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Jeni’s scoops up free ice cream during grand opening Thursday in Naperville

Free Jenis ice cream

In case you missed it, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream has just opened in downtown Naperville. To mark the occasion, Jeni’s is holding a big opening party on Thursday, November 18th, from 7-11pm, where free ice cream will be handed out. The first 50 people in line will also receive extra goodies. Jeni also recently introduced new holiday flavors like white chocolate peppermint and cognac & gingerbread. There are also two new collections, priced at $ 68 each, available to order online or by pint / scoop in local stores. The Splendid Holiday Collection includes White Chocolate Peppermint, Cognac & Gingerbread, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Sugar Plum and Brown Butter Almond Brittle, while the Grand Holiday Collection includes White Chocolate Peppermint, Cognac & Gingerbread, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Pistachio Macaron, Gooey Butter Cake and Salted Peanut Butter.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is located at 218 S. Main St., Naperville, (630) 506-8005; 521 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 822-7996; and at locations in Chicago. jenis.com/.

Jeni introduced Cognac & Gingerbread Ice Cream for a limited time.
– Courtesy Jeni

Thanksgiving specials

It’s not too late to make reservations or order to-go packages for Thanksgiving. But the deadlines are approaching so don’t wait too long. For a full list of Thanksgiving dining specials in the suburbs, visit dailyherald.com/entlife/.

The Chocolate Sanctuary: 5101 Washington St., Gurnee, (224) 944-0808, thechocolatesanctuary.com/. The Thanksgiving dinner-to-go package includes turkey, sauce, side dishes, rolls, and pumpkin pie. It costs $ 70 for two and $ 140 for four. Pre-order for collection on Tuesday, November 23rd, 3pm to 8pm and Wednesday, November 24th, 12pm to 9pm.

Devon Seafood + Steak: 17W400 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace, (630) 516-0180, devonseafood.com/Oakbrook-Terrace/Menu/Thanksgiving. If you’d like to dine out, Devon serves a three-course menu with soup or salad, roast turkey and side dishes, and a selection of pumpkin pie, vanilla pod brlée or mixed berries on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It costs $ 42 for adults and $ 21 for children 12 and under. It is also available to take away. Reservations are required. Or pre-order a full 4-6 person Thanksgiving carry kit for $ 175. It includes roast turkey, side dishes, bread, and pumpkin pie. Pick-up is on Wednesday, November 24th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Thanksgiving before 11:00 a.m.

Fox & Turtle: 400 E. Orchard St., Itasca, (630) 773-1801, foxandturtle.com/. Make reservations now for Thanksgiving when Fox & Turtle serves specials from 11am to 7pm. Main dishes on offer include a turkey roast platter with side dishes, blackened stuffed salmon, prime rib, rigatoni pomodoro, and pumpkin pie.

Gibson’s: 2105 S. Spring Road, Oak Brook, (630) 954-0000, gibsonssteakhouse.com/wp-content/uploads/giboak-thanksgiving.pdf. If you’re looking to dine out this year, Gibson’s in Oak Brook has a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $ 49 for adults and $ 25 for children 12 and under. It includes lobster bisque, turkey and side dishes and pumpkin pie. Reservations are required.

Mookies: 446 W. Virginia St., Crystal Lake, (815) 526-3498, mookies446.com/. The three-course Thanksgiving feast for dinner includes soup or salad; Turkey breast, ham or grill ribs; and homemade pumpkin pie. It’s $ 25 per person and is available from 4pm to 9pm on Thanksgiving. Reservations are recommended. Order the take-away dinner until Tuesday, November 23rd, to be picked up on Thursday, November 25th.

Pinstripes: 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook, (847) 480-2323; 7 Oakbrook Center Mall, Oak Brook, (630) 575-8700; 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington, (847) 844-9300; and 435 E. Illinois St., Chicago, (312) 527-3010; pinstripes.com/. If you just can’t get enough turkey, Pinstripes is now offering a special Thanksgiving entree with hand-carved roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and crispy balsamic Brussels sprouts through Sunday November 28th. It costs $ 19. Reservations are recommended.

Tap House Grill: 7600 Barrington Road, Hanover Park, (847) 787-1880; 123 Washington St., Oswego, (630) 383-2020; 56 W. Wilson St., Palatine, (847) 934-3000; 3341 W. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 443-1664; 1090 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 215-1210; taphousegrills.com/. The Don’t Cook This Thanksgiving family takeout dinner, which serves four to six people, includes turkey breast with gravy, slow-roast prime rib au jus, side dishes, salad, and dinner rolls for $ 125. Add in two bottles of wine or a $ 35 mimosa set. Tap House donates $ 10 for every package ordered to a local pantry. Order by Tuesday, November 23rd for collection on Wednesday, November 24th.

Bourbon dinner

If you’re a bourbon fan, Thorn Restaurant in Rosemont has partnered with the Few Spirits distillery for a special four-course bourbon dinner that starts at 7pm on Friday, November 19th. Nosh about special combinations from Chef Nicholas Malloy, including sauteed prawns paired with Few Straight Rye Whiskey, Gochujang Roast Chicken paired with Few Straight Bourbon, braised short rib paired with 10th Anniversary Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and bourbon-poached pear paired with American Straight Whiskey. Tickets are $ 110 per person; Reservations are required.

The Thorn Restaurant & Lounge is located at The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, 5200 Pearl St., Rosemont, (847) 260-4774, thornrestaurant.com/specials-and-events/few-spirits-bourbon-dinner.


After 21 years in Oak Brook, Mon Ami Gabi will be saying goodbye to this place on Wednesday, November 24th. So there are only a few days left to enjoy French bistro dishes there. The good news is that the Chicago location at 2300 N. Lincoln Park West is still open. For more information, call (773) 348-8886 or visit monamigabi.com/chicago/.

Rock Bottom Brewery has just released the new Wicked Elf Ale, which is only available for a limited time.

Rock Bottom Brewery has just released the new Wicked Elf Ale, which is only available for a limited time.
– Courtesy Rock Bottom Brewery

Naughty or nice?

The Rock Bottom Brewery is spreading the Christmas spirit with their new Wicked Elf Ale – a gold-colored Belgian beer with a hint of spices and stone fruit – available now until January 2nd. Even better, for every Wicked Elf Ale Pint sold through December, 6.25 cents will be donated to Toys for Tots.

The Rock Bottom Brewery is located at 639 E. Boughton Road, Suite 100, Bolingbrook, (630) 739-6036; 94 Yorktown Center, Lombard, (630) 424-1550; 16156 S. La Grange Road, Orland Park, (708) 635-0030; and 28256 Diehl Road, Warrenville, (331) 888-9199; rockbottom.com/.

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