Chicago’s 9 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants
Dine in style with the littles at these Windy City eateries that cater to kids, too.
Among its world-class museums, 28 miles of lakefront shoreline, and free public zoo, Chicago is a city built for families. But when hunger strikes, the hunt for kid-friendly spots isn’t as easy—especially when any number of modern-day dining conundrums play a part (no reservations policies, regimented table times, too-cramped two-tops).
Thankfully, there are some choice restaurants out there looking to cater to the little ones in big ways. Generous seating, special menu items, and “kids eat free” promos are just a few of the family-focused touches employed at these nine top Chicago eateries for kids—each of them bringing so much comfort, it will hardly feel like you left home (until that perfect entrée shows up).
From a fried-chicken fixture in Avondale to an all-day diner in the West Loop, these restaurants are revved to embrace every age (and picky eater) in your party.
Pizzas meet healthful attitudes at this Lincoln Park pie haven, where chef Jeff Mahin has developed recipes bolstered by fresh, sustainable ingredients sourced from local farmers. Families can pile into ample, group-ready seating areas before perusing a menu of shared plates, which include favorites like organic pork meatballs, burrata lasagna, and Italian chopped salad. Those with picky eaters in their party have come to the right place—on weekdays between 4 and 6 p.m., kids can create their very own pizzas alongside the chefs, ensuring those pies are made exactly to order. 1954 N. Halsted St., Lincoln Park; stellabarra.com