9 great restaurants for your Thanksgiving celebration in Chicago

By Nicole Bruce

Not every Thanksgiving has to involve the headache of dinner prep and entertaining combined with screaming fights over politics and Netflix show spoilers. Focus on spending quality time with family and friends by heading to one of these Chicago restaurants with chefs preparing the best Thanksgiving Day spreads (with varying degrees of traditionalism) on November 22. The best part? No dirty dishes means a longer nap time.

The Allis
Feast on traditional Thanksgiving dishes in the exquisitely designed lobby restaurant of Soho House Chicago. This spot in Fulton Market District will be serving up turkey (sourced from Ferndale Farm) and all the sides you love: green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, creamed spinach, you name it. But be sure to save space for dessert–there'll be maple custard tart, pumpkin pie, and cherry pie to choose from. Better yet, book a room at the posh hotel, so you can immediately change into your stretchy pants. Just like home. ($30 for adults for dinner + choice of dessert ($15 for children); reservations recommended.)
Neighborhood: West Loop MAP

Cafe Robey
The chic Wicker Park eatery at The Robey hotel will be dishing up a Thanksgiving spread alongside their regular brunch and dinner menus. Opt for chef Kevin McAllister's two-course holiday special to nosh on turkey day staples, including roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, apple-parsnip stuffing, Brussels sprouts, cranberry jam and house-made biscuits, and pumpkin pie. ($35; reservations recommended.)
Neighborhood: Wicker Park MAP

Pecan Pie at Booth One (photo: Josh Ferguson)

Booth One
Pretend you're a 1950s celebrity by dining on Thanksgiving favorites in a giant booth Frank Sinatra–style this holiday season. The upscale Gold Coast haunt with tuxedoed servers is rolling out a bountiful prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner menu filled with indulgences like Charcuterie, Butternut Squash Veloute with smoked bacon and chestnuts, Herb-Roasted Heritage Turkey, Beef Wellington, and from-scratch desserts like Pecan Pie and a Warm Pear and Almond Tart. ( $55; reservations required.)
Neighborhood: Gold Coast MAP

River Roast
Dine with a view of the Chicago River at this riverside restaurant, which will be serving up a lavish Thanksgiving Chef's Table with four different succulent, hand-carved roasts: slow-roasted turkey, prime rib, salmon, and stuffed pork loin. The holiday meal also includes greens, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with maple butter and candied pecans, aged Cheddar mac and cheese, local and house-made charcuterie, and sweets like pumpkin and pecan pie and apple cranberry tart. ($60; kids 5 to 12 eat for $18, and under 5 are free; reservations recommended.)
Neighborhood: River North MAP

Longman & Eagle
With its extensive whiskey selection, Logan Square's prized gastropub is the perfect spot for hosting a "friendsgiving" event. The family-style turkey dinner gets a luxe twist. You'll find foie gras stuffing and Bourbon cranberry sauce alongside roasted turkey, green bean casserole, fried Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, pecan pie, and more. And what's the next best thing to Thanksgiving dinner? Leftovers. So the attached bar, OSB, will be serving the sandwich form of "Thanksgiving leftovers" and pie all afternoon, too. ($65 prix fixe; reservations required for seatings at 1, 3, 5, and 7 p.m.)
Neighborhood: Logan Square MAP

Chocolate Hazelnut Bars at Bistronomic

Can't travel abroad this holiday season? Enjoy a French-inspired Thanksgiving dinner in the Gold Coast. Highlights of the special three-course prix-fixe meal at this modern French bistro include roasted turkey breast and stuffed leg, beef short ribs, house-made foie gras, smoked salmon salad, pumpkin ravioli, potato gnocchi, a fall vegetable medley, and desserts like lemon tart, chocolate hazelnut bars, and classic Thanksgiving sweets. ($65; reservations recommended.)
Neighborhood: Gold Coast MAP

Cherry Circle Room
This rustic yet sophisticated space inside the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is drawing Chicagoans out of the cold for a traditional Thanksgiving feast (though the overstuffed leather chairs and huge fireplace are quite welcoming, too). Enjoy turkey leg confit or turkey roulade, as well as traditional sides like Cheddar cheese soup, endive salad, green beans, and garlic mashed potatoes. A dessert cart delivers a variety of sweets. Opt for the wine pairings or one of Paul McGee's signature cocktails. ($90 prix fixe; reservations required.)
Neighborhood: The Loop MAP

This sophisticated, two-starred Michelin restaurant is sure to impress diners on Thanksgiving. Hungry Chicagoans can get their fill of holiday mainstays, with a contemporary spin. Treat yourself to chef Ryan McCaskey's five-course Thanksgiving menu. Courses include chestnut soup, lobster and squid ink gnocchi, smoked turkey roulade with cornbread stuffing, prime rib, and pumpkin cake with a Bourbon-maple frosting. ($95, or $35 for kids; reservations required.)
Neighborhood: South Loop MAP

Benny’s Chop House
This Thanksgiving Day, poultry takes center stage at this River North steakhouse. The specially crafted Chef's Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner features a natural turkey breast and braised turkey leg with creamy mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and natural jus. Choose two sides from classic chestnut-sage stuffing, sweet potatoes, honey-glazed carrots, or green bean casserole. Then pick a dessert from pumpkin pie with cranberry chutney, vanilla bean crème brûlée, pecan pie with Bourbon-caramel sauce, and chocolate pudding cake with eggnog ice cream. Steak lovers can still get their fill of beef off the regular dinner menu. ($55; reservations recommended.)
Neighborhood: River North MAP

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