How To Have A Chicago Thanksgiving To-Go

November 18, 2013 5:51 PM

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(Photo by L. J. Willinger/Keystone/Getty Images)

(Photo by L. J. Willinger/Keystone/Getty Images)

By Lauren Wulf LaRoche

If you’re in need of a little help this Thanksgiving, turn to some of these Chicago restaurants for Thanksgiving meals to go.

Smoke Daddy

1804 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

Orders accepted through November 20
Pick up on Wednesday, November 27 (or before)

The Smoke Daddy provides whole turkeys in their slow-smoked tradition, and priced to-go at: 11 pounds for $65, or 20 pounds for $85. The Smoke Daddy is also offering its homemade Cornbread Stuffing for $8 per quart, and gravy for $10 per quart / $6 per half quart. Pre-orders are taken by calling The Smoke Daddy directly at 773.772.6656, or online at, by November 20. All Smoked-Turkeys-to-Go orders are available for pickup the day before Thanksgiving (or anytime requested before that), and are picked up cold with heating instructions.



The Chicago Firehouse

1401 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Orders Accepted through noon on Monday, November 25
Pick-Up on November 27 and 28

This Thanksgiving, enjoy more time with your family and leave the cooking to The Chicago Firehouse. The South Loop restaurant’s “Thanksgiving To Go” features a fully-cooked holiday meal that serves six to eight people. The family-style menu includes slow-roasted turkey (12 to 14 lbs.) with bourbon and gingersnap gravy; mixed greens with spiced pecans, blue cheese and dried fruit; roasted apple and sage sausage stuffing; garlic mashed potatoes; sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows; green beans, cranberry orange-almond relish; and whole pumpkin pie.

The price is $195 plus tax. Orders are accepted through noon on Monday, November 25 and may be scheduled for pick-up on Wednesday, November 27 (4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) or Thursday, November 28 (9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.). To place your “Thanksgiving To Go” order, please call 312.786.1401.




840 N. Wabash
Chicago IL 60611

Orders Accepted through November 21
Pick-Up on November 27 and 28

Bistronomic will feature locally-inspired, seasonal three-course Thanksgiving Day prix fixe menus for both carnivores and vegetarians. Additionally, Bistronomic will offer a “Thanksgiving To Go” option for guests who would like to enjoy Thanksgiving cuisine in the comfort of their own home. The deadline to place To Go orders is November 21, 2013. Guests may reserve their Thanksgiving dinners by calling 312.944.8400.



Chicago Q

1160 N. Dearborn St.

Orders Accepted through November 25
Pick-Up From 9:00-11:00AM, November 28

Chicago Q will be serving up their delicious BBQ and special Thanksgiving menu to go. Thanksgiving to-go menus available for individuals for $34, groups of six to nine for $240 and groups of 10 to 14 for $380. Prepaid orders must be placed November 25th and picked up 9-11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.



Vanille Patisserie

2229 N. Clybourn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

131 N. Clinton Street
Chicago, IL 60661

Orders accepted through Saturday, November 23
Pick up on Wednesday, November 27

Don’t forget dessert! Vanille Patisserie has offered to do the baking this year. The sweet treats include pumpkin pie, apple streusel pie, pecan with chocolate cream, as well as tarts, cookies and cakes.

Vanille is requesting that orders be received by Sunday, November 23 for pick up on Wednesday, November 27. Pick up is available at the Chicago French Market location or the Clybourn location (the new Clark Street shop has not yet opened). Please call Vanille to place an order.

Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago

Lauren Wulf writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago.

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