65 Best Places to Eat in Chicago with Kids (2024)

Chicago is one of the best culinary destinations in the United States. While some notable Chicago restaurants may not be suitable for kids, plenty of places to eat have great food and are a good time for the whole family.

Whether this is your first time in the Windy City or you’re a lifelong local, everyone needs to eat! Here are some of the best family-friendly restaurants in the city of Chicago:

After a great meal, what’s better than ice cream? Here is a list of the best ice cream shops in the Chicago area.

Restaurants with “Kids Eat Free” Deals

1. Tuco and Blondie

Website | Southport Corridor | 3358 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

restaurant with frida kahlo mural
Tuco and Blondie

Tuco and Blondie is a family-friendly Tex-Mex restaurant in the Southport Corridor. They sometimes have family movie nights, and they’ll have pinatas for Cinco de Mayo.

Kids Eat Free: Every day from 4pm-6pm with the purchase of an adult entree.

Nearby Attractions: Wrigley Field, Gallagher Way

2. Smoke Daddy

Website | Locations in Wicker Park and Wrigleyville

inside of restaurant with fireplaces on tv and christmas decor
Smoke Daddy transformed into the Lumberjack Lodge for the holidays

Smoke Daddy is directly across the street from Wrigley Field and Gallagher Way, and they often have live music. During the holidays, they transform into a “Lumberjack Lodge,” hosting character brunches with Santa, Buddy the Elf, and more.

Kids Eat Free: Every day from 4pm-6pm with the purchase of an adult entree.

Nearby Attractions: Wrigley Field, Gallagher Way

3. Community Tavern

Website | Portage Park | 4038 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Community Tavern. This huge, delicious meal is one of the FREE kids meal options.

This delicious family-owned restaurant has recently been featured on the Eater 38, making it one of the top 38 restaurants in Chicago according to the online magazine! Their food has an Asian twist, and they have awesome happy hour specials, vegan options, and they really make an effort to make families feel at home.

Kids Eat Free: Kids 12 and under eat free on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday with the purchase of an adult meal of $16 or more. Additional kids’ meals are $8 each.

4. The Warbler

Website | Lincoln Square | 4535 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

outdoor patio at a restaurant
The Warbler

The Warbler has quickly become a favorite restaurant in Logan Square. They have a beautiful patio with an outdoor bar, fresh delicious food, and a special supper club tradition.

For $27/person, you can choose five dishes, including one salad, any two appetizers, vegetable dishes or house-made pastas, and your favorite flatbread. Finish with a delectable dessert!

Kids Eat Free: Monday-Friday 4:30-6, Kids are complimentary for the dine-in supper club.

Nearby Attractions: Old Town School of Folk Music, Timeless Toys

5. Wings and Rings

Website | Bridgeport } 3434 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

This sports bar serves pub food, chicken wings, and a great deal for kids!

Kids Eat Free: Mondays with a $10 minimum adult purchase. Kids’ meals include a side of apples, broccoli, or fries. Kids can get grilled or fried boneless wings, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, and more.

6. Frasca Pizza and Wine Bar

Website | Roscoe Village | 3358 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60657

Wood-fired pizzas, Italian delicacies, and. a great brunch menu!

Kids Eat Free: Every day from 4pm-6pm with the purchase of an adult entree.

7. Crosby’s Kitchen

Website | Southport Corridor | 3455 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

inside of busy restaurant
Crosby’s Kitchen

Consistently rated one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago, Crosby’s Kitchen has a rotisserie, lobster-deviled eggs, iron skillet cornbread, and other family favorites!

Kids Eat Free: Every day from 4pm-6pm with the purchase of an adult entree.

Nearby Attractions: Wrigley Field, Gallagher Way

8. Moretti’s

Website } Edison Park | 6727 N Olmsted Ave, Chicago, IL 60631 & many locations in the suburbs

A great patio, family-friendly favorites, and a nearby park and train!

Kids Eat Free: Mondays with a minimum purchase of $20. Kids can choose cheese ravioli, spaghetti, mac and cheese, cheeseburger, chicken strips, or grilled cheese.

Nearby Attractions: Monument Park

9. The Perch Kitchen and Tap

Website | Wicker Park | 1932 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

airy indoor space of a restaurant
The Perch

This Wicker Park restaurant has an on-site brewery, fantastic food, and a great patio. They host special events, like murder mystery parties occasionally!

Kids Eat Free: Every day from 4pm-6pm with the purchase of an adult entree.

Restaurants with Fun Vibes

10. 2d Restaurant

Website | Lakeview | 3155 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

a girl sitting at a table in cafe that is decorated in black and white to look like a coloring book.
2D Restaurant in Boystown

2d was created by a husband-and-wife team, Kevin Yu (Chef) and Vanessa Thanh Vu (Interior Designer). It is truly one of a kind. The decor is entirely black-and-white, so it looks like you’re stepping into a comic book.

They serve Asian-style fried chicken sandwiches (including a vegan option), mochi donuts, handcrafted coffees, and lemonades.


They host a Junior Chef class every other Thursday where Chef Yu teaches kids how to make frosting and decorate mochi donuts. We attended the course, and it was an absolute blast. My 3-year-old daughter loved it, and Chef Yu was excellent with the kids. I highly recommend it!

The good food, great customer service, and Instagram-worthy ambiance make 2d a great place to check out with the entire family.

Nearby Attractions: The Briar Street Theater (where Blue Man Group performs), a 15-minute walk from Wrigley Field and Gallagher Way.

11. JoJo’s Shake Bar

Website | River North | Water Tower Kiosk | Time Out Market

JoJo’s Shake Bar is known for their drool-worthy milkshakes. The Water Tower Place and Time Out Market kiosks serve milkshakes, hot chocolate, ice cream bars, and floats.

The River North location in downtown Chicago has a full menu with salads, sandwiches, snacks, brunch options, and signature shakes. It’s the perfect place for some family fun!

12. Superdawg Drive-In

Website | Norwood Park | 6363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646

exterior of a drive in hot dog joint
Superdawg Drive-in

Nearby Attractions: Caldwell Woods, Whelan Pool Aquatic Center, the North Branch Trail

Superdawg Drive-In is a family-owned Chicago landmark that has been here since 1948. It’s a super fun place for children of all ages, and an added bonus is you don’t even need to get out of your car. You pull up to the speakers, order your food, and they bring it to your car. You can eat in your car or at the picnic tables in the parking lot. In addition to hot dogs, they have chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, milkshakes, cheeseburgers, and more.

In warm weather, you can take it across the street to the forest preserve and have a picnic. The forest preserve, Caldwell Woods, has a great family waterpark, bike paths, and picnic spots. It also has one of the best sledding hills in Chicago, so it’s the perfect spot to grab a quick bite after some sledding in the winter.

13. American Girl Cafe

Website | Magnificent Mile | 835 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

three girls and dolls at table with food at the American Girl Cafe
American Girl Cafe on Michigan Avenue

The American Girl Store in Water Tower Place is an iconic toy store in Chicago, and it’s a must-see for any kid who loves dolls. They have a doll hair salon, a doll hospital, and all the accessories your kid will ever need for their American Girl dolls.

They also have a dining room, one of the best kid-friendly restaurants I’ve ever been to. They know how to make kids feel special, and the food is surprisingly good and reasonably priced for a special occasion lunch. It’s $25 per person for an adorable prix fixe menu with multiple courses.

The cafe has little chairs that attach to the table, so your child can dine with their favorite doll. We went for my daughter’s third birthday, and she loved it!

They host special events like cookie decorating classes, breakfast with Santa, and more.

Nearby Attractions: Harry Potter: Magic at Play, Lego Store, Bubbles Academy, Lookingglass Theater, Oak Street Beach

14. The Dock at Montrose Beach

Website | Uptown | 200 W Montrose Harbor Dr, Chicago, IL 60640

side view of shrimp po boy at a table on the beach
The Dock at Montrose Beach

This beachfront oasis is one of the best spots to check out during the summertime. This casual dining restaurant is located on Montrose Beach and has chips and guacamole, cheese curds, burgers, and more. They have live music every day starting memorial day weekend.

Nearby Attractions: Montrose Beach, Lake Michigan

15. Sugar Factory

Website | River North | 55 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

The Sugar Factory. This photo is actually from the Rosemont Location, but the River North location has a similar photo opportunity.

The Sugar Factory is one of Chicago’s most fun kid restaurants but also catered to adults. They serve insane milkshakes and other giant sugary drinks that can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. They have an extensive menu of traditional American food, but there isn’t a kid’s menu. Most kids can find something they will like on the menu, but the portions are enormous.

16. Ed Debevic’s

Website | River North | 159 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

inside of 1950's ish diner
Ed Debevic’s

It’s baaaack! After being closed for years, Ed Debevic’s has reopened, and the retro 50’s diner is a blast for kids. The servers do choreographed dances on the counters, and don’t be offended if the servers are rude to you. Their snarkiness is the best part of the experience!

17. The X Pot

Website | South Loop | 1147 S Delano Ct East, Chicago, IL 60605

The X Pot in the South Loop. The robot is bringing my husband his food in this picture!

The X Pot is a Chinese hot pot restaurant in the South Loop, and it’s an excellent way for kids to be involved in cooking and perhaps try a different cuisine.

What is Hot Pot? Hot pot is a Chinese dish similar to fondue. You pick the broth, proteins, noodles, and vegetables, then cook them in a hot broth at your table. The X Pot is particularly cool because a robot (yes, a robot!) brings your food to your table.

Because Hot Pot requires cooking in a hot broth, The X Pot is better for older kids.

Nearby Attractions: Shedd Aquarium. Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, Kido Toy Store

18. AO Hawaiian Hideout

Website | South Loop | 1315 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

AO Hawaiian Hideout

AO Hawaiin Hideout is a tropical escape within walking distance of some of Chicago’s biggest attractions. They serve poke bowls, sushi, ramen, island favorite, and tropical drinks. They often have live music, and when the weather permits, they have a dog-friendly patio.

Nearby Attractions: Shedd Aquarium. Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, Grant Park, Maggie Daley Park, Art Institute of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain

19. Eleven City Diner

Website | South Loop | 1112 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

interior of eleven city diner. There are neon signs and diner booths
Eleven City Diner

Eleven City Diner is an old-fashioned diner in the heart of downtown Chicago. They have classic diner food–burgers, Reubens, root beer floats, breakfast classics. They serve vegan options, and they make Mickey Mouse pancakes for kids. It’s the perfect meal before heading to Museum Campus or one of the parks.

Nearby Attractions: Shedd Aquarium. Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, Grant Park, Maggie Daley Park, Art Institute of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain

20. Sushi Plus

Website | Chinatown & Boystown

Sushi Plus Rotary in Chinatown

Sushi Plus is a rotary sushi restaurant where fresh food comes out on a conveyor belt or in a little car. Kids can see the food before picking it out, and it’s a super fun ambiance. In addition to sushi, they serve ramen and other Japanese favorites.

Nearby Attractions from the Chinatown Location: Chinatown, 5-minute drive to Guaranteed Rate Field, 10-minute drive to Museum Campus

Nearby Attractions from the Boystown Location: Boystown, Wrigley Field, Gallagher Way

21. Greek Islands

Website | Greektown | 200 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661

inside of restaurants that resembles the greek islands
Greek Islands

Greek Islands is America’s most popular Greek restaurant, and its decor transports you to Santorini. The food is extensive, and the bustling vibe will make you feel like you’re on vacation. Don’t forget to order the Flaming Saganaki Cheese! Opa!

Nearby Attractions: WNDR Museum, Willis Tower, Color Factory, National Hellenic Museum, about a 7-minute drive to the United Center

Restaurants with Activities

22. Punch Bowl Social

Website | West Loop | 310 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607

inside of restaurant with a bowling alley, arcade games, etc.
Punch Bowl Social

Punch Bowl Social (PBS) is one of the best family restaurants out there, and it’s in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. This neighborhood is known for its chic restaurants, but many are upscale and not necessarily kid-friendly. Punch Bowl Social has bowling alleys, arcade games, table games, and it’s in a cool historic building.

They do not have a kid-specific menu and their food is a bit trendier, so it’s probably not the best place for pickier eaters.

23. Pinstripes

Website | Streeterville | 435 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611

Pinstripes is a restaurant with bowling, bocce ball, and excellent Italian-American cuisine. They host special events for most holidays, and it’s a great stop after a trip to Navy Pier. They have an extensive menu with great kids’ meals, vegan and gluten-free options.

