Chicagoland chefs, restaurants, and hotels prepare to open their doors and give thanks this year in celebration of Thanksgiving. From holiday classics to brunch buffets, and pre-fixe dinners to à la carte menus, Chicagoans plan to celebrate the only way they know how—by eating and drinking their way through the city. Family and friends can rejoice over the following variety of holiday offerings and all of the trimmings on Thursday, Nov. 26.
Thanksgiving Gelato Feast at Cafe Spiaggia
Cafe Spiaggia (980 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 2) will host a one-night-only Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with dishes made entirely of gelato or sorbetti. The menu, curated by Pastry Chef Melanie Diamond-Manlusoc, will feature sweet renditions of classic Thanksgiving dishes, including Turkey with Sage Pizzelle, Sweet Potatoes and Marshmallow, Brussels Sprouts, Green Bean Casserole, and Spiced Cranberry Sauce. The dinner will also include wine pairings from Sommelier Rachael Lowe. Upon arrival, guests will be treated to a welcome cocktail and a charcuterie board to share. Tickets for the dinner are $50 and will be available for purchase online. For more information, call 312.280.2750.
Southern Thanksgiving from County Barbeque
County Barbeque (1352 W. Taylor Street) is offering fresh, farm-raised smoked turkeys to go this Thanksgiving, along with Southern-inspired renditions of classic sides, including chestnut stuffing, giblet gravy, buttery mashed potatoes, and a mixture of Brussels sprouts, carrots, & parnsips. Smoked Turkeys are 12-14 pounds and feed 12-16 people for $70 each. The sides are sold à la carte at $10 per quart. A limited amount of turkeys are available, and orders must be placed by Saturday, Nov. 21. Pick-ups will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 24 and Wednesday, Nov. 25. County Barbeque is open Sunday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., and Friday & Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. The restaurant will be closed Thanksgiving Day. For more information or to place an order, call 312.929.2528, visit www.dmkcountybarbeque.com.
Celebrate Thanksgiving All Month Long at DMK Burger Bar
During the month of November, DMK Burger Bar (2954 N. Sheffield Ave.) invites guests to roll up their sleeves for a Thanksgiving-inspired burger with the return of The Gobbler. The Gobbler comes chock-full of all the classic holiday fixin’s with two juicy turkey patties, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and celery, and is topped off with house made cranberry relish. DMK Burger Bar is open Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-midnight. For more information, please call 773.360.8686, or visit www.dmkburgerbar.com.
Thanksgiving in a BPA-free jar at Farmer’s Fridge
Farmer’s Fridge (various locations), the Chicago-based fresh food concept that serves flavorful, handcrafted salads and snacks from automated kiosks throughout the city, features a seasonal, Thanksgiving themed salad for the entire month of November. The Turkey Day Salad is made with Brussels sprouts, kale, sliced turkey, delicata squash, roasted cranberries, walnuts, and a maple vinaigrette, and packaged in the company’s signature, BPA-free mason jars for easy taking and shaking. For more information and to see a list of locations, please visit www.farmersfridge.com.
Give Grazie at Filini Bar & Restaurant
This year, give thanks the Italian way at Filini Bar & Restaurant (221 N. Columbus Drive). From 5–10 p.m. on Thanksgiving, enjoy fine Italian dining with a 4-course meal. To get the festivities started, soup options include a Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Brussels sprouts and pumpkin seeds; and a Sweet Rutabaga Soup, with baby turnips and shredded short rib. For the entrée, guests can choose between Roasted Organic Amish Turkey with chestnut stuffing, cranberries and gravy; or Prosciutto-wrapped Stuffed Pork Loin, with braised radicchio, raisins, and drizzled with fig sauce. Next is the pasta course, with choice of either Homemade Pumpkin Gnocchi with Italian sausage, sage and Parmigiana-Reggiano; or Homemade Ravioli with a three cheese filling in arriabatta sauce and topped with basil. Finish the evening with a decadent dessert — for pumpkin lovers there is the Pumpkin Cheesecake topped with milk chocolate sauce and candied pecan, and for those looking for something a bit more traditional, the Apple Cranberry Cake, topped with bourbon vanilla and raspberry coulis. Thanksgiving dinner is $80 per person, with additional sides such as Rosemary-Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Creamy Polenta with mushrooms available for purchase separately, each $9. For $95, enjoy a wine pairing with your meal. Reservations can be made by calling 312.565.5258, and for more information, please visit www.filinichicago.com.
