30 Chicago Restaurants That Have Christmas Dinner Covered
Let the pros do the cooking.
Mariah Carey’s on the radio, snow flurries are swirling through the air, and, once again, we’re all stuck inside—I guess it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas? Or at least 2020’s bizarro version of Christmas. Stay safe, keep it small, and make the most of things this year by trading in Uncle Bob’s homemade eggnog and Aunt Patty’s sweet potato marshmallow casserole for a complete holiday dinner prepared by those who do it best: actual professionals. Here’s everywhere to get your yuletide fill this season, from socially distanced sidewalk escapes to frozen dumpling deliveries and everything in between.
This South Side heavy hitter is at it again, serving up a Southern-tinged holiday feast for the ages. Choose between tender braised short ribs or a hefty ham quarter, complemented by classics like mac and cheese, collards, corn pudding, and rolls slathered in honey butter, finished off with decadent red velvet cake. Optional add-ons include gumbo sold by the half gallon with Carolina Gold rice and silky sweet potato pie.
Cost: Packages start at $198 (feeds four)
How to order: Head to Virtue’s website by December 20 to order and schedule a pre-Christmas pick-up time
One Off Hospitality’s Mediterrainian stalwart is inviting stay-at-home diners on a whirlwind global journey this month, rolling out a series of carry-out prix fixe meals that highlight cuisines and, arguably more importantly, wines from around the world. Morocco is on deck for Christmas, with shareables like scallops marinated in charmoula and mint, roasted prawns with chraime and couscous, and lamb kefta tagine leading the charge accompanied by hand-selected regional wine.
Cost: Packages start at $95 (feeds two)
How to order: Place your order via Tock for pick-up on December 22 or 23
This Michelin-starred outfit is pulling out all the stops this year, offering lucky pairs of two their choice of mouthwatering mains like grilled rack of lamb or roast rack of Berkshire pork alongside sides like salad, smoked salmon rillette, and fresh-baked bread. Everyone’s favorite sticky toffee pudding steals the dessert spotlight, backed by a chorus of traditional Christmas cookies.
Cost: Packages start at $165 (feeds two)
How to order: Order via Tock by December 18 for pick-up on December 23 or 24
This dual-concept West Loop award-winner is getting nostalgic this Christmas, drawing on chefs John and Karen Shields’ respective childhood memories to create a bevy of homey dishes with an upscale edge. Think: homemade lasagna teeming with pork ragout, bechamel, sage, and ricotta paired with chopped salad, garlic bread, and tiramisu or a whole duck dinner with challah, chestnut soup, and sweet crepes. Breakfast is also on-hand, a satisfying combo of warm sticky buns and egg casserole bubbling over with sausage, greens, cheese, and rustic sourdough bread.
Cost: Dinner packages start at $75 (feeds two); breakfast packages start at $35
How to order: Order via Tock and schedule your December 23 pick-up
This downtown charmer is delivering an extra dose of happiness this yuletide in the form of their Christmas Cheer Dinner. Choose between truffled beef Wellington or herbed prime rib, both served with Marchand du Vin sauce and peppery horseradish cream, accompanied by a multitude of sides ranging from plump stuffed dates to kale and pumpkin seed salad, creamy wild mushroom soup, and Parker House rolls with whipped European butter. For dessert, you’re looking at dark chocolate and salted caramel pie, sticky toffee cake with smoked pecans, or a citrus tart with meyer lemon curd and toasted coconut cake. Decisions, decisions...
Cost: Packages start at $215 (feeds two)
How to order: Order via Tock for December 23 or 24 delivery and pick-up
Chestnut bisque topped with maple creme fraiche, slow-roasted prime rib with roasted garlic, whipped potato laced with horseradish breadcrumbs, grilled asparagus beneath a balsamic glaze, and ooey gooey mac and cheese are just a few of the enticing Christmas dishes peddled by this sophisticated downtown chophouse. Add-ons like the annual holiday pie lineup—apple, banana cream, caramel pecan, peanut butter and whipped milk chocolate, and pumpkin—sweeten the deal.
