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Enjoy an exquisite holiday spread at Travelle at the Langham.
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Where to Dine on Thanksgiving in Chicago

Overindulge on turkey and all the trimmings at these spots

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Enjoy an exquisite holiday spread at Travelle at the Langham.
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Thanksgiving is coming up on Thursday, November 25, but it’s not too late to make last-minute plans. 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 fixin’s, 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.

As of August 20, the city has mandated that everyone wear facial coverings while indoors. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Farmhouse Evanston

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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 $44 per adult and $21 per child. Reservations are required and available here.

Shaw's Crab House

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Though it’s best known for its quality selection of seafood, Shaw’s is putting together a special turkey plate with all the trimmings ($35 or $19 without sides) 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.

Artango Bar & Steakhouse

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Argentinean steakhouse Artango is preparing a Latin feast for the holiday. Guests will pick an appetizer (lobster bisque, empanadas, ceviche mixto, or ensalada verde) main (pasta, turkey, seared fish, New York strip steak, or rib eye) and dessert (chocolate cake or flan). The menu is $65 per person. Artango is open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; live jazz starts at 5 p.m. Make a reservation here

Luella's Southern Kitchen

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Experience Thanksgiving done Southern style at Luella’s. Open for business from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Lincoln Square spot will provide smoked turkey or roast duck, andouille cornbread stuffing, mac and cheese, roasted brussels sprouts, and sweet potato pie for $40 per person.

Popular wood-fired restaurant Etta is opening the doors at both its locations — Wicker Park and River North — on Thanksgiving. The special menu features Etta favorites like fire-roasted focaccia with ricotta honey and truffle, spicy meatballs, bubbling shrimp, and rigatoni cacio e pepe. The main highlight will be roasted turkey breast and thigh with sweet onion and wild mushroom gravy, whipped and buttered potatoes, and Bolognese stuffing. It’s priced at $85 per adult and $25 for kids aged 12 and under. Reservations are available here.

Cafe Robey

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The restaurant on the ground floor of the Robey hotel is hosting Thanksgiving dinner between 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Guests will sit down to roasted turkey breast and leg and roasted cauliflower with caper pesto (vegetarian selection) plus an assortment of holiday sides and desserts. The cost is $50 per person. Book a reservation here.

A slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top.
Cafe Robey’s Thanksgiving dinner will be served buffet-style.
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Maple & Ash

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Go all out and splurge on Thanksgiving at one of Chicago’s top steakhouses. Maple & Ash will have its regular menu on offer so celebrate the day with caviar, fire-roasted seafood towers, ricotta agnolotti, wood-fired steaks and chops, and much more. Traditionalists can order a special Thanksgiving plate filled with black truffle turkey, brussels sprouts, chanterelles, pomme puree, and black truffle jus for $70. Reservations are available here.

Bistronomic

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This Gold Coast bistro has a special Thanksgiving prix fixe meal for $75 per person (the artisanal cheese plate is $15 extra) with a variety of appetizer, entree, and dessert options to satisfy vegetarians and people who just hate turkey and pumpkin pie. Reservations are available from noon to 8:30 p.m. on OpenTable.

WoodWind

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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 chickpea fries, fire-roasted carrots almondine, grilled short rib, pan-seared salmon, chicken Wellington, roasted turkey, apple brown betty, and more. The holiday menu is $65 per person. Reservations are available here.

Lure Fishbar

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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 cheesecake. The special is priced at $70 per person. Reservations are available here.

Steak 48

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Feast on prime beef and more on Thanksgiving at River North’s Steak 48. The restaurant will be serving its full a la carte menu alongside a special holiday plate of turkey, praline sweet potatoes, truffle whipped potatoes, stuffing, and gravy. Reservations are available here.

A plated steak.
Beef’s not the only attraction on Thanksgiving at this River North steakhouse.
Steak 48 [Official Photo]

Gene & Georgetti

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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 $90 prix fixe menu that includes garbage salad, crab cakes, roast turkey, broiled salmon, tomahawk rib eye, pecan pie, apple tart, and much more. Book reservations here.

Chicago Cut Steakhouse

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Located along the Chicago River, Chicago Cut delivers first-class steaks and pretty views. Diners who stop in on Thanksgiving can expect a holiday spread featuring choice of starter, maple-glazed turkey with apricot cornbread and cranberry sauce, sides, and pumpkin or apple pie. The cost is $125 per adult and $50 for kids. Reservations are available here.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks

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Visit the seafood and steak chain on Thanksgiving for its regular menu plus a turkey dinner. The special — priced at $32 per person — includes 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 $10. Book a table here.

West Loop hangout PB&J is offering an affordable Thanksgiving meal that won’t break the bank. For just $25, guests can enjoy butternut squash soup, turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, and apple or pumpkin pie. Book a table here.

A Thanksgiving hoagie filled with turkey, cranberry, and stuffing.
PB&J is one of the most budget-friendly options for a Thanksgiving meal.
PB&J [Official Photo]

The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

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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 $49 per person. Reservations are available here.

Ascione Bistro

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Ascione Bistro in Hyde Park is a family favorite for Italian food. The restaurant will offer a three-course prix fixe menu for $44 per person on Thanksgiving. The meal includes butternut squash soup or Mediterranean salad, roasted turkey with sides, and choice of dessert. Book a reservation here.

Vegans have a friend in Majani with a $30-per-person dinner that includes tofu turkey, cornbread dressing and gravy, mac & cheese, candied sweet potatoes, collard greens, and fresh cranberry sauce. Desserts, such as sweet potato pie and peach cobbler, can be added. Email catering@majani.biz or call 773-359-2791 to order.

