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Tanta’s Father’s Day feast will feature a crispy pork shank.
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Where to Eat on Father’s Day in Chicago

Father’s Day is June 20

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Tanta’s Father’s Day feast will feature a crispy pork shank.
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Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 20 but there’s still time to plan a delicious meal to honor dad. Chicago restaurants around the city are celebrating the holiday with food and drink specials. Some will be offering prix fixe menus and brunch buffets while others are putting together packages to enjoy at home. So instead of another pair of socks, spoil dad with a memorable feast that’ll bring a smile to his face.

State and local officials have lifted a variety of COVID-19 restrictions, including allowing restaurant management to waive mask requirements for fully vaccinated customers. Additionally, fully vaccinated guests don’t count against capacity limits. As of April 29, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 100 people — whichever is fewer. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is available here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Prairie Grass Cafe

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Over in Northbrook, Prairie Grass Café is offering both dine-in and carryout specials. Grill at home by picking up packages of steaks, burgers, salmon fillets, and more (feeds two) or stop in for dinner to enjoy dishes like slow-braised barbecue short rib ($34) and crispy halibut ($34). Call 847-205-4433 to reserve a table or place an order.

Scratchboard Kitchen

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Scratchboard Kitchen, a breakfast and lunch specialist in Arlington Heights, is selling take-and-bake brunch kits for Father’s Day. The $100 package serves four and consists of a fruit salad, shrimp aguachile, breakfast burritos, and cinnamon rolls. Guests can also add extras like a caviar board, biscuits, mimosas, and Bloody Marys. To order, visit Tock.

Soul & Smoke

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Barbecue sensation Soul & Smoke will make it easy to feed the whole family a mouthwatering smoked meats spread on Father’s Day. The Evanston restaurant is accepting pre-orders for half and full trays of brisket, ribs, pulled pork, jerk chicken, Cajun salmon, mac and cheese, cornbread muffins, and more. Order on Tock for pickup between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on June 20.

Two slab of pork ribs on a plate.
Ribs from Soul & Smoke
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Bar Roma

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The Andersonville favorite for Italian cuisine will have a variety of a la carte specials on Father’s Day. Chef Fred Ramos is preparing to whip up dishes like shrimp cocktail martini ($14), pistachio crusted skate wing ($25), baked ziti ($23), bistecca alla Fiorentine ($48), and triple layer almond cake ($9).

A plate of seafood squid ink pasta.
Bar Roma will offer hearty Italian specials for the occasion.
Bar Roma [Official Photo]

Show dad how important he is with Le Sud’s surf and turf special. In addition to the regular dinner menu, the Mediterranean spot in Roscoe Village is featuring a 12-ounce steak with grilled lobster tail, choron sauce, and Yukon potatoes for $49.

Le Sud in Roscoe Village
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WhirlyBall

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Make it an action-packed Father’s Day and play some games with the family. WhirlyBall has put together three packages, ranging from $20 to $45 per person, that include one hour of Whirlyball, bowling, or laser tag plus food and beverages. Reservations are recommended. Additional WhirlyBall outposts are located in Naperville and Vernon Hills.

Both the Bucktown and River North locations of Etta are offering a special prix fixe menu on Father’s Day. Guests will receive starters to share, choice of entrée, and sides for the table. The cost is $65 per adult and $25 for children.

A variety of brunch dishes and drinks spread out on a table.
Etta’s popular brunch will include a set menu on Father’s Day.
Etta [Official Photo]

The Violet Hour

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Raise a toast to dad and treat him to one of the Violet Hour’s cocktail classes. The award-winning Wicker Park bar will host an immersive Father’s Day session focused on classics like the Penicillin and scotch Old Fashioned. Guests can either attend in person — from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — at Dove’s Luncheonette or join a virtual Zoom event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The at-home option includes a kit with all the ingredients needed to make the drinks. The cost is $125 and reservations are available on Tock.

Three bottled cocktails.
Learn how to make cocktails with the Violet Hour’s Father’s Day offering.
The Violet Hour [Official Photo]

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant

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In honor of all dads, the restaurant and winery chain will provide the essentials for grilling at home on Father’s Day. For $199.99, customers will receive a kit that serves four and includes pretzel bread, bruschetta, eight-ounce filets, baked potatoes, asparagus, and lemon pound cake. A suggested wine pairing of Cooper’s Hawk Luxe Cabernet Sauvignon is an additional $35.99. Online orders can be placed here.

