Along with birthdays, anniversaries, and trips to the DMV, Thanksgiving also looks pretty different this year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the day eating mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. If you aren’t in the mood to cook a feast, first of all, we understand. Second of all, you should know that you have plenty of options. All of the spots on this guide are serving takeout specials, from mix-and-match a la carte menus to complete ready-to-eat dinners for you and your household.
Note: We’ll be updating this list often as more restaurants release their Thanksgiving specials, so check back.
This Southern restaurant is offering several carryout Thanksgiving options. You can get a whole dinner for $189 (it feeds four to six people) and comes with roasted turkey, collard greens, giblet gravy, candied yams, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and a pecan pie courtesy. Or you can just get a 15-pound turkey for $79. And if you want, you can customize with sides like mac and cheese.
One upside to the weirdness this year is that a lot of restaurants are offering Thanksgiving dinners for the very first time. For example - Bayan Ko, a Filipino and Cuban restaurant in Ravenswood. Their carryout meal for four costs $195, and comes with turkey roulade, adobo pork belly, shrimp al ajillo, black beans with maduros, cornbread stuffing, and caramel flan. You need to order by 11/18, so plan ahead.
Along with a whole smoked turkey and a bone-in breast, this BBQ spot in the West Loop is also offering a whole smoked brisket. And we can report that their brisket is excellent. Along with the main protein, their a la carte Thanksgiving dinner also has sides like sourdough stuffing, sweet potatoes, and a mushroom casserole. Preorder by 11/13.
Parachute is offering a $260 Thanksgiving package for four. You’ll get marinated beef kalbi (that you’ll need to grill), and sides like scallion pancakes, crab meat gratin, kimchee jjigae, Japanese sweet potato pie, and more.
Jeong is offering its Thanksgiving Sides Feast. Packages either feed two to four or four to six, ranging from $52 to $98, and include dishes like - mantou bun stuffing with japchae noodles and pork, mashed potatoes, baked Korean sweet potato with sweet potato mousse, and more.
Girl & the Goat has an “Everything But The Turkey” meal kit for $249. It serves six, and includes dry brine for turkey, spiced cranberries, kale and brussels sprouts salad, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. But because it’s from the Goat team, you can expect everything to have the same kind of flavorful twists you’d expect from their restaurants.
This French restaurant in the Gold Coast is offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $65 per person. You choose from things like foie gras and chicken liver mousse, entrees like short ribs or turkey (plus sides), and desserts like bread pudding or a financier.
Siena Tavern’s Thanksgiving serves two and is $50 per person. It’s a good option if you’re looking for a more traditional meal - with roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and gravy. The only wild card is dessert, which is an apple brioche bread pudding with white chocolate and caramel sauce.
This Southern restaurant has a lot of fun stuff going on. Their dinner is $190, serves four, and comes with starters like horseradish beer cheese, deep-fried turkey, and sides like sorghum sweet potatoes with pepitas, and a lemon-pumpkin pie for dessert. Check out the full menu here.
No matter what you want to do this year, Frontier has probably thought of it. You can order a family meal ranging from $150-$350 (smoked breast or whole turkey with traditional sides), or pick and choose since it’s also available a la carte. You can get your turkey cooked and cooled with reheating instruction, or cooked and hot. Plus it’s available all month long in case you’re doing Friendsgiving.
You can get a whole turkey dinner for $240 (serves four) from Daisies, or a $180 Thanksgiving kit (also serves four) that’s served cold with reheating instructions. If you’d prefer to buy the sides individually, they’re selling them in their little restaurant market all Thanksgiving Week, along with uncooked turkeys in case you want to do it yourself.
Luella’s if offering either a Thanksgiving brunch or dinner, and both cost $25 and feed one to two people. The dinner comes with things like turkey, cornbread stuffing, dirty rice, and sticky buns. Brunch is exciting - it has duck and sweet potato dumplings, crab-stuffed shrimp, collard green quiche, green beans, and sticky buns. Clearly, you should get one of each.
In case you don’t want to navigate 67 sides, The Bristol is keeping it pretty simple with a three-course meal for two. It costs $85, and comes with salad, smoked duck with sweet potatoes and green beans, and apple crostatas.
All Together Now’s meal is here to give you options besides turkey - you can choose from ribeye roast, whole roasted snapper, or squash risotto. Prices range from $200-$250, the meal serves four, and all come with potatoes, rolls, salad, and dessert.
At The Gage, you can choose between chicken or turkey depending on how many people you’re trying to feed. If you have two to four people, you’ll get a whole roasted chicken dinner for $275, and for groups of four to 10, it’s a free-range turkey for $450-$550. Both birds come with the same nine appetizers and sides, ranging from buffalo chicken dip with tortilla chips to green bean casserole. So if you’re missing your annual potluck-style holiday in the suburbs this year, this is a good option.
