35 Thanksgiving specials at Chicago-area restaurants – Chicago Tribune

The true beauty of Thanksgiving is that it’s one holiday that’s strictly focused on food. Sure, there might be a stray decoration or two, perhaps an awkwardly cobbled-together song for preschoolers to impress their visiting relatives, but when it comes down to it, we’re all there for one thing.
But a delicious spread doesn’t mean you have to work up a sweat in the kitchen all day — these 36 Chicago-area restaurants are willing to put in the time on your behalf. Check out their delectable Thanksgiving offerings for both takeout and dining in — and make sure to order in time to gobble it all up Thursday.
Shake things up with a Mediterranean takeout feast that serves up to six guests. Meals are $60 per person and start off with spicy hummus and truffle-baked orzo, followed by crispy chicken thighs served with butternut squash. Finish the meal with creme brulee pie. 302 N. Green St., 773-645-1400. abarestaurants.com
Skip the Thanksgiving prep with this Oak Brook restaurant’s carryout kit serving four to six guests. Each package ($160) contains roasted turkey breast and mashed potatoes just waiting to be drowned in house-made gravy, plus traditional sides of stuffing and cranberries. Add on a la carte options of chicken meatballs, gnocchi and pumpkin gelato for a true holiday feast. 118 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook; 630-586-9200; antico-posto.com
This Greek restaurant and Bib Gourmand recipient — the Michelin designation for restaurants with high-quality food at a great value — will offer Thanksgiving meal boxes for pickup from its Lincoln Park location. Choose between turkey breast ($38), roast chicken ($36), or oven-roasted lamb shoulder ($46), accompanied by inventive sides with a Greek twist, like mashed potatoes whipped with feta. Add on Pastichio casserole or baklava ($50 for 48 pieces). 1335 W. Wrightwood Ave., 773-857-5577, avli.us
This new River North restaurant devoted to flavors of a coastal Indian town will feature takeout packages for four this Thanksgiving. Pick up a whole turkey and sides of chorizo, prawn rice, tempered green beans and masala potatoes. 116 W. Hubbard St., 312-900-0197, bargoachicago.com
Bring a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to the table without lifting a finger — well, except for the task of bringing it home. Packages for up to six guests are $146 and include turkey breast with gravy, traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, Parker House rolls and house-made cranberry sauce. Streeterville, Fulton Market and Oak Brook locations, beatrixrestaurants.com
Let chef Johnny Besch handle the Thanksgiving cooking this year with his special holiday menu available for pickup on Thanksgiving Day. For $75 per person, enjoy confit turkey legs, Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes laden with butter, candied yams, cranberries en conserve, and pumpkin pie. 817 W. Lake St., 312-526-3116, blvdchicago.com
Bring the flavors of France to your Thanksgiving table this year with takeout packages for two ($200). Each package features a locally raised turkey, pumpkin soup, autumn salad, potato mousseline, pear almond galette, pumpkin delice and more. Additionally, a la carte sides are available for separate purchase along with cocktail packages. 534 N. Clark St., 312-595-1616, brindille-chicago.com
A three-course Thanksgiving takeout meal awaits and contains a delectable holiday meal. Starters include endive salad, butternut squash bisque, and homemade milk bread. This year’s entree is a roast duck breast with confit duck leg and mustard jus with sides of Yukon potato gratin, autumn vegetables, and braised greens. Dessert completes this fine dining experience with brioche bread pudding with apple, fig and vanilla anglaise. ($225 for four). 2152 N. Damen Ave., 773-862-5555, thebristolchicago.com
Bring the flavors of Spain to the dinner table for your holiday meal with two options. The family-style meal is available for $45, while the paella potluck package begins at $58. Pitchers of sangria can be added for $28. 2024 N. Halsted St., 773-935-5000, cafebabareeba.com
This recently reopened restaurant is kicking things off with a four-course prix fixe available for dine-in on Thanksgiving. The menu is available for $90 per person ($80 for a vegetarian option) and includes shrimp cocktail, garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, roast turkey breast and leg, and more. Seasonal cocktails and wine pairings are also available. 12 S. Michigan Ave., 312-792-3515. lsdatcaa.com
Chef Kristen Ashley is bringing fond memories of her childhood Thanksgiving to Chicago with her grandmother’s signature cornbread dressing, along with Creole baked chicken. Signature sides of garlic Yukon mashed potatoes, collards greens, macaroni and cheese, plus a 24-carat gold muffin complement the feast. 4248 S. Cottage Grove Ave., 773-575-7120, cleossoutherncuisine.com
