Eat in or carry out Thanksgiving at Chicago restaurants

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English: Oven roasted turkey, common fare for ...
English: Oven roasted turkey, common fare for Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s always a sure bet you’ll be able to enjoy good food at the restaurants that come under the umbrella of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE). And never let it be said they weren’t there for you on one of the biggest food holidays of the year – Thanksgiving. If you’re not up for cooking, here are a few options for Thursday, November 24, 2016:

Bub City – Chicago11:00AM-12:00AM
Not sure how to celebrate Thanksgiving? Bub City’s got you covered. 11AM til midnight for Southern Thanksgiving dinner: a Smoked Turkey Platter featuring a hickory-smoked turkey breast, homemade cornbread-and-sage stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, classic gravy and cranberries ($17). Or if you’d rather we come to you, Large Party Carryout is available to take your at-home celebration to the next level. For reservations or to place an order, visit bub-city.com or call 312-610-4200.

Di Pescara12:00PM-7:00PM
Relax with the family and let Di Pescara take care of the cooking. Enjoy our traditional menu for $39.95 a person (tax, gratuity not included) and children 5-12 years-old are half price. Call to hold your table at 847-498-4321. For your convenience, carry out is also available for just $35.95 per person. Click here for the menu. All dinners will include a boxed container of turkey. Di Pescara is also offering an a la carte carry-out menu as well. Click here for the full holiday menu. Or call 847-498-4321.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab12:00PM-7:00PM
We invite you to celebrate Thanksgiving with our family at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak at Stone Crab. On Thursday, November 24, enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with Crispy Sliced Turkey Breast and all of the fixings including Corn Bread StuffingButternut Squash with toasted marshmallow, and more. For the full menu, click here. Price is $49.95 (gratuity and tax not included) for adults, $24.95 for children ages 5 to 12, and no charge for our youngest guests under age 5. Reservations are recommended, please call 312-379-5637 for more information.

Mity Nice Bar & Grill12:00PM-7:00PM
Mity Nice Bar & Grill invites guests to join them for a Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, November 24 from 12:00PM to 7:00PM. Offerings include Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Chopped Salad as well as traditional dishes such as Oven Roasted Turkey and Homemade Stuffing. Please call 312-335-4745 to make your reservation. Complimentary parking will be available. $55 per person and $20 kids 12 & under, price does not include tax & gratuity.  Call 312-335-4745.

RPM Steak11:00AM- 8:00PM
Join RPM Steak for a special four-course Thanksgiving Feast featuring Slagel Family Farm Turkey (served both roasted and fried) as well as some of RPM’s signature dishes like Coal-Roasted King Crab and The Duke. Plenty of holiday additions are available—think Savini white truffles shaved tableside and Miso-Roasted Lobster—plus accompaniments for the table including Dried Fruit Stuffing, Whipped Potatoes and an updated version of the classic Green Bean Casserole. Top off the meal with an assortment of desserts: Pumpkin Pie & Cinnamon Ice Cream, Vanilla Sugar Doughnuts and RPM’s famous 14K Chocolate Cake. To view the full menu, click here. Dinner is $85 per person (plus tax; gratuity not included) and can be reserved by calling the restaurant at 312-284-4990 or by visiting rpmrestaurants.com.

Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago11:00AM-7:00PM
Shaw’s Crab House is hosting a Thanksgiving Buffet on Thanksgiving Day at its Chicago location. The traditional Thanksgiving buffet is priced at $75 per adult and $20 for kids 12 and younger (exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverages) and includes Herb-Roasted Turkey, Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Cranberry Sauce, Homemade Stuffing, Oysters on the Half Shell, and delicious desserts. Reservations are recommended. Shaw’s also offers holiday sides to-go on Thanksgiving morning!  Call them at 312-527-2722 and stay tuned on the website for full menu.

