The holidays are officially upon us. Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is fast approaching and commercials have begin the holiday sales assault. I can't help but get a warm fuzzy feeling though. There's something about the cold air, nearly bare trees and early sunsets that brings back those feelings of anticipation from when we were kids. Family will be together soon, you'll see cousins you haven't seen in a while. Mom's finally going to get that gift you've been saving up for for so long (maybe not so much now that you're an adult). It's just an all-around pleasantly familiar time of year. Whether you don't want to cook or you want to celebrate early, Chicago has plenty of deals and events throughout the city to start the celebration now. Check them out below and tell us in the comments what you're most looking forward to this holiday season.
- DMK Burger Bar | 2954 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago
Celebrate Thanksgiving all month long with The Gobbler. The Thanksgiving Burger comes with all the classic holiday dishes with two turkey patties, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, celery and topped with a house made cranberry relish. Finish it off with the Pumpkin Pie Shake.
- Tanta | 118 West Grand Avenue, Chicago IL
Enjoy holiday specials the week of Thanksgiving (except Thanksgiving Day). Tanta gives Thanksgiving dishes a Peruvian twist. Call 312.222.9700 for reservations or visit OpenTable.
PREPPING FOR THE DAY
- Baker & Nosh | 1303 Wilson Avenue, Chicago
The holidays are nothing without the sweets. Baker & Nosh will do the baking for you this year, all you're required to do is sit back and enjoy. The bakery is offering homemade pumpkin pies (pictured at top) and pull-apart dinner rolls baked fresh every day, making them the perfect alternative to the prepackaged and store-bought options. 9-inch pumpkin pies are priced at $20 each and a tray of 16 dinner rolls can be purchased for $12. Both are available via pre-order and in-store (although pre-order is strongly recommended).
- Chop Shop | 2033 West North Avenue
For all the home chefs out there, order your turkey now! Chop Shop's butcher is offering turkeys, turkey breasts and hams for your family dinner available for pick-up starting November 20th. Ho-Ka Turkey options include: 10-21 lb. Hens at $3.99/lb; 22-30 lb. Turkeys at $3.99/lb; 4.14 lb. Turkey Breasts at $4.79/lb. Chop Shop is Chicago’s only whole animal butcher/deli/bar/restaurant with a 6,000 square foot event space located in Wicker Park. Please call the butcher at 773.537.4440, ask your questions and place your order early. All orders have to be placed by the 16th of Nov.
- Jove T's Pie in the Sky at Cindy's Rooftop | 12 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Pre-order one of Pastry Chef Jove Hubbard's pies for $25. Flavors include Classic Pumpkin, Dutch Apple and Maple Cream. Stop by the pop-up for extra treats like Cider Doughnuts ($10), Caramel Apples ($5) and Belgian Hot Chocolate ($5). Jove T's Pies in the Sky are available for pre-order and in-person pick up from 3-6pm Tuesday, November 22nd and Wednesday, November 23rd. Order HERE.
- Tanta | 118 West Grand Avenue, Chicago IL
Order a Peruvian feast in advance for Thanksgiving this year. Tanta's is offering complete meals to-go for $64.99 which include reheating instructions. Orders must be placed by Monday, November 21st and picked up by Wednesday, November 23rd. Call 312.222.9700 to place an order. For more information on Tanta's, visit tantachicago.com.
DAY OF CELEBRATIONS
- American Craft Kitchen & Bar | 151. E. Wacker Drive, Chicago
For an All-American Thanksgiving Day feast, stop by American Craft Kitchen & Bar. The Thanksgiving Day Dinner Buffet is $39.95 per person, and includes coffee, tea, or soda. Reservations can be made by calling 312-565-1234 x4496.
- Maple & Ash/Eight Bar | 8 West Maple Street, Chicago
Try a new take on turkey this Thanksgiving with Chef Danny Grant's slow-roasted heritage Turkey Roulade accompanied by traditional sides at Maple & Ash. Only available on Thanksgiving Day from 2 - 8pm, guests must mention they'd like the Thanksgiving menu at the time they make reservations. Looking for something more casual? Eight Bar will offer slow roasted heritage Turkey Breast with mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing and Brussels Sprouts. Call 312.944.8888 for reservations or visit OpenTable.
