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Fab 5: Thanksgiving Reservations to be Thankful For

By Ben Rains


Trade in your turkey baster for a table at one of these restos offering unique day-of dining out options.
The Signature Room Thanksgiving Chicago
Give thanks while surrounded by stunning views at The Signature Room.
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1. Mercat a la Planxa
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Cranberry glazed turkey and charred brussels sprouts with hazelnuts and white anchovy aioli are featured on this Thanksgiving tasting menu with a Catalan twist. Reservations required. Adults $85, kids $35. 638 S. Michigan Ave., 312.765.0524, 


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2. RPM Steak
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Miso-roasted lobster and Savini white truffles spice up this four-course menu featuring fried turkey and whipped potatoes, ending with vanilla sugar doughnuts. Reservations required. Adults $85. 66 W. Kinzie St., 312.284.4990, 


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3. River Roast
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Try substituting turkey for roasted strip loin and pork shoulder, while sampling brioche stuffing and beet salad, plus seasonal pies, galore. Reservations required. Adults $55, kids $18. 315 N LaSalle St., 312.822.0100, 


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4. The Signature Room
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Take a lap (or three) on this buffet-style spread featuring Australian seared lamb chops, pan seared scallops, roasted turkey and prime rib. Reservations required. Adults $80, kids $35. 875 N. Michigan Ave., 312.280.0465, 


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5. Devon Seafood Grill
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Save room for apple croustade during this traditional menu of turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread, stuffing, gravy and yams. Reservations required. Adults $40, kids $20. 39 E. Chicago Ave., 312.440.8660,