28 Chicago Restaurants That Have Thanksgiving Dinner Covered
Let the pros do the work.
Between the state’s recent COVID surge, looming lock-down orders, and the Bears’ depressing mid-season outlook, preparing a massive home cooked Thanksgiving dinner for all your extended loved ones to enjoy in front of the television might not be in the cards this year for many Chicagoans. That’s why top notch restaurants around the city are stepping up to the plate, putting together both ready-to-eat and finish-at-home feasts guaranteed to flip that quarantine frown right upside down. So kick back, stay inside, and let the pros do the dirty work this year by hitting up one of these stellar Thanksgiving Day savoirs.
One Off heavy hitters Publican and Publican Quality Meats have joined forces this year to create the ultimate locavore feast. A choice between three different all-natural, pasture raised turkeys kicks things off, followed closely by an onslaught of tasty, home cooked sides (think: sausage stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes, roasted brussels with chile-citrus glaze, tart cranberry-apple relish) plus optional treats like wine and cocktail pairings, pies, loaded shrimp cocktail, and so much more.
Cost: Whole turkeys start at $60 (feeds four to six); a la carte sides start at $26 (feeds four)
How to order: Customize your spread and schedule your pre-Thanksgiving pick-up by November 20 via Tock
Thanksgiving gets an upscale Mexican twist at Michelin-starred chef Carlos Gaytan’s River North hotspot this holiday season. Bundles fit for six include roasted turkey breast and braised thighs smothered in enticing Teloloapan mole sauce, bread stuffing teeming with chorizo and corn, and creamy butternut squash soup dotted with cranberries, sage, and smoky chipotle peppers, among other seasonal delights.
Cost: Packages run $250 each (feeds six)
How to order: Call 312-374-8995 or pre-order online via Tock for pick-up on November 26
Rye Deli & Drink
Not feeling the turkey vibes this year? Turn Thanksgiving on head with a lavish breakfast-for-dinner spread from this shiny new Jewish deli and bagel specialist. Thick slabs of melt-in-your-mouth smoked pastrami arrive by the pound alongside hand rolled bagels, beet-cured cold-smoked salmon, and delectable schmears like housemade labneh flavored with melted leeks, burnt eggplant, or charred strawberries with honey.
Cost: All items are a la carte; bagels start at $24 for a baker’s dozen, pastrami runs $14 per pound, salmon $19 per pound, and labneh starts at $9 for eight ounces
How to order: Call 312-602-2100 to place your order by November 20th for pick-up on November 25th
"Top Chef" alum Fabio Viviani is behind this beloved River North trattoria and he’s sparing no expense when it comes to your Thanksgiving table. Gather your closest quarantiners and prepare to sink your teeth into succulent turkey roasted with rosemary, sage, thyme, dijon, and lemon essence, brioche and pancetta stuffing, honey-glazed sweet potatoes sprinkled with sea salt, garlic mashed potatoes, and, for dessert, a steamy serving of apple brioche bread pudding ladled with warm chocolate, crispy streusel, and caramel sauce.
Cost: Packages for two to eight start at $50 per person
How to order: Reserve your bounty via Tock by November 22nd for pre-Thanksgiving pick-up
The world is your Thanksgiving oyster thanks to executive chef Chris Gawronski and the rest of this handsome gastropub’s skillful team. Set the stage with a cider-brined Brune Landaise chicken or free range Minnesota turkey then sort through seasonal shareables like persimmon and poached Honeycrisp apple salad, charcoal grilled carrots and squash, and green bean casserole, before diving into pies like spiced pumpkin cheesecake, dark chocolate-salted caramel, spiced apple, and toasted three nut tart. Meanwhile, sommelier Torrence O’Haire has your wine pairings on lock and, get this, they even deliver.
