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The best bars open on Thanksgiving Day in Chicago

If you need a break from the family after dinner, head to one of these watering holes for drinks, football and more.

Jeffy Mai
Written by
Stephanie Bernstein
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Jeffy Mai
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Whether you're dining out at the best restaurants open on Thanksgiving or staying in, there will be loads of delicious food, but also fatigue from engaging with small talk with distant relatives. Fortunately, many Chicago bars aren’t taking the day off and will instead be offering an escape from family. You’ll find some of the best dives and sports bars included, as well as arcade bars like Headquarters Beercade and Replay Andersonville. If you’re a football fan, there are several places that will show the day’s games on large screens with sound. So don’t suffer through awkward pleasantries any longer than necessary—check out our guide to the best bars open on Thanksgiving and be ready with an excuse to slip out once the big meal is over.

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Bars open on Thanksgiving

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  • Sheffield & DePaul
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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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  • Boystown
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Sidetrack, one of the best gay bars in the city, sports six big rooms and a gorgeous rooftop deck. The boozy slushies are a big hit as well, and perfect for unwinding after a long Thanksgiving meal with relatives. The holiday hours will be from 7pm-2am.

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  • Humboldt Park
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The Humboldt Park cocktail bar will offer half-priced glasses of wine and $2 High Life bottles on Thanksgiving.

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  • Lake View
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Bring your four-legged best friend to dog-friendly Cody’s after dinner for football and drinks from 5pm-2am. The bar will be showing all the NFL action on 10 televisions throughout the space and if weather permits, you can bring your own meat to cook on the grills in the beer garden. Cody’s will also offer free turkey burgers and brats for guests to grill along with buns and fixins’, available on a first come, first served basis.

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  • Ukrainian Village
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The party never stops at this Ukrainian Village dive, which hosts DJ sets and has a dance floor for you to work off those Thanksgiving calories. Specials for the evening will include $2 Hamm's and $5 Chicago Handshakes.

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  • North Center

Starting at 5pm, The Rambler will broadcast the day’s slate of NFL games in a weatherproofed outdoor beer garden that can accommodate up to 68 guests and is outfitted with a full bar, six televisions and a sound system.

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  • Lake View
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The Wrigleyville bar is hosting a watch party for the game between the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots. Drink specials will include $5 SKOL Bombs, $5 Jameson Orange, $6 Surly Furious IPA drafts, $6 Goose Island Hazy Beer Hug and $20 Miller Lite and Coors Light buckets. Graystone is also giving every guest in attendance a raffle ticket for a chance to win an end-of-the-season tailgate prize pack. Doors open at 5pm.

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  • Wicker Park
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End the holiday with a nightcap at Easy Bar. Open from 9pm-2am, the Wicker Park establishment will offer $5 Fernet Branca shots, $6 Tito's cocktails and $9 beer-and-shot combos.

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  • Rush & Division
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Get away from the family for a few hours and hang out in the fancy and stylish bar located inside the Sofitel Chicago on Thanksgiving. Le Bar will invite guests in for dinner and drinks starting at 3pm.

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  • Old Town
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Three floors of debauchery, two dozen beers on tap and late-night hours have made Burton Place a popular watering hole in Old Town. It’s also open every day of the year so stop by between 7pm-4am on Thanksgiving for a good time.

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  • Rush & Division
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If turkey and sweet potatoes aren’t your jam, slip away to Dublin’s for corned beef, fish and chips and other Irish specialties. Oh, there will be plenty of Guinness flowing too, of course.

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