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Top 5 Most Kid Friendly Restaurants in Downtown Chicago Your Family Will Love

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September 13, 2019

Are you looking for a list of the most kid-friendly restaurants in downtown Chicago for when you’re traveling, touring, or on the go?

This post will break down the top 5 restaurants in downtown Chicago that your family will love!

As you’re experiencing all of the best things to do in Chicago, don’t wait until the family’s hangry to determine where it is that you should go for some kid-friendly eats.

Instead, read through our list and prepare to have your stomach’s satisfied!

Intro

To me, a kid-friendly restaurant means that it has both kids and adult menus each with a variety of tasty and affordable options. The restaurant should have comfortable and spacious seating for families of all sizes and have an ambiance that isn’t too fancy or uptight.

These top 5 kid-friendly restaurants in downtown Chicago all meet these criteria, plus more. Each has its own additional features that make them a fun and unique downtown Chicago dining experience.

Kid-Friendly Restaurant in Downtown Chicago #1: SafeHouse

  • Address: 60 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611
  • Open for lunch and dinner

With only 1 other location in the United States, SafeHouse Chicago is an entirely unique experience.

It starts off with a mysterious entrance through a bright red door (on an otherwise plain storefront) into a holding room. Your group is asked if they know the password to get into the SafeHouse, and if not you must do a series of silly motions to be granted entrance.

Little do you know that the entire restaurant is watching on from TV screens inside of the dining area.

Once inside, the chic darkness and bright lights of the spy-themed decor are both welcoming and intriguing for kids. Upon being given a name tag, guests are asked to give themselves a “spy name” that they will be referred to during their dining experience.

Even then the menu uses spy lingo as you order things such as a Bourne Identity Salad or Double Spy Burger. The kids’ menu features a Jr. Spy Burger, Undercover Mac & Cheese, and others.

With other kid-friendly attributes such as an in-house magician, gift shop, scavenger hunt, and sporadic pranks, SafeHouse is definitely one of the top kid-friendly restaurants in downtown Chicago!

Additional planning tip: Check out our Chicago 3 day itinerary for families that includes several of these top kid-friendly restaurants!

Kid-Friendly Restaurant in Downtown Chicago #2: Rainforest Cafe

  • Address: 605 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
  • Open for lunch and dinner
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Kid friendly Rainforest Cafe

Though not unique to downtown Chicago, dining at themed restaurant chain Rainforest Cafe is a rite of passage in childhood.

As one of the most kid-friendly restaurants in downtown Chicago, Rainforest Cafe does not disappoint! The tropical rain forest themeing on both the inside and outside out the restaurant makes for an exciting ambiance that screams ‘kid-friendly’!

Located through the entire restaurant are plant growth, mist, waterfalls, and figures of animated animals including elephants, gorillas, tigers, leopards, and tropical birds. The restaurant is also decorated with beautifully lit fish tanks and a wishing pond to toss coins into.

Standard offerings including appetizers, soups, salads, seafood, pasta, and burgers.

The kids menu is titled “Wild Bunch Favorites” and includes items such as Jurassic Chicken Tidbits and Gorilla Grilled Cheese Delight.

Perhaps the most exciting and conversation provoking menu item is the gigantic “Volcano” chocolate cake.

Large enough to to be shared by a group of 4-6, waiters sing their way through the restaurant to deliver this delicacy adorned with a lit sparkler on top.

Kid-Friendly Restaurant in Downtown Chicago #3: Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

  • Address: 130 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601 and 196 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611
  • Open for breakfast and lunch
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Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

Wildberry is a favorite stop for many when visiting downtown Chicago and gets amazing reviews on both Trip Advisor and Yelp.

With 2 equally awesome locations in downtown Chicago, be sure to visit Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe near Millennium Park, or when close to the John Hancock Building and 360 Chicago in Water Tower Place.

Wildberry is widely known for offering huge, delicious portions of breakfast and lunch comfort food.

Served during both morning and afternoon hours, breakfast fare includes eggs-quisite omelettes, sizzlin’ skillets, crepes, and specialty pancakes. Lunch options consist of signature sandwiches, wraps, paninis, and salads.

With both a kids menu (titled Little Berries) and senior menu, there are great price points and serving sizes for everyone!