Shaw’s Crab House – Schaumburg11:00AM-7:00PM
Shaw’s Crab House in Schaumburg is getting into the giving spirit. From November 17 through November 24, the restaurant is holding a food drive benefiting the Schaumburg Food Pantry. For every non-perishable food item donated to the drive, diners will receive a $5 Giveback (maximum Giveback is $100; restrictions apply). Food donations can be given to the host stand upon check-in. For more information, contact the restaurant at 847-517-2722. On Thursday, November 24, Shaw’s will be hosting a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 11:00AM to 7:00PM priced at $65 per adult and $12 for kids 12 and younger (exclusive of tax, gratuity, and beverages). Reservations are recommended. Shaw’s also offers holiday sides to-go on Thanksgiving morning! 847-517-2722 and stay tuned on the website for full menu. And don’t forget about all the sides-to-go from Shaw’s – love their creamed spinach!

Wildfire – Chicago, Oak Brook, Glenview and Schaumburg11:30AM–8:00PM
Reservations: Please contact your location of interest
Bring your family and friends to Wildfire and let us do the cooking this Thanksgiving. We will be serving a Thanksgiving Menu served family-style featuring Spit-Roasted Turkey and all of the other traditional Thanksgiving dishes to accompany for $45.95 per person and $19.95 for children 12 and under. Gluten-free menu items will also be available. If you are entertaining friends and family at home, we will be offering Thanksgiving party platters for carryout. A portion of the day’s proceeds will be donated to The Greater Chicago Food Depository to support their effort to end hunger in our communities. Reservations are recommended. For more information, please click here. *Please note Wildfire Lincolnshire will not be open on Thanksgiving, but will be open on Christmas Day.

And for an interesting list of other restaurants – some Michelin-starred – where you can eat Thanksgiving dinner out, here’s a list from Chicago Eater.

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Free kids’ meals at Oyster Bah happy hour!

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Free meals for kids at Oyster Bah happy hour
Free meals for kids at Oyster Bah happy hour

We know that many of us enjoy pre-meal cocktails with the kids around at home, so why not bring them along to a warm, friendly, not-too-much-like-a-bar restaurant for happy hour? Congrats to Oyster Bah, 1962 N. Halsted, for this cool idea.

They’re debuting their brand new Kids’ Happy Hour this fall. During Oyster Happy Hour each day ($1.50 east and west coast oysters from 3-6 Friday thru Sunday and 5-6 pm MondayThursday), the restaurant will offer children, ages 12 and under, a FREE MEAL!

Choices include all items on the regular kids’ menu (served with fries or steamed broccoli) such as:
  • Chicken Mitten
  • Kids’ Cheeseburger
  • Bowtie Pasta with butter or red sauce
  • Fish & Chips
  • Crispy Shrimp

Oyster Bah, a Lincoln Park oyster bar and East Coast-inspired seafood restaurant, offers a dynamic oyster program, a menu highlighting both classic and unique seafood dishes, and an exciting and progressive list of wines by the bottle and glass. The lower level of the restaurant is Low Tide Lounge, a cozy bar serving food and craft cocktails. For more info, call 773.248.3000 or visit www.oysterbah.com. Be sure to also follow Oyster Bah on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram.

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Veterans Day specials at Chicago restaurants and services

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English: GREENWICH, Conn. (June 27, 2009) Loca...
English: GREENWICH, Conn. (June 27, 2009) Local citizens and U.S. military personnel display a giant American flag during a “Salute to Veterans” celebration in Greenwich, Conn. The “Salute to Veterans” celebration has been held annually since 1992. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Arlo Abrahamson/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BELLY UP SMOKEHOUSE & SALOON, 1132 S Wabash. Veterans – active, former or retired military – get 20% off your bill for dine-in only (one per veteran/active military personnel, per order, per visit, per ID). A special all-American drink features a bottle of Budweiser and a shot of Jack Daniels for $8.

IVme WELLNESS + PERFORMANCE, 1347 N. Wells St., offers a 20% discount to all Veterans and active military personnel. One per veteran/active military personnel, per visit, per ID. Board certified physicians, Dr. Jack Dybis and Dr. Scott Yilk, and a team of fully accredited, licensed nurses and support staff, offer professional rehydration therapy for those with cold and flu, wellness and vitality, jet lag, hangover and more). Also B12 shots and oxygen therapy.

