Thanksgiving Day Guide in Lake County - Visit Lake County - Blog

Thanksgiving Day Guide in Lake County

By: Jack Nelson 11/21/2017

This Thanksgiving, you don't need to feel pressured to entertain, cook, and please your family and friends all at once.

Lake County has a 'cornucopia' of events (to keep them busy), open restaurants (to do the cooking) and much more this Thanksgiving.

Once you've eaten so much that you need to loosen your belt a notch, you may be interested in checking out some stellar Black Friday/Small Business Saturday deals. We've compiled a list of hours, participating communities and more for your convenience here.

For a full list of other Lake County activities, this is your complete guide.

Here is your complete Thanksgiving Day Guide in Lake County.

Burn Off Those Calories Before Consuming Them

Thankful for him (and the fact that I didn't trip, fall or die in the 23rd annual Turkey Trot)❤️

A post shared by Nicole Somppi? (@koleykatt) on

Village of Gurnee's 24th Annual Turkey Trot

7 a.m. - In front of Insurancenter, 4673 Grand Ave., Gurnee

Start your holiday off on the right foot with a 5K fun run/walk to benefit the Jon Callaghan Memorial Fund and the Gurnee Community Youth Work Group.

Village of Gurnee's Turkey Day Bootcamp

7:30 a.m. - Hunt Club Park Community Center, 920 Hunt Club Rd., Gurnee

Come out to Hunt Club Park Community Center Thanksgiving morning to get your body ready to feast! Bring your out of town friends and family with to enjoy this FREE event!

Wauconda's Turkey Trot

9:15 a.m. - Downtown Wauconda and Bangs Lake, Main St. & Mill St., Wauconda

The 7th annual Turkey Trot features a 4 mile run around beautiful Bangs Lake as well as a 2 mile fun run/walk down Main Street and around Cook Park.


Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving

#ChristmasAtChessies #365Barrington #Barrington #dinelocal

A post shared by Karen Pfeifer (@chessies_restaurant) on

Chessie's Restaurant Buffet Dinner

12 - 4 p.m.

Adults $32.95, Children 12 &under  $14.95

All the holiday trimmings will be served.

Reservations Recommended

Dover Straits Turkey Dinner

12 - 9 p.m.

Special Turkey Dinner with all the fixings for $22.95.

Also serving regular menu and daily specials.

Illinois Beach Resort Thanksgiving Dinner

11 - 3 p.m.

Adults - $29.95. Children 6-11 - $13.95. 5 & under - free.  Reservations required.

Carving stations with slow roasted turkey, prime rib and old fashioned glazed ham. Other selections include blackened salmon, mashed potatoes, corn bread stuffing, peel and eat shrimp, brown sugar carrots, oysters on the half shell and so much more.


Flank Steak in a southwest season.. Served alongside sauteed peppers and onions and a blend of black beans, carrots, peas & corn #pubspecials #thinklocalmundelein #letsgolakecounty #pubfood

A post shared by Karma Pub (@karmachicago) on

Karma Asian Food & Fine Wine

12 - 6 p.m.

Adults $30, Children 4-12 $15

Thanksgiving Buffet. Reservations Recommended

Thanksgiving Feast at Primo

11 - 8 p.m.

$24.95 per person, $10.95 for children

Choice of delectable entrée with sides. Reservations recommended


Our filet and lobster 3-course dinner is what dreams are made of. #filet #lobster

A post shared by Fleming's Prime Steakhouse (@flemingssteakhouse) on

Prix Fix Menu at Flemings Steakhouse

11 a.m. - close

Adults - $50, Children under 12 - $15

Traditional prix fixed menu for adults & unique menu for the kids. Regular menu also available.

Delicious Filet Oscar! #davidsbistro #davidsbistroantioch #filetoscar #chicagorestaurants #chicagolandrestaurants #goodeatschicago

A post shared by David's Bistro (@davidsbistro) on

Thanksgiving Buffet at David's Bistro

11 - 4 p.m.

Adults - $21.95, Children 8 & under - $9.95

Buffet with all the sides & desserts. Reservations required.

Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Dinner at Spice

3 - 9 p.m.

Adults $30 Children 12 & under $20

Traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings & homemade deserts. Reservations required.


More Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving

Three Embers in the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort

Seating Times: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m.

Adults - $42, Kids 12 and under - $20

Thanksgiving buffet with many options.

Beelow's Steakhouse

12 - 8 p.m.

Adults - $29.99, Children under 10 - $16.99

Dinner including turkey or ham with all the fixin's plus complimentary seconds. Reservations required.

Sullivan's Steakhouse

12 - 8 p.m.

$39 Prix Fix Turkey Dinner

LakeHouse Restaurants

11 - 5:30 p.m.

$19.95 per person

Buffet with all the traditional trimmings

Eddie Merlots

Various Hours

Private Dining Room with Reservations

Cracker Barrel

11 a.m. - close

Full Thanksgiving Dinner

Golden Corral

10 - 6 p.m.

Thanksgiving Buffet

It's probably now time that you look for your family Christmas tree, and our top 10 places to find one, is here.

Once you're completely satisfied, and looking forward to the next holiday season, continue to our holiday guide, here.

For other events and happenings throughout Lake County, look no further than here.


Related Content
Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Shopping in Lake County 2023
posted: 11/20/2023
As the extended Thanksgiving weekend approaches, anticipate a feast of food, family and wallet-worthy spending. Simplify...
Lake County Illuminates the Night Through the Holiday Season 2023
posted: 11/08/2023
Welcome to a world aglow with festive splendor! In this blog post, we'll embark on a luminous journey through Lake County...
Marvelous Museums in Lake County
posted: 11/03/2023
Welcome to the fascinating world of Lake County's museums, where history, art, science and culture come alive! Nestl...
Holiday Shows and Concerts in Lake County 2023
posted: 10/30/2023
"Giddy-yup, giddy-yup, giddy-yup, Let's Go to the show," Lake County! There's no better way to soak up L...
Special Offers
Calendar of Events
Lake County Libation Trail
Free Visitors Guide
Tour Itineraries
Print Page
Road Trips Video