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Thanksgiving in the City

Everyone knows there’s no place like home for the holidays. But if you can’t make it home for Thanksgiving (or if spending all day in the kitchen preparing a holiday dinner isn’t your thing), you’ve got options. We’ve rounded up five Turkey Day offerings at some of the city’s best restaurants, with options ranging from classic turkey and stuffing to an Italian spin on American fare. Whether you plan on sharing the table with the whole family, a group of friends or a significant other, these stress-free Thanksgiving meals are something to be thankful for.

The Florentine

1. The Florentine
Located in the JW Marriott Chicago, The Florentine is the perfect Thanksgiving choice for out-of-towners or locals looking for a fresh take on traditional holiday dishes. In addition to the a la carte menu, Executive Chef Chris Macchia will be offering a $65 four-course meal (delicious options include butternut squash agnolotti and sausage-stuffed turkey breast) with optional wine pairing ($25). The meal ends on a sweet note with apple rosemary crostata drizzled in black truffle honey. 151 W. Adams St., 312.660.8866, e2hospitality.com/forentine-chicago

2. Sixteen
Can’t wait until dinnertime? Then head over to the Trump International Hotel & Tower for this Michelin-starred eatery’s Thanksgiving brunch (10:30AM-3PM; $148 for adults, $35 for children 8 and younger), complete with mouthwatering carving stations, a raw bar and delectable desserts. Sixteen will also be open for dinner service, where diners can enjoy Executive Chef Tomas Lents’ innovative fall menu. 401 N. Wabash Ave., 312.588.8030, sixteenchicago.com

3. ZED451
ZED451 in River North is pulling out all the stops for its Thanksgiving service ($49 for adults, $24.50 for children 7-12, free for children 6 and younger). Guests will be greeted with Autumn Harvest Tables featuring an array of soups, salads, charcuterie and cheeses. Dinner includes a selection of beef, fish, pork and poultry, as well as traditional sides served family-style. To wrap up the meal, pastry chef Kate Milashus will prepare decadent pumpkin cheesecake and a s’more pie with homemade peanut butter banana ice cream. An added bonus: the restaurant is offering a complimentary shuttle service for both locals and hotel guests! 11AM-8PM. 739 N. Clark St., 312. 266.6691, zed451.com

4. Acadia
The elegant Chicago favorite helmed by Ryan McCaskey is offering a four-course dinner ($65, optional wine pairings $25) full of contemporary twists on classic dishes, such as game consomme with pumpkin ravioli, a wild boar terrine and turkey roulade. A $20 children’s menu is also available for the younger set. 2-7PM. 639 S. Wabash Ave., 312.360.9500, acadiachicago.com

5. The Chicago Firehouse
The Thanksgiving buffet ($50 for adults, $20 for children 5-12) at this South Loop firehouse-turned-restaurant is nothing short of legendary. This daylong smorgasbord truly has something for everyone: an early afternoon omelette station, cured meats, a bevy of salads, seafood platters, classic sides and a carving station serving up roast turkey, prime rib and salmon Wellington. If you can, save room for the sweets table, where you’ll find pumpkin pie, mini cakes and tarts, and fresh fruit. 11:30AM-7PM. 1401 S. Michigan Ave., 312.786.1401, chicagofirehouse.com