Wildberry makes the list in the Top 5 Most Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Downtown Chicago because of its laid back atmosphere, attentive service, and kid-friendly breakfast foods.

What kid doesn’t love Oreo S’mores’ Pancakes or Chocolate Chip Belgian Waffles, after all?

With its large menu and large menu portions, the line to get a table here speaks to its popularity. Do not be discouraged, however, for the tables turn over quickly and their amazing food and kid-friendly atmosphere is surely worth the wait!

Kid-Friendly Restaurant in Downtown Chicago #4: Giordano’s Pizza

  • Address: 130 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, 223 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60606, 730 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611, & 700 E. Grand Ave. (Navy Pier location)
  • Open for lunch and dinner
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Kid friendly Giordano’s pizza!

Serving up one of the most kid-friendly foods on earth, Giordano’s represents an epic downtown Chicago experience that should not be missed!

Whether dining on their famous stuffed deep-dish pizza, thin-crust or extra-thin crust pizza, Giordano’s will be pleasing to the entire family.

Though the 45 minutes it takes to bake one of their stuffed deep dish pizzas is not the most kid-friendly, the large and bustling atmosphere of Giordano’s will make you feel right at home while waiting.

If adults are wanting a specialty pizza that may not be appealing to kids, the Girodano’s kids menu features pasta and kid-size pizzas. Gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options are also included for those adults and children with dietary restrictions.

Additional planning tip: A visit to Giordano’s can be included in the things to do at Navy Pier Chicago, for that is one of their most popular locations!

Kid-Friendly Restaurant in Downtown Chicago #5: Portillo’s Hot Dogs

  • Address: 100 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654 & 520 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607
  • Open for lunch and dinner
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Portillo’s Hot Dogs

As you may know, Chicago is home to several signature foods which is why the city is so popular for their Chicago Food Tours! Perhaps the most popular iconic Chicago food is the Chicago hot dog – a must ‘eat’ for both kids and adults!

One of the most ki- friendly restaurants in downtown Chicago where you can get a classic Chicago-style hot dog is Portillo’s. If you’re not familiar with a Chicago-style hot dog, let me introduce you! An authentic Chicago-style hot dog includes:

  • All-beef hot dog
  • Poppy seed bun
  • Yellow mustard
  • Chopped white onions
  • Sweet pickle relish
  • A dill pickle spear
  • Tomato slice
  • Pickled sport peppers
  • Celery salt

Other classic menu options include Italian beef sandwiches and standard fare such as chicken sandwiches, char-broiled burgers, and ribs.

The most kid-pleasing menu option is their beloved chocolate cake in the form of a slice, or mixed into a shake. Mmmm! You literally cannot go wrong!

All set to the decor of a 1950’s diner, Portillo’s is truly a welcoming and fun family dining experience!

Looking for a way to incorporate these awesome kid-friendly restaurants in downtown Chicago into your Chicago itinerary? We’ve got you covered in our 3-day Chicago touring plan!

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  1. Reply

    Katy

    September 23, 2019

    I don’t about the kiddos, but they all look good to me! I’m ready for lunch now and it’s only 9:30AM!

    • Reply

      Jen

      September 24, 2019

      Right? This list didn’t even include the incredible Chicago popcorn, donut, and ice cream joints!

  2. Reply

    Lillie

    September 16, 2019

    Mmm… drooling over Wildberry Pancakes. One can never have too many pancakes…

    • Reply

      Jen

      September 17, 2019

      Seriously, it is hard to put into words how delicious that place is!

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    Julie

    September 15, 2019

    Ok! Now I’m hungry! The Saferoom sounds so cool- adding that to my list for sure for our next trip. And I’m a sucker for all things brunch so Wildberry’s goes on the list too!

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      Jen

      September 16, 2019

      Yay! Glad they sounded appealing to you! We loved them!

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    Sarah

    September 15, 2019

    We just came back from Chicago and we loved it! We didn’t get to Safe House, but it sounds so fun. I think my kids would have loved it when they were a bit younger. My daughter was desperate to try deep dish pizza and we went to Lou Malnati’s, but there were lots of great places to choose from. We ate SO much. So many places to choose from!

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      Jen

      September 16, 2019

      Yes! Lou’s is great pizza too…as is Uno’s! You can’t go wrong with either three!

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