Two people toasting with glasses of wine over a table full of food.
Treat dad to steak and wine from Cooper’s Hawk.
Cooper’s Hawk [Official Photo]

Fogo de Chão

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For the meat-loving dads out there, churrascaria chain Fogo de Chao is the perfect place to go on Father’s Day. They’ll get to feast on a bountiful Market Table and endless amounts of fire-roasted beef, pork, chicken, and lamb, all of which are carved tableside. As a bonus, dads will also receive a $25 gift card to use on a future visit. Additional Fogo de Chao outposts are located in Rosemont and Naperville.

Experience a Peruvian feast in the comfort of home with Tanta’s Father’s Day offering. A special five-course carryout package will feed four and feature dishes like crispy pork shank with pork adobo and huacatay sauces, Peruvian ceviche, and lemon pie. It’s priced at $90 and orders can be placed on Tock.

Crispy pork shank and other dishes spread out on a table.
Tanta will provide five courses of Peruvian delights to reheat at home.
Tanta [Official Photo]

Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse

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Give dad a history lesson and then a scrumptious dinner at Harry Caray’s on Father’s Day. Before it was home to the old-school steakhouse, the building at 33 W. Kinzie Street once housed some of the most notorious figures in Chicago history, including bootleggers and gangsters like Frank Nitti. Guests will learn about and tour the hidden areas of the space before sitting down to a four-course meal. Tickets for the tour-and-dinner experience are $95 per person and $55 for children ages 10 and under. They can be purchased here.

Chicago Shivers Through Cold Spring
Harry Caray’s in River North
Photo by George Rose/Getty Images

Prime & Provisions

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The opulent steakhouse from DineAmic Hospitality is celebrating dads with an over-the-top brunch. Served buffet-style, the spread will include a prime rib carving station, made-to-order Belgian waffles and omelets, a raw bar featuring oysters and crab legs, desserts, and more. The cost is $65 per person with the option of bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys for an extra $20. Reservations are required and available here. Prime & Provisions has also recently an online butcher chop where guests can purchase signature cuts, such as dry-aged rib eyes and Prime burgers, to grill at home. Orders can be placed on Tock.

A variety of brunch dishes and drinks, prime rib, a bottle of wine in a bucket, and crab legs spread out on a table.
Head to Prime & Provisions for an extravagant Father’s Day brunch.
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Venteux

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The Mag Mile has a new destination for French dining and it’s located inside the Pendry Chicago hotel. Chef Don Young, formerly of WoodWind and Temporis, offers modern interpretations of classic French dishes like Dover sole Meniere, coq au vin, and dry-aged duck breast. On Father’s Day, dads can enjoy steak frites with maître d butter and béarnaise sauce plus a draft beer for $35.

A plate of braised short rib.
Savor French classics at Mag Mile newcomer Venteux.
Neil John Burger/Venteux

El Che Meat & Provisions

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As a result of the pandemic, chef John Manion converted part of El Che Bar into a butcher and retail shop. Customers can stop by to pick up things for the ultimate Father’s Day meal. For the indecisive, the $99 Father’s Day Box is a great option that comes with a 32-ounce bone-in rib eye, a jar of house-smoked salt, a jar of beef whip, and a bottle of 2018 Catena Malbec. Pre-orders are available here.

El Che Bar
El Che Bar in West Loop
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Tapas Valencia

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Take a culinary voyage to Spain courtesy of this tapas restaurant in the South Loop. Diners can opt for a three-course prix fixe menu ($35 for lunch, $45 for dinner) that offers choice of tapas, entrée, and dessert. The meal will have options like jamon serrano, tortilla española, grilled Atlantic salmon, grilled lamb chops, tres leches cake, and more.

Dusek's Tavern

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Pilsen standout Dusek’s reopened its doors in May after a long hiatus due to the pandemic. The space has been remodeled and new executive chef Ben Truesdell has overhauled the menu. Take dad to the gastropub for Father’s Day and try new additions like braised lamb neck pappardelle, pork schnitzel, and baked squid.

Dusek’s on a sunny day.
Dusek’s in Pilsen.
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Golden Bull

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A favorite for home-style Chinese cooking, Golden Bull serves dishes like ribs in black bean sauce, deep fried quails, and hearty rice casseroles. The restaurant is also ideal for Father’s Day gatherings as it offers set menus that can accommodate parties ranging from 2-10 diners.

Pearl's Place

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Let Bronzeville institution Pearl’s Place take care of the cooking on dad’s big day. Guests can order Southern-style breakfast specialties, such as fried green tomatoes and shrimp and cheesy grits, all day long or sample a variety of items with Pearl’s popular buffet spreads.

