Thanksgiving is coming up on Thursday, November 24 and it’s a good idea to plan ahead. Leave the hard work to someone else this year and treat the family to an excellent holiday meal prepared by the experts. The following restaurants in and around Chicago — which occupy the unceded traditional homelands of the Kiikaapoi, Peoria, Kaskaskia, Bodéwadmiakiwen (Potawatomi), and Myaamia tribes — still have reservations available and will offer turkey, all the traditional fixings, pies, and more. And perhaps best of all, there will be no fights over who has to do the dishes. That’s something everyone can be thankful for.Read More
Where to Dine on Thanksgiving in Chicago
Overindulge on turkey and all the trimmings at these spots
Diners can indulge in all the Thanksgiving food they want at Farmhouse Evanston. The restaurant will offer a traditional holiday buffet spread from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. that features items like turkey, ham, buttermilk-smashed potatoes, green bean casserole, maple candied yams, and more. It’s priced at $49 per adult and $23 per child. Reservations are required and available here.
Shaw's Crab House
Though it’s best known for its quality selection of seafood, Shaw’s is offering herb-roasted turkey breast with seasonal sides and dessert to commemorate the holiday. Of course, the regular menu will also be available so guests can still order as many fresh oysters and crab legs as they desire. Book a table here.
Big Jones, the beloved Andersonville Southern restaurant, offers seatings for Thanksgiving dinner at 1 and 7 p.m. The $90 five-course feast includes deep-fried Cajun-style turkey, cauliflower bisque, mashed sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, plus gingerbread to take home. Make a reservation here.
Artango Bar & Steakhouse
Argentinean steakhouse Artango is preparing a Latin feast for the holiday. Guests will pick an appetizer (soup, empanadas, ceviche mixto, or ensalada verde) main (butternut squash ravioli, stuffed turkey breast, pan-seared halibut, New York strip steak, or ribeye), and dessert (chocolate cake, gelato or flan). The menu is $75 per person. Artango is open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; live Latin jazz starts at 5 p.m. Make a reservation here.
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Longman & Eagle
Book a spot on Resy for $95 to try executive chef Brian Motyka’s extra decadent spin on Thanksgiving classics such as duck fat confit turkey leg, foie gras gravy, bone marrow stuffing, bourbon cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. Make it extra luxurious with wine or whiskey pairings.
Popular wood-fired restaurant Etta is opening the doors at both its locations — Bucktown and River North — on Thanksgiving. The special menu features favorites like fire-baked focaccia and bubbling shrimp. The main highlight will be roasted turkey breast and leg confit with stuffing and lumache mac & cheese with porcini mushrooms. It’s priced at $85 per adult and $25 for kids aged 12 and under, with an 8-ounce filet or fresh-shaved truffles available for an extra $50. Reservations are available here.
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Maple & Ash
Go all out and splurge on Thanksgiving at one of Chicago’s top steakhouses. Maple & Ash will serve a family-style Thanksgiving dinner featuring black truffle-rubbed turkey, brussels sprouts, chanterelles, pomme puree, and black truffle jus for $70 per person from 1 to 7 p.m. Add on hearth-roasted chestnut stuffing for an extra $10. Reservations are available here.
The Signature Room at the 95th
Take in spectacular views from the former John Hancock Center while dining on a three-course menu featuring roasted butternut squash and coconut bisque, roast turkey breast with green beans and mushroom gravy, turkey sage stuffing, and pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. The meal costs $85 or $35 for kids ages 4 to 12, and diners can add on jumbo shrimp cocktail ($24) or a full seafood tower ($125). Make a reservation through OpenTable.
This Gold Coast bistro has a special Thanksgiving prix fixe meal for $80 per person (the artisanal cheese plate is $20 extra) with a variety of appetizers, entrees, and dessert options to satisfy vegetarians and people who just hate turkey and pumpkin pie. Reservations are available from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on OpenTable.
