Shaw's Christmas Eve
Await Santa at Shaw's Crab House's Christmas Eve buffet from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. It includes a cold seafood bar with oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail, hand-rolled sushi and chilled snow crab. You can also fill up on prime rib and lobster bisque, and a hot buffet with lobster, Brie and cavatappi pasta, crab legs and more. $56 adults, $19.99 kids 12 and under. Shaw's Crab House is at 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg. Call (847) 517-2722 or visit shawscrabhouse.com.
I Dream of Falafel
The fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant I Dream of Falafel recently opened its first suburban location in Oakbrook Terrace. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, the restaurant features fresh and local ingredients, grain-fed and cage-free meats, homemade sauces and fresh laffa bread daily. Dishes include wraps, salads and protein plates. Sides include falafel -- original and sweet potato -- and Mediterranean dips like hummus and baba ghannouj. I Dream of Falafel is at 18W066 22nd Street, Oakbrook Terrace. Call (630) 468-2606 or visit idreamoffalafel.com.
Pastry Polar Express
A pastry version of the Polar Express pulled into the station at the Artisan Table in the Chicago Marriott Naperville. Pastry Chef Erica Tomei created a 12-by-8-foot gingerbread display of a Christmas town with buildings, carolers and the Polar Express. Now through Dec. 24, stop in and grab a dessert for $6 or try the homemade ice creams and sorbets. The Artisan Table is in the Chicago Marriott Naperville, 1801 Naper Blvd., Naperville. (630) 505-4900 or chicagomarriottnaperville.com.