Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Downtown Chicago

Thanksgiving is that rare holiday that doesn’t require any sort of gift-giving. This makes it a pretty low-key affair that’s all about friends and family unless you’re hosting. Instead of spending so much time preparing, cooking, worrying if the turkey’s going to turn out alright, and then cleaning up after everyone is gone, let someone else do it for you. Here are some restaurants in downtown Chicago that are open on Thanksgiving, ensuring everybody gets to say thanks, this season.

Dive into that cranberry sauce high above the crowds at The Signature Room. Situated on the 95th Floor, you’ll dine on a gourmet meal accompanied by live music. The day starts with a greeting glass of champagne, followed by a chilled seafood buffet. After you’ve dined on roast turkey, sea bass, or lamb chops, you can indulge in a dessert buffet. Pricing: $80/person; $35 children ages 4 – 12.

You can get more than seafood at Shaw’s Crab House on Thanksgiving. They’re offering a buffet with traditional favorites, like herb-roasted turkey, roasted beef tenderloin, and homemade stuffing. Of course, if you want seafood, you can get that, too. It’s family-friendly and will be served from 11am to 8pm. Pricing: $75/person; $20 children 12 and younger.

If you’d like a meal that’s more budget-friendly, yet still luxurious, make reservations at The Godfrey Hotel. They’ll have a rolling carving station and an extravagant buffet with family-style pastas from their on-site restaurant, Dolce Italian. They’ve got all the bases covered, with a playroom for the kids and football on their giant video wall. Pricing: $39/person; $12 kids.

For something different, take a Thanksgiving day cruise on Lake Michigan. Board the luxury yacht Odyssey for a lunch or dinner cruise. You’ll have views of Chicago’s skyline for two hours, and when you’re not gazing out the windows or bracing the cold for a better luck, you’ll dine on a plated, 3-course holiday dinner menu. Prices start from $59.90 for lunch and $99.90 for dinner.

These are four places in downtown Chicago that will do the cooking for you this season. Have fun enjoying your holiday dinner with some close family and friends!