Cost: Packages start at $85 per person (available for groups of two to ten); pies and cakes start at $35
How to order: Order via Tock by December 20 for pre-Christmas pick-up (pies require 78 hours advanced notice)
Bucktown’s finest is back in action, cranking out Christmas dinner packages complete with prime rib au jus, honey glazed pork belly, truffle potato gratin, roasted root vegetables, milk bread with herb butter, and so much more. Tack on a December Booze Box (a bottle of red, a bottle of white, a batched cocktail, and a specialty spirit) to keep the good vibes flowing until 2021 comes and saves us all.
Cost: Dinner packages start at $125 (feeds two to four)
How to order: Order via Tock for pick-up or delivery on Christmas Eve
West Town’s beloved chef Brian Jupiter is ushering in the season with a protein-rich cornucopia fit for not one but all three of those kings. Roll up your sleeves and choose your own adventure starting with smoked prime rib, smoked tenderloin, or whole smoked turkey, and followed closely by signature sides like mashed potatoes, five cheese mac, cornbread dressing, brussels, kale salad, and more.
Cost: A la carte mains start at $79 (feeds four to 10), sides start at $18 (feeds eight to 10)
How to order: Order online by December 18 for pick-up on Christmas Eve
At this striking restaurant row award-winner, chef Mari Katsumura presents a chic, minimalist Japanese spin on the traditional holiday feast. From seaweed salad with lotus root, littleneck clams, and leeks to Miyazaki A5 Wagyu steak au poivre with twice baked potato, alliums, and wasabi, each of the five artful courses adheres to the celebrated eatery’s Michelin-starred standards. Wine pairing bundles as well as rare a la carte selections from the well-stocked cellar provide support.
Cost: Packages start at $200 per person
How to order: Call 312-265-1008 or email email@example.com by December 22 to order and schedule a Christmas Eve pick-up time
Publican Quality Meats
One Off gems PQM and the Publican are teaming up once more for a very meaty Christmas at home. Explore curated packages like a prime rib spread with poached shrimp, oat porridge bread with charred scallion butter, twice baked potatoes, baked green beans, and more designed and prepped by celebrity chef Paul Kahan himself as well as an essentials outfit stocked with tip-top butcher cuts like spiral cut ham, beef tenderloin, goose, and porchetta alongside sweet potato mash, creamy greens, and more. Light and fluffy holiday panettone laden with toasted hazelnuts, candied orange, and chocolate chunks is the ideal closer.
Cost: Paul Kahan’s Very Merry Christmas packages start at $75 (feeds one); PQM & The Publican Christmas Essentials a la carte mains start at $55 (feeds three to 14), packaged sides run $100 (feeds four), a la carte sides start at $18
How to order: Pick your poison and schedule a pre-Christmas pick-up time via Tock
Get into the Navidad spirit this year with the Home for the Holidays package from Lettuce Entertain You’s friendly neighborhood tapas emporium. Grab your quarantine buddy and prepare to dig into a series of traditional Spanish small plates, pintxos, and sweets and liven things up with a pitcher of red or white sangria or take-out batched cocktails for an extra charge.
Cost: Packages start at $44.50 (feeds two)
How to order: Order via Tock for pre-Christmas pick-up or delivery
Flat & Point
Part smokehouse, part white tablecloth refinement, this ever-creative Logan Square go-to is rolling out a true Christmas game-changer this year. Behold the brisket Wellington, fork-tender smoked beef wrapped in pillowy puff pastry—it’s enough to bring a grown man to his knees. Other draws include smoked pork shoulder, baked ricotta kale, Brussels sprout stuffing, charcuterie boards, cranberry compote, sourdough focaccia with black garlic butter, and Burgundy mushrooms, plus AM treats like cinnamon rolls and bagels with lox and schmear. A markedly adventurous optional wine pack—Loire Valley sparkling pet-nat, a Spanish sauvignon blanc, and a German pinot noir—is icing on the masterfully curated cake.
