Put away those aprons, turn off those stoves and declare the kitchen closed! With summertime here, families want to get out and enjoy the city—and that includes dining out more often. But no need to break the bank. We found restaurant deals from casual to fine dining that will have your kids eating free every single night of the week.
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Frasca Pizzeria: Kids eat free daily, 4:30-6 p.m. frascapizzeria.com
Wishbone: Kids eat free on Tuesdays. wishbonenorth.com
Foodlife: Kids make their own (free!) pizzas on Sunday nights, 5-7 p.m. foodlifechicago.com
Hollywood Grill: Kids eat free 2-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. hollywood-grill.com
Pizzeria Serio: Kids eat free on Sunday nights. pizzeriaserio.com.
Wilde Bar and Restaurant: Kids eat free, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. wildechicago.com
Start out the workweek right with an Italian meal at Mia Figlia. The name means “my daughter” in Italian, and owner and chef John Boudouvas, father of two girls, invites everyone to feel right at home. Pizza and pasta please the kids, while adults savor traditional and contemporary classic dishes such as lasagna bolognese, veal osso bucco and fresh handmade whole wheat pasta. miafigliarestaurant.com; 5304 W. Damen.
Visit Dunlays on the Square in Logan Square, which offers a kids-eat-free deal from 4:30-6:30 p.m. every day. Retractable glass doors open onto the sidewalk café, perfect for early summer evenings. Enjoy burgers, enormous salads and appetizers perfect for sharing like Asian sliders or lobster deviled eggs. Its sister location, Dunlays on Clark, offers the same kids-eat-free deal. dunlaysonthesquare.com; 3137 W. Logan Blvd.
It’s time for some mid-week barbecue, and at Barn& Company in Lincoln Park, kids eat free Monday through Thursday nights. The hickory-smoked barbecue combines the best of Memphis, Kansas City and Texas styles for a creation all their own. Oversized platters of ribs, wings and brisket plus frequent all-you-can-eat specials make this place a bargain for the grownups, too. barnandcompany.com; 950 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Head to the heart of the Southport Corridor and Crosby’s Kitchen, where kids’ meals are gratis every day from 4-6 p.m. The outdoor space is perfect for people-watching, and the heat lamps at every table keep guests cozy even when it gets chilly. The barbecue salmon and skirt steak are delish and kids rave about the fries. Don’t leave out your pet—this dog-friendly venue even has a big bowl of water if Fido gets thirsty. crosbyschicago.com; 3455 N. Southport Ave.
Get the weekend off to a bang with dinner at the upscale Hutch in Lakeview, where kids eat free every day between 5-6:30 p.m. (and all night on Sundays). The kids’ menu includes healthy options like grilled chicken breast and pb&j or grilled cheese on wheat with no crust. Parents should start out with the generous Hutch board with cured meats, Wisconsin curds, jumbo corn nuts, house pickles, seasonal garnishes and crostini. Yum. hutchchicago.com; 3301 N. Clark St.
It’s another upscale night out with Browntrout in Lincoln Square where kids eat free daily from 5-7 p.m. with the purchase of one adult entrée per child. The place is far more appetizing than its name suggests. The kids will adore the sloppy joes, organic chicken tenders, homemade mac-n-cheese—or for sophisticated palates, the fish of the day. Grownups might try the pumpkin risotto or the one-pound pork chop. Since you saved on kids’ meals, splurge on an ice cream flight to share for dessert. browntroutchicago.com; 4111 N. Lincoln Ave.
Celebrate the end of the weekend with the family at Benny’s Chop House downtown. With options like linguine and mini sirloin burgers, kids eat—and feel—like royalty at this fine dining establishment. Parents might want to share the seafood tower for two or a plate of oysters before digging into perfectly prepared steaks or seafood. bennyschophouse.com