Your Easiest Thanksgiving Ever with Home Chef
This year, Home Chef wants to eliminate the stress out of planning and preparing for Thanksgiving by taking care of it all in less than two hours. Home Chef, the Chicago-based meal subscription service that provides all of the fresh ingredients you need to make chef tested meals at home, has whipped up specialty Thanksgiving dishes available for a limited-time-only before the holiday. Guests within Home Chef’s distribution zone are invited to try their Sous Vide Turkey Breast with Sherry Herb Pan Gravy, a specialty turkey breast that is slow-cooked in a water bath, so it’s juicy and delicious when it arrives at your door step. Made in 35 minutes or less, the step-by-step recipe instructions call for coating the bird with fresh Herbs, and serving in a pan of Sherry and Herb Gravy, served up in a fraction of the time the traditional Thanksgiving staple normally takes. To round out the Thanksgiving meal, Home Chef has also developed their Thanksgiving Side Trio, including Classic Apple Herb Stuffing, Pecorino-Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Cranberry-Almond Green Beans. This side trio is perfect for any omnivore or vegetarian, including all of the Thanksgiving mainstays to round out the holiday dinner in just 45 minutes. The specialty Thanksgiving dishes are available for order on Home Chef’s website or app beginning Friday, Nov. 13 at 12:00 p.m. CST through Friday, Nov. 20 at 11:59 a.m. CST. For more information, please visit www.homechef.com.
A Catalan-Inspired Thanksgiving at Mercat a la Planxa
Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan Ave.) invites guests to a Spanish feast this Thanksgiving with a wide selection of tapas and other plates. Guests will be treated to a set menu served in three courses with a dessert to finish. Lighter first courses include Ruta de Xato al Mercat, a salad made with house smoked salmon, bitter greens, Cornicabra olives, and nora chile picada, as well as Mercat’s signature Truita de Patata made with potatoes, eggs, smoked wild char roe, and potato aioli. No Thanksgiving meal is complete without turkey, and Mercat serves their Pavo in the style of turkey ballotine with razor clam stuffing and sherry pan gravy. Pricing for the Thanksgiving menu is $75 per guest and is available from 3 p.m. until close on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312.765.0524. For more information, please call 312.765.0524, visit www.mercatchicago.com.
A “Deca”-Dent Thanksgiving Affair at the RITZ CARLTON, Chicago
When it comes to meal time, Thanksgiving is synonymous with two words: “seconds, please!” This year, give thanks and grab seconds at the RITZ CARLTON Chicago’s Deca (160 E Pearson St.), located in the 12th floor lobby where guests will enjoy a Thanksgiving Day Brunch Buffet offering a melting pot of Thanksgiving fare. From Bourbon Glazed Yams to Fennel Chicken Sausage Stuffing, and Sage-Rubbed Roasted Turkey to, of course, Pumpkin Pie, Deca brings the best in holiday favorites and then some, with the buffet tasting stations of Taste of Asia, Local Butcher & Cheese Market and Eggs & Things. Deca will also be serving a limited à la carte menu for those not as ambitious. Deca is serving Thanksgiving Brunch from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26; brunch buffet tickets are priced at $135 for adults, and $35 for children. Reservations can be made by calling 312.573.5160 or visiting www.decarestaurant.com.
