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Restaurant recs with an 8-year-old in Chicago?

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Hi, going to Chicago with our eight-year-old for the weekend. Does anyone have any brunch/dinner recs? He's not terribly picky, but also not terribly adventurous. Thinking about Au Cheval for dinner one night. Also maybe Hot Doug's. Any ideas for a good pizza (but not deep-dish; more like wood-fired) or Italian place, or maybe fried chicken, etc? Also breakfast/brunch. We'll be just off N. Michigan Ave. Thanks!!!

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  1. The deep dish places routinely mentioned - Lou Malnati's and Pizanoa do make an excellent thin crust pizza -

    1. Don't miss Portillos on Ohio St. for a Chicago-style hot dog and/or an Italian Beef Sandwich.

      I don't know that I would stand in line at Hot Dougs with an 8-year old over the weekend (when they have duck-fat fries) outdoors in November.

      Quartinos is probably not one of the best Italian restaurants in town, but it's pretty good and very child-friendly.

      1. NB: upcoming closures for Hot Doug's are posted on their site, ALWAYS check before you go.

        HOT DOUG'S WILL BE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

        THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28 THROUGH
        SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30

        We will re-open Monday, December 2

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        Also they are cash only, closed Sundays, & don't serve dinner.