Hang up your apron this holiday season and opt to either dine out or having the fixings brought to your home table. Want to know how? Check out these options from Choose Chicago.
Chicago Restaurant Specials To Bring Thanksgiving to Your Home:
Avli Taverna (1335 W Wrightwood Ave #1, Chicago, IL 60614) will offer holiday meals for pick-up from November 20-22, 2023). The menu includes Oven-Roasted Lamb Shoulder Meal with greek potatoes, avgolemono soup, spinach and walnut salad, and piece of walnut cake (Price: $46 per person); Greek-Style Half Chicken with greek potatoes, avgolemono soup, spinach and walnut salad, and piece of walnut cake (Price: $39 per person); Tray of Pastichio, a traditional casserole of pasta, ground beef and bechamel (Price: $60, serves 4-6). The meals come hot & ready to eat or cold with reheating instructions. Order on Tock Here.
Bloom Plant Based Kitchen (1559 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622) – Bloom Plant Based Kitchen from James Beard-nominated Chef Rodolfo Cuadros is your vegan and gluten-free friendly option for this year’s Thanksgiving spread. Bloom offers a four-course to-go package for this year’s holiday. Diners can get a Leek & Chestnut Soup for a starter, an Autumn Harvest Salad with a mustard maple vinaigrette, Royal Acorn Squash with stuffed acorn squash, smoked mushrooms and chimichurri and a Pumpkin Pie to close out the meal with cranberry bourbon vanilla preserve, toasted meringue and a lemon balm. Ordering will be available beginning October 20 through their website, and will continue through November 20. Pick-up will be on Wednesday, November 22.
Daisies (2375 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647) – If you’re giving your turkey baster and carving set a break this year, let one of the hottest restaurants in Chicago whip you up a full Turkey Day spread that takes the holiday’s most nostalgic dishes up a notch. Logan Square’s favorite vegetable-focused restaurant, Daisies (New York Times’ Restaurant List 2023) is bringing back their Thanksgiving dinner kits filled with seasonal, Midwestern-inspired holiday classics. Sit back and relax, because Executive Chef Joe Frillman and the team are cooking up a full feast including a Sous Vide Turkey Breast and Confit Leg and Thigh and a variety of sides like Candied Sweet Potatoes with marshmallow, Sage and Maple Stuffing, Brussel Sprouts with Grapes in Bacon Vinaigrette and more. For desserts, take your pick between scrumptious Pumpkin or Apple Crumb Pies (Price: $35 each) whipped up by Executive Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky. And of course, if you’re really looking to impress the in-laws, add on a wine trio (Price: $99) to receive three bottles that’ll pair perfectly with your Thanksgiving meal. To-go kits are $240 each and must be ordered in advance with pick-up available on Thanksgiving day. Orders available here on Tock
The Dearborn (145 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60602) – Take the chaos out of baking and pick up a pie from one of Chicago’s best downtown spots. For $35, guests have the option to order two delicious desserts, the French Silk Pie made with dark chocolate custard, oreo shortbread and mascarpone chantilly or the Dutch Apple Pie made with cinnamon apples, “rough puff” crust and a graham cracker streusel. Link to order here. Price: $35
Farm Bar Lakeview (1300 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL 60657) – Lakeview’s quintessential neighborhood tavern, known for their seasonal and approachable menus, are offering the ultimate Thanksgiving to-go box complete with every main, side and dessert that you will need to serve all your loved ones. Two package options are available – smaller size for 2-4 people and large size for 6-8 people. The menu is handcrafted by Executive Chef David Wakefield, including a Carved and Cooked Turkey, Butternut Squash Bisque, Side of Toasted Pepitas and Creme Fraiche, Autumnal Salad, Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes, Gravy, Honey Balsamic Brussel Sprouts, Cornbread and Brioche Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Dinner Rolls and Pumpkin Pie. All dishes will only need to be preheated and ready to eat on Thanksgiving Day. Link to order here. Ordering is available until November 15 with pickups available Wednesday, November 22 from 12pm-5pm. Price: Package A (2-4 people): $140, Package B (6-8 people): $200.
Fora (311 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607) – Located in the heart of Fulton Market on the ground floor of The Emily Hotel, Fora is offering a Thanksgiving To-Go feast perfect to pick-up for busy families and hungry gatherings. Menu highlights include a maple sage butter Tom turkey breast, roasted turkey gravy, buttermilk potato purée, heirloom carrots & french beans, orange cranberry sauce, herb sourdough stuffing, farmer’s salad, roasted beets, Hawaiian rolls and apple cranberry pie. Price: $275 (2-4 people), $350 (4-8 people).
Lexington Betty Smokehouse (756 E 111th St., Chicago, IL 60628) – Chicagoland is feeling extra thankful for Lexington Betty Smokehouse this holiday season! The BBQ haven is rolling out its annual Thanksgiving menu, brimming with turkey bliss and rib tips from the season four champion of Food Network’s “BBQ Brawl” and 2023 Master of ‘Cue herself, Chef Dominique Leach. A variety of to-go packs are available for preorder, fit for the hostesses with the mostess and the Friendsgiving goer in need of a ‘homemade’ side alike.
