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Bars open on Thanksgiving

If you need to escape the family after dinner, head to one of these bars open on Thanksgiving in Chicago

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The Game Room at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel serves cocktails from Paul McGee.

Maybe you need a break from touchy topics at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Maybe you need a great place to catch the Bears vs. Packers game. Or maybe you just need a craft beer. Find all that and more in our guide to bars open on Thanksgiving.

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The Barrel

Stop by for a local beer or cocktail at this cash-only bar under the Damen pink line stop. The Barrel will open at 7pm on Thanksgiving.

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The Broken Shaker

For cocktail lovers looking for a place to relax, visit the Broken Shaker and enjoy a variety of cocktails from bartender Freddie Sarkis.

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River North


Hang out on the Chicago Athletic Association's rooftop restaurant and bar this Thanksgiving. They've recently switched out their cocktail menu, adding cocktails like the Hesitant Elephant, available in both small and large format with Rittenhouse rye, Sailor Jerry spiced rum, Campari, Averna amaro, cold-brewed coffee, citrus and spices with Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.

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Delilah's has more than 750 whiskey choices and will be open from 4pm-2am on Thanksgiving. Later in the night, they'll be spinning ska tunes.

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North Side


The Lakeview sports bar will open at 5pm and will be showing the Bears game at 7:30pm. Specials include $15 Miller and Coors buckets and $5 specials including Bloody Marys, 22 oz. Miller and Coors cups, Fireball and mimosas.

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West Lakeview

The Game Room

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The Game Room will be open from 11am-2am on Thanksgiving, and it's a perfect chance to try the new cocktail menu, which includes seasonal drinks like a gin, cranberry and orange cobbler and a frozen cocktail made with apple brandy and bourbon.

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Attention beer drinkers—while Hopleaf's kitchen won't be open, the bar will be, starting at 7pm.

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Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Jake Melnick's will be open regular hours (11:30am-12am) and will be serving November specials, including chipotle cherry chicken wings.

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Near North


Lottie's is opening at 6pm for the Bears game. Specials include $15 Miller and Coors buckets, $4 22 oz. Miller and Coors cups, $4 mimosas, $5 Bloody Marys, $7 tater tot poutine and $9 pizzas.

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