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
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By Stephanie Bernstein |

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

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Bars, Dive bars


icon-location-pin Sheffield & DePaul

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.

Brooklyn bottled cocktail in the Game Room at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel.
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Bars, Lounges

The Game Room

icon-location-pin Loop

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. 

Bars, Beer bars


icon-location-pin Uptown

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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Bars, Sports Bars

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

icon-location-pin River North

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.

Bars, Sports Bars


icon-location-pin Bucktown

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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Restaurants, Contemporary American

The OSB at Longman & Eagle

icon-location-pin Logan Square

Still hungry after all those mashed potatoes? Head to Logan Square from 3 to 10pm for a Leftovers Sandwich and booze. 

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Bars, Dive bars

The Owl

icon-location-pin Logan Square

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

The Scout
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Bars, Pubs

The Scout

icon-location-pin Near South Side

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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Bars, Pubs

Timothy O'Toole's

icon-location-pin Streeterville

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