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River Roast Thanksgiving
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Chicago restaurants offering Thanksgiving takeout and delivery

Step away from the stove and let these restaurants cook for you on Thanksgiving Day

By Morgan Olsen
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Preparing Thanksgiving dinner is no joke—there's brining and baking and peeling and roasting. Did we mention the mountain of dirty dishes at the end of the night? If you'd rather steer clear of the kitchen this year, allow the best restaurants in Chicago to do the heavy lifting with takeout and delivery. Whether you're looking for a traditional Thanskgiving spread with mashed potatoes, gravy and craberry sauce, or you're craving something wildly untraditional, these Chicago restaurants are here to help.

As with any holiday—but especially this year—be sure to reserve your Thanksgiving dinner order in advance. Since indoor dining and drinking are currently banned in Chicago, you should plan to set the table at home or at least clear a spot on the couch (no judgment). And for the love of stuffing, tip restaurant workers appropriately—they're taking care of those dirty dishes at the end of the night, after all.

Chicago restaurants offering Thanksgiving takeout

Marz Brewing Taproom
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Marz Community Brewing

Bars Breweries Mckinley Park

Marz Brewing is collaborating with Mom's and Knox Ave BBQ to bring you an unforgettable meal that'll have you napping by 3pm. A beer-can–smoked chicken is served with miso soup, Japanese sweet potatoes, mushroom-kabocha squash stuffing, salad, milk bread rolls and coconut butter mochi. Toss in a growler or a four-pack of beer to make it an extra boozy holiday. $145 for four, reserve via Tock.

Vermilion thanksgiving
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Vermilion

Restaurants Fusion River North

Amp up the flavor of your Thanksgiving feast this year with help from Vermilion's Herb & Spice menu, which includes eight Indian-Latin dishes. Smoked fenugreek black cardamom turkey breast or paneer is served with cranberry-spinach salad, naan crisp stuffing, cumin-chorizo empanadas and so much more. But you might be tempted to spoil your dinner with the spiced churros mega doughnut, which is topped with dreamy pumpkin mousse. $85 for two, $160 for four, $240 for six; reserve via Tock.

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Aba

Restaurants Mediterranean West Loop

You can mentally jetset to the Mediterranean this winter with Aba's carryout menu for Thanksgiving. The smorgasbord includes pumpkin hummus, truffle baked orzo, beef tenderloin kebab, crème brûlée pie and lots more. $48.95 per person, reserve via Aba.

Photograph: Nick Murway

Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

Restaurants Chinese Armour Square

If you prefer to eat your holiday dinner in dumpling form, QXY has you covered. Each order of steamed flaming phoenix dumplings includes 18 turkey-stuffed morsels. Diners can max out their order with any of the restaurant's other dumplings, too, including chicken and coriander, beef and truffle and lamb and dill. Spicy cabbage kimchi and grilled steamed bun kebabs make festive sides. $25 and up, reserve via Tock.

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Somerset

Restaurants American Rush & Division

The Viceroy Hotel's new chef, Stephen Gillanders (S.K.Y.), has created a fully customizable Thanksgiving menu. Choose a pre-cooked turkey, toss in sides for all (including his famous cornbread madeleines), and don't forget dessert! You can even add on wine pairings for everyone at your table or spring for a liter of mulled wine for a cheerful toast. $14–$130 per item, reserve via Tock.

River Roast Thanksgiving
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River Roast

Restaurants Contemporary American River North

This riverfront restaurant is keeping it classic with their Prepped & Ready bundle, which includes everything you need to fill your table on Thanksgiving. An herb-brined bird comes with kale and pear salad, roasted carrots, stuffing and brussels sprouts. For dessert, there's carrot cake and pumpkin pie. $65 per person, reserve via Tock.

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Duck Duck Goat

Restaurants Chinese West Loop

Ditch the turkey this year and spring for chef Stephanie Izard's Chinese-influenced Thanksgiving menu. You'll learn how to roast peking duck at home while also filling your belly with soy-roasted sweet potatoes, green beans with black bean sauce, char siu bao buns, mashed potato spring rolls and veggie fried rice. $175 for four, reserve via Tock.

Shrimp and Grits
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Luella’s Southern Kitchen

Restaurants Soul and southern American Lincoln Square

Forget about dinner—what are you doing for brunch? Chef Darnell Reed's indulgent menu includes duck confit with sweet potato dumplings, collard green quiche, brown butter sticky buns and so much more. Or go more traditional with his secondary menu, which spotlights red wine-braised turkey breast and cheesy dirty rice. There's no wrong answer. $25 per person, reserve via Cash Drop.