Roka Akor Reinvents Thanksgiving with Robatayaki
For the first time ever, Roka Akor Old Orchard (4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center) is remaining open for the Thanksgiving holiday. Executive Chef Boyd Cheong takes the techniques and preparations Roka Akor has perfected to present a special menu which offers a Japanese spin on the traditional turkey-centric feast. Festive dishes include Shichimi Spice Japanese-Style Fried Turkey with roasted beets, Braised Turkey Rice Hot Pot, and Sweet Potato with Ginger Teriyaki. In addition to these holiday-themed dishes, the restaurant will also offer a limited à la carte menu where the restaurant’s staple premium steaks, seafood, and sushi will also be available. This unprecedented Thanksgiving meal will be served from 3:30 to 8 p.m.. Reservations are not required, but recommended, and can be made by calling the restaurant at 847.440.3383. To learn more about Roka Akor Old Orchard, visit their website at www.rokaakor.com/old-orchard.
Turkey Days at Tanta
From Friday, Nov. 20 through Wednesday, Nov. 25, Executive Chef Jesus Delgado invites locals to enjoy Turkey Days at Tanta (118 W. Grand) with Peruvian-inspired twists on traditional holiday fare. The featured à la carte menu includes: Pavito al Horno ($33) with roasted turkey leg confit, kabocha squash & fingerlings ajiaco, honey and panca sauce, and celery, apple and beets salad; Codillo Crocante ($34) with crispy pork shank, baked sweet potatoes, cippollinis, and cherries escabeche; and Aeropuerto Thanksgiving ($24) with veggie fried rice, raisins, noodles, crispy turkey scrambled egg tortilla, spicy sesame sauce, and pickled vegetables. For more information, please call 312.222.9700, or visit www.tantachicago.com.
Be Thankful and Feast at The Langham, Chicago
This Thanksgiving, The Langham, Chicago (330 N. Wabash Ave.) offers an extravagant holiday feast that is perfect for any style of celebration at $135 per person. Executive Chef Anthony Zamora collaborates with his team to present guests with an assortment of holiday-themed gourmet chef buffet stations, featuring everything from breakfast items and Thanksgiving favorites to a carving station and sushi display. Guests can indulge in holiday cravings like Herb Butter Whole Roasted Turkey with cranberry-apricot sauce and natural gravy; Rosemary Roasted New York Strip with béarnaise sauce and horseradish cream; Country Bread Stuffing with chestnuts and sage; and Sweet Potato Casserole with candied pecans. Additionally, bountiful seafood is offered, including chilled Alaskan Snow Crab, King Crab, oysters, jumbo shrimp, and more. Executive Pastry Chef Scott Green presents a grand dessert spread, showcasing a crêpe station, tarts, éclairs, petit fours, cakes, macaroons, cookies, and candies. In true brunch fashion, the hotel offers guests a Bloody Mary Bar with mixologist selections of spirits, mixers, and garnishes as part of this holiday package. Seating times include: noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. Children up to 12 years old are $50 each, and 4-years-old and under eat for free. To make reservations, please call 312.923.9988 or visit www.langhamhotels.com.
Give Thanks for Breathtaking Views & Feasts at The Signature Room
Consult your tailor before heading to The Signature Room (875 N. Michigan Ave.) this Thanksgiving, as Executive Chef Cardel Reid prepares a tremendous multi-course feast to appease all appetites. A starter’s buffet spread, which overlooks Chicago’s stunning fall foliage from the 95th floor of the John Hancock building, welcomes guests with a variety of selections such as king crab legs, charcuterie with assorted mustards & American cheeses, in addition to seasonal salads and soups. Guests can watch chef personally carve slices of the prime rib, where they can also order customized salads. The main course follows with traditional and non-traditional gluten-free and vegetarian friendly options such as Roasted Plainville Farm Turkey Breast with turkey roulade, caramelized onion stuffing, with traditional gravy, Roasted Pork Loin with potato hash, or Pan Seared Seitan. Each guest over the age of 21 will receive one complimentary champagne cocktail with their meal. The holiday menu is priced at $80 per person for adults, and $35 per child (4-12 years old), and is free for any child age 3 and below. Prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Reservations with a credit card are required, and can be made by calling 312.787.9596.