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Alpana Singh’s new restaurant serves a three-course dinner from noon to 8 p.m. featuring honey-roasted pear salad, slow-roasted turkey breast with black truffle brioche stuffing and mushroom gravy, and chocolate layer cake. Diners can sub out the turkey for braised short rib with roasted root vegetables or spend $15 extra to get an eight-ounce filet mignon. The meal costs $80 or $25 for kids. Reservations can be made online.
Situated on the 18th floor of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Lavin Family Pavilion, WoodWind delivers refined contemporary American cuisine. Guests will sit down to a three-course prix fixe dinner on Thanksgiving and choose from dishes like acorn squash salad, pecan-glazed carrots, grilled short rib, pan-seared branzino, fire-roasted ham, turkey medallions with cranberry-cornbread stuffing, pumpkin spiced churros, and more. The holiday menu is $75 per person. Reservations are available here.
It’s not just only fresh seafood and sushi at this New York import in River North. For Thanksgiving, Lure Fishbar will serve a three-course prix fixe menu that includes choices such as cauliflower and roasted garlic soup, roasted turkey with chestnut-sage stuffing, and pumpkin pie. The special is priced at $95 or $42 for a kids' plate. Reservations are available here.
The steakhouse offers a $74 Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, truffled mashed potatoes, stuffing, praline sweet potato, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. The regular menu is also available for diners who prefer lobster tails or bone-in filet mignon. Book a reservation through OpenTable.
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Beyond the regular menu, the classic seafood restaurant will serve a turkey dinner including gravy, sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, green beans, butternut squash with toasted marshmallows, and a slice of pumpkin chiffon pie. The meal is $70 or $35 for kids. Make a reservation here.
The brand-new comfort food restaurant serves a herb-roasted turkey dinner including mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry compote, and giblet gravy. Add on extra sides such as biscuit stuffing, lobster mac & cheese, and crispy brussels sprouts, plus brown butter bourbon pumpkin pie for dessert. Make a reservation through OpenTable.
Put an Italian spin on the celebration with turkey breast, butternut squash tortelli, aged parmesan risotto, and stuffing with delicata squash and preserved fruit. Book the meal for $98 per person via Resy.
Gene & Georgetti
Revered for being a quintessential Chicago steakhouse, Gene & Georgetti has been giving diners memorable experiences since 1941. On Thanksgiving, the old-school restaurant will have a $95 prix fixe menu that includes a choice of roast turkey, broiled salmon, or tomahawk steak plus crab cakes, rosemary potatoes, green beans, and pecan pie. Book reservations here.
The Kitchen American Bistro
Feast on fire-roasted butternut squash bisque, roasted turkey, seared brussels sprouts, and braised greens, with a choice of brown butter and caramelized honey pumpkin pie or apple galette for dessert. The Kitchen’s meal is $100 or $46 for kids. Reservations through Tock are required.
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McCormick & Schmick's
Visit the seafood and steak chain on Thanksgiving for its regular menu plus a turkey dinner. The special — priced at $35 per person — includes a choice of soup or salad, roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, apple squash casserole, seasonal veggies, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes and gravy. A children’s plate is also available for $14. Book a table here.
PB&J: Pizza Beer & Jukebox
Keep your celebration casual with a three-course meal featuring soup, turkey with all the fixings and a slice of pumpkin pie for $35 or $25 for kids. Add on a bottle of wine for $25. Reservations are available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on OpenTable and the bar will be showing football throughout the day. They’ll also be offering a $10 leftover turkey sandwich the next day served on white bread with mayo.
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Cherry Circle Room
The flagship restaurant within the Chicago Athletic Association hotel serves a $120 three-course meal featuring shrimp cocktail, turkey breast, and garlic mashed potatoes with gravy. A $100 vegetarian option includes winter vegetable pot pie, grilled carrots, and green beans. Wine and cocktail pairings are available for an additional $100. Book a spot via Resy.
The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
Celebrate Thanksgiving with three courses of holiday favorites at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant. The prix fixe menu includes choices such as lobster bisque, butternut squash soup, apple and blue cheese salad, roasted turkey, garlic whipped potatoes, stuffing, and pecan bourbon pie. The cost is $65 per person. Reservations are available here.