2017: Suburban restaurants that do the Thanksgiving cooking for you
Don't feel like cooking this year for Thanksgiving? Suburban restaurants serving turkey dinners offer a respite from the shopping, the prep, the cooking, the guests and the dreaded clean up after the big meal. Here's a sample of Thanksgiving feasts in the suburbs.
Avante Banquets: 1050 Northwest Hwy., Fox River Grove, (847) 287-1006 or avantebanquets.com/. Avante's Thanksgiving brunch buffet, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, features a prime rib carving station, an omelet station and breakfast bar, pasta and seafood stations, a salad bar and a sweet bar. Adults $49 (plus tax and gratuity), $19 kids 5-12. Reservations required.
Blossom Cafe: 8349 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge, (708) 453-5300 or theblossomcafe.com/. Homemade pumpkin pie is just one of the treats available during Blossom Cafe's Thanksgiving Day dinner. Open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; the traditional feast costs $18.99. The regular menu also will be available. Reservations suggested.
The Capital Grille: 87 Yorktown Center, Lombard, (630) 627-9800, and 5340 N. River Road, Rosemont, (847) 671-8125 or thecapitalgrille.com/home. Thanksgiving dinner features slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans with Marcona almonds, cranberry pear chutney and Sam's mashed potatoes from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. $39 adults, $15 kids. Full dinner menu also will be available. Reservations recommended.
Chandler's Chophouse: 401 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, (847) 885-9009 or chandlerschophouse.com/thanksgiving-dinner-at-chandlers/. Chandler's will be serving an a la carte Thanksgiving menu from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Chandler's traditional turkey dinner (hand-carved roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, candied yams and cranberry sauce) is $22.99 for adults and $11.99 for kids. Other chef's specialties include fire-grilled lollipop lamb chops, prime rib, lobster mac and cheese, barbecue baby back ribs, pumpkin pie, chocolate fudge cheesecake and more. Reservations recommended.
Chessie's Restaurant: 200 Applebee St., Barrington, (847) 382-5020 or chessies-restaurant.com/. Seatings for the Thanksgiving buffet dinner will be at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Thursday. Expect traditional favorites like turkey with gravy, honey-baked ham, country sage and sausage stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake and more. Adults $32.95, kids 12 and younger $14.95. Reservations recommended.
Chicago Prime Steakhouse: 1444 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, (847) 969-9900 or chicagoprimesteakhouse.com/gather-the-family-around-our-table-for-thanksgiving-dinner. Served family-style, dinner takes place from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday. The meal includes deviled eggs, Caesar and Chicago Prime Chopped salads, entrees of roasted turkey, Scottish wild caught salmon encroute or roasted beef tenderloin, grilled asparagus or mashed sweet potatoes, homemade pumpkin pie or chocolate Chambord torte and much more. Adults $44.95; kids 12 and younger $19.95. Reservations required.
Chicago Prime Italian: 1370 Bank Drive, Schaumburg, (847) 240-1414 or chicagoprimeitalian.com/gather-the-family-around-our-thanksgiving-table. Family-style Thanksgiving dinner will be served from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday. Nosh on fried calamari or asiago spinach crab fondue; Caesar salad; a pasta course of rigatoni vodka, cavatappi Alfredo or penne marinara; main course options of roasted turkey with cranberry sauce, sage stuffing and giblet gravy, roasted pork, broiled salmon or eggplant Parmesan; sides of mashed sweet potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts or spaghetti squash; and pumpkin pie, tiramisu or cannoli for dessert, plus more. Adults $40.95, kids 12 and younger $19.95. Reservations required.
CityGate Grille: 2020 Calamos Court, Naperville, (630) 718-1010 or citygategrille.com/. Five courses, sit-down service, unlimited servings. CityGate's Thanksgiving meal features sweet potato pumpkin soup, salad, roasted turkey and gravy, brioche stuffing, pumpkin pie and much more from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday. Adults $47, kids 6-12 $23, and free for kids 5 and younger. Reservations requested.
Cooper's Hawk: Locations in Arlington Heights, Burr Ridge, Naperville, South Barrington, St. Charles and Wheeling. chwinery.com/. Thanksgiving dinner includes butternut squash soup, slow-roasted turkey with pan gravy, traditional stuffing, roasted green beans and carrots, Mary's potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet creamed corn and spiced pumpkin cheesecake. Adults $27.99, kids 12 and younger $12.99. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Reservations recommended.
