In case you haven't figured out what you're doing for Thanksgiving with or without the extended family, Chicago has a TON of dining options to enjoy the day out. Or if you wanted to cater and bring some or all of the Thanksgiving feast home, we've got you covered for that as well.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Coco Pazzo Cafe is once again offering a 4-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu for $45 this year. In addition, they'll be offering their regular menu so diners will have a choice . Reservations are recommended for the Tuscan feast and will be served from noon to 9 pm Thanksgiving Day. (636 N. Saint Clair St Chicago, IL 312.664.2777)
Forget the frantic frenzy that comes with preparing your own Thanksgiving meal and let Fulton’s on the River prepare your holiday feast on Thursday, November 28 from 11am-6pm. Executive Chef Kevin Schulz has a fall menu for the whole family to enjoy—42.95 for adults, 15.95 for children (excluding tax and gratuity).
For more information, visit www.fultonsontheriver.com or call 312.822.0100. Fulton’s on the River is open Monday-Thursday from 11 A.M-9 P.M., Friday from 11 A.M.-10 P.M. and Saturday from 5 P.M.-10 P.M. Fulton’s is located at 315 North LaSalle in downtown Chicago.
Gibsons in Oak Brook will offer a special three-course menu from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Menu options include Roasted Butternut and Acorn Squash Soup, Roasted Turkey served family style with house-made cranberry sauce, candied yams, roasted green beans with almonds, mashed potatoes, seasonal stuffing, apple cobbler with streusel topping, pumpkin pie and banana cream pie.
A limited menu will be available in addition to the Thanksgiving menu. Reservations highly recommended (630) 954-0000.
Adults: $40; Children 12 and under: $20
GIBSONS BAR & STEAKHOUSE - 2105 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523 - (630) 954-0000
Blackfinn Ameripub 65 E. Kinzie, (312) 836-0290
Since opening this fall, Blackfinn Ameripub has brought a relaxed and casual vibe to River North's dining scene. Guests dining on Thanksgiving can select from their full, expansive menu, which ranges from flatbreads and burgers, to steaks and pastas. Blackfinn Ameripub will be open from 5pm to 2am on Thanksgiving Day and reservations can be made by calling (312) 836-0290 or visiting www.blackfinnameripub.com.
The Boarding House 720 N. Wells, (312) 280-0720
The Boarding House, the River North wine-driven destination from Proprietor and Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, will give thanks to Dionysus with a four course $55 per person prix-fixe dinner on Thanksgiving. Guests will have two choices from each course to choose from, ranging from traditional holiday dishes to vegetarian, as well as the option to add Alpana's wine pairings. Thanksgiving dinner reservations will be available in the dining room only from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on November 28. Reservations are available by calling (312) 280-0720 or through Open Table.
ENO Wine Bar on Michigan Avenue 505 North Michigan Avenue, (312) 321-8738
A perfect spot to grab a flight of wine, cheese or chocolate pre- or post-Thanksgiving feast, ENO Wine Bar will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 4pm until midnight. For more information, please visit ENO Wine Bar's website or call (312) 321-8738.
The Florentine 151 W. Adams, (312) 660-8866
For those looking for the classic holiday experience with an Italian twist, Executive Chef Chris Macchia will be offering a special four-course menu on Thanksgiving (a la carte menu available as well). $65 per person wine pairings are an additional $25. The Florentine will be open 6:30am to 10pm on Thanksgiving Day and reservations can be made by calling (312) 660-8866 or by visiting the restaurant's website.
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile 505 North Michigan Ave., (312) 944-4100
Start off Thanksgiving day with brunch at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile! From 12 noon to 3 p.m., Executive Chef Randy Reed will be serving a delicious spread of items including made-to-order omelets, an array of fresh seafood dishes, seasonal hot dishes including Butternut Squash Soup and Pumpkin Gnocchi with bacon lardon and sage cream sauce, as well as a kids buffet and delectable desserts. Traditional Thanksgiving dishes such as Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Corn Bread Stuffing and Slow Roasted Honey Glazed Ham with Mustard Crust and Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb with Olive Jus will also be available.
Guests can remember the special day with a complimentary family portrait by Rick Aguilar Studio photography. The cost of brunch is $58 per adult, which includes unlimited mimosas or bloody marys and $25 for children (ages 5-12). Reservations can be made by calling (312) 321-8844.
Michael Jordan's Steak House 505 N. Michigan Ave., (312) 321-8823
Michael Jordan's Steak House will be serving their full menu on Thanksgiving Day as well as seasonal specials. Diners can enjoy signature dishes such as the Prime Delmonico ($48) or the decadent garlic bread with blue cheese fondue ($8) from one of their cozy booths while watching passersby through the second floor windows overlooking Michigan Avenue. The restaurant will be open during their regular hours from 5pm to 10pm and the first floor bar area is open from 11am to 2am. Please call the restaurant to make reservations, (312) 321-8823.
