In pie we crust! From delicious and decadent meals to amazing and memorable experiences, there’s an abundance to do this Thanksgiving season. Check out our list of favorite festivities happening around Chicagoland!
The Roseland Community Hospital, located in the Greater Roseland Area at 45 W. 111th St., is open 24 hours, and strives to satisfy the community and offer quality resources to each individual, a mission it has maintained since its inception. On Saturday, November 19th, the hospital will host its annual Turkey giveaway giving up to 250 turkeys to those who attend. No registration is required. During the event, community members are also encouraged to come out and learn about the many services and care the hospital offers all while giving thanks during the holiday season. To learn more or to donate, please click here.
Locals and travelers alike are also invited to join City Cruises Chicago on a variety of cruise options to celebrate and give thanks this holiday season. Patrons are invited to choose between a Premier Afternoon Lunch on Lake Michigan, the Premier Plus Afternoon Lunch on the Chicago River, and Signature Afternoon Lunch Cruise on Lake Michigan cruises, all running from 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. All options will include a menu with turkey and traditional sides as well as catered menus with favorites such as a Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni, Fall Vegetable Ragu, Traditional Stuffing, and more. For more information or to book your experience today, click here.
Thorn Restaurant & Lounge, located in the Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel (5200 Pearl St.), will be open all day on Thanksgiving from 6 am-11 pm offering their regular menus as well as a Turkey Burger Special. This juicy, mushroom & turkey blended patty is festively topped with sage stuffing, cranberry sauce, fried onions, and garlic aioli on a potato bun, served alongside fries. Thorn is also offering patrons the opportunity to host an upcoming Friendsgiving in their private dining room which includes a special three-course meal with stylish holiday decor and a champagne toast for a fixed price of $60. Patrons are also invited to stay at The Rose Hotel for a full experience this holiday season. The hotel is currently offering a Fashion Outlets Shopping Package just in time for Black Friday shopping, which includes a Savings Pass up to $800, a 3 pm late check-out, complimentary coat and bag check at the Fashion Outlets, and more! Please click here for more information or book your stay or reservation.
Located in a stunning landmark, Chicago Firehouse Restaurant invites you to join them on Thursday, November 24th to celebrate Thanksgiving! From 11:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., diners will have a selection from a delectable three-course meal, featuring classic Thanksgiving dishes such as butternut squash soup, apple and blue cheese salad, lobster bisque, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and most importantly, traditional Thanksgiving turkey. Dessert selections include pumpkin and apple pie, plus delicious à la carte additions and family-style sides can be added on. Kiddos will be treated to a classic meal of chicken tenders and french fries. The inviting menu is also available for pickup between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, orders must be placed by Saturday, November 19th at 12 p.m. Tickets are $65 and reservations can be here or by calling 312-786-1401.
Lirica, the Latin and Iberian-inspired eatery overlooking Lake Michigan on Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier, will offer a special three-course menu to enjoy on Thursday, November 24. Available from 5 pm – 8 pm, the meal will start with a delicious Roasted Acorn Squash Soup, followed by a Maple Brined Amish Turkey and Patatas Machaconas, Chorizo and Vidalia onion Dressing, Roasted Green beans with Piquillo peppers and corn nut crunch, along with Fig and Golden Raisin Cranberry Sauce. The meal will finish withchoice from a range of festive desserts such as Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Empanadas or a S’more Tart. Reservations are available now and recommended for the holiday to be made via OpenTable. A limited version of the restaurant’s regular chef-curated menu will also be available that day. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.liricarestaurant.com.
For a taste of authentic Italian flavors mixed into a holiday dining experience, Pacino’s in the South Loop will be offering a special Thanksgiving Meal on November 24 for just $55 per person to include slow-roasted, hormone-free organic turkey, served alongside a house-made stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. Each plate will be accompanied by a fresh salad, creamy mashed potatoes, green beans, and a Penne Arrabiatta. The restaurant’s regular menu of Italian classics will also be available. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.pacinoschicago.com.
Oaken Bistro + Bar will be open on Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving diners to enjoy a meal on the North Shore with three seatings at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm. Patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy a holiday-inspired menu ranging from classic main dishes like Maple-glazed Ham on the bone and Smoked Herbed Turkey, to famous accompaniments during the holiday season such as Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes, Traditional Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole and more. Finally, guests can finish the delectable thanksgiving meal with various dessert options such as Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Chocolate Bread Pudding, and additional breads and pastries. The special menu is $85 per person and $39 for children 10 and under. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.oakenbistro.com.
Vanilla Sugar Bakery, located in Glen Ellyn, invites you to celebrate Thanksgiving with its decadent and handcrafted desserts. This year, they have created “The Trifle”, from Friends. Of course, there will be no layer of beef so it can all be enjoyed! No need to be hiding in the bathroom to finish your serving. Other delicious selections include festive fall cakes, caramel apple pie bars, french macarons, and mouthwatering pies: apple crumb, pumpkin, banana Nutella, and french silk.