11 spots that aren’t your kitchen to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is awesome, but dang, it’s a lot of work. My memories of the holiday as a child include watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while my mom cooked, being subjected to watching football while my mom cooked, enjoying dinner while my mom sort of sat down to enjoy it too, and scarfing down dessert while my mom cleaned up.

Poor my mom, right? I refuse to let such a tragedy befall me. Plus I can’t cook and plus I’m a sloth, so I happily abide by the old saying: When the going gets Thanksgiving, the lazy go out to eat.

Here are 11 nearby spots to enjoy your holiday almost effort-free. Happy Thanksgiving!

Oak Brook Hills Resort

Where: 3500 Midwest Rd., Oak Brook

When: Thanksgiving Day. Seatings at 1 and 3:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Seatings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. at B. Restaurant.

Cost: Grand Ballroom: per adult, per child (5 to 12 years old), kids 4 and younger are free. B. Restaurant: per person.

Reservations: Grand Ballroom: call 630-242-5704. B. Restaurant: call 630-850-5525 or reserve on OpenTable.

Gobble, gobble: At the Grand Ballroom, favorites include honey citrus turkey with maple gravy and butter pecan sweet potatoes. At B., enjoy a four-course prix fixe menu featuring roasted pumpkin soup, turkey roulade and pumpkin creme brulee.

American Craft Kitchen & Bar

Where: 151 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago

When: An all-day buffet on Thanksgiving Day

Cost: .95 per person

Reservations: Call 312-565-1234, ext. 4496

Gobble, gobble: Enjoy cream of mushroom and chestnut soup, a winter chopped salad, a holiday carving station, traditional side dishes and more.

The Charmant Hotel

Where: 101 State St., La Crosse, WI

When: Thanksgiving Day

Cost: Per menu item

More information: Call 608-519-8800

Gobble, gobble: Share a few starters such as le cheese curds for and pomme frites for , followed by favorites including the turkey sandwich for and the Thanksgiving feast for .

Travelle Kitchen + Bar

Where: 330 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago

When: Thanksgiving Day. Buffet 11 a.m.–4 p.m. A la carte dinner 6:30–10 p.m.

Cost: 5 per person

Reservations: Call 312.923.7705 or visit

Gobble, gobble: Don’t miss the country bread stuffing with chestnuts and sage and the truffled yellow corn casserole.

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

Where: 127 W. Huron Ave., Chicago

When: 12–7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

Cost: per adult, per child

Reservations: Visit

Gobble, gobble: Feast on bourbon-glazed carrots, roasted butternut squash soup and turkey from the carving station.

Mercat a la Planxa

Where: 638 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

When: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

Cost: per adult, per child

Reservations: Call 312-765-0524

Gobble, gobble: Chow down on turkey grilled on the planxa, glazed with cranberry and served with sherry pan gravy, and Beauregard sweet potatoes.

Roka Akor Old Orchard

Where: 4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie

When: 4–9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

Cost: per person

Reservations: Call 847-440-3383 or visit

Gobble, gobble: Enjoy Japanese-style fried turkey, a braised turkey rice hot pot, pecan pie and more.

The Signature Room

Where: 875 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

When: 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

Cost: per adult, per child (4-12 years old), kids 3 and younger are free

Reservations: Call 312-280-0465

Gobble, gobble: Dive into Australian seared lamb chops, turkey with caramelized onion cranberry stuffing, herb glazed carrots and more.

Smyth at The Iron Horse Hotel

Where: 500 W. Florida St., Milwaukee

When: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

Cost: per person

Reservations: Call 414-374-4766

Gobble, gobble: Buffet includes green bean casserole, roasted brussel sprouts, smoked turkey breast, confit of turkey leg roulade and more.

Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi

Where: 151 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago

When: 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

Cost: per person

Reservations: Call 312-239-4491 or visit

Gobble, gobble: The prix fixe menu stars Plainville Farm all-natural turkey with sage butter, a chestnut herb stuffing and giblet gravy.

Harvest at Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Where: 540 N Michigan Ave., Chicago

When: Thanksgiving Day

Cost: per adult, per child younger than 10

Reservations: Call 312-836-6334

Gobble, gobble: All-you-eat buffet features local cheeses and housemade charcuterie, rock shrimp cocktail, kabocha squash and apple soup, and sweet potato and Indiana maple casserole.

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