Thanksgiving Day is rapidly approaching, and anyone looking for a traditional feast without doing all the cooking should start planning now. From smoked, barbecued, and roasted turkey with all the fixings to vegan delights and international spins, 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 pickup on Wednesday, November 22 in Evanston, Avondale, and West Loop. Choose from a wide array of entrees including herb-roasted or Cajun-smoked turkey breast, roasted ham with ginger chutney, and braised duck quarters, flanked by sides like green bean casserole, mac and cheese, candied yams, and much more. Orders can be placed through Tock.
Find a family-style feast at Bar Roma Italian restaurant, which is offering packages for two. They include options like cider-brined turkey breasts with gravy and cranberry pear chutney, garlic mashed potatoes, pretzel rolls with honey mustard butter, and bourbon pecan pie. Place orders online for pickup on Wednesday, November 22.
Luella's Southern Kitchen
Lincoln Square’s Southern comfort food haven is back with massive Thanksgiving feasts for two or eight available for pickup on Wednesday, November 22, and on Thanksgiving Day proper. The packages include smoked turkey breast with gravy, cornbread stuffing, brown butter green beans, mac and cheese, and apple cobbler. Place pre-orders via CashApp.
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. on Sunday, November 19 for pickup from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.
Le Sud in Roscoe Village is prepared for Thanksgiving gatherings of all sizes, with dinner packages for two to four, six to eight, and even ten to 14. The team will offer brined, ready-to-cook turkey breasts and whole birds, as well as sides such as red quinoa (arugula, roasted butternut squash, pickled golden raisins, roasted pecans, pears), Brussels sprouts (pickled red onion, feta), and stuffing (apple, herbs de Provence, garlic, rosemary, fennel). Place pre-orders online by Friday, November 10 for pickup or delivery between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.
Tandoor Char House
Indian-meets-Pakistani staple Tandoor Char House puts its signature touch on Thanksgiving dinner at home with a package featuring tandoori chicken (bone-in or boneless), vegetarian samosas, cumin rice, and garlic naan. Diners also get to choose three sides from options such as corn chaat, chana masala, aloo gobi, and palak paneer, and top it all off with gulab jamun for dessert. Vegetarian options are available upon request. Place pre-orders online for pickup in Lincoln Park, West Town, and River North.
Joker's Cajun Smokehouse
Chicagoans can dig into a Louisiana-style Thanksgiving without leaving town thanks to Joker’s Cajun Smokehouse, which is dishing out holiday meals starring smoked turkey (Cajun-seasoned or herb), stuffing, smashed potatoes with gravy, Brussels sprouts with bacon, and tons of sides such as cornbread, sweet potatoes, jambalaya, smoked wings, and pie for dessert. There are packages for parties of two to four, six to eight, and eight to 12, though larger sizes are also available. Place pre-orders via Toast by Friday, November 17 for pickup on Wednesday, November 22, or Thanksgiving Day.
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The Lincoln Park hub of this fast-growing modern Greek restaurant group promises a Mediterranean-influenced Thanksgiving for those who opt to choose from its holiday meal packages. Entree options include oven-roasted lamb shoulder, Greek-style half chicken, slow-cooked whole leg of lamb, and pastichio (a casserole of pasta, ground beef, and bechamel) by the tray. The lamb shoulder and chicken come with sides such as avgolemono soup, oven-baked Greek potatoes, and walnut cake. Place pre-orders via Tock for pickup Monday, November 20 through Wednesday, November 22.
Now settled comfortably into spacious new digs, Daisies will celebrate turkey day with a “finish-at-home” dinner kit for four. Patrons can expect sous vide turkey breast, confit legs and thighs, and sides including candied sweet potato with marshmallow, green bean casserole, sage and maple stuffing. Pastry chef and partner Leigh Omilinsky is also whipping up pies and ice cream for a la carte purchases. Place pre-orders for pickup via Tock.
The Alinea Group is going all out for Thanksgiving and offering a comprehensive takeout experience. Packages can feed four to eight guests and contain a free-range turkey (complete with detailed cooking instructions, compound butter, herbs, and spices), as well as sides including baked brie with apple cinnamon compote, roasted garlic sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie for dessert. Place pre-orders via Tock for pickup on Wednesday, November 22 at Roister (951 W. Fulton).
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 mini pumpkin pies. The team is also offering a vegan alternative for two with roasted vegetable-stuffed acorn squash and quinoa risotto in lieu of a bird. Place pre-orders online by noon on Wednesday, November 15 for pickup or delivery on Wednesday, November 22 and Thanksgiving Day.
Bloom Plant Based Kitchen
Bloom, chef Rodolfo Cuadros’s (Amaru, Don Bucio’s) meat-free hot spot in Wicker Park, is offering a vegan package that includes leek and chestnut soup with truffled mushroom pate dumplings, an autumn harvest salad (roasted sweet potato, pomegranate, endive), and royal acorn squash stuffed with smoked mushrooms and chimichurri. Place preorders via Tock for pickup on Wednesday, November 22.
