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Oct 16, 2008 11:16 AM

Thanksgiving in Chicago

I'm looking for restaurant suggestions. I want to make a reservation for 2 on Thanksgiving somewhere where the food will be really Chicago or NW Indiana.

Thanks for you help.

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  1. Every year, around November 1, the Tribune and Metromix do an article about some of the better restaurant offerings for Thanksgiving. This year's article has not appeared yet, and last year's is no longer on their website.

    You can do a search on the Metromix listings for restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners. However, these listings are few until about the first or second week in November. By mid-November you will find a lot more listings (around 40-50, as I recall). Here is the link:

    Similarly, will list Thanksgiving arrangements for their participating restaurants, but again, not until early to mid November.

    There are a few past discussion topics here on Chowhound, such as the one at (although the number of recommendations here has not been huge).

    3 Replies
    1. re: nsxtasy now has listings for its restaurants that offer Thanksgiving dinner, at

      Their Thanksgiving listings are not yet complete and will undoubtedly expand in coming days and weeks; for example, both Maggiano's and NoMI, mentioned by others for their Thanksgiving dinners, accept reservations at but their Thanksgiving arrangements are not yet listed there. (David Burke's is there now, though.)

      1. re: nsxtasy

        The Tribune's Metromix entertainment website has an article about new restaurants which will be open for their first Thanksgiving:

        1. re: nsxtasy

          Yesterday the Tribune published a list of over 70 restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners in the city (many) and a few in the suburbs. You can view it on their website at

      2. Check out David Burke's Primehouse at the James Hotel. The restaurant is most likely open as it is in the hotel and it is an excellent steakhouse. I always have a wonderful meal when I go. I have been a handful of times. I would assume more restaurants within hotels are open rather than those that are stand-alones.

        1. I know it's a chain, but my entire family has been going to Maggiano's for Thanksgiving for years.

          We request one of the tables downstairs, which is quiet and far less crowded. You are nestled in amongst the wine bottles, the candles are lit, and the waitstaff is far less rushed and will take their time to talk to you.

          They bring you all of the usual Italian foods, like pastas, meats, salads, etc. that you usually get, but you also get all of the Thanksgiving goodies, like turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, etc. There's not a member of the family who doesn't enjoy it, it's not a buffet, you can keep asking them to bring more, and they always pack you up tons to take home with you.

          Then we all walk over to see the windows at Macy's/Marshall Field's, see a movie, get some sleep, and go shopping at the Christkindlmarket and on Michigan the next day. It's a tradition.

          I don't know if you are looking for something more upscale, but that's what we enjoy.

          1. I am never in town on Thanksgiving, but I did just get an email from NoMi saying that they are open for dinner that day.

            1. Bin 36. Exceptional wine list and whipped potatoes to match. Yum, those were great. David Burke's is wonderful, and even though I havent been there for thanksgiving, the food *and those popovers) is top-notch.