Several Chicago business are welcoming the cooler weather and the falling leaves with autumn-inspired dishes and drinks. From hot drinks to holiday-themed dishes, we've rounded up some fall options to consider.
For a week starting Monday, November 21, Belly Up Smokehouse (1132 S Wabash) in the South Loop will feature a Thanksgiving-themed Turkey Burger for $12. The hand-pattied burger, featuring ground turkey, breadcrumbs, eggs, chipotle peppers, green peppers, garlic, shallots, and salt and pepper, is smoked for forty minutes before being cooked on the grill. It’s then topped with a thick Jack Daniels cranberry chutney and served with sweet potato Rosemary fries. Belly Up Smokehouse is also serving Ace Pumpkin Cider with a caramel and cinnamon rim for $4 each.
Combining breakfast and Thanksgiving dinner, Kanela Breakfast Club will offer themed specials Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27. Their Andersonville and Streeterville locations have created a Roasted Turkey Benedict ($13.49) with house roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, roasted green beans and poached eggs on a dinner roll, topped with house hollandaise and crispy onions.
Kanela's Lakeview location will feature a spin on apple pie with Apple Pie Tacos ($12.99). This sweet treat has cinnamon taco shells packed with caramelized green apples and topped with whipped cream and caramel. Those wanting something more savory can try the Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash ($14.99) with turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries, Brussels sprouts and sunny-side up eggs.
Thanksgiving leftovers will come in the form of a Leftover Benedict ($13.49) at the Kanela Old Town and Wicker Park locations. The dish features thick-sliced roasted turkey, cranberry sauce and poached eggs on top of a stuffing muffin, topped with a savory sausage gravy.
Guests can warm up on those chilly Chicago days by drinking some fall favorites at Caffé Umbria (346 N. Clark St.) in River North. The Cioccolata Calda ($3.25), an Italian version of traditional hot chocolate, includes fine Italian Pernigotti cocoa blended with milk and sugar resulting in a rich, creamy drink. For coffee drinkers, Caffé Umbria's rich Mocha Piccante is an option that features a kick of cayenne pepper ($3.50 to $4.25).
Taste the flavors of fall at Tavern on Little Fort (4128 North Lincoln Avenue) in North Center with a menu of new cocktails. Each cocktail is $8 and includes seasonal sips like the Bourbon Cider Mule with Bulleit Bourbon, apple cider, ginger beer and sour mix, garnished with an apple peel, the Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash with Lamarca Prosecco, thyme simple syrup, lemon juice and muddled plum, and the Spiced Hard Cider with Captain Morgan, apple cider and lemon juice, garnished with a cinnamon stick and apple peel.