Five kid-friendly brunches

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



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Shaw’s Crab House

Shaw’s Crab House Photo: Bill Werme


Shaw’s Crab House (21 E Hubbard St, 312-527-2722)
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.


Nightwood (2119 S Halsted St, 312-526-3385)
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: chocolate-iced doughnuts, oatmeal griddle cakes and sourdough BLTs.


Milk & Honey (1920 W Division St, 773-395-9434)
This sunny storefront is always packed with folks who are willing to wait for the scrambled-egg panini and housemade granola with yogurt. But the line moves quickly, and with so much action, nobody will notice when the kids wail about wanting seconds.


Nana (3267 S Halsted St, 312-929-2486)
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.


Angel Food Bakery (1636 W Montrose Ave, 773-728-1512)
Maybe dishes like smoked trout focaccia and creamed wild mushrooms sound a little adult for a kid-friendly brunch. But don’t worry—this retro café also makes awesome egg-in-a-hole entrees and housemade “airstreams” (its take on Twinkies) to balance it all out.

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