The Best Chicago Restaurants for a Thanksgiving Night on the Town

Acadia (Chicago)

Love Thanksgiving but shudder at the thought of preparing a whole dinner yourself? Don’t fret! We’ve got you covered with a whole lineup of Chicago-area restaurants offering a dazzling variety of gourmet options for the big day. So all you have to worry about come Thursday, Nov. 24 is what to eat first.


Want to celebrate Thanksgiving in high style this November? Look no further than Acadia, one of Chicago’s premiere fine-dining restaurants specializing in New American cooking inspired by the coastal regions of Maine. From 1–7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Chef Ryan McCaskey will offer a five-course tasting menu at $95 per person with options for children and wine pairing offerings. Expect all of the Thanksgiving plate staples of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie but prepared with the best seasonal ingredients and reconstructed through a modernist lens. A great way to explore both the best of Midwest and East Coast cuisines. 1639 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, 312-360-9500 

Tortoise Supper Club

Tortoise Club (Chicago)

The Tortoise Supper Club elevates Thanksgiving to a fine-dining affair with their Grand Brunch Buffet. While it may be called brunch, food is actually available all day from noon to 8 p.m. At just $75 for adults and $25 for kids (5-12), you can take your pick from an Iced Seafood Bar, East & West Coast Oyster Selections, Cheese and Charcuterie, a Prime Rib carving station, Grilled Seafood Selections, Decadent Desserts, and, if that wasn’t enough, all the traditional Thanksgiving staples to boot. 350 N. State St., Chicago, 312-755-1700 

Barclays American Grille

Barclays American Grille (Oak Park)

Barclays American Grille knows a thing or two about traditional American cuisine. So it’s no real surprise that their Thanksgiving menu is an absolute powerhouse. From 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and for only $35.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids (5-12), guests can enjoy a full buffet of holiday treats from soup to dessert. In addition to the classic turkey and side dish offerings, guests can also enjoy decadent treats like Slow Roasted Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream & Au Jus, Honey Mustard Glazed Bone-In Ham, Tilapia with Lobster-Brandy Cream Sauce, Shrimp Cocktail, and Hunter’s Chicken with Sliced Onions and Tomato Demi Glace. 1120 Pleasant St., Oak Park, 708-848-4250 


For a little something out of the ordinary this Thanksgiving, look no further than Bistronomic. The treasured Gold Coast French bistro will offer a French-themed prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day featuring ingredients sourced from Chicago’s very own Green City Market. For just $57 for adults and $20 for children 12 and younger, guests can be swept away to Paris with traditional dishes like Butternut Squash Velouté, Housemade Chicken Liver Foie Gras Terrine, Roasted Farm Turkey Breast and Stuffed Leg, Prime Beef Short Ribs and Pumpkin Ravioli. And if all those options weren’t enough, check out the chef’s cheese plate to make it a true French dinner. 840 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, 312-944-8400

Chef’s Station

Chef's Station (Evanston)

If buffets are not your Thanksgiving style, Chef’s Station is just the spot for you. From noon to 8 p.m., this beloved Evanston spot will be offering a three-course, sit-down dinner menu with a little something for everybody. Each course has multiple options to choose from ranging from the basics to more creative fine dining options like Pan Seared Crab Cakes with Asian Vegetable Salad and Shishito Pepper Aioli, Pan Seared Scottish Salmon with Rock Shrimp, Brussels Sprout Leaves, Baby Carrots and Saffron Lobster Sauce and Pumpkin Cheese Cake with Crème Fraiche Mousse and Maple Crème Anglaise Sauce. At just $45 per person, you’re sure to have a Thanksgiving to remember. 915 Davis St., Evanston, 847-570-9821 

The Langham

The Langham is widely considered to be one of the best hotels in the city. With a reputation like that, you can be sure that their Thanksgiving menu is no exception. For $145 per person, guests can enjoy an all-day buffet of options spanning from breakfast to dinner. Besides Thanksgiving favorites like Whole Roasted Turkey with Cranberry-Apricot Sauce and Country Bread Stuffing with Chestnuts and Sage, don’t miss breakfast items like Vanilla Pearl Sugar Belgian Waffles and Cold Smoked Scottish Salmon with Bagels or lunch fare like French Bean Salad with Crispy Leeks, Toasted Marcona Almonds and Truffle Aioli or Bay Scallop Ceviche with Sweet Peppers and Preserved Lemon. And be sure to save room for dessert, which features a full crepe station and a wide selection of French treats like eclairs and Petit Fours. 330 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, 312-923-9988 

David Burke’s Primehouse

Steak might not be the first place your head goes when thinking about Thanksgiving food, but David Burke’s Primehouse is here to change that. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, guests can enjoy a $65 four-course Thanksgiving feast in true steakhouse style. Offerings will include: Pumpkin Bisque Soup with Crab and Crostini, Crab Salad and Pepper Aioli, Roast Turkey Breast with Giblet Gravy, Cider Brined Pork Chops and a whole medley of seasonal desserts like Caramel Apple Cake, Petit Pumpkin Pies and Chocolate Ganache Cake. Classic steak offerings will also be available for additional charges and include such stunners as 10 oz. Classic Filet or 40 Day and 55 Day Dry-Aged Ribeyes. As if all that food wasn’t fabulous enough, all guests will take home a complimentary turkey sandwich for a decadent day after Thanksgiving lunch. It doesn’t get much better than that. 616 N. Rush St., Chicago, 312-660-6000


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