Going out to eat with the kiddos can be a chore at times. To keep them entertained and quiet at the table is why many parents avoid the restaurant scene with kiddos! Well, no need to leave the kiddos behind anymore as these 6 Chicago restaurants do a pretty good job with making their space kid friendly. A couple of the restaurants have separate play rooms for the kids while you enjoy your glass of wine while the others have a partitioned area within the restaurant for kids play. Wow, talk about ezpz! So, grab the kiddos and head out to one of these family friendly restaurants!
Leona’s Italian in Rogers Park
Neighborhood: Rogers Park
6935 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626
What: Leona's is a family-friendly, traditional Italian pizzeria and restaurant. The restaurant features a classic Italian menu emphasizing homemade, fresh cuisine that is easy on the wallet. Kids receive 50% off their bill on Tuesdays and Sundays, all day. This is limited to kids age 12 and under. Leona’s has several locations throughout the city and suburbs. This review is specifically for the location in Rogers Park.
Kid Friendliness: Kids are always welcome at Leona’s. There is a separate kids menu and crayons/coloring paper is always provided when each child arrives. In addition to the 50% discount, kids have the option to run around and play in the very large play room dedicated solely to them. The play room is an open space with a climbing structure and toys. A kid friendly movie is always playing in the background for those kiddos that want to watch. Let the kiddos enjoy while you enjoy your glass of wine or meal!
Leona’s Italian in Beverly
11060 S. Western Ave
Chicago , IL 60643
Kid Friendliness: Leona’s in Beverly has some video games, arcades, machine basketball games and crane machine in the back of their restaurant. Geared toward older kiddos like 6 and up.
Neighborhood: Lincoln Square
2124 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
What: Family friendly restaurant spot known for their signature Tuscan thin crust pizza which was handed down from generation to generation.
Kid Friendliness: Borelli’s Pizza welcomes family! They have a separate toy room just for the kiddos in tow. In the toy room, you will find an old fashioned arcade, pinball machine, foosball table, video games, Atari game, pinball, bowling machine, train tables, doll houses, Legos, Star Wars toys, little car for kiddos to play in. It is literally a fun little playspace for the kiddos. Enjoy pizza and beer while the kiddos play!
Neighborhood: Portage Park
6032 W. Irving Park Rd.
What: Perkolator is a neighborhood cafe featuring fresh, locally roasted coffee, fresh baked goods daily from 3 NW Side bakeries, and a fantastic, ever changing sandwich menu and pizza slices. Sandwiches use meats smoked right on the block. The atmosphere is bright and cheery with mismatched furnishings and art-lined walls giving it a cozy feel to have lunch or an afternoon pick me up.
Kid Friendliness: Breakfast is served all day long so lots of options for kiddos on the menu including their yummy grilled cheese. For kiddos in tow, a small section in the front next to the large windows is a partitioned play area for kids. The area has a kids sized table and chair with toys to entertain many age groups. For the younger kiddos, dig into their basket of toys, dolls and dinosaurs. For the budding engineer or builder, they can enjoy the box of Legos. For the older kiddos, plenty of board games are available from Monopoly, Scrabble, Uno to Barbie Board Game. And all drinks for kids come specifically for them in a kid sized portion. This distraction for kids means adults can enjoy a nice quiet treat. How fun!
435 East Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60611
What: Always a fun place to go with the kiddos, Pinstripes offers bowling and bocce minus the mediocre bar food. Located on the Chicago River in the historic River East Arts Center, the Streeterville location offers a modern take on rustic dining with some of the best views in the city. Join Pinstripes for a round of bocce, bowling, a glass of wine on the patio, or indulge in one of their signature pastas.
Kid Friendliness: The kiddos will love this place for just the bowling alone! Eat at the restaurant or you can eat game side with a full service food and drink menu! Or enjoy the extensive Sunday brunch where kids 5 and under eat FREE!
Josi’s Frozen Yogurt
Neighborhood: Irving Park
4032 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
What: A frozen yogurt café located at the Six Corners area on Milwaukee. Josi’s provides the finest quality of frozen yogurt with a commitment to the freshest and creamiest ingredients. It is a one stop shop as they not only sell delicious frozen yogurt but also sorbet, tart, real fruit smoothies, milkshakes and pizza. So come on in for some pizza and delicious milkshakes or frozen yogurt.
Kid Friendliness: The place itself appeals to all kids, both small and big! At the back of the room is a small kid’s play area including a candy crane machine, a shelf with many books for reading, box of toys such as dolls and trucks, board games as well as a cute kid’s kitchen! Play in the back area or bring a toy to your table! Kids rule this spot!