Gobble, Gobble! Dine-In or Take-Out on Thanksgiving Day . . . You Pick!

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Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends and feasting—not freaking out about meal planning or burnt birds. Skip the hassle of time-consuming food prep by treating yourself and your loved ones to a Thanksgiving dinner to-go, have Thanksgiving dinner catered or do one better, and dine out. From smoked turkeys to pumpkin pies to all the traditional fixins’, Chicago’s best chefs have you covered. You only need to decide, dine at your place or theirs?

GROCERY STORE TO THE RESCUE

Mariano’s

Mariano’s offers a no-fuss Turkey Day with all the sweet and savory trimmings you crave with their Turkey or Ham Dinners. Each dinner includes sides like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, mashed sweet potatoes and feeds 6-8 people for $69.99. Mariano’s requires shoppers to schedule a pick-up date when placing their order, and requests 72 hours advance notice. Pick-ups begin on Nov. 17.

Locations throughout Chicagoland; Online: marianos.com

Eataly

Thanksgiving might not be an Italian tradition, but Eataly believes in giving thanks for bountiful harvests and fresh ingredients. Their turkeys are organic and raised humanely, so you can bring the signature Italian quality to your Thanksgiving feast. Complement your meal with their curated salumi & fromaggi board of cured meats and cheeses, freshly baked bread, or go for a selection of fresh seafood platters. Complete the meal with housemade Torta di Mele (apple tart) or Tiramisù della Nonna.  

Pre-order before November 19 by emailing Eataly at chi-catering@eataly.com. Available for pick up only November 23 & 24.

Eataly, 43 E. Ohio St., River North; Online: eataly.com

RESTAURANTS TO PUT ON YOUR THANKSGIVING RADAR

River Roast

What could be better than feasting riverside for Thanksgiving? River Roast will be serving up a spectacular Thanksgiving dinner featuring herb brined & roasted turkey, grilled carrots, stuffing with house sausage, whipped Yukon potatoes and more! Finish it off with carrot cake, apple cobbler or pumpkin pie.

If you'd rather prepare dinner at home, they can prep a local free-range turkey and a selection of seasonal sides and desserts.

315 N. LaSalle St., River North; Online: riverroastchicago.com

Andros

You have the meal covered and just need help with the pie? Andros Taverna is here with a dessert assist. Pasty Chef Hsing Chen offers choices like apple pie galaktoboureko, pumpkin phyllo pie or her traditional baklava pie. Each pie serves 8-10 people and orders are guaranteed as long as you place an order by Nov. 23 at noon for pickup Nov. 24.

2542 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square; Online: androstaverna.com

Frontier

Frontier, a hot Wicker Park restaurant specializing in game, oysters and tap brews brings the bounty to your home with their Thanksgiving-to-go package. Executive Chef Brian Jupiter offers guests the option of ordering a whole smoked Amish turkey to-go. The antibiotic- and hormone-free turkeys are offered cooked and cooled. Available sides include five-cheese mac & cheese, traditional mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, Brussel sprouts and string beans. Orders must be placed by Fri., Nov. 19, with pick up on Thanksgiving from 9 a.m.-noon.

1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park; Online: thefrontierchicago.com

Sepia

From Nov. 1-Nov. 20, Sepia is offering takeout meals for Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving. Chef Andrew Zimmerman has prepared a feast for the ages with cider brined turkey breast and confit leg, Waldorf Salad stuffing with rye bread, roasted apple, celery root, apple and spiced bourbon butter, and sweet potato and pecan pie. 

123 N. Jefferson, West Loop; Online: sepiachicago.com

Prairie Grass Cafe

Prairie Grass is taking all the thinking out of Thanksgiving dinner with a preset family-style meal, with wine pairings if you'd like, available for pickup on Thanksgiving Day. Orders must be placed by November 18, but beware, they may sell out!

601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook; Online: prairiegrasscafe.com

Farm Bar Lakeview

Farm Bar is offering an at-home Thanksgiving family meal package for groups of 2-4 or 6-8. The package includes herb-roasted turkey, Farm Bar stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted autumn vegetables, farm green salad, homemade gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and pumpkin pie. Orders must be placed by Nov. 17, 5 p.m. and pickups will be held on Nov. 24, noon-5 p.m.