D'Andrea Banquets: Routes 14 and 31, Crystal Lake, (815) 459-7234. Dine on a Thanksgiving Day buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. The traditional menu includes roast turkey, barbecue ribs, roast pork, mashed potatoes, a traditional dessert table and more. Adults $25 (plus tax and gratuity), kids 10 and younger $10.95. Reservations required.
Dover Straits: 890 E. Route 45, Mundelein, (847) 949-1550 or doverstraits.com/. From noon to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dover Straits will be serving a traditional turkey dinner and all the trimmings for $22.95. The regular menu and daily specials also will be available. Reservations recommended.
Francesca's: Many of the suburban Francesca's restaurants will be serving classic Thanksgiving Day specials with an Italian twist. Specials include roasted butternut squash and mascarpone cream soup, pumpkin-filled pasta with fresh tomatoes, brown butter, sage and parmigiano, hand-carved turkey breast with sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, string beans and cranberries, porcini-rubbed rib-eye with broccoli and Calabrian-style potatoes and pumpkin pie. The specials will be available from noon to 7 p.m. at La Sorella di Francesca, 18 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville; Francesca's North, 1145 Church St., Northbrook; Francesca's Amici, 174 N. York St., Elmhurst; Francesca's Tavola, 208 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights; Francesca's Intimo, 293 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest; Francesca's Passaggio, 3124 IL-59, Naperville; and Francesca's Famiglia, 1000 E. Station St., Barrington. Francesca's by the River, 200 S. 2nd St., St. Charles, will offer a buffet in place of the Thanksgiving specials from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Francesca's Campagna in West Dundee and Francesca's on the Promenade in Bolingbrook will be closed on Thanksgiving. Reservations recommended. miafrancesca.com/.
Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort: 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, eventbrite.com/e/thanksgiving-feast-on-november-23-tickets-39561307937. Diners can choose between a Thanksgiving feast devised by chef Reynoso in the Grand Ballroom or Thanksgiving dinner in B. Restaurant for the same price. Seatings in the Grand Ballroom are at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Thursday, where guests can choose from soups, salads, entrees including a honey citrus turkey with maple gravy, plus homemade sides and desserts. Arts and crafts will be available for kids. Dinner at B. includes a more intimate setting and a prix fixe menu. Seating times are 5 or 7 p.m. The four-course menu will include roasted pumpkin soup with bourbon honey crème fraîche; turkey roulade stuffed with dark meat, Mama's stuffing and a cranberry glaze; and a pumpkin creme brulee. Diners 13 and older $62.75, kids 5-12 $25.25, free for kids younger than 5. Reservations required.
Hotel Baker: 100 W. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-2100 or hotelbaker.com/thanksgiving-2017/. The Thanksgiving buffet runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, offering roasted Amish turkey with hard apple cider sauce, carved cherry port glazed ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potato puree with brown sugar and an oatmeal crust, white cheddar mac and cheese, green beans and mushrooms, artisan breads, pumpkin pie, apple cobbler and much more. Adults $49, kids 3-13 $24, and free for kids younger than 3. $5 "leftovers" to go per person. Reservations requested.
Johnny's Kitchen & Tap: 1740 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, (847) 699-9999 or johnnysglenview.com/. Nosh on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, plus pumpkin pie and rice pudding, starting at 11 a.m. Thursday. Dinner costs $18.95. Reservations recommended.
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks: 3001 Butterfield Road, Oak Brook, (630) 571-3700, and 5320 N. River Road, Rosemont, (847) 233-3776, or mccormickandschmicks.com/featured-promotion/thanksgiving.aspx. A roasted turkey dinner, with butternut squash bisque, mashed potatoes and gravy, apple squash casserole and more, will be available Thursday. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Moretti's: Thanksgiving dinner will be available from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday at four select locations in Barlett (630) 837-4992, Edison Park (773) 631-1223, Fox Lake (847) 973-1800 and Lake in the Hills (847) 854-7220, morettisrestaurants.com/index.php. The traditional dinner includes oven-roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams and dessert for $22.99. The seasonal cranberry vodka cosmo is $5. Reservations recommended.
Pheasant Run Resort: 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6300 or pheasantrun.com/. Executive Chef Tiffany Tooker has created an extensive Thanksgiving brunch that will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Expect a carving station featuring Vermont turkey with corn bread stuffing and a bone-in Virginia ham, made-to-order omelets, seasonal salads and seafood, a pasta station, pumpkin pie, a cobbler skillet station and more. Adults $42.95, seniors 65-plus $38.95, kids 5-12 $16.95; free for kids younger than 5. Reservations required.
