Thanksgiving can be exhausting, with the crowded grocery stores and pressure of cooking a wow-worthy meal. How can you re-create that satisfying feeling of being the perfect host, minus the hassle?
Thankfully, restaurants around town are offering Thanksgiving to-go options or meal kits to help expedite the process and de-stress everyone involved. Less brain power spent on your menu means more time sipping wine and enjoying the festivities with your guests. Here’s our guide to taking Turkey Day to go.
1. Tanta will be offering a “Pollo To Go” feast featuring a roasted chicken marinated in beer and Peruvian spices, plus an array of three sides: corn cakes stuffed with goat cheese and raisins, candied yams and roasted veggies. The finale? Purple corn cheesecake. The meal costs $66.99, and you must order by noon Nov. 19 and pick up between 2 and 5 p.m. Nov. 21. 118 W. Grand Ave. 312-222-9700. tantachicago.com
2. Lawry’s The Prime Rib is serving a Thanksgiving to-go menu with full family-style meals and a la carte options. A whole turkey dinner ($275) with several classic sides serves 10-12 people, or you can go simpler and stick to turkey breast with all the trimmings for $235. Find the full menu online, but order at least 48 hours in advance. 100 E. Ontario St. 312-787-5000. lawrysonline.com
3. Celebrate with a smoked turkey-to-go from Weber Grill Restaurant, accompanied with a la carte sides like sausage stuffing, cornbread with maple bourbon butter and more. Place your order by 5 p.m. Nov. 16, and pick up Nov. 21 or Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. A 16-pound whole turkey will run you $71, while a carved bird with white and dark meat costs $100. Or, splurge for white meat only ($120). Check out the full menu online. 539 N. State St. 312-467-9696. webergrillrestaurant.com
4. Parson’s Chicken and Fish is going nontraditional with dinner for two, featuring a whole fried chicken, green chile cornbread, green beans, sweet potato casserole and mashed potatoes (though feel free to pile on extras, like hush puppies). Preorder by noon Nov. 21, and pick up or schedule a delivery time for an extra fee on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The feast costs $50. 2952 W. Armitage Ave. 773-384-3333. parsonschickenandfish.com
5. Saint Lou’s Assembly will offer a “Thanksgiving Meat’N Three To-Go” meal for the holiday. Choose between turkey leg confit or a smoked turkey breast roulade, plus three sides of your choosing, including biscuits with “foie ganache” and roasted acorn squash with bacon-maple glaze. The meal costs $36 per person. For a boozier event, you can also order batched cocktails from Moneygun next door. For $65, you can choose between white Russians, Manhattans or bee’s knees cocktails, enough for six drinks. Order by Nov. 16 and pick up Nov. 20 or Nov. 21. 664 W. Lake St. 312-600-0600. saintlouschicago.com
6. Frontier is dishing out whole smoked turkeys. A 15-pounder costs $75, and a 20-pounder is $95. Don’t miss out on the sides, either, from seafood gumbo to cornbread stuffing to sweet potato pie. Orders must be placed by Nov. 16 and picked up on Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to noon. 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-772-4322. thefrontierchicago.com
7. Goddess and Grocer’s got you covered with a full, ready-to-reheat Thanksgiving dinner catering menu for 12 ($395). A la carte options, complete with vegetarian and gluten-free choices (and booze!), are also available, including a salted caramel dark chocolate tart for dessert and baked brie to elevate your appetizer spread. Place your order by noon Nov. 19 and pick up at any Grocer locations, or schedule a delivery date for an extra fee. Four locations in Chicago. 773-292-7100. goddessandgrocer.com/thanksgiving
8. The Promontory in Hyde Park is serving a traditional Thanksgiving menu to go (think turkey breast, pumpkin pie and the rest of the classics) for $30 per person. Order online, then pick up your meal Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 5 to 11 p.m., or on Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. 312-801-2100. promontorychicago.com
9. Thanks to Fresh Picks Farmers Alliance, you can order a “Fixin’s Box” filled with locally grown produce to use in your Thanksgiving recipes, simultaneously supporting local farms and avoiding the mad dash to the grocery store. The box costs $45 for four to six people and $70 for 10 to 12. However, it’s BYOT (Bring Your Own Turkey) — or order one from either of its recommended farms, Sullivan Turkey Farm ($3.95/pound) or All Grass Farm ($5.95/pound). Place your orders between Nov. 17 and Nov. 21 and pick them up or get them delivered during Thanksgiving week. 5625 Howard St. 847-410-0595. freshpicks.com/thanksgivingturkeys2018
10. Madison & Rayne, a meal kit delivery service, will send a classic ready-to-cook Thanksgiving dinner straight to your door. You do have to sign up, but you don’t need to shell out big bucks for a subscription — you can choose an option for a la carte meals on demand. This particular meal features a juniper-and-thyme brined turkey, four sides and a decadent pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. The total cost comes to $32 per serving, delivered Nov. 20 (shipping is free for orders over $50). 855-626-3701. madisonandrayne.com
11. Miss Ricky’s will serve a classic yet upscale American diner Thanksgiving dinner to-go. The meal ($85) serves six to eight people and features dishes like dark and white meat turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, roasted Brussels sprouts and Hawaiian rolls, plus pumpkin pie. Order by Nov. 19 and pick up on Thanksgiving Day. . Email firstname.lastname@example.org to order. 203 N. Wabash Ave. 312-940-4777.
12. Free Rein is offering to-go pies, cookies and bread for the holiday season, including a brown sugar pumpkin pie and autumnal macarons. Ten percent of the profits from the baked goods benefit Pilot Light, a charity helping children make healthier food decisions. Prices vary, but most pies are between $20 and $24. Free Rein will start taking orders on Thursday, Nov. 8 with pick up through Sunday, Nov. 25 within 72 hours of your pre-order. Find the full menu here. 224 N. Michigan Ave. 312-334-6700.
13. More Thanksgiving baked goods are available to-go from Little Goat Diner, including classic pies ($28), bread ($9) and spreads ($6) like kimchi maple butter to add an extra boost of flavor to your holiday meal. Order now through Nov. 18. 820 W. Randolph St. 312-888-3455. goatgroupcatering.com/pies-breads
14. Chef Toni Roberts from the Wit is offering a to-go menu of pies, cakes and sweets to round out your Thanksgiving spread — including a toasted pecan-cranberry pie and a three-pound golden chocolate peanut butter turkey for $28. You can order your treats starting now and pick them up at least 48 hours later, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the day of your choosing. 201 N. State St. 312-239-9400. abitofthewit.com
15. Got enough turkey yet? If you’ve planned time with the fam but have neglected to prep for Friendsgiving, both locations of Smoke Daddy are getting into the game, too. Turkey catering is available throughout the month, but place your orders for whole smoked turkeys or sides like barbecue beans, biscuits and green bean casseroles by Nov. 16. Wicker Park,1804 W. Division St., and Wrigleyville, 3636 N. Clark St., thesmokedaddy.com
16. Crosby’s Kitchen will take Thanksgiving orders for the holiday only up until Saturday, Nov. 17. Small, a la carte sides can feed up to five people, while larger selections feed up to 10, and include traditional items (cranberry sauce, gravy and the like). The 11-pound whole turkey costs $75. 3455 N. Southport Ave., crosbyschicago.com