25 Chicago Restaurants For Thanksgiving Dinner To Go

Elisabeth Brigham and Fiona Good-Sirota | November 16, 2020 | Food & Drink

Whether your family is at the Thanksgiving table or dialed in over Zoom, these local eateries help bring the love, togetherness and flavors to this year’s holiday—courtesy of curbside, pickup, delivery, to-go and meal kit options. Here are some of the best Thanksgiving dinner options in Chicago this year.

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Maple & Ash's Thanksgiving turkey

1. Maple & Ash

Providing carry-out packages this Thanksgiving season, Maple & Ash’s holiday menu is complemented by its wild black tiger shrimp cocktail, autumn greens salad and lobster bisque with tarragon creme fraiche and warm milk buns. The Whole Ferndale Farms turkey is brined and stuffed with herbed butter—and is accompanied, naturally, with cooking instructions courtesy of chef Danny Grant. "With this year of uncertainty, we wanted to show our guests we are here for them and have options available to provide a special Thanksgiving experience no matter how they choose to celebrate their holiday," says Grant. Pickup Nov. 24-25, 8 W. Maple St.

2. Girl & The Goat

James Beard-winning star chef Stephanie Izard of Girl & The Goat debuts her Everything But The Turkey meal kit, available for delivery and pick-up before Thanksgiving Day. Izard brings global flavors to life with her Thanksgiving kit, including dry turkey brine, Belize-spiced cranberries, kale Brussels sprouts salad, Hong Kong gravy, Southeast Asian mashed potatoes, and apple and mushroom stuffing. The chef also offers Thanksgiving dinner with a Chinese trist from Duck Duck Goat. The package features roasted Peking duck to roast at home, as well as green beans in black bean sauce, spiced soy-roasted sweet potato with spiced pecans, mashed potato spring roll, and veggie fried rice. Local pickup and delivery November 24-25 at Little Goat Diner, 820 W. Randolph St.

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The Thanksgiving spread from Etta's River North location

3. Etta

Dine-in and carry-out are available this Thanksgiving Day at local New American favorite Etta. The restaurant's feast consists of a hearth-roasted turkey picnic dinner with slow-cooked turkey breast and thigh, brown-butter gravy, whipped buttery mashed potatoes and a fire-roasted turkey breast with mushroom jus. Creamy Brussel sprouts, maple brown sugar sweet potato autumn squash, fire-roasted focaccia, and little gem salad with lemon dressing and avocado are on display this year—to be enjoyed in-house or at home. Pickup 10AM-1PM, dine-in 1-7PM, Nov. 26, 1840 W. North Ave.

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Ribeye roast from All Together Now

4. All Together Now

Ukrainian Village’s All Together Now brings the holiday to you with its family-style spreads fit for four, with additional servings available for purchase. Fill up your plate with an entree of whole roasted snapper with red lentils; cherry bomb peppers and preserved lemon; ribeye roast; or kuri squash risotto made with canoe-harvested wild rice, caramelized kuri squash and Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese. Included sides like the whipped potatoes and roasted winter veggies will keep you pleasantly stuffed for the whole day. Orders can be placed online or over the phone; minimum two-day advance required. 2119 W. Chicago Ave.

5. Gene & Georgetti

Offering dine-in and to-go options this season, Chicago steakhouse Gene & Georgetti has been bringing family favorites from the kitchen to the table since 1941. This Thanksgiving, the restaurant has three entree options—roasted turkey, sliced tenderloin and broiled salmon—with stuffing, sweet potato mash, green beans and mushrooms as hors d'oeuvres. The showstopper remains its homemade fettuccine with a side of bolognese. Pumpkin pie and tiramisu, made in-house, are for dessert, accompanied by seasonal cocktails, take-home cocktail kits and specialty wines for after (or before) the kids are in bed. Curbside and delivery 11AM-9PM, Nov. 26, 500 N. Franklin St.

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Honey Butter's pickup and delivery options include fried chicken and corn muffins.

6. Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Looking for the full feast or simply some fun sides? Honey Butter’s Take and Bake-style menu has a variety of options that will keep everyone in the family indulge. Think fried chicken with corn muffins and honey butter, or nibble on holiday-inspired sides such as whipped sweet potatoes with marshmallow fluff and balsamic drizzle, or smashed potatoes with rosemary gravy. Top it off with Honey Butter’s signature candied jalapeno margarita cocktail kit. The menu is available to order through Tock. Pickup and delivery Nov. 24-25, 3361 N. Elston Ave.

