These spots take the stress out of dining with a large party

Between reservation policies, cumbersome orders, and splitting the bill eight ways, dining with a big group isn’t always easy. Fortunately, plenty of Chicago restaurants are now making the large party experiences less stressful and more what it should be — fun. From pizzas on the Mag Mile to a dim sum destination in Chinatown, here are 20 of the best spots to check out with many companions. New additions to the map include Mexican eatery Alegrias Seafood, hot pot specialist Happy Lamb, and soul food at Pearl’s Place.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

When Lettuce Entertain You opened this Lincoln Park mainstay in 1985, founding chef Gabino Sotelino knew he wanted to create a menu designed for sharing. Not much has changed in the three decades since, and crowds still flock to the restaurant for a variety of tapas, pintxos, and paella while embracing a lively atmosphere and year-round patio. Sangrias are available in six different flavors, from black raspberry and passion fruit to the traditional red and white. Try a flight to avoid any feelings of FOMO.