Chef Phillip Foss

Lockwood has received rave reviews from the local market since opening including a three-star review from food critic Phil Vettel at the Chicago Tribune, along with positive reviews in Chicago, North Shore and Today's Chicago Woman magazines.

Potato Latkes

4 ea large potatoes; peeled
1 ea large onion; peeled
2 ea eggs; beaten
to taste salt and pepper
½ cup matzah meal
canola oil for frying

Warm non-stick sauté pan over medium heat and fill the canola oil to 1/2" depth.

Using the large holes on a hand grated, grate the onion and potato into a bowl.

Transfer to a colander and allow to drain for a couple of minutes without squeezing. Transfer back to the bowl, add the eggs and salt and pepper. Incorporate matzah meal with hands. Form small balls by hand and place in the oil. Cook to golden brown on one side, flip and repeat. Remove to paper toweling to drain and repeat process until all of the latke mixture is finished.


During this holiday season, avoid the headaches and hassles, the resolutions and regrets and celebrate a signature Christmas and New Years at Lockwood (17 E. Monroe) in the historic Palmer House Hilton. Executive Chef Phillip Foss treats guests to an extravagant holiday season, announcing a new program of offerings, including a Christmas Day Christmas Buffet (11am to 4pm) Christmas Day Pre-fixe (4pm to close), New Years Eve Signature Tasting (8 pm to 11pm) and New Years Day Buffet (10 am to 3 pm). Lockwood also features its popular a la carte menu on Christmas Eve, on New Years Eve (5 pm to 8 pm) and on New Years Day (5 pm to close). This year, toast to the holiday season in style under the soaring ceiling of Chicago's most storied institution.

Christmas Day Christmas Buffet (11am to 4pm)

Cost: Adults: $65; Seniors (older than 65): $50; Children (Under 12): $25.00 (exclusive of beverages other than Champagne, sparkling cider and coffee/tea, as well as tax and gratuity)

Granny Smith apple and Butternut Squash soup with cinnamon apple relish

Spinach, Romaine, Winter Greens with honey roasted walnuts, cranberries, forelle Pears
Stilton Blue, Quail eggs, Red current tomatoes
Roasted Crimini mushrooms, Bacon, parmesan
Cheese, avocado, shaved red onion, and chippolini onion
Cheese and fruits
Selection of imported cheeses and domestic cheeses
Olives Provencal, lavosh
Artesian breads
Sliced seasonal fruit and berries
Chilled grilled shrimp cocktail
Assorted domestic caviar
Smoked lake trout
Catsmo smoked salmon with traditional garnishes
Smoked peppered mackerel
Carving station
Roasted prime aged rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding and horseradish cream
Maple honey molasses roasted Turkey breast with rhubarb cranberry compote
Mustard glazed and clove studded country ham with homemade Biscuits

Butternut squash ravioli with brown butter and sage
Coq Au Vin with red wine, Pearl onions, button mushrooms, bacon Lardons
Pan roasted Chilean Sea bass with Truffle Hollandaise
Seasonal Squash and Brussel sprouts with potato Au gratin

Selection of holiday desserts

Christmas Day Christmas Evening Pre-fixe (4pm to close)

Cost: $38 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity)

Mushroom soup with kendall farm's crème fraiche
Blue hill bay mussels with shallots, garlic, thyme, chardonnay broth
Caesar with hearts of romaine, parmesan-reggiano, garlic croutons, traditional dressing
Free range chicken with jerusalem artichokes, eggplant, garlic jus
Drunken risotto cooked in merlot; bacon, wild mushrooms
Slow cooked scottish salmon with baby potatoes, brussels sprouts, bacon, walnuts, balsamic
Bertha's brownie with a glass of chocolate milk mousse, chocolate ice cream, chocolate-shiraz sauce, almond
Apple tarte tatin with star anise ice cream, salted caramel,
Crème brûlée with classic burnt custard

On Christmas Eve, December 24, Lockwood will feature its a la carte menu during normal hours

New Years

New Years Eve Signature Tasting (8 pm to 11pm)

Cost: $95 for tasting; $55 for wine pairings; (exclusive of tax and gratuity)

Kumamoto Oyster with Champagne bubbles and caviar Lobster with cauliflower raviolo, ginger and saffron
Sea Bass with onion soubise, braised bibb lettuce and prosciutto jus
Truffled Consommé with wild mushroom dumpling
Foie Gras Slider with sauternes gelée and chive
Espresso Lacquered Venison Chop & Civet with bacon, winter vegetables, bitter chocolate
St. Germaine Sorbet Float with Champagne
Banana with Blis maple syrup, peanut, beer gelée, bacon

New Years Day Buffet (10 am to 3 pm)
Cost: Adults: $65; Seniors (older than 65): $50; Children (Under 12): $25.00 (exclusive of beverages other than Champagne, sparkling cider and coffee/tea, as well as tax and gratuity)

The New Years Day Buffet will offer a variety of dishes featuring upscale contemporary cuisine, which take inspiration from the flavors of the holiday season.

Lockwood will feature its a la carte menu on New Years Eve, December 31, from 5 pm to 8 pm and on New Years Day, January 1, from 5 pm to close

Lockwood is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. All major credit cards are accepted. For reservations, please call (312) 917-3404 or visit for more information.

Potter's Lounge is open Tuesday through Saturday at 4 p.m. Valet parking is available at the Palmer House Hilton's Monroe Street entrance and all major credit cards are accepted. For more information, please visit

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