MAK: MODERN ASIAN KITCHEN, 1924 W. Division. Offers 50% off orders to active, former or retired Veterans for dine-in only (one per veteran/active military personnel, per order, per visit, per ID). Traditional Chinese cuisine with a healthy and modern twist – bowls, wraps, soups and more that use locally sourced ingredients and meats that are naturally raised, and hormone, steroid and antibiotic free.

YARD HOUSE‘s several Chicago locations all salute every branch of the military this Veterans Day with a complimentary appetizer for lunch, dinner or late-night dining.

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Nando’s gives opening day profits to Oakbrook and Skokie schools

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Bright and cheery Nando's Old Orchard
Bright and cheery Nando’s Old Orchard

Nando’s PERi-PERi, the South African-Portuguese restaurant known worldwide for its spicy flame-grilled chicken, hatches two new Chicagoland restaurants this month in Skokie and Oakbrook. Nando’s will pay it forward by donating 100 percent of sales each opening day to support student programs at Niles North High School and Hinsdale Central High School. 

• SKOKIE: Nando’s ninth Chicago location will open on Sunday, November 13, in Westfield Old Orchard mall. Nando’s will donate opening-day sales to Niles North High School. The restaurant is located at 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL. Phone: 847-972-6833

• OAKBROOK: Nando’s tenth Chicago location will open on Sunday, November 20, in Oakbrook Center. Nando’s will donate opening-day sales to Hinsdale Central High School. The restaurant is located at 523 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL. Phone: 630-230-4348 

Opening-day sales in Skokie will be donated to the Niles North High School’s “Dance Marathon” charity organization, with proceeds earmarked for local families and students in need and for Hope Junior, an afterschool program that offers children and teens high-quality after-school program activities throughout Chicago. Opening-day sales in Oakbrook will be donated to the Hinsdale Central High School’s performing arts program, to help offset costs of five plays and musicals this school year.

Nando’s 11th Chicagoland location opens in mid-January 2017 in the Hyde Park neighborhood, at 1447 E. 53rd Street near the University of Chicago.

Go enjoy some Nando’s and painlessly and deliciously support your local school!

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Nando’s gives FREE sides on election day – and Yay, Cubs!

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Food served in Nando's
Food served in Nando’s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Even if you don’t love either option on the table this election season, it’s time to pick a side. So come to any Nando’s PERi-PERi on Election Day for one of our sides. The good news: We have more than two, and they’re all delicious. And free.

Show up at Nando’s with a sticker on Tuesday, November 8, and we’ll let you pick any delicious regular side from our menu for free. Since federal law prohibits rewarding people for their votes, we can’t tell you to show off your brand new “I voted” stickers at the door. Any lame sticker will do. (Thanks 18 U.S. Code 597!)

So choose from our seasoned PERI chips (our fries are ideal for customers with tiny hands), flame-grilled corn on the cob, coleslaw, Macho Peas, Portuguese Rice or any of our other liberally portioned side dishes. Political tastes aside, Nando’s has something for everyone.

And if you’re anywhere near a Nando’s NOW and you’ve got Cubs gear on,  cure your hangover with free PERi-PERi chicken TODAY during our special 108-minute lunchtime Cubs W #NandosDash.

From noon until 1:48pm today, fans score a free entree dine-in. Choose from a FREE  ¼ chicken, chicken sandwich, wrap, or pita.*

*Terms & Conditions: Only available on November 3, 2016 between 12:00pm and 1:48pm at Nando’s PERi-PERi West Loop, Wabash, South Loop, Streeterville, Clybourn, Lakeview, Oak Park, Naperville. One free ¼ chicken, chicken sandwich, wrap, or pita per person, on a first-come-first-served basis, dine-in only. You need to pay for any extras, including sides or drinks (only if you want them!).

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