Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends and celebrate with the ones you love.
The traditional feast, however, takes a lot of time to prepare and means that someone is stuck in the kitchen.
If you like the idea of breaking bread with friends and family, but don’t like the idea of actually baking the bread and then cleaning up the crumbs, here are several places you can eat on Thanksgiving Day.
Instead of spending so much time preparing, cooking, worrying if the turkey’s going to turn out alright, and then cleaning up after everyone is gone, let someone else do it for you and make reservations instead.
Chicago restaurants open on Thanksgiving
The following restaurants are open for Thanksgiving dinner in Chicago. Be sure to call ahead to check the details as they may change.
Morton’s in Chicago, Naperville, Northbrook, Rosemont and Schaumburg will be open at 12 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and feature an indulgent Steak and Lobster Special for $59. The special includes an 8-ounce filet mignon paired with a 1 ¼ pound lobster topped with lobster butter sauce and finished with grated parmesan cheese and a savory puffed pastry.
Pheasant Run Resort, located in charming St. Charles, invites you to begin the holiday season with a bountiful Thanksgiving Day Brunch created by executive chef Tiffany Tooker.
Give thanks for all your blessings with Pheasant Run’s Thanksgiving Day Buffet. The buffet includes: omelet station, salad station, carving station, pasta station, assorted breads and a sweets table.
Adults can dine for just $42.95 and children ages 5 to 12 eat for only $16.95, plus children 4 and under are free!
Caffé Umbria’s Logan Square location will open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Perfect for the holiday, Chicagoans can warm up with seasonal specials including a Chestnut Latte (espresso, steamed milk and chestnut sauce made with Clement Faugier Chestnut Spread and Monin Praline syrup; $4.75 to $5.25), Caffé al Pepe (espresso, steamed milk, honey and housemade spice blend of cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg; $4.25 to $4.75) and a Turmeric Ginger Chai (Turmeric Ginger Chai Mix, coconut milk; $3.75 to $4.25).
Take a break from the kitchen and spend the holiday at Hofbräuhaus Chicago! The delectable Thanksgiving menu includes turkey with mashed potatoes, cranberry-apple stuffing and more; German mustard-crusted pork roast; seasonal vegetables; apple cobbler and pumpkin pie.
Give thanks at Travelle with a holiday feast perfect for any style of celebration. Travelle offers two options with all of the trimmings.
The first is a decadent brunch buffet ($175 per person and $50 for children aged 5-12 years) features highlights including a carving station with Herb Butter Basted Whole Roasted Turkey and Char Broil Tomahawk Ribeye Steaks; a smoke house station with Cold Smoked Scottish Salmon, Pastrami Salmon, and Dill Salmon; and a variety of Thanksgiving favorites including Country Bread Stuffing with Chestnuts and Sage, Roasted Seasonal Root Vegetables, and Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Pecans.
Additionally, Chef Jeff Vucko and his team present guests with an assortment of gourmet offerings in a three-course, family-style meal for $90 per person.
A traditionally, elaborate Thanksgiving Buffet in the Gold Coast Ballroom of The Drake, a Hilton Hotel with all of the accouterments accented by live music. We didn’t forget about your little turkeys either - the children’s experience will be complete with a miniature buffet with bite-size delicacies and desserts.
Take time to gather the family for a complementary professional family portrait by Borterwagner Photography, enjoy live entertainment by The Jose Valdes Trio, along with a Children's Activities including arts & crafts, movie room, balloon specialist, caricature and face painter.
Lincolnshire Marriott Resort invites guests and locals alike to join them on Thurs., Nov. 28 to celebrate Thanksgiving with a festive prix-fixe menu. Hosted in the resort’s Wright’s Brew & Bistro, this year’s menu features four courses including a variety of traditional Thanksgiving comfort foods.
Tuscany in Wheeling will serve a seasonal Thanksgiving prix fixe dinner created by Executive Chef Bolla Loza on Thursday, November 28 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. For $34.95 per person, guests will feast on turkey, choice of mashed or sweet potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry relish, stuffing, and a slice of pumpkin pie. Reservations are required.
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