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The best restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Chicago

No need to sweat over an open stove all day—these spots are offering delicious holiday feasts for dine-in and carryout.

Jeffy Mai
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Jeffy Mai
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Thanksgiving is coming up on November 24 and it’s time to start making plans. This year, let the experts handle all of the hard work while you and your loved ones sit back and enjoy a scrumptious holiday spread. Many Chicago restaurants, some of which are among the best in the city, will be offering special prix fixe menus for the occasion. Whether you’re looking for a traditional turkey feast with all the fixins’ or want to switch things up with steak and fried chicken, the following places are up to the task. For those who would rather dine at home, there are plenty of to-go packages as well. Afterwards, head to a bar open on Thanksgiving Day for a nightcap. So add “not having to prepare a large family meal” to the list of things to be thankful for by securing a spot at the best Chicago restaurants open on Thanksgiving. Don’t delay—they’ll book up quickly and there are also ordering deadlines.

Chicago restaurants offering Thanksgiving feasts

  • Restaurants
  • Soul and southern American
  • River North
  • price 3 of 4

Yardbird, a contemporary Southern restaurant with several locations around the country, has just arrived in Chicago. For Thanksgiving, guests can dine in and enjoy a holiday a la carte menu or take home a package that feeds 2-4 ($290) or 6-8 ($550) people. Featured items include herb-roasted turkey, biscuit stuffing, green bean casserole and bourbon brown butter-glazed yams. All orders receive a complimentary bottle of wine. You can also add 24 pieces of Yardbird’s signature fried chicken plus mac and cheese and biscuits for $50. Make reservations here or place orders here.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Bucktown
  • price 2 of 4

Let this Bucktown spot handle the hard work while you impress the family with a three-course feast. The Bristol’s to-go package, which serves four and is priced at $225, provides milk bread, buttermilk squash bisque, roasted turkey breast, smoked turkey legs, pomme puree, herb stuffing, pumpkin cheesecake and a whole lot more. Place orders here.

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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Wicker Park
  • price 2 of 4

No matter the size of your gathering, the Goddess and Grocer has you covered with its Thanksgiving offerings. Options include a Turkey for Two (serves 2 for $75), Family Matters (serves 6 for $195) and All in the Family (serves 12 for $395). All packages come with turkey, sourdough stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, Parker House rolls and pumpkin pie. Guests can add a la carte soups, appetizers, sides, desserts and more as well. Place orders here before noon on Nov. 16.

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Grand Boulevard
  • price 2 of 4

Bronzeville’s Two Fish Crab Shack is giving back this holiday and serving free Thanksgiving dinners. The festivities will start at noon and run until all the food is gone.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Loop
  • price 2 of 4

Show the family how thankful you are this year by taking them to this opulent steakhouse from DineAmic Hospitality. You’ll get to feast on salads, a raw bar selection, succulent carved meats, decadent sides and indulgent desserts for $85 per adult and $35 per child. Prime & Provision will also offer a to-go package, which feeds two people for $130, that includes butternut squash soup, roasted turkey, all the traditional fixins and pumpkin pie. Make reservations here or place orders here before Nov. 20.

  • Restaurants
  • Global
  • Streeterville

Whether you’re looking to stay in or go out on Thanksgiving, the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago’s upscale restaurant has it covered. Guests can swing by for an all-American buffet showcasing turkey prepared five ways, Texas smokehouse dishes, diner favorites, a poke station and more. Adorn’s carryout spread consists of roasted turkey, cornbread and acorn squash, creamy potato casserole, cranberry chutney, and pumpkin pie for up to 8 people. Make reservations here or place orders here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Peruvian
  • River North
  • price 2 of 4

Craving a Thanksgiving meal with a twist? Tanta is offering its signature pollo a la brasa to go. Marinated in Peruvian spices for 24 hours and then roasted, each three-pound chicken serves up to four people and comes with additional dishes such as roasted potatoes and sauteed mushrooms in sausage gravy, and pumpkin tres leches. The kit is priced at $120. Place orders here before noon on Nov. 21

