Thanksgiving might be the only day of the year when we’re encouraged to wear stretchy pants to dinner, eat our weight in food and then lounge around and watch football the rest of the night. But hosting the main event can be a bit more stressful. Where will everyone sit? What the heck am I supposed to do with this turkey? Where can I order carryout just in case? We asked Chicago chefs and booze experts their secrets so you can pull together the most epic, stress-free Thanksgiving.

14K Chocolate Cake - RPM Steak

DINE IN: Cozy up at fan-favorite Longman & Eagle (2657 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-276-7110, $65) while noshing on turkey, green bean casserole and chestnut-foie gras stuffing. If it’s a taste of home you seek, Chicago Q (1160 N. Dearborn St. 312-642-1160) is offering classic smoked turkey ($39) or rich prime rib ($45) dinner options that are both served with two sides and one dessert. Or treat yourself at RPM Steak (66 W. Kinzie St. 312-284-4990, $85) with an uber-decadent four-course feast including turkey, coal-roasted king crab, whipped potatoes, 14K chocolate cake and more.