Farmhouse Evanston

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 $44 per adult and $21 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 putting together a special turkey plate with all the trimmings ($35 or $19 without sides) 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.

Artango Bar & Steakhouse

Argentinean steakhouse Artango is preparing a Latin feast for the holiday. Guests will pick an appetizer (lobster bisque, empanadas, ceviche mixto, or ensalada verde) main (pasta, turkey, seared fish, New York strip steak, or rib eye) and dessert (chocolate cake or flan). The menu is $65 per person. Artango is open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; live jazz starts at 5 p.m. Make a reservation here

Luella's Southern Kitchen

Experience Thanksgiving done Southern style at Luella’s. Open for business from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Lincoln Square spot will provide smoked turkey or roast duck, andouille cornbread stuffing, mac and cheese, roasted brussels sprouts, and sweet potato pie for $40 per person.

Etta

Popular wood-fired restaurant Etta is opening the doors at both its locations — Wicker Park and River North — on Thanksgiving. The special menu features Etta favorites like fire-roasted focaccia with ricotta honey and truffle, spicy meatballs, bubbling shrimp, and rigatoni cacio e pepe. The main highlight will be roasted turkey breast and thigh with sweet onion and wild mushroom gravy, whipped and buttered potatoes, and Bolognese stuffing. It’s priced at $85 per adult and $25 for kids aged 12 and under. Reservations are available here.

Cafe Robey

A slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top.
Cafe Robey’s Thanksgiving dinner will be served buffet-style.
Mistey Nguyen

The restaurant on the ground floor of the Robey hotel is hosting Thanksgiving dinner between 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Guests will sit down to roasted turkey breast and leg and roasted cauliflower with caper pesto (vegetarian selection) plus an assortment of holiday sides and desserts. The cost is $50 per person. Book a reservation here.

A slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top.
Cafe Robey’s Thanksgiving dinner will be served buffet-style.
Mistey Nguyen

Maple & Ash

Go all out and splurge on Thanksgiving at one of Chicago’s top steakhouses. Maple & Ash will have its regular menu on offer so celebrate the day with caviar, fire-roasted seafood towers, ricotta agnolotti, wood-fired steaks and chops, and much more. Traditionalists can order a special Thanksgiving plate filled with black truffle turkey, brussels sprouts, chanterelles, pomme puree, and black truffle jus for $70. Reservations are available here.

Bistronomic

This Gold Coast bistro has a special Thanksgiving prix fixe meal for $75 per person (the artisanal cheese plate is $15 extra) with a variety of appetizer, entree, and dessert options to satisfy vegetarians and people who just hate turkey and pumpkin pie. Reservations are available from noon to 8:30 p.m. on OpenTable.

WoodWind

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 chickpea fries, fire-roasted carrots almondine, grilled short rib, pan-seared salmon, chicken Wellington, roasted turkey, apple brown betty, and more. The holiday menu is $65 per person. Reservations are available here.

Lure Fishbar

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 cheesecake. The special is priced at $70 per person. Reservations are available here.

Steak 48

A plated steak.
Beef’s not the only attraction on Thanksgiving at this River North steakhouse.
Steak 48 [Official Photo]

Feast on prime beef and more on Thanksgiving at River North’s Steak 48. The restaurant will be serving its full a la carte menu alongside a special holiday plate of turkey, praline sweet potatoes, truffle whipped potatoes, stuffing, and gravy. Reservations are available here.

A plated steak.
Beef’s not the only attraction on Thanksgiving at this River North steakhouse.
Steak 48 [Official Photo]

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 $90 prix fixe menu that includes garbage salad, crab cakes, roast turkey, broiled salmon, tomahawk rib eye, pecan pie, apple tart, and much more. Book reservations here.

Chicago Cut Steakhouse

Located along the Chicago River, Chicago Cut delivers first-class steaks and pretty views. Diners who stop in on Thanksgiving can expect a holiday spread featuring choice of starter, maple-glazed turkey with apricot cornbread and cranberry sauce, sides, and pumpkin or apple pie. The cost is $125 per adult and $50 for kids. Reservations are available here.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks

Visit the seafood and steak chain on Thanksgiving for its regular menu plus a turkey dinner. The special — priced at $32 per person — includes 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 $10. Book a table here.

PB&J

A Thanksgiving hoagie filled with turkey, cranberry, and stuffing.
PB&J is one of the most budget-friendly options for a Thanksgiving meal.
PB&J [Official Photo]

West Loop hangout PB&J is offering an affordable Thanksgiving meal that won’t break the bank. For just $25, guests can enjoy butternut squash soup, turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, and apple or pumpkin pie. Book a table here.

A Thanksgiving hoagie filled with turkey, cranberry, and stuffing.
PB&J is one of the most budget-friendly options for a Thanksgiving meal.
PB&J [Official Photo]

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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 $49 per person. Reservations are available here.

Ascione Bistro

Ascione Bistro in Hyde Park is a family favorite for Italian food. The restaurant will offer a three-course prix fixe menu for $44 per person on Thanksgiving. The meal includes butternut squash soup or Mediterranean salad, roasted turkey with sides, and choice of dessert. Book a reservation here.

Majani

Vegans have a friend in Majani with a $30-per-person dinner that includes tofu turkey, cornbread dressing and gravy, mac & cheese, candied sweet potatoes, collard greens, and fresh cranberry sauce. Desserts, such as sweet potato pie and peach cobbler, can be added. Email catering@majani.biz or call 773-359-2791 to order.

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