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11/21/2011 01:16 pm ET Updated Nov 21, 2011

Unconventional Thanksgiving Recipes From Chicago Chefs And Foodies (PHOTOS)

Part of what makes a Thanksgiving spread so comforting is the reliability of tradition--you can dream all week about the dishes you'll be served this Thursday and know you're likely to get your fix of cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes. But, with the help of Chicago's top chefs and foodies, your unconventional contribution could end up being a family favorite.

We rounded up 18 Chicago chefs, restaurants and food bloggers and asked them to get creative with the ingredients likely to be on any mid-November shopping list. Check out their creations, with recipes below, and throw your own into the mix in the comments.

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