A Thanksgiving Roundup for 2017- So much to See and Do

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Look at all of the great opportunities, so much to do, places to go, experiences to enjoy in  Chicagoland and beyond.


Thanksgiving is more than just being thankful one day of the year, eating to prepare for Black Friday shopping or an excuse to eat a second piece of pie. From full turkey dinners to go, Thanksgiving tacos and fall beer for family gatherings, we rounded up the top promotions, events and deals available in Chicago and around the country in celebration of Thanksgiving.

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park

Trot Your Turkey Out of the City

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is offering their popular Thanksgiving at Home Dinner. They do the cooking and you serve and enjoy! A full dinner for eight starts at $275 (plus tax) and includes all the traditional favorites like American Bronze Turkey, Chef’s Signature Sausage and Apricot Stuffing, Parmesan and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Maple Bourbon Sweet Potatoes with Roasted Cinnamon, Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Chili Vinaigrette, Green Beans and Charred Mushrooms, Orange-Scented Cranberry Preserves, Brioche Dinner Rolls, and guest’s choice of Old Fashioned Apple Pie, Traditional Pumpkin Pie or Southern Pecan Pie. Additional items are available for another charge, including Roasted Turkey, Pre-Carved Turkey, Sides and more pie. Orders must be placed by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17 at chicagothanksgiving website.

For Angelenos staying put this Thanksgiving, or who are looking for a place to house their visiting relatives, Mondrian Los Angeles is offering some of the lowest rates of the year, including up to 30% off flexible rate (valid now through November 26). Also on the table – a great Thanksgiving dinner option at Ivory on Sunset (more info below).

The perfect West Hollywood Hills escape, Mondrian Los Angeles offers:

  • Stunning city views
  • Custom cocktails from nightlife hotspot, Skybar
  • Gift card to experience LA’s hottest working, Cycle House
  • International artist, Mikael B’s “Momentum” exhibition on display in the lobby
  • A decadent 3-course Thanksgiving dinner featuring dishes like the Butternut Squash Soup, Prime Rib and Pumpkin Cheesecake at Ivory on Sunset ($65 per person).
Mondrian LA (Photo: Courtesy Mondrian Hotel)
Renaissance Chicago Downtown

A Very Pilsen Thanksgiving

Featuring locally made tortilla’s from the Pilsen Neighborhood, Staytion at Renaissance Chicago Downtown is creating  Thanksgiving inspired tacos with turkey and cranberry foam, on Tuesday November 21st from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. These delicious, locally-made El Milagro Tortilla shells are stuffed with cider-brined turkey breast, cilantro-lime mascarpone spread, pickled vegetables and garnished with a cranberry foam and pair perfectly with a specialty Pilsen Mescal cocktail. Gobble, gobble, indeed!


Nevin’s Brewing Company

For the Beer-loving Family

Don’t be the guest who shows up to Thanksgiving with nothing in arms. It’s better to show up with beer! Starting at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 22, Nevin’s Brewing Company,12337 South Route 59, Plainfield, suburban brewery and eatery, offers guests a special deal for half off growler fills, $3 Nevin’s Drafts, half off select appetizers and live entertainment in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. The perfect place to catch up with family or relax for the long weekend, Nevin’s Brewing Company brings guests together with a lively and modern environment to socialize over a pint and delicious American-style food options.

Muldoon’s Irish Pub

Live Music and Great Bites for The Thankful Irish

In celebration of Black Wednesday before closing on Thanksgiving Day, Muldoon’s Irish Pub, 133 W. Front Street, Wheaton, is offering live music for all to unwind! House band Devonport Ed will perform to bring spirits up for the long weekend. The bar will serve $10 Nevin’s Hook and Hatchet Pitchers, $4 Guinness, $3 Guinness Blonde and $5 Sangria. Whether Irish by birth or inclination, family and friends can gather in the perfectly festive spot to relax and socialize together.

The Kerry Piper

Just a short drive away in Willowbrook, The Kerry Piper is offering fun Wednesday specials including $3 Revel Stoke flavored whiskey shots and $4 Black&Blanks in addition to $4 Lagunitas and Revolution drafts. The blues rock group Stevie Craig Band will perform starting at 8:00 p.m. Their 2nd Annual Darien Bar Crawl benefitting the Cristopher Lyons Memorial Fund is also making a stop by the pub. Interested guests can purchase tickets and give back while kicking back for Thanksgiving.

