WHEN: 6 p.m. Jan. 11 and 12
WHERE: The Morton Arboretum's Ginkgo Restaurant, 4100 Route 53, Lisle
COST AND INFO: $100; www.mortonarb.org
ABOUT: Live music and a view of Meadow Lake make this dinner a festive way to move into the new year. The menu, with a special vegetarian option, is paired with whiskey cocktails, capped by a talk from a whiskey expert. All guests, who must be 21 or older, receive a souvenir tasting glass.
BONUS ITEM: TRIVIA NIGHT
WHEN: 7 p.m. Jan. 12
WHERE: The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale
COST AND INFO: $300 for a table for 10; www.hinsdalehistory.org
ABOUT: Teams of 10 are encouraged to come up with a historically based theme for their tables at the Hinsdale Historical Society’s third annual Trivia Night. The doors open at 7 p.m. and competition begins at 7:30 p.m. Costumes and creative food are encouraged at the “bring your own drinks and food” event. Prizes will be awarded.