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Thanksgiving 

The Signature Room

Those looking to skip the cooking this Thanksgiving can head to The Signature Room for a feast on Thursday, November 28th from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of the Signature Room’s sparkling wine, followed by a buffet of chilled seafood, house made salads, charcuterie and a chef-attended prime rib carving station. Diners can then select an entrée from a seasonal menu that includes roasted turkey, pan seared snapper and lamb chops served with classic side dishes, and finish the meal with a lavish dessert buffet. Prices are $80 for adults and $35 for children—4-12 years old (no charge for children under the age of three). Reservations are extremely limited and can be made by calling 312.787.9596. 

Maple & Ash (Mavens & Aficionados)

Starting November 1st, the public will be able to purchase packages of three bottles each paired for both Thanksgiving. These will be available for pick-up at Maple & Ash (8 W Maple St.) as well as for delivery in Illinois. 

  • Thanksgiving Whites $75: For those who prefer to shy away from red wines, or are holding on to the last chance to drink whites before winter sets in, here is a collection of  white wines for Thanksgiving. In this box, you’ll find wines to balance out the spices in your cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie, while big and bold enough to stand up to the richness of mashed potatoes or roasted turkey. 
  • Thanksgiving Reds $105: This collection of red wines for Thanksgiving is compatible with the entire turkey.

Walton Street Kitchen + Bar

On Thursday, November 14, in his ongoing quest to change turkey’s bad rap, Walton St. Kitchen + Bar’s Executive Chef Thomas Leonard presents an exclusive Thanksgiving-inspired four-course dinner in conjunction with winemaker Ridge Vineyards, a single-vineyard producing wines in Northern California since 1962 and winners of the Judgement of Paris.

“I wanted to give people an eye-opening experience on how amazing turkey can taste,” says Chef Leonard, who admits that he, too, wasn’t a fan of turkey growing up. Now it’s a different story as he incorporates various techniques to bring out the holiday bird’s inherent flavors.

Starting in Walton's lounge, guests are invited to mingle with a welcome cocktail in hand. At 7:00 pm, guests will be escorted upstairs to Walton’s private dining room for the wine-dinner that puts the spotlight on turkey. 

MENU

First Course

·       Celery Root Veloute

·       Black truffle, Tarragon, Celery Hearts

·       Pairing 2017 Chardonnay

Second Course

·       Smoked Turkey Neck and Stuffing Tart

·       Sage, Walnuts, Cranberries, Bitter Greens

·       Pairings 2017 Geyserville + 2017 Lytton Springs 

Third Course

·       Turkey Breast Roulade Wild Mushrooms, Sunchoke, Collard Greens

·       Pairing 2016 Cabernet

Fourth Course

·       Chocolate Pecan Pie

·       Pairing 2017 Zinfandel Essence

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walton-street-ridge-vineyards-wine-dinner-tickets-76933701773. Tickets are $85 per person. 

The Goddess and the Grocer 

The Goddess and Grocer offer Thanksgiving catering menus that are an option for hosts who want to give guests a Thanksgiving meal but want to relax and enjoy the day. 

A portion of the Thanksgiving menu will be available in stores from Monday, November 18 - Sunday, December 1. All catering orders must be placed by Monday, November 25, by 5pm. To place an order, call 773.292.7100 or email catering@goddessandgrocer.com. Thanksgiving Day deliveries available 8am-2pm, Limited delivery slots available at any grocer location. Delivery is available for an additional charge with a 1-hour drop off window.

Items can be ordered a la carte with suggested wines & beers available too. To make Thanksgiving even easier, there is a Dinner for 12 option for $395, that includes all of the favorites of the season. 

They also have a business catering menu for office managers looking to plan their Thanksgiving feast for their offices. The Business Lunch catering menu is available November 1 - 30 M-F only (no weekends and not available 27th - 29th) with a minimum order of 12 and goes up to 25 guests. $23 per head, plus tax & tip. Chafing dish rental is available, along with vegetarian options. 

Menu highlights: 

  • Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Tart 

  • Turkey Sausage & Apple Stuffing with caramelized onions and sage 

  • Butternut Squash Ravioli with crispy sage, brown butter, spiced walnuts, goat cheese 

  • Mini Butternut Squash Risotto Cakes with crispy sage and brown butter 

  • Vegetarian Pot Pie with soy crumble, wild mushrooms, and fall vegetables

  • Roasted Whole Natural Turkey - brined and stuffed with vegetable mirepoix, herbs, basted with butter 

  • Honey Glazed Carrots 

  • Mini Butternut Squash Risotto Cakes 

  • Pumpkin Walnut Cake

Nico Osteria

Nico Osteria at Thompson Chicago is making Thanksgiving simple this year with a four-course, pre-fixe dine-in menu, along with a complete to-go meal that serves up to 6 people. For both menus, Executive Chef Tim Graham has put an Italian twist on traditional holiday fare, infusing authentic Italian flavors both savory and sweet. 

