Group-Friendly Chicago restaurants offer everything from tapas to tequilla drinks

Dining in Chicago with a large group isn’t hard if you know where to go and the best time to make those restaurant reservations. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday with your family, need to entertain business clients or meeting with friends to watch the big game, large groups are welcome in many establishments throughout the city.

Family-friendly restaurants like Café Ba-Ba-Reeba and Emilio’s Tapas are great whether or not you have kids in your party.

If you’re heading to a big game either at the United Center or want a bar atmosphere, WestEnd Bar and Grille lets you get in on the action.

Brunch is popular in Chicago but the lines can be down the block at some hot spots. Head to Wishbone in the West Loop but get in early if you want your entire group to be seated together.

Ethnic restaurants are usually a good bet for large parties. Many of the restaurants in Greektown can easily accommodate large groups and some even have menus specifically for large parties. Most also have party rooms or outdoor space for when the weather cooperates.

Hosting a large party for dining in Chicago can be enjoyable and delicious when you find the right restaurant. Luckily Chicago has plenty from which to choose. 

Colorful, loud, and festive, this Nuevo Latino eatery serves up flavorful, spicy food with an extra emphasis on flair and presentation. Start with a tequila drink from their huge cocktail list, and one of their fresh ceviches. The menu is huge,...  Read More

The Loop

Going to see a play in Chicago? This Italian restaurant is a good pre-show pick for dinner. The best thing on the menu are their homemade pastas, but you'll also find a nice selection of salads and a few fish entrees. Customers rave about the...  Read More

Iron Horse Ale House
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The northwest may not be known as a trendy neighborhood according to some Chicagoan's standards but those who live in Norwood Park don't mind. They benefit from being able to get in some of the best places to dine and imbibe without the hassle...  Read More

Like many city downtown areas, finding an indie restaurant that's good, relatively inexpensive and accessible isn't easy. Nestled on bustling Ohio Street, Emilio's (as everyone here calls it) has a colorful interior (murals line the walls) and...  Read More

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When people move who have moved away from Chicago come home, a stop at Portillo's is one of the first thing they do. The hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches here are among Chicago's best, plus the service is fast and the prices are low. Order...  Read More

Greek Islands separates itself from the pack with festive atmosphere and a professional waitstaff. Start with Avgolemono soup and saganaki, also known as cheese on fire, and then dig in to some traditional dishes like dolmades (grape leaves...  Read More

Caf� Ba Ba Reeba! may be Chicago's first tapas bar but that alone isn't what keeps people coming back. It's one of the best places to find authentic tapas and sangria (it's a bit on the sweeter side). Patatas bravas come with generous...  Read More

This restaurant only knows one size: large! Even the menu is large, with 15 pages of dishes that come heaped high and full of tasty, spicy Szechuan flavors. When it comes to Chinese food in Chicago, this place is known for being "the real deal."...  Read More

Market District

Don't come here for health food! Come for Southern-style soul food, full of flavor and served in a casual, relaxed environment. The quirky, funky warehouse-style space (abstract paintings of chickens and eggs adorn the walls) offers breakfast on...  Read More

WestEnd Bar & Grille
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Since the neighborhood around the United Center can be a little dicey, this sports bar and restaurant is a diamond in the rough. WestEnd Bar & Grille is the place for pre-game partying for United Center sporting events, particularly Chicago...  Read More


Meet Jamie Bartosch

Jamie Bartosch is a lifelong Chicagoan who thinks her hometown is the greatest city in the world. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter, a freelance travel writer, and the mother of two great kids.

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