Chicago’s Family-Friendliest Restaurants


Are you traveling as a family? Finding spaces that accommodate large groups and children can be a hassle. Luckily, Chicago is filled with family friendly restaurants that will welcome patrons of any age. Here are our top picks.

Stax Cafe

This cafe specializes in breakfast classics with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. In its two locations in Little Italy and River West you can try a variety of sweet and savory dishes, sure to satisfy any palette. Enjoy features like chocolate chip bacon pancakes, frittatas, or sandwiches.

Millennium Hall

Millennium Hall is a recently opened restaurant located right under the Bean! After taking the family to visit the attraction, head downstairs and enjoy American-Italian cuisine in the spacious area. The pizza and pasta are sure to be favorites.

Palace Grill

If you’re a family of Blackhawks fans this is the restaurant for you. Palace Grill has been serving the community since 1938 and is just a short walk away from the United Center. It’s frequented by members of the Blackhawks team themselves and dishes up a hearty breakfast. Experience the sports buzz, friendly staff, and delicious items like eggs, omelets, pancakes, french toast, and more.

Ed Debevic’s

Try out Chicago’s famous retro-themed diner! Ed Debevic’s is sure to be one of your most unique dining experiences. Your servers will play 60’s inspired characters while you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can’t forget the kids menu with tasty hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken tenders! 


Food isn’t the only thing you will enjoy at Pinstripes. This downtown restaurant offers Italian American cuisine alongside bowling and bocce. Strike some pins as you chow down on wings, pizza, sandwiches, and more.

Fatso’s Last Stand

Fatso’s Last Stand takes the classic hot dog stand to the next level. At its two locations in Ukrainian Village or Lincoln park, get a taste of a Fatso Burger, mac and cheese, or char dogs in an inviting outdoor space. 

Lou Mitchell’s

Savor breakfast and lunch at this diner on historic Route 66. Lou Mitchell’s has pancakes, waffles, a wide variety of omelets, and donut holes. Ladies and children will even receive boxes of milk duds inspired by Greek hospitality!


Many locals will agree you haven’t experienced Chicago until you go to Portillo’s. With the first location opening in 1963, this historical restaurant has become synonymous with Chicago. Try Chicago classics like Italian beef and a Chicago style garden dog. Portillo’s is great for gatherings and experiencing Chicago’s history through food.

Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe

This breakfast spot has two locations on Randolph and inside Water Tower Place. Enjoy healthy options with fresh ingredients, and a broad drink menu with espressos, mochas, smoothies, and more. The flavorful dishes like french toast, crepes, sandwiches, and even eggs benedict are sure to satisfy every palette, including a sweet tooth!

Crosby’s Kitchen

Widely recognized for its comforting food and friendly atmosphere, Crosby’s Kitchen serves brunch, lunch, and dinner with a Midwestern influence. At this spacious location in Southport chow down on ribs, steak, burgers, and delicious desserts.


Located in the West Loop, Wishbone serves delicious southern cuisine. The spacious location is suitable for large parties. Enjoy the lunch, dinner, and brunch menus with dishes like shrimp and grits, catfish, and gumbo.

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