Being a guest at someone else’s Thanksgiving table means you don’t have to reach inside a turkey to retrieve the giblets (unless you want to) or worry about deep-cleaning your apartment. But you’re not off the hook just yet. Whether you know it or not, there are intrinsic rules that come with this honor, and we’re here to break them down for you. And because we’re not total sticklers, we tossed in some Black Wednesday ideas, too.

Put down the boring pre-packaged grocery store pumpkin pie and reach for these creative local options that are still available for purchase. But, uh, you might want to hurry up and order today.

Decadent alternatives from Beatrix (519 N. Clark St. 312-284-1377 and 671 N. St. Clair St. 312-642-0001): If your host has a sweet tooth, Oh My! Caramel Pie will be a welcome addition to the table with a shortbread cookie crust and melt-in-your-mouth caramel filling. Or please the chocoholics with the Tall, Dark and Handsome Chocolate Cake ($50 each). Call ahead to order by Monday for pickup Tuesday or Wednesday.