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Is much open on Thanksgiving?

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My 12-year-old son and I live outside Chicago, in Indiana. Finding now that our planned visitors for Thanksgiving cannot come, we're thinking of going into Chicago and visiting the Field Museum and whatever else we like that's open on Thanksgiving. In case we decide to do lunch and maybe even dinner out there, can we assume that much will be open for good food?

Note: we do NOT want to book space at some special holiday mean venue--we have all that at home--but we'd like to be able to get some distinctive Chicago chow. We come into and out of town from the south, so the northern suburbs are not ideal.

Is Chinatown pretty much open? How about the non-chain pizza places (Pizano's, Malnati's)? Other ideas?

p.s., I realize that the neatest small establishments are likely to be closed, but you never know. I have checked and found that Calumet Fisheries is closed, alas. We like stopping by there on our way home...

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Calumet Fisheries
3259 E 95th St, Chicago, IL 60617

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  1. A quick check of opentable.com shows that there are 78 restaurants available tomorrow, including sushi, Italian, tapas and some in Chinatown. Malnoti's is closed. Not sure about Unos or Dues.

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    1. re: chicgail

      Thanks, I didn't know about opentable.com.

      I wonder how complete the listings are? It seems to suggest that only one China Town restaurant (Cantonesia; never heard of it) is open, which seems odd.

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      China Town
      2054 N Richmond Rd, McHenry, IL 60051

      1. re: Bada Bing

        It only shows restaurants that use OpenTable to take reservations for them. Typically more ethnic/cheaper restaurants are less likely to use OpenTable because OT charges a set amount per reservation made through their site.

        If there's a specific China Town restaurant you would like to go to I would try calling yourself.

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        China Town
        2054 N Richmond Rd, McHenry, IL 60051