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2021 Thanksgiving Day Restaurant Openings and Catering Options in Champaign County

November 15, 2021

Thanksgiving is a busy day, and not just for those who are cooking! Here's a guide of places that you could grab a meal on Thanksgiving!


Know of a restaurant we are missing? Email our Communications Manager at taylorb@visitchampaigncounty.org so he can add it to the list!

What Restaurants are open on thanksgiving day in champaign county?

If you're looking for a restaurant or bar to visit on Thanksgiving Day, then here's your list of all of the spots to consider in-town!

Ambar India 

605 S. Wright St., Champaign | 217-344-1500

Hours Open: 11am-10pm

Baskin Robbins & Dunkin Donuts

515 S. Neil St., Champaign | 217-359-7005

Hours Open: 5am-10pm

404 W. University Ave., Urbana | 217-328-3513

Hours Open: TBD

2006 W Springfield, Champaign | 217 607-1033

Hours Open: TBD

402 S. Century Blvd., Rantoul | 217-893-3132

Hours Open: 5am-8pm

Blind Pig Brewery

120 N. Neil St., Champaign | 217-398-5133

Hours Open:  8pm-12am

Blind Pig Co. 

120 N. Walnut, Champaign | 217-398-1532

Hours Open:  8pm-12am

Bob Evans

1813 N. Neil St., Champaign | 217-356-1006

Hours Open: 6am-8pm

Bunny’s Tavern

119 W. Water St., Urbana | 217-367-8175

Hours Open: 10am-2am (Kitchen Will Be Closed)

Cracker Barrel

2101 N. Kenyon Rd., Urbana | 217-344-9087

Hours Open: 6am-9pm

Denny’s Restaurant

702 W. Town Center Blvd., Champaign | 217-359-7044 

Hours Open: 24 Hours


1702 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign | 217-398-6900

Hours Open: Opens at 4pm

1803 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign | 217-398-6800

Hours Open: 4pm-12am

Einstein Bro’s Bagels

803 W. Anthony Dr., Champaign |  217-239-0025

Hours Open: 7am-1apm

901 W. University Ave., Urbana |  217-344-7520

Hours Open: 7am-12am 

The Himalayan Chimney

134 W. Church St., Champaign | 217-552-1834

Hours Open: 11am-3pm & 5pm-10pm

Houlihan’s (Open to iHotel Guests Only on Thanksgiving)

1900 S. First St., Champaign | 217-819-5005

Hours Open:  6:30am-11am

Mandarin Wok

401 ½ E. Green St., Champaign | 217-384-5088

Hours Open: 11am-3pm

Merry Ann’s Diner

1510 S. Neil St., Champaign | 217-352-5399

Hours Open: 6pm-2am

Pia’s Sports Bar & Grill

1609 W. Springfield Ave., Champaign | 217-351-1993

Hours Open: 7am-2am

Red Wheel Restaurant

741 Broadmeadow Rd., Rantoul | 217-893-0471

Open Hours: 7am-3pm


2702 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign | 217-398-0821

Hours Open: TBD

Other Locations in Town: Closed

Steak ‘n Shake

1709 S. Neil St., Champaign | 217-352-5001

Hours Open:  24 hours (Drive-Thru Only)

Tienda Guatemala

403-B N. Race St., Urbana | 217-344-2770

Open Hours: 9am-3pm

Urbana Family Garden

810 W. Killarney St., Urbana | 217-328-1514

Open Hours: 6am-9pm


Places to get Thanksgiving meal catering in champaign county


Whether you're hosting your family, friends, or just the usual suspects around the dinner table, catering for Thanksgiving Day in Champaign County provides numerous options for you and yours!

This list will likely continue to grow, so please let us know what we're missing by emailing our Communications Manager at taylorb@visitchampaigncounty.org.


Thanksgiving Dinner catering at Baldarotta's has become a favorite for many. Click the link for the full menu of available options. When ordering online, please ignore the autogenerated pick up time. Pick ups will be on Wednesday, Nov 24th 11am - 7pm. Order deadline Sunday Nov 21st at 4pm.

Big Grove Tavern

A Downtown Champaign staple, Big Grove Tavern will be offering Holiday Meals for Thanksgiving including ribeye roasts, ham, turkey and a variety of sides for pick up Tuesday, November 23 4pm to 9pm, Wednesday, November 24 11AM to 9PM, andThursday,  November 25 (Thanksgiving Day) 9AM to 12PM. We'll eventually share a Christmas Catering blog as well, which Big Grove Tavern will be on as well!



If you still want to cook but want to secure a quality turkey this year, then here's an option for you. Common Ground offers Triple S Farms turkeys each year to all who want to order - no membership required! There are also great pick-up options with curbside services offered this year from their location in Lincoln Square Mall.

Harvest Market

Harvest Market is selling a Dinner for 6 with a Triple S Farms turkey as the main highlight of the package. The meal includes turkey, gravy, cornbread, choice of 3 sides and 1 dessert.