One Off’s Tex-Mex champ is partnering with nextdoor neighbor Doves Luncheonette to shake things up this Christmas. Their laid-back fiesta brings everyone to the table with mole-braised turkey tamales, squash tamales with queso Oaxaca, green chili pork enchiladas, mushroom enchiladas with adobo, and assorted cookies plus enough chips, guac, and salsa to feed a very festive army.
Cost: Dinner packages start at $60 (feeds two)
How to order: Order via Tock and schedule a pick-up time between December 20 and 23
Qing Xiang Yuan Dumpling
Forgo the Christmas ham and all those silly trimmings this holiday season and kick back instead with first-class dumplings formed, folded, frozen, and delivered by Chinatown’s most revered dumpling house. Sift through the Bible-thick menu to find your favorite flavors (two words: lamb coriander) then follow the online reheating instructions to bring the tiny pockets of joy to life.
Cost: Packs start at $13.99 for 18 dumplings (three pack minimum)
How to order: Order via Tock to schedule your December 23 delivery window
Juicy 32-ounce cuts of prime rib top the menu at this Italian beauty’s holiday dinner for two this year, carried in on a bed of dreamy sides like potatoes au gratin, marinated beets with citrus, creamed Swiss chard, horseradish cream, and au jus while a whole eggnog sugar cream pie, cranberry apple raspberry almond pie, or chocolate hazelnut orange chess pie beckons from the finish line. Don’t sleep on the optional add-ons, especially expert wine pairings, extra sweets, and a clever twist on the feast of seven fishes featuring tinned fish and shellfish shipped in from Spain and Portugal.
Cost: Prime rib kits start at $175 (feeds two); a la carte seafood bundles range from $18 to $99
How to order: Order via Tock for Christmas Eve pick-up
Maple & Ash
Whip out your Black Card and get ready to indulge in a truly top shelf Christmas dinner a la this snazzy Gold Coast steakhouse. Whether you’re grabbing a seat on the cozy heated courtyard or hunkering down with carry-out or delivery, you’ll be treated to an outrageous holiday spread that runs the gamut from massive hunks of wood-fired filet mignon to black truffle potato puree, shrimp cocktail, chestnut stuffing, and whole chocolate bourbon pecan pie plus over-the-top add-ons like caviar, chilled king crab, lobster thermidor, and more. On a budget? Sample the swagger with an artful charcuterie board and matching fine wine pairing.
Cost: Meal package starting prices range from $395 to $895 (feeds four to ten); charcuterie and wine boards start at $75 per person
How to order: Reserve a courtyard table on Seven Rooms or order via Tock for pre-Christmas and Christmas Day pick-up or Christmas Day delivery
This BOKA-run River North chophouse is laying out a beef-driven bounty to fuel all your holiday festivities. Roasted Chateaubriand with horseradish cream and red wine jus is the main attraction while classics like chopped wedge salad, black truffle potato gratin, gnocchi with porcini, glazed carrots with hazelnuts, haricot vert with Marcona almonds, chocolate mousse cake with caramel sauce, and other delights bring up the rear. Upgrade your table with swank add-ons like raw, chilled seafood and other ritzy additions.
Cost: Packages start at $355 (feeds four)
How to order: Order via Tock for pick-up on Christmas Eve
The culinary geniuses behind this sleek Noble Square Korean hot spot are serving up two different Christmas options this year. Larger groups can go all out with the Kalbi Jjim menu, a lovely display showcasing their storied braised short ribs along with kabocha squash, potatoes, carrots, steamed rice, and a housemade banchan set featuring soy-glazed lotus root, shitake mushroom conserva, Korean radish kimchi, marinated nori, and chili glazed fishcakes. Or get straight to the point with a toothsome beef and kimchi pie complete with flaky black pepper crust, braised beef, and caramelized kimchi in a sea of roasted vegetables and herbaceous aromatics.
