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Thanksgiving in Chicago

We're keeping an eye on the best Thanksgiving dinner options and things to do once you're done eating.

Zach Long
Emma Krupp
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Zach Long
Emma Krupp

Thanksgiving in Chicago serves as the beginning of the holiday season, when you'll find family and friends gathering for meals and Christmas in Chicago traditions welcoming guests. Don't worry—if you're not ready to go to Christkindlmarket just yet, it will be in town all through December. On Thanksgiving day, many Chicagoans head to the Loop to see the city's annual parade and then return home for a meal. If you don't feel like cooking this year, some of the best restaurants in Chicago are offering takeout meals, dine-in dinners and delicious pies. And once you're full, you can get a bit of exercise by admiring holiday light displays throughout the city. Need some tips before the holiday season begins in earnest? Here's everything you need to know about Thanksgiving in Chicago.

When is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November. In 2022, Thanksgiving is celebrated on Thursday, November 24.

Things to do on Thanksgiving

Archived coverage of Thanksgiving in Chicago