The biggest eating day of the year is fast approaching, but do you have a plan? If you're planning on cooking Thanksgiving at home, we have you covered with tons of incredible recipes and techniques to bring the best out of your turkey. But what if you're excited about the concept of eating all the wonderful food, just not the planning and prepping part? Fortunately, a number of Chicago restaurants are more than happy to help you out for the big day.
Below is a list of restaurants tackling the turkey for Thanksgiving, which you can either experience dining in or carrying out. Because of the demand and limited space, most suggest making your reservation or placing your orders sooner than later. When we last checked, all had spaces left, but if that changes, please let us know and we can update the post.
The River North barbecue joint is offering a "Smokin' Thanksgiving" carryout. That includes a hickory smoked whole turkey with country gravy, cranberry sauce, roasted garlic and sage cornbread stuffing, a range of different sides, and a dessert. The whole meal serves 8 to 10 guests and goes for $179.99. Orders must be placed by November 25th.
The Chicago Firehouse
This South Loop spot is offering a "Thanksgiving to Go" package, including a whole slow-roasted turkey with bourbon and gingersnap gravy. Sides include mixed greens with spiced pecans, roasted apple and sage sausage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows, green bean almondine, cranberry orange-almond relish, and a whole pumpkin pie. The full meal feeds six to eight people for $195. Orders must be placed by November 25.
Mercat a la Planxa
Want to skip the turkey, but still looking for a meaty feast? Mercat is offering a suckling pig to go, including traditional sides. A half order is $220 and feeds 6 to 8 people, while a full pig is $440 and feeds 8 to 12. Orders must be placed 72 hours in advance.
Dine-In: Under $60 Per Person
Southern-inspired holiday feast includes a deep-fried turkey with onion sage dressing, giblet gravy, and cranberry sauce. Also included is a relish tray, bread service, choice of appetizer, loads of vegetables, and dessert. $48/person, $20/children
The Gold Coast bistro will serve both a traditional and vegetarian menu, and you can either dine in or get the food to go. Order must be placed by November 21st. $50/person, $15 for additional cheese selection
Four course prix-frixe dinner with both traditional holiday classics and vegetarian dishes. You can also add Alpana's hand-picked wine pairings. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
$55/person, $38/wine pairings
Instead of dry-aged steak, the three course feast at this popular River North spot will peak with a maple glazed roasted turkey.
$50/person, $25/children 3 to 12, free for children 2 and under.
Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant
Enjoy an "all you care to eat" buffet at this authentic Irish pub. Along with a range of soups and salads, pick between roasted turkey breast, citrus glazed ham, and roasted prime rib. Reservations are required. 12:30 to 5:30.
David Burke's Primehouse
You'll find roasted turkey breast and turkey leg confit on the menu, but dry aged steak is still available.
$58/person, $19/children 12 and under
Mity Nice in the Water Tower hosts its annual Thanksgiving dinner buffet on the 28th from noon to 7 p.m. Along with roast turkey, look for rosemary crusted prime rib, pineapple glazed ham, butternut squash ravioli, and maple-glazed salmon.
Looking to celebrate both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah? Check out this Bucktown spot for Thanksgivukkah, where you'll be able to score both roasted turkey and kugel. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
If you're looking for the spot with the most options, it's hard to think of a more bountiful buffet than the one at ZED451. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Over $60 Per Person
Four course menu includes game consommé with pumpkin raviolo, wild boar terrine, Gunthrop Farms turkey roulade, and pecan ice cream. 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
$65/person, $25/person for wine pairings, children's menu available.
Four course prix fixe menu available at the Waldorf-Astoria restaurant. 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
$68/person, $34/children 4 to 10
Café des Architectes
Three-course prix fixe menu includes the traditional turkey option, along with whole roasted ribeye, fall vegetable tart, and seared salmon. Oh, you bet there will be dessert. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
deca RESTAURANT + BAR
Enjoy your turkey at the Ritz-Carlton this year at deca, which is offering a Thanksgiving day brunch and dinner. Look out for brined and roasted tom turkey with giblet gravy, pomegranate and cranberry chutney, and candied sweet potatoes with marshmallow crust. Dessert options include pumpkin pie, apple apricot bread pudding, and cinnamon flan. 11:30 am through 6:00 p.m.
Spend your Thanksgiving at the Palmer House with the Lockwood's buffet, which includes a whole range of side plus maple honey molasses roasted tom turkey. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$70/person, $65/senior, $40/children,
Sample from five different chef stations, where you can pick from fresh seafood, various salads, charcuterie, and, of course, roasted turkey. 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dine at the Trump this holiday and look out for a raw seafood bar and various carving stations. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.