How do you celebrate the end of the world? Throw the biggest party of your life, of course.
That's what Oak Park's Maya Del Sol is doing for Friday, Dec. 21 this year—the date predicted by the ancient Mayan calendar for the end of the world.
"As a restaurant called Maya we felt it was important to throw a huge party for the end of the world," said Paul Abu-Taleb, manager at Maya Del Sol.
At Maya, the thinking goes, if you're going to go out, you might as well go out in style.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 and will include three bands, multiple chef's stations from some of Chicago's top restaurants (more on this later this week) and an ice sculptor flowing with margaritas.
The event costs $85 for the public and $75 for members of Maya's Gold Card program. The cost includes all food, entertainment and beverages for the night (the bar is open). Reservations will be required and can be made in person at Maya Del Sol or over the phone by calling 708-358-9800.
If the weather turns for the worse, have no fear—unless we're talking apocalyptic conditions. The event will be held indoors and in Maya's popular outdoor patio—sealed off and warmed with heaters.
Attendees can expect a great lineup of performances from some local favorites, including David Blamires, an Oak Park resident who has claimed multiple Grammy awards; Cole DeGenova, a soulful recent graduate of Berklee College of Music; and The Heard, from Chicago, taking the night in a funky direction.
Food, drinks and dancing—what else could you want for your last night on earth?