The four-course, dine-in menu is available Thanksgiving Day ONLY. Reservations may be placed by calling the restaurant at 312.994.7100. The cost, at $80 per person ($35 for children, ages 6-12), includes:

  • Antipasti, a choice of Sunchoke Soup with hazelnuts and duck confit to the Endive Salad, served with pear and gorgonzola
  • Primi, such as Executive Chef Tim Graham’s signature Papperdelle with turkey sugo or Butternut Squash Ravioli prepared with brown butter, sage and walnuts
  • Piatti choices include Heritage Turkey Breast with grilled raddichio and pickled cranberries or Smoked Ham Chop served with polenta intregrale, roasted quince, onion mostarda and prosciutto brood, along with a selection of sides
  • Dolce course includes Chocolate Pecan Pie with vanilla-bourbon gelato and sweet cream or Classic Pumpkin Pie with cinnamon gelato and smoked caramel sauce

The menu ($250, serves 4-6 people) includes:

  • Nico’s Fall Lettuce Salad, with pecans, dried cranberries, croutons, pumpkin seeds and an apple cider vinaigrette
  • ½ Heritage Turkey with roasted breast and confit leg
  • Five delicious sides: Chestnut-Truffle Stuffing, Green Bean Almondine, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato, Potato Rolls and Pickled Cranberries. And for dessert… a Classic Pumpkin Pie with smoked caramel sauce.

* Orders must be paid in full, no refunds or cancellations.

Allgauer's on the Riverfront

The North Shore restaurant of nearly 40 years, Allgauer's on the Riverfront, 2855 Milwaukee Ave., is hosting their annual brunch buffet and special holiday dinner menu on Thursday, November 28. Featuring over 100 items from French Toast to Honey Baked Ham, the restaurant’s holiday brunch offers a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal for patrons. Guests are invited to dine overlooking the scenic Des Plaines River for both brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $48 per adult and $22 per child (ages 4-10 years old), and for their dinner special available from 6-8 p.m.

To kick off the holiday the right way, Allgauer’s brunch buffet will feature plenty of options. Guests looking to start the day with some adult beverages may take advantage of the unlimited champagne and mimosas for just $48 per person. For those looking to skip right to the feast, traditional entree items will include Roasted TurkeyHoney Baked Ham drizzled with a pineapple glaze; Chef Carved BeefSliced Pork Loin and Chicken Carbonara. Seafood-based entrees feature Poached SalmonOysters on the Half ShellSnow Crab Legs and Easy Peel Shrimp. Traditional brunch must-haves will also be offered including Eggs BenedictFrench Toast and an Omelet Station tailored to each individual’s preferences. The buffet will include a diverse array of side dishes including Sage StuffingCandied Sweet PotatoesCorn CasseroleGreen Bean Casserole and Cheese and Vegetable Crudités. Guests with a sweet tooth may order Chef-Made PiesCheesecake and more.

Guests that opt for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner will have their choice of a starter, entrée and dessert. For the first course, diners have the option of soup or salad, followed by a choice between a Traditional Turkey Dinner served with dried fruit sachet, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and cranberry sauce; Grilled Salmon topped with a red wine butter sauce and accompanied by freshly made cranberry, potato cakes and sautéed asparagus; and Stuffed Pork Loin with a maple butter pecan sauce, apple pear cranberry stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes and sautéed Brussels Sprouts with bacon. Dessert lovers will rejoice as they receive the option of Pumpkin PiePecan Pie or Pumpkin Cheesecake.

“We are thrilled to welcome friends and families of the North Shore and beyond to spend this Thanksgiving with us,” said Nicholas Landeweer, Executive Chef of Allgauer’s on the Riverfront. “From thoughtfully-curated menus and offerings to creating the perfect ambiance, our team has developed the best celebration for loved ones to gather and give thanks on this special holiday.”

Seating times for the Thanksgiving brunch are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and priced at $48 for adults and $22 (ages 4-10 years old). Children 4 and under dine for free. The dinner menu is available from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and pricing varies by plate. Reservations are required for both the Thanksgiving brunch and dinner. 

Texas de Brazil 

All Chicagoland locations will open early at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 28. All day, diners will enjoy the family-owned Brazilian steakhouse brand’s traditional rodizio-style dinner menu plus Thanksgiving dishes including Roasted Turkey with Gravy, Cranberry Relish, and Sweet Potato Casserole. An award-winning wine list, specialty cocktails and desserts are all available a la carte. 

Prime & Provisions

On Thursday, Nov. 28, feast the holiday at Prime & Provisions (222 North LaSalle). The steakhouse will be hosting beginning at 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with its annual Thanksgiving Feast, for a fixed price of $79 for adults and $30 for children (children under the age of six dine complimentary). Prime & Provisions' holiday feast will offer endless amounts of off-menu, Thanksgiving dishes like herb-roasted turkey, stuffing, and fall-focused desserts, with the usual cocktail menu available a la carte.