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Maple & Ash thanksgiving
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Maple & Ash

Restaurants Steakhouse Rush & Division

This posh Gold Coast restaurant will keep its doors open on Thanksgiving, serving its regular menu as well as a special holiday meal ($70 per person) in its heated outdoor tent. If you'd rather take your grub to go, spring for the in-home experience, which can be adjusted depending on the number of people you're celebrating with. Each package includes a whole turkey, lobster bisque, shrimp cocktail, plenty of sides and salads and apple pie. Up the ante with the IDGAF add-on, which includes caviar, king crab, filet mignon, truffle jus and more ($200). $295–$715, reserve via Maple & Ash.

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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

etta

Restaurants Wicker Park

Etta's River North and Wicker Park locations will be open on Turkey Day with a prix-fixe menu ($85 per person), but they're happy to package up your dinner to go, too. The carryout menu includes a bottle of wine, focaccia, salad, turkey breast, bolognese stuffing, cacio e pepe macaroni and cheese, veggies and pumpkin cake with spiced cream cheese frosting. All the trappings of a delicious food coma. $135 for four, reserve via Etta River North or Wicker Park.

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Photograph: Diego Padilla

Tzuco

Restaurants River North

Chef Carlos Gaytan is coming for dinner! Well, kind of. He's prepared a Thanksgiving feast for six, which starts with butternut squash soup and ends with pumpkin pie and brown butter ice cream. The centerpiece of the menu is roasted turkey breast with Teloloapan mole, and sides like chorizo-studded stuffing and creamy mashed potatoes round out the mix. If you'd rather leave the house, Tzuco's heated patio is open on Thanksgiving and offers the holiday menu as well as Gaytan's full dinner menu. $250 for six, reserve via Tzuco

Virtue Thanksgiving feast
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Virtue

Restaurants Soul and southern American Hyde Park

If the idea of roasting a whole turkey elicits panic, step aside and let Erick Williams take the wheel. The celebrated chef is offering 15-pound birds ($79) that have been brined, roasted and packaged up to go for your convenience. Need a bit more help in the kitchen? Spring for the Southern-American feast ($189), which feeds four to six and includes the turkey as well as collard greens, giblet gravy, candied yams, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and a pecan pie from pastry chef Becky Pendola. Plus, Williams and his team are happy to select the perfect bottle of wine for your table for an additional fee. $79–$189, reserve via Virtue.

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Alinea

Restaurants Contemporary American Lincoln Park

If you're looking to go all out for Thanksgiving this year, you might as well order Alinea's luxe takeout feast, which centers around an 8- to 14-pound turkey that comes with cooking instructions from chef Grant Achatz. There's also green bean casserole, a shrimp cocktail, baked brie, sage-infused stuffing and plenty of other culinary delights. For dessert? Pumpkin pie with whipped cream, of course. $325–$825 per party, reserve via Tock.

El Che
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El Che Steakhouse & Bar

Restaurants American West Loop

Travel south for the holiday with help from chef John Manion, who's prepared a cooking kit loaded with a chimichurri-marinated turkey, herbed ciabatta and giblet stuffing, malbec gravy and all of the instructions you need to cook like a chef at home. Optional add-ons include grilled broccolini, roasted garlic pomme puree, dulce de leche pumpkin pie and tons of great vino. $150 per party, reserve via Tock.

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All Together Now thanksgiving spread
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All Together Now

Restaurants American creative River West/West Town

Ukrainian Village wine shop All Together Now makes it easy to feed the family. Simply choose your entree (ribeye roast, whole roasted snapper or kuri squash risotto) and they'll wrap up four portions to go as well as a smorgasbord of sides, like sourdough dinner rolls, whipped potatoes and dessert. Additional portions are available for an extra fee. $200–$250, reserve via All Together Now.

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Longman & Eagle

Restaurants Contemporary American Logan Square

Craving the classics? Order a Turkey Day haul from Longman & Eagle to ensure you get your fair share of cranberry sauce, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, turkey and—of course—pumpkin pie. It all comes with easy reheating instructions so that nothing goes awry. $120 for two, reserve via Tock.