Nella Pizza e Pasta

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Pizza and pasta are an unassailable combination that all dads will appreciate. At this Italian spot in Hyde Park, esteemed pizzaiola Nella Grassano makes stellar Neapolitan pies topped with premium ingredients alongside delectable pastas. If diners prefer to brunch on Father’s Day, there’s a selection of pizza omelets, called “frittata Napoletana,” to try as well.

A modern dining room with a yellow motor scooter hanging above the counter.
Nella Pizza e Pasta
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Prairie Grass Cafe

Over in Northbrook, Prairie Grass Café is offering both dine-in and carryout specials. Grill at home by picking up packages of steaks, burgers, salmon fillets, and more (feeds two) or stop in for dinner to enjoy dishes like slow-braised barbecue short rib ($34) and crispy halibut ($34). Call 847-205-4433 to reserve a table or place an order.

Scratchboard Kitchen

Scratchboard Kitchen, a breakfast and lunch specialist in Arlington Heights, is selling take-and-bake brunch kits for Father’s Day. The $100 package serves four and consists of a fruit salad, shrimp aguachile, breakfast burritos, and cinnamon rolls. Guests can also add extras like a caviar board, biscuits, mimosas, and Bloody Marys. To order, visit Tock.

Soul & Smoke

Barbecue sensation Soul & Smoke will make it easy to feed the whole family a mouthwatering smoked meats spread on Father’s Day. The Evanston restaurant is accepting pre-orders for half and full trays of brisket, ribs, pulled pork, jerk chicken, Cajun salmon, mac and cheese, cornbread muffins, and more. Order on Tock for pickup between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on June 20.

Two slab of pork ribs on a plate.
Ribs from Soul & Smoke
Soul & Smoke/Neil Burger

Bar Roma

The Andersonville favorite for Italian cuisine will have a variety of a la carte specials on Father’s Day. Chef Fred Ramos is preparing to whip up dishes like shrimp cocktail martini ($14), pistachio crusted skate wing ($25), baked ziti ($23), bistecca alla Fiorentine ($48), and triple layer almond cake ($9).

A plate of seafood squid ink pasta.
Bar Roma will offer hearty Italian specials for the occasion.
Bar Roma [Official Photo]

Le Sud

Show dad how important he is with Le Sud’s surf and turf special. In addition to the regular dinner menu, the Mediterranean spot in Roscoe Village is featuring a 12-ounce steak with grilled lobster tail, choron sauce, and Yukon potatoes for $49.

Le Sud in Roscoe Village
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

WhirlyBall

Make it an action-packed Father’s Day and play some games with the family. WhirlyBall has put together three packages, ranging from $20 to $45 per person, that include one hour of Whirlyball, bowling, or laser tag plus food and beverages. Reservations are recommended. Additional WhirlyBall outposts are located in Naperville and Vernon Hills.

Etta

Both the Bucktown and River North locations of Etta are offering a special prix fixe menu on Father’s Day. Guests will receive starters to share, choice of entrée, and sides for the table. The cost is $65 per adult and $25 for children.

A variety of brunch dishes and drinks spread out on a table.
Etta’s popular brunch will include a set menu on Father’s Day.
Etta [Official Photo]

The Violet Hour

Raise a toast to dad and treat him to one of the Violet Hour’s cocktail classes. The award-winning Wicker Park bar will host an immersive Father’s Day session focused on classics like the Penicillin and scotch Old Fashioned. Guests can either attend in person — from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — at Dove’s Luncheonette or join a virtual Zoom event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The at-home option includes a kit with all the ingredients needed to make the drinks. The cost is $125 and reservations are available on Tock.

Three bottled cocktails.
Learn how to make cocktails with the Violet Hour’s Father’s Day offering.
The Violet Hour [Official Photo]

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant

In honor of all dads, the restaurant and winery chain will provide the essentials for grilling at home on Father’s Day. For $199.99, customers will receive a kit that serves four and includes pretzel bread, bruschetta, eight-ounce filets, baked potatoes, asparagus, and lemon pound cake. A suggested wine pairing of Cooper’s Hawk Luxe Cabernet Sauvignon is an additional $35.99. Online orders can be placed here.

Two people toasting with glasses of wine over a table full of food.
Treat dad to steak and wine from Cooper’s Hawk.
Cooper’s Hawk [Official Photo]

Fogo de Chão

For the meat-loving dads out there, churrascaria chain Fogo de Chao is the perfect place to go on Father’s Day. They’ll get to feast on a bountiful Market Table and endless amounts of fire-roasted beef, pork, chicken, and lamb, all of which are carved tableside. As a bonus, dads will also receive a $25 gift card to use on a future visit. Additional Fogo de Chao outposts are located in Rosemont and Naperville.