All Chocolate Kitchen Chocolate Apple

Sweet, Sweet Fall

The famed All Chocolate Kitchen, is excited to bring back its delicious fall treats for the season. Guinness World Record-holding chocolate artist Chef Alain Roby, owner of All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva, is known for creating stunning desserts, and with the fall season in full swing,  he is making a variety of treats such as: delicious chocolate covered apples and blown sugar pumpkins. These beautiful, artistic creations are the perfect center piece treats for family Thanksgiving.


An Intelligent Supper

Hotel EMC2, 228 East Ontario Street, is home to one of Chicago’s most unique dining destinations, the Albert. The 120-seat contemporary restaurant, which is a nod to the extraordinary scientist of the same name, is led by 30-year-old Executive Chef Brandon Brumback and just unveiled their special prix fixe menus for both Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. The 3-course family-style menus are both available for $75 per person, with an additional beverage pairing available for $50 per person. The style Thanksgiving Supper menu features delicious holiday staples like Deviled Eggs, Sweet Potatoes, made with maple syrup and marshmallows, and Poultry Ballotine, topped with cranberry, and desserts like Pumpkin Tart, with Peptias Nougatine & Vanilla Chantilly, and Stout Pecan Tart, made with Salted Caramel and Cookies & Crème Ice Cream.

Tony n’ Tina Downtown

Give Your Family A Laugh

To celebrate groups getting together for the holidays, the large cast of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, an 80’s themed Italian Wedding interactive comedy, comically portraying two families coming together, is offering Buy One Get One half off ticket sales to a special performance 4 p.m. Saturday, November 25. Guests can purchase tickets online using the code BOGO50. Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a hilariously interactive production that is guaranteed to make guests feel like they are truly friends and family of the bride and groom. From the wedding ceremony to the high-energy reception, guests have the opportunity to celebrate alongside this larger-than-life couple and the large cast of 23 of Tony n’ Tina’s closest family and friends. Guests begin with the ceremony at Resurrection Church, 3309 North Seminary Ave., with a full meal and reception immediately following just one block away at Vinnie Black’s Coliseum (Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W Belmont), right in the heart of the Belmont Theatre District.


Sweet Southern Takeaways

Traveling out of town for the long weekend? That’s not the only reason we are green with envy. Estelle Wine Bar and Bistro at The Westin Jackson in Mississippi, will be offering take home desserts to finish off the holiday meal. Dessert options for takeout include Pecan Pie ($25), Sweet Potato Pie ($25), Red Velvet Cake with Black Walnut Icing ($45), Yellow Cake with Chocolate Icing ($45) and Prebaked Pans of Cinnamon Rolls ($30). These delicacies must be ordered 48 hours in advance and will be available for pick up on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 23. Place your order by calling 769-235-8400.

JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America.

Minnesota Nice Family Dinner

The Midwest offers a cozy retreat for travelers returning to their childhood homes. Looking to take the stress out of the short holiday weekend? Stop in to Cedar + Stone, Urban Table at JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America for worry-free dinner from 3:00-10:00 p.m. Thursday, November 23. The special Thanksgiving menu, curated by Executive Chef Everton Clarke, features refined dishes artistically presented and inspired around Minnesota’s natural roots and local culture, with appropriate wine pairings available. The dishes include: St. Croix Valley Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque, Cedar + Stone Fall Salad, Roasted Turkey Roulade with Apple Valley Bread Pudding for dessert. To make a reservation, call 612-615-0124.

Photos are courtesy of the Heron Agency unless otherwise noted.

If you are looking for a healthier alternative to any flour based items you might be cooking this Thanksgiving, Royal Lee Organics has a wonderful lineup of organic sprouted grains that you can use to create your own flour. Grinding your own flour allows you to know exactly what is going into your flour and since you are doing it you don’t have to worry about it being chemically treated so that is can maintain a longer shelf life. The benefits of using sprouted grains over a whole grain is that they are easier to digest than unsprouted grains and are lower on the glycemic index, which makes them more agreeable to anyone with blood sugar level concerns, they have a higher vitamin content and the sprouting process releases the enzymes, vitamins and minerals within the grain and makes them more easily assimilated. If you want to make a loaf of warm homemade bread this Thanksgiving, visit: Royal Lee Organics.


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