7. Prime & Provisions

Forget the dread of cooking and cleaning with reservations at Prime & Provisions new heated and covered outdoor dining area. Choose between its Thanksgiving prix fixe menu filled with free range herb roasted turkey, housemade cranberry sauce and maple cinnamon sweet potato mash, or tuck into a limited a la carte menu of steaks and seafood. If a cozy home holiday is preferred, order from its Thanksgiving to-go menu for up to eight guests. Don’t forget: The annual Holiday Pies to-go sale is in full swing. Don’t miss a banana cream, pumpkin, caramel pecan or apple pie to sweeten up your night. 222 N. LaSalle St.

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Banana bread custard with chocolate chips from Y
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8. Yūgen

Michelin-starred Japanese eatery Yūgen debuts meal kits this Thanksgiving, offering dishes from its eight-course tasting menu to-go for guests to assemble at home. Open both before and after Thanksgiving Day for pickup, the take-home menu options consist of the restaurant’s famed Slagel bacon truffle burger, Kennebec tempura fries and Alaskan king crab rice. Molten chocolate cake and chocolate chip banana bread are provided for dessert, paired with rare wines, sake selections and take-home cocktail kits for DIY mixology. Yūgen’s executive chef Mari Katsumura is also whipping up a la carte pastries for customers to take home. Orders must be placed prior to Thanksgiving Day. Pickup and delivery 3-6PM, Nov. 24-25 and Nov. 27-28, 652 W. Randolph St.

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A sampling of the to-go options from Cafe Robey

9. Cafe Robey

Celebrate the tastefulness of tradition with Cafe Robey’s Take & Bake Thanksgiving meal that feeds up to four. Pass your favorite sides around the table like classic stuffing, au gratin potatoes and cranberry jam roasted Brussels sprouts and carrots. Save room for the half cider-brined turkey and, of course, pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert. If you don’t spy your favorites, no worries—additional sides, such as parmesan roasted squash and green bean casserole, are still available for purchase. 1600 N. Milwaukee Ave.

10. Lawry’s

For a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a twist, famed prime rib connoisseur Lawry’s is contributing take-home Thanksgiving meals, with individual turkey dinners or, its specialty, Lawry’s half prime rib and half turkey with trimmings. The dishes also incorporate the restaurant’s signature salad, Lawry’s vintage dressing, cranberry relish, creamed corn and creamed spinach, among others. Each is complemented with holiday favorites, including sourdough sage stuffing, yams, au jus and mashed potatoes with beef or turkey gravy. Menu items are available when ordered at least 48 hours in advance for pick-up. 100 E. Ontario St.

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A succulent turkey from Daisies

11. Daisies

“We are very excited to offer a Thanksgiving menu this year,” says Daisies executive chef Joe Frillman. “Our customers can expect the same hyper-seasonal, local products and high standards that we are known for, and the comforting Thanksgiving flavors we are all craving.” Daisies take home meal includes the whole turkey, while the Thanksgiving Kit gives you all the fixings, minus the bird. The kit will come cold and include detailed cooking instructions. The only hard thing about turkey day this year will be deciding between the Brussels sprouts with grapes and bacon vinaigrette, or the candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows. 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave.

12. Lonesome Rose

Spice up your holiday with Lonesome RosesThanksgiving meal for two. The restaurant intertwines its Mexican-inspired taste with chef Sal Moreno’s 2-pound braised turkey leg coated in pumpkin mole. Sweeten the meal with kale Caesar salad, chorizo cornbread stuffing and calabacitas con crema. And don’t forget a final fewbites of flan. It wouldn’t be the holidays without a tipple: Add on four house margaritas or fireside sangrias. Pickup Nov. 25, 2101 N. California Ave.

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The Gage's fall pies

13. The Gage

The Gage’s Thanksgiving menu blends house favorites like cider-brined, herb butter-roasted heritage bred Brune Landaise chicken and free range Minnesota turkey to-go. “Every item on our Thanksgiving Feast To-Go menu is a dish that I grew up eating with my family,” says executive chef Chris Gawronski of his cultivated list of holiday favorites. “There’s a lot of nostalgia in this menu for me." For dessert, the eatery presents spiced pumpkin cheesecake, dark chocolate and salted caramel pie; toasted three-nut tart pie; and spiced apple pie. Pickup and delivery Nov. 24-25, 24 S. Michigan Ave.

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Publican Quality Meats Thanksgiving meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and more

14. The Publican and Publican Quality Meats

For the ultimate locally grown feast, The Publican and Publican Quality Meats have teamed up for a meal you’ll never forget. For the main attraction, choose from a raw broad-breasted white turkey or a smoked ham, which come with detailed cooking instructions; optional brining kits are available for purchase. “Nothing represents the Thanksgiving feast like that beautiful bird,” says head butcher and chef Rob Levitt, “and we are thrilled to have so many wonderful friends making a PQM turkey part of their celebration.” For sides, stack on as much sausage stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts as your plate can take. 825 W. Fulton Market

15. Tzuco

Brought to life by chef Carlos Gaytan, Tzuco’s fusion of Mexican and French flavors have culminated in a Thanksgiving menu like no other, complete with Teloloapan turkey mole and bread stuffing with chorizo. Available to-go or on the restaurant’s patio, house favorites for this year’s holiday also feature cranberry-accented butternut squash soup, broccolini with black truffle sauce, roasted salmon with bearnaise sauce, creamy mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream and brown butter ice cream for dessert. Carryout pickup or patio dining 12-5PM, Nov. 26, 720 N. State St.

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Elegant plating from Heriate Restaurant & Caviar Bar

16. Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar introduces its Smoked and Ready to Reheat Thanksgiving menu for at-home enjoyment, with two meal options and two additional add-ons—all fully stocked with holiday favorites. Options feature an 18-pound Strongbow Inn prepared turkey, served alongside smoked oysters with kimchi sausage stuffing, dumplings, giblet gravy, horseradish beet shrimp cocktail, roasted cauliflower corn salad and more. The extension pack adds whipped mashed potatoes with creamy chive truffle butter, cranberry-pear chutney, green bean casserole and roasted butternut squash soup with granny smith apples. Pickup 5:30-8:30PM, Nov. 26th-28, 2700 W. Chicago Ave.

17. Siena Tavern

Brave the chill for an outdoor reservation at Siena Tavern’s new covered—and heated—dining area. The standard dinner menu is served, as well as a speciality a la carte menu featuring brioche and pancetta stuffing, caramelized Brussels sprouts and herb roasted turkey. If a relaxing day at home is more your style, order its to-go menu fit for eight, with family favorites such as the honey glazed sweet potatoes; roasted garlic mashed potatoes; and apple brioche bread pudding with white chocolate, streusel and caramel sauce. Orders must be placed on Tock by Nov. 22. Pickup Nov. 24-29. 51 W. Kinzie St.

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Good Ambler pastry chef Kevin McCormick's take on classic French silk pie

18. Good Ambler

Leaving room for dessert is a must with Good Ambler’s seasonal cakes and pies. Pastry chef Kevin McCormick recommends the French silk pie—a dessert he grew up eating. “The version we created at Good Ambler keeps the best elements of the traditional pie,” he says, “but takes it up a notch with a chocolate sable crust, chocolate cream made from Ecuadorian single-origin chocolate, candied pecans for crunchy and salty bites, and Tahitian vanilla bean whipped cream.” With a line-up of pear caramel cake, apple rosettes and caramelized pumpkin pie, there’s a sweet tailored for taste. 216 N. Peoria St.

19. The Bristol

Trade in your apron for The Bristol’s Thanksgiving Package perfect for two (or more with purchase of additional sides). To kick off your meal, try a creative take on green bean casserole with its chilled green bean salad, or go traditional with crispy onions and warm potato salad. Tuck in your napkin for big bites of the main course: whole smoked duck with mustard jus, salt-baked sweet potato, bacon agrodolce and milk bread with honey butter. Infuse your home with the aroma of fall as you heat up the mini apple crostatas for a dessert. 2152 N. Damen Ave.

