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30 Great Thanksgiving Takeout Specials In Chicago

What to order this Thanksgiving if you don’t want to cook.

If you aren’t in the mood to cook a feast, first of all, we understand. Second of all, you should know that you have plenty of options. All of the spots on this guide are serving takeout specials, from mix-and-match a la carte menus to complete ready-to-eat dinners for you and your household. And if you want to actually go to a restaurant for Thanksgiving this year, check out our list of 12 Great Chicago Restaurants For Thanksgiving Dinner

Note: We’ll be updating this list often as more restaurants release their Thanksgiving specials, so check back.


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This Southern restaurant is offering a couple of carryout Thanksgiving options. You can get a whole dinner for $210 (it feeds four to six people) and comes with half a roasted turkey, collard greens, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, rolls, a pecan pie, and more. Or you can just get a 14-16 pound turkey for $112, and make all the sides yourself.


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This Peruvian restaurant in River North is doing a $95 Pollo a la Brasa dinner for four. Along with the roasted chicken, Tanta’s package also includes things like beef corncake, potatoes and gravy, brussels sprouts, and a pumpkin tres leches cake. Pick up is on Wednesday, and you can pre-order here.


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This steakhouse is offering a $120 Thanksgiving dinner for two. It includes a pre-carved free-range herb-roasted turkey, butternut squash soup, traditional sides, and pumpkin pie. Pick-up is on Wednesday, November 24th, and will include instructions to reheat. And if that still sounds like too much work, they’re also open for dine-in on actual Thanksgiving.


Along with a whole smoked turkey and a bone-in breast, this BBQ spot in the West Loop is also offering a whole smoked brisket. And we can report that their brisket is excellent. Along with the main protein, their a la carte Thanksgiving dinner also has sides like sourdough stuffing, sweet potatoes, and a mushroom casserole. Preorder by 11/19, pick up on the 24th.


This Southern restaurant in Bronzeville is offering two specials. “The New Classic”, which is a Creole fried turkey breast, garlic mashed potatoes, collard greens, baked mac and cheese, and one of their famous muffins. And if you prefer the chicken route, you can order “The Southern Way” - Creole baked chicken, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce, collard greens, and (most importantly) a muffin. Visit their website to order.


Sunda’s $180 meal serves four and has dishes like roast turkey, confit turkey legs, shishito mashed potatoes, street corn stuffing, biscuits, gravy, and more. You can pick up the meals on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before the holiday, and reheating instructions are included with each package.


This French restaurant in the Gold Coast is offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $65 per person. You choose from things like foie gras and chicken liver mousse, entrees like short ribs or turkey (plus sides), and desserts like bread pudding or a financier.


Bar Goa - a new cocktail bar in River North from the folks behind Rooh - is offering a Thanksgiving dinner for four. It includes a whole turkey, and sides like sautéed chorizo and prawn rice, green beans with coconut and lentil crumble and xacuti masala potatoes, Portuguese egg tarts, and more. Dinner is $240, and you can order here


This Southern restaurant has a lot of fun stuff going on. Their dinner is $150, serves two, and comes with starters like horseradish beer cheese, deep-fried turkey, and sides like sorghum sweet potatoes with pepitas, and a pumpkin pie for dessert. Check out the full menu here.


All Together Now’s meal is here to give you options besides turkey - you can choose from ribeye roast, duck confit with honey, cavatelli, or baked salmon. Prices range from $125-$60, the meal serves four, and all come with potatoes, rolls, salad, and dessert. Place orders here.


No matter what you want to do this year, Frontier has probably thought of it. You can order a family meal ranging from $225-$495 (smoked breast or whole turkey with traditional sides), or pick and choose since it’s also available a la carte. You can get your turkey cooked and cooled with reheating instruction, or cooked and hot. Plus it’s available all month long in case you’re doing Friendsgiving.


One of our favorite new BBQ spots is offering Thanksgiving dinner for carryout. Soul & Smoke’s a la carte menu has traditional dishes like roasted turkey breast, green bean casserole, herb stuffing, and cranberry sauce. And if you want a more BBQ-y holiday, there are also options like Cajun-smoked turkey breast, brisket, collard greens, and mac and cheese (which you should definitely order). You also have the option to purchase dinner for a family in need.


If you definitely aren’t in the mood for turkey, Formento’s has you covered. This Italian restaurant is offering an Italian-inspired, $195 Thanksgiving meal for four. The dinner includes olives, a whole chicken, lasagna, and sides like mashed potatoes and focaccia stuffing, broccolini, and your choice of pie.


