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Kid-friendly bars and pubs in Chicago

Here are the kid-friendly bars in the city and suburbs where you can have a beer while your little ones don't drink beer

Photograph: Allison Williams
The Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont is one of the best kid-friendly bars in Chicago.

A night out with friends and a few brews at a bar is ideal, but sometimes you have no choice but to have the kids in tow. Luckily, these kid-friendly bars in the city and suburbs allow you to kick back with a beer with your little ones—in between diaper changes and cutting up their food.

The Boundary

Bring the kids It's best to avoid this place when there's a big game on the TVs. Kids are catered to here nicely with cartoon straw cups and crayons to draw.
Or call a sitter If you are a sports fanatic, this is a great place to watch a game. It’s also a pretty solid choice for a leisurely brunch: The selection of toppings for your Bloody Mary or mimosa spans the back wall of the restaurant.
Eat something The fish tacos are a highlight, as is the cowboy salad. Kids can get cheese quesadillas, chicken tenders and more.

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Wicker Park

Chief O’Neill’s Pub

Bring the kids A Sunday all-you-can-eat brunch buffet ($19.95, kids 18-10 $14, 10-2 $12; 2 and under free) includes kid-friendly treats such as milk- and white-chocolate fountains, and grown-up goodies like a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Every Monday night is "doggie night" on the patio.
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The massive back patio stays open year round. If it’s a little chilly out there, you can warm up with seven varieties of Irish coffee.
Eat something
At lunch and dinner, come for the classics: shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and the owner’s family recipe for bacon-wrapped, Guinness-infused meatloaf.

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Fifth Province Pub

Bring the kids The pub’s only open Friday and Saturday evenings, so it’s best to bring the brood for an early dinner. Píobairí, a traditional bagpipe performance, happens 5–7pm the first Saturday of every month. 
Or call a sitter
Plenty of fun for adults including MCToberfest, a celebration of Munich’s Oktoberfest, and live music in the pub starting at 9pm Friday at Saturday nights.
Eat something
Traditional pub fare includes fish and chips and Irish country stew. If the wee ones aren’t feeling adventurous, there’s a kids’ menu with standards like grilled cheese and chicken tenders.

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Irving Park

Fizz Bar and Grill

Bring the kids The outdoor garden is full of games such as Jenga and ping-pong, so you'll get no complaints about waiting for a table. Kids will also love menu selections like pasta with Parmesan-filled meatballs.
Or call a sitter Flashback to the days when you used to linger quietly (or rowdily) in a beer garden with friends, or grab a paint brush because Tuesday nights are paint nights with instruction, half-price bottles of wine and $6 salads.
Eat something Bar food is pretty standard with giant burgers and monster BLTs. A large kids' menu includes items like pesto chicken sliders and mac and cheese.

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Lake View


Bring the kids This Bavarian-themed beer hall—designed to be a replica of the famous one in Munich—encourages rowdiness at the dinner table, with traditionally clad servers who lead singing and dancing to live music. Roving musicians may well bring out a 10-foot alpine horn to entertain the crowd, or lead everyone in kitschy sing-alongs (“Rocky Mountain High,” “I Would Walk 500 Miles”).
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The later it gets, the bigger the dents, in terms of the restaurant’s liter-size mugs of Bavarian beers. The post-dinner crowd is here to drink. A lot.
Eat something
Kids will get a kick out of the “Jumbo Complete” giant soft pretzel served with mustard and cheese for dipping. Sausages, schnitzel and sauerbraten are well-represented among the main courses.

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Lincoln Karaoke

Bring the kids For families looking to avoid the late-night rowdiness, this popular Lincoln Square hangout allows entry before it opens at 7pm. Advance reservations get you a private karaoke room with flat-screen TV and sofas ($30–$50 per hour, depending on group size), though you can come weeknights after 7pm with kids, too. If you’re hosting a party, you can bring along additional entertainment (the staff says magicians are popular). The song catalog includes plenty of squeal-inducing pop, including Justin Bieber, One Direction and Carly Rae Jepsen.
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Friday and Saturday nights after 8pm are off limits for under 21s. (Which, sadly, doesn’t guarantee a Bieber-free evening of sing-a-longs.)
Eat something
The emphasis is more on singing and drinking, less on food, so expect stalwarts like mozzarella sticks, wings and chicken tenders. A few Asian dishes are offered, too, including steamed dumplings and spicy ramen noodles.

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Lincoln Square

Revolution Brewing

Bring the kids If your little ones are loud, they will fit right in with this crowd. Best to bring them on weeknights when the wait isn’t quite as long to avoid restlessness.
Or call a sitter If you are serious about your brews and want to try many of them, we suggest leaving your kids at home with someone sober.
Eat something Revolution is almost as serious about the food as it is the beer—everything from breads to charcuterie are made in-house. Try out one of the varieties of steamed PEI mussels or the pork belly and egg sandwich. The kids will enjoy their pizzas or a duck grilled cheese.

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Logan Square


Ben F
Ben F

@Eric M No offense but I hear this Puritan backlash all the time against integrating kids into adult friendly activities and it baffles me.  What exactly is wrong with taking your kids into a friendly neighborhood pub that welcomes families and also serves beer?  Many parents don't have the luxury of hiring a sitter or roping in parents or siblings to kid-watch except for special occasions like anniversaries (and even that can be a stretch).  Should they be confined to their house in the early evening, or relegated to McDonald's or Chuck E Cheese?