As the leaves continue to change color and the weather begins to get a bit more unpredictable, we are planning the next big holiday just around the corner – Thanksgiving! We have rounded up a few of our favorite festivities happening around Chicagoland. Read on below!

Steak 48 is elevating Thanksgiving Dinner this year. Diners are invited to join Steak 48 on November 23rd at 615 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 from 2pm-9pm and indulge in Thanksgiving and Steak 48 favorites. The full menu will be served, along with Chef’s Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, which includes turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Further information and reservations through OpenTable can be found on the Steak 48 website.

Home cooks can put the spatula down and leave the cooking to award-winning Chef Art Smith and team this Thanksgiving. Chef Art Smith’s Reunion, located in Streeterville at the front of Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier, will be offering a pre-order holiday meal for 4+ guests including everything from an expertly-prepared Turkey to a variety of gourmet sides, available for curbside pickup this holiday. Chef and team have curated a comforting, soul-filled menu of Chef’s down-home Southern takes on holiday classics meant to bring families back to the sanctity of the table to reconnect with loved ones. Orders must be placed via Tock by Saturday, November 18 and curbside meal pickup will take place at Chef Art Smith’s Reunion, located at the entrance of Navy Pier on Tuesday, November 21 and Wednesday, November 22 from 12-7pm. The to-go meal is meant to serve 4 diners and will be available for $170, with the option to add additional diners for $40 per person.

Komo Chicago, the Boundless Japanese restaurant located in the West Loop led by Executive Chef Macku Chan, will be celebrating with a decadent 6-course menu that will feature an array of flavors such as a Lobster Corn Soup, Madai Sashimi, Tuna Tartare, Live Scallops, Filet with foie gras and a Chocolate Lava cake to end on a sweet note. This special menu will be priced at $135 per person. To make reservations, please click here.

Chicago Waffles, known for delicious scratch-made breakfast and lunch, present their Pumpkin Waffle for $13.49, through November 30. The waffle is available at their four locations: Willowbrook (10S642 Kingery Hwy), Oak Park (726 Lake St.), West Loop (1104 W. Madison St.) and South Loop (1400 S. Michigan Ave). Known for their sweet and savory unique waffles, bold burgers and creative cocktails, Chicago Waffles prides themselves on preparing their full menu from scratch, in-house daily available for breakfast and lunch. For more information, visit

Indulge in a gourmet Thanksgiving feast curated by Chef Christian Alejandro at Oaken Bistro + Bar. North Shore families can gather with loved ones and relish the flavors of the season with a special prix fixe menu designed for both large gatherings and intimate affairs. Alongside a la carte service from their everyday menu, diners will have the chance to savor exquisite dishes such as the Double-Smoked Ham Croquette with watercress puree and shaved panela, or the Turkey Three Ways featuring crispy thigh, smoked turkey rillettes, leg confit, and delectable sides like potato mousse, cranberry, and onion stuffing mousseline. Diners will have the chance to conclude the meal on a sweet note with a divine Pumpkin Crème Brûlée served with pecan praline ice cream and delicate chocolate shavings. It’s a Thanksgiving celebration like no other, priced at $55 per person. To make a reservation, please visit Oaken Bistro + Bar on OpenTable.

Cruising is not just for the summertime! Be thankful and celebrate with family and friends with chef-prepared brunch and dinner cruises on the Lake and River with City Cruises Chicago. Savor some delicious dining and enjoy dancing to a live and masterful DJ in climate-controlled interiors, and a chance to commemorate the day with a picture-perfect backdrop from outdoor decks. Tickets are available now. Click to learn more.

To celebrate Thanksgiving all month long, Thorn Restaurant & Lounge will be offering a special Turkey Sandwich special throughout the month, along with an exclusive Apple Spiced Sour, an exquisite cocktail expertly crafted with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur, Apple Spice Syrup, Fresh Lemon Juice, and a hint of Angostura Bitters, and garnished with a lemon swath for the perfect finishing touch! For those looking to host Friendsgiving this year, Thorn’s Private Dining Room will available to rent out, accommodating groups up to 18 guests. To learn more or to book today, please click here.

In the spirit of giving, Roseland Community Hospital on Chicago’s Far South Side, is bringing back its much-anticipated Turkey Drive on Saturday, November 18 beginning at 10am. During this festive morning, the team at the hospital will partner with Molina Healthcare and BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois to give out 250 turkeys and a free hot meal to families in attendance. The turkey drive will be on a first come basis, and families are not required to register beforehand. Residents of the community are also invited to learn more about Roseland’s various services and wellness resources while onsite, and be offered a free hot meal. To learn more about Roseland’s upcoming events, please click here.