Prime & Provisions will also be offering its Pies To Go again this holiday season, where people may pick up and bring home made-from-scratch pies with 48-hour notice. Including house-made pies come in Apple Cinnamon ($30), Caramel Pecan ($34), and Traditional Pumpkin ($30).

Fairmont Chicago 

Fairmont Chicago has announced the return of their chef-made ‘Thanksgiving at Home’ dinner, available for pickup on Thursday, November 28. Putting the holiday dinner preparations in the hands of Fairmont Chicago’s new Executive Chef William Schultz, guests may expect a meal for eight featuring an oven-roasted turkey with Michigan cider brine, a variety of side dishes, dessert, and more for $295. Guests may place Thanksgiving at Home dinner orders online through Friday, November 22 at 3 p.m.

This year’s Thanksgiving menu showcases an American Bronze Turkey with Michigan cider brine and rich turkey gravy, sweet corn bread stuffing, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, maple glazed sweet potatoes, charred Brussels sprouts, buttered green beans, orange-scented cranberry preserves and house baked dinner rolls with honey sea salt whipped butter. Diners will also have their choice of either old-fashioned apple pie, traditional pumpkin pie, or southern pecan pie to finish the meal. 

Additional items are available, and all are plus tax: Roasted turkey $110, pre-carved fee $35 per turkey, sides $25 each and pies $30 each.

Dinners will be available for pick up on Fairmont Chicago’s B-2 level on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. on Friday, November 22. 

theWit Hotel 

Executive Pastry Chef at theWit Hotel, Toni Roberts, is back to crave Chicago’s sweet tooth this Thanksgiving with an exclusive menu of festive desserts available for purchase. The November menu features the return of Chef’s classic pies, with the addition of a few new options, including a Raspberry Deep Dish Brownie and Pumpkin Crepe Cake, plus a la carte options to indulge in. Desserts will be available for purchase beginning Friday, November 1 at www.abitofthewit.com and will be ready for pick up at State and Lake Chicago Tavern, 201 N. State St.

Chef Toni’s exclusive menu includes three favorites, including a Traditional Pumpkin Pie ($20), seasonal pumpkin custard spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove, and baked in a flaky, buttery crust; a Toasted Pecan-Cranberry Pie ($24), freshly picked Michigan cranberries that complement the sweet and gooey pecan filling with a tart, seasonal zing; and a Chocolate Cream S’more Pie ($24), with a house made graham cracker crust filled with silky smooth milk chocolate pudding and topped off with light and sweet marshmallow fluff, lightly torched to finish off the treat.  

Additional festive favorites include an Apple Toffee Cake ($20), ROOF’s cinnamon apple cake soaked in a rich, house made toffee sauce; a Golden Chocolate Peanut Butter Turkey ($28), three pounds of dark Valrhona chocolate filled with a creamy peanut butter filling and dotted with chewy peanut butter rice crispy treats for a gluten free option; along with a few new additions including a Deep Dish Raspberry Brownie ($9), a “Chicago Style” deep dish fudge brownie swirled with raspberry cream cheese and topped with a rich raspberry ganache; and a Pumpkin Crepe Cake ($56), twenty spiced wheat crepes layered with pumpkin mousse and finished with a caramelized top; also available by the slice. To add an extra dose of sweetness, a pint of Freshly Whipped Kilgus Cream may be added to any order for $5.

All orders must be picked up at State & Lake Chicago Tavern, located on the first floor of theWit Hotel at 201 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601 and will need a minimum of 24 hours to process. Orders will be available for pick-up between 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. on the date requested. 

Krispy Kreme

This Thanksgiving, Krispy Kreme is giving customers all the ingredients to enjoy autumn desserts – no baking required!

Krispy Kreme’s new “Easy as Pie” Doughnut Collection – Dutch Apple Pie, Chocolate Kreme Pie and Cherry Pie – takes the stress out of holiday prep and are now available at Chicagoland shops located in Homewood at 17815 South Halsted Street, Evergreen Park at 9150 South Western Avenue, Hillside at 110 South Mannheim Road and Chicago in Block 37 at 108 North State Street through Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28.

The new Krispy Kreme collection “doughnutizes” classic pie variations for those who can’t wait for Thanksgiving:

  • Dutch Apple Pie: A new take on a fall staple, this doughnut is bursting with apple pie filling, dipped in caramel icing, topped in streusel topping and hand‑decorated with an icing lattice.
  • Chocolate Kreme Pie: Chocolate pie lovers will rejoice in this doughnut filled with silky chocolate Kreme, dipped in chocolate icing, topped with a dollop of Kreme and finished with mini-chocolate chips.
  • Cherry Pie: This brightly colored doughnut is topped with pie crust crumbles and a cherry filling; hand-decorated with an icing lattice, making it look and taste as sweet as cherry pie.

