Between the state’s recent COVID surge, looming lock-down orders, and the Bears’ depressing mid-season outlook, preparing a massive home cooked Thanksgiving dinner for all your extended loved ones to enjoy in front of the television might not be in the cards this year for many Chicagoans. That’s why top notch restaurants around the city are stepping up to the plate, putting together both ready-to-eat and finish-at-home feasts guaranteed to flip that quarantine frown right upside down. So kick back, stay inside, and let the pros do the dirty work this year by hitting up one of these stellar Thanksgiving Day savoirs.

Aba

Aba

Fulton Market

Ditch those tired old yams and get your paws on one of Top Chef alum and all around excellent dude CJ Jacobson’s Mediterranean masterpieces this Thanksgiving. Go ahead and make a mezze with festive creations like pumpkin hummus, truffle baked orzo, green beans with almonds and mushroom aioli, beef tenderloin kebabs, and creme brulee pie, among other sure hits. Wine and cocktail kits help wash it all down.
Cost: Packages start at $48.95 per person (feeds groups of two, four, or six)
How to order: Pop over to Tock by November 23 to snag your pre-Thanksgiving pick-up

Bub City

Bub City

River North

River North’s top BBQ slinger is back in action this Thanksgiving, dishing up a slow-and-low take-out experience fit for a country fried king. Hickory smoked turkey, served whole or as a half portion, rides in on its trusty steed, followed by a herd of celery and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet corn spoonbread, cranberry sauce, and more, purchased as a unit or a la carte. Spice things up with add-ons like peanut butter chocolate pie, a hot buttered rum cocktail kit, or, get this, curated whiskey bundles. Yee-haw, indeed.
Cost: Baseline packages range from $95 to $275 (feeds two to eight)
How to order: Saddle up and trot on over to Tock by November 25 to grab your grub and schedule a November 26 pick-up slot

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

River North

Get back to basics with a heap of homestyle comforts from this polished River North chophouse. Juicy roasted turkey breast snuggles in next to leg and thigh confit, blanketed by unctuous pan gravy and bolstered by fresh greens with creamy vinaigrette, mashed potatoes, baked butternut squash, cranberry relish, and pumpkin chiffon pie. And don’t miss out on optionals like expert wine pairings, whole pies, meaty stone crab claws, and buttery lobster cocktail sold by the pound.
Cost: Packages start at $250 (feeds four)
How to order: Peruse the wares on Tock by November 18 to nail down your November 25 pick-up

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RPM Italian

River North

This iconic Lettuce Entertain You venue is cranking out Turkey Day specials bursting with signature Italian twists. Lineups run the gamut from Slagel Farms turkey, fall harvest salad, and garlic whipped potatoes to aged Parmesan risotto, savory delicata squash, and amaretto tiramisu with butternut squash jam. Complete the course with tiered wine pairings and a golden-crusted pecan pie.
Cost: Packages start at $48 per person (feeds parties of two to eight)
How to order: Head to Tock to secure your meal at least 48 hours before your pre-Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving day pick-up

RPM Steak

RPM Steak

River North

LEYE’s swank River North escape is once again puting the thanks in Thanksgiving with a beautifully appointed carry-out spread. Fluffy Parker House rolls glistening with rosemary Nordic butter pair perfectly with roasted Slagel Farms turkey breast and crispy thigh while butternut squash bisque with roasted chestnuts, Honeycrisp apple and Maytag blue cheese salad, and green bean casserole strike a seasonally appropriate balance. To close, the spot’s famed 14K chocolate cake lays on the glitz.
Cost: Packages start at $130 (feeds two) and $225 (feeds four)
How to order: Drop by Tock to reserve your meal and schedule a Thanksgiving Day pick-up slot