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • West Loop

Stephanie Izard’s Chinese-inspired restaurant will break from tradition and provide a unique at-home option for those who don’t want turkey. Serving four people for $200, the spread stars a Peking duck, green beans, barbecue pork buns, mashed potato spring rolls, veggie fried rice and spiced sweet potatoes. Place orders here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • River North
  • price 3 of 4

Situated along the Chicago River, River Roast provides gorgeous views paired with contemporary American tavern fare. On Thanksgiving, the restaurant is serving a menu for $75 per person that will include a charcuterie board, roasted turkey, mac and cheese, crispy Brussels sprouts, whipped yukon potatoes, pumpkin pie and more. For those who’d rather dine from the comfort of home, go with a carryout turkey ($110), salads ($45) or sides ($55), which can serve 8-10 people. Make reservations here.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • River North
  • price 2 of 4

Stylish riverfront restaurant the Kitchen is hosting a comforting Thanksgiving dinner for $99.50 per adult and $45.50 for children. Guests will start with a welcome board followed by choices of butternut squash bisque or harvest salad; and roasted turkey or roasted red kuri squash. The entrees will be accompanied by Parker House rolls, roasted butternut squash, seared Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and braised greens. To conclude, enjoy either pumpkin pie or apple galette. Make reservations here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • River North
  • price 3 of 4

The iconic steakhouse is whipping up quite a spread for both dine-in and pickup. Guests will get to choose from a selection of Thanksgiving classics and Italian favorites, including roasted turkey, fettuccine bolognese, G&G’s signature Chicken Joe, broiled salmon, tomahawk steak and more. The menu is priced at $90 per person. Make reservations here.

  • Restaurants
  • Pan-Asian
  • River North
  • price 2 of 4

Popular pan-Asian eatery Sunda is doing an East-meets-West mashup for Thanksgiving. For $180, your dinner for four people will include roasted turkey and confit legs, pork belly adobo, shishito mashed potatoes, sweet corn stuffing, apple pie and more. Place orders here by Nov. 17 for pickup on Nov. 22 or 23.

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  • Restaurants
  • British
  • Woodlawn
  • price 2 of 4

Over in Hyde Park, British-inspired tavern Truth Be Told inside the Study hotel is putting together a heat-and-serve supper that boasts Parker House rolls, salad, roasted turkey, Brussels sprouts with maple mustard vinaigrette, mashed potatoes and stuffing. The menu is $140 for two people, $255 for four guests and $360 for parties of six. Place orders here by Nov. 21.

  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • River North

For insatiable appetites, the Godfrey has just the thing for you—a Thanksgiving buffet. Treat yourself to an unlimited spread of turkey, prime rib, grilled salmon, and a bevy of sides. Then finish it off with a slice of pie, apple and pear crumble, tiramisu or chocolate-covered strawberries. It’s priced at $59 per adult and $15 for children. Make reservations here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Near South Side
  • price 2 of 4

This South Loop steakhouse will have its Thanksgiving menu available for both dine-in and takeout. The three-course meal includes roasted turkey, garlic whipped potatoes, stuffing and choice of starter and dessert. Guests can also add a la carte sides and entrees like salmon and braised short ribs. The cost is $65 per person. Make reservations here or place orders here before Nov. 19.

  • Restaurants
  • Wicker Park

Both locations of hearth-centric eatery Etta will be open on Thanksgiving and offer a holiday menu for $85 per adult and $25 per child. Dishes will include roasted turkey breast and leg confit with sweet onion gravy and cranberry compote alongside Etta favorites like spicy meatballs and focaccia with ricotta, honey and truffle. Guests can also go all out by adding shaved black truffles for $50. Make reservations here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • River North