Tanta

Experience a Peruvian feast in the comfort of home with Tanta’s Father’s Day offering. A special five-course carryout package will feed four and feature dishes like crispy pork shank with pork adobo and huacatay sauces, Peruvian ceviche, and lemon pie. It’s priced at $90 and orders can be placed on Tock.

Crispy pork shank and other dishes spread out on a table.
Tanta will provide five courses of Peruvian delights to reheat at home.
Tanta [Official Photo]

Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse

Give dad a history lesson and then a scrumptious dinner at Harry Caray’s on Father’s Day. Before it was home to the old-school steakhouse, the building at 33 W. Kinzie Street once housed some of the most notorious figures in Chicago history, including bootleggers and gangsters like Frank Nitti. Guests will learn about and tour the hidden areas of the space before sitting down to a four-course meal. Tickets for the tour-and-dinner experience are $95 per person and $55 for children ages 10 and under. They can be purchased here.

Chicago Shivers Through Cold Spring
Harry Caray’s in River North
Photo by George Rose/Getty Images

Prime & Provisions

The opulent steakhouse from DineAmic Hospitality is celebrating dads with an over-the-top brunch. Served buffet-style, the spread will include a prime rib carving station, made-to-order Belgian waffles and omelets, a raw bar featuring oysters and crab legs, desserts, and more. The cost is $65 per person with the option of bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys for an extra $20. Reservations are required and available here. Prime & Provisions has also recently an online butcher chop where guests can purchase signature cuts, such as dry-aged rib eyes and Prime burgers, to grill at home. Orders can be placed on Tock.

A variety of brunch dishes and drinks, prime rib, a bottle of wine in a bucket, and crab legs spread out on a table.
Head to Prime & Provisions for an extravagant Father’s Day brunch.
Prime & Provisions [Official Photo]

Venteux

The Mag Mile has a new destination for French dining and it’s located inside the Pendry Chicago hotel. Chef Don Young, formerly of WoodWind and Temporis, offers modern interpretations of classic French dishes like Dover sole Meniere, coq au vin, and dry-aged duck breast. On Father’s Day, dads can enjoy steak frites with maître d butter and béarnaise sauce plus a draft beer for $35.

A plate of braised short rib.
Savor French classics at Mag Mile newcomer Venteux.
Neil John Burger/Venteux

El Che Meat & Provisions

As a result of the pandemic, chef John Manion converted part of El Che Bar into a butcher and retail shop. Customers can stop by to pick up things for the ultimate Father’s Day meal. For the indecisive, the $99 Father’s Day Box is a great option that comes with a 32-ounce bone-in rib eye, a jar of house-smoked salt, a jar of beef whip, and a bottle of 2018 Catena Malbec. Pre-orders are available here.

El Che Bar
El Che Bar in West Loop
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

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Tapas Valencia

Take a culinary voyage to Spain courtesy of this tapas restaurant in the South Loop. Diners can opt for a three-course prix fixe menu ($35 for lunch, $45 for dinner) that offers choice of tapas, entrée, and dessert. The meal will have options like jamon serrano, tortilla española, grilled Atlantic salmon, grilled lamb chops, tres leches cake, and more.

Dusek's Tavern

Pilsen standout Dusek’s reopened its doors in May after a long hiatus due to the pandemic. The space has been remodeled and new executive chef Ben Truesdell has overhauled the menu. Take dad to the gastropub for Father’s Day and try new additions like braised lamb neck pappardelle, pork schnitzel, and baked squid.

Dusek’s on a sunny day.
Dusek’s in Pilsen.
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

Golden Bull

A favorite for home-style Chinese cooking, Golden Bull serves dishes like ribs in black bean sauce, deep fried quails, and hearty rice casseroles. The restaurant is also ideal for Father’s Day gatherings as it offers set menus that can accommodate parties ranging from 2-10 diners.

Pearl's Place

Let Bronzeville institution Pearl’s Place take care of the cooking on dad’s big day. Guests can order Southern-style breakfast specialties, such as fried green tomatoes and shrimp and cheesy grits, all day long or sample a variety of items with Pearl’s popular buffet spreads.

Nella Pizza e Pasta

Pizza and pasta are an unassailable combination that all dads will appreciate. At this Italian spot in Hyde Park, esteemed pizzaiola Nella Grassano makes stellar Neapolitan pies topped with premium ingredients alongside delectable pastas. If diners prefer to brunch on Father’s Day, there’s a selection of pizza omelets, called “frittata Napoletana,” to try as well.

A modern dining room with a yellow motor scooter hanging above the counter.
Nella Pizza e Pasta
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

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