Move over, chicken fingers and hot dogs. These family-friendly Chicago restaurants around town have amped up their offerings with kicked-up kids' menus and features that make it just a little less stressful to dine out with the brood in tow. From menus that include steak and ribs to stroller valets, these kid-friendly restaurants may convince you to leave your house during meal time, after all. Bonus: Kids eat free at some of these spots.
Kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago
This butcher-meets-restaurant-meets–performance venue is a hot spot for families as well. Kids eat free every Monday–Friday from 4–6 pm. Drag them over to the butcher shop next door and they may pick out something they'll actually let you cook them for dinner another day.
Nothing makes it easier to dine with kids than a big ol' patio. And although this trick only works half of the year at best, this is the perfect spot for dining al fresco with the family. The patio is big with cushy benches, and nobody thinks twice when your kids are climbing all over them.
Rick Bayless altered his Xoco concept just a bit when he moved into Wicker Park due to families looking for more entrees in addition to sandwiches. Kids gobble up guacamole while coloring pictures and sipping on agua frescas. There is a kids' menu, and servers are pretty flexible with picky kids.