"I try not to tell people this, but I hire a special chef from Boston."

Stuck in Chicagoland this Thanksgiving?

"We bought a turkey, baked a couple of pies and just kind of lived the suburb life for a weekend."

"These past two years I've been lucky. I've been able to spend them with both my families."

Grab a plate and join four Northwestern Wildcats as they share their Chicago Thanksgiving stories. Click on the plates to learn more about each person.

"Just having all this food … it was just like very different for me"

To create your own Thanksgiving story, we found the best local Thanksgiving stores and restaurants. Explore these hot spots by grabbing a bite of the turkey and perusing the holiday menu.