Nearby Attractions: Navy Pier, Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater

24. Park and Field 

Website | Logan Square 3509 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 

Park and Field is a restaurant in Logan Square with an incredible patio and one of the best brunches in Chicago. They have lawn games, like bocce ball and cornhole, special events, and it’s dog-friendly.

25. Bonus Round Game Cafe

Website | Lakeview | 3230 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

Bonus Round Game Cafe is a game cafe in Lakeview with skilled game guides to help you learn how to play new games. They have cocktails, mocktails, espresso drinks, and a full menu.

Nearby Attractions: ~10-minute walk to Wrigley Field/Gallagher Way

26. Snakes and Lattes

Website | Bucktown | 1965 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Snakes and Lattes is a board game cafe in Bucktown that has a board game vault with over 500 games, thematic private gaming rooms, and a viking-style Mead Hall. Many of the themed restaurants in Chicago have closed, so this is one of the best places to check out if you want to escape reality for a little bit.

They have themed trivia nights, like Harry Potter and Marvel, and a menu with snacks, burgers, and sandwiches.

27. Replay

Website | Andersonville | 5358 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Replay in Andersonville. This is the only location that allows kids!

What kid doesn’t love arcade games? Replay is one of the top kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago, especially for older children. While the Lincoln Park and Lakeview locations are bars that don’t serve food, the location in Andersonville has games, plenty of tasty comfort food options, and an impressive kids’ menu. Kids even have their own salad option!

It’s a great place to watch a sports game, too!

28. Stay and Play Game Cafe

Website | Irving Park | 3932 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618

A great way to enjoy Family Night is with a board game, and Stay and Play Game Cafe is an excellent place to try many different board games while enjoying great food and drinks. They have 600+ board and card games of varying difficulty levels, and you can have complete access with a $5 gaming pass.

They host special events, like Dungeons and Dragons night, and nights where you can learn new games.

They serve delicious Puerto Rican food, so you can enjoy jibaritos, rellenos de papa, and stuffed tostones. They serve a variety of rum-based cocktails, mocktails, and beers. They have a kids’ menu with standard kid-friendly options like quesadillas, chicken nuggets, and grilled cheese.

Nearby Attractions: It’s steps away from Independence Park, one of our favorite playgrounds in the city!

29. Sluggers Bar & Grill

Website | Wrigleyville | 3540 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

arcade games and batting cages
Sluggers Bar and Grill

Directly across from Wrigley Field, Sluggers has batting cages, arcade games, and dueling pianos. It’s the perfect spot for kids before or after a Cubs game, though it will be crowded on game days!

30. Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum

Kid-Friendly Restaurants for Foodies

31. Little Goat Diner

Website | Southport Corridor | 3325 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

inside of diner
Little Goat Diner

Little Goat Diner has been a local favorite for years, and they are moving from the West Loop to Southport Corridor this month. The chef, Stephanie Izard, won Season 4 of Top Chef which appropriately took place in Chicago. She has since opened several of the city’s best restaurants: Girl and the Goat, Duck Duck Goat, Cabra, and Little Goat Diner.

All of Izard’s restaurants are fantastic, but Little Goat Diner is definitely the most kid-friendly. It’s casual, and the menu consists of diner classics that kids love. Chef Izard adds her culinary expertise, so everything is delicious and unique, yet familiar.

32. Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Website | Avondale | 3361 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

fried chicken from above and mashed potatoes and gravy
Honey Butter Fried Chicken

Honey Butter Fried Chicken started as a secret supper club that became so popular they opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant. They are known for their antibiotic-free fried chicken served with honey butter. They have delicious corn muffins, mac and cheese, and sweet treats, too.

Tofu can be subbed in for fried chicken in any dish, so it’s also vegetarian-friendly!

33. Kasama

Website | Ukrainian Village | 1001 N Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Kasama is a Michelin-starred restaurant that serves Filipino breakfast favorites and pastries during the day. At night, they serve a high-end tasting menu which is less kid-friendly

From chicken adobo and lumpia shanghai to black sesame coconut macaroons and citrus poppyseed poundcake, this menu is delicious, unique, and a great way to expose your kids to Filipino cuisine.