Sixteen 401 N. Wabash Ave., (312) 588-8030
This year's Thanksgiving offerings at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago include brunch and dinner service, and for the at-home entertainer, a delicious Thanksgiving at Home menu to-go:
Brunch at Sixteen
On Thanksgiving Day, Sixteen brings the year's bountiful harvest to life by presenting a festive brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the stunning dining room that affords breathtaking views of Chicago's architectural landscape, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Guests can indulge in traditional Thanksgiving favorites and other specialty items during the festive brunch buffet.
Thanksgiving brunch at Sixteen costs $148 per person and $35 for children 8 years and younger, exclusive of tax, alcohol and gratuity. Seating times are 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling (312) 588-8030.
Dinner at Sixteen
Sixteen will be open for dinner beginning at 6 p.m., offering a warm and inviting setting for those looking to enjoy a celebratory evening meal. Executive Chef Thomas Lents will offer innovative items from fall menu, along with dessert creations presented by Executive Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy.
Hash House A Go Go will offer its twisted take on Thanksgiving food specials on Thanksgiving Day at its Gold Coast restaurant located at 1212 N State Parkway. Hash House will be open on Thanksgiving Day with specials running from open to close (11am until 10pm). Limited reservations will be taken and walk-ins will be accepted. For reservations please call 312-202-0994 or visit www.hashhouseagogo.com/chicago.
Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap (41 E. Superior St.) celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28 with a Tipsy Turkey Platter from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., available for 15.95.
Chef Ryan is getting “crafty,” blending beer into traditional Turkey Day dishes. Feast on Smoked Tipsy Turkey, beer-brined with citrus and Trumer Pils and served with country-style peppercorn gravy. The sides are revamped old fashioned favorites like the Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Green Bean Casserole with French beans made with wood-grilled wild mushrooms, Left Hand milkstout brown butter cream and frizzled onions. What’s Thanksgiving without the libations? Jake’s will feature Pumpkin Spiced Hard Cider for 6.50 as well as Punkn Jack n Cola for 6.50 to wash down this tasty entrée.
Once again Coco Pazo Cafe is offering a 4-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner for $45. In addition, they'll be offering their regular menu so diners will have a choice . Reservations are recommended for the Tuscan feast and will be served from noon to 9 pm Thanksgiving Day. (636 N. Saint Clair St Chicago, IL 312.664.2777)
Thanksgiving Comfort Food at Ferris & Jack
Serving regional comfort food all year round, Ferris & Jack at the MileNorth Hotel (166 E. Superior St.) continues to please this holiday season with a three-course Thanksgiving menu that savors the flavors of the fall harvest, at $40 per person. Ferris & Jack is open on Thanksgiving Day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Guests can make reservations by calling 312.523.0911. For more information on Ferris & Jack, visit Facebook.
Thankful for Options at Filini
Filini Bar & Restaurant (221 N. Columbus Dr.) is a 150-seat, contemporary Italian restaurant and bar experience in the premier, upper-upscale Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago. This Thanksgiving, guests at Filini have a say in their holiday feast. Serving a four-course menu starting at noon, the restaurant offers two options for each course so guests can build their ideal Thanksgiving meal. $55 per person. Filini is open on Thanksgiving Day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. with special holiday menu offered between noon and 10 p.m. Guests can make reservations by calling 312.477.0234 or online at www.filinichicago.com For more on Filini, visit Facebook.com/FiliniChicago or @FiliniChicago.
Taste of Blu for Thanksgiving
Beyond Filini’s Thanksgiving dining experience, the Radisson Blu Aqua (221 N. Columbus Dr.) offers to prepare the entire traditional meal for 14 to 22 people for pick up or delivery. At $18.95 per person based on 14 servings or $14.65 per person based on 22 servings. All orders must be made by Thursday, November 14, no later than 3 p.m. Delivery available in Lakeshore East community only. All other orders are available for pick-up on Thanksgiving Day, November 28,9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call directly at 312.234.0103. For more on Radisson Blu Aqua, visit Facebook.com/RadissonBluAqua or @RadissonBluAqua.
Ditch the Family at the JW Marriott Chicago
After a full day of family activities, slip away for some special sips—complete with flat screen TVs for watching the holiday’s football games—at the Lobby Lounge at the JW Marriott Chicago (151 W. Adams St.). Enjoy post-dinner drink specials such as $5 wine selections and draft beers, as well as two $10 specialty cocktails. Drink specials are available 7-11:45 p.m. in the Lobby Lounge; the Thanksgiving Plated Dinner Special is available 11 a.m.-10 p.m. in the Lobby Lounge and in-room dining. Reservations are not required. For more information, please call 312.660.8200. Like the JW Marriott Chicago on Facebook and follow on Twitter.
Festive Thanksgiving Dishes and Classic American Fare at Little Market Brasserie
Located in the Talbot Hotel, guests at Little Market Brasserie (10 E. Delaware Pl.) can feast on Thanksgiving fare all week long, from Monday, November 25 through Sunday, December 1. From 5 p.m. to close. Specials can be ordered à la carte, or as a $40 pre-fixe. Reservations suggested; call 312.640.8141. For more on Little Market Brasserie, visit Facebook.com/LittleMarketBrasserie or @littlemarketchi.