- Mercat a la Planxa | 638 South Michigan Ave, Chicago
Enjoy a Spanish take on traditional Thanksgiving dishes at Mercat. Pricing for the Thanksgiving menu is $85 for adults and $35 for kids available from 11am - 9pm. Reservations can be made by calling 312.765.0524 or visit mercatchicago.com.
- Pheasant Run Inn & Resort | 4051 East Main Street, St. Charles IL
Executive Chef Tiffany Tooker hosts a family-friendly Thanksgiving Day Brunch from 11am - 3pm. The meal features items such as Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque, carved Vermont Turkey, Pumpkin Ravioli and the Pheasant Run Apple and Cherry Cobbler Skillet Station. $39.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 4-12, free for 3 and under. Call 630.584.6300 for reservations.
- Roka Akor Old Orchard | 4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie IL
Executive Chef Boyd Cheong will prepare a "Turkey-kase" complete with Japanese-styled fried turkey, braised turkey rice hot pot with mountain greens and more. Holiday menu available from 4 - 9pm on Thanksgiving. Reservations strongly recommended, not required. Call 847.440.3383 or visit rokaakor.com/old-orchard.
- Seasons 52 | Schaumburg Location: 1770 East Higgins Road or Oakbrook Location: 3 Oakbrook Center
Seasons52 is offering a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 24, featuring Plainville Farms turkey, never-ever given antibiotics, along with side dishes like Yukon Mashed Potatoes and Housemade Cranberry Relish. Dinner is $26.90 for adults and $12.90 for children. For reservations in Schaumburg, call 847-517-5252 or visit THIS LINK; Oakbrook, 847-517-5252 or visit THIS LINK.
- Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi | 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago
Offering a prixe fixe dinner with elevated takes on classic favorites such as Cream of Mushroom & Chestnut Soup and Pumpkin Pie with Chantilly Cream and Cranberry Compote. Available for $60 per person from 5pm to close. Call for reservations at 312.239.4491 or visit stetsonschicago.com.
- Texas de Brazil | 210 East Illinois, Chicago
Traditional holiday dishes like roasted turkey and sweet potato casserole combine with Texas de Brazil's Southern Brazil-style churrasco feast. Serving from 11am - 10pm, dinner costs $46.99/adult for the full experience, $24.99/adult for the salad area only; children 6-12 are 50%; children 3-5 are $5 and under 2 dine for free. Call 312.595.0913 for reservations or visit OpenTable.
- The Godfrey Hotel Chicago | 127 West Huron Avenue, Chicago
Enjoy Thanksgiving classics along with authentic Italian dishes like Lobster Mezzalune and Pappardelle Alla Bolognese. The Godfrey Thanksgiving is from 12 - 7pm. Tickets for the buffet are $29 for adults and $10 for kids. Seats available by reservation only at godfreythanksgiving.com.
- The Signature Room | 875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Featuring a buffet spread by Executive Chef Cardel Reid with Australian Seared Lamb Chops, Prime Rib, Customized Salads and more. Available 11am - 6:30pm for $80 per adult, $35 per child (4-12 years old) and free for children under 3. Reservations required. Call 312.280.0465
- Travelle Kitchen + Bar | 330 North Wabash Avenue
An afternoon Thanksgiving Buffet featuring favorites like Country Bread Stuffing with Chestnuts and Sage and Truffled Yellow Corn Casserole. $145, includes a complimentary mimosa, available from 11am - 4pm. Dinner service (a la carte menu featuring Thanksgiving specials) will also be served from 6:30 - 10pm. Call 312.923.7705 for reservations or visit travellechicago.com.
JUST FOR YOU!
In case you're looking for inspiration for a treat of your own this Thanksgiving, Betsy's Best has a smoothie recipe you're going to love. Check it out below...
Harvest Smoothie by Betsy's Best
1 cup almond milk
3 tbsp. Pumpkin
1 tbsp. Betsy's Best Gourmet Nut or Seed Butters
1 tbsp. Chia Seeds
Pinch of Sea Salt
1/4 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
Blend and enjoy!
Betsy's Best is a line of gourmet nut and seed butters that are all non-GMO, all natural and gluten free. Peanut, Almond, Cashew and Sunflower Seed butters come classic or with interesting twists of cardamon, cinnamon, chia seeds and more. *Recipe c/o Betsy's Best