Thanksgiving is supposed to be about food and family. But between all the cooking and cleaning, the family part tends to fall by the wayside. This year, leave the grocery shopping and dishwashing to someone else. Dining out for Thanksgiving is a great way to spend more time with your loved ones, and less time in the kitchen.

These Chicago restaurants are opening their doors for Thanksgiving dinner, whether it’s a homestyle meal or decadent feast. Make your reservations now to kick off your new favorite holiday tradition.

Bub City

Bub City Thanksgiving spread
Photo by Christina Slaton

Looking for comfort food and a casual vibe this Thanksgiving? Bub City has you covered with their Thanksgiving buffet featuring both smoked and fried turkey, your choice of barbecue meats, all-you-can-eat holiday sides plus a slice of pie. $39.95 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included), 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Bub City – Chicago, 435 N. Clark St.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

joes pumpkin chiffon pie

Joe’s will be serving a traditional holiday spread. Guests can enjoy sliced turkey breast with leg and thigh confit and pan gravy, plus all the classic fixings — classic stuffing, cheesy mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, green beans, butternut squash with toasted marshmallow, and a slice of pumpkin chiffon pie for dessert. Joe’s will also offer its regular menu throughout Thanksgiving. $54.95, plus tax (gratuity not included) for adults, $27.95 for children aged 5 – 12, free for ages 4 and under, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Joe’s Seafood, 60 E. Grand Ave.

Hub 51

Hub 51 will be cooking up all the familiar holiday classics. Their all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving buffet will feature family recipes, like slow-roasted organic turkey, Aunt Ann’s cornbread pudding, and Mama Casey’s green bean casserole. For every Thanksgiving dinner purchased, one meal will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. $49.95 for adults, $18.95 for children 12 and under, plus tax, gratuity not included, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Hub 51, 51 W. Hubbard St.

RPM Italian

RPM Italian will serve a four-course menu that features local turkey (served both roasted and fried) and an array of holiday accompaniments including garlic-whipped potatoes, delicata squash, and honey-glazed carrots. The menu also features seasonal dishes like sea scallops with roasted cauliflower and golden raisins and the optional addition of white truffles shaved tableside. $65 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included), children aged 12 and under have the option to order a la carte, 12 – 8 p.m., RPM Italian, 52 W. Illinois St. 

RPM Steak

The swanky River North steakhouse will serve a special four-course Thanksgiving feast, featuring locally raised turkey, served both roasted and fried, alongside RPM’s signature dishes such as aged parmesan risotto, king crab, and white truffles shaved tableside. Top off the meal with their famous 14K chocolate cake. $90 adults, $40 children, plus tax, gratuity not included, 12 – 10 p.m., RPM Steak, 66 W. Kinzie St.

Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago

Add king crab legs to your typical Thanksgiving spread. There will be plenty to go around at Shaw’s Crab House, which will host its all-day Thanksgiving buffet. The menu will include fresh oysters shucked to order, lobster bisque, a cold seafood bar, and tons of traditional holiday dishes with a seafood twist. $85 for adults, $20 for children age 7 – 12, plus tax, gratuity not included, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago, 21 E. Hubbard St​.