And make sure everyone can enjoy seasonal delights with Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery (1107 Waukegan Road, Glenview), a certified gluten-free bakery that also serves dairy-free, vegan, and other allergen-free treats. From breads and muffins to cupcakes and cookies, you'll find everything you want. Seasonal items include candied pecans, gingerbread cupcakes, and gingerbread pecan biscotti.
Kneads and Wants Bakery, Skokie
Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery, Glenview
You can also feel good about eating at Farmhouse (703 Church St., Evanston), where everything is made with local and sustainable ingredients. When you need to warm up, order the Homemade Chicken Soup, Duck Stroganoff, or Short Rib — or add Baked Cheddar Mac & Cheese to any meal.
Viet Nom Nom, Evanston
Or fill up on pasta at Saranello's (601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling). You can’t go wrong with Fettuccine with pancetta, sausage, peas, parmesan, and truffle cream; Baked Eggplant Parmesan; Nonna's Meat Lasagna; or Braised Beef Ravioli. Or try the Roasted Berkshire Pork Chop, Roast Chicken & Peppers, pizza, and starters like Garlic Knots and the soup of the day. End the evening with Warm Apple Crostata.
Oenophiles will also love the selection at Morton's The Steakhouse (699 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook) — all locations have received an "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator and offer at least 200 wines (but you can also warm up with cocktails like the Vodka Martini and Manhattan). And at Silencieux (64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka), you can share a bottle of wine in an atmosphere that's all about relaxation (silencieux does mean “quiet” in French, after all).
And if you'd like to stock up on spirits for your home, turn to local distillery FEW Spirits (918 Chicago Ave., Evanston). Take a tour of the distillery to learn how spirits like Single Malt Whisky, Barrel Gin, and Bourbon Whiskey are made or stop by the Tasting Room to purchase bottles. You can also tour Temperance Beer Co. (2000 Dempster St., Evanston) or meet up with friends at the Tap Room to sample the latest creations. Then take home a growler of your favorite brew (maybe Stroop Dreams, Smittytown® Nitro, or Disco Nap™ Session IPA).
Temperance Beer Co., Evanston