“We’re starting a new festive tradition at Krispy Kreme and are thrilled to introduce our Easy As Pie Doughnut collection,” said Carlos Larcada, President of Chicagoland Restaurants, LLC. “Just in time for Thanksgiving planning, these doughnuts will truly make your holiday dessert easy as pie.”

On Saturday, November 23, guests also can get two dozen doughnuts for just $13 while supplies last at Chicagoland shops. Customers can redeem the offer on two Original Glazed® dozens or one Original Glazed dozen and one assorted dozen, using a barcode available at www.krispykreme.com/offers/friendsgiving (limit two redemptions at special price per customer).

Chicagoland area Krispy Kreme shops will close at 2:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving and the Chicago Krispy Kreme shop in Block 37 will be closed on Thanksgiving. All shops will return to regular hours on Friday, November 29. For more details and store hours, visit https://krispykremechi.com/.

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood will offer a special Thanksgiving menu where guests can enjoy holiday favorites like roasted turkey, potatoes, stuffing and more for $43, and $15 for children. The menu will be available on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the restaurant located at 521 N. Rush Street at The Shops at North Bridge.

The traditional Thanksgiving menu will feature:

  • Carved Slow-Roasted Turkey with Gravy
  • Brioche Sage Stuffing
  • Cranberry Chutney
  • Hand-Whipped Potatoes
  • Baby French Green Beans with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • Roasted Butternut Squash  

 Guests can also enjoy the Pumpkin Pie Tartlet with Whipped Cream and Praline Sauce for dessert for an additional $12. And for those who choose to abandon custom in favor of lobster, the full menu will also be available.

River Roast

Join River Roast for their Thanksgiving Day Chef Table on November 28th from 11am - 8pm. The riverside restaurant will be offering a special menu just for the holiday. Beverage add-ons are available as well featuring seasonal and classic cocktails. Dinner is $60 per person, $18 for kids 5-12, and complimentary for children under 5. Reservations are highly recommended and can by made by visiting https://www.riverroastchicago.com/.

Baptiste & Bottle 

A Thanksgiving buffet will be available at Baptiste & Bottle from 10:00am-3:00pm, with the last seating available at 2:30pm. Offerings will include a carving station, shrimp and crab luge, soup and salad bar, traditional Thanksgiving dishes, brunch classics, and assorted desserts!
Pricing:  $79/pp, children ages 4-12 $33/pp, children under the age of 4 are complimentary

Headquarters Beercade 

Headquarters Beercade wants to make sure that anyone without a place to go will feel free to join them for food, drinks, and games on Thanksgiving! They will be open at 7pm on Thanksgiving Day and will offer a complimentary Thanksgiving buffet until supplies last or their doors close (at 2am), as well as 50% off all drinks. 

Stephanie Izard’s Goat Group Catering

Stop by Little Goat Diner to pick-up your Turkey Day pies, breads, spreads, and ice creams. Orders can be placed for pies and breads including Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Challah Bread, Quinoa Sourdough Bread and Pull Apart Buns, with spreads like Kimchee Maple Butter and Carrot Hummus, as well as Sour Cream & Malted Vanilla ice cream and many more of your favorites from November 1 until November 22.  You can pick up the treats November 27 from 10am to 6pm at Little Goat Diner (820 W Randolph St.). Orders can be placed through the following link: bit.ly/piesbreadsspreads.
Pricing:

  • Pies $32.00
  • Breads: $10.00 
  • Spreads: $6.00 - $15.00
  • Ice Cream: $8.00

Margeaux Brasserie

Thanksgiving Day: This Thanksgiving celebrate with a traditional menu, with a hearty French twist at Margeaux Brasserie. From 11am - 9pm, Margeaux will offer a $75 3-course menu with 4 options per course. They will also have a kid’s menu available for $19.

Black Friday: Take a break from Gold Coast shopping on Black Friday and swing into Margeaux Brasserie for their Black Friday Jazz Brunch, with live music, and their Everlasting Rosé - all-you-can drink rosé for the entire duration of brunch. 

Petit Margeaux Thanksgiving Pies: Let Executive Pastry Chef Ashley Torto do the baking for you this holiday. Pies are $35 and must be reserved by November 25 by stopping into Petit Margeaux, calling 312-646-1402 or emailing chicago.margeaux.managers@waldorfastoria.com. Once reserved, they can be picked up on the 27th or 28th. 

  • Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie made with Valrhona Dark chocolate 
  • Pumpkin Pie topped with decorative leaf garnish

Cira

Instead of slaving away in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, let Chef Chris Pandel and his team take care of your meal. In addition to their regular menu, Cira will be offering a true family-style feast for $75 per person:

  • First Course: Fennel, Olive, and Citrus Salad | Raw Brussels Sprouts Salad | Candied Walnut, Endive, and Apple Salad
  • Second Course: Pumpkin Ravioli with Pecorino Pepato, Amaretti, Balsamic
  • Third Course: Whole Roasted Heritage Green Circle Chicken | Mashed Potatoes | Rolled Bread Dumplings, Bacon, Sage (Stuffing) | Sweet Potato Fondant, Maple, Brown Butter | Braised Red Cabbage | Cranberry Relish | Green Bean Casserole
  • Dessert: Ice Cream Sundae Extravaganza

Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea

Whether you need a break from the family or just a coffee, Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea will be open on Thanksgiving at its Bucktown and Chicago Athletic Association cafes. Hours are as following: 

  • Bucktown - 7:30am-3pm
  • CAA - 6am-6pm

Intelligentsia Coffee

On Black Friday, Intelligentsia Coffee will launch an instant almond milk latte online and in coffeebars. The latest in their expanding line of instant offerings, this is made in partnership with Goodmylk Co and Sudden Coffee, ingredients include powdered almond milk from Goodmylk Co, Intelligentsia instant espresso, maple sugar, and salt. It can be easily mixed with hot or cold water, or foamed with an electric frother.  

  • One tin retails for $25. 

Aya Pastry

Let a Michelin-starred pastry chef take care of dessert this Thanksgiving! Aya Pastry (1332 W. Grand), is offering apple pie, pumpkin pie and vanilla bean whipped cream for pre-order for the Thanksgiving season. 

  • Harvest Apple Pie - 9": Classic apple pie, made with farm apples and brown sugar streusel topping.
  • Traditional Pumpkin Pie - 9”: Spiced pumpkin custard with vanilla bean whipped cream.
  • Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream - 12oz: Mason jar of Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream to complement your holiday pie. 

Pre-orders are now live here for pick-up from Nov 22 - Nov 27. If you’re not ready to commit to a full pie, every Friday and Saturday in November from 8am - 1pm, you can grab a slice for $5! 

Smoke Daddy

Let Smoke Daddy do the work so you can take the credit! Smoke Daddy fans can order Thanksgiving favorites a la carte from both Smoke Daddy locations throughout November. From smoked turkey to pulled turkey and glazed ham, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, mac + cheese, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy (don’t forget pie for dessert), no one will go hungry this Thanksgiving! Orders must be placed by Friday, November 22 and picked up by 8pm on Wednesday, November 27. Full menu here.

Grab your best friend, your coworker, your neighbor – heck, grab a stranger you just met on the train and join Smoke Daddy for Stuffed: A Friendsgiving Feast at Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville on November 19. Tickets are just $26.30 and include 2 beers plus a Thanksgiving buffet with all the fixins’. Turkey and trimmings aside, Smoke Daddy will also be unveiling their new beer collab with Haymarket Brewery that night. Turkey in one hand, beer in the other, guests will be the first to try Next Door Lager! Live music and plenty of giveaways throughout the night.

Crosby's Kitchen

All of the classics, with none of the work! Crosby’s Kitchen on Southport is offering a full la carte catering menu for the holidays! Thanksgiving offerings include oven-roasted whole turkeys, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, cornbread stuffing, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce, and of course a selection of pies for dessert. Thanksgiving orders must be placed by noon on Friday, November 22 and must be picked up by 8pm on Wednesday, November 27. Full menu here.

Irv & Shelly's Fresh Picks

Chicago’s home delivery service for the best of local Midwest farms, is working with Gunthrop & All Grass Farms to bring local turkeys straight to your doorstep.

Have a locally grown feast and skip the store! Pre-order your free-range bird & select a “Fixins Box” filled with everything from sweet potatoes, carrots, and cranberries to an herb bouquet of sage, thyme & rosemary.

  • Fixin’s Box

There are two different sizes of the "Fixin's Box" available: one that feeds 4-6 ($45) and one that feeds 10-12 ($70). From Fresh Cranberries to Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Picks has all the ingredients ready to be delivered the week of Thanksgiving, so you really can skip the store. Each box includes: herb bouquet of rosemary, thyme, and sage; carrots; yellow onions; Yukon Gold potatoes; garlic; salad greens; tomatoes; fresh cranberries; sweet potatoes; celery; apples; butter; baguettes; dinner rolls. 

  • What about the turkey?

Order your turkey from one of two farms at 14-20lbs each: 

Gunthrop Farm (LaGrange, IN) - $4.99/lb.  All Grass Farms (Dundee Township, IL) - $5.95/lb

**Orders for the Fresh Picks Fixin's Box and the turkeys must be placed by Monday, November 25th. Turkeys, ready to cook, will be available for pick-up and delivery between November 23rd and 27th. Delivery and pick-up options plus the form to sign-up are all available at https://www.freshpicks.com/thanksgiving2019

20 East 

The Gold Coast restaurant located inside The Talbott Hotel will be open for a Thanksgiving feast all day long from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the holiday. Guests will be able to order a traditional Thanksgiving plate with roasted turkey with gravy, creamy mashed potatoes, smoked gouda mac n cheese and braised greens for $30.

