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Restaurants where kids eat free

From Italian restaurants to steakhouses and everything in between, here's where kids eat free in Chicago

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Kids eat free at Hollywood Grill.

Despite having such tiny stomachs, kids' meals can be expensive. Although many kids' menus at Chicago restaurants offer reduced prices, sometimes it's nice to dine out knowing that your kids eat free (especially when most of the food ends up on the floor anyway). Here are places in the city and nearby suburbs that offer great choices for adults—and free grub for kids.

Places where kids eat free

Barn & Company

The deal Kids eat free Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

There’s nothing like getting together for a family barbecue, even if it's at a restaurant. They whole fam can enjoy chicken, ribs and brisket along with homestyle sides like cornbread and the kid-favorite mac and cheese.

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Lincoln Park

Benny's Chop House

Critics' pick

The deal Kids eat free anytime on Sunday nights.

Sometimes you just want a place where you can have a fancier meal with kids in tow. Benny’s gets that and offers a kids' menu full of the typical kiddie menu choices, as well as steak. (This is a steakhouse, after all.) You can still indulge in shrimp cocktail, a rib eye and a martini, of course.

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River North


The deal Kids eat free every day from 5–7pm.

We'd all love to get our kids to eat organic, farm-fresh food, and dining out at a restaurant that specializes in just that may be your best bet. Craft cocktails and pan-seared walleye for the adults and sloppy joes made with local beef or organic chicken tenders for the kids make a happy night out for all.

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North Center

Crosby's Kitchen

The deal Kids eat free every day between 4–6:30pm.

This uber kid-friendly restaurant in the Southport corridor does everything to make it easier to dine out with kids (stepstools, wide doors for strollers) while also offering amenities parents will love, like a full bar and rotating rotisserie selection.

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Southport Corridor

Dunlay’s on the Square

The deal Kids eat free every day between 4–6:30pm.

This neighborhood restaurant offers everything from salads to sandwiches, pizza to tacos. If you are okay eating on the earlier side, your kids will eat with no cost to you. That may leave room to finish the meal with a skillet cookie.

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Logan Square


The deal Kids can make their own free pizza on Sunday nights from 5–7pm (three kids eat free for every adult meal purchased).

Kids can get their inner chef on at this Lettuce Entertain You food-court option. Each kid can design a pizza, cooked to perfection by a Foodlife chef, while enjoying classic kids' movies on the big screen. Adults can choose from any of the kitchens within foodlife to enjoy their own meal.

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Magnificent Mile

Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar

The deal Kids eat free every day from 4-6:30pm.

Pizza, wine, salads and pastas abound here, and kids can join in on the fun daily at no additional cost. There is also a full brunch menu and outdoor seating when the weather allows.

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Hollywood Grill

The deal Kids eat free 2–10pm Monday–Wednesday.

Sometimes you just feel like eating at a greasy spoon where you can get everything from an omelette to meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Its children’s menu is expansive, too, with more than a dozen items; it’s easy for the pickiest of kids to find something they’ll nibble on.

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Wicker Park


The deal Kids eat free every day between 5–6:30pm and all night on Sundays.

The kids' menu at this Lakeview spot is pretty simple, but adults can indulge in anything from an aged prime steak to steamed mussels. There is also a full brunch menu and bar selections.

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Mia Figlia

The deal Kids eat free on Monday nights.

Hearty and classic Italian cooking is what you’ll find at this restaurant that translates to “my daughter” in Italian. Expect pasta, pizza and mainstays like chicken Parmesan.

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Forest Glen
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Sheila K
Sheila K

It would be great if the details regarding rules for kids eating free was somewhere easy to find in the article?