Thanksgiving is coming up on Thursday, November 23 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
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 noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. The opulent feast includes deep-fried Cajun-style turkey, cauliflower bisque, mashed sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie, plus nuremburger elisenlebkuchen (or German gingerbread) to take home. Make a reservation via Tock.
Marina's Bistro and Rum Bar
Marina’s Bistro, a new Puerto Rican restaurant, will celebrate its first Thanksgiving with a $70 per person dinner with an arugula salad, ham and cheese or mushroom croquettes, plus courses like Pavo Chon (roasted turkey), pollo chon (roasted chicken), or stuffed-portabella mushroom with arroz con grandules, potato salad, and stuffing. Desserts include tembleque (coconut pudding garnished with cinnamon) or pumpkin flan. Reservations can be made by calling (773) 739-9161 or via email at email@example.com.
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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.
Cafe Robey, the first-floor restaurant inside the Robey hotel in Wicker Park, will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The menu includes roasted turkey and roasted cauliflower with caper pesto; sides like roasted garlic mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts with cranberry and pumpkin seeds, sourdough dressing, green bean casserole, baby kale, and Brussel sprout salad, turkey gravy, and cranberry chutney.
Adorn Bar & Restaurant
New chef Richie Farina (Ever) brings Michelin-starred talent to this hotel restaurant. They’re hosting a five-course Friendsgiving dinner on Thursday, November 16 with hefs Mei Lin of Daybird LA (Top Chef Season 12 champion), Bailey Sullivan of Monteverde, Justin Selk of Ever, and Jenner Tomaska of Esme. It’s $275 per person and tickets are available via OpenTable. They’re also hosting dinner on Thanksgiving Day for $265 per person.
This Gold Coast bistro has a special Thanksgiving three-course meal for $85 per person (the artisanal cheese plate is $25 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 on OpenTable.
Alpana Singh’s 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 8-ounce filet mignon. The meal costs $80 or $25 for kids. Reservations can be made online. A 20-percent service charge will be added to all checks going toward “valued staff members.” For parties larger than eight, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Basque restaurant from the owners of busy Logan Square Greek restaurant Andros Taverna is going strong with a $145 per person dinner with ahoices like an apple Manchego Iberico salad, roaster sea scallop, and three entree choices (turkey, turbot, txuleton). The desserts included a steamed persimmon cake, burnt fall-spiced Basque cheesecake, and “Chocolate Decadence.”
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 $105 or $42 for a kids' plate. Reservations are available here.
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 $69.95 or $34.95 for kids ages 5 to 12. 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 prix fixe menu that includes a starter, choice of roast turkey or tomahawk steak. plus mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin cake. Book reservations here.
The Smith, the everyday casual restaurant in River North, offers a three course prix fixe menu with choice of turkey three ways — roasted breast, braised leg, or turkey pot pie. There’s are also options for non-turkey fans. Prices is $78 per person and includes dishes such as butternut squash soup with ginger-apple crème fraîche, spiced pepitas, and ricotta gnocchi truffle cream.
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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Dineamic’s fancy new steakhouse in Fulton Market is going a la carte for Thanksgiving with slow-roasted prime rib, and traditional turkey. Dinner is served from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and reservations can be made via OpenTable.
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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.
Cherry Circle Room
The flagship restaurant within the Chicago Athletic Association hotel serves a $120 three-course meal featuring a bread basket potato leek soup, turkey breast or lentil loaf for vegetarians, and buttermilk mashed potatoes with gravy. 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. There’s also a to-go option. The cost is $75 per person. Reservations are available here.