Thanksgiving Takeout Chicago
Easy Peasy: 5 Places For Turkey Day Takeout
Whether you'd like to give mom a break this year or you're not willing to take a Thanksgiving cooking class to learn how to whip up a Norman Rockwell-inspired feast, turn off the stove and let one of these restos in town do — some or all of — the cooking!
- Pass (on) the sides: If you're on side-dish duty but never really learned what goes into that somewhat mysterious green bean casserole, then save yourself some elbow grease and let Custom House Tavern (500 S. Dearborn St., 312-523-0200) put a spin on the traditional (yawn) accompaniments. Available in small (serves two to three) or large (serves six to eight) portions, wow family and friends with sweet potatoes with marshmallow, maple, and Old Bay ($7/$13); turkey stuffing with turkey confit, leeks, mushrooms, and rye bread pudding ($12/$18); and more — even a zestier version of the ol' bean concoction. After all, everyone knows Tom turkey isn't the star of the show. Orders must be placed by Nov. 20 and will be available for pick-up Wednesday, Nov. 23 (8 to 11 a.m. or 2 to 6 p.m.), and Thanksgiving Day from 8 to 11 a.m.
- Big time: If you're a go big or go home type of person, then the "Dinner for 12" package ($375) from Goddess and the Grocer (1646 N. Damen Ave., 773-342-3200) is for you. You'll get the full monty (turkey, gravy, six sides, rolls, and two pies), but if that isn't enough, there are a bevy of additional add-ons such as soups, appetizers, more sides, and desserts to create a feast that will have everyone rolling home. Orders must be placed by Nov. 21 at 3 p.m.
- Dress (ing) to impress: Who would have thought you could get a Sixteen (401 N. Wabash Ave., 312-588-8600) quality dining experience in the comfort of your own home? Designed for an intimate dinner of six to eight guests ($345), the gourmet feast includes delectable dishes such as organic farm-raised maple-roasted turkey, sage-apricot and chestnut cornbread stuffing, cranberry chutney, homemade pies, and more. Orders must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 21, and may be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Hungry yet? Call food and beverage coordinator Ariel Lickton at 312-588-8114.
- Two's company: While you can get a dinner for six or 12 at Fox and Obel (401 E. Illinois St., 312-410-7301), sometimes a holiday meal is shared between you and your sweetie — or your BFF. The dinner for deux ($110) includes a cooked or oven ready bird, four sides, rolls, and dessert. An array of appetizers (think caramelized onion, bacon, and brie tarts), platters (from seafood to cheese), desserts, and even signature cocktail packages are also available a la carte.
- Pie please: If dessert is your only worry yet you're sick of the same old pumpkin pie, then pick up the oh-so-famous and delicious key lime pie from Shaw's Crab House (21 E. Hubbard St., 312-527-2722), complete with that crisp graham cracker almond crust you love. There's also a sweet raspberry and pecan option and, yes, a pumpkin one for all you die-hard traditionalists. All pies are $29.99 and are baked to order, requiring a minimum of 24-hour notice (48 hours if you plan on picking up on Nov. 22 and 23).
Source: Shaw's Crab House