Thanksgiving Day is rapidly approaching, and anyone looking for a traditional feast without doing all the cooking should start planning now. While plenty of restaurants are open for dining in now that COVID-19 restrictions have lifted, a fall surge of respiratory viruses means many will opt for the comforts (and relative safety) of home. From turkey will all the fixings to rotisserie duck to vegan meals, here are the best places for Thanksgiving takeout around Chicago — which is located on the unceded traditional homelands of the Kiikaapoi, Peoria, Kaskaskia, Bodéwadmiakiwen (Potawatomi), and Myaamia tribes.Read More
Where to Order Thanksgiving Takeout in Chicago
Where to find turkeys, pies, and all the sides to go within the city limits
Soul & Smoke
The acclaimed barbecue restaurant offers an a la carte menu for pick up on November 23 in Evanston, Avondale, and the West Loop. Choose from herb-roasted or Cajun-smoked turkey breast with herb stuffing, mac & cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, or break from tradition with braised duck quarters and housemade pastrami. Orders can be placed through Tock.
Find a family-style feast at Bar Roma Italian restaurant, which is offering packages for two. They include cider-brined turkey breasts, garlic mashed potatoes, Italian bread stuffing, and bourbon pecan pie for $100. Order at the link.
Luella's Southern Kitchen
The order cut-off for this Lincoln Square Southern restaurant is November 18. Customers can find individual portions for $40, including a pound of smoked turkey with mac and cheese, brown butter green beans, cornbread stuffing, and apple cobbler. There’s also a dinner for eight option for $200. Orders can be picked up from 3 to 9 p.m. November 23 or 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
Get an individual Thanksgiving meal featuring turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, and gravy for $25. If you’re feeding a group, Crosby’s Kitchen also offers oven-roasted turkey ($89), bone-in glazed ham ($75), pumpkin and pecan pies ($30), and sides including sweet potato mash and buttermilk biscuits. Place an order by November 18 on Tock to pick up at sibling spot Ella Elli from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. November 23.
The Chicago Diner
The Lakeview vegan restaurant’s annual feast features wellingtons, veggie roasts, mushroom lentil loaf, herbed stuffing, sweet potatoes, jalapeno corn fritters, and pumpkin pie. Dishes are available individually or as part of meals or family packs. Orders must be placed by 6 p.m. November 20 for pickup from noon to 7 p.m. November 23.
Le Sud in Roscoe Village features dinners for two and four. The star is an herb- and lemon-brined roasted turkey breast with caperberry gravy and peach mostarda. The sides include duck confit and chestnut stuffing, and the dessert is pumpkin tiramisu with pumpkin mascarpone and an espresso liqueur.
The pasta emporium offers a $300 dinner for four to finish at home in less than an hour, including sous vide turkey breast and confit legs, marshmallow sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, and stuffing. Add-on wine pairings for $75 to $100 or a $60 package featuring five signature cocktails. Order online for pickup on November 23.
Casati's Modern Italian
Skip the turkey and order a $48 three-course menu of seasonal Florentine-style dishes including roasted beet & gorgonzola salad, braised beef short rib with fall squash puree, and pumpkin pie. Dishes are available a la carte and meals can be completed with a suggested Italian wine pairing or seasonal cocktail to-go. Order online November 18-23 for pickup or delivery.
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The Bucktown restaurant serves a three-course menu for four for $225 featuring roast turkey breast, smoked turkey legs, roasted root vegetables, butternut squash bisque, juniper cranberry jam, and pumpkin cheesecake. Orders must be placed by November 17 via Tock for pickup from noon to 6 p.m. November 23.
Parson's Chicken & Fish
A whole fried Amish chicken serves as the center of a $65 dinner for two includes mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and sausage and sage stuffing. There are also plenty of add-ons such as $8 mac and cheese, $7 slices of pumpkin pie from Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, and negroni slushies for $11 or $40 for a 32-ounce jumbo version. Order online to pick up on Thanksgiving Day from the restaurant’s Logan Square or Lincoln Park locations.
The Alinea Group is going all out for Thanksgiving and offering a comprehensive experience to go. Packages can feed four to eight guests and contain a fresh turkey, a variety of appetizers and sides, pumpkin pie for dessert, and cooking instructions from chef Grant Achatz. The meal costs $245 to $445 and orders are being accepted online for pickup on November 23.
The Goddess and Grocer
The local chain offers meals for two, six, or 12 ($75 to $395) featuring turkey, herb and sourdough stuffing, turkey pan gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. Add-on wine pairings or kits to make pumpkin spice martinis or spiked apple cider. Orders must be placed by November 16.
