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Dutch & Doc’s is one of the most kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago, right across from Wrigley Field

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Dutch & Doc’s is one of the most kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago, right across from Wrigley Field

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Eating out doesn’t have to just be for adults. Some of Chicago’s best and most enduring restaurants have kiddie cups, crayons, tot-sized sandwiches and other dishes for pleasing the little ones. From a Michelin-starred restaurant to a hands-on seafood spot, here are 18 of the best spots to take the kids out for a meal in Chicago. For the 2019 edition, welcome Dutch & Doc’s, Manny’s, and Old Irving Brewing to the map.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

4419 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60641

Brewpubs are surprisingly some of the best places to bring kids due to casual, loud atmospheres, come-as-you-are vibes, daytime hours, and menus full of sandwiches, burgers, and fried finger foods — not to mention all the fresh beer for adults. Old Irving Brewing has all that and more in a neighborhood full of families, plus bags to play in the back and a kids menu with bacon mac and cheese, house-made ice cream, and more. The dining room, which is separate from the bar, is extremely popular with families during early weekend hours.

Old Irving Brewing Co.

Kids can play bags while adults drink beer at Old Irving Brewing

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3800 N Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60641

Barbecue is messy and hands on, just the thing to get kids excited about a meal. Tiny brisket and pulled pork sandwiches are on the kids menu, along with macaroni and cheese to make the kids happy, at what many consider the best barbecue restaurant in Chicago.

3600 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613

Baseball games are one of the most popular family outings and this family-friendly restaurant from Chicago’s acclaimed Boka Group offers terrific kids deals and more right across from Wrigley Field. Kids 12 and under eat for free all the time at Dutch & Doc’s, plus the restaurant offers a “Clean Plate Club” with birthday treats and invites to other kids’ events.

Kids are often happy at Dutch & Doc’s across from Wrigley Field

Dutch & Doc’s/Facebook

3455 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

Crosby’s Kitchen may be the most popular restaurant for kids in the stroller-saturated Southport Corridor. And with mini rotisserie chicken, management pulls out all the stops to make the meal for the whole family, often finished off with a skillet cookie topped with ice cream.

Crosby’s chicken and fries

Crosby’s Kitchen [Official Photo]

3500 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Finding a kids menu at a Michelin-starred restaurant is nearly impossible, but thankfully Parachute makes it easy for parents. Chicken tonkatsu, bulgoji and miso soup are all served with a side of kimchi with less spice for the little ones at this Korean stalwart in Avondale.

Parachute’s kids meal

Parachute [Official Photo]

3343 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

Seafood may not be the first thing people think of when many think “kid-friendly,” but what’s better to introduce the kids to a good crustacean than by (literally) cracking them open on the table and getting their hands dirty with bags of seafood dressed however they’d like. There’s also a new South Loop location of this popular Wrigleyville/Lakeview spot.

Lowcountry

Lowcountry’s seafood is fun for kids

Lowcountry/Facebook

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3361 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Fried chicken and mac and cheese are shoe-ins with most kids, but Honey Butter Fried Chicken goes the extra mile with a kids meal with chicken tenders, mac and cheese and a sticker sheet for a little entertainment.

Kids love Honey Butter’s chicken and sides

Honey Butter Fried Chicken [Official Photo]

958 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

This restaurant in Lakeview gets busy at night, but during the day what’s better than a grilled cheese restaurant for kids? The kids meal offers half-sized grilled cheese sandwiches, plus there’s beer for the adults, and locations in Lakeview, Wicker Park, and Evanston, as well as a new pizzeria expansion next door.

Cheesie’s

Grilled cheese is a kids staple

Cheesie’s Pub & Grub – Lakeview/Facebook

2056 N Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614

A stroller valet, sippy cups and cafeteria trays are all available at Lettuce Entertain You’s R.J. Grunts in Lincoln Park. Plus, kids get animal crackers as an addition to their meal.

RJ Grunts

RJ Grunts’ kids meals

RJ Grunts/Facebook

2033 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Free meals every weekday from 4-6 p.m. are among the top reasons to stop by Chop Shop with the little ones, plus the restaurant/music venue/butcher shop has entrees adults enjoy too.

Chop Shop kid

Chop Shop’s patio and free kids meals are a good combination

Chop Shop/Facebook

1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

While pizza might arguably be one of the most essential elements of a kid’s diet, the kids menu at this family-friendly pizzeria in West Town also lets little diners choose from fried shrimp, mini corn dogs, or housemade fettuccine with butter, marinara, or meat sauce. Plus, staff offers little ones dough balls to play with at the table.

