Let’s face it…heading to Oktoberfest in Germany simply isn’t in the cards for many of us Chicago parents. But here’s the good news. There are tons of family friendly spots in our area to kick back, relax, and “prost” with your favorite ale without people judging you for drinking with kids in tow (just be sure to have a designated driver, obviously). This list isn’t just limited to Oktoberfest celebrations, though, so you can go out and cheer beer any time of year at these family friendly breweries and beer gardens in Chicago.
This famous German beer hall is the place to be for Oktoberfest…or really all Fall long. Why? The authentic entertainment (music, stein holding competitions and so much more), pretzels as big as your head, and kids eat free on Tuesdays! For other restaurants where kids eat free, check out this list.
Iron Horse Ale House—Norwood Park
This ale house has amazing brews, delicious pizza, and welcomes kids of all ages. Even better? There is a special kids area where kids can make their own pizzas while you sip back and relax. Don’t forget that they also serve brunch all weekend long.
Kaiser Tiger—West Loop
This West Loop gem is perfect for the family that loves bacon, sausage, and beer. Their massive outdoor beer garden includes bocce courts and is the perfect spot to watch football (and hopefully Cubs baseball) all Fall long.
The Radler—Logan Square
This German beer hall has it all: food, drinks, and games. For the grown ups, there is Stein Hosting and Radler Schlagen. For the kids, there is a stock pile of board games to keep restless kids entertained while you try a flight or two of the brews.
Old Irving Brewing—Portage Park
This craft brewery and kitchen is a great place to spend a rainy day. The cozy space has indoor bean bag toss for the littles and boasts a massive kid friendly menu including mac and cheese topped with bacon. Just be sure to avoid special events since it gets really crowded due to its popular brews.
Replay Chicago—Andersonville and Lakeview
These two popular locations welcome kids and adults to play some of the best arcade games from the 80s while enjoying the best beers and whiskeys available. Grab a drink, a comfy stool, and prepare to teach your kids the awesomeness of retro games such as Donkey Kong and Galaga. The arcade games are free and kids are welcomed until 6:30 on weekends and until 8:30 on weeknights.
Smylie Brothers Brewing—Evanston
Nestled in beautiful Evanston, this craft brewery and smoke house is a great place for your family to unwind after a long day. They have a lengthy and impressive kids menu that rivals the delicious adult offerings.
Pollyanna Brewing Company—Lemont and Roselle
At Pollyanna Brewing Company, the focus is on the brews, not the food. With an extensive beer list of over 100 craft beers with some of the most unique names out there, you will not go thirsty. Food trucks pull up to the brewing company as well so you can nosh while you enjoy your drinks.
Arlington Ale House–Arlington Heights
This popular ale house has three different seating areas as well as an outdoor deck, but the real showstopper is the game room that boasts free pinball machines, shuffle board, and many other fun games for your kids to enjoy while you enjoy a beer from the long list of offerings. While the Arlington Ale House doesn’t serve food, you can order or bring in food from anywhere you like to set up the ultimate beer and food pairing.