Cost: Packages start at $275 for chicken (serves two to four), $450 for turkey (serves four to six)
How to order: Nail down your game plan and schedule a pre-Thanksgiving pick-up or delivery via Tock
Prime & Provisions
DineAmic strikes again with this downtown stunner’s Thanksgiving special, a carry-out cornucopia of seasonal flavors spanning free range herb-roasted turkey doused in grass fed butter and gravy, Valencia orange-imbued cranberry sauce, maple cinnamon sweet potato mash, and green bean casserole just like Mom used to make. Finish things off with a few slices of pumpkin or pecan pie—or both—or go big by adding an entire pie in homespun flavors like banana cream, caramel pecan, or apple to the mix.
Cost: Packages for two to eight start at $60 per person; a la carte whole pies run $40
How to order: Head to Tock to stake your claim by November 22 for pre-Thanksgiving pick-up
Chef-owner Erick Williams and crew are determined to wow southsiders this Thanksgiving with a Southern-tinged supper to remember. A lovingly brined and roasted turkey comes flanked by a battalion of classics: collard greens, giblet gravy, candied yams, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pastry chef Becky Pendola’s decadent pecan pie. Guests can also divvy up the spread, too, bagging just the bird or swinging for a la carte sides like Virtue’s famous mac and cheese plus specially curated wines by the bottle.
Cost: Full packages start at $189 (feeds four to six); a solo brined and roasted turkey runs $79 (15 pounds)
How to order: Pre-order via Toast and schedule a pick-up slot for November 25
The traditional Thanksgiving rigamarole gets a lively Peruvian makeover at this colorful River North crowd-pleaser. Tanta’s Pollo To Go! prix-fixe leads parties of four through several invigorating courses, from homey sun-dried peruvian potato stew with roasted honey ham and corn cakes stuffed with tender raisin-flecked beef to a three pound roasted Amish chicken, marinated for a full 24 hours in Peruvian spices and, the grand finale, a pumpkin-laced tres leches cake guaranteed to have you licking the plate. Pre-mixed cocktails, ceviche platters, and other choice additions only increase the madness.
Cost: Packages start at $75 (feeds four)
How to order: Reserve your take-home fiesta via Tock by November 22 for pick-up on November 25
Volare Ristorante Italiano
Over in Streeterville, executive chef Massimiliano Campagnini wants to add a little Italian pizzaz to your holiday table. Diners can build their own feasts, starting with appetizers like baked littleneck clams encrusted with housemade breadcrumbs, belly-warming arancini, and Roman-style pizza with goat cheese and roasted cauliflower, moving onto family-friendly pastas like cheesy lasagna bolognese and stuffed shells, then landing on mains like chicken vesuvio and veal marsala alongside cannoli, tiramisu, and hand-selected wines.
Cost: All items are a la carte; appetizers start at $30 (half-pan), pizzas start at $16, pastas start at $40 (half-pan), and mains start at $60 (half-pan)
How to order: Choose your own adventure via Tock at least 48 hours in advance of your pre-Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day pick-up
With both heat-and-eat arrangements for advanced picker-uppers and fully cooked options for the day-of set, this riverfront stalwart has all your Thanksgiving bash bases good and covered. Local farm-raised turkeys come in strong, weighing 14 pounds a pop and sporting a tasty herb brine, while sides whipped Yukon potatoes, brioche stuffing with homemade sausage, cauliflower with caper vinaigrette and golden raisins, and indulgent fontina mac and cheese beckon close by. As for dessert, pumpkin pie goes head to head with luscious carrot and parsnip cake with cream cheese icing. May the best appetite win.
Cost: All items are a la carte; turkeys run $100 each, sides start at $40, desserts run $50 (all feed eight to ten)
How to order: Build your dream dinner and schedule a pre-Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day pick-up via Tock
Ditch those tired old yams and get your paws on one of Top Chef alum and all around excellent dude CJ Jacobson’s Mediterranean masterpieces this Thanksgiving. Go ahead and make a mezze with festive creations like pumpkin hummus, truffle baked orzo, green beans with almonds and mushroom aioli, beef tenderloin kebabs, and creme brulee pie, among other sure hits. Wine and cocktail kits help wash it all down.