Don’t have time to cook for that family gathering? Order your sides to go from smoked gouda mac n cheese with Ritz cracker crumbs ($75) per half pan, creamy garlic mashed potatoes ($60) per half pan & more! All orders must be placed by November 22. Pick up is November 27. Call 312-397-3626 or email Yulia at yulia@4cbars.com.  

The Smith 

Known for its lively atmosphere, one of River North’s newest restaurants, The Smith, will open for the Thanksgiving holiday, offering a special three-course dinner for $49 per adult and half price for kids. Guests can choose from a variety of comforting appetizers including a Butternut Squash Soup with pumpkin ale, crème fraîche, and spiced pepitas and Ricotta Gnocchi with truffle cream. All-Natural Heritage Turkey for the main course comes three ways:  guests receive a choice of Turkey Oso Buco served with wild rice, granny smith apples, pickles cranberries, turkey jus and fried sage; a traditional Roasted Turkey Breast served with garlic smashed potatoes, baby spinach and sage white pepper gravy; or a Turkey Pot Pie filled with babu portobello mushrooms and pearl onions with a white cheddar biscuit top. Fixings for the table include Apple Brioche Stuffing and Mac + Cheese, along with dessert. Reservations are available through OpenTable

The Smith will offer a Thanksgiving carry-out menu to assist with at-home entertaining. Please call 312-312-5100 to schedule a pick-up order. 

Filini

Staying at the Radisson Blu Aqua, in Streeterville, or just looking for a great meal? Filini is offering a full Thanksgiving feast for just $58 per adult and $22 for kids. The menu features roasted butternut squash soup, gathered salad, a choice of turkey, prime rib or ham, all the family-side sides you can imagine, and chocolate cream pie or pumpkin pie for dessert. Reservations can be made either by calling the restaurant at (312) 477-0234 or through OpenTable.

Or, order a full feast to-go without missing any favorites—from ham to turkey to pumpkin pie to cheddar herb mashed potatoes. Available for groups of 4, 8 or 12, priced at $175, $340 and $510 respectively, inclusive of tax. Thanksgiving To-Go packages can be ordered through the Radisson Blu Aqua’s PDR Manager, Zyren, at zyrenmae.posadas@radisson.com or (773) 808-9738.

The Lobby

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, which will feature a welcome beverage, a winter truffle and caviar station, traditional Thanksgiving Day preparations, a grand seafood buffet, Roasted Amish turkey, Maine lobster station, Tomahawk beef steak and more. Entertainment features a string quartet as well as a special designated children’s lounge with a magician for young patrons. The Lobby will offer four Seatings from 10:30am to the last seating at 8:00pm. The first and fourth seatings are priced at $195 per adult and $55 per child, while the second and third seatings are priced at $245 per adult and $65 per child.  To make dining reservations or for more information, call 312-573-6685 or email diningPCH@peninsula.com

SX Sky Bar

Want to experience the flavors of Thanksgiving without the bloat? Sx Sky Bar, the fashionable chef-driven 6th-floor cocktail lounge adjacent to Hotel Essex, will be serving holiday-inspired bites and cocktails. Come to SX Sky Bar from 4PM - 12AM on Thanksgiving Day and snack on Pulled Turkey and Stuffing Sliders with Cranberry Jelly ($12) while enjoying the panoramic views of Grant Park. For one day only, SX Sky Bar will also offer guests a Cinnamon Gimlet, featuring gin, cinnamon syrup and lime juice. Reservations are available through SX Sky Bar’s website, but walk-ins are also welcome!  

The Dearborn 

If you’ve ever dined at The Dearborn you know Pastry Chef Julianna Westgor goes above and beyond for her desserts. Julianna will be offering her pies for pickup during the week of Thanksgiving and through January 2 for the entire holiday season. For $25 enjoy a choice of three different pies. Order must be placed 24 hours in advance - call The Dearborn (312.384.1242) or email general@thedearborntavern.com. Pies must be picked up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving as The Dearborn will be closed for the holiday. Pie choices include:

  • S’MORES PIE - graham cracker crust, milk chocolate mousse, toasted meringue, chocolate curls 

  • PECAN TART - classic brown sugar, maple & pecan filling, mascarpone whipped cream

  • CRISPY PHYLLO & APPLE PIE - classic butter crust, shaved Honeycrisp apples, brown sugar & baking spice, crispy phyllo topper

mfk. 