One of Logan Square’s most beloved restaurants (and that’s saying something), Daisies is offering a Thanksgiving dinner kit for pickup. For $225, four people will be served sous vide turkey breast with confit legs and thighs, along with traditional Thanksgiving sides. Add on wine packages, house-made cocktails or pies from Bang Bang Pie — and it takes less than an hour to put together at home. 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-661-1671, daisieschicago.com
Skip the 4 a.m. alarm to get the turkey in the oven with a Lillie’s Q smoked turkey. Each bird ($100) serves eight to 10 guests, and they are available for pickup Thanksgiving Day. Cases of District Brew Yards beer are also available for pickup and include pilsners, IPAs, and the Around the Bend Vera Pistachio Cream ale. 417 N. Ashland Ave., 773-295-1270, districtbrewyards.com
For $60 per person, guests can dine on a Mediterranean spread for up to six guests. This year’s offerings include pumpkin hummus, Greek salad and crispy Brussels sprouts. Main attractions include a cider- and sumac-brined roast turkey breast and beef tenderloin kebabs, with honey pie as a sweet ending to the meal. 74 W. Illinois St., 312-527-5586, emachicago.com
For those looking to celebrate the holidays quietly at home, this family meal package includes all of the classics and serves up to eight people. Each package includes herb-roasted turkey, stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, green salad, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie. ($120 for two to four guests; $200 for six to eight guests). 1300 W. Wellington Ave., 773-281-2599, farm-bar.com
Thanksgiving is all about comfort foods, and this North Shore spot is known for its hearty Midwestern eats. Diners at the restaurant can enjoy a farm-to-table buffet that includes classics of turkey, ham, buttermilk smashed potatoes, green bean casserole, candied yams, and more. Buffet pricing is $44 per adult and $21 per child, and reservations are required. For those wanting to dine at home, pick up a dinner of turkey with potatoes and gravy, stuffing, and roasted vegetables for $25 per person. 703 Church St., Evanston; 847-492-9700; farmhouseevanston.com
Head to the heart of the Loop for a farm-to-table dining experience. Guests can dine-in or pick up items from the holiday to-go menu, with packages ranging from $175-$510 serving four to 12 diners. Those dining at the restaurant have options of three different mains: cider-cured roasted turkey; brown sugar-cured ham with pineapple glaze; or prime rib slow-roasted and rubbed with garlic and sage. Dine-in options are available at $59 for adults and $22 for kids and include classic comfort sides along with the entree choice. 221 N. Columbus Drive, 312-477-0234, firelakechicago.com
This classic Italian restaurant in the West Loop will feature a special prix fixe menu to celebrate Thanksgiving. Takeout packages are ready to heat and serve, and each comes with a whole-roasted chicken and lasagna, accompanied by mashed potatoes, focaccia stuffing and broccolini. A choice of pie finished off the meal, which serves for people for $195. 925 W. Randolph St., 312-690-7295, formentos.com
Groups big and small are covered with a unique, yet traditional Thanksgiving spread to-go. Packages include the All in the Family (serves 12 for $395), Family Matters (serves six for $195) and Turkey for Two ($75) and include turkey, a la carte items, and decorative offerings. Menu highlights include Maryland crab cakes, baked Brie, traditional bread stuffing or turkey sausage stuffing, and the ultimate green bean casserole. Locations vary, goddessgrocer.com
Take the holiday off from cooking with a to-go dinner package featuring holiday classics. Kits serve four and include roasted turkey with gravy, homemade corn pudding, Mama Casey’s green bean casserole, Our Mom’s famous stuffing, whipped potatoes with gravy, Tillamook cheddar macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, and pecan pie. 51 W. Hubbard St., 312-828-0051, hub51chicago.com
Dinner for two ($100) or four ($190) guests awaits in a to-go package designed to take the stress out of holiday cooking. The menu includes Brussels sprouts flecked with crispy bacon; butternut squash ravioli, herb-roasted turkey breast with sage stuffing; and pumpkin cheesecake. 59 W. Hubbard St., 312-828-0051, ilporcellinochicago.com
Elevate your Thanksgiving dinner at home with a carefully curated takeout package. Packages include the option to add a 15-pound stuffed and cooked turkey and sides. Otherwise, head to the sleek rooftop restaurant for a socially distanced buffet with soups and salads, turkey and prime rib, bourbon-glazed carrots, along with a variety of desserts. The buffet is $59 for adults and $15 for children. 127 W. Huron St., 312-274-1830, iogodfrey.com
A classic Thanksgiving feast awaits at this Streeterville mainstay, featuring turkey breast with leg and thigh confit; sausage-studded stuffing; citrus cranberry relish, green beans and butternut squash topped with toasted marshmallows. A slice of pumpkin chiffon pie awaits for dessert. 60 E. Grand Ave., 312-379-5637, joes.net
