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Alinea at Christmas

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Hi Chowhounds,

Does anyone know whether Alinea is likely to be open over the Christmas/New year 2011 period? My husband and I are planning on spending christmas in New York (24 December 2011 - 5 January 2012) and we were thinking that we'd make a detour via Chicago to dine at Alinea, providing that they are open and we can get a reservation! I know its a long time until Christmas but the last time we were in the USA, we'd planned to go to French Laundry only to find it was closed during the period we were in the Napa, so having learnt my lesson I thought I'd ask first.

Also how far out can you book? I can't find any details on their website. I will try to call them but being in Australia the time difference can be awkward.

Thanks in advance for your time and assistance.

1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

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  1. Alinea accepts reservations starting when they open at 10:00 a.m. Central Time on the first weekday (Monday through Friday) of the month, for the entire month beginning two months later. So they will start accepting reservations for the month of December 2011 on October 3, 2011 (because October 1-2 are Saturday-Sunday), and for the month of January 2012 on November 1, 2011.

    As for closures during the holiday, you'll want to ask them, as that could vary from one year to another. Since you're Down Under, I would suggest trying first by e-mail, at alineaoffice@gmail.com

    1723 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614