It’s Thursday, Chicago.
With the end of the year approaching, the critics and columnists of A+E have selected a handful of individuals as 2023′s Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts.
If you’re preparing for the upcoming holiday festivities, we have guides to good cheesy Christmas rom-coms, Champagne alternatives and everything you need to know about New Year’s Eve restaurant celebrations.
This is our last Eat. Watch. Do. newsletter of 2023. Enjoy the holidays! We’ll see you back here next year.
— Kayla Samoy, food editor
Review: Chef Christian Hunter evokes emotion at Atelier in Lincoln Square
The 12-course tasting menu at Atelier connects continents and cultures with bursts of heat and a bit of giardiniera. Read critic Louisa Kung Liu Chu’s review here.
As we approach the end of 2023, the critics and columnists of A+E reflect on the year to highlight some people who have made a difference in the city’s arts. Read the list here.
There’s a wide range of sparkling wine options and just as many reasons why choosing alt-sparkling may spark even more joy this holiday season. Read our recommendations here.
These five new romantic comedies hit the right balance of cheesy, cringy and Christmas charm. Read the list here.
Rocky’s Bar opens in United Center, honoring late Blackhawks chairman with craft cocktails and mini hot dogs
Patrons who want to drink like the late Rocky Wirtz can order an extra-cold martini with blue cheese olives, hold the vermouth. Read the story here.
Review: In ‘Faith Ringgold: American People’ at the MCA, an African American artist’s decades of work get their due
The electrifying and illuminating retrospective is now in Chicago, spanning six decades of paintings, soft sculptures and story quilts. Don’t miss it. Read critic Lori Waxman’s review here.
New Year’s Eve restaurant specials include taco omakase at Don Bucio’s Taqueria and a 15-course meal at a secret location by Duck Sel chef Donald Young. Read the full list here.
“We can do whatever we want,” lead singer Bono said during one of his short addresses to the crowd. Who’s to argue? Read critic Bob Gendron’s review here.
After 10 years, the Pilsen restaurant’s last service will be New Year’s Eve. Read the story here.
Review: ‘Appropriate’ opens on Broadway, with Sarah Paulson leading the most intense family since ‘Osage County’
Sarah Paulson is on fire all night long, torching not just anyone sharing Second Stage with her — including Elle Fanning — but half the open-mouthed audience. Read critic Chris Jones’ review here.