A Traditional Feast with All the Trimmings at Lockwood Restaurant and Bar
This Thanksgiving, guests at Lockwood Restaurant and Bar at the Palmer House Hilton (17 E. Monroe St.) Full menu available online. $70 for adults, $65 for seniors, $40 for children, with sparkling wine offered for adults (prices exclusive of tax and gratuity). Thanksgiving Day hours 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Reservations required and may be made by calling 312.917.3404. For more on Lockwood, visit Facebook.com/Lockwood or @LockwoodChicago.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with a Spanish Twist at Mercat a la Planxa
Adjacent to Blackstone Hotel, Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan Ave.), the modern tapas restaurant inspired by Spain’s Catalan region, offers a festive four-course, 10-dish menu this Thanksgiving. To make reservations and see the full menu, visit mercatchicago.com, or call 312.765.0533. For more information on Mercat a la Planxa, visit Facebook.com/MercatalaPlanxa or @MercatChicago.
Celebrate the holidays with Dinkel’s Bakery & Café’s (3329 N. Lincoln Ave.) traditional menu of classic baked foods fit for the whole family and pre-order your treats today for pickup in time for Thanksgiving. From whimsical “Roasted Vegetarian Turkey Cakes” to extra deep, classic Pumpkin, Chocolate Silk, and Bavarian Banana pies, Dinkel’s is fixing up the dishes that are sure to make your guests save room for dessert. A complete list of Thanksgiving specials at Dinkel’s Bakery & Café can be found here.
West Town Bakery & Diner executive pastry chef Chris Teixeira has created a Thanksgiving menu of pies, cakes, jams, breads, stuffing mix, cookies and more that are now available for pre-order for the holidays from his Certified Green Restaurant that’s located at 1916 W Chicago Ave. Patrons can order Thanksgiving items by visiting the bakery in person, emailing email@example.com, or by calling the bakery at 773.904.1414. All orders must be placed by Saturday, November 23. Orders can be picked up from Monday, November 25 thru noon on Thanksgiving at West Town Bakery & Diner. West Town Bakery & Diner will deliver orders of $100 or more for a $10 delivery fee as well.
Tanta (118 W. Grand), Chef Gaston Acurio’s newest restaurant addition in Chicago’s River North neighborhood has been earning rave reviews from the moment it opened this past August. Keeping local and seasonal ingredients in mind, Tanta is rolling out Thanksgiving inspired specials beginning Friday, November 22nd through Wednesday, November 27th. For more information or to make a reservation call 312.222.9700 or visit www.tantachicago.com.
On Wednesday, November 27, both Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Sullivan’s Steakhouse will offer an array of Thanksgiving side dishes to go– it’s the feast without the fuss! Guests will have the opportunity to “carry out” their favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner, leaving more time to celebrate the holiday with friends and family.
Sides available for easy pickup include: Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Corn, Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potato Casserole, Mac & Cheese and Spinach Supreme. Each dish is available in three sizes and advanced ordering is required.
Side dishes to go will be offered for pick up Tuesday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 27:
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House: 3:00-11:00 p.m.
Sullivan’s Steakhouse: 5:00-10:00 p.m
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, 58 East Oak Street, Chicago
Sullivan’s Steakhouse Chicago, 415 North Dearborn, Chicago
Sullivan’s Steakhouse Lincolnshire, 250 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire
Sullivan’s Steakhouse Naperville, 244 South Main Street, Naperville, IL 60540
Celebrate Christmas Day at Bistronomic - Chef/Owner Martial Noguier's chic Gold Coast bistro will offer a festive three-course Christmas Day prix fixe menu on Wednesday, December 25th, 2013. The Christmas Day menu incorporates Noguier's signature seasonal and local flavors with classic holiday favorites and will available from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The warm, inviting atmosphere at Bistronomic is the perfect backdrop for a holiday celebration. The price is $65 per adult and $20 per child exclusive of tax and gratuity.
Bistronomic continues the tradition of being open on all holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, Easter, and Mother's Day. On Christmas Day, only the prix fixe holiday menu will be available.
Located at 840 N. Wabash, in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Reservations are available through OpenTable.com and are strongly recommended. For more information about Bistronomic, please call (312) 944-8400, visit www.bistronomic.net or view the restaurant’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
New Year’s Eve
Chef/Owner Martial Noguier's chic Gold Coast Bistronomic will offer an indulgent multi-course New Year's Eve prix fixe dinner menu on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013. The New Year's Eve menu incorporates Noguier's signature seasonal and local flavors with rare and decadent ingredients to ring in the New Year. The menu will available from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. with two seatings. Guests are invited to mark the close of 2013 and celebrate the beginning of 2014 with a modern twist on French cuisine at Bistronomic.
First Seating (5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.)
Four-Course Chef's Tasting Menu - $65 or $90 with wine pairings
Second Seating (7:45 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.)
Five-Course Chef's Tasting Menu including a "Surprise" Amuse Bouche from Chef Martial Noguier
$85 or $110 with wine pairings
A two-course New Year's Day Brunch will be offered for $25 per person. A bottomless mimosa in addition to the two-course brunch is $35 on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Tax and gratuity are excluded.
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