Bloom Plant Based Kitchen
Bloom, a plant-based restaurant in Wicker Park, is offering a $70 package for pickup from 5 to 8 p.m. on November 23. The meal includes sweet corn arepa with salsa verde, a pumpkin tamale, Jamaican walnut beet loaf, and sweet potato maple pie.
West Town’s big-game restaurant and bar features full and half turkeys, five-cheese mac, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and more. The cutoff for ordering is November 18 with pickup from 2 to 6 p.m. on November 22 or 23 or from 9 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving. The items are a la carte with enough sides to serve eight to 10. This is the spot to go for those hosting larger gatherings. More details are available online.
Choose from a meal for two to four ($290) or six to eight ($550) featuring herb-roasted turkey, biscuit stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, bourbon brown butter glazed yams, cranberry relish, biscuits, and giblet gravy. For a turkey alternative, order a 24-piece fried chicken family meal with biscuits and mac & cheese ($150). Add a brown butter bourbon pumpkin pie for $40. Place an order through Tock.
Celebrate the holiday the Peruvian way with Tanta’s signature pollo a la brasa, comforting side dishes, and pumpkin tres leches. The Thanksgiving dinner serves up to four people and can be ordered online for pickup from noon to 5 p.m. on November 23.
Publican Quality Meats in Fulton Market is offering turkeys and bone-in turkey breasts with pickup from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 21 to 23. This is the place for home cooks who care about where their meat comes from. While the bird will need roasting, The Publican has heat-and-eat sides including roasted garlic and buttermilk mashed potatoes, green chili sausage dressing, and cranberry mostarda. Pies from Publican Quality Bread are also available.
Order a whole smoked turkey for $75 and add on gravy, collard greens, mashed potatoes and roasted brussels sprouts for $20 a quart. Orders must be placed by November 18 for pickup on November 23 and reheating instructions are included. The regular catering menu is also available, so meals can be completed with a pound of smoked wings ($15) or Caesar salad ($30).
The family-owned Little Italy spot offers brined and oven-roasted turkey plus a la carte sides including Italian sausage stuffing, green bean salad, and candied sweet potatoes. Finish your meal with mini pumpkin spice cannoli. Orders must be placed by November 21 for pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
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Share a meal for four featuring buttermilk-brined turkey with gravy, herbed sourdough dressing, green bean casserole, truffle mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, rosemary and oregano rolls, and pie. The $189 package includes delivery and takes about an hour to get ready. Order online or through the Entrée app.
The Duck Inn
Chef Kevin Hickey’s lauded gastro-tavern is dishing out its signature rotisserie duck ($70) along with a Thanksgiving package for four people ($225 to $250). The dinner features turkey or duck with duck sausage stuffing, giblet and sage gravy, sweet potatoes with pumpkin spice marshmallows, buttermilk mashed potatoes, cranberry-tangerine chutney, and pumpkin cheesecake. Orders can be placed online for pickup or delivery on November 23.
The Bronzeville restaurant offers a personal Thanksgiving feast for pickup and delivery featuring hand-carved roast and jerk turkey, housemade cornbread, collard greens, yams, macaroni and cheese, cornbread dressing, gravy, and cranberry sauce for $30. Finish the meal with sweet potato pie, or peach or apple cobbler for $4.79. Groups of six or more can take advantage of a family-style country ham, pot roast, or turkey dinner that includes three large sides. Orders must be placed by November 17.
Feed four people for $289 with a reheatable feast featuring a half-turkey, turkey gravy, mac & cheese, collard greens, cranberry sauce, rolls with honey butter, and a bourbon pecan pie. For more Southern flavor, add on a gallon of gumbo made with andouille sausage, chicken and Carolina Gold rice for $56. Whole free-range cooked turkeys are also available for $145. Orders must be placed online by November 17 for pickup from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 23.
Non-meat eaters need not worry as this South Side eatery will cook them up a vegan feast. Priced at $35 per person, the holiday meal comes with tofu turkey, cornbread dressing, gravy, mac and cheese, candied sweet potatoes, collard greens, and cranberry sauce. A la carte desserts are also available. Email email@example.com or call (773) 359-2791 to order.
Lexington Betty Smokehouse
The barbecue smokehouse and food truck is providing an a la carte menu for Thanksgiving. A traditional spread of smoked turkey, gizzard dressing, cranberry relish, candy yams, gouda macaroni & cheese, and cornbread muffins is available, but folks who want something a little different can enjoy smoked chicken, rib tips and brisket baked beans. Add peach cobbler or banana pudding for dessert. Order online by November 16 for pickup from noon to 5 p.m. November 23.
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