Scan this QR Code to follow PureWow on Snapchat!
PureWow

When it comes to the typical “family restaurant,” our feelings can be mixed. Spending time together: Love. Stealing bites of our kids’ chicken tenders: Really love. Navigating ball pits: Can we not? These seven family-friendly restaurants find just the right balance.

RELATED: 10 of the Best Chicago Restaurants That Aren’t Actually in Chicago

CHI kid friendly restaurants summer house LIST
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

SUMMER HOUSE SANTA MONICA

Kid cuisine isn’t typically the healthiest—unless you’re at Summer House Santa Monica. All menu items are made from scratch with all-natural ingredients, like the organic crispy chicken fingers and hormone-free turkey meatballs. To boot, a portion of all proceeds from the kids’ menu benefits Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

1954 N. Halsted St.; 773-634-4100 or summerhousesm.com

CHI kid friendly restaurants forno rosso LIST

FORNO ROSSO

Pizza is that universal food, enjoyed by all ages. Adults will appreciate Forno Rosso’s wood-fired crust with sophisticated toppings (San Marzano tomatoes and Fior di Latte mozzarella, for instance). Kids will love that it’s bread and gooey cheese. And everyone can appreciate a patio where it’s not impossible to get a table (including space for a stroller). 

Multiple locations; fornorossopizzeria.com

CHI kid friendly restaurants crosbys kitchen LIST

CROSBY’S KITCHEN

Right in the heart of Southport corridor, this casual spot has all the family-friendly bells and whistles. Kids eat free every day from 4 to 6 p.m., there are step stools in the bathroom and wide doorways easily fit bulky strollers. But at the end of the day, it’s all about the skillet cookie dessert—try not to fight your five-year-old for it.

3455 N. Southport Ave.; 773-883-2525 or crosbyschicago.com

CHI kid friendly restaurants animale LIST

ANIMALE

To your kids, eating offal (organ meats) probably sounds...awful. So while you indulge in a rustic pasta dish with organ meat (it’s seriously delish), your kids can chow down on pappardelle with butter and Parmesan or a classic grilled cheese. Settle who picks dessert with a friendly match at the foosball table.

1904 N. Western Ave.; 872-315-3912 or animalechicago.com

CHI kid friendly restaurants rj grunts LIST
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

R.J. GRUNTS

This is the spot to break during your day at Lincoln Park Zoo. Sippy cups, crayons and animal crackers keep kids occupied so parents can enjoy their burger or salad. And a stroller valet? Genius.

2056 Lincoln Park W.; 773-929-5363 or rjgruntschicago.com

CHI kid friendly restaurants little goat LIST
Shannon Monsen

LITTLE GOAT DINER

Little goats and big goats alike will find something tasty here. Mac and cheese, hot dogs and waffles are safe bets for picky eaters. More sophisticated palates, meanwhile, will relish the Top Chef-approved menu. 

820 W. Randolph St.; 312-888-3455 or littlegoatchicago.com

CHI kid friendly restaurants mia francesca LIST
Mia Francesca’s

MIA FRANCESCA

If you’re dining early on account of bedtime, you’re in luck. Mia Francesca’s happy hour (Monday through Thursday, 3:30 to 6 p.m.) has $3 beers and $5 wines and cocktails. Plus, while you dine on salmon alla fresca, your little ones can feast on spaghetti and meatballs or a personal cheese pizza.

3311 N. Clark St.; 773-281-3310 or miafrancesca.com

RELATED: The 7 Most Old-School Spots in Chicago to Eat, Drink or Just Instagram

From Around The Web