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Tanta Thanksgiving
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Tanta

Restaurants Peruvian River North

Take your dining companions to Peru with Tanta's Thanksgiving Pollo To Go package, which stars a 3-pound roasted chicken that's marinated in Peruvian spices and roasted in-house. Sides include winter vegetable risotto, honey ham carapulcra and pastel de choclo, a corn cake that's stuffed with beef stew, onions, raisins and mushrooms. To cap off the meal, dig into pumpkin tres leches with cinnamon-spiced cream. $75 for up to four, reserve via Tanta.

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The Bristol

Restaurants Contemporary American Bucktown

Ordering for two? Keep it simple with the Bristol's three-course take-home menu: a trio of salads, whole smoked duck with mustard jus and all the fixings and a whole apple pie. The restaurant's monthly Booze Box ($99) is a no-brainer, with a bottle of red, a bottle of white, cocktails for four and a 32-ounce growler. Happy holidays indeed. $85 for two, reserve via Tock.

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haisous
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HaiSous

Restaurants Vietnamese Lower West Side

Tuck into a Vietnamese feast on Turkey Day with chef Thai Dang's multi-course menu. It starts with papaya salad and roasted shrimp wraps and ends with a stuffed banana cream puff. There's plenty of roasted duck, seafood stew and garlic fried rice in between. $80 per person, reserve via Tock.

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Parson’s Chicken & Fish

Restaurants Soul and southern American Logan Square

Thanksgiving dinner is a piece of cake when you order a feast for two from Parson's. Available at the Lincoln Park and Logan Square locations, each bundle includes a whole fried chicken, two buttermilk biscuits, tomato- and bacon-braised green beans, creamed corn and mashed potatoes with gravy. And yes, you can opt to add in a Negroni slushy for everyone in your pod. $65 for two, reserve via Parson's.

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Daisies

Restaurants Logan Square

This Logan Square darling has you covered with à la carte dishes, meal kits, wine bundles and then some. Round out your Thanksgiving menu with grab-and-go gravy, casseroles and sides, or pick up a little something for your host, like a charcuterie board and an assortment of vino. If you'd rather have Daisies take the reigns, order dinner for four, which includes roast turkey breast, confit leg and thigh, candied sweet potato with marshmallow, green bean casserole and so much more. $180–$240, reserve via Daisies.

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Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Restaurants American Avondale

Who needs turkey when you have fried chicken? Honey Butter's take-and-bake menu makes you the hero of Thanksgiving dinner with packs of crispy poultry for solo diners to groups of 10 ($17.20–$90). Toss in cornbread muffins, extra honey butter, smashed potatoes, whipped sweet potatoes with marshmallow fluff and honey pie from Bang Bang. A mimosa kit ($35) will ease your tryptophan hangover on Friday. Items priced à la carte, reserve via Tock.

 

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Sunday Dinner Club

Honey Butter Fried Chicken's secret supper club is getting in on the holiday action, too, with a beautiful menu that highlights seasonal produce. The multi-course experience includes wild mushroom and cavalo nero sourdough stuffing, Brussels sprouts with bacon and apple cider and garlic confit turkey legs with lemon-rosemary gravy. End the meal with pumpkin swirl cheesecake topped with pumpkin seed brittle for dessert. $40 per person, reserve via Tock.

Lillie’s Q Thanksgiving menu
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Lillie’s Q at District Brew Yards

Bars Breweries River West/West Town

Skip the 5am wakeup call to put the turkey in the oven and head to District Brew Yards instead. Chef Charlie McKenna of Lillie's Q will make you look like a pro with a perfectly smoked bird that feeds eight to 10—plus, you can pick up some brews to take home. $100, reserve via District Brew Yards.

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ROOH

Restaurants Indian West Loop

Every Thanksgiving dinner from ROOH starts with chili sweet potato kulcha and baked malai mushroom. From there, diners can choose between paneer with black pepper marinade or whole ground turkey meatballs with cashew-onion gravy. Sides of saffron rice, butternut squash and fava bean thoran as well as dodha burfi pecan tart round out the lineup. $45 per person, reserve via Tock.

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Lonesome Rose

Restaurants Logan Square

Dreaming of warmer weather? Let Lonesome Rose transport you with a 2-pound braised turkey leg in pumpkin mole, a kale Caesar salad, chorizo cornbread stuffing, calabacitas con crema and flan. A pitcher of margaritas is the perfect way to toast the (almost) end of 2020. $70 for two, reserve via Toast.

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