Where to eat Thanksgiving dinner in Chicago
Thanksgiving is supposed to be about food and family. But between all the cooking and cleaning, the family part tends to fall by the wayside. This year, leave the grocery shopping and dishwashing to someone else. Dining out for Thanksgiving is a great way to spend more time with your loved ones, and less time in the kitchen.
These Chicago restaurants are opening their doors for Thanksgiving dinner, whether it’s a homestyle meal or decadent feast. Make your reservations now to kick off your new favorite holiday tradition.
Maple & Ash
This modern steakhouse in Gold Coast will be offering their full dinner menu, plus special Thanksgiving dishes like slow-roasted black truffle turkey breast with chestnut stuffing, Brussels sprouts, garlic, and rosemary. 1 – 9 p.m., Maple & Ash, 8 W. Maple St.
This Bucktown favorite will be open Thanksgiving Day for a family-style feast. Enjoy three courses highlighting favorites from the menu plus a wild turkey picnic featuring fire-roasted breast and thigh with brown butter gravy, whipped and buttered potatoes, bolognese stuffing, and pumpkin pie for dessert. $65 for adults, $30 for children, 1 – 6 p.m., etta, 1840 W North Ave.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with some Latin flair this year. Diners can enjoy a three-course prix fixe meal including an appetizer (empanadas, ahi tuna ceviche, salad, or lobster bisque), entree (stuffed turkey breast, grilled salmon, pasta, strip steak, or ribeye) and dessert (chocolate cake, flan, or gelato), plus live Latin jazz in the evening. $55 for adults, $25 for children, 2 – 10 p.m., Artango Bar & Steakhouse, 4767 N. Lincoln Ave.
Located on the first floor of The Robey, this chic space will be serving a prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving day. Dig into oven roasted turkey, apple & squash stuffing, brussels sprouts with pomegranate, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, and pumpkin pie for dessert. $40 per person (limited a la carte options available), 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Cafe Robey, 1616 N. Milwaukee Ave.
III Forks Prime Steakhouse
III Forks will celebrate Thanksgiving with a three course feast. Guests can select their choice of soup or salad, entrees like spice-rubbed holiday turkey, roasted beef tenderloin, and maple glazed salmon, and favorite holiday desserts. In addition to the prix fixe, there will be a selection of appetizers, steaks, seafood, and sides available a la carte. $49 for adults, $18 for children, 2 – 8 p.m., III Forks, 180 N. Field Blvd.
Looking for comfort food and a casual vibe this Thanksgiving? Bub City has you covered with their Thanksgiving buffet featuring both smoked and fried turkey, your choice of barbecue meats, all-you-can-eat holiday sides plus a slice of pie. $39.95 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included), 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Bub City – Chicago, 435 N. Clark St.
The Signature Room
The Signature Room, located on the 95th floor of one of Chicago’s most iconic buildings, will be serving a gourmet feast for Thanksgiving. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine, followed by a buffet of chilled seafood, house made salads, charcuterie, and a prime rib carving station. Diners can then select an entrée from a seasonal menu that includes roasted turkey, pan seared snapper and lamb chops served with classic side dishes, and finish the meal with a dessert buffet. $80 for adults, $35 for children age 4 – 12, free for ages 3, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., The Signature Room, 875 N. Michigan Ave.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Joe’s will be serving a traditional holiday spread. Guests can enjoy sliced turkey breast with leg and thigh confit and pan gravy, plus all the classic fixings — classic stuffing, cheesy mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, green beans, butternut squash with toasted marshmallow, and a slice of pumpkin chiffon pie for dessert. Joe’s will also offer its regular menu throughout Thanksgiving. $54.95, plus tax (gratuity not included) for adults, $27.95 for children aged 5 – 12, free for ages 4 and under, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Joe’s Seafood, 60 E. Grand Ave.
Inside the Four Seasons Chicago, contemporary Midwestern restaurant Allium is putting on their annual grand buffet for Thanksgiving, which includes a seafood bar, charcuterie, carved meats, international dishes, a kids station and much more. $165 for adults, $58 for children age 5-12, price is subject to standard tax & 18.5% service charge, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m, Allium, 120 E. Delaware Place.
