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Thanksgiving Dinner in Chicago

Can't make it home for the holiday? Chicago restaurants have you covered.
Thursday Nov 18, 2010.     By
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Ann Sather (Belmont)/Ann Sather (Andersonville)
7 a.m.-4 p.m./7 a.m.-4 p.m., $18.95/$10.95
In place of its regular menu of Swedish and American specialties, Ann Sather will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, though some breakfast items will still be available. The menu includes roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, chicken soup, seasonal vegetable and homemade pumpkin or apple pie for dessert. Entree options include broiled salmon with mustard dill sauce, roasted tenderloin of beef and spinach lasagna.

Bin 36
3-9 p.m., $48, $20
Why have green been casserole when you can have duck three ways? On the restaurant’s eleventh Thanksgiving, Executive Chef John Caputo will present an all-American feast inspired by the flavors of fall and the bounty of the season’s harvest, preparing a three-course meal that includes the bird and all the trimmings. Delicious favorites will be complemented by family-style sides, decadent seasonal desserts and over 50 wines available by the glass.

Birch River Grill
noon-5 p.m., $25.95,$13.95
Indulge in traditional Thanksgiving fare, including acorn squash and Kentucky bourbon bisque, autumn salad with mulled wine poached pear, crumbled bleu cheese, toasted pecans and kiln dried cherry dressing; maple glazed free range turkey breast, stuffing, potatoes, beans and spiced pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream.

Bistro 110
noon-8 p.m., $32.95/$12.95
Put a French twist on your holiday. The three course prix fixe meal at Bistro 110 includes options like butternut squash soup, oven roasted turkey breast, green beans, sweet potato dauphinoise and spiced pumpkin cake with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce.

4:30-10 p.m., $39
This Thanksgiving at C-House Fish and Chops indulge in a traditional three-course dinner with a creative twist. The first course offers options such as apple celery root soup and poached pear salad. Entrée selections include choice of poached turkey, pork chop and grilled trout. Delicious dessert choices include chocolate pecan cake with “cocoa loco stout” ice cream and fudge sauce or cheddar and apple crostada.

Cafe des Architectes
3, 5:30 and 8 p.m., $70
Use your day of thanks to branch out and expand your culinary tastes. Cafe de Architectes has such unique offerings as Madagascar shrimp, wild striped bass and gingerbread sponge.

Chicago Firehouse
11 a.m.-8:30 pm; $45.99, $19.99 for kids 5-12
The buffet at this classic Chicago restaurant is suitably...well, classic, with turkey, prime rib and all the fixins, as well as tons of breakfast foods.

Coco Pazzo
Coco Pazzo is serving a four-course dinner with a Tuscan twist. Each course allows diners a selection to choose from. Choices include butternut squash soup; roasted turkey breast with foccacia-sausage stuffing, brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, cranberry-orange relish and sage gravy or a roasted local whitefish.

David Burke's Primehouse
11 a.m.-9 p.m., $43
It's four courses of fall at David Burke's Primehouse. Choose from appetizer choices include squash & ricotta cheese raviolis, salads like double dried Kobe beef bresola, entrées like spiced brown sugar and honey ham and walnut praline cheesecake for dessert. To top it off you'll take home a “leftover sandwich” of roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes asnd cranberry sauce on country bread with a pumpkin pie cookie.

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
$29, $15
Get away and enjoy the historic beauty of Galena by dining at the Woodlands. The menu includes roasted rabbit pozole, mélange of foraged mushrooms, pepitos and mizuna greens, smoked New Zealand mussels with grilled fingerling potato salad and watercress, pastrami gravlox with sauerkraut and pumpernickel, tri-color cracked peppercorn crusted sirloin with madeira and rosemary sauce, roasted garlic and white cheddar mashed potatoes and so much more.

Glen Prairie
noon-9 p.m., $25
This three-course prix fixe includes options like butternut squash and Michigan apple bisque, free range turkey tenderloin, cornbread stuffing, green beans, garlic mashed potatoes and cranberry-orange relish. Follow with a helping of pumpkin cheesecake with caramel sauce for dessert.

Harry Caray's
noon–9 p.m.
If you're looking for options, Harry Caray's is your place. Guests can choose from a selection of favorites from the Italian Steakhouse menu or enjoy traditional Thanksgiving specials like autumn squash bisque, prime rib dinner and apple crisp.

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Guests can dine on a feast of Turkey Day favorites and brew-inspired specialties like traditional roasted turkey with Oktoberfest gravy or harvest fest, Wild Turkey bourbon glazed ham and slow smoked BBQ beef brisket. Thanksgiving Day football will also be on all 17 flat screen TVs.

Harry Caray's (Lombard and Rosemont)
1- 8p.m., $16.95-$39.95
Both restaurants will feature traditional Thanksgiving favorites such as hand-carved, oven-roasted turkey and roasted prime rib along with unlimited visits the all-you-can-eat sides buffet. Buffet sides include sausage and sage stuffing, cornbread stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, smoked bacon and cheddar gratin and more.

Hilton Chicago/Indian Lakes Resort
11 a.m.-4 p.m., $33.95
Hilton Chicago/ Indian Lakes Resort wants to take the stress out of your holiday. The menu includes starters like harvest salad with apples and bleu cheese, slow-roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin filled pasta with sage-brown butter and desserts like a Bananas Foster station.

Horizon Cafe
8 a.m.-7 p.m., $18.99/$20.99
Want your Thanksgiving dinner just like mom made? Try Horizon Cafe, where you'll start with salad and then hand-carved turkey breast with cream or brown gravy, homemade mashed potatoes, seasoned dressing, vegetable and cranberry sauce. The dessert course will feature a choice of either pumpkin pie or apple pie.

