The rising price of (Chicago) Thanksgiving
Earlier this week, Axios wrote about the price of Thanksgiving rising with inflation.
By the numbers: The national price for an average Thanksgiving dinner came out to $65.42 — a 15% jump from 2020.
Yes, but: Here in Chicago, those same groceries at a local Aldi cost about $49.73 before tax, even with a whole bag of onions and a pound of butter.
Still, this is Chicago, so there are some missing items not represented:
- Italian beef tray from Al's (sternos not included): $80.50
- Jibarito catering: $15 per pound x 3 = $45
- Marconi Giardiniera (mild and hot): $14.99
- Industrial-sized mayonnaise (for deviled eggs): $74.99
- Bakers Square Whole Silk French Pie: $15.99
- Bakers Square Coconut Cream Pie: $15.99
- Bakers Square Whole Carrot Cake: $39.00
- Propane turkey fryer: $87
- Extra folding chairs for your nephew's new girlfriend: $50
Labor: According to Indeed.com, a chef earns around $60 an hour. So let's say $250 without tips. And that doesn't include the cleanup.
Total for a true Chicago Thanksgiving: $673.46.
- That doesn't include the Frango mints.
Finally: No "price of Thanksgiving" story is complete without calculating the loss of dignity when you get seated at the kids' table in your 40s.
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