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Thanksgiving in Chicago: Dining Out Options

Posted by Patricia Gorecki | 11/27/2013 | Category: Restaurants

Still recovering from last year’s deep fryer disaster? Overwhelmed with the task of feeding the entire family? Scrambling for a last minute solution following a kitchen melt-down? We have got you covered with our top picks for dining out in Chicago this Thanksgiving.


(312) 573-5160
11:30 am to 6:00 pm
$130/person, $45/children
Located in the Ritz-Carlton, deca offers an unparalleled Thanksgiving day brunch and dinner. Go traditional with brined and roasted turkey, sauteed green beans and cranberry chutney or try something out of the ordinary with seafood gumbo and sushi and sashimi prepared to order. Do not miss out on dessert which includes such sweet options as pumpkin pie, cinnamon flan and cranberry almond puffs. 


(312) 917-3404
11:00 am to 6:00 pm
$70/person, $65/senior, $40/children
Spend your Thanksgiving meal at the luxurious Palmer House Hilton with seating options available in the dining room or mezzanine, overlooking the hotel’s historic lobby. An expansive spread starts with autumn greens and Belvedere cheeses before moving on to entrees of smoked lake trout and maple honey molasses-roasted turkey. As an added bonus, children five and under eat free.


(312) 360-9500
2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
$65/person, children’s menu available
Delight your taste buds with a four course menu fit for a true foodie. Pumpkin raviolo, wild boar terrine, fame consomme and turkey roulade all promise a savory take on your Thanksgiving staples. Just make sure to save room for some pecan ice cream.

Looking for a budget-friendly option for your meal? Here are some great choices for $60 and below.

Big Jones

Big Jones: 
(773) 275-5725
$48/person, $20/children
Celebrate Thanksgiving the Southern way with a Southern-inspired feast from Big Jones. Deep-fried turkey, giblet gravy and cranberry sauce are sure to please. Dessert options include sweet potato pie, coconut cream cake and bourbon bread pudding.

Mity Nice

Mity Nice: 
(312) 335-4745
12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
$47/person, $17/children
Head to Water Tower Place for Mity Nice’s annual Thanksgiving dinner buffet. Oven-roasted turkey, pineapple glazed ham and traditional sides such as stuffing, brown-sugar glazed sweet potatoes and green bean casserole are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Leave room for dessert, with options ranging from pumpkin chiffon and pecan pies to chocolate layer cake and New York-style cheesecake.


(312) 266-6691
11:00 am to 8:00 pm
$49/person, $24.50/children
Offering the largest selection of menu items out of all the restaurants on the list, ZED451 has got your family covered. You can be sure that everyone can find something to enjoy with their bountiful Thanksgiving buffet.

Celebrating the epic holiday mash-up that is Thanksgivukkah? We have just the place for you!

Red Door

Red Door: 
(773) 697-7221
12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Gourmet dining at a reasonable price meets the holidays at Red Door’s Thanksgivukkah feast. Dine on everything from roasted turkey breast and brussel sprouts with lamb bacon to noodle kugel and latkes.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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