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Thanksgiving events in Chicago 2017

Turkey trots, restaurant feasts and one big parade are among the best Thanksgiving events in Chicago

By Zach Long

Posted: Friday October 20 2017

Photograph: Lynn Millspaugh

Why do we love Thanksgiving in Chicago so much? When you live in a city with good food and great people, it's easy to find something that you're thankful for. Plus, once you've spent some time with loved ones, you can cap off the holiday at a concert or visit some of the city's best shops to get started on your Christmas list. It doesn't matter if you're joining the Black Friday masses or settling in for a well-deserved staycation—we've got everything you'll need to make this Thanksgiving special.

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Order your Thanksgiving pies at these Chicago restaurants and bakeries

Turkey Day is just around the corner, which means it's time to get off your keister and start planning, especially if you're leaving the cooking to the pros. Chicago's top restaurants and bakeries are already accepting orders for the most important part of the meal—pie. From pumpkin and apple to sesame caramel and fudgy chocolate pecan, these sweet treats won't disappoint. Act fast; these pies are going faster than the mashed potatoes from your grandma's Thanksgiving spread. Baker Miller Bakery & Millhouse: You'll be the talk of the table when you show up with a purple sweet potato pie with marshmallow meringue ($32). Or play it safe with double chocolate chess ($26), spiced pumpkin ($24), bittersweet chocolate pecan ($30) or salted caramel apple crumble ($30). Order by Nov 18 at for pickup in Lincoln Square or Ravenswood Nov 20–22.  Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits: Impress your guests with your choice of four pies: Classic apple ($32), roasted pumpkin ($28), chocolate pecan ($28) and key lime ($28). Order by Nov 18 at for pickup in Logan Square or Ravenswood on Nov 21 or 22. Beatrix: With three locations to choose from (Fulton Market, River North and Streeterville), it's easy to get your hands on three very decadent confections: Pumpkin pecan pie, Oh My! Caramel pie and Tall, Dark and Handsome chocolate cake ($50 each). Order by Nov 20 by phone for pickup on Nov 22.  Delightful Pastries: This sweets shop has you covered on classics w

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Thanksgiving mostly means stuffing your face, partying and fighting over discounted Christmas gifts, but there is a little bit honest giving of thanks in there, too. So when you sit down at the table on Thursday, be sure to feel gratitude for these small Chicago pleasures. What did we miss? Tell us what you are thankful for in the comments below. RECOMMENDED: More on living in Chicago Chicagoans should be thankful… 1. When our Ventra card works after just two taps. 2. That doing anything after 4:30pm in the winter counts as “nightlife.” 3. When the Red Line doesn’t smell like urine and there aren’t chicken bones on the floor. 4. For the Blackhawks. Hey, at least one local team is winning something! 5. For that magical moment when you need to transfer to another train and it's waiting for you at the station. 6. For Uber. No more trying to hail a cab in the cold at 3am. 7. We can walk around the Loop via the Pedway in winter without going outside. 8. We had a soul-crushing polar vortex early this year, so this sudden dip in temperature seems tropical in comparison. 9. For that one week of spring and/or fall we get each year. 10. For the 26 miles of lakefront path. 11. When the CTA holiday train unexpectedly shows up at the station. It’s like riding a unicorn home from work. 12. It is so hard to get into a factory tour at Vienna Beef. We don’t want to see how the sausage is made. 13. For the baby sea otter at the Shedd Aquarium. It was just the cuteness injection

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