A favorite for Texas-style barbeque and smokehouse style cuisine, Hickory River Smokehouse in Urbana is also offering Thanksgiving catering. Order by November 24th to make sure you secure an order of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, gravy, and rolls. You can also bring home a smoked ham instead of a turkey if you choose!


Everything on the incredible Thanksgiving menu for Neil St. Blues is a la carte, meaning you can order exactly what you want and need. Plus, since it's from Neil St. Blues, you know you're getting some incredible options. Cajun turkey, molasses brown sugar ham, collard greens, and more give you the taste of Thanksgiving with the special touch of this incredible downtown Champaign restaurant.


Olde Time Meat and Deli is a Champaign staple and their turkeys are a favorite for many locals. You get unique options from them as well. Order a fresh, Amish, free-range birds for $3.49 lb or bone-in turkey breasts for $5.99 lb and bone-less turkey breasts for $6.99 lb. Call (217) 355-0000 to place your order today!


Party in a Pinch Catering is offering a great option for homestyle Thanksgiving cooking with options to fit it right to your preference. Choose from ham or turkey as well as a number of great sides. There are options for ordering Thanksgiving meals for 4, 6, or even more if you call and request personally. Orders must be placed by November 19.


Piato Café is offering options for catering this year that come in four parts. First, choose a bird, with options for turkey or a vegetarian Acorn Stuffed Squash. Then, choose everything from sides to vegetables, as well as a mouthwatering dessert. Because the catering option provides food at a per-person ordering system, everyone can get exactly what they want, which makes for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

It's not all about dinner, however. Desserts at Piato for Thanksgiving are a staple of many who have ordered Turkey Day helpings for years. From spiced sweet potato pies to pumpkin bread pudding, the options at Piato are fit for an autumnal banquet. Call or email to order your meals today - the deadline for orders is November 20th at Noon. 

Project 47 smokehouse

If you're itching for a bit of a smoked Thanksgiving, then be sure to pre-order some Thanksgiving Catering from Project 47 Smokehouse! Pickup is Thanksgiving Day from 10am-12pm. Call 217-586-3456 or email catering@project47smokehouse.com to reserve your today.


On Wednesday, November 26, you can attend a dinner at Silvercreek from 5-9pm that features delicious Thanksgiving options. While they're not open on Thanksgiving Day, this might be a wonderful way to get a taste of the holiday's best foods ahead of the actual day! Call 217-328-3402 for reservations.


Let The WheelHouse cook your Thanksgiving Dinner so you can spend the day with your family! Pickup will be available Wednesday November 24th from 4 to 9pm. Ready to heat! Call during business hours to make your reservation. 217-469-6252 or message them on Facebook.

Chain Restaurant Options

Bob Evans is a favorite for homestyle cooking year-round, but you can also pre-order Thanksgiving dinner from this comfort restaurant. For more than 30 years, Bob Evans has been perfecting their slow-roasted turkey, so rest assured your Thanksgiving centerpiece is in good hands. You can also opt for a ham and an impressive array of sides that'll make everyone eating think it's homemade. With rolls, cranberry relish, mac and cheese, and more, your dinner table will be as full as your guests!


Cracker Barrel offers Thanksgiving dinner in an easy-to-assemble and serve way. With their "Heat-n'-Serve" prep and presentation, you get an entire Thanksgiving meal for 4-6 people ready for serving in just two hours. Explore their options and menu for this year on their website above.



Area favorite Central IL Bakehouse always takes catering options for Thanksgiving! Be sure to watch for their official announcement of offerings on Facebook; they're known to make everything from pumpkin pie to dinner rolls of various flavors and situations (specific rolls meant to go PERFECTLY with leftover turkey are a must!)


Have you ever ordered ahead from Curtis Orchard’s bakery? Those apple cider donuts might be the perfect way to kick off Thanksgiving this year, so consider ordering something from their website! Each order needs 24 hours notice, but rules and policies apply to ordering ahead, and may even change for the holiday, so call and make sure you can get your sweets in time! On top of donuts, they also bake a number of pies and cobblers to order, so don’t delay!


Geschenk is a favorite in St. Joesph and they're getting in on the Thanksgiving pies and desserts this year! They're offering great options for pies and cookies as well as scones and cinnamon rolls to get your day off to a sweet start! Be sure to order by calling 469-6034, or visiting their online site.


If you’ve had Hopscotch baked goods, then you know why so many love ordering from them for Thanksgiving. This year's list of Thanksgiving options can be found at their Hopscotch Curbside website. Favorites including pie, cobbler, cinnamon rolls, and more are back. You can also order brioche buns, maple cinnamon butter, Thanksgiving sandwiches, and more to mix things up a bit. All pickups for pre-orders will take place on November 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 


Looking for Thanksgiving pie from a local favorite? Even just ordering dessert and doing the rest yourself can take a huge load off your to-do list for the day. Oh, Honey Pie's delicious Thanksgiving pie menu is seriously too sweet to pass up this year. Check out the full lineup including pumpkin, pecan, and more!

Featured Image: Hopscotch Bakery


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