Select holiday events, listed chronologically
33 Club Thanksgiving Day Buffet
Traditional Thanksgiving items including chef-carved roasted turkey, sage stuffing, honey-ginger glazed ham, parmesan whipped potatoes, green bean casserole with mushrooms, apple, pumpkin and pecan pie. 33 Club, 1419 N. Wells, (312)664-1419. November 25, 11am-7pm. $33.95 adults; $13.95 children. Reservations required.
Ann Sather Thanksgiving Dinner
Ann Sather Restaurant offers a holiday meal in place of its usual Swedish and American fare. The holiday dinner includes roasted turkey with celery-sage stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes, vegetable soup and seasonal vegetable and dessert: choice of homemade pumpkin or apple pie. Entree options will include broiled salmon with mustard dill sauce, roasted tenderloin of beef and spinach lasagna, a limited selection of the breakfast items will be available all day. Ann Sather-Andersonville offers the holiday dinner in addition to its regular breakfast menu all day. The Ann Sather Café on Broadway will be offering its regular menu and the turkey dinner, without the additional entrée options. November 25, Ann Sather Restaurant, 909 W. Belmont, (773)348-2378, 11am-7pm. Ann Sather-Andersonville, 5207 N. Clark, (773)271-6677, 11am-5pm. Ann Sather Café, 3411 N. Broadway, (773)305-0024, 11am-2pm. $18.95 adults; $10.95 children (12 and under).
Chicago Cut Steakhouse Family-Style Thanksgiving
Traditional turkey prix-fixe dinner, served family style. Menu options include maple-glazed roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing, Rhode Island fresh cranberry sauce, truffled scalloped potatoes, pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream, and more. Regular menu options will also be available. Chicago Cut Steakhouse, 300 N. LaSalle, (312)329-1800. November 25, 12pm-9pm. $40 adults; $20 children (ages 2-12). Reservations required.
Italiasia Thanksgiving Buffet
Italian-Asian inspired dishes, including roasted asparagus and wild mushroom tortellini, honey-glazed country ham, roasted fresh Amish Tom Turkey with country giblet gravy, sourdough sausage stuffing, mashed red potatoes with Boursin cheese, pasta with homemade veal meatballs, and more. Italiasia, Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, 350 W. Mart Center, (312)529-1157. November 25, 11am-8pm. $24.95 adults; $15.95 children (12 and under). Reservations required.
Tavern on Rush Thanksgiving Dinner and To Go
Thanksgiving prix-fixe with carved turkey, chestnut stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, homemade gravy, pumpkin pie. Family-style service available for parties of 4 or more. The “Grab and Go” Thanksgiving Dinner Service will be available for the same price per person. Tavern on Rush, 1031 N. Rush, (312)664-9600. November 25, 11am-11pm. $38.95 adults; $15.95 children (under 12). Reservations required.
Texas de Brazil
The Brazilian-style steakhouse opens early Thanksgiving Day and adds Thanksgiving-themed menu items to their usual meat-fest. Texas de Brazil, 51 E. Ohio, (312)670-1006. November 25, 11am-10pm. November 26, 5pm-10:30pm.
Vermillion’s Indian-Latin Thanksgiving
Five-course prix-fixe featuring Indian fenugreek black cardamom smoked turkey breast, cumin-glazed yam lentil stuffing, chorizo spinach, and bengali cranberry panchpuran chutney. A vegetarian option is also offered. Vermillion, 10 W. Hubbard, (312)527-4060. November 25, 12pm-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm. $55. Reservations recommended.
Chicago Botanic Garden Hanukkah Dinner
Buffet dinner, followed by a performance by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and a viewing of the Wonderland Express exhibition after public viewing hours. Buffet includes herb-crusted roasted salmon fillet, slow-roasted beef brisket and, of course, potato latkes (with house-made cinnamon applesauce). The meal is kosher, and there is a vegetarian option. Cash bar available with beer and wine. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, (847)835-5440. December 5, 5:30pm. $38 adults, $32 children (3-12), free for children ages 2 and under. Purchase tickets by phone or visit chicagobotanic.org/wonderland.
“A Christmas Carol” Cooking Class
This holiday season, participate in one of the most beloved Christmas tales of all time by learning how to cook some of its signature dishes. Pastry chef at the Loop’s Italian eatery 312 Chicago Kimberly Schwenke will teach you how to make updated “A Christmas Carol” recipe’s, including brandied fig soufflés (figgy pudding), apple date walnut and bacon crostata (mincemeat pie), and rum-soaked raisin and chestnut poundcake (fruitcake). Scrooge himself, from the cast of the Goodman Theatre’s production of the Dickens’ favorite, will be lending his ambience to the occasion. 312 Chicago, 136 N. Lasalle, (312)696-2420. December 11, 12-2pm, $45.
Lawry’s Christmas Carol and Dinner Theatre Package
Enjoy a traditional holiday dinner including demitasse sweet potato, roasted prime rib of beef, egg nog plum pudding, followed by a production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at The Goodman Theatre. Lawry’s The Prime Rib, 100 E. Ontario, (312)787-5000. December 5, 4pm dinner, 6:30pm show. $95 adults; $69 children (12 and under), includes tax and gratuity. Reservations required.
Lawry’s Sing-Along and Christmas Around the World Exhibit
Enjoy Lawry’s Holiday Luncheon while joining a sing-along with Victorian-costumed carolers. After lunch guests have the option to go to The Museum of Science and Industry’s Christmas Around the World exhibit. Lawry’s The Prime Rib, 100 E. Ontario, (312)787-5000. December 12 and 19, 12pm-2pm. Lunch: $39.50 adults; $20 children (12 and under), includes tax and gratuity. Museum exhibit: $12.75 adults; $8.50 children, includes general admission.
A Mad Hatter’s Holiday Tea
For a bit of whimsical respite from the harrying down-town holiday hustle, find your way to the Atwood Café this season for The Mad Hatter’s Tea. Celebrate your own very merry un-birthday with assorted gourmet tea-sandwiches and sweet treats inspired by the famed Lewis Carroll novel, including “Eat Me” cranberry scones and “Queen of Hearts” sugar cookies. Atwood Café, 1 W. Washington, (312)762-3521. November 26-December 31, 2pm-3:30pm, $25 adults, $18 children, reservations required.