- Betty Traditional (Feeds Four) | Smoked Turkey, Gravy, Turkey Gizzard Dressing, Cranberry Relish, Candy Yams, Gouda Mac N Cheese, Cornbread Muffins (Price: $150)
- Betty “Smoked” (Feeds Four) | Smoked Chicken, Rib Tips, Brisket Baked Beans, Gouda Mac N Cheese (Price: $125)
- Betty Have It Your Way (A La Carte) | $75 Whole Smoked Turkey (12-15 lbs), $28 Brisket (per lb), $70 Gouda Mac N Cheese (Full Pan), $50 Greens, $70 Peach Cobbler
Orders to be placed online at lexingtonbetty.com by Wednesday, November 15th for pickup on Wednesday, November 23. Pricing varies by selected Thanksgiving to-go pack.
Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse (505 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611) – Known for its impressive carnivorous offerings, Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse will be living up to their iconic reputation with an epic Thanksgiving meal available for dine-in or to carry out. A feast of Slagel Family Farm Roasted Turkey served with Apple-cranberry sauce will be served alongside Nuske’s bacon French green beans and Au Gratin Sweet Potatoes. Available from 4 – 8:30 PM, make reservations and order online here. Price: $59
The Publican (837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607) – Leave the prep to the pros behind One Off Hospitality’s culinary powerhouse, as The Publican comes together once again with acclaimed Head Chef/Butcher Rob Levitt of Publican Quality Meats and James Beard Award-winning baker Greg Wade of Publican Quality Bread to elevate your at-home Thanksgiving! Skip the grocery store chaos and pre-order sustainably-raised Slagel Farms-sourced turkey and ham, with add-ons like brine kits, gravy, and stuffing sausage to make cooking a breeze. Savvy hosts can outsource sides, pies, and everything in between, mixing and matching from Publican holiday favorites like garlic buttermilk mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts with fregola, honey oat pull-apart rolls, house-made desserts, curated wines, and more! Orders can be picked up at The Publican or delivered right to your door for $15 (restrictions apply, please refer to the delivery map on Table22). Pickup and delivery available 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, November 20th, Tuesday, November 21st, and Wednesday, November 22nd. Available here on Table22.
Chicago Hotels & Restaurants That Set a Fine Table
Maple & Ash (8 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610) – Chef/Partner Danny Grant and the team are here to take the stress off your plate this year by serving up an indulgent feast featuring beloved Thanksgiving classics made with their signature luxurious flair that’s sure to impress your relatives. Settle into Maple’s elegant dining room and start your dinner off with a toast of bubbles picked from their robust, expertly crafted list of bottles. For the main course, dig into a decadent Black Truffle Turkey plate (Price: $75) complete with favorite sides like pomme puree, brussel sprouts and chanterelles for a dose of classic Thanksgiving comfort. For those who still need their fix, Maple’s wood-fired menu of steaks, seafood towers, and caviar will also be available. Thursday, November 23, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; reservations available here.
The Peninsula Chicago (108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611) – Elaborate holiday brunches have been a signature of The Peninsula Chicago for many years. Guests can usher in the festive fall harvest season with The Lobby’s annual Thanksgiving Brunch on Thursday, November 23, which will feature à la carte plated options and buffet items served via a variety of stations: the carving station features Ferndale turkey, dry aged striploin, suckling pig; local foraged mushrooms and ancient grain station; seafood station with jumbo shrimp, Alaskan king crab, Jonah crab claws, east and west coast oysters, sushi and sashimi, maki and nigiri; an imported and domestic caviar station; a global cheese and charcuterie station; Shanghai Terrace station featuring Peking Duck, handmade dim sum and stir-fried favorites; and a Lobster bisque with winter truffle action station. A decadent dessert buffet rounds out the holiday selections. Entertainment features a string quartet as well as a roving magician for children. Brunch seatings are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Brunch is priced at US$ 325 per adult and US$ 95 per person for children ages 5 to 12 years. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. Reservations are accepted via TOCK.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago (401 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611) – Guests can indulge in a 4-course Thanksgiving Dinner at Terrace16 on Thursday, November 23. The first course will include a carrot & parsnip soup, parsnip chips and chives, followed by a second course of kale chicory salad with toasted pecans, apples, acorn squash, pumpkin goddess dressing. The main course will feature slow roasted sliced turkey with black garlic pomme puree, roasted winter vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and turkey demi glaze. To top it all off, dessert will include a slice of pie (pumpkin, pecan, or sweet potato). The Regular Dinner Menu will be available as well. Price: $85 per adult, $39 per child (under 12 years old) prior to taxes & service charges. Booking is available via OpenTable.
Chicago Cooking Classes To Hone Your Kitchen Skills:
Tutore Cooking School (2755 W Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60618) – Why buy pies when you can make them from scratch? Tutore Cooking School is offering a number of Thanksgiving pie making classes, teaching the proper steps to make the perfect pie for Thanksgiving dinner. From making the flaky pie crust, finding the best apples, proper baking tips, and general knife skills, students will be able to learn how to make both a Pumpkin and Apple pie. At the end of the class, each guest will be able to bring home a full pie. Classes are available November 19 -November 22, 2023.