Cost: Packages start at $48.95 per person (feeds groups of two, four, or six)
How to order: Pop over to Tock by November 23 to snag your pre-Thanksgiving pick-up
River North’s top BBQ slinger is back in action this Thanksgiving, dishing up a slow-and-low take-out experience fit for a country fried king. Hickory smoked turkey, served whole or as a half portion, rides in on its trusty steed, followed by a herd of celery and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet corn spoonbread, cranberry sauce, and more, purchased as a unit or a la carte. Spice things up with add-ons like peanut butter chocolate pie, a hot buttered rum cocktail kit, or, get this, curated whiskey bundles. Yee-haw, indeed.
Cost: Baseline packages range from $95 to $275 (feeds two to eight)
How to order: Saddle up and trot on over to Tock by November 25 to grab your grub and schedule a November 26 pick-up slot
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Get back to basics with a heap of homestyle comforts from this polished River North chophouse. Juicy roasted turkey breast snuggles in next to leg and thigh confit, blanketed by unctuous pan gravy and bolstered by fresh greens with creamy vinaigrette, mashed potatoes, baked butternut squash, cranberry relish, and pumpkin chiffon pie. And don’t miss out on optionals like expert wine pairings, whole pies, meaty stone crab claws, and buttery lobster cocktail sold by the pound.
Cost: Packages start at $250 (feeds four)
How to order: Peruse the wares on Tock by November 18 to nail down your November 25 pick-up
This Bucktown fixture is rolling out the proverbial red carpet this Thanksgiving, offering the take-out faithful three celebratory courses primed and ready for the holiday table. A salad trio starts things off with a bang, followed by a whole-smoked duck with mustard jus, savory salt-baked sweet potatoes, bacon agrodolce, milk bread with honey butter and cranberry-orange jam, mini apple crostatas, and more. Keep the party going by adding on the November Bristol Booze Box, a collective 99 ounces of wine, beer, and spirits for just $99.
Cost: Packages start at $85 (feeds two)
How to order: Browse the menu and schedule your pre-Thanksgiving pick-up or delivery via Tock
This iconic Lettuce Entertain You venue is cranking out Turkey Day specials bursting with signature Italian twists. Lineups run the gamut from Slagel Farms turkey, fall harvest salad, and garlic whipped potatoes to aged Parmesan risotto, savory delicata squash, and amaretto tiramisu with butternut squash jam. Complete the course with tiered wine pairings and a golden-crusted pecan pie.
Cost: Packages start at $48 per person (feeds parties of two to eight)
How to order: Head to Tock to secure your meal at least 48 hours before your pre-Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving day pick-up
LEYE’s swank River North escape is once again puting the thanks in Thanksgiving with a beautifully appointed carry-out spread. Fluffy Parker House rolls glistening with rosemary Nordic butter pair perfectly with roasted Slagel Farms turkey breast and crispy thigh while butternut squash bisque with roasted chestnuts, Honeycrisp apple and Maytag blue cheese salad, and green bean casserole strike a seasonally appropriate balance. To close, the spot’s famed 14K chocolate cake lays on the glitz.
Cost: Packages start at $130 (feeds two) and $225 (feeds four)
How to order: Drop by Tock to reserve your meal and schedule a Thanksgiving Day pick-up slot
The Goddess and Grocer
Already the master of all things gourmet to go, this mini-empire is offering a super versatile menu for Thanksgiving hunker-downers. Diners can choose from pre-arranged packages like the couple-tastic “Turkey for Two,” the mid-sized “Family Matters” set, or the epic “All In The Family” platter for 12 as well as a slew of la carte dishes, wines, cocktails (pumpkin spice martinis!), and even floral centerpieces. The turkeys—all-natural, free-range, and antibiotic-free—hail from Minnesota’s pastoral Ferndale Farms so you know they were raised right, there’s pies a’plenty, and a plethora of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options ensure a happy and healthy holiday for all.