Bring a hint of Spain to your table with mfk.’s famed Basque Cake. The buttery, almond cake has been on the Lakeview restaurant’s menu since opening in 2014 (often as the only dessert on the menu) for a good reason - the cake may look simple, but it manages to taste complex and remain moist every time. To order a full cake, just give the restaurant 24 hours notice by calling 773-857-2540. Pick-ups are available until Wednesday evening.

Pierrot Gourmet

For those looking to spend the holiday at home, Pierrot Gourmet is offering “Thanksgiving To-Go,” featuring an elegantly prepared Thanksgiving dinner for 8 to 10 guests. Priced at $395, the meal comes complete with a whole Amish turkey with hearty side dishes including mashed potatoes, gravy, chicken andouille-apple stuffing, candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows, braised collard greens with smoked turkey, and an organic green side salad with Champagne dressing. Also, a personal turkey dinner for one is available for $55, while whole pies featuring pumpkin, apple crumble or pecan fillings are available for $32, and individual tarts in the same flavors are available for $9 each. Pre-order dinners and desserts by 3:00 pm on November 22. Pick up will take place on Thursday, November 28, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. To place an order or for more information, call 312-573-6749 or email diningPCH@peninsula.com.

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Holiday

The Signature Room

In addition to the Thanksgiving dinner, The Signature Room is ushering in the 2019 holiday season with its annual Brunch With Santa event on Saturday, November 30 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The 95th floor restaurant transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with a brunch spread from Executive Chef Cardel Reid, festive holiday décor, a variety of children’s activities, and photo opportunities with Santa Claus and his elves. 

Maple & Ash (Mavens & Aficionados)

Starting November 1st, the public will be able to purchase packages of three bottles each paired for Christmas/Hanukkah/Holiday. These will be available for pick-up at Maple & Ash (8 W Maple St.) as well as for delivery in Illinois.

  • Holiday Whites $95: Not all whites are made for shorts and sunshine. This collection of holiday whites goes best with sweaters and fireplaces. Get into the holiday spirit with this box that includes two fresh, rich and toasty whites. 
  • Holiday Wines $155: This collection of holiday wines were designed to take you all the way through your holiday feast from start to finish. In this box, you’ll find a white that is as complex as your family dynamics, and a big, rich red to reward you on that feast you prepared. 
  • Holiday Reds: $195: This box has the big flavors from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 

Aya Pastry

Aya Pasty has teamed up with Mavens & Aficionados to pair Aya Pastry’s holiday items with wine. The offerings include:

  • Bouche de noel
  • Sugar cookies
  • Seasonal pies
  • Peppermint bark 

Joy District

Although it may be time to add some layers to our outfits, a little cold weather isn't stopping Chicagoans from making “al fresco” happen. Back for a second year, Joy District invites guests to embrace the season at its Winter Wonderland rooftop with heated igloos, views of River North, and festive food and drink. 

Starting mid-November, 5 to 6 igloos will be available to book for groups between 8 and 20 people, and are for friendly gatherings, corporate parties, cocktail hours and more. Offering refuge from the cold, igloos will come equipped with a heated faux fire pit and are decorated in shades of white, light blue and silver with string lights, ornaments, winter props, blankets and more.

Booking includes a "Winter Rooftop Menu" featuring cocktails served in ornaments, large format snowball fishbowls and mugs as well as festive bites. Joy District will also offer its Milk & Cookies Cart service where guests will be invited to decorate their own sugar cookies with an assortment of frostings, sprinkles and other toppings. Presented table side, the cart will also come with a Rumchata Ferris Wheel holding shots for each person.

KOVAL Distillery 

The KOVAL Gin Trio gift pack ($38) will be released on Nov 1. The KOVAL Gin Trio presents an array of choices like the Dry Gin, Barreled Gin, and starting this year, will also include the their Cranberry Gin Liqueur.

Elf'd Up Holiday Pop Up Bar

Back for a second year, Stretch Bar & Grill in Wrigleyville will open as Elf'd Up on Wednesday, November 20. A full-blown tribute to the Christmas movie "Elf", Elf'd Up is a holiday pop-up bar for patrons who share Elf'd Up's affinity for elf culture. Elf'd Up never charges a cover and treats patrons to complimentary fresh, warm elf-shaped cookies nightly at 10 p.m.

Elf'd Up will be decorated from floor to ceiling with over 1,000 elves of all shapes and sizes, a 10-foot Christmas tree, an upside down Christmas tree, wreath chandeliers, strands of festive colored lights, specific tributes to the movie like figurines, wall quotes, snowflakes, Schylling Jester Jack in the Boxes, cut outs of Buddy the Elf and Miles Finch and more. Each table will come equipped with condiment carriers filled with the "four main food groups"-- candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup.

