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Best Chicago Kid-Friendly Restaurants


F
or restaurants' pint-size patrons, chicken fingers dipped in marinara can't taste any better than when there's butcher paper lining the table and a glass of crayons to color with. When the dough and toppings are put directly in your child's hands, pizza becomes an interactive sport. Okay, not all restaurants have to offer entertainment in this form or the extreme---television, clowns and video games---to keep the youngsters happy. A warm waitstaff, a kitchen open to the flexible whims of a child's palate and a room of diners tolerable of tantrums all add up to a winning formula for feeding your children outside of the home. Take a look at our kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago that can please both big and little diners.


 

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Big Bowl Pan-Asian
11/20
6 E. Cedar
Chicago, IL 60611
Menu
Design your own stir-fry at this lively, group- and family-friendly Asian eatery. More...

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market Seafood
10/20
Dining Room at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market, Chicago, IL Navy Pier
700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Menu
Tourists flock to this Navy Pier shrimp shack for fresh, seaside staples. More...

California Pizza Kitchen Pizza
12/20
551 Oak Brook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60521
Menu
Gussied up Cali-style pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven give this namesake spot its crowd-pleasing appeal. More...

The Cheesecake Factory Eclectic
11/20
Dining Room at The Cheesecake Factory, Chicago, IL The John Hancock Center
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Menu
Prime real estate and sweet post-meal treats add up to long waits at this popular tourist destination. More...

Ed Debevic's American
11/20
Dining Room at Ed Debevic 640 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Menu
Sassy fifties rock 'n' roll diner with tasty burgers that draw families in flocks. More...

FlatTop Grill Pan-Asian
11/20
319 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610
Menu
Lively design-your-own stir-fry spot that gets packed for lunch, dinner and weekend breakfast. More...

Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar Italian
13/20
3358 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60657
Menu
Contemporary Italian neighborhood spot for those who like to share plates. More...

Giordano's Restaurant Pizza
11/20
Dining Room at Giordano 730 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Menu
Stuffed-pizza mainstay with an updated menu that draws locals and tourists in droves. More...

Greek Islands Greek
10/20
Dining Room at Greek Islands, Chicago, IL 200 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60606
Menu
Boisterous, traditional Greektown taverna that plates family-style meals in a festive setting. More...

Harry Caray's Italian
12/20
Dining Room at Harry Caray Holiday Inn & Suites
10233 W. Higgins Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018
Menu
Cubs fans and suits of all stripes flock to this Italian steakhouse honoring a dearly departed broadcaster. More...

Home Run Inn Pizza
11/20
Dining Room at Home Run Inn, Chicago, IL 4254 W. 31st St.
Chicago, IL 60623

Well-known pizza joint that's replete with dark wood, dim lighting and thin-crust sausage pies. More...

Hot Doug's Hot Dogs
Quick Bite
3324 N. California St.
Chicago, IL 60618
Menu
Encased-meat stand --- serving hot dogs, too --- with irresistible fries cooked in duck fat. More...

Irazu Latin American
12/20
Dining Room at Irazu, Chicago, IL 1865 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Menu
Small, efficient Latin eatery with solid entrées, plus interesting Costa Rican-tinged burritos and tacos. More...

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria Pizza
11/20
439 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Menu
Legendary deep-dish pizza served in a family-friendly setting. More...

Margie's Candies Ice Cream
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Margie 1960 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
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Legendary ice cream parlor offers more than sweet treats. More...

Mity Nice Bar & Grill American
12/20
Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Menu
A big menu and a Water Tower setting are a hit with shoppers. More...

Nuevo Leon Mexican
11/20
Dining Room at Nuevo Leon, Chicago, IL 1515 W. 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Menu
You have to try the nachos --- and mole --- at this popular, authentic Pilsen taqueria. More...

Original Rainbow Cone Ice Cream
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Original Rainbow Cone, Chicago, IL 9233 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60620
Menu
Cones with five flavors set the tone at this South Side institution, scooping since 1926. More...

Pizzeria Uno Pizza
11/20
Dining Room at Pizzeria Uno, Chicago, IL 29 E. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Menu
Quintessential Chicago-style pizza joint where tourists and locals understandably flock. More...

The Plush Horse Ice Cream
Quick Bite
Dining Room at The Plush Horse, Palos Park, IL 12301 S. 86th Ave.
Palos Park, IL 60464
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Serving up sweet ice cream treats in the south suburbs since 1937. More...

Rainforest Cafe Eclectic
11/20
Dining Room at Rainforest Cafe, Chicago, IL 605 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Menu
Kids go crazy over the mock jungle setting, while parents can tolerate decent, if overpriced, food. More...

Scoozi Italian
12/20
410 W. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60610
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Massive, family-friendly Italian restaurant. More...

Shaw's Crab House Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Shaw 21 E. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60611
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High-end, sustainable seafood restaurant with great crab cakes and legs, and notable raw oysters and fish preparations. More...

South Water Kitchen American
12/20
Dining Room at South Water Kitchen, Chicago, IL Hotel Monaco
225 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601
Menu
A favorite among theatergoers, this American comfort food kitchen is a hit in the Loop. More...

The Village Italian
11/20
Dining Room at The Village, Chicago, IL The Italian Village
71 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
Menu
Intimate booths at this romantic Italian staple are tops among business-types and theatergoers. More...

Walker Bros. Original Pancake House Coffee Shop
11/20
Dining Room at Walker Bros. Original Pancake House, Wilmette, IL 153 Green Bay Rd.
Wilmette, IL 60091

You’ll find breakfast and lots of it at this quality, anything-but-quiet nook. More...

Wishbone Southern
11/20
Dining Room at Wishbone, Chicago, IL 1001 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Menu
Affordable Southern fare served to a comfort food-seeking crowd. More...

Wolfy's Hot Dogs Hot Dogs
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Wolfy 2734 W. Peterson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Menu
Chicago dogs attract an all-ages crowd that’s loyal to this stand with a suburban sib. More...

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