Where to eat Thanksgiving dinner in Chicago: dine-in and carry-out

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Chicago is a dining destination 365 days a year, which means there are tons of amazing restaurants open on Thanksgiving. Pick a dine-in option to enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by a festive ambiance, or choose carry-out to savor a to-go feast in the comfort of your own home. Either way, you might just find your new favorite Thanksgiving tradition. 

Check out a few of the best Chicago restaurants for Thanksgiving dinners, plus a round-up of Chicago hotels serving special holiday meals.

Chicago dine-in restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Make it a holiday to remember with a meal at one of these Chicago restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day.

A couple enjoys dessert at Signature Room
Photo by Ranvestel Photographic

The Signature Room at the 95th: Make is a holiday to remember with a gourmet meal at this iconic Chicago restaurant. Enjoy sweeping city views and a three-course menu that includes raw bar items, burrata, roasted turkey, and seared scallops.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab: Enjoy sliced turkey breast, alongside all the fixings — classic stuffing with sausage, mashed potatoes, butternut squash with toasted marshmallow, and a slice of pumpkin chiffon pie for dessert.

Pearl’s Place: A long-time fixture in the Bronzeville neighborhood, Pearl’s Place will be offering their famous holiday buffet of Southern-style soul food on Thanksgiving.

The Smith: Located in River North, The Smith is offering a special three-course prix fixe menu featuring a choice of turkey three ways ​​— roasted breast, braised leg, or turkey pot pie.

Artango Bar & Steakhouse: Take a tour of Argentina through the three-course Thanksgiving meal being served at this Lincoln Square steakhouse.

Coco Pazzo: Enjoy a special three-course menu of traditional Thanksgiving Day dishes. There will also be a menu with some of Coco Pazzo’s most popular and award-winning Italian dishes.

Prime & Provisions: This River North steakhouse is welcoming the return of their Thanksgiving Day Grand Feast. The buffet includes a carving station, a raw bar, and all the holiday sides.

Hotel restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner

Turn your long weekend into a weekend away. Explore hotels serving special Thanksgiving meals, then book your room today.

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Cherry Circle Room: Enjoy an elegant feast in a classic atmosphere at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel. The four-course menu includes shrimp cocktail, garlic mashed potatoes, roast turkey breast and leg, and more.

Cafe Robey: Situated on the first floor of the The Robey Hotel, this trendy spot will host a special dinner Thanksgiving evening featuring turkey and all the classic sides.

The Lobby at The Peninsula: Mix it up with an elaborate Thanksgiving brunch. The Peninsula’s luxe restaurant will be serving a four-course menu, plus a lavish buffet.

Travelle at The Langham: Travelle will offer a special prix fixe menu complete with all the traditional Thanksgiving trimmings, including elegant dishes like foie de poulet, celery root soup, and turkey breast with sage butter stuffing.

I|O Godfrey: Indulge in a Thanksgiving buffet at one of the city’s largest year-round rooftops, with tons of options and sweeping city views atop The Godfrey Hotel.

Make it a long weekend away with special offers and deals from Chicago hotels.

Chicago Thanksgiving carry-out dinners

Transform your at-home Thanksgiving dinner into a restaurant-worthy feast with these special to-go and carry-out offers.

RPM Italian; photo by Elyse Kort

Alinea: One of the world’s best restaurants, Alinea will be offering a Thanksgiving feast with 10 sides and an organic turkey. Just reheat and serve.

Virtue: This Hyde Park standout is serving a reheatable Thanksgiving meal to go, with Southern touches like collard greens and an add-on gallon of gumbo.

Dusek’s Tavern: In Pilsen, Dusek’s is cooking up a full Thanksgiving menu (including a brined and ready-to-cook Slagel Farms turkey), plus pies, batched cocktails, and a curated playlist from Thalia Hall.

Le Sud Mediterranean Kitchen: Le Sud, located in Roscoe Village, will offer a Thanksgiving feast to go. The Mediterranean-inspired menu for two or four includes herb and lemon brined roasted turkey.

Soul & Smoke: Pick and choose your Thanksgiving meal, with both traditional sides and soulful additions like Cajun-smoked turkey breast and collard greens. Pick up at Time Out Market in the West Loop.

BLVD Steakhouse: Indulge in a luxurious Thanksgiving meal at home with confit turkey legs, and an over-the-top pumpkin pie with pumpkin custard, gingersnap crumble, chai spiced cream, and cranberry shrub.

The Bristol: Celebrate fall flavors with a seasonal meal from this Bucktown institution. Their three-course Thanksgiving menu serves four and includes confit duck leg and brioche bread pudding.

Pumpkin pie
Pumpkin Chiffon Pie from Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Lost Lake: Take care of all your Thanksgiving cocktail needs with the tropical offerings from Lost Lake. They’re offering large-format, ready-to-pour beverages (like the Rum River Mystic and Sherry No-No), plus a spread of appetizers to pair with the drinks.

Sepia: This classic West Loop institution is offering incredible takeout meals for Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving. Enjoy cider-brined turkey breast, Waldorf Salad stuffing, plus sweet potato and pecan pie for dessert.

Luella’s Southern Kitchen: Mix it up this year with a Southern-inspired Thanksgiving spread. Choose from a smoked turkey breast or half a roast duck with cornbread stuffing, Brussels sprouts, mac and cheese and a slice of sweet potato pie.

Bar Roma: In Andersonville, pick up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to go featuring a cider brined roasted turkey, garlic potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and more. Vegetarians can swap the bird for mushroom bolognese.

​​RPM Italian: Make it a holiday to remember with an upscale feast from RPM Italian. The meal package includes delicious holiday accompaniments like burrata panzanella, butternut squash agnolotti, and chestnut stuffing.

Wood: The Michelin Bib Gourmand winner in Chicago’s Northalsted neighborhood is offering diners an at-home package with maple smoked turkey breast, confit turkey leg, wood roasted local root vegetables, beer-infused gravy, and more.

Aba: Order a Thanksgiving feast with a Mediterranean twist, including truffle baked orzo, crispy chicken thighs, and creme brûlée pie. All items are served fully cooked with reheating instructions. 

Beatrix: Feed a crowd with this package for four to six guests. Mix and match a variety of sides or opt for a selection of classics. Add on a whole pie for dessert.

The Publican: Level up your Thanksgiving feast with an abundance of locally sourced meats and traditional accompaniments, available a la carte or as a spread.

Longman & Eagle: Order up a family-style Thanksgiving with favorite’s from year’s past, like cranberry sauce, kale spinach, and pumpkin pie — plus optional whiskey and wine pairings. All meals come with reheating instructions. 

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