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Chicago's Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide

By Sarah Freeman
November 13, 2013

Break out the fat pants - America's favorite day of gluttony is almost here. We've got you covered, from stuffed burgers to to-go turkeys and pies, plus special Thanksgiving tasting menus at restaurants around town.

Traditional Mash-Ups

DMK Burger Bar
The Gobbler is back, with an entire Thanksgiving dinner in one burger. It starts with a turkey patty that is topped with stuffing, mashed potatoes, celery and cranberry relish (773-360-8686).

Rockit Burger Bar
This year only, the Thanksgivukkah Burger appears on the menu. It's a housemade turkey patty topped with sage stuffing, spiced cranberry sauce, roasted turkey gravy and a crispy latke all on a harvest wheat bun (773-645-4400).

Rockit Bar & Grill
A Thanksgiving TV dinner with all the fixin’s - roasted turkey breast with turkey gravy, sage stuffing, creamed corn, green beans, cranberry sauce and a seasonal dessert on a tray (312-645-6000).


Thanksgiving Day

Chicago q
Start the day with Lee Ann Whippen's free-range smoked turkey, smoked in-house and accompanied by roasted turkey gravy and cranberry orange compote (312-663-1278).

City Tavern
This daytime dinner consists of three courses, four side dishes and dessert for $45. Start with pumpkin soup and end the feast with pecan pie (312-663-1278).

Enjoy Thanksgiving brunch at the Lakeview and Old Town locations, featuring pumpkin caramel waffles topped with candied walnuts and a caramel drizzle, and spiked pumpkin lattes.


Thanksgiving Eve

The team at Acadia makes this special meal even more so with a four-course tasting menu for $65, complete with pumpkin raviolo with game consommé, Gunthorp Farms turkey roulade and roasted apples with pecan ice cream (312-360-9500).

Big Jones
As if cooking an entire turkey isn’t enough of an undertaking, each year foolish Americans attempt to deep-fry their birds and end up blowing up the garage. Don’t do this, but do go to Big Jones for its family-style feast, complete with risk-free, deep-fried turkey for $48 (773-275-5725).

Storefront Company
Traditionalists, beware: this Thanksgiving menu is unlike anything found on grandma’s table. Chef Bryan Moscatello will be preparing a five-course meal that includes everything but turkey - namely partridge, rabbit and fallow deer for $99 (773-661-2609).


Perfectly Cooked Turkey

The king of whole-animal cookery will prepare whole-smoked Amish turkeys to-go for Thanksgiving. His birds are antibiotic and hormone-free, and come with five-cheese mac, potato salad, string beans, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato purée and more for $75-$95, depending on the size of the bird (773-772-4322).

Local Root
This bird might be pricey, but that's because it is a 14-lb. D'artagnan free-range organic turkey. It comes fully cooked and ready to be reheated for $200. The bird can also be purchased pre-brined or raw, and sides are also available for pre-order online.

Smoke Daddy
Whole turkeys are slow smoked to perfection and offered with a side of cornbread stuffing. The bird costs $65 for 11 lbs. or $85 for 20 lbs., and stuffing and gravy cost extra. Order through November 20 (773-772-6656).


Pie To-Go

Bang Bang Pie Shop
Sticking straight to the standards, this Logan Square shop has apple, chocolate-pecan and pumpkin. They're available for pre-order for $26; place orders online.

Hoosier Mama Pie Company
For those seeking variety, the West Town bakery is preparing a dozen sweet and savory pies from apple to curry sweet potato ranging in price from $23-$33; orders are accepted via an online order form.

West Town Bakery
Those seeking a traditional, vegan or disassembled pie that can be baked at home and passed off as homemade will find it here. Order maple pecan, vegan pumpkin and more by emailing

Places Mentioned

Rockit Burger Bar


Food19 Decor16 Service17 Cost$28

American • South Loop

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Rockit Bar & Grill

River North

Food19 Decor16 Service17 Cost$28

Noble Square

Food22 Decor20 Service18 Cost$35
DMK Burger Bar

Burger • Lakeview

Food22 Decor16 Service19 Cost$21
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Barbecue • River North

Food21 Decor22 Service21 Cost$36
The Smoke Daddy

Barbecue • Wicker Park

Food22 Decor14 Service17 Cost$24
Big Jones

American • Andersonville

Food24 Decor21 Service22 Cost$33
Local Root Chicago


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DMK Burger Bar

Burger • Museum Campus

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