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Nov 17, 2010 01:45 PM

thanksgiving near the naval station

We will be spending Thanksgiving Day around Naval Station Great Lakes. We will be visiting my son and a shipmate at RTC just for the day. Does anyone know of any restaurants in the area which might be open that day, preferrably for a traditional style Thanksgiving Dinner?

Great Lake
1477 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

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  1. You might call the Deerpath Inn in Lake Forest, I do not know if they are open on T-Giving but typically restaurants associated with hotels are more likely to be serving on Thanksgiving Day.

    I also checked the annual column run in the Chicago Tribune as to restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner but none are terribly close to the Naval Station. The closest would be Michaels in Winnetka. Also, Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook. But, if the Deerpath is open, it would be considerably closer.

    1. Thank you very much, I really appreciate the quick response.

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      1. re: raidermanz

        If you click on the "Events" on the left side of their webpage it takes you to the Holiday dining section which includes a Thanksgiving meal.

        "Thanksgiving Feast to Relish
        Enjoy Thanksgiving in the finest
        tradition at
        the Deer Path Inn. Chef Khellil and his
        staff will have fabulous creations with all
        the traditional trimmings.
        Special Thanksgiving Menu
        Roast Butternut Squash Soup
        Deer Path Inn Holiday Salad with
        Mixed Greens
        Roast Bosc Pear, Candied Walnuts, Bleu
        D’Auvergne Cheese
        Entrée Choices
        All Entrees Served with Yukon Gold
        Mashed Potato, Green Bean Casserole,
        Sweet Potato Gratin and Stuffing
        Roast Free Range Organic Turkey
        Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Relish
        Roast King Salmon Filet
        Lemon Butter Sauce
        Grilled Filet Mignon
        Port Wine Reduction
        Grilled Marinated Lamb Chops
        Lamb au jus
        Dessert Chef's Trio
        Your early Reservations are
        recommended to avoid disappointment."

        1. re: ferret

          Thanks, Ferret. I swear I searched the entire webpage for a link or notice about Thanksgiving dinner and could not find one. Certainly sounds like the "traditional Thanksgiving dinner" sought by the OP.

      2. Thanks again for the information. I called to check on making a reservation, but I thought the $50 per plate was a bit more than what I was hoping for, but I am sure it is quite good. Everything looked wonderful.

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        1. re: raidermanz

          Sorry, Did not know your price point. OpenTable shows the following restaurants as open on T-Giving throughout the Chicago Area. Maggianos Old Orchard in Skokie is a more moderately priced restaurant that is not that far away.

          1. re: masha

            I'm just going to put in my fair warning that I really really really dislike Maggianos in Skokie. I am not a food snob (I'm more than happy to eat at Olive Garden on occassion) but Maggianos service left something to be desired to say the least.

            1. re: mlipps

              I've probably been to that Maggiano's 20 times over the years. I think it's a little unfair to tag them with "bad service." It's no better or worse than any other large-volume place and soemtimes there are off nights. I've actually been twice for Thanksgiving and I can't recall a single service-related complaint. Having said all that, I'm not a big fan of Maggiano's (nearly every visit I've made was due to some other person's choosing it) but for a one-off Thanksgiving meal you can do much, much worse.

          2. re: raidermanz

            If you are still looking for a more moderately priced option for Thanksgiving dinner, here is a link to a more recent OpenTable listing of restaurants throughout the Chicago area that will be open.

            Of those listed, the following are closest to the Naval Station:
            Buca di Bepo and Tuscany in Wheeling (also Tramonto's in Wheeling but they list the adult price as $39.95
            )Flatlanders in Lincolnshire
            Karma Asian in Mundelein (despite the name, it says they are serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner)
            McCormick & Schmick's in Skokie (although no price is noted in the Skokie listing for M&S, the Rosemont listing says adults are $22.95, and I would think the same price would apply in Skokie)

          3. Here is a link to the Nite'n'Gale, a moderately priced restaurant in Highwood, straight south of you on Sheridan Rd, call to see if they are open.

            If not, here's a link to a whole bunch of restaurants in the Highwood area, some of which are fast food, some of which are fancier: