Family-Friendly Destinations: Fun Restaurants for Kids

Dining out with the family has never been so fun! We have so many ideas for fantastic destination restaurants with your kids! Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or just looking for someplace that’s extra entertaining and kid-friendly, these restaurants are guaranteed for family dining fun! Some are specifically designed for kids, while others are just good spots recommended for the whole family. Use your judgment on whether your little ones are ready for some of the more upscale places. This article is sponsored by 2Toots Train Whistle Grill.

Fun Restaurants for Kids

2Toots Train Whistle Grill

Naperville, Bartlett, and Glen Ellyn locations; see addresses here
2Toots is the only train restaurant that uses two Lionel electric trains to deliver meals to every seat, so no one sits away from the fun!

At 2Toots, you can expect classic favorites like burgers and sandwiches, but they take it a step further with 100% grass-fed beef for the burgers, hot dogs, and chili along with old-fashioned crinkle cut fries, hand-dipped milkshakes, and homemade desserts. They also have gluten-free options for their buns, cookies, burgers, and hot dogs, and serve organic milk. See our full 2Toots Train Whistle Grill write-up for more photos and details.

All Aboard Diner
1510B 75th Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516
(630) 322-8960
Enjoy the classic diner feel and working train track that delivers food and dessert by toy train. Be sure to toot the horn on your way out!

American Girl Place
835 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(877) 247-5223
AG doll-loving kiddos will love bringing their dolls along for a special meal or afternoon tea! They even have high chairs for their dolls.

747 Butterfield Road
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 571-4440
Sizzling table-side hibachi with skilled and entertaining chefs, perfect for birthdays or a family night out.

Blueberry Hill Breakfast Cafe
Locations in Aurora, Darien, Homer Glen, Oak Brook, Plainfield, La Grange, Tinley Park, and Homewood; addresses and contact info here.
Always a favorite spot for breakfast out with the family offering a fun kids menu.

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Buca di Beppo
Lombard and Orland Park locations
Fun environment for family-style Italian. Ask for reservations in the kitchen!

Charlie’s Restaurant
130 South Clow International Parkway
Bolingbrook, IL 60490
(630) 771-0501
For your plane-loving kiddos, enjoy good food and a great view of planes coming and going!

Chef Shangri-La
7930 W 26th Street
North Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 442-7080
Parents can enjoy tropical drinks and the whole family will be dancing along to the live entertainment at this Asian-fusion restaurant with an island feel! Check online for select evenings with hula dancers and a fire show.

Gingko Restaurant and Cafe
Located in The Morton Arboretum
4100 IL-53
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 968-0074
Beautiful views of Meadow Lake coupled with family-friendly dining. Note: you have to pay for admission to the Arboretum in order to visit this restaurant.

Hard Rock Cafe
63 W Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 943-2252
For the rockin’ and rollin’ family, enjoy walls adorned with all sorts of Hollywood memorabilia for a fun meal out in the city!

Hofbrauhaus Chicago
5500 Park Place
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 671-2739
Authentic German food including delicious giant soft pretzels as well as live music where kids can’t help but to sing and dance along!

IKEA Restaurant
750 E. Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
After meandering through the Ikea store (and testing out the toys), the kids are sure to enjoy some Swedish meatballs in the restaurant. Grown ups will enjoy the very affordable prices and free coffee with a free IKEA Family Card. There are activity stations in the cafeteria, plus a family restroom.

Islamorada Fish Company
Inside Bass Pro Shop
709 Janes Avenue
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 296-2600
The outdoorsy family will love exploring the store and then dining beside a large fish tank great for viewing underwater adventures.

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Italian Village Chicago
71 W Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 332-7005
You can’t beat a moonlit meal and great atmosphere that feels as though your family has been transported to the heart of Italy. A tradition in Chicago since 1927!

The Junction Diner
7401 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 771-5276
Kids will enjoy having their meal delivered to them via model train chugging around the counter. A large train table where kids can play is also available.

Le Jardin
Located on the grounds of Cantigny Park
1 S 151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 668-5161
After a fun afternoon exploring, the kids can feast on family-friendly dining options at one of the Cantigny restaurants.