New for 2019, Buddy the Elf will make a guest appearance every Thursday through Saturday sometime between 9 p.m. and midnight. Movie buffs can also participate in "Elf" Movie Trivia the three Wednesdays leading up to Christmas--December 4, 11 and 18 at 7 p.m. Teams of 4 will compete for prizes like a $100 Elf'd Up gift card and swag.

While guests enjoy "Elf" on repeat and DJs playing holiday mashups, a staff decked out in elf attire will serve up $12 themed specialty cocktails like the Yule Mule (Fireball, Dr. McGillicuddy's Apple Pie liqueur, lime juice, ginger beer, splash of cranberry and orange juice) the Ninny Muggins (Chila 'Orchata and Fireball, topped with whipped cream and Cinnamon Toast Crunch), the Naughty or Spice (Monrosso Tuscan Red Blend, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, apple cider, orange juice, cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves), Son of a Nutcracker (Corazon Tequila, strawberry puree, sage simple syrup, lime juice, Gran Gala and Mionetto Rosé), and more. Ginormous Elf Boots featuring 36-ounces of rotating seasonal drafts will also be available for $10 to $18 each.

A themed food menu from $7 to $15 features items like a Buddy Burger served on a toasted green bun, Papa Elf's Three-Cheese Homemade Mac, The "Francisco" Grilled Cheese & Soup, and the over-the-top Buddy's Breakfast Pasta with spaghetti, maple syrup, chocolate fudge, chocolate syrup, mini marshmallows, and Pop Tarts.

Also new for 2019, Elf"d Up will also host "Buddy's Brunch" every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m starting November 23. Festive dishes ranging from $8 to $12 will include green Papa Elf Pancakes, Buddy Burrito, You Smell Like Bacon, Egg & Cheese Sandwich and more. To complement brunch, guests can sip on the Sleigh All Day (Wheatley Vodka, St. Germain, Mionetto Prosecco, splash of cranberry) or the World's Best Cup of Naughty Coffee (Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream, Paddy's Irish Whiskey, maple syrup and caramel coffee).

Texas de Brazil 

Santa Claus hops off his sleigh on Saturday, November 23 to delight guests at Texas de Brazil locations in Chicago, Orland Park and Schaumburg during Breakfast With Santa events benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI). 

In Chicago, the fundraiser coincides with the annual BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in its location just steps away at 210 E. Upper Illinois. On the same morning, suburban supporters can dine at the Texas de Brazils at Orland Square Mall in Orland Park (856 Orland Square Drive) or Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg (5 Woodfield Mall, Suite D312). 

“We are very happy to expand our community reach into Orland Park as we continue to support The Ronald McDonald House Charities. It’s an honor to assist in raising funds that can help families stay close when a cherished child is fighting illness,” says Salim Asrawi, president and COO for the family-owned Brazilian steakhouse brand.

On Saturday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., guests enjoy a special Texas de Brazil breakfast menu, children’s entertainment and gifts, and a surprise visit from Santa.  Tickets cost $40 for adults, $23 for children 2-12 years of age, and $5 for those under 2. For the adults, there will be a cash bar with featured $6 mimosas and Bloody Marys. Early bird pricing is available prior to October 31. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

RMHC-CNI cares for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community.  RMHC-CNI keeps families of hospitalized children together in a ‘home away from home.’ 

Ticketshttps://rmhccni.org/events/calendarofevents/

Casati's 

Naughty or nice, all are invited to enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Casati’s, 444 W. Fullerton Parkway, Sunday, December 1 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. During the family-friendly event, guests may enjoy a specially-curated menu featuring holiday breakfast favorites at the family-owned, modern Italian restaurant. Santa himself will be there to share laughs and listen to Christmas wishes, and Casati’s will offer complimentary photos with Santa during the event.

Casati’s will offer the following menu during Breakfast with Santa:

  • Hot Cocoa: Nutella, whipped cream, $4.50
  • Orange Juice: Fresh-squeezed, $3.50
  • Pancakes: Choice of Nutella, banana, or mixed berries, $11
  • French Toast: Cinnamon, amarena, whipped cream, $12
  • Eggs Benedict: Farm fresh, local eggs, Canadian bacon, homemade hollandaise sauce, English muffin, $14
  • Nutella Pinsa: Caramelized banana, $13

MCA/Marisol 

WHAT: On Sunday, December 1, Marisol (205 E Pearson St) diners are invited to experience the Drag Queen Story Time and Brunch: Holiday Edition featuring legendary Chicago drag queens Lucy Stoole and Kat Sass. Stoole and Sass will read selections of their favorite books from the MCA Store for a holiday event for kids of all ages. In addition to performances and readings from the drag queens, guests will have the opportunity to order from Marisol’s brunch menu. Though brunch will be served during normal hours from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., two seatings for the storytelling portion of the series will take place at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m..

TICKETS/RESERVATIONS: Reservations are available OpenTable. Limited seating is available, so those seeking to attend are encouraged to book early. 

Brunch Shannon Braniff
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