Cost: Kalbi Jjim packages start at $39 per person; beef and kimchi pies run $60 frozen and $65 baked (feeds eight)
How to order: Order via Tock for delivery or pick-up between December 21 and 23
This Peruvian mainstay is jazzing up the holiday season with their very own festive and feisty Christmas meal. Expect head-turners like slow-braised crispy pork shank with Andean potato cream and chocolate glaze, Peruvean corn and cilantro tamal with grilled shrimp and lobster sauce, wild rice strewn with ham, noodles, raisins, berries, and walnuts, endive salad peppered with green apple and figs, and panettone bread pudding flush with fruit and lucuma creme anglaise.
Cost: Packages start at $85 (feeds four)
How to order: Order via Tock by December 20 for pick-up on Christmas Eve
Top Chef alum CJ Jacobson’s Meditteranian gem is opening its (out)doors this Christmas for both patio dining and take-away. In-person guests have two hours to peruse the entire mezza-centric menu whiles stay-at-homers can ready their tables for a heat-and-eat bonanza spanning spicy hummus, grilled salmon and beef tenderloin kebabs, basmati lentil salad, crispy potatoes, and other breezy shareables.
Cost: In-person dining menu is sold a la carte; take-out and delivery packages start at $49.95 per person (feeds groups of two to six)
How to order: Head to Tock to reserve a spot on the patio or place your order by December 22 for Christmas Eve pick-up and delivery
Lauded chef Gene Kato is bringing flashy, high-end Japanese cuisine home for the holidays this year. Christmas quarantiners can take advantage of the Mo! Mo! Mo! Momotaro package, a two-person prix-fixe rife with ambrosial options like lettuce wraps piled high with Wagyu Imperial strip steak, sweet and sour eggplant, or crispy roast pork plus crab fried rice, steamed buns stuffed with spicy tofu and pork, pickled daikon, housemade kimchi, and ube crinkle cookies.
Cost: Packages start at $85 (feeds two)
How to order: Order via Tock for pick-up on December 23 or 24
Thanks to 2020, you can now sit down to a three-Michelin-starred Christmas dinner without changing out of your matching holiday jammies. Silver lining? Perhaps. All we know is that roasted chestnut soup tastes better when it’s dusted with black truffles, bacon, and potato chips, the celery root-apple-potato gratin tastes as pretty as it looks, pot pies filled with duck confit, pheasant, and poussin stew are far superior to the old chicken rigamarole and the burning yule log cake is almost too stunningly adorable to eat (almost).
Cost: Packages start at $85 per person (feeds groups of two to six)
How to order: Order via Tock and schedule a pre-Christmas pick-up time
All Together Now!
Chicago Avenue’s natural wine sweetheart is ushering its Food for Holiday Gatherings care package program duly into the Christmas season. Family-style feasts for four highlight hearty mains like ribeye roast, whole roasted red snapper, or kuri squash risotto, accompanied by whipped potatoes, sourdough dinner rolls with cultured butter, greens salad with roasted winter vegetables, and your choice of spiced apple, kuri squash with ginger and toasted coconut, or chocolate meringue pie. As always, splurging on the optional wine pairing is a real no-brainer.
Cost: Packages start at $200 (feeds four)
How to order: Order via Tock at least 48 hours in advance for pre-Christmas and Christmas Day pick-up
BOKA’s Lincoln Park flagship has translated their esteemed fine-dining experience into an at-home meal worthy of actually putting on pants. Their Christmas dinner kits present an elegant assemblage of upscale comforts (beef tenderloin, Ora King salmon, choice sides) plus posh add-ons like shrimp cocktail, baked brie, their renown smoked carrot tartare, and more.
