For those traveling to the Chicago area for the Thanksgiving holiday, cooking a big feast can be an overwhelmingly daunting task, and fortunately, there are a number of restaurants where visitors can get a full traditional meal, sometimes with a modern or regional twist.
These Thanksgiving feasts are available for both dine-in and takeout options, but be sure to make reservations in advance as the stock is limited; still, everyone deserves a great meal on Thanksgiving, and there's just no excuse to be subjected to settling for some sad, dry turkey sandwich when you could be eating like a king or a queen!
So, in the event you don't have the luxury of a great, home-cooked meal, we've gathered some of Chicago's very best dining options, whether you're looking for something budget conscious or lavish and expensive, a dine-in restaurant or a place to grab a feast to-go. Explore the following article and get yourself a meal worthy of the holiday on your trip to Chicago.
Thanksgiving To-Go Options
If you're planning on entertaining guests at home but don't have time to do the cooking necessary to feed everyone a full, classic meal, there's a number of places you can pick up your entire Thanksgiving feast right in the Chicago area—just make sure to order ahead!
Goddess and Grocer might be the single-best Chicago-area store to get all your Thanksgiving prepared meal needs this holiday season. You can sit back and allow this gourmet grocer to provide everything—including the booze—and they will even deliver your entire order to your door (for an additional fee); there are multiple Goddess and Grocer locations in the area, and the company releases a Thanksgiving catering menu each year for easy access to all their holiday classic dishes.
Located adjacent to Millennium Park, the Fairmont Chicago will provide everything you'll need for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with their catering menu, including roasted turkey, savory herb stuffing, giblet gravy, cranberry relish with candied lemon zest, and a dessert choice of apple-cranberry cobbler, chocolate pecan pie, or pumpkin cheesecake; however, orders must be placed the Monday before Thanksgiving to ensure Thanksgiving Day pickup.
Where to Dine-In on Thanksgiving
If you're feeling like going out on Thanksgiving to have a traditional feast (or one with a modern twist), there are a number of great restaurants in the Chicago area serving up Thanksgiving brunches, lunches, and dinners—just make sure to book a reservation in advance for larger parties as these restaurants are likely to hit capacity on this special holiday.
Head to the quaint neighborhood of Andersonville for a four-course feast inspired by the American South with a wide selection of family-style heirloom dishes prepared by owner Paul Fehribach at Big Jones with reservations available at the 1, 4, and 7 p.m. services, or you could head over to the Cherry Circle Room at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, which is doing a multi-course prix-fixe dinner on Thanksgiving with reservations beginning at 1 p.m.
Additionally, a number of Chicago steakhouses are hosting special Thanksgiving meals such as Maple & Ash, which features a slow-roasted black truffle turkey breast with chestnut stuffing, brussels sprouts, garlic, and rosemary, or you could check out the family-friendly buffet at Shaw's Crab House, one of our favorite seafood eateries, which includes a cold seafood bar, carving station, hot buffet and massive dessert station featuring oysters on the half shell, herb-roasted turkey, king crab legs, lobster pasta and candied sweet potatoes.