, and thriving neighborhood businesses. North River Commission operates the Albany Park Chamber of Commerce as part of its economic development strategy. Learn more about the NRC at and follow their news on Twitter @NRCchicago and on Facebook.

The Albany Park Chamber of Commerce supports, advocates for and promotes its members and local businesses in the Albany Park, Irving Park, Mayfair, and North Park business districts. The Chamber provides resources that strengthen and physically improve area businesses. It attracts new businesses and investment to the community. It beautifies the commercial districts to further stimulate development and to enhance culture, dining, shopping and entertainment on Chicago's northwest side. Learn more at and follow their news on Twitter @AlbanyPkChamber and on Facebook.