1300 W. Wellington Ave., Lakeview; Online: farm-bar.com

The Smoke Daddy

Whole turkeys at this Wicker Park and Wrigleyville BBQ bastion are slow-smoked until heady and crisp; opt for Southern-style pulled turkey if you prefer your birds on the tender side. Or, skip the turkey this year and go with a glazed ham.  Since families can’t exist on meat alone, the restaurant has housemade cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy at the ready, available by the quart. Orders are being taken through Nov. 21 for pickup on Nov. 23 & 24.

1804 W. Division St., Wicker Park & 3636 N. Clark St., Wrigleyville; Online: thesmokedaddy.com

Farmhouse Evanston

Farmhouse is known for their hearty Midwestern comfort food, making them a great Thanksgiving Day option. Their Thanksgiving Buffet will run from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and includes classics like turkey, ham, buttermilk smashed potatoes, green bean casserole, maple candied yams and more. If you're looking to stay home, order the at-home package for one and schedule a pickup. 

703 Church St., Evanston; Online:farmhouseevanston.com

Weber Grill

Thanksgiving is finger-licking good when you're greeted with a whole smoked turkey feast, and Weber Grill has flavor-filled party platters featuring all your fave fixins. We’re talking about cornbread with molasses butter, maple whipped sweet potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, sausage stuffing and classic pumpkin or apple pie. Orders must be placed by Nov. 19 before 5 p.m.

And, if you want Weber Grill to do all the heavy lifting, the restaurants plan to be open and are accepting reservations.

Locations in Chicago, Lombard & Schaumburg; Online: webergrillrestaurant.com

Proxi

Proxi's takeout Thanksgiving package is a global experience for the tastebuds. Have a worldly Thanksgiving at home with tandoori-style turkey breast, braised turkey leg biryani with apricots and pistachios, stir-fried Brussels sprouts with coconut and black mustard seed, sweet potato puree with jaggery butter, creamy black lentils, riata, cranberry chutney, garam masala spiced gravy and cashew and jaggery pie with cardamom. Orders can be placed Nov. 1-Nov. 20 through tock

565 W. Randolph St. West Loop, Online: proxichicago.com

Wildfire

Enjoy a family-style Thanksgiving dinner featuring roasted turkey, glazed salmon, beef tenderloin and all the traditional side dishes. Gluten-free items will also be available. If you’re entertaining family and friends at home, Wildfire is also offering a Thanksgiving Party Platter Menu of all your favorites for carryout.

Locations in Chicago, Oak Brook, Lincolnshire, Schaumburg and Glenview; Online: wildfirerestaurant.com

BLVD Steakhouse

Toss the apron and make room for BLVD. Chef Johnny Besch has prepared a special menu full of Thanksgiving favorites for pickup Nov. 24 & 25 with offerings like confit turkey legs, Brussel sprouts and pumpkin pie featuring pumpkin custard, gingersnap crumble, chai spiced chantilly cream and cranberry shrub. Order via BLVD's tock

817 W. Lake St., Fulton Market; Online: blvdchicago.com

RPM Steak

RPM Steak‘s special Thanksgiving Feast features Slagel Family Farm Turkey as well as some of RPM’s signature dishes such as butternut squash bisque, parmesan risotto, whipped potatoes and other traditional holiday sides. The package is available for pickup on Thanksgiving Day, noon-8 p.m.

66 W. Kinzie St., River North; Online: rpmrestaurants.com

PB&J

West Loop newbie PB&J is getting in on the Thanksgiving game with a three-course dinner featuring butternut squash, turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberry, gravy and an apple or pumpkin pie. Add a bottle for wine to kick things up a notch. 

205 N. Peoria St., West Loop; Online: pbjwestloop.com

Allgauer's on the Riverfront

This North Shore family favorite for over 40 years is encouraging families to spend less time in the kitchen this Thanksgiving. Get your meal out of the way early with their decadent Champagne brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

2855 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook; Online: allgauersriverfrontrestaurant.com

The Dearborn

Dearborn's pastry chef, Julianna Westgor, is offering an ultimate holiday sweet treat with her specialty pies. Pre-order now through Nov. 22 and choose between crispy phyllo apple pie, bourbon pecan pie or black forest meringue pie. Orders can be picked up Nov. 22-Dec. 31. 