Lonesome Rose has a $70 Tex-Mex inspired Thanksgiving dinner for two. You’ll get a fried turkey leg with chorizo gravy, chicken tortilla soup, vegetables and a salad, and a dulce de leche pie for dessert. Pick-up is on Wednesday and will include reheating instructions.


If you love fried chicken and are keeping it on the smaller side this year, Parson’s is a good option. They have a $65 dinner for two, which comes with a whole fried chicken, jalapeño cornbread, braised green beans, creamed corn, and mashed potatoes and gravy. Pick-up is on Thanksgiving Day, and is available at all three locations - Logan Square, Lincoln Park, and Andersonville.


This Logan Square bar is offering a traditional Thanksgiving to-go. The dinner serves two, is $140, and comes with roasted turkey breast, a drumstick, duck-fat stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin cheesecake, and more. Pick-up is on Wednesday, and everything comes with reheating instructions.


Goddess and Grocer has a bunch of options. You can get dinner for two to 12 people, ranging from $75 - $395. Meals come with range-free and antibiotic-free turkeys, and depending on the package you get, with things like stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pie. They also have tons of stuff available a la carte. Pick up on Thanksgiving at either the Bucktown, River North, or Gold Coast locations.


Jeong is offering their annual caramelized kimchi and beef pot pies for Thanksgiving this year. They’re frozen and ready to bake, and $60 each.


You can get a turkey dinner meal kit for $225 (serves four) from Daisies that’s served cold with reheating instructions. It comes with things like turkey breast, confit leg and thigh, along with sides like candied sweet potato and the hallowed midwestern classic: green bean casserole.


Luella’s is offering a four-course Thanksgiving dinner that costs $40 per person, and includes your choice of smoked turkey breast or roast duck The dinner comes with sides like cornbread stuffing, mac and cheese, and sweet potato pie. They also have a $200 family-style meal for eight with a whole smoked turkey.


The Bristol is also keeping it pretty simple with a family-style meal for four. It costs $225, and comes with starters like housemade milk bread and squash bisque, along with roast duck breast, confit leg, and sides like potato gratin, roast vegetables, and braised greens. Oh, and bread pudding for dessert. Ok, so maybe it’s not that simple.


Aba’s Thanksgiving dinner is $59.95 per person and has a Mediterranean twist. This means your meal will have things like pumpkin hummus, truffle-baked orzo, beef tenderloin kebab, and some creme brûlée pie. Pick-up is on Wednesday, and everything comes with reheating instructions.


Ema’s menu is very similar to Aba’s, but with slight differences like cider and sumac brined turkey breast, honey pie, and being one dollar less - it’s $58.95 per person.


If you’re a pick-and-chooser type person, Beatrix might be for you. You can go with their $145.95 Thanksgiving package that feeds four to six people that has turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and Parker House rolls. Or do your own a la carte meal where you can order things like sweet potatoes, butternut squash ravioli, and a whole bunch of other stuff. Whatever you decide, you need to pick it up the Wednesday before.


Dusek’s is offering a full Thanksgiving menu a la carte, or as meal packages for groups ranging from four to 10 people. has to offer. Packages start at $235, and include a brined turkey, biscuit stuffing, mashed potatoes, salad, veggies, an apple pie from Good Ambler, and more. Oh, and there’s also a curated playlist from Thalia Hall. Pick-up is available either Wednesday or Thursday.


Somerset has a few Thanksgiving options. A $68 turkey dinner for two or $130 dinner for four to six people. It includes side dishes like mashed potatoes, stuffing, brussels sprouts, and more. And if you can want, you can order larger portions of the sides a la carte.


Bub’s is not reinventing the Thanksgiving wheel. This BBQ spot’s dinner has smoked turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and basically all the other stuff you can file under “fixins.” You can get the family-style meal for two for $94.95, four for $189.95, for eight for $379.95, or order a la carte if you don’t need the whole thing. Must be picked up the day before.


This Italian restaurant’s dinner is $62.50 per person, serves two to four, and comes things like turkey, harvest salad, butternut squash agnolotti, whipped potatoes, chestnut stuffing, and more. Pick up on November 24th.


RPM Steak has two options: a $160 package that serves two, and a $320 dinner that serves four. Both come with turkey and traditional sides, along with dishes like parmesan risotto and pumpkin mousse. Pick-up takes place on Wednesday.


Yep, Alinea is offering a carryout Thanksgiving, and to the surprise of no one, they are going all out. It’s priced from $215–$494, and comes with a sh*t ton of stuff. So we’re going to suggest you click here for the details. One thing worth noting, however, is that it comes with a fresh turkey and detailed cooking instructions.


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