Bistronomic’s special Thanksgiving menu will be crafted with seasonal produce from the Green City Market. The three-course prix fixe will include decadent dishes like housemade foie gras, duck confit, prime beef short rib, pumpkin ravioli, and, of course, roasted farm turkey. $65 per person, 12 – 8 p.m., Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash.
Drew’s on Halsted
The laid-back neighborhood bistro will be hosting a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. The four courses include your choice of starter, salad, main course, and dessert. Entrees include organic turkey, fish, pasta, steak, and duck, plus a selection of pies to end the meal. $49 per person (plus tax and gratuity), 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Drew’s on Halsted, 3201 N. Halsted St.
Hub 51 will be cooking up all the familiar holiday classics. Their all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving buffet will feature family recipes, like slow-roasted organic turkey, Aunt Ann’s cornbread pudding, and Mama Casey’s green bean casserole. For every Thanksgiving dinner purchased, one meal will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. $49.95 for adults, $18.95 for children 12 and under, plus tax, gratuity not included, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Hub 51, 51 W. Hubbard St.
RPM Italian will serve a four-course menu that features local turkey (served both roasted and fried) and an array of holiday accompaniments including garlic-whipped potatoes, delicata squash, and honey-glazed carrots. The menu also features seasonal dishes like sea scallops with roasted cauliflower and golden raisins and the optional addition of white truffles shaved tableside. $65 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included), children aged 12 and under have the option to order a la carte, 12 – 8 p.m., RPM Italian, 52 W. Illinois St.
Margeaux Brasserie will be serving a decadent, four-course Thanksgiving dinner with entree options like roasted heritage turkey, duck breast with celery root purée, and braised beef short rib with an optional filet mignon enhancement. Other course options include foie gras parfait or vegetable gnocchi as appetizers and pumpkin roulade or bourbon pecan pie for dessert. $75 per guest, Margeaux Brasserie, 11 E. Walton.
Prime & Provisions
Prime & Provisions’ Thanksgiving feast will include unlimited visits to the grand display of seasonal favorites and chef’s speciality dishes. Guests can indulge in a vast selection of fresh salads, raw bar items, carved meats (including herd roasted turkey), and traditional sides like macaroni and cheese, marshmallow sweet potatoes, and stuffing. $79 for adults, $30 for children age 7 to 12, free for children 6 and under, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Prime & Provisions, 222 N. LaSalle St.
The swanky River North steakhouse will serve a special four-course Thanksgiving feast, featuring locally raised turkey, served both roasted and fried, alongside RPM’s signature dishes such as aged parmesan risotto, king crab, and white truffles shaved tableside. Top off the meal with their famous 14K chocolate cake. $90 adults, $40 children, plus tax, gratuity not included, 12 – 10 p.m., RPM Steak, 66 W. Kinzie St.
Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago
Add king crab legs to your typical Thanksgiving spread. There will be plenty to go around at Shaw’s Crab House, which will host its all-day Thanksgiving buffet. The menu will include fresh oysters shucked to order, lobster bisque, a cold seafood bar, and tons of traditional holiday dishes with a seafood twist. $85 for adults, $20 for children age 7 – 12, plus tax, gratuity not included, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago, 21 E. Hubbard St.
Smith & Wollensky
This classic riverside spot will be serving their prix fixe Thanksgiving menu all day long. Dine on roasted butternut squash soup, herb roasted turkey breast, sausage and cornbread stuffing, potatoes au gratin, classic pumpkin pie, and much more. The regular dinner menu will also be available. $65 for adults, $29 for children under 12, Smith & Wollensky, 318 N. State St.
Tavern on Rush
Head to the bustling Tavern on Rush to enjoy a traditional, three-course Thanksgiving meal, including roasted acorn squash soup, whole carved turkey with chestnut stuffing, potatoes, fall vegetables, freshly baked breads, seasonal, desserts and more. Family-style service is available for groups of four or more. $53.95 for adults, $16.65 for children, 11 a.m. – midnight, Tavern on Rush, 1031 N. Rush St.