Roots is extremely kid friendly

Roots Pizza/Facebook

60 E Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60611

The Milwaukee-imported spy-themed spot in River North has all the elements a restaurant needs to make kids happy: a large kids’ menu full of comfort classics, staff that’s used to dealing with kids, and many fun activities to keep them entertained such as secret passageways, games, interactive exhibits, and much more.

Safehouse has kid-friendly food and tons of activities

Safehouse Chicago/Facebook

820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

Milkshakes and over-the-top waffles are already the things kids’ dreams are made of, making the menu at Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat Diner a shoe-in. But there are also pancakes, chicken fingers, and the “hammie sammie,” just to name a few of the things on the kids’ menu.

Kids love Little Goat’s sundaes

Little Goat [Official Photo]

1020 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Little diners will never look at spaghetti the same way again after getting a taste of Sarah Grueneberg’s gourmet Italian food via housemade strangozze pasta served with tomato sauce, butter or plain. Add a soppressata meatball to seal the deal at this Eater 38 Italian restaurant in the West Loop.

Monteverde has terrific pastas and stuff for kids to do

Monteverde [Official Photo]

565 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60661

This longtime diner in the near West Loop serves breakfast and lunch with Milk Dud pancakes, chicken fingers and buttered noodles for the kids. Adults can eat like a kid too, with thick French toast and fruit for a sweet start to the day.

1112 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

Make kids happy at the favorite diner, Jewish deli, and ice cream fountain in the South Loop. An array of sweet treats including shakes, sundaes, house-made sodas and candy, in addition to sandwiches, breakfast foods, pancakes, and fried staples add up to a food paradise for most minors.

1141 S Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60607

The iconic Jewish deli and cafeteria is massively popular with entire families due to its casual counter-service atmosphere with room for kids to roam, friendly staff, and an array of Jewish diner favorites including overstuffed pastrami sandwiches with huge potato pancakes, soups, and a separate retail counter with plentiful cookies and other sweet treats. Plus, bring the kids on weekends for entertainment from a magician who roams the dining area performing tricks and funny banter.

Families love the Jewish diner food and atmosphere at Manny’s

Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen/Facebook

5311 S Lake Park West
Chicago, IL 60615

This popular Hyde Park restaurant fills up on the weekends with families, with the aid of high chairs and chicken wings. Burgers and fries are on the menu along with a slew of wood-grilled meats for a messy but fun meal.

The Promontory

The Promontory’s hearth

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Old Irving Brewing Co.

Kids can play bags while adults drink beer at Old Irving Brewing

Sarah Joyce/Eater Chicago

Brewpubs are surprisingly some of the best places to bring kids due to casual, loud atmospheres, come-as-you-are vibes, daytime hours, and menus full of sandwiches, burgers, and fried finger foods — not to mention all the fresh beer for adults. Old Irving Brewing has all that and more in a neighborhood full of families, plus bags to play in the back and a kids menu with bacon mac and cheese, house-made ice cream, and more. The dining room, which is separate from the bar, is extremely popular with families during early weekend hours.

4419 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60641

Barbecue is messy and hands on, just the thing to get kids excited about a meal. Tiny brisket and pulled pork sandwiches are on the kids menu, along with macaroni and cheese to make the kids happy, at what many consider the best barbecue restaurant in Chicago.

3800 N Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60641

Kids are often happy at Dutch & Doc’s across from Wrigley Field

Dutch & Doc’s/Facebook

Baseball games are one of the most popular family outings and this family-friendly restaurant from Chicago’s acclaimed Boka Group offers terrific kids deals and more right across from Wrigley Field. Kids 12 and under eat for free all the time at Dutch & Doc’s, plus the restaurant offers a “Clean Plate Club” with birthday treats and invites to other kids’ events.

3600 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613

Crosby’s chicken and fries

Crosby’s Kitchen [Official Photo]

Crosby’s Kitchen may be the most popular restaurant for kids in the stroller-saturated Southport Corridor. And with mini rotisserie chicken, management pulls out all the stops to make the meal for the whole family, often finished off with a skillet cookie topped with ice cream.

3455 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

Parachute’s kids meal

Parachute [Official Photo]

Finding a kids menu at a Michelin-starred restaurant is nearly impossible, but thankfully Parachute makes it easy for parents. Chicken tonkatsu, bulgoji and miso soup are all served with a side of kimchi with less spice for the little ones at this Korean stalwart in Avondale.

