Fun Spots for Chicago Foodie Families

There are LOTS of things that my kids have inherited from me: the EXACT same shade of hair color, their pint sized physiques, maybe a touch of stubbornness…and of course, their love of adventure. I’m lucky to say that as they are growing older they are becoming much more open to trying new things especially on the food front. So thank you, Pete the Cat, for your “Three Bite Rule” because it has encouraged my kids to become itty bitty foodies. So if your family is like mine and up for good food and fun adventures, check out these fun spots for Chicagoland foodie families:

Disclaimer: My family was hosted for a meal at many of these restaurants. All opinions are my own.

INA MAE TAVERN & PACKAGED GOODS

Wicker Park

Why we love it: It’s a taste of New Orleans in Chicago. Seriously. And if the delicious dishes like fried chicken and waffles, gumbo, and beignets weren’t enough, the adorable décor of this cute little corner restaurant can’t be beat. There’s even a ride on horse for kids to enjoy while you sip on a Bloody Mary. And did I mention that KIDS EAT FREE on Mondays?!?!

SAFE HOUSE

River North

Why we love it: Most “themed” restaurants are great with entertaining guests but not so great at tantalizing their taste buds. But let me tell you, that is NOT the case at Safe House. So in addition to being welcomed to a top secret restaurant and granted secret agent access to tons of games and activities, you will also be served some of the best home style dishes. From salads to burgers, ribs to fish, and so much more—there is something cozy and delicious for every secret agent who dances like a chicken through the door.

DUTCH & DOC’S

Wrigleyville

Why we love it:As a die hard Cubs fan, I’m happy in any baseball themed restaurant. But when the décor is perfection, families are welcome, and the food is stellar? I mean, there’s nothing better! Spaghetti Sundays are incredibly popular at this new Wrigleyville spot because for only $20 per adult, families can enjoy endless salad, garlic bread, spaghetti and meatballs…and swoon worthy soft serve. KIDS EAT FREE all day, every day, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have some foodie fun outside the ball park.

CAFÉ BA BA REEBA

Lincoln Park

Why we love it: Chicago’s original tapas bar has been serving delicious Spanish cuisine for over three decades, and I am so happy to be raising kids who love it as much as I do. There is nothing better than sharing small plates with my little foodies and digging into paella family style. If your child is a little less adventurous, their kids menu is phenomenal and takes the more traditional kids’ menu (no chicken nuggets, thank goodness!) up a notch. Be sure to order a glass or two of their famous sangria because family meals are a reason to celebrate.

HAMPTON SOCIAL

City and Suburbs

Why we love it: Ever since we visited Cape Cod, my kids have shown an affinity for fresh seafood and all things East Coast. So when the newest Hampton Social location popped up in our area, we jumped at the chance to enjoy lobster rolls, flatbreads, crab cakes…and of course Mama got herself a glass of frose’! The food is delicious, the décor is Instagram worthy, and it is such a great spot to take your family for a taste of the East Coast in the Midwest.

LAZY DOG 

Vernon Hills

We we love it: Fresh, farm to table food in a cozy and rustic environment filled with families? SIGN ME UP. I had the chance to preview their new Spring menu, and I must tell you that your taste buds will go wild over items such as the goat cheese and pepper jelly appetizer as well as the numerous pork belly dishes and of course, refreshing cocktails like the Aviation Gin and elderflower spritz. Feeling super adventurous? Then don’t leave without ordering the peanut butter and jelly burger.

For other dining ideas, check out my recommendations!

Bon Appetite!

Amanda

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