Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, pre-meal Turkey Trots or festive parades down State Street, and feasting—not freaking out about meal planning or burnt birds. Skip the hassle of time-consuming food prep by treating yourself and your loved ones to a Thanksgiving dinner to-go or do one better, and dine out. From smoked turkeys to pumpkin pies to all the traditional fixins’, Chicago’s best chefs have you covered. You only need to decide, dine at your place or theirs?
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Mariano’s offers a no-fuss Turkey Day with all the sweet and savory trimmings you crave. Plan your meal around the fresh-baked Butterball whole turkey then add the sides. Green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes with optional butter streusel topping, sage dressing, turkey gravy, cranberry orange relish — it’s hard to choose! Mariano’s requires shoppers to schedule a pick-up date when placing their order, and requests 72 hours advance notice. Turkey dinner orders can be placed in-store or through Mariano’s Party Line at 877-664-3399.
Locations throughout Chicagoland
With limited time to prep or limited space in the kitchen to make your feast, Home Chef, one of the nation’s top meal delivery services, will help make Thanksgiving easier, tastier and fast. Their Thanksgiving Express selection of side dishes includes classic stuffing and mac n cheese, sweet potato casserole and creamed corn, green bean casserole and mashed potatoes, as well as turkey breasts.
What could be better than feasting riverside for Thanksgiving? River Roast will be serving up a spectacular Thanksgiving Chef’s Table featuring four different hand-carved roasts, greens, sweets, and more. For $60/adults and $18/ages 5-12, guests can choose between four different roasts—roast beef, Berkshire ham, wild salmon and whole turkey—paired with a variety of sides. Finish it off with pumpkin cheesecake, fudge brownies or pecan pie. Dinner is served 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
315 N. LaSalle St., River North
Enjoy a world-class Thanksgiving dinner at home with a little help from Fairmont Chicago’s Executive Chef. The menu includes oven-roasted turkey with Michigan cider brine and rich turkey gravy, sweet cornbread stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, maple glazed sweet potatoes, charred Brussels sprouts, buttered green beans, orange-scented cranberry preserves and house-baked dinner rolls with honey sea salt whipped butter. Orders can be placed online through Nov. 22 and pick-up is Thanksgiving Day between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Dinner for 8, including all the accompaniments, is $295.
200 N. Columbus Dr., The Loop
Frontier, a hot Wicker Park restaurant specializing in game, oysters and tap brews brings the bounty to your home this holiday with their Thanksgiving-to-go package. Frontier is closed on Thanksgiving Day but Executive Chef Brian Jupiter will offer guests the option of ordering a whole smoked Amish turkey to-go. The antibiotic- and hormone-free turkeys are offered cooked and cooled. Available sides include five-cheese mac & cheese, traditional mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing and string beans. Orders must be placed by Fri., Nov. 22, with pick up on Thanksgiving from 9 a.m.-noon.
1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park
Prairie Grass Cafe
Northbrook fave Prairie Grass Cafe is offering all the Americana classics to deliver one of the best Thanksgivings you’ll ever have — minus the kitchen mess. They’re taking reservations for Thanksgiving Day from 2:30 p.m.-7 p.m. for $63/person.
601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook
The Smoke Daddy
Whole turkeys at this Wicker Park BBQ bastion are slow-smoked until heady and crisp; opt for Southern-style pulled turkey if you prefer your birds on the fork-tender side. And since families can’t subsist on smoked turkeys alone, the restaurant has housemade cornbread stuffing, greenbean casserole, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy at the ready, available by the quart. Orders are being taken through Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving pickup.
1804 W. Division St., Wicker Park
Thanksgiving is finger-licking good when you’re greeted with a fire-grilled turkey feast, and Weber Grill has flavor-filled party platters featuring all your fave fixins. We’re talking about grill-roasted smoked turkey, cornbread with maple-bourbon butter, shrimp cocktail, sausage stuffing and classic pumpkin pie. Orders must be placed by Nov. 22 before 5 p.m. for pickup Nov. 27 or Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-noon. Items can be ordered a la carte, so stock up as much or as little as you want, depending on how hungry your family is this year.
And, if you want Weber Grill to do all the heavy lifting, you can dine-in at all three of their Chicagoland locations.
Locations in Chicago, Lombard & Schaumburg
Wildfire is offering two ways to dine — in or out. If you want to want to gather the family around a table that isn’t yours, they’ll be serving a family-style dinner Thanksgiving Day, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., featuring spit-roasted turkey and all the traditional dishes to accompany for $52.95/adults and $21.95/ages 12 & under. They even have gluten-free options. If you prefer to stay home with stretchy pants within reach, they have a Thanksgiving party platter menu for carryout Thanksgiving Day, including spit-roasted turkey, cranberry relish, mushroom gravy and butterscotch-pecan pie.
