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Thanksgiving Dinners Around Town

Our pick of restaurants serving the best Thanksgiving dinners

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BIN 36
339 N. Dearborn St.

Bin 36, an all-American pick in River North, celebrates its 10th Thanksgiving dinner. Executive chef John Caputo will present a Thanksgiving feast, which includes a three-course meal, with all dishes will accompanied by family-style sides. Decadent seasonal desserts to finish, and more than 50 wines available by the glass. The menu draws on fall flavors and the season’s harvest: first-course options (endive salad, roast turkey consommé, and “Turducken” Galantine), second course (rotisserie chicken, salmon & crab coulibiac, slow roasted prime rib), family-style sides (spaghetti squash, roasted yams, sourdough stuffing, wild rice, butter whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and cranberry-ginger-almond relish), dessert (pumpkin ricotta tart, cranberry crumb cake, sticky toffee pudding cake).

THE MEAL: Three courses with options in each course
THE DEAL: $45 for adults; $19 for children under ages 5 to 12 (excluding tax, wine, and gratuity). Children under five eat for free
ESSENTIAL INFO: Breakfast will be offered from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Thanksgiving dinner will be available from 3 to 9 p.m.  Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 312-755-9463.


8989 Archer Ave., Willow Springs

Celebrate Thanksgiving dinner in the most bucolic room in all Chicagoland. The restaurant overlooks a beautiful woods often visited by deer and other Disneyesque wildlife. Courtright’s is offering a three-course and four-course menu for its Thanksgiving feast.  Choose from appetizers (pumpkin risotto, wild game terrine, Brie and pears in puff pastry, and smoked salmon) or a soup/salad (butternut squash and sweet potato ginger salad), entrées (oven-roasted turkey breast, beef tenderloin, pan-seared salmon, or grilled pork lamb), desserts (pumpkin pie, chocolate cake, or apple cranberry crumble).

THE MEAL: Three-course menu with choices and four-course menu with choices.
THE DEAL: Three courses (appetizer or soup or salad, entrée, and dessert) is $50, Four courses (appetizer, soup or salad, entrée, and dessert) is $60.00; children ages 3 to 10 three-course menu is $30
ESSENTIAL INFO: Thanksgiving will be served from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 708-839-8000.


The James Chicago Hotel
616 N. Rush St.

David Burke’s—best known for prime steaks—ventures into a four-course American table for Thanksgiving. Choices range from roasted chestnut soup or mushroom-crusted scallops to start to a slow-roasted turkey, pan-seared Alaskan salmon or a bound-to-please-the-men-at-the-table classic steak.

Bonus points for a Leftover Giveaway: Primehouse will send you home with a “Leftover Sandwich” of roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes & cranberry sauce on country bread with a Pumpkin Pie Cookie.

THE MEAL: Four courses with options and a Leftover Giveaway
THE DEAL: $39 for adults, $15 for children 10 and up, and complimentary for children 9 and under.
ESSENTIAL INFO: Thanksgiving menu served from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 312-660-6000 or online at jameshotels.com/davidburkesprimehouse


315 N. LaSalle St.

A menu meant for sharing and a well stocked Chef’s table. From yams to pumpkin pie, this will be a bountiful feast of seasonal salads, roasted fall veggies (winter squash, local yams), mac and cheese, apple cider–brined turkey breasts, braised pork shoulder, and seared Canadian Lake trout.  And there is a stuffing for any taste: sour dough with baked ham and goat cheese; brioche laced with pork sausage and appes; ciabatta with pear, raisins and chestnut.  Desserts include traditional pumpkin cheesecake and everybody’s campfire favorite—s’mores. Bonus points for the children’s menu, which features favorites such as chicken fingers, mini turkey corn dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with ice-cold milk shots, and more.

THE MEAL: Three courses with options in each course
THE DEAL: $49.95 for adults and $15.95 for children
ESSENTIAL INFO: Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312-822-0100 or by visiting www.fultonsontheriver.com.


Hotel Arista
2139 CityGate Lane, Naperville

American southern restaurant in a lovely new hotel in Naperville. What we like about the dining room is that it’s whimsical with a clever mural on the back wall, which looks like an extension of the room with more tables, exactly like the tables you will be seated at. The characters in the mural look like Southern gentry from another century. They always have a locavore menu and there’s even a chef’s garden on the property. We particularly appreciate that in addition to traditional choices such as turkey and stuffing or American Kobe top sirloin with potato croquettes, there is a vegetarian option of roasted chestnut soup and risotto. And because the holiday is all about being thankful for the bounty enjoyed year-round, Chef Geoffrey Rhyne will surprise guests with complimentary dishes to share.

THE MEAL: Three courses with choices
THE DEAL: $45 for adults; $22.50 for kids ages 6 to 12; free for kids five and under
ESSENTIAL INFO: Thanksgiving will be served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling SugarToad at 630-778-8623.


Westin Chicago North Shore
601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling

Chef Rick Tramonto is a four-star celeb chef of Tru fame, so this is a great way to experience his talent and sample his wonderful food. His Thanksgiving dinner starts with butternut squash soup for everybody followed by family-style dinner of salads (Caesar and arugula with apple and aged Cheddar and all sorts of goodies), entrées (turkey and braised short ribs), five sides (mashed potatoes, sage dressing, maple whipped sweet potatoes, plus two veggies), desserts (pumpkin pie, cheese cake, cookies)

THE MEAL: family style; four courses with options in each course
THE DEAL: $39.95 for adults; $15.95 for kids (3 to 12)
ESSENTIAL INFO: Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant, 847-777-6575. Complimentary valet parking is available.


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