December 2016 – Sure there are plenty of places around the city where you could spend your holidays, but why would you want to be anywhere other than the Chicago Athletic Association hotel for Christmas and New Year’s Eve — especially when you can get a chance to watch fireworks at midnight being shot off at Navy Pier from the rooftop at Cindy’s? There’s an array of things happening this holiday season at the hotel from wonderful dinners to extravagant parties. Check out all the happenings throughout the property.
- On Christmas Eve, guests will be able to dine all day (until 9 p.m.) off the regular menu. Cindy’s will also feature three Mexican-inspired specials: red pork pozole; green chorizo tamales; and Mama’s red tamale (notice the green and red theme going on here?)
- Christmas Day, the restaurant will be closed.
- New Year’s Eve will be rockin’ from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and the kitchen will continue serving food until midnight. The regular menu will be available as well as a special menu where dishes like baked countneck clams with chorizo verde and garlic cream or butter-poached Maine lobster with steamed mussels and squash linguine will get paired with a specially selected Champagne or sparkling wine.
- New Year’s Day, brunch will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a limited menu.
- Beginning January 2, Cindy’s will be closed for the week for a quick facelift, reopening shortly after.
New Year’s Eve House Party in the Game Room
Hang in the Game Room on the second floor for an all-night house party. For $95, get reserved seating for your group all night; a large format cocktail (aka punch bowl!) created by master mixologist Paul McGee; a bucket of mini bottles of Moet & Chandon bubbly for each person in your group; a platter of tasty snacks like chicken wings, jalapeño poppers and mozzarella sticks; and a growler of Hopewell Brewing’s custom Game Room beer, the PLAY NICE brew. Play games, dance to live DJs playing ’90s hip hop and R&B and work up a hunger for a round of midnight munchies. If you don’t want to reserve a table, the space will also be open to drop by on a first come basis with a la carte drinks and menu items. Get your tickets.
Cherry Circle Room
Spend New Year’s Eve in surf-and-turf style in the James Beard Award-winning Cherry Circle Room. You could order a la carte, but isn’t it more fun to do the special four-course $125 tasting menu designed by Chef Pete Coenen? You’ll indulge on king crab ravioli, pan seared scallops with foie gras, poached lobster and dry-aged ribeye before finishing it all off with white chocolate panna cotta. And let wine director Andrew Algren pair your drinks all night (for an additional fee). Reserve through Open Table.
If you’re lucky enough to snag one of the eight seats in Milk Bar this NYE, you’ll get treated to pretty kick ass experience crafted by Paul McGee. There will be two seatings — at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. — and guests will get two cocktails from either a Champagne-focused menu or an American whiskey-focused menu. Each person will enjoy a welcome amuse and a glass of egg nog made with 1908 Blandy’s Bual Madeira to send them off for the night. Tickets are $250 and reservations can be made via Tock.