Chicago is a city filled with great restaurants. There are tons of cool bars, elegant dining establishments, and trendy up-and-coming restaurants. But where do you go when you have children and want to take your family somewhere other than Applebees? Families have spoken, and here are the top five highly rated, family-friendly restaurants in Chicago:
When you think of what to eat in Chicago, pizza probably comes to mind. And what better family-friendly environment to dine in than a pizza parlor? The Home Run Inn has six locations throughout the Chicago area and offers a great place for kids to run around, grown-ups to socialize, and everyone to leave full. You will find appetizers, soups, salads, pizzas, pasta, sandwiches, and a great kids menu. Pizza prices average $25 each, making it a budget-friendly place for a family to eat.
Although Crosby’s Kitchen on N. Southport Avenue is a four-star restaurant, you might be surprised to learn how many families dine with their children here. From brunch to dinner, this restaurant has every meal covered, as well as a variety of foods. You can find anything from a veggie burger to baby back ribs to rigatoni pasta here. Dinner prices start at $10, making it a very affordable place to bring your family.
Chicago Q at 1160 N. Dearborn Street is the place to take your family if you are looking for great barbecue. The atmosphere is friendly and quaint, and the restaurant is decorated like a ski lodge. There are a variety of great choices for the adult members of your party as well as a fantastic children’s menu that includes favorites such as mac ‘n’ cheese and chicken tenders. Plus, servers greet you with house chips and pickles as soon as you sit down.
In Lincoln Square you will find the very laid-back and relaxed Fork. This restaurant features New American style food for brunch, lunch, and dinner. This establishment has a great selection of wine and specializes in small plates. The little ones will be entertained by the kids menu and crayons. During the summer, Fork offers outside dining that is always fun for the whole family.
Who doesn’t like having breakfast served all day? The Little Goat on W. Randolph Street is the best place to take your family for breakfast during the day. Prices are extremely reasonable with an average meal costing $12, and the food is incredibly tasty. Plus, if someone in your party doesn’t have an interest in breakfast food they can order a sandwich, salad, or burger instead. And don’t forget to top the night off with a milkshake or sundae — the little ones will love you for that.
Just because you have a family doesn’t mean you can’t go out for a night and enjoy a nice dinner at a highly rated restaurant. Because as you can see, there are many great restaurants in Chicago that are also family-friendly.