Tailgate at Wickets
Join a pregame party before the Bears take on the Packers at Wickets Bar and Grill with football food and cold brews starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. Chef George Garcia will grill up $2.50 bratwursts, $1.50 hot dogs and $3.50 burgers. Score a bowl of homemade chili for $2. Stay warm by moving it inside for the game. Corona and Corona Light go for $2.50 all day. Wickets Bar and Grill in the Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg. (847) 619-1400 or wicketsbarandgrill.com.
Niche's naughty Christmas
It's naughty and yummy at Niche's Fractured Fairytales and Christmas Carols at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. A whimsical menu matches the Christmas parodies with dishes including the Hanukkah Latkes with Santa (potato pancakes with crab claw salad), the Christmas tree smoked reindeer (spruce-smoked elk, roasted cherry tomatoes, hominy grits and black pepper gravy), and Don't Eat the Yellow Snow (Devil's food cake, coconut frosting and lemon curd). $60 per person. Wine pairings cost an additional $25. Niche is at 14 S. Third St., Geneva. Call (630) 262-1000 or visit nichegeneva.com.
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Fresco 21's holiday movie party
WGN entertainment reporter and critic Dean Richards hosts "Dean's Night Out" at Fresco 21 Tuesday, Dec. 18. Watch Christmas movie clips and answer trivia questions while dining. The menu includes leek and fontina risotto, and roasted duck with shaved black truffles; pot roast wellington and roasted root vegetables with a Bordelaise reduction; and pumpkin panna cotta or the pomegranate molasses tuille and candied pecans. $59 per person. Reservations required. Fresco 21 is at 5300 N. River Road, Rosemont. Call (847) 447-4275 or fresco21.com.