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Celebrating Thanksgiving in Chicago - What's Open and Who's Serving Dinner?

Where do people go for destination Thanksgiving Day festivities? While New York City is the top destination for Thanksgiving (let's face it, nobody can beat the Macy's Day Parade) Chicago is the 8th most popular destination for Thanksgiving vacations and why shouldn't it be?

There are tons of great things to do in Chicago in November, and on a holiday where food seems to be the main event, why wouldn't you spend it in a place where food is one of the main events year round? Chicago is home to some of the best food around, and you won't have to spend your holiday eating pizza and hot dogs, but you definitely can.

Chicago Traveler can help you find all the best places you eat Thanksgiving dinner in Chicago, as well as all the holiday events, shopping and sightseeing you'll want to consider while you're here!

Facts About Chicago around Thanksgiving

  • Average flights to Chicago around Thanksgiving: around $350
  • Yes, we have a Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago.
  • You can certainly find Black Friday shopping deals in Chicago. Magnificent Mile is a hot spot for shopping year round, and you can only imagine the buzz in these parts on the day after Thanksgiving!

Deciding where to stay in Chicago for Thanksgiving?

  • Chicago Athletic is hosting one of the best Winter Packages this holiday season! This amazing Winter package includes a hotel room upgrade if their are available rooms at no extra charge, complimentary day passes to the hotel's neighboring Art Institute of Chicago and a very special hot chocolate made by Executive Pastry Chef Jove Hubbard. Enjoy your specialty drinks at the hotel's encased glass rooftop restaurant and bar that is a great spot to admire the breathtaking views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. 
  • Trump International Hotel Chicago is a hot spot for hotel stays in Chicago and with their Book Early & Save offer you can plan ahead to stay in the Trump Hotel. The building itself is breathtaking and when you book 21 days in advance you can save up to 25%. 
  • Check out other hotel options for Chicago during this Winter season, Here.

Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Chicago

  • Take a lunch or dinner cruise on Thanksgiving with Chicago Odyssey Cruises. Choose the afternoon lunch buffet cruise or the family Thanksgiving dinner and celebrate the holiday on a beautiful tour of Chicago by water.
  • Chicago Q is serving dinner until 8pm on Thanksgiving. Enjoy a turkey dinner with traditional sides and homemade desserts. 
  • Mity Nice Neighborhood Restaurant and Bar is serving a Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 7pm, loaded with some of the traditional fixings and more! The costs for adults is $55 and children under the age of 12 are $25. There is nothing like traditional cooking to make the holidays something more to cherish. 
  • Wildfire - There are several locations of Wildfire in the Chicago area, but one right near the Mag Mile. Enjoy a family style Thanksgiving Day menu from 11:30am until 8:00pm. Adults can dine for $45.95 and children under 12 for $19.99. There are gluten free options available and you'll be thankful their take out option. Enjoy a a platter of Thanksgiving food at home without having to clean up a kitchen mess. 
  • Hannah's Bretzel serves up Thanksgiving eats 365 days per year - yep, that's a Thanksgiving sandwich you can have any time of the year. But if you're looking for your leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich to chow down on the day after Turkey Day, this could be the way to go! Turkey, brie, cranberry. All the Thanksgiving leftovers you'd expect!
  • Check out Night Out Chicago to find all the best nightlife deals after you've stuffed yourself at dinner!

Holiday Events in Chicago

  • Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: November 19, 2016 is the date that all those beautiful lights are turned on to fill the city with holiday cheer, and light! Lots of light! There will be music performances, a parade and the shops on Mag Mile will stay open late!
  • Also on November 19th, there will be another fireworks show! We suggest enjoying these via a Chicago boat tour!
  • McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade: November 24, 2016 from 8am-11am CST the parade will head down State Street from Congress to Randolph. The route is approximately 1 mile long. 
  • Christmas Around the World at the Museum of Science and Industry: November 17 - January 6 - A Chicago tradition since 1942 - Stop by between 9:30am to 4:00pm and see the 45ft Christmas tree!
  • Christkindlmarket: This year is the 21st Annual Christkindlmarket! Admission is FREE! The market opens on November 18 until December 24th. Come by and relish in this German tradition turned local city gem. 
  • Turkey Day 5K in Lincoln Park is on November 24, 2016!