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UPDATE 11/05/2014

Here are some posts about restaurants or Thanksgiving Dinner (dine in and take out) that I have found from 2012 SO YOU WILL NEED TO CONFIRM INFO AS IT MAY NOT BE CURRENT:

Comment by Angie on October 3, 2012 at 7:11pm

Places that serve Thanksgiving dinner:

Full Moon

Cracker Barrel.

Reply by Ctownmom (Ship 13, Div 011) on October 22, 2012 at 7:30am

I was doing some hunting on the internet and came across this list from last year. It looks like all of these restaurants are within a reasonable distance from the base. Since it is last years info I am not sure if they will still be serving this year or what the new price might be but it might be worth looking into. Just a few more options....Enjoy your day

Restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners and buffets in Lake County, in the northern suburbs of Chicago, offer the traditional Thanksgiving meals and more. Following are some of the restaurants offering Thanksgiving meal on November 24, 2011. Information is subject to change. Reservations are strongly recommended, as Thanksgiving has become a popular day for eating out.

Chessie's 111 Grill at the Ice House Mall in Barrington offers a hugh Thanksgiving Buffet at 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. Tickets $25.95/adults, $12.95 children.

The Country Squire Restaurant in Grayslake offers a Thankgiving Buffet in the Ballroom and Dinner off the menu in the Mansion from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Buffet price is $23.95/adults, $14.95 children.

David's Bistro in Antioch will be open on Thankgiving day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, offering a regular lunch menu.

Dover Straits in Mundelein offers Thanksgiving Dinner from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. The resaurant offers the regular menu, Turkey Dinner for $18 and Prime Rib Dinner for $20.

Karma Restaurant, located in the Doubletree Hotel in Mundelein, is offering Thanksgiving from 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. The plated Thanksgiving Day dinner is priced at $25.95 for adults and $11.95 for children.

King's Wharf Restaurant at Marriott in Lincolnshire offers a Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost $45/Adults, $18/children.

Illinois Beach Resort in Zion offers Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 :30 .m. Cost $27.95 adults/$12.95 children.

W. Anderson Restaurant at Key Lime Cove in Gurnee is offering a Thanksgiving Buffet from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Seatings are at 12 p.m, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. ($26.95 adults/$139.5 children). A special dinner menu will be available after 4 p.m.

Lovell's of Lake Forest is offering Thanksgiving dinner from 12 p.m. t o7 p.m. Choose from five main entrees, priced from $48 to $62. Kids meals are available.

Saddle RidgeBanquets at the Ramade Inn in Waukegan offers theThanksgiving Grand Ballroom Buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets priced at $20.95/adults, $11.95 for children.

Savanna House in Wadsworth offers Thanksgiving Dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets $18.95/adults, $14.95 seniors, $9.95 children.

Seasons of Long Grove offers a Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Cost $27.95adults, $13.95/children.

Reply by dawnl Ship 03 DIV 018 on November 7, 2012 at 11:40pm

Here is some information I have found:

1.  Boston Market--Waukegan IL 847-623-7000

Premium Dinner $12.29 per person--includes:

chicken, turkey or ham

mashed potatoes/gravy


veggie stuffing

cranberry/walnut relish

corn bread

apple or pumpking pie

Delux Dinner $10.29 per person--includes:

chicken, turkey or ham

mashed potatoes/gravy


corn bread

apple or pumpking pie

2.  Jewel Grocery Store--Gurnee, IL 847-735-8018

Ultimate Dinner  $69.99-- includes:

10-12 lb turkey

mashed potatoes/gravy

green bean casserole

stuffing (reg. or cornbread)

apple pie


cranberry sauce

*feeds 6-8

Classic dinner $49.99--includes:

10-12 lb turkey

stuffing (regular or cornbread)

mashed potaotes

*add pie and rolls for $5

Reservations by 11/10 receive $5 of dinner.  Must reserve by Tuesday 11/20


3.  Dominicks Grocery Store--Gurnee, IL  847-856-8502

Classic dinner $44.99--includes:

10-12 lb turkey


mashed potatoes and gravy

cranberry sauce

pumpkin pie


*also offer ham or prime rib for different price

*feeds 6-8 people

4.  Villa Park VFW Post 2801

      39 E. Charles Rd.

      Villa Park, IL 60181

Free traditional thanksgiving dinner to Military and their family.  Also offer unlimited cell phone and computer use to call/skype with family. 

**donations gladly accepted

**approximately 38 miles (50 min) from Great Lakes Naval Base

5.  Other local restaurants to eat at:

Noodles and Company, Golden Corral, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Joes Crab Shack, Giordanos (best chicago pizza EVER), Cracker Barrell, Outback, Lone Star, Red Robin, Ruby Tuesday, Unos, TGI Fridays

** all located in the Waukegan/Gurnee area

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These resturants are all close to base??

Lake House Restaurant in Lake Bluff, IL is serving Thanksgiving Buffet.  It's $15.95 per person.  Hours are 11:00a.m - 7:00p.m.  To make reservations call  (847)295-7140.  Address is 525 Rockland Rd. Lake Bluff, IL.  It's close to the base.  This is the cheapest that I have found so far.

Another idea is check out .  It lists all restaurants open for Thanksgiving.  Just click on Chicago, then northern suburbs, for restaurants closer to base.




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