The best bars open on Thanksgiving when you need to escape your family

If you need a break after Thanksgiving dinner, head to one of these bars that will remain open during the holiday

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Thanksgiving demands excess energy for eating, entertaining guests and engaging in uncomfortable small talk with distant relatives. By the time 5pm rolls around, it's totally normal to feel worn out. Whether you need a hiatus from touchy conversations or a great place to catch the game, here are the watering holes that will be open after Thanksgiving dinner.

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Bars open on Thanksgiving


With more than 800 whiskies to choose from, this Lincoln Park stalwart is a great place to blow off some steam. The bar will be open from 4pm to 2am on Thanksgiving.

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Sheffield & DePaul

The Game Room

Open from 11am to 2am on Turkey Day, this bar inside the Chicago Athletic Association offers interactive games, fall cocktails and warm chocolate chip cookies. 

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Attention beer enthusiasts: The Andersonville pub's kitchen won't be open, but the bar will be—starting at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day. 

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Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

The Near North Side sports bar will maintain its regular hours (11am–11pm) for Thanksgiving, making it an easy choice for grabbing a seat and a basket of wings while rooting for your team on the big screen.

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River North


Open at 6pm on Thanksgiving, this Bucktown dive gets in the holiday spirit with a special pizza topped with turkey, cranberry, white sauce, provolone and mozzarella ($10). Wash away winter blues with $4 shots and $6 32-ounce beers.

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The Owl

The post-Turkey Day party is on from 10pm to 4am at this Logan Square mainstay.

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Logan Square

The Scout

This South Loop sports bar will be open from 5pm to 2am for all your football-watching needs. If grandma's stuffing didn't fill you up, dig into an open-faced turkey sandwich special for $11.

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Near South Side

Timothy O'Toole's

Make a day of it at Timothy O'Toole's, open from 11am to 2am with all the TVs your football-loving heart desires. 

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