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Are there any good restaurants open in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day? I am looking for one that will serve an interesting menu that may or may not include a traditional TG dinner option.

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  1. Later this fall there will be articles -- e.g., in the Chicago Tribune dining section -- with more details as to which restaurants will be open, and what they will be offering. In the meantime, here is a link to Eater's column from last year, http://chicago.eater.com/archives/201..., which should give you an idea of the types of options that will be available. The short answer to your question is that there will be "good" restaurants open, with a variety of offerings, ranging from buffets, to traditional sit-down TG meals, and otherwise.

    1. Opentable (an online booking service) will have a list later, complete with available times. Typically several hundred restaurants are listed.

      Do a search for 'opentable chicago thanksgiving' about 30 days before the holiday.

      1. David Burke Primehouse always has a nice fixed price menu w traditional and non-traditional Thanksgiving options

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        1. re: chunker

          2nd the David Burke rec. Several nice options at a reasonable price. They even give you a sandwich for the next day!

          1. re: chunker

            Thanks for the reco. We made a reservation at David Burke for TG. The menu just came out and it looks great. Conveniently, we're staying in the James hotel over the holiday! Worked out great.

          2. Hoping for more suggestions as well, my mom just passed away and none of us feels like cooking but we want to be together, doing something different his year. Open table has its list available now, but doesn't give great details IMO.

            1. I recently ate at the lobby restaurant at the peninsula and was blown away by how great the food was, especially the whole roasted chicken but everything we ordered was outstanding. The space is elegant and the tables well spaced for conversation. They are doing something (I can't remember what exactly)for thanksgiving in addition to the regular menu. We are going back this week for dinner and I will inquire.

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              1. re: KateBChi

                Totally agree with you on this recommendation; the Lobby has rapidly become one of my favorite restaurants. Outstanding food and service and such a great value for the quality. Elegant but comfortable ambiance. I am heading back next week and am really looking forward to my meal.

                1. re: Gonzo70

                  I totally agree with Gonzo70. I don't know why I waited so long to try this place. It fills a great niche, comfortable and elegant at reasonable (for the location) prices and truly fabulous food. Between it and Allium our not quite fine dining but wonderful food in gracious surroundings quota is happily served. Happily going back tonight.

              2. I have never done this but I have a friend who has a couple of times. All of the big hotels will likely have something going on. Someone mentioned the Peninsula Lobby and if their Thanksgiving spread is anything like their brunch it will be fantastic....and expensive.

                They like how quiet the downtown is on Thanksgiving and how things get crazy on "Black Friday".