20. Shaw’s Crab House

Taking a deluxe four-course Thanksgiving meal from their kitchen to yours this holiday season, Shaw’s Crab House provides seafood fans with a unique holiday menu. The first course integrates shrimp cocktail, fresh Alaskan cod ceviche and chilled mussels. Herb roasted turkey breast comes next, with a decadent brioche stuffing, sweet corn casserole and gravy-laden mashed potatoes, followed by Alaskan King crab legs. Then, pumpkin pie with praline caramel sauce arrives on the table for a traditional holiday dessert. Pickup 11AM-6PM, Nov. 25, 21 E. Hubbard St.

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Pumpkin hummus with housemade bread

21. Aba

Mediterranean eatery Aba, incorporates locally sourced ingredients, fresh produce and global spices in its carry-out or delivery Thanksgiving feast—reheating instructions included. With twists on classic favorites, select from pumpkin hummus with housemade bread, truffle baked orzo, grilled chicken and beef tenderloin kebabs, crispy Brussels sprouts, specialty salad, and green beans with mushroom aioli. Whole double chocolate tarts and sweet creme brulee pies are on display for dessert, each of which can serve up to 10. Orders must be placed by Nov. 23. Pickup and delivery Nov. 24-25 302 N. Green St., Floor 3

22. Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

Thanksgiving dinner at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is available for pickup, offering a main course of smoked turkey breast and pan gravy, alongside green bean almondine, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, sage sausage dressing and homemade bread—all straight from the oven. Butternut squash soup and honey crisp apple salad are side options, garnished with walnuts, cherries and maple syrup vinaigrette. “A sweet ending is provided with our seasonal pumpkin cheesecake, a creamy pumpkin-spiced cheesecake with pecan gingersnap crust, vanilla cream and salted caramel drizzle for the final taste of fall,” says James Beard Award-winning chef Rick Moonen. Dine-in or to-go 11AM-9PM, Nov. 26, 5 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook; 1780 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg

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A Thanksgiving table courtesy of Sunday Dinner Club

23. Sunday Dinner Club

Forget the hustle and bustle of the holiday and order-in classic comfort food from Sunday Dinner Club. Start your meal with wild mushroom and cavolo nero sourdough stuffing or Brussels sprouts with bacon and apple cider. For the main course, choose from garlic confit turkey with lemon-rosemary gravy, or for vegetarians, try the squash and vegetable gravy substitutions. No meal is complete without a sweet ending. Don’t miss the pumpkin swirl cheesecake with pumpkin seed brittle. Order through Tock. Pickup Nov. 25, 3361 N. Elston Ave.

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Dig in to Virtue's Southern-style Thanksgiving meal.

24. Virtue

In the heart of Hyde Park, Virtue offers a complete Southern-American feast that feeds four to six of your closest friends and family. “Giving thanks everyday motivates so much of what we do here,” says chef Erick Williams. “This menu is designed to offer comfort and joy to our customers and to inspire gratitude on this beloved holiday.” Virtue’s succulent brined and roasted turkey and classic homemade fixings, like the giblet gravy, candied yams and collard greens, will have you going back for seconds—and maybe even thirds. Pickup Nov. 25, 1462 E. 53rd St.

25. Formento’s

Grab those you’re most thankful for and share a special dinner with Formento’s Thanksgiving at Home package. “We wanted to combine some of the classics with our personal touches,” shares executive chef David Schwartz. “The turkey is not your conventional whole turkey. Instead, we take it and fully debone it, marinate it with a blend of herbs and extra virgin olive oil and roll it up tight, as you would a porchetta, and cook it.” Munch on the green bean casserole made with a mushroom and pancetta cream sauce and topped with crispy shallots, or try the potato au gratin with shaved fennel and a touch of nutmeg. “It's all about taking classics and putting our own from-scratch Formento's spin to them,” adds Schwartz. 925 W. Randolph St.



Photography by: From top, photos: Courtesy of Maple & Ash; courtesy of Etta; by Joseph Frank; by Colin Mohr; by Madison Olszewski; by Kevin McAllister; by Ryan Gorey; by Gage Hospitality Group; courtesy of Isabelle Langheim; courtesy of Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar; courtesy of Good Ambler; by B. Hospitality; by Samantha Brauer; courtesy of Sunday Dinner Club; courtesy of Virtue