Instead of stressing over a homemade Thanksgiving meal, why not skip the cooking and treat yourself to a festive meal out? Here, a selection of great Thanksgiving Day dining options around the city.
River Roast’s Thanksgiving spread.
Tony Mantuano and John Hogan’s riverside tavern is hosting a Thanksgiving feast that keeps the focus on hand-carved meats with carving stations featuring roasted turkey breast and herb-crusted strip loin, as well as tender roasted pork shoulder served with apple cider shallot jus. Gussy up your meat with sides such as brioche stuffed, whipped sweet potatoes, and Boursin whipped Yukon gold potatoes. In addition to the all-you-can-eat spread, the $49-per-person price tag earns each guest a festive wishbone to take home at the end of the meal and an entrée voucher for the restaurant’s weekly Blues & Brews Brunch. 315 N. LaSalle St., 312-822-0100
Tortoise Club is serving a Thanksgiving smorgasbord between noon and 7:30 p.m. that’s sure to impress on Thanksgiving Day. For $65 per person, have your pick of Chef Aaron Browning’s signature pumpkin soup, mashed potatoes, prime rib, and more, as well as a plethora of seafood such as oysters, shrimp, and calamari from a fully loaded seafood bar. Reservations are strongly recommended. 350 N. State St., 312-755-1700
Grab your loved ones and make a beeline to CURRENT for an à la carte Thanksgiving meal with an Italian twist. Chef Gregory Elliott’s creative menu spans appetizers like butternut squash soup with apple caponata, chestnuts, and rosemary oil to entrees like slow-roasted ham with rosemary potatoes, creamy polenta, green beans, and clove-mustard sauce, and concludes with a selection of three indulgent desserts: classic pumpkin pie, pear crostata with malted vanilla gelato, and amaretto cheesecake. Stop in between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. to take advantage of the special menu. 644 N. Lakeshore Dr., 312-255-4460
ZED 451’s turkey and chorizo roulade is worth giving thanks for this year.
This meat-focused hot spot is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and touts one of the most impressive spreads you’ll find for $50 per person: from the restaurant’s usual selection of skewered meats and charcuterie to braised turkey, acorn squash soup, sourdough stuffing, and citrus cinnamon cranberries, there are plenty of food hangover-inducing eats to fill up on. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to get a first taste of some of Executive Chef Michael McDonald’s newest creations, such as blackened catfish, Sriracha deviled eggs, and chili-coffee smoked brisket. 739 N. Clark St., 312-266-6691
Head downtown to the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock for a gourmet Thanksgiving dinner ($70 per person) the whole family can enjoy. The special menu is available from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., and includes roasted turkey breast, pan-seared scallops, prime rib, a host of traditional side dishes, and an extravagant dessert buffet decked in all sorts of dreamy sweets. Reservations are required. 875 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-9596
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ZED 451; RIVER ROAST