34. Little Bad Wolf

Website | Andersonville | 1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Little Bad Wolf

Little Bad Wolf is an edgy little restaurant in Andersonville with mouthwatering food. They have the best burgers in Chicago, in my opinion, and they serve a bunch of perfectly executed food.

They serve bao and tacos a la carte, so you can try a little bit of everything and adjust based on your hunger level. They are the perfect small portions for kids, and it’s an excellent way for them to try new foods.

35. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Website | Lincoln Park | 2024 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is a bustling Lincoln Park restaurant that serves Spanish tapas. It’s loud and lively, and the food is always superb. I highly recommend roasted dates wrapped in bacon, garlic shrimp, patatas bravas, and beef tenderloin with blue cheese.

Nearby Attractions: Oz Park

36. Urban Belly

Website | Wicker Park & Time Out Market

outside of urban belly
Urban Belly in Wicker Park

Urban Belly is a fantastic dumpling and ramen restaurant by Chef Bill Kim. They have unique kids’ meals like chicken and rice and chicken and bao.

37. Superkhana International

Website | Logan Square | 3059 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Superkhana International is an Indian fusion restaurant known for its butter chicken calzones, chili cheese naan, and its delicious brunch.

38. Big Star

inside of taco restaurant
Big Star in Wrigleyville

Fast Favorites

39. Portillo’s

Website | Many Locations

Portillos

A Chicago treasure, Portillos has cool vibes, and delicious Chicago-style food, including hot dogs, Italian beef, cheeseburgers, and the famous chocolate cake shake. Their chopped salad is my favorite salad in the world!

40. Chicago Bagel Authority

Website | Lincoln Park | Lake View

Chicago Bagel Authority

Chicago Bagel Authority, or CBA for short, is located by train stations on Armitage and Belmont. They serve steamed bagel sandwiches that are totally unique.

41. Devil Dawgs

Website | Many Locations

Devil Dawgs started as a little stand near DePaul University and has since expanded to multiple locations around the city. They have delicious burgers, hot dogs, and buckets of cheese fries!

42. Dimo’s

Website | Wrigleyville | Wicker Park | Revival Food Hall | Lincoln Square

Dimo’s Pizza in Lincoln Square

Dimo’s is based on Ian’s Pizza in Madison, and they have traditional and unique pizzas. The mac and cheese Pizza is famous, and they rotate specials on the menu. The crab rangoon pizza was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. They have vegan options, too!

43. Shake Shack

Website | Many Locations

Shake Shack

Shake Shack started in New York City, but it’s become a local favorite here in Chicago. Shakes, burgers, sandwiches, and more!

Family Favorites

44. Hampton Social

Website | River North | Streeterville

inside of a nautical-themed restaurant  with a neon sign that says rose all day
Hampton Social

Hampton Social is an airy nautical-themed restaurant with lobster rolls, crab cakes, pizza, and more. They often host family-friendly special events.

Nearby Attractions: Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, Grant Park, Art Institute of Chicago

45. Lou Malnati’s

Website | Many Locations

a mini deep dish pizza with pepperoni
Lou Malnati’s

This list would not be complete without a deep-dish pizza joint, and Lou Malnati’s is one of the best. Their flakey, buttery crust is the best, and what kid doesn’t love pizza? Some locations have a great dine-in lunch special and a small kids’ menu for kids who aren’t deep dish pizza fans.

46. RJ Grunts

Website | Lincoln Park | 2056 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614

RJ Grunts is the original Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, and it’s known for its salad bar, burgers, and milkshakes. There are plenty of fun things to do across from the restaurant, like the Lincoln Park Zoo, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and the Lincoln Park Conservatory. They even have a stroller valet which is a nice touch!

Nearby Attractions: Lincoln Park Zoo, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Lincoln Park Conservatory

47. Billy Goat Tavern

Website | Many locations

exterior of billy goat tavern in chicago
Billy Goat Tavern

Billy Goat Tavern was made famous by this Saturday Night Live sketch, and it’s definitely worth stopping by to get a cheezeborger. Despite the sketch, they have other food on the menu besides cheeseburgers!

48. Ina Mae Tavern

Website | Wicker Park | 1415 N Wood St, Chicago, IL 60622

Ina Mae Tavern is a black-owned restaurant in Wicker Park. Chef Brian Jupiter transports you to New Orleans with his southern cooking. They have live music, and fun events. They’re famous for sno balls, similar to snow cones, which can be made with or without booze!