Locations in Chicago, Oak Brook, Schaumburg and Glenview
It doesn’t get any realer on Thanksgiving than insatiable cravings for roasted turkey, sage-scented bread stuffing, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole and green bean casserole. There are also less commonplace items like New Orleans-style andouille-studded stuffing, cranberry-pear-orange relish and wild mushroom pot pie. All these and more are on deck for Thanksgiving carryout orders this year at Real Kitchen, available a la carte on their website. Orders will be available for pickup or delivery from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on November 21 and from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
1433 W. Montrose Ave., Ravenswood
City Mouse is celebrating all kinds of families this Thanksgiving — including those that have friends who feel like family. Ace’s signature restaurant will offer a Friendsgiving menu called Good Gravy, which will be available Nov. 15-Nov. 29. A second menu, which will be exclusive to Thanksgiving Day with seatings from 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m., will also be available. Don’t miss out on classic dishes like roasted turkey and sausage stuffing from executive chef Matt Danko and fun dessert options like sweet potato pie and caramel apple crisp from executive pastry chef Felicia Mayden.
311 N. Morgan, Fulton Market
RPM Steak will offer a special four-course, dine-in Thanksgiving feast featuring Slagel Family Farm turkey (served both roasted and fried), aged parmesan risotto and coal roasted king crab. Accompaniments for the table include chestnut stuffing, sweet potato puree, an updated green bean casserole, white truffles shaved tableside and the rare Japanese olive beef. Top off the meal with an assortment of desserts: pumpkin pie, roasted pear tart and RPM’s famous 14K chocolate cake. Reservations can be made 11 a.m.-8 p.m., $90/adults and $40/kids.
66 W. Kinzie St., River North
The Signature Room
Skip the cooking in favor of a Thanksgiving buffet at The Signature Room with a pretty sweet view. They’ll be serving a gourmet feast on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., after first welcoming guests with a glass of sparkling wine. Offerings include a buffet of chilled seafood, housemade salads, charcuterie and a chef-attended prime rib carving station. Diners can then select an entrée from a seasonal menu served with classic side dishes, and finish the meal with a lavish dessert buffet. Prices are $80/adults and $35/ages 4-12.
875 N. Michigan Ave., Mag Mile
Allgauer’s on the Riverfront
The North Shore family favorite of nearly 40 years, is encouraging families to spend less time in the kitchen this Thanksgiving and more time making memories with their annual brunch buffet and special holiday dinner menu. Featuring over 100 decadent items from chef-made French Toast to Honey Baked Ham, the restaurant’s holiday brunch offers the perfect home-cooked Thanksgiving meal for patrons to enjoy without all the hassle. Guests are invited to dine overlooking the scenic Des Plaines River for both Thanksgiving Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $48/adult and $22/ages 4-10 and for their dinner special available from 6-8 p.m.
2855 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook
Indulge in the River North steakhouse’s full menu on Thanksgiving this year. Pair Chef Brian Key’s traditional Thanksgiving turkey with the best sides in Chicago. From Alaskan King Crab and Rock Shrimp Mac & Cheese and Au Gratin Potatoes, to Beignet Trees and Warm Vanilla Caramel Cake, Steak 48 is the perfect restaurant for a full-fledged holiday meal.
615 N. Wabash, River North
St. Jane Hotel
Chef Kristine Subido, lead-chef at Free Rein brasserie located at the St. Jane, has developed a delicious Thanksgiving menu. Guests will feast on an authentically curated seasonal menu featuring a Shady Brook Farm Herb Roasted Turkey served with a choice of 3 sides and a homemade dessert.
230 N. Michigan Ave., Mag Mile
Tortoise Supper Club
Have your turkey with a side of hand-carved prime rib, and save room for the seafood tower, iced oysters and decadent dessert bar, at Tortoise Supper Club’s Thanksgiving Day Grand Buffet. Forget the stress of clean-up and enjoy a cozy holiday with family and friends Thanksgiving Day, 11:45 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
350 N. State St., River North
Rack House Kitchen & Tavern
Chef Bryant Anderson has all of your Thanksgiving favorites cooked with love and ready for pickup. The Thanksgiving menu includes everything from oak-smoked turkey to stuffing with sage and caramelized onions perfectly packed and served cold with easy reheating instructions. Orders must be placed by Nov. 25 and will be available for pickup on November 27 from noon to 9 p.m. and on Thanksgiving Day from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
222 E. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights
Fresh Picks Farmer Alliance
In the spirit of their mission to make fresh, organic food readily available to everyone while supporting local farms, Fresh Picks Farmer Alliance is offering a Thanksgiving option. For those who would like to serve a locally grown feast, FPFA’s Fixin’s Box features locally grown produce commonly found in holiday recipes. It’s a great way to support local businesses, with the added benefit of skipping the grocery store lines. Plus, turkeys will additionally be available to order through two different Fresh Picks farms: Gunthorp Farms in LaGrange and All Grass Farms in Dundee Township. Orders for the Fixin’s Box and the turkeys can be placed now for pick up between November 17 and November 21. Delivery and pick-up options are available on their website.
— Maria Chambers & Amy Bizzarri