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.

Kids eat free at Hollywood Grill. Photograph: Martha Williams


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

  • Price band: 1/4

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.

  1. 950 W Wrightwood Ave, at Sheffield Ave
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Benny's Chop House

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

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.

  1. 444 N Wabash Ave, at Illinois St
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Browntrout

  • Price band: 2/4

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.

  1. 4111 N Lincoln Ave, between Warner and Belle Plaine Aves
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Crosby's Kitchen

  • Price band: 2/4

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.

  1. 3455 N Southport Ave, at Cornelia Ave
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Dunlay’s on the Square

  • Price band: 2/4

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.

  1. 3137 W Logan Blvd, between Milwaukee Ave and Kedzie Blvd
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foodlife

  • Price band: 1/4

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.

  1. Water Tower Place, 835 N Michigan Ave, between Chestnut and Pearson Sts
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Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar

  • Price band: 2/4

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.

  1. 3358 N Paulina St, between Henderson and Roscoe Sts
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Hollywood Grill

  • Price band: 1/4

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.

  1. 1601 W North Ave, at Ashland Ave
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Hutch

  • Price band: 2/4

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.

  1. 3301 N Clark St, between School St and Buckingham Pl
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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.

  1. 5304 W Devon Ave
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Pizzeria Serio

  • Price band: 2/4

The deal Kids eat free on Sunday nights.

Why shouldn’t Sunday nights be pizza night? This spot specializes in brick oven pizza in a variety of specialty pies as well as create-your-own. Salads, sandwiches and a selection of appetizers are available as well. The littles can choose a pasta entrée if they refuse the pie.

  1. 1708 W Belmont Ave, between Paulina St and Ravenswood Ave
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Riverview Tavern

  • Price band: 1/4

The deal Kids eat free Monday–Thursday 4:30–6pm.

Catch a late-afternoon Bears or Steelers game at this tavern while munching on quesadillas, Bavarian pretzels or sliders. Kids will love rooting for your favorite team, and if you get lucky with a Monday-night or Thursday-night game, they’ll eat free.

  1. 1958 W Roscoe St, between Wolcott and Damen Aves
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Rocks North Center

  • Price band: 2/4

The deal Kids six and under eat free Monday–Thursday 3:30pm–5:30pm.

A good ol’ neighborhood pub is how this spot describes itself. Whether you are looking for a giant burger or perhaps nachos, they have you covered. And for the kiddos, plenty of choices as well, most served with tater tots and orange slices.

  1. 4138 N Lincoln Ave
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Shaw’s Crab House

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The deal Kids under 12 eat free for Sunday brunch with purchase of adult meal (two kids per adult).

Indulge in one of the best Sunday brunch buffets in the city, full of choices from a cold seafood bar, create-your-own omelette station and a delectable sweets table. Brunch cocktails (additional fee) are available to complement the grand selection.

  1. 21 E Hubbard St, between State St and Wabash Ave
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Southport & Irving

  • Price band: 2/4

The deal Kids eat free daily from 5:30–6:30pm.

This casual neighborhood restaurant has entrees for adults like butternut-squash ravioli and diver scallops and a kids' menu with dishes made with ingredients like Amish chicken and organic peanut butter.

  1. 4000 N Southport Ave, between Irving Park and Cuyler Ave
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Wilde Bar and Restaurant

  • Price band: 2/4

The deal Kids eat free Monday–Friday 4:30-6:30pm.

This Lakeview Irish pub offers a wide variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads and entrees (with vegetarian and gluten-free menus to boot!) and plenty of drink specials, in addition to a weekday kids-eat-free deal with a full kids' menu. 

  1. 3130 N Broadway, between Barry Ave and Briar Pl
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Wishbone

  • Price band: 1/4

The deal Kids eat free on Tuesday nights.

Tuesday nights are all about family at this Southern cooking restaurant. Not only do kids eat free (as long as an adult entrée is paid for) but they also screen a family friendly film on the big movie screen.

  1. 1001 W Washington Blvd, at Morgan St
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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?

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