Prairie Grass Cafe: 601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, (847) 205-4433 or prairiegrasscafe.com/. Chef Sarah Stegner's Thanksgiving Dinner will be available from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The menu includes oven-roasted turkey served with mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, apple chestnut stuffing, sweet potato and butternut squash, fresh vegetables and cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, double chocolate cake and more. Adults $57, kids 12 and younger $18. Call for reservations.
Reel Club: 272 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 368-9400 or reel-club.com/events/thanksgiving-brunch-buffett/. Reel Club will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday featuring roasted turkey, king crab and oysters Rockefeller, a prime rib carving station, assorted sushi rolls and other traditional dishes. Adults $49.95, kids 6-12 $19.95, and free for kids 5 and younger, plus tax and gratuity. The regular dinner menu will not be available. Reservations recommended.
Restaurant Michael: 64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, (847) 441-3100 or restaurantmichael.com/. Make reservations now to nosh on Thanksgiving specialties between noon and 6 p.m. Thursday at Restaurant Michael. Dine on candied squash bisque with toasted brioche croutons; brown sugar brined and roasted locally farmed turkey with pan gravy, slow-cooked beef short rib and potato ravioli Bordelaise or roasted tenderloin of Berkshire Farms pork tenderloin; sweet potato gratin and sage and angus ground beef dressing (stuffing); and warm poached pear financier and individual roasted pumpkin pie mascarpone cheesecake, plus more. Adults $55, half-price for kids younger than 10. A $15 per guest deposit will hold the reservation. Call the restaurant for reservations as online reservations will not be available for Thanksgiving.
Shaw's Schaumburg: 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722 or shawscrabhouse.com/schaumburg/. Shaw's is hosting a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday that will include a chilled seafood and salad bar featuring smoked trout deviled eggs, a chef's table with herb-roasted turkey with cranberry sauce and homemade gravy, a grand hot buffet serving Chesapeake fried chicken and a sweets table with pecan, raspberry, pumpkin and Key lime pies and much more. Adults $59, kids 7-12 $12, and free for kids 6 and younger (exclusive of tax, gratuity, and beverages). Reservations recommended.
Ted's Montana Grill: 39 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, (630) 848-2255, and Bolingbrook at The Promenade, 623 E. Boughton Road, Suite 110, Bolingbrook, (630) 783-2493. Ted's will be serving a Thanksgiving roast turkey feast from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. It includes a side salad or cup of soup or chili, roast turkey and gravy with garlic mashed potatoes, herb dressing, carrots, "Aunt Fannie's" squash casserole, cranberry sauce and apple pecan crisp for $29. The regular menu also will be available. Reservations recommended.
Sullivan's Steakhouse: 244 S. Main St., Naperville, (630) 305-0230 or sullivanssteakhouse.com/naperville/. Sullivan's is offering a three-course, prix fixe roasted turkey dinner for $39 for adults and $19.95 for kids 12 and younger. The special menu, which is available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, features hand-carved roasted turkey with sweet onion apple-sausage stuffing, butternut squash soup, sweet potato casserole with a pecan crust, shaved Brussels sprouts with caramelized onions and smoked bacon, and chocolate pecan pie or pumpkin pie. Select items from the regular dinner menu also will be available. Sullivan's will be open until 11 p.m. Thursday. Reservations recommended.
Texas de Brazil: 5 Woodfield Center, Suite D312, Schaumburg, (847) 413-1600 or texasdebrazil.com/locations/illinois/schaumburg/. Texas de Brazil is adding roasted turkey and gravy, sweet potato casserole and cranberry sauce to its extensive menu for Thanksgiving. This is in addition to the selection of grilled meats carved tableside, including lamb chops, leg of lamb, picanha, filet mignon, chicken breast wrapped in bacon, Brazilian sausages and more. The salad area includes 50 salads, soups and side dishes. Dinner is $46.99. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 9:30 p.m. for dinner. Reservations recommended.
Three Embers: Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 634-0100, chicagomarriottlincolnshire.com/lincolnshire-il-resort-dining.php. Seating times are at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m. Thursday for the Thanksgiving buffet that includes carving stations with turkey, slow-roasted strip loin and baked ham, plus a variety of salads, seafood, Italian and American sides and sweets. Adults $42, kids 12 and younger $20. Reservations required.
Wildfire: 232 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9000, and 1250 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 995-0100 or wildfirerestaurant.com/. Wildfire's family-style menu, available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, features spit-roasted turkey and traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Gluten-free menu items will be available. Adults $47.95, kids 12 and younger $21.95, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations recommended.