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Thanksgiving Day Restaurants Open in Chicago

Enjoy a Meal Out on One of America's Most Beloved Holidays


Not in the mood to cook this year? How about enjoying a Thanksgiving meal prepared by someone else? Check out our list of restaurants in Chicago that will be open Thanksgiving Day.

1. Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse

Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse will be open Thanksgiving Day all day serving traditional Thanksgiving fare such as hand carved roasted turkey and herb roasted prime rib, as well as its famous Italian dishes (chicken parm is a favorite) and steaks. Harry Caray's is located at 33 W. Kinzie. Call 312-828-0966 for reservations.

2. Bistrot Margot

Bistrot Margot will offer traditional French fare in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. Thanksgiving hours are between 12 and 8 p.m. Bistro Margot is located at 1437 N Wells Avenue. Call 312-587-3660 for reservations. (Suggested reading: December 2012 Events in Chicago and Chicago's 2012 Christkindlmarket)

3. Aquitaine

Aquitaine in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago will be offering a Thanksgiving themed Prix Fixe menu ($40) that will include traditional Thanksgiving fare like buttermilk potatoes and rye, cranberry, and walnut stuffing, as well as a limited amount of items from its regular menu. The restaurant will be open from 12 to 8 p.m. and is located at 2221 N Lincoln Avenue. Call 773-698-8456 for reservations.

4. Balsan

Thanksgiving at Balsan will include citrus roasted turkey sage and pork belly corn stuffing and red velvet cake with bourbon ice cream. Balsan is located at 11 E Walton Street. For reservations call 312-646-1400.

5. Mike Ditka’s

Mike Ditka's at The Tremont Hotel will be hosting Thanksgiving with a plated buffet meal full of traditional Turkey Day dishes. Price is about $50 per person. Mike Ditka's is located at 100 E. Chestnut Street. For reservations call 312-587-8989.

6. Signature Room at the 95th

For a picture-perfect view of Michigan Avenue and the holiday lights, enjoy Thanksgiving at The Signature Room on the 95th floor in the Hancock building. This year the Signature Room is offering a special hybrid brunch that includes appetizers, cold seafood, meats and cheeses, as well as an a la carte entrees. Cost is $70 per person,t and $25 for children ages four to 12. The restaurant will be open until 7 p.m. The lounge will stay open until midnight. The Signature Room is located at 875 N. Michigan Avenue, 95th floor. For reservations call 312-787-9596. (Suggested reading: Holidays at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium and Thanksgivng Day 2012 Events in Chicago)

7. The Chicago Firehouse

The location of The Chicago Firehouse is a bit of a history lesson. Its 1401 South Michigan Avenue address used to be home to a turn-of-the-century firehouse. Since 2001, this South Loop restaurant has called this location home serving those yummy American comfort foods. The Chicago Firehouse Thanksgiving Day buffet will feature all the classic dishes (stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, etc.) for $49.95 per person. For the kids, ages five to 12, price is $19. For reservations call 312-786-1401.

8. Wave (in the W Hotel)

This Streeterville restaurant, with Executive Chef Greg Elliott at the helm, is offering a three-course Thanksgiving menu that uses all local ingredients. For the first course, choose between caesar salad, shaved persimmon salad, or local butternut squash soup. Traditional turkey, as well as ricotta ravioli or salmon will also be served. For dessert, try a pear-almond tart, pumpkin pie, or flourless chocolate cake. Cost is $48 per person.
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