Even in a year as difficult and tumultuous as 2020, we all still have reasons to be thankful. But there is no escaping the fact that the annual late November celebration of gratitude will be different this year. Many of us who would typically travel or get together with extended family and friends are keeping things close to home and limiting the number of folks around the Thanksgiving table. While that may be disappointing – after all, you can’t pass the mashed potatoes or green bean casserole over a Zoom call – we can still share a lovely meal with those in our pods and express our thanks for what we do have rather than what we do not.

But Thanksgiving is also a time for giving to those who are struggling through the personal and economic upheaval caused by the pandemic. This includes supporting the men and women of Chicago’s restaurant and hospitality industries, who have been hit particularly hard. Fortunately, you can combine your desire for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with support for your community by ordering a full takeout feast from one of many of Chicago’s best restaurants.

Courtesy of Choose Chicago, here are just a few places where you can get your Thanksgiving on while keeping your apron off:

  • Aba: This Mediterranean meal includes classic and pumpkin hummus, truffle baked orzo, grilled kebabs, crispy brussels sprouts, creme brûlée pie, and more for $48.95 per person.
  • Alinea: Your meal from this Michelin 3-star restaurant will include a free-range turkey, compound butter, herbs & spices, and detailed cooking instructions. Plus, all the ready-made appetizers and sides you could ever need — shrimp cocktail, butternut squash soup, mashed potatoes, gravy, and more. Meals start at $325 for a party of four.
  • Bar Roma: Bar Roma will offer a traditional family-style feast with cider-brined turkey, garlic potatoes, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, and bourbon pecan pie ($80 serves two; $160 serves four). There’s also a vegetarian option with spinach and cheese lasagna.
  • BOKA: Enjoy a free-range turkey, chicken sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin layer cake, and more. Each meal serves four adults for $270. You can also opt for the “everything but the turkey” option, which includes all the sides for $165.
  • Brass Heart: For $175, a Thanksgiving meal for two includes brioche and sausage stuffed poussin, carrots with pancetta, duchess potatoes, sweet potato pie with truffle maple syrup, and more. Plus, the package includes a bottle of sparkling rose.
  • Brindille: Enjoy a French Thanksgiving at home with a locally raised turkey and add on your choice of family-sized sides, or opt for the Thanksgiving package ($160) that has everything you need for two people. Optional enhancements include hot buttered rum cocktails, desserts, and more.
  • The Bristol: The three-course, $85 meal serves two and includes a salad trio, whole smoked duck, and mini apple crostatas.
  • Cira: Enjoy lentil soup, smoked turkey shawarma with house-made pita, and a pumpkin spice bavarian pie for $38 per person.
  • Frontier: Choose from dinner for four ($150) all the way up to 15 ($350). The meal includes a smoked and carved turkey breast with gravy, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato pie pieces, and more.
  • Girl & The Goat: Acclaimed Chicago chef Stephanie Izard will be debuting an “Everything But The Turkey Box” with globally-inspired side dishes, gravy, and dry-brine (just not the turkey!). The kit serves six for $249 and can be shipped nationwide.
  • Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab: Roasted turkey breast, pan gravy, mashed potatoes, classic stuffing with sausage, and more — just reheat and enjoy. The carry-out dinner serves four for $250. Add on stone crab, chilled seafood, lobster mac and cheese, and other decadent options.
  • Longman & Eagle: The feast for two includes stuffing, mashed potatoes, roasted turkey breast and drumstick, kale salad, and pumpkin pie
  • Momotaro: Order Momotaro’s Asian-inspired Le Quack feast, featuring a whole roasted, soy-glazed duck, salad, duck confit rice, curry-spiced kabocha, and more. The $300 dinner feeds up to six people; wine, sake, and cocktail kits are available to add on.
  • The Metropolitan: Choose from turkey for two, a family pack, and vegan/vegetarian options from The Metropolitan. Optional add-ons include a charcuterie board, green bean casserole, shrimp cocktail, and more.
  • The Publican: The carry-out feast consists of a locally raised turkey to cook at home with an abundance of ready-to-eat sides, plus additional add-ons and dessert options to round out your meal.
  • RPM Steak: Enjoy signature dishes like aged parmesan risotto and holiday classics like a Slagel Farms turkey and traditional sides. The package, cooked and ready to enjoy, serves four for $225.
  • Shaw’s Crab House: Dig into ceviche, shrimp cocktail, steamed crab legs, plus all the traditional Thanksgiving favorites. Available for parties from two to ten for $59 per person.
  • Swift & Sons: This feast for four includes prime rib with au jus, Parker House rolls, sweet potato casserole, roasted brussels sprouts, and much more.
  • Tavern on Rush: The Gold Coast steakhouse offers a complete Thanksgiving feast to-go, including carved turkey, stuffing, roasted acorn squash soup, mashed potatoes, plus your choice of dessert for $59.95 per person.
  • Virtue: Order a complete Thanksgiving meal with Southern American flair, including an applewood smoked turkey, collard greens, giblet gravy, candied yam, pecan pie, and more. The meal serves four to six for $189.

No matter what you eat or how you celebrate Thanksgiving, all of us at Z Chicago wish you and your family a safe, healthy, and gratitude-filled Thanksgiving.