What's Open on Thanksgiving?

A look at spots in our environs to eat and chill.

Run out of cranberry relish? Want to skip making that 20-pound turkey and eat it somewhere else or stuff yourself on burgers and fries? Or do you just want to surf the Web in peace and nurse a strong cup of java?

Well you’re in luck. A few places in Oak Park will be open on Turkey Day. A couple of restaurants will offer Thanksgiving with all the trimmings. At least one restaurant will be open late. And the three major supermarket chains with stores in Oak Park and River Forest will be open until late afternoon.

So, you can catch a movie, eat a hearty breakfast, get popcorn to eat with a good movie or football game (or all three) or chow down on Chunky Monkey.

Here’s a look at some of the places where you can pick up that forgotten item for that big dinner, unwind or catch up with the vampires and their friends:

  • , 6935 North Ave., Oak Park, 383-2548, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • , 1100 W. Madison St., Oak Park, 386-4190, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • , 1122 W. Lake St., 725-3300, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • , 139 S. Marion St., 848-0871, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • , 136 N. Oak Park Ave., 445-1196, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • , 7201 Lake St., River Forest, 488-8596, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • , 1038 Lake St., 445-9700, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Individuals can get their own plates or families can pass the bowls and platters. Turkey and all the trimmings, plus soup and dessert. Individuals, $19.95; families, $24.95 per person. Reservations are required.
  • will serve T-Day brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the 1110 Pleasant St. Adults, $33.95, Children ages 5-12, $12.95, children under 5 are free. Includes tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Call the Carleton at 848-5000.
  • , 438 W. Madison St., Oak Park, 383-7111, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • , 7036 W. Roosevelt Rd., Oak Park, 524-9660, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • , 7525 Lake St., River Forest, 771-0044, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • , 7501 W. North Ave., River Forest, 366-8575, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • , 259 W. Lake St., Oak Park, 383-8090, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • , 7245 Lake St., River Forest, 366-1045, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • , 824 S. Oak Park Ave., 848-1340, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

And there’s no place better for escape than the movies — no matinees though. Check out the , 1022 Lake St., Oak Park, (708) 848-9088.

What’s on the bill? Arthur’s Christmas, Hugo (in 3D) The Muppets, The Descendents, Happy Feet Two (in 2 and 3D) Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Pt. 1) and J Edgar.

And some good news for folks who just can’t seem to remember the myriad of Oak Park parking restrictions. The on-street, overnight parking ban will not be enforced on most Oak Park residential streets during the Thanksgiving holiday. Overnight restrictions will be lifted at 2:30 a.m., Thurs., Nov. 24, and resume at 2:30 a.m., Mon., Nov. 28.

Restrictions will remain in effect in overnight permit areas, such as village-owned lots, on-street enclaves and on-street overnight parking zones.

All other parking regulations also remain in effect, including all daytime posted restrictions and regulations related to traffic and public safety.


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