Cost: Starting package prices range from $75 to $395 (serves two to twelve); all menu items available a la carte
How to order: Fill out the online order form by November 20 for pre-Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day free in-store pick-up or home delivery for an added fee
The Ace Hotel’s brand new resident eatery is coming out swinging this Thanksgiving with family-style feasts from masterminds executive chef Matt Danko and pastry chef Felicia Mayden. Chicory salad with crispy shallots bats first, followed by an all-star lineup of butter- and herb-roasted turkey crown and 40 clove garlic leg and thigh, sausage stuffing, cranberry compote, pumpkin cheesecake, and a few other heavy hitters. And for an extra $20, they’ll throw in a turkey pozole verde kit which comes with everything you need to transform your leftovers into a hangover-curing Mexican stew.
Cost: Packages start at $55 per person (feeds parties of two to four)
How to order: Bag your dinner and schedule your Thanksgiving Day pick-up time via Tock
All Together Now!
Everyone’s favorite neighborhood wine bar is at it again with their smile-inducing Food For Holiday Gatherings care package program. Build-your-own bundles for four include entree choices like ribeye roast with bone marrow butter, whole roasted red lentil-stuffed snapper, and kuri squash risotto with Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese alongside a bevy of sides (aka sourdough dinner rolls, winter veggies salad, whipped potatoes) and inventive desserts like squash pie with ginger and toasted coconut. “Optional” wine pairings are clearly a must here.
Cost: Packages range from $200 to $250 depending on entree (feeds four)
How to order: Pick your poison via Tock at least 48 hours in advance to schedule your pre-Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day pick-up
As if 2020 weren’t bizarre enough already, you can now dig into a three Michelin-starred Thanksgiving Dinner in the comfort of your own home with a few measly clicks (and a wad of cash, of course). As for the goods, legendary chef Grant Achatz partnered with D’Artagnan to source a flock of eight to 14 pound organic, free-range turkeys from a GOA-certified farm in Minnesota so the bird is well covered. Top shelf starters and sides like poached shrimp cocktail, butternut squash soup, gelled cranberry and orange rind compote, sage, brown spices and roasted garlic stuffing, and classic pumpkin pie plus extras like French winter truffle mac and cheese and an assortment of red Burgundy wines handily accompany the main attraction.
Cost: Starting package prices range from $325 to $895 (feeds four to twelve)
How to order: Get all the details on Alinea’s website before placing your order and scheduling your pre-Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day pick-up time via Tock
When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, a healthy pinch of Italian gusto sets this inspired Fulton Market original’s carry-out apart. Chopped salad, house-marinated olives, green bean casserole with bechamel and pancetta, au gratin potatoes with shaved fennel, focaccia sage stuffing, and cranberry sauce lay the groundwork for mouthwatering turkey porchetta and a choice of apple or pumpkin pie to finish. Buon appetito, amici.
Cost: Packages run $290 (feeds four to five)
How to order: Head to Tock by November 20 to reserve your pre-Thanksgiving pick-up
This Logan Square charmer is keeping the good vibes flowing with both fully prepped and cook-at-home meals for four this Thanksgiving. Eat your way through sous vide turkey breast plus confit legs and thighs, candied sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, brussels with grapes in bacon vinaigrette, mashed potatoes, and pies by the multi-talented Erika Chan. Several different Michigan wine pairings act as a worthy addition as do a bevy of a la carte marketplace dishes.
Cost: Finish-at-home packages start at $180, pre-cooked packages start at $240 (both feed four)
How to order: Head to Tock to grab package deals for pre-Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day pick-up or stock up on a la cart via Daisies’ online marketplace
Duck Duck Goat
Top Chef champ Stephanie Izard is applying her dim sum prowess to Thanksgiving this year, subbing out the traditional turkey for a decadent cook-at-home Peking duck presented with detailed roasting instructions and all the trimmings. Standouts include plum-cranberry sauce, mashed potato spring rolls, veggie fried rice, char siu bao, and green beans swimming in black bean sauce plus premixed cocktail kits and Duck Duck merch.
