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Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant

(773) 473-5263

3471 N Elston Ave

Chicago, IL 60618

The problem with a date at Parachute is that there isn't much nearby if you don't know where to look. And the place to look is the random-looking Irish bar across the street, Chief O'Neill's. There's even a nice garden area to sit in out back if you find yourself in the position to do so.

Chief O’Neill’s has a serious Thanksgiving operation, complete with timed seatings to keep the waves of buffet-goers under control. This place is a neighborhood pub, but on holidays they roll out an extensive spread with all the classics (including prime rib), a separate dessert table with white and milk chocolate fountains, and all the snack foods you typically miss out on when you go out to eat - like chips and salsa, or pita chips and hummus. It’s like going to your uncle’s out in the suburbs, with the bonus that you won’t need to talk to your cousin who’s creepily obsessed with his pet snakes.

The meal: Buffet, $55

Chief O’Neill’s in Avondale feels like a classic Chicago bar (full of wood, and dark enough inside to protect you from the light of day) - but there’s also a really nice garden area with outdoor seating. And during the weekend, they have a brunch buffet. Because loading up on bacon and sausage before drinking all day is classic Chicago, too.

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