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Nov 15, 2013 10:18 AM

Kid-friendly restaurant in downtown Chicago


We are spending 2 days in Chicago for my sister-in-law's 35th birthday next weekend. She has never been to Chicago before, and we are newbies as well (only been there once before). I am trying to find a restaurant within walking distance of Hotel Monaco (225 N Wabash) that fits some specific criteria. 1. Kid-friendly (we are bringing our 18 month old daughter). 2. Takes reservations (my daughter has not yet learned that patience is a virtue). Obviously we are looking for good food, and prefer something that is not a nation-wide chain. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Fortunately for you that is a TON of restaurants. Maybe give a few more thoughts, price ranges, etc. Even better take a spin thru the board, this has been addressed a bunch of times and once you've narrowed you can ask specifics.

      1. re: chicgail

        See, told you I was a newbie :) Looks like I have some reading to do. Thanks!

        1. re: CulinaryRD

          I hate to correct Chicgal because her advice is almost invariably spot-on and the links she provided should be helpful, but actually you will not be staying in River North. The Monaco at 225 N. Wabash is just to the south side of the Chicago River. The area known as River North is immediately to the north of the River. So, you technically are not in River North.

          That being said, just walk across the Wabash bridge over the River and you are in River North. Many of the prime restaurants in Chicago are located in that area. So, Chicgal's basic advice to focus on restaurants located in River North is sound.

          (The area where you are staying would be called by some as the "Loop" -- meaning the area to the south and east of the River, and north of Congress Parkway. Others use the "Loop" to refer to the area bounded by the elevated train tracks downtown. In the latter sense, you are not in the Loop since the northern boundary of the EL is about 1 block to the south of the Monaco. Complicated, huh?)

          1. re: masha

            Thanks, Masha. I knew the Monaco was right on the river, but but my memory told me it was on the north rather than the south side of the river. Teach me to depend on memory.

            Either way, River North will have more options than the Loop.