Put a Baja twist on Thanksgiving dinner with wood-fired flavors for up to eight people. Wood-oven roasted turkey legs are served with a Oaxacan mole negro and chipotle-cranberry salsa ($80-$150). Sides of mashed potatoes, black beans, chorizo stuffing and more are available separately along with takeout cocktail kits. 900 W. Randolph St., 312-733-1975, lenabrava.com
Chef Michael Woodhall takes guests on a Mediterranean-inspired Thanksgiving feast available for pickup. This year’s menu includes herb- and lemon-brined roasted turkey with caperberry gravy and cranberry-peach mostarda; Yukon potatoes, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, bacon and Idiazabal cheese gratin; duck confit and chestnut stuffing; brioche dinner rolls with whipped butter; and pumpkin doughnut tiramisu. Packages are prepared for two ($95) or four ($195) guests. Half-price bottles of wine are available to complement the meal. 2301 W. Roscoe St., 773-857-1985, lesudchicago.com
Spend Thanksgiving out on the town and enjoy having someone else cook the holiday spread. A special holiday menu is $70 per person and includes a choice of appetizer, turkey entree, two sides and dessert of either carrot cake or pumpkin cheesecake. 616 N. Rush St., 312-379-5637, lurefishbar.com
Dine out for the holiday at this steak-and-seafood favorite. Adults ($32) and children ($10) can dine-in with roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, apple squash casserole and, of course, mashed potatoes and gravy. For those wanting to dine at home, the family dinner package is offered for $189 and serves four to six. 1 E. Wacker Drive, 312-823-7226, mccormickandschmicks.com
Spend Thanksgiving on the North Shore with a prix fixe holiday feast. The menu features a roasted Green Circle turkey along with elevated takes on holiday favorites, including green bean casserole, house-made cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes with a flavorful rosemary gravy. Guests have their choice of dining at the restaurant, or getting takeout for $50 per adult and $30 for kids under 10. 200 N. Field Drive, Lake Forest; 847-582-6410; oakenbistro.com
Dress down the holiday with an easy, casual meal. Swap out turkey for chicken, with a 22-piece meal rounded out with four sides for $40 at this casual Albany Park neighborhood eatery. 4830 N. Pulaski Road, 833-226-7376, us.campero.com
Keep things simple and classic this year and dine out with a three-course Thanksgiving dinner priced at $25 per person at this West Loop restaurant. Courses include butternut squash soup, turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, gravy, cranberry, and apple or pumpkin pie for dessert. 205 N. Peoria St., 312-498-7080, pjbwestloop.com
Whether you’re feeding a small or large group, this Thanksgiving package has customizable options to ensure you’ve got exactly what you need. The family-style dinner has a la carte options including a whole or half roasted turkey, traditional sides and dessert. The dinner package for two ($140) includes soup, salad, roasted turkey with potatoes and gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and choice of dessert. 601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook; 847-205-4433; prairiegrasscafe.com
Bring a global tasting experience home for Thanksgiving this year with chef Andrew Zimmerman’s to-go package. Dine on tandoori-style turkey breast, braised turkey leg biryani, creamy black lentils, garam masala spiced gravy and dessert. This $80 package serves two. 565 W. Randolph St., 312-466-1950, proxichicago.com
For those who love the tradition of roasting a ham or a turkey, Publican Quality Meats is teaming up with The Publican for a takeout package with a ready-to-cook entree and precooked sides. Select a festive ham or pasture-raised turkey, then add on an array of ready-to-serve side dishes such as roasted garlic and buttermilk mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts with bacon and crispy shallots, green chile sausage dressing and more available a la carte or as a spread. 825 W. Fulton Market, 312-445-8977, publicanqualitymeats.com
A seafood bonanza awaits at this longtime downtown staple, but traditional Thanksgiving dishes will also be available for the holiday, including herb-roasted turkey, brioche stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. 21 E. Hubbard St., 312-527-2722, shawscrabhouse.com
Design the perfect holiday meal for your friends and loved ones with a pick-and-choose menu. Keep it traditional with classics like herb-roasted turkey breast, green bean casserole, herb stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Or, spice things up with Cajun-smoked turkey breast, collard greens, and chef Carter’s signature macaroni and cheese. Locations vary, soulandsmoke.com
This Thanksgiving culinary experience adds modern twists on classic Asian flavors. This year’s holiday takeout package feeds four and is offered for $180. The menu includes roasted turkey, confit turkey legs, pork belly adobo, shishito mashed potatoes, street corn stuffing, biscuits, gravy, and an apple pie for dessert. 110 W. Illinois St., 312-644-0500, sundanewasian.com
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