It's a bit late to post this, but I am new at the board. Tre Kronor Restaurant (3258 West Foster, Chicago), well known to visitors to the board, has a spectacular smorgasbord spread during most of the month of December, for $40 (BYOB, though they offer a cup of glogg). There are fixed seatings, 5 and 8 in the evening, and you have to reserve WELL IN ADVANCE. They suggest making up five plates: herring, other seafood, cold meats, hot dishes, and desserts. The herring alone is worth the trip -- nine different ways of preparing it -- e.g., with mustard sauce, dill, tomatos, beets, and one cured in a special way whcih I have to confess I don't rember at this point. The seafood includes shrimp, oysters on the falf shell, slamon, and gravlax. Aside from the standard cold meats there is head cheese, a variety of cheeses, and a nice orange and hazelnut salad. The hot dishes are perhaps the most forgettable (we were spared the lutefisk this year, though), but there was a very good kind of potato gratin. Desserts included a creme brulee and rice pudding which I appreciated for not being too sweet. In the middle of the meal, waitresses (one decked as St. Lucia with a headress of lighted candels) sing Swedish carols to which you are invited to sing along --- provided you can sing in Swedish. Sorry to post this now when it's just a memory, but keep it in mind for next year.