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Mar 30, 2010 07:27 PM

Good restaurants for kids?

We will be in Chicago Thurs-Sun. We will have our 3 kids with us, ages 2, 5 and 8. We are looking for some fun and good places to eat. We are staying at the Embassy Suites Lakefront.
Thanks for any info you can share.

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  1. I had relatives with children of similar age visiting and staying in that area. We went to Grand Lux Cafe. It was perfect.

    If the older kids are girls, they might enjoy American Girl Place.

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      NO!!! to American Girl Place. Little girls may enjoy it, but the food is horrendous and grossly overpriced. Take them to Food Life in Water Tower Place -- they get to walk around from station to station and pick what they want -- and then, if you must, visit the AG store. It's actually kind of fun.

      Kids also seem to enjoy Ed Debeviks, an ersatz diner where you get insulted by the wait staff, just for the fun of it. Big Bowl on Ohio is also good for kids -- lots of nice Asian noodle dishes. You should like it, too.

      And pizza. The deep dish and stuffed varieties were invented here and no other city has anything comparable. Try Unos, Dues, Malnoti's, Ginos: they are all not far from ;you.

      Finally Portillos -- decent hot dogs, burgers and Italian Beef sandwiches, plus salads and more for adults who don't want that fare.

      And if your kids are well behaved, I have always believed you can take them anywhere. I know you can't predict a meltdown, espcially with a 2-year old, but it can be a good experience for them to learn to eat in a proper tablecloth restaurant and to try new foods other than grilled cheese and chicken nuggets. The older kids may especially enjoy being treated like grown ups.

      Pizzeria Due
      619 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

      Pizzeria Uno
      29 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

      100 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654

      Big Bowl
      60 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

      Ed Debevic's Short Order Deluxe
      640 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

      835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

      1. re: chicgail

        >> NO!!! to American Girl Place. Little girls may enjoy it, but the food is horrendous and grossly overpriced.

        A friend recently took her daughter there and they loved it. No, not for the food - what you say is true - but for the experience. As you note, little girls may enjoy it - and it's designed specifically for them.

        1. re: nsxtasy

          No question -- the 3 year old girl enjoyed it enormously. We were appalled and amused that we had spent $80 for a bad brunch for three adults and a child. But it goes to my point of little ones dressing up and being treated like ladies and gentlemen in a white tablecloth restaurant. There are better choices for that.

    2. I would agree about Lux Cafe, it's a good choice, as is the Cheesecake Factory. Check to see if you can make reservations though, both tend to have waits and crowded lobbies. I've also had success with Weber Grille and Wildfire, both were accomodating and provided enough room to move around with a stroller/car seat. We had a 9, 5, and 3 month old at Wildfire. Lastly, I would also try Heaven on Seven.

      Heaven on Seven
      600 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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      1. re: Shaggy

        Last year we used a holiday gift card at Weber Grill during a blizzard. I was amazed at the amount of families present and how nicely the place accommodated them.