Cost: Packages start at $175 (feeds two to four)
How to order: Order via Tock by December 19 for Christmas Eve pick-up and delivery
This standout River North cafe is hawking flavorful, farm-fresh Christmas dinners out of its River North location this holiday season. Fill up on winter roasted vegetable salad, apple and chestnut soup, chicken bebe with parmesan crust, beef tenderloin with short rib ragout, and whipped yukon gold potatoes among other healthful bites before concluding with a thick slab of sinfully delicious and well-earned Tall, Dark & Handsome chocolate cake.
Cost: Dinner packages start at $48.95 per person (feeds groups of two to six)
How to order: Order via Tock by December 22 for Christmas Eve pick-up and delivery
This Fulton Market trattoria is offering hungry Chicagoans two ways to enjoy their Christmas dinner this year: either snuggled inside a heated snow globe perched along Randolph Street’s restaurant row or equally snuggled inside their own dining rooms via a specially curated carry-out package. The snow globe set have the lay of the land when it comes to enticing Italian a la carte dishes while hunker-downers can count on wedge salad with blue cheese and house-cured candied pancetta, French onion soup, melt-in-your-mouth meatballs, cauliflower a la Robuchon, luscious prime rib, and more.
Cost: Snow globe reservations require a $200 food and beverage deposit (parties of two to four); Take-out packages start at $135 (feeds two)
How to order: Bounce over to Tock to claim your snow globe or place your take-out order by December 19 for pre-Christmas pick-up
It’s all about the classics inside this timelessly stylish River North supper club, and their holiday dinner packages are no exception. Prime rib roasted with Northwoods dry rub and dressed with horseradish cream and rosemary au jus sits front and center, surrounded by lobster bisque, buttery mashed potatoes, corn and Cheddar casserole, green beans, and, the belle of the ball, a whole cherry pie bursting with Michigan tart cherries and laced with fragrant almond essence.
Cost: Dinner packages start at $235 (feeds four)
How to order: Order via Tock by December 21 for pick-up on Christmas Eve
Faithful Pilsenites already know all about this chic Vietnamese outpost’s utter mastery of Southeast Asian flavors but for those not yet aware, the multi-course Christmas dinner is the perfect excuse to dip your toes into these seductive waters. Vibrant papaya salad lays the groundwork for cheffy takes on grilled sausage rolls, octopus salad, lemongrass ribeye roast, seafood medley enriched with garlic butter and lime leaf, and much more. For dessert, look no further than coffee cream puffs and lychee whipped rice pudding.
Cost: Packages start at $80 per person (feeds groups of two or more)
How to order: Order via Tock for pick-up on Christmas Eve
Bavette's Bar & Boeuf
Dim the lights and don your most Gatsby-esque attire—your Christmas dinner is getting a major style upgrade courtesy of this tony River North chophouse. USDA prime rib, salt-crusted and slow-roasted for twelve full hours, awakens the senses, jazzed up by silky mashed potatoes, truffle mac and cheese, elote-style corn, mushroom casserole, baked sweet potato, and homemade pies. Complete the vibe with optional wine and bottled cocktail pairings.
Cost: Prime rib runs $199 (feeds eight to ten); a la carte sides and desserts start at $40 each (feeds four to eight)
How to order: Order via Tock by December 17 for pre-Christmas and Christmas Day pick-up
The Duck Inn
This venerable tavern has Christmas dinner covered this year with a heat-and-eat Irish-tinged banquet for four lucky lads and lasses. A towering portion of all-natural prime rib comes blanketed in mulled red wine sauce while duck fat Yorkie pudding, creamed kale, Irish cheddar potato casserole, and sticky toffee pudding slathered in whiskey-spiked cream play second fiddle to its meaty dominance.
Cost: Packages start at $100 without prime rib and $250 with prime rib (feeds four)
How to order: Order via Tock for pick-up and delivery on December 23