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You’ve done the Thanksgiving where you’ve toiled away all day only to overcook your bird and drop your pumpkin pie. Avert all disasters, and give yourself some peace of mind, by ordering in your entire dinner from one of these six great restaurants. There’s no shame in delegating.


di pescara chi order in thanksgiving
Anjali Pinto


Hey, North Shore folks, this one?s for you. While we love the mussels here on a Saturday night, this Lettuce Entertain You restaurant also pulls off an elevated Thanksgiving feast. Think butternut squash ravioli, rosemary and sage stuffing, and roasted Vermont turkey. You can dine in ($40 per person, but kids are half price) or carry out ($36 per person). 

Deadline for ordering: Monday, November 22.

prarie grass chi thanksgiving
Cindy Kurman, Kurman Photography


Why take the chance of another dry turkey this year? Let a two-time James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef make you a dinner of seasonal, local and sustainable food. Eat there or order a la carte everything from a whole or half roasted turkey with gravy to jumbo cocktail shrimp with horseradish sauce, brussels sprouts with bacon and chestnuts and, of course, homemade pumpkin pie.

Deadline for ordering: Thursday, November 17.

goddess and grocer  chi order in thanksgiving
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Starting Tuesday, November 22, you can pick up your choice of mouthwatering sides (like curried cauliflower and apple soup, crab cakes, whipped mashed potatoes and creamy mac and cheese) and entrees that think outside the turkey (veggie potpie and beef tenderloin) and, OK yes, and a whole roasted turkey. You can also order dinner for 12 ($395). Heating instructions included.

Deadline for ordering: Friday, November 18, 12 p.m.

smoke daddy chi order in thanksgiving


There’s more than one way to cook a turkey. And one of those is slow and smoked. Pick up yours ($65 to $90) from this Wicker Park mainstay. You can also take home a bunch of sides (think corn-bread stuffing and buttermilk biscuits) and even a Bloody Mary bar with Tito’s vodka, garnishes and all the cups and straws. One and done, done right.

Deadline for ordering: Thursday, November 17, 12 p.m.

frontier chicago  chi order in thanksgiving
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The cuisine is inspired by the pioneers who traveled out West and the creative ways they prepared their food—how thematically spot-on. Order a whole smoked turkey ($75 to $95), the famous mac and cheese (pictured), grilled seasonal veggies, buttered rolls and more.

Deadline for ordering: Monday, November 21. Email to place an order.

bub city chi order in thanksgiving
Jeff Marini


Bring on the big, awesome Southern feast sans any of the cooking. A meal for eight includes a whole smoked turkey, corn-bread-and-sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, country gravy, cranberry sauce and an autumn salad. Oh, but that’s just the beginning—the add-ons include everything from sweet ’tater fluff to coconut cream pie. We suggest stretch pants.

Deadline for ordering: Wednesday, November 23.

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