Sure, it’s just a day and 1/2 away, but you still may have a little time…..

If you’re still a fence sitter, it’s time to make a decision.  This is no time to discuss North Shore real estate, market trends/reports, what properties are for sale or rent, or even the status on foreclosures/short sales. Are you eating in or going out? hosting? Children involved? Are you cooking yourself or picking up and bringing in? So many decisions to make.  Lucky for you, below is a list that can make it better. So whether you’re roasting an organic turkey, bellying up to the buffet, or simply being a gracious host for the weekend; the links below should shed some light on things to do and places to go for the holiday:

Thanksgiving Reservations
Big Jones (Chicago/Andersonville) 5-course, family-style Southern Thanksgiving dinner. $46 per person, $20 for kids under 12.
Deleece Restaurant (Chicago/Lakeview) 3-course meal with family-style shared sides, $35, kids menu $8.
Di Pescara (Northbrook) Traditional favorites with “delicious twists.” $34.95 per person, half price for the under 12 crowd.
Flatlanders (Lincolnshire) Traditional American feast with carving stations. $29 for adults, $14 for kids.
Forge Club (Vernon Hills) Thanksgiving buffet, music and magic.
Jacky’s on Prairie (Evanston) 3-course tasting menu for $42.

 LM Restaurant (Chicago/Lakeview) 4-course “gastro-bistro” menu. $45 per person.
Maggiano’s Old Orchard (Skokie) 3-course traditional Thanksgiving meal with Italian accents. $36.95 for adults, $17.95 ages 5-12.
McCormick & Schmick’s (Skokie) Traditional 3-course Thanksgiving dinner. $23.95 for adults, $7.95 for kids.
Pavilion Restaurant (Northbrook) 3-course meal with unlimited wine; live entertainment. $42 per person.
Pensiero Ristorante (Evanston) 3-course prix fixe; mix of modern Italian and traditional American dishes. $49 per person.

Things To Do

For kids of all ages: Try Dr. Suess & The Art of Invention at the Museum of Science and Industry. Adults will enjoy the trip back in time and the insight into Suess’ creativity, while younger kids will be in awe of their favorite characters up close!

For the family: They’re not laughing AT you, they’re laughing WITH you—take in an early dose of holiday madness with “Seasons Greetings” at Northlight Theatre in Skokie.
Tweens, teens and up: A theatre experience like no other this weekend, the Piccolo Theatre’s presentation of “Space Wars: The Panto!” is guaranteed to offer a sci-fi good time.
Tree Lightings: There’s something about kicking off the holiday season in the comfort of your own community, with friends and neighbors:Evanston, November 22

A shopper’s delight: Gear up for Black Friday! If that’s still not enough, try the Bucktown Bazaar, an Etsy-like experience complete with kids’ entertainment.

Everyone likes a parade: The 78th McDonalds Thanksgiving Parade kicks off at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

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Give thanks and make it a great Holiday!