7 kid-friendly brunches

Sunday brunch rocks no matter your age at these Chicago spots. If your kids are under 12, they may even eat for free.

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Shaw’s Crab House

Shaw’s Crab House Photo: Bill Werme

You work all week and want to relax on the weekends. Why drag your kids to a brunch spot that isn't kid-friendly? We've searched the city—and polled moms—to get the scoop on the best restaurants for brunch that will not only accommodate your little one, but offer dishes he or she will love.

Milk & Honey

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This sunny storefront is always packed with folks who are willing to wait for the scrambled-egg panini ($6.95) and housemade granola with yogurt ($5.75). But the line moves quickly, and with so much action, nobody will notice when the kids wail about wanting seconds.

  1. 1920 W Division St
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Shaw’s Crab House

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

You won’t be able to pull your kids away from the waffle bar and mounds of maple-smoked bacon at this Sunday buffet—where 12-and-unders eat free with a paying adult—until they get a load of the sweets table, stacked with housemade desserts, lollipops and poufs of cotton candy.

  1. 21 E Hubbard St
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Nightwood

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Few restaurants have servers who treat little ones with as much respect as this one. But what will the kids eat? The same things you will: bacon-butterscotch doughnuts ($5), Three Sister’s oatmeal with pears ($8) and the lemon poppyseed scones ($14).

  1. 2119 S Halsted St
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Nana

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The fact that much of the food here is organic is one good reason to visit. The spiced apple crêpes, corn-oat waffles and baked chilaquiles are three others. For kids, there is a teddy bear pancake ($5) plus a mini All-American breakfast ($6). All organic. All yummy.

  1. 3267 S Halsted St
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Bakin' and Eggs

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 1/4

This colorful and fun Lakeview brunch spot is always crowded, so get there early. (If you have little ones, you’re up at 6:44am anyway, so this is a moot point.) The children’s brunch options (kid’s burrito, pancakes with a whipped cream smiley face, PB and J, and even a ham sandwich) are all $5 and served with fruit. The kiddos will love the small bakery section filled with Lovely baked goodies.

  1. 3120 N Lincoln Ave
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Wishbone

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Not only is the Roscoe Village location incredibly family-friendly, but the restaurant offers menu items like the Frog Toast (French toast with corn flakes, $4.50) and a Fruit Pancake ($3.75). If your little one only will eat quesadillas, no worries: They are on the brunch menu, too, along with many other lunch and dinner items.

  1. 3300 N Lincoln Ave
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John’s Place

  • Price band: 1/4

John’s Place is always full of kids, which is why we’re calling it a great brunch spot for children. We promise your screaming little ones won’t get noticed at all. It has menus and crayons to draw pictures, plus delicious pancakes with peanut butter ($5), doughnuts ($7) and more.

  1. 1200 W Webster Ave
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Rebecca R
Rebecca R

Whisk has a kid friendly menu.  2018 W Chicago.  Mickey mouse pancakes are yummy and delightful for kiddos.  Also there is a deluxe changing table in their bathroom.  Check it out!  www.whiskchicago.com