Forget holiday cocktails and hot chocolate. All you're going to want come next Monday, Dec. 15, is a Mai Tai from the new and improved Trader Vic's. Known for inventing the Mai Tai rum cocktail in the 1940s, this Chicago institution was open for 48 years in its former location in the Palmer House Hilton before closing down in 2005. It's finally reopening at 1030 N. State St. The space will be a welcome oasis in the blustery winter months with Polynesian décor, retro island-themed cocktails and signature food items like the macadamia nut mahi mahi, the “no chopstick” egg roll and the wasabi crusted filet mignon. There will be a new sushi lounge, as well. With libations like the fruity, sharable Scorpion Bowl on the cocktail list, happy hour will never be the same again.
Trader Vic's is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday, 5p.m. to 11p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; bar and lounge open Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, call 312-642-6500.