Families dining in Chicago aren’t limited in options. Restaurants in this town offer kids flavorful dishes that adults would happily order for themselves in an environment that doesn’t include a playground.
Time-strapped families appreciate restaurants that go out of their way to include their children in the dining experience by taking their palates and interests into consideration. From Chinese to Greek, pizza to tapas, many restaurants still offer a kid’s menu but ordering off the regular menu is becoming all too common.
Families are more than welcome at Crosby’s Kitchen in Lakeview where kids can nosh on monkey bread while adults sip Bloody Mary’s. Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! makes it easy to try several dishes since it serves up tapas while the flaming cheese appetizer at Rodity’s in Greektown is always a hit.
Kid-favorite pizza plays a starring role in a pizza-loving town like Chicago. Pompei Bakery in Little Italy serves up its own version of pizza while Coalfire Pizza cranks out brick-oven pizza that has diners drooling as soon as they walk in.
For a bit more kitsch, families love SuperDawg for its drive-in and Ed Debevic’s for its retro music, décor and Ed’s Mom’s Meatloaf.
The key to family-friendly dining in Chicago is to find those places where everyone feels comfortable, from the tiniest diners to the adults. The hard part isn’t finding those restaurants in this city, it’s deciding which one to make reservations.