Food & Drink

Thanksgiving in Chicago

Do Thanksgiving right in Chicago


Just because you may not be home for Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. Heck, even if Chicago is your home, you may want someone else to prepare dinner for you. Thankfully plenty of great restaurants around Chicago will be making feasts for you – even right here at The Chicago Athletic Association. Check out some picks for you.

Cindy’s: Make a reservation for a family-style brunch or dinner atopThe Chicago Athletic Association. The meal starts with two salads (farro and watercress) and moves on to a fantastic feast with heritage turkey, cornbread with apple and sage stuffing, Yukon gold potato puree, heirloom carrots with orange and cumin and a few more tasty delights. It ends with pumpkin and pecan pies. That costs $29 for kids aged 7 to 15 and $79 for adults. Of course you can add foie gras ($170) or a seafood platter ($45 and $85) as well as special Thanksgiving cocktails. Check out the full menu here.

Cherry Circle Room: The beautiful Cherry Circle Room off the CAA’s Game Room will offer a $75 per person prix-fixe meal (not including tax, tip or beverages). Chef Pete Coenen will prepare a menu featuring roasted turkey with giblet gravy, oyster stuffing, mashed potatoes, smoked apple pie from Chef Kristine Antonian and much more. Also available are cocktails from Paul McGee and wine pairings from Andrew Algren. Email tara@cherrycircleroom.com to reserve your spots.

Café Spiaggia: Ready for something completely different? On Sept. 19, Cafe Spiaggia will hold Thanksgiving in Gelato, a clever take on Thanksgiving dinner done entirely in gelato and sorbet. Pastry chef Melanie Diamond-Manlusoc’s $50 per person menu will showcase sweet renditions of classic Thanksgiving dishes like turkey with sage pizzelle; green bean casserole; and sweet potatoes with marshmallows. Sommelier Rachael Lowe will pair wines with each course. Get tickets here and see the full menu offerings. 980 N. Michigan.

Signature Room at the 95th: Take in Thanksgiving dinner with one of the most breathtaking views in Chicago. Begin with a buffet of king crab legs, charcuterie and more before moving on to roast turkey and pork loin and even pan-seared seitan for non-meat eaters. Dinner is $80 for adults and $35 for kids aged four to 12. 875 N. Michigan.

Longman & Eagle: Whether you want brunch or dinner, Longman will accept seatings throughout the day for its $65 per person family-style dinner featuring heritage turkey, green bean casserole, chestnut foie gras stuffing and more. 2657 N. Kedzie.

Coco Pazzo Café: Enjoy a four-course $45 per person Italian-inspired Thanksgiving dinner with shrimp and leek risotto; pan-roasted Walleye; and pumpkin ricotta tart. 636 N. St. Clair.

Want more options? Eater Chicago has a pretty robust list of with nearly 30 Thanksgiving options.

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