Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends and feasting—it's not a time for freaking out about burnt birds or worrying that the turkey fryer might set your garage on fire. Skip the hassle and treat your family to a Thanksgiving dinner to remember in Chicago.
Scroll through our list to find a perfect fit for a memorable Thanksgiving in Chicago that will fit the uniqueness of your friends and family.
For the Family That Digs Turducken
Acadia invites Chicagoans to celebrate the much-anticipated Thanksgiving holiday with Chef/Owner Ryan McCaskey offering a special Thanksgiving spread that truly sets the bar high for holiday meals. Step into this South Loop locale on Thursday, November 24, and you'll find that traditional turkey has been swapped wtih Acadia’s acclaimed Turducken. All your favorite holiday staples will be on available, too, including French onion soup and a play on green-bean casserole.
Optional wine pairings make for an elegant dining journey. A menu for children ages 10 and under is available for $25, featuring favorites like mac n’ cheese, chicken nuggets and chocolate pudding. For diners in search of a memorable Thanksgiving experience outside the home, behold Acadia’s festive menu, priced at $95 per person with an optional $65 for wine pairings. Secure your tickets today.
For the Family That Loves Seafood More Than Turkey
Shaw’s Crab House is also hosting a Thanksgiving buffet with a nod to the oceans on Thanksgiving Day: The traditional Thanksgiving buffet, priced at $75 per adult and $20 for kids 12 and younger (exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverages), includes herb-roasted turkey, roasted beef tenderloin, cranberry sauce, homemade stuffing, oysters on the half shell, and delicious desserts.
The Near North Devon Seafood Grill will serving its regular menu all day, but at both the Oyster Bar upstairs and the formal dining room, you can enjoy a three-course Thanksgiving meal priced at $38 for adults and $19 for kids ages 4 to 12. Courses include appetizer choices such as lobster bisque or butternut squash soup followed by an entree of roast turkey and traditional sides, with a few dessert choices, including pumpkin pie and apple croustade. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling 312-440-8660.
For the Family That Loves All Things Italian
In addition to its regular dinner menu, Nico Osteria, located in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, will offer a four-course Italian Thanksgiving dinner with an Italian-American twist. Highlights include butternut squash bisque with Nantucket Bay scallops and sweet potatoe ravioli, in addition to Heritage Turkey. The dinner is $85 per person and $35 for kids ages 6 to 12 years old and runs from 2 to 9 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 312-994-7100.
For the Family That Wants to Celebrate with a View to Remember
From the 95th floor of 875 N Michigan (formerly the John Hancock Center), the Signature Room offers outstanding Thanksgiving fare with a side of spectacular views. Entrees include turkey breast, pan-seared seitan or pork loin and starters include king crab and charcuterie. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne alongside a variety of soups, salads and sides while enjoying a sweeping, 360-degree vista. The prix fixe meal is $80 for adults, $35 for kids ages 4 to 12 years old and free for kids 3 and under. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312-787-9596.
For the Family That Wants a Good-Old, Down-Home Turkey Dinner . . . Southern-Style
If you're dreaming of a Southern inspired Thanksgiving, country-Western themed Bub City's got you covered. From 11 a.m. 'til midnight on Thanksgiving Day, they'll be cooking up a Southern Thanksgiving dinner: Think hickory-smoked turkey, homemade cornbread-and-sage stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, classic gravy and cranberries and more. Make reservations online or by calling the restaurant at 312-610-4200.
For the Family That Prefers Steak with a Side of Turkey
RPM Steak's special, four-course Thanksgiving Feast features Slagel Family Farm turkey (served both roasted and fried) as well as some of RPM’s signature dishes, including coal-roasted king crab and The Duke, a juicy, 10-oz. rib eye. Plenty of holiday additions are available—think Savini white truffles shaved tableside and miso-roasted lobster—plus accompaniments for the table including dried fruit stuffing, whipped potatoes and an updated version of the classic green-bean casserole.
Top off the meal with an assortment of desserts such as pumpkin pie & cinnamon ice cream, vanilla sugar doughnuts and RPM’s famous 14K chocolate cake. View the full menu. Dinner is $85 per person (plus tax; gratuity not included). Make reservations online or by calling the restaurant at 312-284-4990.
For the Family That Loves a Backyard BBQ-Style Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is finger licking good when you're greeted with a fire-grilled turkey feast, and Weber Grill has all your fave fixin's. We’re talking grill-roasted smoked turkey, cornbread with maple-bourbon butter, shrimp cocktail, sausage stuffing and classic pumpkin pie. Tired of turkey? You can opt for a burger, too, from the a la carte menu. Make reservations online or by calling the restaurant at 312-467-9696 for reservations.
For the Vegetarian Family
Save the turkeys! Contemporary vegetarian restaurant Green Zebra has veggie-loving families covered this holiday season. A unique menu of classic Thanksgiving favorites featuring seasonal vegetables, developed by Chef de Cuisine David Chapman, will be available at the West Town restaurant for two weeks beginning Friday, November 18.
Does your family make an annual trip out to a restaurant for your Thanksgiving feast? What are some of your favorite spots? However you plan to celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving from the Choose Chicago family to yours!