10 Chicago burgers your kids will love

Burgers are up there with mac and cheese and hot dogs as most kids' favorite meals. But which Chicago burgers are the best? Check out our list.

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Some kids only eat pizza. Others only eat ice cream. But any mom or dad will tell you: Every kid will chow down on a burger. We've scoured the city to find the best burgers in town for those little rascals. Obviously, french fries are required!

Burger Bar

  • Price band: 1/4

Located just across from the Apple Store in Lincoln Park, Burger Bar offers Burger Buddies: two mini turkey burgers or cheeseburgers ($5). Even better for parents: There is a “stroller alley” where you can park your gear.

  1. 1578 N Clybourn Ave
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Five Guys Burgers & Fries

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At Five Guys, kids can stuff their faces with free peanuts before they eat their meal. There are four “Little” burgers on the menu: Little Hamburger ($4.09), Little Cheeseburger ($4.79), Little Bacon Burger ($5.09) and Little Bacon Cheeseburger ($5.79). Kids can also choose from unlimited toppings (extra cheese is the most popular).

  1. 1115 Lake St
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The Bad Apple

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Why is this place always packed with adults and kids of all ages? They know the burgers here are delicious. The kids' burger ($5) comes with cheese or no cheese, and is served with fries, fruit slices (hooray!) and a small fountain drink.

  1. 4300 N Lincoln Ave
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Epic Burger

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The Epic Burger Classic ($6) can be made into a Junior ($5), and is made with all-natural, never-frozen Angus beef. After kids chow down, they can grab a shake ($4)—we love the peanut butter version.

  1. 1000 W North Ave
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Hamburger Mary’s

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids can order the Mini Classics for $2.65: The Susie-Q (barbecue, bacon, cheese, onion ring), the Little Boy Blue (bacon, blue cheese), the Lil' Princess (bacon, green onions, cheese) and the Lil' Spicy (buffalo mojo, jalapeno, cheese, pickle).

  1. 5400 N Clark St
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Burger Boss

The Little Burger Boss ($5.35, with fries and a soda) is fully customizable with a large selection of fresh toppings and housemade sauces, allowing kids the chance to create their perfect burger masterpiece—great for adventurous and picky eaters alike. Even better? The burgers are thin, griddled patties, creating a more manageable burger for little hands.

  1. 3208 N Southport Ave
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Meatheads

  • Price band: 1/4

The delicious Lil’ Meathead kids meal ($5.50) comes with fries, veggies or applesauce, and a drink (soda or organic milk). It’s the same burger as the adult’s version, but smaller. As an added bonus, Meatheads includes a Twitsy Twigs toys with every kids meal.

  1. 3304 N Western Ave
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Spritz Burger

  • Price band: 2/4

Not only do kids get both fries and tots with their burger, but they can choose from three cheese toppings (American, swiss, cheddar). The Mini Burger Kids Meal ($6) also comes with three very cool dessert options: a Rice Krispies treat, a mini root beer float or a Chocolate Devil Dog with marshmallow filling.

  1. 3819 N Broadway
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Standard Market Grill

  • Price band: 2/4

Little ones love the kids' sliders ($8 for two), which come with a choice of sides—the fruit cup and sweet potato fries are the most popular, according to our unofficial survey!

  1. 444 W Fullteron Pkwy
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Smashburger

  • Price band: 1/4

The popular Lincoln Park spot is a true family hangout. You'll see kids with their moms, college buddies having a beer and burger, and businessmen taking a work lunch. Smashburger sells burgers (we love the Classic Smash), chicken sandwiches (try the Avocado Club), sides like Smash fries and Haystack Onions, killer shakes and decent salads. Wondering why it's so crowded at 5:30pm? The kids' menu is awesome—especially the Kids Smash burger, which costs just $5 and comes with fries and a drink.  

  1. 2031 N Clybourn Ave
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