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Best Chicago Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Not all restaurants have to offer entertainment — television, clowns or video games, for example — 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 these kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago that can please both big and little diners.


 

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BellyQ Asian
12/20
Dining Room at BellyQ, Chicago, IL 1400 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Menu
Modern Asian barbecue, tabletop grilling and karaoke drive regulars to chef Bill Kim’s West Loop outpost. More...

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

Big Jones Southern
14/20
Dining Room at Big Jones, Chicago, IL 5347 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Menu
Southern cuisine gets an update at this small, chef-driven gem. 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...

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Spanish
12/20
Dining Room at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, Chicago, IL 2024 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Menu
High-energy tapas bar serving killer pintxos and pitchers of strong sangría. More...

California Pizza Kitchen Pizza
12/20
551 Oak Brook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60521
Menu
Cali-style pizzas with creative toppings cooked in a wood-burning oven have given this spot its long-lasting, crowd-pleasing appeal. More...

Carson's The Place for Ribs Barbecue
12/20
612 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Menu
Ribs from this Chicago mainstay cause cravings --- mostly among tourists and ex-pats. More...

The Cheesecake Factory Eclectic
12/20
Dining Room at The Cheesecake Factory, Chicago, IL The John Hancock Center
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Menu
Kitschy yet charming, this American chain has something on its menu for the whole family. More...

Chicago q Barbecue
14/20
Dining Room at Chicago q, Chicago, IL 1160 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Menu
Renowned pit mistress Lee Ann Whippen’s Gold Coast digs prove barbecue has officially gone glam. More...

Daily Bar & Grill American
12/20
Dining Room at Daily Bar & Grill, Chicago, IL 4560 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Menu
Lively, casual restaurant where classic American fare has wide-reaching appeal. 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...

Eleven City Diner Deli
11/20
Dining Room at Eleven City Diner, Chicago, IL 1112 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
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Relatively inexpensive, authentic, New York-style Jewish deli that serves a mean corned beef sandwich. More...

Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar Italian
13/20
3358 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60657
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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
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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
Menu
Well-known pizza joint that's replete with dark wood, dim lighting and thin-crust sausage pies. 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...

Little Goat Diner American
14/20
Dining Room at Little Goat Diner, Chicago, IL 820 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Menu
Stephanie Izard's all-day diner features inventive takes on familiar American fare. More...

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria Pizza
11/20
Dining Room at Lou Malnati 439 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610

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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This legendary ice cream parlor with its homemade goodies has served everyone from the Beatles to Al Capone. 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...

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

Penny's Noodle Shop Pan-Asian
12/20
Dining Room at Penny 950 W. Diversey Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60614
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Affordable Asian noodle joint that always delivers on what’s expected. More...

Pizzeria Uno Pizza
11/20
Dining Room at Pizzeria Uno, Chicago, IL 29 E. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60611
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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...

Roots Handmade Pizza Pizza
12/20
1924 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Menu
Quad Cities-style pies, and taco pizzas, that are worthy of a detour. More...

Shaw's Crab House Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Shaw 21 E. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Menu
Uptown meets downtown at this pristine River North seafood hub. More...

Smoque BBQ Barbecue
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Smoque BBQ, Chicago, IL 3800 N. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60641
Menu
Come as you are --- and bring the kids --- to this down-home barbecue pit. 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...

Tin Fish Seafood
13/20
Dining Room at Tin Fish, Tinley Park, IL 18201 Harlem Ave.
Tinley Park, IL 60477
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A fine fish house that rarely misses the mark and allows you to design your own dish. More...

Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern Barbecue
12/20
Dining Room at Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern, Chicago, IL 1655 N. Sedgwick St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Menu
One of the city’s most steadfast --- and beloved --- barbecue joints, once frequented by Frank Sinatra. More...

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

Wildfire Steakhouse
13/20
Dining Room at Wildfire, Chicago, IL 159 W. Erie St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Menu
This stalwart, Lettuce Entertain You steak joint draws a crowd, so come early to avoid the throngs. 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. More...

XOCO Mexican
Quick Bite
Dining Room at XOCO, Chicago, IL 449 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Menu
Mexican street food with a kick dominates the menu at Rick Bayless’ cozy River North eatery. More...

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