5 Places to Celebrate the Festival of Lights & Hanukkah in Chicago

Celebrate the Hanukkah Festival of Lights in style this year by hitting up one of Chicago’s many participating bars and restaurants. There are a few neighborhood restaurants and bars that are setting up Hanukkah-themed dinners and festivities this holiday season, and while they may be hard to find, we’ve put together a nice little list for ya.

Light a menorah with Chicago bars this holiday season!



Photo Credit: Bistronomic Facebook

840 N Wabash
Daily Dinners — December 22 – 30

For the whole last week of December, Bistronomic is hosting a prefixed Hanukkah-inspired dinner for just $39. Enjoy the Hanukkah Festival of Lights celebrations with a curated selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Don’t miss out on this awesome holiday deal this year!


8 Crazy Nights at The Graystone Tavern

Photo Credit: Megan Osterhout

3441 N Sheffield Ave
December 1 – 31

Chicago’s first and ONLY Hanukkah-themed pop-up bar is open all month long and has plenty to do and see. This winter wonderland created specifically to commemorate the Jewish holiday has over 8,000 blue and white lights and Hanukkah ball lanterns hanging from the ceiling. The food menu ranges from $5 to $12 and includes favorites like Latkes, Matzo Ball Soup, Brisket Platter, Grilled Cheese with a twist served on Challah Bread, and a decadent Boozy Jelly Donut made with housemade vodka-infused jelly. Don’t forget to order a festive cocktail, either, including the Gelt Martini (Wheatley Vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Crème de Cacao, chocolate syrup, Hanukkah gelt) and a Manischewitz Spritzer (Manischewitz, Koval Cranberry, Mionetto Prosecco, club soda and an orange slice). And, to make your whole party happy, make sure to order the 18-foot giant menorah “shotski,” starting at $24, so all eight of your friends can take a shot at once.



Photo Credit: Split-Rail Facebook

2500 W Chicago Ave
December 23 | 6 – 9 PM

When you’re craving a delicious holiday-inspired meal, head to Split-Rail to enjoy a night of candle lighting in Chicago with amazing food. Enjoy a family-style dinner of brisket, latkes, matzo ball soup, and more, complete with plenty of wine, of course. Tickets are $65 and going fast, so get yours today!


Chabad Jewish Center of South Loop

Photo Credit: Chabad

1210 S Indiana Ave
December 8 | 7:30 – 9 PM

Enjoy a night of “Menorahs & Martinis” at NEMA Chicago, presented by the Chabad Jewish Center of South Loop. This Ladies Night Out is designed to encourage creativity and appreciation for the Jewish holiday. Create your own granite Menorah while sipping and socializing over martinis. Tickets are $20 and the deadline to RSVP is December 5, so make sure to sign up today!


Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen

Photo Credit: Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen
Photo Credit: Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen

1141 S Jefferson St

While Manny’s may not be doing any prefixed meals, the Hanukkah Festival of Lights is an excellent time to visit this noteworthy Jewish deli. Their menu is chock-full of classic Jewish dishes, including their famous potato pancakes (or latkes) and, of course, a classic beef pastrami sandwich. Celebrate a simple, delicious Hanukkah this year at Manny’s.



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