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Thanksgiving in Chicago guide

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

Chicago Thanksgiving Parade 2017
Photograph: Jordan Avery

It doesn't matter if you're coming to the city to spend time with family or sticking around your home, Thanksgiving in Chicago is a very special time. If you're not busy preparing a hearty meal, you can celebrate Turkey Day by attending a parade in the Loop or by participating in a neighborhood Turkey Trot. Once you've cleaned your plate, check the November concert calendar to attend a show or slide across a Chicago ice skating rink. And if you've still got an appetite, some of the best restaurants in Chicago will be open on Black Friday—they might even have pumpkin pie. Make your Thanksgiving in Chicago an extra special one with our guide to the parade, pies, events and ways to mark the holiday.

When is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November. In 2020, Thanksgiving is celebrated on Thursday, November 26.

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Where to order pies in time for Thanksgiving

Whether you’re hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner or have been around the block a time or two, leave the pie to the professionals and let one of these Chicago bakeries serving the city's best pies take a little off your plate. Thanksgiving is only a week away, but it’s not too late to place your holiday pie orders from most locations. From classic apple and pumpkin pastries to delicious twists such as Blue Sky Bakery’s dark chocolate pecan pie, you’re sure to find a holiday dessert to match your tastes. Baker Miller Bakery & Millhouse: Whether cruising for a purple sweet potato pie ($25) or old standbys such as Michigan apple ($25), pumpkin ($23) or pecan ($26), Baker Miller has you covered. The bakery will take orders through Nov 17. Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits: Bang Bang has your pie needs covered with its chocolate pecan ($26) and key lime ($26) pies—apple and pumpkin have already sold out—available at both its Logan Square and Ravenswood locations. Online pre-orders will be accepted through Nov. 18, and all orders will be available for pick up Nov 22 and Nov 23. Beatrix: Beatrix is offering full pies to-go for Thanksgiving. You can choose from the Oh My! Caramel Pie; Tall, Dark and Handsome Chocolate Cake; and a new pumpkin pecan pie ($50 each). Call the Beatrix location nearest you to place your order by Nov. 21 for pick up on Nov. 22 or 23. First Slice Pie Café: First Slice Pie Café lives up to its name, offering more than 15 different classic and specialty desserts

Chicago topics to avoid at the Thanksgiving table
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Chicago topics to avoid at the Thanksgiving table

We’ve packed away our Al’s Beefcake costume for the year, but before we bust out the Christmas tree, we’ve got one hurdle of a holiday to clear: Thanksgiving. Chicago is an opinionated town, so some topics are better left off the table when it comes time to gather your family around the turkey (or deep-dish, if that’s your thing). Here are some Chicago topics to leave at home this holiday season.  No calling dibs on your place at the table. You're a person, not a parking spot. For today only, don't correct your cousins from the burbs when they claim the Chicagoan label. They get a holiday radius pass. Don’t get your aunt started on the merits of deep-dish pizza. You'll be debating Giordano's vs. Lou Malnati's all night.   Avoid talking about the Cubs' stellar season with your White Sox-loving uncle. And completely avoid the Cubs with your Cardinals-loving cousin from downstate. Too soon to rip the Band-Aid off that wound.  Sharing in graphic detail the most memorable smells you’ve experienced on the CTA. Some of us are trying to eat stuffing here.  Taxes. We know they’re going up, but this isn’t the season to constantly remind ourselves of the lump of coal that’s been dropped in the city’s stocking.  Any mention of Rahm. Sure he's a turkey who should get stuffed, but the bird on your table is more important. And remember, Chicago politics are rarely a fun or fruitful side dish.  The Lucas Museum. The diehard Bears fans will only get huffy about the loss of tailgating

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