Best Places to Buy Your Thanksgiving Turkey in Chicago

This year, it's all about that fresh Thanksgiving turkey. Except we're shopping local and supporting our community this year (#ShopSmall / #SmallBusinessSaturday). Below are our personal favorite shops and butchers in Chicago where you can purchase a fresh, natural turkey. Don't see your favorite listed? Tell us in the comments where you buy your annual Thanksgiving turkey.

Paulina Market:
Family owned and operated since 1949, Paulina Market has been slicing up top-quality, hormone-free meats including the beloved Thanksgiving Turkey.  Located off Lincoln Ave in West Lakeview, Paulina has been selling fresh Barber turkeys for years. Their birds are raised in semi-containment housing, given total access to the outside environment, and mature naturally without any growth hormones. If you’re looking for a fresh turkey, Paulina’s your go-to shop.

TIP: You can order your turkey online (and Paulina recommends you do so early). While you browse their online selection, take a peek at their homemade Turducken!

3501 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

Publican Quality Meats:
When your own backyard is situated in the meat-packing district of Chicago, there’s going to be some high expectations. Although the Publican has only been around for a few years now, they have yet to let anyone’s Turkey desires down. This year they’re offering two great turkey varieties: Slagel and Heritage. Both are farm raised and hormone free.

TIP: If you’re looking for more dark meat, the Publican recommends the Heritage Turkey, and the Slagel if you’re prefer more breast meat.

825 W. Fulton Market Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Green Grocer:

A staple near the west side of Chicago, the Green Grocer prides themselves on not only offering healthy, sustainable foods, but foods that have the least negative impact on our environment. With their philosophy, Green Grocer is serving up local, pasture raised turkeys (so local to Chicago that the farm is located just miles outside the city).

TIP: For moderate eaters and leftovers, the Green Grocer recommend at least 1 1/2lb turkey weight per person.

1402 W Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 624-9508



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