Move over, chicken fingers and hot dogs. These kid-friendly Chicago restaurants have amped up their offerings with curated menus for your little gourmands, making it easier to dine out with the youngsters in tow. Moreover, the spots on this list won't make you feel bad for canceling on the babysitter: They've got everything from stroller valets to coloring books to cozy booths for the whole family. As an added bonus, we tossed in a few spots where kids eat free—because everyone could use a break. Pack up the diaper bag and check out one of these kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago.
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Kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago
On weeknights from 4:30 to 6pm, families are invited to check out the Warbler's Supper Club special, which goes for $25 per person (kids under 9 eat for free) and includes six family-style dishes of your choice. The plates are portioned just right to ensure everyone leaves full and happy.
While you're munching on shishito peppers and charcuterie, the kids will be tucking into crispy chicken tenders, a cheeseburger or buttered noodles at this Irving Park brewery. All kids' meals are just $8 and include a drink and your choice of fries or fresh fruit.
It's easy to please everyone and Shake Shack, especially now that the burger empire has three locations in Chicago. Kids can choose from hamburgers, a crispy chicken sandwich and flat-top dogs, all of which are crafted with premium ingredients. It's a fast and easy option for moms and dads on the go.
This butcher shop-restaurant-performance venue isn't just for hip concerts and events—it's fun for the whole family, too. Little ones eat free Monday through Friday from 4 to 6pm from the kids menu. Parents, you're in luck, too; choose from a bone marrow-crusted filet mignon, eggplant parmesant and spicy elotes.
Located across from the Lincoln Park Zoo, this Lettuce Entertain You original is almost too convenient. Park your stroller near the front of the restaurant and sit the kids down with crayons and animal crackers. Meals are even served on old-school cafeteria trays, so they'll feel right at home.
Bring the kids along for date night at this swanky Lincoln Park restaurant, where kids eat for free on Monday nights. Chef Rob Shaner uses seasonal ingredients from Green City Market and nearby farms, so you can rest assured that your little ones are getting an excellent meal.
This Ravenswood spot is wonderfully kid-friendly, and owner Jonathan Goldsmith goes out his way to make sure families have a stress-free dining experience. No need for a special menu, as your bambinos will love the tasty Neapolitan pizzas that this place is known for.
Bet you didn't think that Schubas-adjacent Tied House catered to the kids. The beautiful Lakeview restaurant has a dedicated kids' menu that's packed with parent-approved meals like fish and chips, spaghetti three ways, a chicken breast with mashed potatos and mac and cheese with bacon. Finish the meal with a scoop (or two) of birthday cake ice cream.
Little ones will love the expansive kids' menu that offers everything from a mini-slab of ribs and grilled cheese to chicken fingers and a hot fudge sundae. Servers go out of their way to accommodate the kiddos so that parents can relax and enjoy a martini.