Everyone deserves a great meal on Thanksgiving. 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 in extreme high style.
We've even included some bountiful Thanksgiving "to go" offerings if you're in charge of bringing side dishes, sweets or even the turkey.
Gobble gobble for sure!
Thanksgiving To Go
Fairmont Chicago. Located adjacent to Millennium Park, the luxury hotel will provide everything you'll need for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The menu includes roasted turkey, savory herb stuffing, giblet gravy, cranberry relish with candied lemon zest, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, baby carrots in dill butter, house-made rolls, and a dessert choice of apple-cranberry cobbler, chocolate pecan pie or pumpkin cheesecake. The full dinner serves eight to 10 guests for $260 (plus tax). Additional items are available and all are plus tax: roasted turkey ($110); sides are $20 each. Dinners may be picked up on the B-2 level 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Orders must be placed by noon Monday, Nov 21. 200 N. Columbus Dr., 312-565-8000
Goddess and Grocer. You can sit back and allow this gourmet grocer to provide everything--including the booze.
They will even deliver your entire order to your door (for an additional fee). Order starters such as mini butternut squash risotto cakes, curried cauliflower & apple soup or Maryland crab cakes, then follow up with entrees like a whole roasted natural turkey, Australian beef tenderloin and butternut squash ravioli.
Sides include turkey sausage and apple stuffing, green bean casserole and whipped sweet potatoes. If you're planning food for a group of up to 12, your best bet is to order the $395 package, which also comes with pecan and pumpkin pies. To place an order, call 773-292-7100. There are multiple Goddess and Grocer locations.
West Town Bakery. There's a River North outpost in the ACME Hotel Co., and while it's always a good idea to grab pastries or a pie, the breads and rolls will be welcome at any holiday gathering. For Thanksgiving, the offerings are freshly made assorted dinner rolls, baguettes and ciabatta with toppings such as Oaxacan honey butter, cranberry jam or pumpkin butter. 15 E. Ohio St., 312-894-0935
Where To Dine On Thanksgiving
Big Jones. Head to the quaint neighborhood of Andersonville for a four-course feast is inspired by the American South with a wide selection of family-style heirloom dishes prepared by chef/owner Paul Fehribach. It features rutabaga bisque with candied apples and sauerkraut; deep-fried turkey; baked sweet potatoes with toasted pumpkin seeds; squash pie with fresh coconut and vanilla bean ice cream; and more. The price of the dinner is $55 per person; $20 for children under 12.
Beverage pairings are offered for $20 per person. Reservations are 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. 5347 N. Clark St., 773-275-5725
Cherry Circle Room. The most sophisticated dining and drinking offering at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, CCR is doing a multi-course prix-fixe dinner on Thanksgiving. Offerings include an amuse of apple and beet tart with cheddar; roasted branzino, house-roasted turkey, oyster stuffing, roasted Brussels sprouts, candied yams, smoked apple pie and more. It's $75 per person, with the option of wine pairings. Reservations begin at 11 a.m. 12 S. Michigan Ave., 312-792-3515
Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club. Those who donate a canned good or nonperishable food item to the restaurant on Thanksgiving Eve or Thanksgiving will receive a discount on dinner and drinks. Guests will receive a 50 percent discount off martinis and cocktails, as well as a 33-percent discount off their dinner tab with canned good donation.
The classic holiday feast includes herb-marinated roasted turkey breast, traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry and pineapple relish, and pumpkin pie tart for $25 with canned good donation ($49.95 without donation). A female impersonator will entertain guests starting at 7:30 p.m. each evening. The event takes place 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. both days. 3700 N. Halsted St., 773-525-1111
Harry Caray's Steakhouse. The venerable steakhouse showcases a family-friendly supper, and diners may choose from a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner or herb-roasted prime rib. The turkey dinner is $31.95 for adults ($18.95 for children) and comes with sausage and sage stuffing, sweet potato puree, green bean casserole and orange-scene cranberry relish. Prime rib ($39.95 for adults; $19.95 for children) is accompanied by horseradish cream, au jus, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and bourbon-glazed carrots. 33 W. Kinzie St., 312-828-0966
RPM Steak. The luxury steakhouse gets in the holiday spirit this year with a four-course supper for $85 per person. Guests will be treated to some of the restaurant's signature dishes like the coal-roasted King crab, miso-roasted lobster and "The Duke," a 10-ounce prime tender cut ribeye filet. Desserts range from traditional pumpkin pie to the 14K chocolate cake. Dinner reservations are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 66 W. Kinzie St., 312-284-4990
Shaw's Crab House. The family-friendly buffet at one of our favorite seafood eateries includes a cold seafood bar, carving station, hot buffet and massive dessert station. Highlights include oysters on the half shell, herb-roasted turkey, king crab legs, lobster pasta and candied sweet potatoes. It takes place noon-7 p.m., and reservations are required. It's $75 per adult and $20 for kids 12 and younger. 21 E. Hubbard St., 312-527-2722 or The Streets of Woodfield, 1900 E Higgins Rd, Schaumburg, Ill., 847- 517-2722