Things to do for December 31, 2009

The Weekender

Tiki New Year, PJ Brunches and Pig Roasts

The weekend is always a fresh start.

Thursday
Polynesian New Year at Trader Vic's
TIKI

Polynesian New Year at Trader Vic's

Procrastination is something to worry about next year. For now, if you haven't made dinner reservations yet, we've saved some tables for you at the nearly booked Trader Vic's four-course Polynesian feast. They're even throwing in a bottle of good bubbly for couples. The champagne tiki gods must be happy.

Trader Vic's, $75 per person, limited reservations available (mention UrbanDaddy), 4pm-11pm, Dec 31, 1030 N. State St (near Maple), 312-642-6500

Friday
Southern Brunch at Wishbone
SOUTHERN COMFORT

Southern Brunch at Wishbone

This country-fried brunch is a veritable New Year's first aid station, with fried chicken, corn-flake-crusted French toast and that traditional first-day-of-January good luck dish, Hoppin' John (cheesy black beans and rice) to whip you into shape—if the spicy Bloody Marys don't do it first.

Wishbone, 9am-4pm, Jan 1, 3300 N. Lincoln Ave (at School), 773-549-2663‎

Pajama Brunch at Division Ale House
DRESS FOR EXCESS

Pajama Brunch at Division Ale House

The first day of the year should be no more stressful than it has to be—so you don't even have to get out of your PJs for this brunch of sausage-packed Irish Breakfasts, mini breakfast sliders (read: little bacon-and-sausage croissants) and crab-cake benedicts. And the make-your-own-Bloody Mary bar ensures you will get some work done today.

$20.10 Menu at Nacional 27
NACIONAL TREASURE

$20.10 Menu at Nacional 27

Here it is, the first week of 2010 and your favorite nest of samba music, Latin cocktailing and spicy cuisine is already trying to seduce you. This three-course dinner includes options like suckling pig, smoked chicken empanadas and skirt steak—plus, a free glass of sangria to loosen your inhibitions.

Nacional 27, 5-9:30pm, Jan 1-8, 325 W. Huron St (at Orleans), 312-664-2727

Sunday
Hawaiian Menu at Sola
LUAU

Hawaiian Menu at Sola

Right when you need it most—January—Sola brings a little island love to North Center. This Hawaii-inspired family-style feast lets everyone dig into Kalua Pork or Truffle Teriyaki Roasted Chicken, but desserts are strictly individual. You and that macadamia-topped hot fudge sundae need your privacy.

Sundays,Sola, $30 per person, 3868 N. Lincoln Ave (entrance on Byron), 773-327-3868

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