3500 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Lowcountry

Lowcountry’s seafood is fun for kids

Lowcountry/Facebook

Seafood may not be the first thing people think of when many think “kid-friendly,” but what’s better to introduce the kids to a good crustacean than by (literally) cracking them open on the table and getting their hands dirty with bags of seafood dressed however they’d like. There’s also a new South Loop location of this popular Wrigleyville/Lakeview spot.

3343 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

Kids love Honey Butter’s chicken and sides

Honey Butter Fried Chicken [Official Photo]

Fried chicken and mac and cheese are shoe-ins with most kids, but Honey Butter Fried Chicken goes the extra mile with a kids meal with chicken tenders, mac and cheese and a sticker sheet for a little entertainment.

3361 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Cheesie’s

Grilled cheese is a kids staple

Cheesie’s Pub & Grub – Lakeview/Facebook

This restaurant in Lakeview gets busy at night, but during the day what’s better than a grilled cheese restaurant for kids? The kids meal offers half-sized grilled cheese sandwiches, plus there’s beer for the adults, and locations in Lakeview, Wicker Park, and Evanston, as well as a new pizzeria expansion next door.

958 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

RJ Grunts

RJ Grunts’ kids meals

RJ Grunts/Facebook

A stroller valet, sippy cups and cafeteria trays are all available at Lettuce Entertain You’s R.J. Grunts in Lincoln Park. Plus, kids get animal crackers as an addition to their meal.

2056 N Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614

Chop Shop kid

Chop Shop’s patio and free kids meals are a good combination

Chop Shop/Facebook

Free meals every weekday from 4-6 p.m. are among the top reasons to stop by Chop Shop with the little ones, plus the restaurant/music venue/butcher shop has entrees adults enjoy too.

2033 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Roots is extremely kid friendly

Roots Pizza/Facebook

While pizza might arguably be one of the most essential elements of a kid’s diet, the kids menu at this family-friendly pizzeria in West Town also lets little diners choose from fried shrimp, mini corn dogs, or housemade fettuccine with butter, marinara, or meat sauce. Plus, staff offers little ones dough balls to play with at the table.

1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Safehouse has kid-friendly food and tons of activities

Safehouse Chicago/Facebook

The Milwaukee-imported spy-themed spot in River North has all the elements a restaurant needs to make kids happy: a large kids’ menu full of comfort classics, staff that’s used to dealing with kids, and many fun activities to keep them entertained such as secret passageways, games, interactive exhibits, and much more.

60 E Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60611

Kids love Little Goat’s sundaes

Little Goat [Official Photo]

Milkshakes and over-the-top waffles are already the things kids’ dreams are made of, making the menu at Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat Diner a shoe-in. But there are also pancakes, chicken fingers, and the “hammie sammie,” just to name a few of the things on the kids’ menu.

820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

Monteverde has terrific pastas and stuff for kids to do

Monteverde [Official Photo]

Little diners will never look at spaghetti the same way again after getting a taste of Sarah Grueneberg’s gourmet Italian food via housemade strangozze pasta served with tomato sauce, butter or plain. Add a soppressata meatball to seal the deal at this Eater 38 Italian restaurant in the West Loop.

1020 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60607

This longtime diner in the near West Loop serves breakfast and lunch with Milk Dud pancakes, chicken fingers and buttered noodles for the kids. Adults can eat like a kid too, with thick French toast and fruit for a sweet start to the day.

565 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60661

Make kids happy at the favorite diner, Jewish deli, and ice cream fountain in the South Loop. An array of sweet treats including shakes, sundaes, house-made sodas and candy, in addition to sandwiches, breakfast foods, pancakes, and fried staples add up to a food paradise for most minors.

1112 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

Families love the Jewish diner food and atmosphere at Manny’s

Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen/Facebook

The iconic Jewish deli and cafeteria is massively popular with entire families due to its casual counter-service atmosphere with room for kids to roam, friendly staff, and an array of Jewish diner favorites including overstuffed pastrami sandwiches with huge potato pancakes, soups, and a separate retail counter with plentiful cookies and other sweet treats. Plus, bring the kids on weekends for entertainment from a magician who roams the dining area performing tricks and funny banter.

1141 S Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60607

The Promontory

The Promontory’s hearth

The Promontory/Facebook

This popular Hyde Park restaurant fills up on the weekends with families, with the aid of high chairs and chicken wings. Burgers and fries are on the menu along with a slew of wood-grilled meats for a messy but fun meal.

5311 S Lake Park West
Chicago, IL 60615

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