Chances are when you think of the Rush and Division section of
Chicago's Gold Coast, late-night revelry, not family-friendly fare
comes to mind. But Chicago landmark Butch McGuire's is out to
change that by offering a kids-eat-free program for weekend brunch
and weekday lunch.
"There are a lot of parents in the neighborhood and we want them
to know that Butch's is a great place for families to eat
together," says Bobby McGuire, Butch's son, who now runs the legend
his father founded.
With my twin 4-year-olds in tow for Sunday brunch, it occurred
to me I'd never seen McGuire's in broad daylight, let alone ever
considered bringing my kids there for food. Yet kid-friendly it
was, with my girls happily coloring and doing puzzles on the inside
of the children's menu as we waited for our meals at a long wooden
booth with plenty of elbow room for tiny artists.
The French toast portions are huge and delicious-and adventurous
eaters who want a bit of booze with their brunch will enjoy a
decidedly Rush and Division twist on this classic: "Car Bomb French
Toast," Texas toast dipped in a batter of Guinness and Baileys and
topped with Jameson maple syrup.
A special treat on weekends only is McGuire's
"Fall-Off-the-Bone" baby back ribs, dry rubbed, then slow-braised
and finished on the grill with its secret barbecue sauce. The full
or half-rack of ribs are served with creamy homemade coleslaw (to
die for!), hand-cut French fries and baked beans. Our affable
waiter, who admittedly might have been a bit biased, thinks they
rival some of the most famous ribs in Chicago-and we couldn't
If the tasty food isn't enough to tempt you into a visit, the
new kids' special might. For each adult meal ordered, a child eats
free from the children's menu during brunch and lunch hours
(Sunday-Friday 11 a.m-3 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Bobby is the first to admit that McGuire's doesn't have a
kid-friendly reputation-yet. "Some people come in and don't even
realize we have a kitchen!" he laughs. However, he plans to
challenge that misconception one free kids meal at a time.
This mom, for one, is sold.
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