Cost: Packages start at $175 (feeds four)
How to order: Cruise over to Tock to secure your bird for pick-up on November 25
Two-time James Beard-nominated chef Brian Jupiter knows his meats, that’s for sure. This Thanksgiving he’s putting his trusted expertise to good use by gracing West Towners with 15 to 20 pound smoked turkeys alongside a landslide of all-American comforts like five cheese mac, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, kale salad, roasted brussels, string beans, and more. Sweet potato pies from Brown Sugar Bakery and seasonal cocktail kits quite literally sweeten the deal.
Cost: Set packages range from $150 to $350 (feeds four to fifteen); whole turkeys and sides also available a la carte
How to order: Read up on the options and schedule your Thanksgiving day pick-up or pre-Thanksgiving delivery via Frontier's online ordering form
Upgrade your Thanksgiving table with a little help from the talented folks over at this multi-award-winning white-tablecloth emporium. Fancy stay-at-homers can bag a full meal for four decked out with a free-range roasted turkey breast and confit leg plus hearty sides like prune and chicken sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted brussels, and more, or drop the bird and fill up on the fixin’s with the “Everything but the Turkey” option. Add-ons like wine, wild Gulf shrimp cocktail, bottled cocktails, and breakfast bites (gooey butter coffee cake, anyone?) make the cycle complete.
Cost: Packages start at $165 without turkey and $270 with turkey (both feed four)
How to order: Reserve your feast via Tock by November 23 for pre-Thanksgiving pick-up
Swift & Sons
Skip the fowl this year and get your meaty fix with a luxe prime rib dinner courtesy of this elevated Fulton Market chophouse and its northside sister tavern. The kit and kaboodle comes stocked with Parker House rolls, salad, sides, and a pumpkin pie for four lucky diners. Wine pairings from Wine Director Marcello Cancelli and a la carte menu items are also available.
Cost: Packages start at $50 for sides only, $160 for prime rib only, and $200 for the complete meal (all feed four)
How to order: Make your reservation via Tock (Fulton Market, Wrigleyville) at least 48 hours in advance for pick-up between November 18 and November 25
This swank River North steakhouse is pulling out all the stops this Thanksgiving with a gut-busting turkey dinner for four. Highlights include a whole-roasted turkey with housemade gravy, oven-fresh focaccia, brioche and apple stuffing, brown sugar and thyme sweet potatoes, citrusy ginger-spiked cranberry sauce, maple-glazed brussels with pickled garlic and sage, and green bean casserole crowned with crispy shallots plus an old-fashioned apple pie to keep that sweet tooth at bay.
Cost: Complete packages run $255 (feeds four)
How to order: Reserve your meal via Tock by November 18 for pick-up on November 25
Think outside the bird this Thanksgiving and opt instead for Le Quack Momotaro, lauded Chef Gene Kato’s inventive spin on the classic holiday lineup. The whole shebang centers around, you guessed it, a whole-roasted Rohan duck, tea-smoked, painted with a rich soy glaze and served in natural jus, accompanied by a supporting cast of Shoku pan rolls with onion salt, beet and citrus salad, duck confit rice with maitake mushrooms, curry spiced kabocha squash with Japanese turnips and shishito peppers, and, for the closer, velvety Kabocha trifle (aka layers of spiced kabocha cake, whipped ganache, brown sugar streusel, and crunchy Dulcey pearls). A slew of optional cocktail, wine, and sake pairings lurk just beyond the main stage.
Cost: Meal packages run $300 (feeds six); beverage add-ons start at $70
How to order: Snag your kit and schedule a pre-Thanksgiving pick-up via Tock