There’s no need to give in to Thanksgiving-induced cabin fever; the city has hardly shut down. There are still plenty of places to eat, movies to see, and markets to shop. Whether you need to occupy your family, escape your family, or just want to get out of the house on the day off from work, there’s lots to do. Here are some of our recommendations:
Where to eat
Bistronomic Green City Market hosts a three-course holiday meal that includes a house-cured duck confit, roasted farm turkey breast, pumpkin ravioli, and a “traditional Thanksgiving dessert.” 11 AM-9 PM, 840 N. Wabash, bistronomic.net, $55.
Cafe des Architectes Chef Greg Biggers prepares a three-course meal that features lobster bisque, bourbon-brined turkey, and pumpkin tarts. 11 AM-10 PM, 20 E. Chestnut, cafedesarchitectes.com, $65.
Cherry Circle Room A family-style menu from chef Pete Coenen featuring apple and beet tart with cheddar, roasted branzino with pickled pumpkin, and roasted turkey with giblet gravy, plus desserts from pastry chef Kristine Antonian and seasonal cocktails from Paul McGee. 11 AM-8 PM, 12 S. Michigan, cherrycircleroom.com, $75.
Longman & Eagle The holiday menu includes roasted turkey, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and chestnut foie gras stuffing, with vegetarian options available. 1-7:50 PM, 2657 N. Kedzie, longmanandeagle.com, $65, $20 for children, free for children three and under.
Nico Osteria A four-course Italian Thanksgiving menu (which includes sweet potato scarpinocc, porcini-rubbed turkey breast, and pecan pie) is available, along with the restaurant’s regular menu. 2-9 PM, 1015 N. Rush, nicoosteria.com, $85 for prix fixe menu.
Thanksgiving Cruises Odyssey is offering three-course lunch and dinner cruises on Thanksgiving day. Squint hard enough, you can pretend it’s the Caribbean. 2 and 6 PM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, odysseycruises.com, $59.90-$84.90.
Thanksgiving Dinner Fight2Feed hosts a Thanksgiving dinner for “holiday orphans, families, and friends” until they run out of food. Join the meal, or sign up to volunteer to cook and serve. 4 PM, American Indian Center, 1620 W. Wilson, aic-chicago.org, free.
What to watch
Movies The holidays, of course, are a fine time to sneak away to the cinema. Some films playing today that our critics have recommended include:
- Bridge of Spies
- The Good Dinosaur
- Heart of a Dog
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers You don’t have to stay on your couch to catch these rivals going head-to-head; plenty of bars around the city will be playing the game including Joe’s Bar (940 W. Weed) and Reggie’s (2105 S. State). Kickoff is at 7:30 PM.
Holidazed and Confused Second City digs into its archives to present the best holiday sketches in its holly, jolly arsenal. 8 PM, Up Comedy Club, 230 W. North, upcomedyclub.com, $31-$41.
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? Second City’s E.T.C. revue is in its final month. Reader critic Zac Thompson writes, “For a comedy show, the Second City E.T.C.’s latest sketch revue, directed by Anthony LeBlanc, seems unusually poignant. The venerable theater’s offerings—particularly on the main stage—have long saved room for little bursts of sentimentality, but I don’t remember ever seeing a revue that felt quite as touchingly suffused with longing as this one does.” 8 and 11 PM, Second City E.T.C., 1608 N. Wells, secondcity.com, $23-$48.
Where to shop
Akira The Chicago boutique’s Water Tower location (835 N. Michigan) opens at 6 PM on Turkey Day to kick off Black Friday sales. shopakira.com
Christkindlmarket The annual Daley Plaza bazaar offers a variety of German-made holiday goods, from nesting dolls to cuckoo clocks. And then there’s the food: schnitzel, potato pancakes, sausages, and plenty of German beer. 11 AM-4 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, christkindlmarket.com, free.
Above & beyond
Thanksgiving Day Parade Before diving into mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, go see a giant Tweety balloon hover over State Street at the annual procession. David Arquette is this year’s grand marshal, and you can wave at the likes of Graham Elliot, the Harlem Globetrotters, and Santa Claus. 8-11 AM, State between Congress and Randolph, chicagofestivals.org, free.
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink Throw on some skates, attempt a twirl, and embrace the winter wonderland. 10 AM-4 PM, 201 E. Randolph, $12 skate rental, free to skate.
Turkey Day 5K Work for that turkey dinner at this holiday race. It’s not just about running; the “Turkey Tailgate Zone” includes turkey bowling, football throwing, cornhole tossing, and a costume contest. 7 AM-noon, Diversey Harbor, 2781 N. Lake Shore, turkeyday-5k.com, $45.