If you don’t want a typical turkey dinner, Momotaro is serving a whole roasted, tea-smoked duck, duck confit rice, curry kabocha, shoku pan rolls, and a squash trifle for dessert. It’s $300, and serves up to six people.
GT Prime’s offering a $255 Thanksgiving meal kit for four that comes with rewarming instructions. You pick it up the Wednesday before, and it comes with a whole roasted turkey and the usual suspects: stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, apple pie - you get the idea.
Boka knows that the sides are the best, and that’s why they’re offering two options - with turkey ($275 for four) or just the sides ($164 also for four). The sides in question are mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts, and a pumpkin layer cake. Like we said, the best part.
Another non-turkey option for all the turkey haters, who are most certainly under surveillance. Swift & Sons is doing a $200 prime rib dinner for four, and it comes with rolls, apple salad, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, and pumpkin pie. Everything is meant to be reheated at home (don’t worry it comes with instructions) and is also available a la carte.
Aba’s Thanksgiving dinner is $48.95 per person and has a Mediterranean twist. This means your meal will have things like pumpkin hummus, truffle-baked orzo, beef tenderloin kebab, and some creme brûlée pie.
If you’re a pick-and-chooser type person, Beatrix might be for you. You can go with their $139.95 Thanksgiving package that feeds four to six people that has turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and Parker House rolls. Or do your own a la carte meal where you can order things like mac and cheese, sweet corn pudding, vegan sweet potatoes, butternut squash ravioli, and a whole bunch of other stuff. Whatever you decide, you need to pick it up the Wednesday before.
Joe’s Thanksgiving dinner serves four and costs $250. You’ll get turkey breast and a confit leg, salad, mashed potatoes, baked butternut squash, sausage stuffing, cranberry sauce, and a chiffon pumpkin pie. If you want more than that, additional menu items are available.
Somerset has a few Thanksgiving options. A $68 turkey dinner for two or $130 dinner for four to six people. It includes side dishes like mashed potatoes, stuffing, brussels sprouts, and more. And if you can want, you can order larger portions of the sides a la carte.
Bub’s is not reinventing the Thanksgiving wheel. This BBQ spots dinner has smoked turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and basically all the other stuff you can file under “fixins.” You can get the family-style meal for four for $175, for eight for $275, or order a la carte if you don’t need the whole thing.
Osteria Via Stato
Osteria Via Stato’s Italian-inspired Thanksgiving dinner is $59.95 per person, and along with turkey and the usual sides, also includes antipasti and dishes like rigatoni. You can get things a la carte, pick up is the Wednesday before and reheat it yourself, or pick it up warm and ready to eat on Thanksgiving.
This Italian restaurant’s $185 dinner serves four and comes with turkey, harvest salad, parmesan risotto, whipped potatoes, roasted squash, dried fruit stuffing, and tiramisu.
RPM Steak’s holiday dinner is almost identical to RPM Italian’s, but does have a few differences. It’s more expensive ($225) with the addition of Parker House rolls and green bean casserole, and instead of roasted squash has a butternut squash bisque. It also swaps out the tiramisu for their 14k-gold chocolate cake.
For a more seafood-centric dinner, hit up Shaw’s Crab House. The meal costs $59 per person, and comes with things like shrimp cocktail, ceviche, and crab legs along with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet corn casserole, and dessert.
Yep, Alinea is offering a carryout Thanksgiving, and to the surprise of no one, they are going all out. It’s priced from $325-$895, and comes with a sh*t ton of stuff. So we’re going to suggest you click here for the details. One thing worth noting, however, is that it comes with a fresh turkey and detailed cooking instructions.
If the idea of sort-of-cooking intrigues you, El Che is also doing a dinner that includes an uncooked turkey (spatchcocked and chimichurri-marinated) and premade dishes to round out the meal (like stuffing, sweet potatoes, and dulce de leche pumpkin pie). The meal feeds four, costs $150, and comes with cooking instructions from the chef.
More turkeys you need to cook yourself, and prepared sides, this time from The Publican. And the list of sides is long, so consider this a lot more like going to the grocery store than ordering from a restaurant. Oh, and if you don’t want turkey you’ll be happy to know that they also have ham available.
Both the River North and Bucktown locations of Etta are offering Thanksgiving dinner to-go. It serves four, costs $135, and includes turkey, along with sides like bolognese stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes, and rigatoni cacio e pepe. The menus are slightly different depending on where you order from, so check online to make sure you get the squash preparation you want. This year has been hard enough as it is.
This is where to order from if you want to go all-out for Thanksgiving. The carryout dinner from Maple & Ash ranges from $295 to $715 (feeding up to 12 people), and has a whole turkey with traditional sides, along with dishes like shrimp cocktail and lobster bisque. There’s also an optional $200 add-on that includes things like caviar, king crab, and filet mignon.