Family-friendly places in Chicago where parents can grab a beer


We know you love your kids, but you also love craft beer. You don't have to call the babysitter if you're looking to enjoy a solid, artisan beer in Chicago. Here are six places where you can quench your thirst with a fine-crafted microbrew (and the kids can have fun, too).

- Kristen Kuchar


Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

Flossmoor was voted best small brewpub and best small brewpub brewer in America at the Great American Beer Festival. Maybe part of the appeal is its fresh approach as a family-friendly, train-themed brewery. It began not only to make fantastic beers, but as a community gathering place. Located on the lawn is Old Caboose Ice Cream, a renovated caboose serving premium, homemade ice cream in an old-fashioned setting.


Hamburger Mary’s

Hamburger Mary's has both an impressive beer list and an impressive menu for kids. This Andersonville brewery serves its own brews, like Mary Hoppins Pale Ale or Blonde Bombshell Organic Golden Ale. Kids can munch on homemade mac `n' cheese, deep fried peanut butter and jelly, and for dessert, s'mores or chunks of brownies and bananas foster.


Patio at Café Brauer

Patio at Café Brauer is a great place for a bite and a brew after a busy day of checking out the lions, primates and bears at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The café overlooks peaceful ponds and the scenic skyline in the zoo and serves local Goose Island brews on tap, like Green Line and Board Walk Blue. Bottled craft beers are available from nearby breweries, Two Brothers and Three Floyds.


Frietkoten Belgian Fries & Beer

Frietkoten Belgian Fries & Beer serves both kids' and adults' favorite indulgences done to perfection, traditional Belgian fries. The fries aren't just an afterthought here; they are the star. Kids love the overloaded cones filled with crispy fries and up to 20 different dipping sauces to explore. Beer lovers appreciate the list of Belgian beers on tap that are hand-picked to compliment the fries.


Bikes, Bites & Brew Tour

Bobby's Bike Hike's most popular tour, the Bikes, Bites & Brew Tour, shows some of the best grubs (and suds) Chicago has to offer. During the four-hour, 13-mile ride, parents and older kids can sample hot dogs from Murphy's Red Hots, deep-dish pizza from Gino's East and cupcakes from Swirlz Cupcakes. Parents quench their thirst with craft beer samples from Goose Island Brewery in Wrigleyville and R.J. Grunts.


Landshark Beer Garden

Landshark Beer Garden at Navy Pier is one of Chicago's most popular and largest beer gardens. And best of all, it's open to all ages. The beer garden is located on the east end of Navy Pier, where you can dine on kids' favorites like pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs while enjoying the view of Lake Michigan and the skyline. Besides the signature Landshark Lager (also used while cooking bratwurst), there's a wide selection of micro-brewed beers.

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