Jacky's on Prairie
noon-9 p.m., $39
Looking for a rustic Thanksgiving spread? Try this Evanston hot spot. The menu features roasted squash soup with Applewood smoked turkey picadillo; roasted and turkey au jus or shitake walnut loaf with vegetable gravy, root vegetable and maple puree.

noon-8 p.m., $23.95, $11.95
Karma features a buffet with options like salad, gingered butternut squash soup, turkey, potatoes, asparagus, green bean casserole and pie options. Free for kids 3 and younger.

11 a.m.-7 p.m., $58, $48, $28
With unlimited champagne for adults and sparkling cider for children, Lockwood treats guests to an all-American Thanksgiving buffet featuring upscale, contemporary American cuisine. Start your meal with a selection of local cheeses and finish with a choice of entrees including turkey and smoked trout. Reservations are required.

11 a.m.-10 p.m., $12-$28
This new Streeterville restaurant serving farm-fresh cuisine offers a prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner fresh from the heartland. Executive Chef Scott Walton will prepare buttermilk biscuits with huckleberry jam, Miller Farms half chicken and pumpkin pie with pecan praline ice cream.

Meson Sabika (Naperville) and Tapas Valencia
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., free
Talk about being thankful -- restaurants Meson Sabika and Tapas Valencia will host charity Thanksgiving dinner for those facing economic problems and/or limited physically by disabilities. Any patron-in-need is welcome to enjoy a complimentary traditional three-course Thanksgiving dinner that will include salad, turkey, dessert and a beverage of choice including either beer or wine. Reservations are required.

Palette Bistro
2-8 p.m.; $32
Frenchify something other than green beans with a three-course meal including your choice of mushroom soup, turkey or filet mignon, and pumpkin pie.

Park Grill
11 a.m.-9:15 p.m.
It'll be easy to walk off your meal of updated classics like turkey with spiced-sausage stuffing and ginger-cranberry compote, as the Grill is located just in front of picturesque Millennium Park.

Prairie Grass Cafe
2:30-7:30 p.m.; $45 ($15 for kids under 10)
The Northbrook staple offers the "Thanksgiving Works" on Thursday, complete with roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, apple and sage stuffing, sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping, cranberry sauce and pumpkin and pecan pies.

Restaurant Michael
1-4 p.m., $45
This Thanksgiving, leave the turkey to Michael Lachowicz, the chef and owner of Restaurant Michael. Dinner will showcase roast organic turkey, roast tenderloin and all of the Thanksgiving fixings.

Shaw's Crab House (Schaumburg)
Noon-7 p.m., $45
Celebrate Thanksgiving family-style in Schaumburg. There’s plenty of seafood on this sumptuous buffet, as well as sweets.

Brunch: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., $115, $35 for kids eight and under,; Dinner: 6-8:30 p.m., $125
The Trump Tower's restaurant offers a lot more than great views on Thanksgiving. There will be a lavish brunch spread featuring a raw bar, carving station, dessert stations and more, plus a seasonally inspired tasting menu for dinner (three or five courses), including such dishes as Butter poached lobster with sautéed foie, spiced pain perdue and salsify.

SushiSamba Rio
1:30 p.m. -1 a.m.
The menu includes a braised short rib gyoza appetizer with kabocha pumpkin puree, red shiso leaf and smoked ginger soy ($14). Dinner is mojo roasted turkey ($24) and dessert is Kobocha cheesecake (10).

nonn-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m., $55
This Indian fusion restaurant skews more toward Native American on Thanksgiving with a six-course meal including roasted corn soup, cardamom-smoked turkey breast and pumpkin pie.

noon-10 p.m.; $26.95
Meat eaters will be happy with choices of roasted turkey and stuffed pork loin at this three-course meal, which also includes salad and dessert buffet tables.

Victory's Banner
Seatings at 2, 4 and 6 p.m.
Why suffer through another tofurkey when you can enjoy tasty vegetarian fare at this Roscoe Village staple, including the popular Neatloaf and all the sides and desserts you can handle. Trust us: You won't miss the meat.

Zest at the InterContinental Chicago
10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., $55/$23
Zest will offer Thanksgiving brunch featuring items like poached shrimp, Wisconsin cheese selections and a carving station, as well as a mashed potato bar with traditional condiments, stuffing, toasted marshmallow yams and desserts. Dinner features a selection of seafood as well as traditional Thanksgiving dishes.

Rather take it and fake it? Grab a dinner to-go and let someone else do all the cooking and cleaning.

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
noon-5 p.m., $225-$255
Take it up a notch and get your dinner delivered with the unique Thanksgiving Day Pilgrim Delivery. The menu includes your choice of a whole tom turkey meal or turkey breast meal, smoked corn and sausage chowder, bourbon creamed corn and much more. Orders must be placed by November 23 and the meals serve eight to 10 people.

Restaurant Michael
1-4 p.m., $49
For those wanting to stay at home, Restaurant Michael features a hot and ready to serve carry-out menu for $49 per person. The menu features two main entrees, six side dishes, two desserts, soup, salad and bread.

Smoke Daddy
Get your turkey smoked for take-out. Order your turkey by November 19 and pick it up November 24. Smoke Daddy Rhythm and Barbeque is offering smoked turkeys to go, priced at $4.95 per pound (12 to 14 pound birds).

Victory's Banner
Take home a vegetarian feast including veggie turkey Neatloaf plus meatless sides and vegan desserts.

Be thankful for Centerstage Chicago's Thanksgiving Guide
Get Cookin' ~ Drink on the Eve
Buy a Pie ~ Volunteer and Give Back
Eat at O'Hare ~ Munch Near Midway


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