The Chicago Loop isn't just catering to businessmen and
high-powered workers anymore. It's also trying to impress the itty
bitty set with kid-friendly restaurants. So whether you're meeting
your kid for a quick power lunch or you're spending the entire day
downtown with a hungry child, check out these spots that make sure
tots are satisfied.
517 S. State St.
Kids will eat: They don't have a separate kids'
menu, but everything they make is customizable-and what kid doesn't
love a burger? Choose from beef, turkey, portabella, chicken or egg
burgers, and add toppings ranging from eggs to bacon to pickles.
Top it all off with a smoothie-peanut butter is our favorite-and
your child will be begging to come back.
Parents will love: All-natural meats, cage-free
organic eggs and nitrate-free bacon add to the experience. They
cater to allergies-organic, whole, skim and soy milk are
Even better: Order your meal online so it'll be
ready as soon as your hungry child arrives.
225 N. Wabash Ave.
Kids will eat: At dinnertime, South Water
Kitchen pulls out its fabulous kids' menu, where children get a
complete TV dinner on their own TV tray for $10. Choices include
white cheddar mac & cheese, chicken fingers and a grilled
chicken breast. The meal also comes with milk, juice or soda,
fries, green beans and a homemade cookie.
Parents will love: The grownup food is just as
appealing. South Water Kitchen focuses on regional American
cuisine, so you can get homecooked braised beef short ribs, brick
oven mussels and other crave-worthy items.
Even better: This kid-friendly place also has an
adult-friendly drink menu with a host of cocktails and beer
640 N. Wells St.
Kids will eat: This is to kids what Alinea is
to adults: Pure heaven. Burgers and shakes are just the icing on
the cake. At Ed Debevic's, the kids will also be encouraged to have
food fights with their waiters, scream and insult each other and
order teeny tiny kid-sized ice cream sundaes.
Parents will love: If your child can't sit still,
or is tempted to have a crying fit through your meal, you won't be
embarrassed here. Craziness is encouraged.
Even better: Skip your kid's sugar-high by
ordering him the World's Smallest Sundae, which is the size of a
shot glass. Everyone will go home happy.
720 N. State St.
Kids will eat: They've got a kids' menu filled
with kiddie specialties: Chicken fingers, pasta and even fish with
rice and veggies.
Parents will love: It's one of the top fish
restaurants in the city, but Roy's also caters to kids. This is one
of the only places where you can get dressed up for a meal
downtown, but your children will be welcomed with open arms.
Even better: When we took a 2-year-old here, she
was presented with crayons and some paper. But it didn't stop
there. They also loaned her a mini-DVD player stocked with her
favorite videos so she could tune in whenever she wanted to tune
out of our adult conversation.
111 N. Wabash Ave.
Kids will eat: If they refuse to eat cheese
grits or crab cakes, they can get good old American cheeseburgers,
pasta or grilled cheese.
Parents will love: It's only open for breakfast
and lunch, but if you get here during the day, you'll experience
the best southern food in the Midwest. Save room for the pecan or
sweet potato pie.
Even better:If you're craving southern food after
hours, check out the other downtown location at 600 N. Michigan
Ave., which is open for dinner. It's just downstairs from the movie
theater, so you can take your kids out to eat and to the movies
without ever struggling to put their jackets back on.
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