125 N. Dearborn St., Loop; Online: thedearborntavern.com

Tortoise Supper Club

Have turkey or hand-carved prime rib, and save room for the iced oysters and decadent pumpkin pie, at Tortoise Supper Club's Thanksgiving Grand Buffet on Thanksgiving Day, 11:45 a.m.-8 p.m.

350 N. State St., River North; Online: tortoisesupperclub.com

I|O Godfrey

I|O Godfrey at The Godfrey Hotel invites guests to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving buffet featuring staffed action stationsThis festive meal prepared by Executive Chef Alfonso Martinez offers something for everyone. Additionally, I|O is offering Thanksgiving To-Go for those doing home celebrations. 

Thanksgiving To-Go orders can be placed in advance for pick-up Nov. 22-Nov. 24, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. & Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

127 W. Huron St., Near North; Online: iogodfrey.com

The Smith

Indulge in a three-course prix fixe menu with a choice of turkey three ways—roasted breast, braised leg or turkey pot pie, along with other options for non-turkey lovers. If you're looking to dine at home, order their special menu for delivery.

400 N. Clark St., River North; Online: thesmithrestaurant.com

FireLake

Experience farm-to-table dining in the heart of downtown Chicago or enjoy Executive Chef Leonard Ventura's delicious meal at home. The special dine-in Thanksgiving Day menu includes a choice of three mains including cured roasted farm turkey, brown sugar-cured ham with pineapple glaze or prime rib roasted, rubbed with garlic and sage, mushroom jus and creamy horseradish. The to-go menu allows you to choose between the turkey or ham options. Both dine-in and to-go are served with imaginative and traditional sides like crimini mushrooms with crispy shallots, maple glazed yams, green beans, cranberry stuffing, cheddar herb mashed potatoes and more. 

221 N. Columbus St., Loop; Online: firelakechicago.com

Wood

Wood is offering an at-home package with maple-smoked turkey breast, house pork sausage stuffed turkey thigh, confit turkey leg and wing, country-style stuffing, garlic smashed potatoes, wood-roasted local root vegetables and Brussels sprouts, turkey gravy with Hefeweizen beer, ginger cranberry sauce with orange star anise, and Klug Farm baked apple & sweet potato gratin. Available for pre-order through Nov. 18 for pick up on Nov. 24 or 25.

335 N. Halsted, Northalsted; Online: woodchicago.com

Buck Russell's Bakery & Sandwich Shop

Save the stress and let Buck Russell's Bakery and Sandwich Stop take care of the pie. They are offering four options: dutch apple, pumpkin, chocolate pecan or Mrs. Ruseell's blueberry. Pies are available to order through Nov. 19 and can be picked up at Sophia Steak or Pomeroy on Nov. 24. 

1137 Greenleaf, Wilmette; Online: buckrussells.com

MEAL DELIVERY RIGHT TO YOUR HOME

Fresh Picks

In the spirit of their mission to make fresh, organic food readily available to everyone while supporting local farms, Fresh Picks is offering a Thanksgiving option. For those who would like to serve a locally grown feast, Fresh Picks features locally grown produce commonly found in holiday recipes. It's a great way to support local businesses, with the added benefit of skipping the grocery store lines. Plus, turkeys will additionally be available to order through two different Fresh Picks farms. Orders can be placed now!

Online: freshpicks.com

Meal Village

Meal Village offers affordable locally made, non-subscription-based comfort food on a same-day delivery basis. For Thanksgiving, they're offering Everything But The Turkey with made-from-scratch sides and sauces. Prepared in the Meal Village Kitchen in Lisle, Everything But The Turkey consists of 10 dishes available for pre-order through Nov. 21 for delivery on Thanksgiving Day or Nov. 26. All sides serve up to 4 or 8 people and range from $7-$26. 

Online: mealvillage.com

— Maria Chambers

Featured photo: courtesy of Frontier

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