The New York import will let diners choose their own adventure with a three-course prix fixe menu on Thanksgiving. For the entree, diners can pick between turkey pot pie, braised turkey drumstick and roasted turkey breast, or opt for one of the non-poultry options. All tables will receive apple brioche stuffing, crispy Brussels sprouts and cranberry orange jam, too. The dinner is priced at $75 per person. Make reservations here.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Logan Square
  • price 2 of 4

Longman & Eagle’s annual Turkey Day feast is returning for in-person dining for the first time since 2019. Chef Brian Motyka will prepare traditional offerings with some decadent twists, like roasted turkey breast and duck fat confit turkey leg with foie gras gravy; bone marrow stuffing; green bean “casserole” with mushroom veloute and crispy onions; and more. The cost will be $85 per person, and wine and whiskey pairings will be available as well. Make reservations here.

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Suburbs

Residents of the North Shore can make it a memorable Thanksgiving with a family-style spread at French standout Aboyer. Inspired by his grandfather's recipes, Chef Michael Lachowicz will pamper guests with a variety of starters, sides, desserts and choice of either roasted turkey with pan gravy or roast tenderloin of Berkshire pork. The menu is available for dine-in or carryout, and is priced at $75 per person. Reservations and orders can be made here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • River North
  • price 3 of 4

Join Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ elegant steakhouse for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Guests can look forward to sliced turkey breast with leg and thigh confit and pan gravy; stuffing; mashed potatoes; citrus cranberry relish; green beans; and butternut squash with toasted marshmallow. A slice of pumpkin chiffon pie caps off the holiday special, which is priced at $69.95 for adults and $34.95 for children ages 5-12. In addition, the regular dinner menu will also be available. Make reservations here.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Loop
  • price 3 of 4

Chicago Athletic Association’s swanky restaurant Cherry Circle Room has crafted a three-course prix fixe menu starring shrimp cocktail, garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, roast turkey and more for $120 per person. Non-carnivores aren’t left out, either—a $100 vegetarian option features winter veggies pot pie, grilled carrots and green beans and more. Alcohol pairings are available for an additional $60. Make reservations here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • West Loop

Do as the Italians do (if they celebrated Thanksgiving) and pre-order Formento’s holiday kit to go. Instead of the traditional Turkey Day staples, you’ll get roasted duck with gravy, pasta, focaccia stuffing, whipped garlic potatoes, wood-fired broccolini and Italian crescent rolls. The package serves four people and is priced at $210. Place orders here before Nov. 18.

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  • Restaurants
  • Wine bars
  • Gold Coast

Cooper Hawk’s upscale concept Esquire is opening its doors on Thanksgiving to deliver a scrumptious three-course dinner. Guests will begin with roasted butternut squash soup before moving onto roasted turkey with classic sides. Pumpkin praline cheesecake will round out the offerings. The cost is $49.99 for adults and $16.99 for children ages 12 and under. Make reservations here.

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • River North

If turkey doesn’t move the needle for you, head to this River North steakhouse instead. Steak 48 will serve its regular menu of steaks, chops and fresh seafood but also offer a few holiday specials, such as turkey, truffle mashed potatoes, praline sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Make reservations here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Latin American
  • Streeterville

The Latin- and Iberian-inspired restaurant overlooking Lake Michigan will give folks a reason to head out to Navy Pier on Thanksgiving with a three-course prix fixe menu for $60 per person. Expect choices like tortilla espanola and pumpkin empanadas. Make reservations here.

  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Loop
  • price 1 of 4

Celebrate the holiday with some Spanish flair at Mercat a la Planxa inside the Blackstone Hotel. The restaurant will create festive specials for the occasion, such as roasted turkey breast with cornbread stuffing and sage cava demi-glace ($29); sweet potato bravas  ($12); and croqueta de pavo ($12). Make reservations here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Loop

Tired of turkey? Then switch things up for Thanksgiving this year. Sleek South Loop restaurant and lounge The X Pot features everything from hot pots, a traditional Chinese method of dining, to luxurious bites of wagyu, uni, caviar and much more. You’ll even get a show with your dinner as robot servers deliver the food to tables. Make reservations here.

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