Smoke Daddy BBQ - Wicker Park
The teams from 4 Star Restaurant Group’s Smoke Daddy and Crosby’s Kitchen are back with smoked whole turkeys, glazed bone-in smoked ham, and pulled turkey by the pound for a very hearty Thanksgiving. There’s also cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole to reheat at home, as well as pecan pies, pumpkin pies, and bottles of spiked cider. Place orders via Tock by Friday, November 17 for pickup on Tuesday, November 21 and Wednesday, November 22 at Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville, Smoke Daddy Wicker Park, or Crosby’s Kitchen.
West Town’s big-game restaurant and bar features 10-pound, 15-pound, and even 20-pound smoked turkeys — cooked and hot — for to-go Thanksgiving, as well as sides portioned for ten people each, such as mac and cheese, sweet potato pie, string beans, and gravy by the quart. Place pre-orders via Tock for pickup on Wednesday, November 22, or Thanksgiving Day.
Choose from a meal for two to four or six to eight 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 and cheese. Brown butter bourbon pumpkin pie is also offered a la carte. Place pre-orders via Tock for pickup on Thanksgiving Day.
Celebrate the holiday the Peruvian way with Tanta’s three-pound pollo a la brasa, comforting side dishes like roasted fingerling potatoes (sauteed button mushrooms, Peruvian sausage gravy) and Brussels sprouts (Chinese-style pork tenderloin, spicy ocoto-hoisin), and pumpkin tres leches cake. The packaged dinner serves four and is available for pre-order by noon on Monday, November 20 via Tock. Pickup is available from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, and Thanksgiving Day.
Bar Goa, an Indian Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
Bar Goa, the bar that serves Indian food and tropical drinks in River North and at Time Out Market, is asking purists to consider another bird. They’re offering a tandoori chicken feast with daal, rice, spicy potatoes, and Indian-style gravy. Pickup is Wednesday, November 22 and ordering is via Tock.
One Off Hospitality has put together a fun build-your-own Thanksgiving meal kit that allows patrons to choose among whole turkeys (in a wide variety of weights), turkey breasts, and half or whole hams, as well as ready-to-serve side dishes, pies, pastries, and bread from Publican Quality Bread. Would-be patrons should note that these turkeys are raw, so the team strongly suggests purchasing a brining kit, too. Place pre-orders online for pickup or delivery.
Boka’s swanky Fulton Market Japanese restaurant is giving revelers a sushi option with chirashi, sashimi, and a special holiday maki with smoked duck, sunomona with tosazu, and a mushroom shoga yaki. Order via Tock.
This family-owned Lebanese restaurant offers meals for four, six, or eight for reheating. There are two chicken, one beef, and a veggie option with salad. Order via Tock.
The Oakville Grill & Cellar
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’s Napa Valley-style restaurant will mark its first Thanksgiving this year with a holiday package for two featuring wood-grilled heritage turkey breast, roasted squash stuffing, fresh sourdough, and wild mushroom lasagna. Diners can also choose to gild the lily with a la carte additions like charcuterie boards, shrimp cocktail, and Kaluga caviar. Place orders online by Monday, November 20 for pickup between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.
The Duck Inn
Chef Kevin Hickey’s lauded duck-themed tavern is dishing out dinners featuring its signature rotisserie duck, turkey with duck fat-poached breasts with braised legs and thighs, and tons of fixings such as duck sausage stuffing, giblet sage gravy, rum-glazed and spiced sweet potatoes, brown butter crumble pumpkin cheesecake, and much more for Thanksgiving. Place pre-orders via Tock for pickup on Wednesday, November 22.
The Bronzeville restaurant offers a personal Thanksgiving feast for pickup and delivery featuring hand-carved roast and jerk turkey, cornbread, collard greens, yams, macaroni and cheese, cornbread dressing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Finish the meal with sweet potato pie, or peach or apple cobble. Groups of six or more can take advantage of a family-style country ham, pot roast, or turkey dinner that includes three large sides. Place orders by email at email@example.com by Friday, November 17.
James Beard Award-winning chefs Erick Williams and Damarr Brown will return this year with a Thanksgiving feast for four that hits all the nostalgia notes. Virtue’s package includes a half-turkey with gravy, mac and cheese, collard greens with smoked turkey broth, cranberry sauce, rolls with honey butter, and bourbon pecan pie. Smart patrons will think to add a gallon of gumbo made with andouille sausage, chicken, and Carolina Gold rice, sold a la carte. Whole free-range cooked turkeys are also available while supplies last. Orders must be placed online for pickup from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.
Non-meat eaters need not worry as this South Side eatery will cook them up a vegan feast. The details weren’t available as of November 7; a rep says details will be release via social media this week. For context, last year’s holiday meal came with tofu turkey, cornbread dressing, gravy, mac and cheese, candied sweet potatoes, collard greens, and cranberry sauce. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (773) 359-2791 to order when details are finally revealed.
Lexington Betty Smokehouse
Chicago pitmaster and chef Dominque Leach is offering a flexible, a la carte approach to Thanksgiving dinner. Patrons can choose from a lineup of traditional takes — think a 12 to 15-pound whole smoked turkey with gravy, candied yams, turkey gizzard dressing, and gouda mac and cheese — alongside more quotidian favorites like rib tips, brisket baked beans, and smoked andouille sausage. Place orders online by Thursday, November 16, and plan for pickup from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 in Pullman.