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Celebrate Thanksgiving 2020 in Chicago

Photo of thanksgiving dinner
Photo of thanksgiving dinner
Photo courtesy of Etta

Like the rest of 2020, Thanksgiving this year looks a little different. Instead of our typical large gatherings, many are opting for smaller, more intimate celebrations to help curb the spread of COVID-19. But thankfully, Chicago is a city filled with fantastic food, and restaurants all over the city are working hard to make this year special. If you’re looking for a spectacular meal this year — with turkey or without — here are some ideas to help you celebrate Thanksgiving 2020 in Chicago.

Traditional Fare

If you want a traditional turkey-and-stuffing spread, you have plenty of options. For an upscale evening, Alinea’s three-Michelin-star feast is worth the splurge. Etta’s Thanksgiving package puts an Italian twist on a turkey dinner, and even includes a post-Thanksgiving kit to enjoy your leftovers. If turkey isn’t your thing, Swift & Son’s prime rib is a fantastic alternative. 

Something Unexpected

To mix things up, consider branching out of classic Thanksgiving food. Aba’s Mediterranean spread includes pumpkin hummus, baked orzo and kebabs. Marz Community Brewing is collaborating with Mom’s and Knox Ave BBQ for an unforgettable meal, featuring smoked chicken and Japanese-inspired sides. And in case you need a stellar Thanksgiving brunch, Luella’s Southern Kitchen will help you start your day right with sweet potato dumplings, brown butter sticky buns and more. 

Baked Goods

What’s Thanksgiving without pie? Hoosier Mama, Brown Sugar Bakery and Goddess and the Baker are Chicago favorites with Thanksgiving specials, from pumpkin pie to festive cookies. For a full list, check out TimeOut Chicago’s roundup of the city’s best pies. 

Although we might not be celebrating as usual, we’re still giving thanks for our friends, family, clients and colleagues. From our team at MG Group Chicago, have a celebratory and safe Thanksgiving 2020 weekend!