49. Old Irving Brewing Company

Website | Old Irving Park | 4419 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

Old Irving Brewing Company is a kid-friendly brewery with delicious food and a dedicated kids’ menu. It’s spacious, parking is easy, and they sometimes host special events. Parents who love good beer and good food will love this spot!

50. Uncommon Ground

Website | Wrigleyville | 3800 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

Uncommon Ground is located near Wrigley Field, and they have a rooftop garden where they grow many ingredients. They have vegan-friendly options, and everything I’ve eaten here is delicious. Definitely get the sweet potato fries with goat cheese fondue!

They often have live music, too.

Nearby Attractions: Wrigley Field and Gallagher Way,

51. Jerry’s Sandwiches

Website | Lincoln Square | 4739 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Jerry’s Sandwiches is named after Grateful Dead legend Jerry Garcia. They have an extensive menu of sandwiches, ranging from po’ boys to burgers to great vegetarian options. Each sandwich comes with two sides. The food is always superb, and kids will find something they love.

52. Cheesie’s Pub & Grub

Website | Locations in Lakeview & Wicker Park & a food truck

Grilled cheese is the quintessential kid’s meal, and Cheesie’s Pub & Grub really steps it up a notch. Everything on the menu is kid-friendly.

53. Nutella Cafe

Website | The Loop | 189 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

exterior of nutella cafe in chicago
Nutella Cafe

Nutella lovers, here’s a place for you. The only Nutella Cafe in the world is in Chicago on Michigan Avenue. All the dishes incorporate Nutella in some way. It’s the perfect spot to pick up a special treat before heading to nearby parks.

Nearby Attractions: Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, Grant Park, Art Institute of Chicago

54. Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder

Website | Lincoln Park | 2121 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder is so unique and a must-visit for anyone in Chicago. They serve pizza pot pies, sandwiches (oven grinders), and salads, but my favorite is the Mediterranean bread. It is the former location of the St. Valentines Day Massacre, so the restaurant is steeped in history.

Nearby Attractions: Lincoln Park Zoo, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Lincoln Park Conservatory

55. 5 Rabinitos

Website | Pilsen | 1758 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

outside of restaurant with tacos written on the side, and a Mexican flag
5 Rabinitos

Pilsen is the place for authentic Mexican cuisine, and 5 Rabinitos is a local favorite that is always bustling with families having a good time.

Nearby Attractions: National Museum of Mexican Art, Murals of Pilsen

56. Wildberry Pancakes

Website | Streeterville & The Loop | Water Tower Place & Prudential Plaza

57. Summer House Santa Monica

Website | Lincoln Park | 1954 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

58. Gene’s Sausage Shop

Website | Lincoln Square | 4750 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

59. Bad Apple

Website | Lincoln Square | 4300 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

60. Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

Website | The Loop | 225 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

exterior of sweetwater tavern and grille in chicago
Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

Food Halls

Food Halls are perfect for families because everyone can get something they enjoy.

61. Time Out Market

Website | West Loop | 916 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

Nearby Attractions: United Center

balcony view of food hall
Time Out Market

62. Revival Food Hall

Website | The Loop | 125 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60603

Nearby Attractions: Daley Plaza (location of the original Christkindlemarket during the holidays), Cadillac Palace Theater, Harold Washington Library

inside of an italian marketplace
Eataly

63. Eataly

Website | River North | 43 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

Nearby Attractions: Museum of Ice Cream, Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Riverwalk

64. Urban Space

Website | The Loop | 15 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

Nearby Attractions: Millennium Park, Art Institute of Chicago, Maggie Daley Park, Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, Museum of Illusions

65. Navy Pier

Website | Streeterville | 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Nearby Attractions: Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Ferris Wheel, Boat Cruises, Water Taxi

If you’re looking for the Rainforest Cafe, it has unfortunately closed. However, those looking for a tropical rainforest-themed restaurant can travel to the Gurnee Mills location, just north of Chicago.

Another family favorite, Safehouse Chicago, closed as well, but junior spies can find Safehouse Milwaukee, another spy-themed spot, just 90 miles north in neighboring Milwaukee.

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