Restaurant Review – Happy Last-Minute Thanksgiving Feasts in Chicago

Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather and count their blessings. Chicago restaurants are making it easy to do both this year! If you’re pressed for last-minute plans, with apologies to Ernest Hemingway, here are some of the restaurants making your Thanksgiving meal a memorable, moveable feast:

River North/Chicago Loop: A grand, elegant feast awaits families who dine at Prime & Provisions, 222 N. LaSalle Drive. They are serving a ‘Thanksgiving Grand Feast ‘. The buffet includes a carving station, raw bar, and bountiful Thanksgiving-centric sides. from 11am-6pm. Remember that you’ll be sitting under a crystal chandelier, and their sophisticated-casual dress code must be observed. $79 per adult, $30 per child.

Gold Coast: Famous for spectacular, 360-degree views of the city, The Signature Room at the 95th,875 N Michigan Ave, celebrates the holiday from 11am-5pm with a gourmet meal accompanied by live musical entertainment. A fun fall cocktail greets guests, along with a three-course dinner featuring your choice of their Little Raw Bar, burrata, roasted turkey, and seared sea scallops, wrinkled green beans,  pumpkin pie and vanilla bean crème brûlée. Adults $69-$85, Children (4-12 years old) $35, children 3 and under, no charge.

Lincoln Square: Foracasual, down-home experience, you can’t beat the comfort food at Luella ‘sSouthern Kitchen, 4609 N Lincoln Ave. Come here for Southern Thanksgiving classics like smoked turkey, cornbread stuffing, mac and cheese, and sweet potato pie. Check restaurant for Thanksgiving Day prices.

A taste of Buenos Aires’ Golden Age awaits you at Artango Bar and Steakhouse, 4767 N. Lincoln Ave. On Thanksgiving Day, from 2pm to 8pm, they are serving a three-course dinner with an Argentinean flair. Appetizers include empanadas, ceviche mixto, a combination of octopus, fish, shrimp, and an avocado-lime sauce. Entrees include a traditional turkey with sweet mashed potato, gravy, seasonal veggies, and cranberry sauce. Pescado is a seared fish served with purple mashed potato, aji-amarillo passion fruit sauce. $69 per adult three-course meal.

Wicker Park/Bucktown: Cafe Robey, 1616 North Milwaukee Avenue, at the corner of North, Damen and Milwaukee Avenues, will serve a buffet-stylespecial Thanksgiving dinner menu including “all the Thanksgiving favorites you know and love,” according to their website. The neighborhood restaurant highlights their roasted turkey breast and leg and roasted cauliflower with caper pesto (vegetarian selection) plus an assortment of holiday sides and desserts. Tickets are $50 per person.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us!

Alison Moran and Dean’s Team Chicago