Ledo’s Pizza
5525 S. LaGrange Rd.
Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 354-4500
Great casual pizza spot perfect for families with arcade games and a jukebox that the kids are sure to enjoy. Head to Andy’s right down the road for a tasty frozen custard afterwards!

Little Owl Social Pub
3747 Grand Blvd
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 255-5445
Perfect kid-friendly spot in Brookfield with tons of board games, shuffleboard, and good food/drinks.

Mary’s Morning Mix Up
9110 Broadway Ave
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 387-0552
Really great breakfast and lunch options and a fun, kid-friendly atmosphere make this a great stop on the way to or from Brookfield Zoo.

Medieval Times
2001 N Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL 60195
The family can enjoy a four-course medieval style meal while watching knights on horseback joust and compete. A very entertaining dining experience!

Melting Pot
Downers Grove, Naperville, and Schaumburg locations
Older kids will delight in dipping all kinds of delicious fondue-style food into hot pots of cheese, chocolate, and broth. Naperville location, too.

Mojo’s East Coast Eats
2758 Maple Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 796-2832
Kids’ meals are delivered on a take-home frisbee at this neat spot that specializes in cheesesteaks. Kids eat free on Tuesdays.

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Nutella Cafe
189 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(800) 861-4888
Nutella-loving families unite at the Nutella Cafe for all things Nutella in a casual, kid-friendly environment.

Papa Passero’s
6326 Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-7660
A pizza buffet on weeknights. Monday through Wednesday, kids get free tokens to play games in one of the two arcade and game rooms.

Pilot Pete’s
905 Irving Park Road
Schaumburg, IL 60193
(847) 891-5100
Watch the planes take off while dining at this aviation-themed eatery, located at the Schaumburg airport.

7 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 575-8700
Italian-American dishes combined with bowling/bocce ball at this fun restaurant. On weekday mornings, kids can bowl for $3/hour (plus $3 shoe rental) and parents bowl free.

Rainforest Cafe
D121 Woodfield Mall
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 619-1900
Giant saltwater tanks, beautiful fish, realistic-sounding rainstorms and kid-friendly fare make this a super fun place for the whole family. Downtown Chicago location, too.

SafeHouse Chicago
60 E Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 313-1007
A fun, kid-friendly restaurant where you can pretend you are a spy! Make reservations at their spy-themed escape room next door, too.

Texas Roadhouse
Locations include Naperville, Countryside, Joliet, and Tinley Park
Food options for the whole family and kids will get a kick out of line-dancing with their fun staff! Countryside location, too.

6363 N Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60646
A classic drive-in hot dog stand with fantastic Chicago-style hot dogs that are made to order.

Uncle Julio’s Mexican
2360 Fountain Square Drive
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 705-9260
Great Mexican food in a fun atmosphere. Don’t miss the chocolate pinata – a perfect birthday treat. And, sometimes they will hand out homemade tortillas to kids who are waiting for a table. Naperville location, too.

White Fence Farm
1376 Joliet Road
Romeoville, IL 60446
(630) 739-1720
There are carryout locations in Downers Grove, Joliet, Riverside, and Plainfield, but the original restaurant is your destination. This longtime local favorite specializes in fried chicken and all the fixings on a huge property with its own farm animals to visit.

Wok N Fire
590 Village Center Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 323-5100
Kids will enjoy the neat background of color changing lights while eating Asian-style fare…sushi, stir-fry, and noodles. Wheaton location, too.

Even more dining destinations can be found on our round-up of Kids Eat Free specials, as well as our complete list of train restaurants.

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

4 Comments on "Family-Friendly Destinations: Fun Restaurants for Kids"

  1. Bass Pro Shop Restaurant in Bolingbrook has a giant fish tank for enjoyment for the kids and good kids meals, if wait fun to hang in store to see another fish tank and Japanese gold fish pond with of course many fun things to explore as boats, atvs, etc.

  2. Mojo’s east coast eats in Downers Grove is great. Kids love the food, hand cut fries, and kids meals come on frisbee’s to take home. They also have a special pint sized table for little ones. For treats they have fresh baked cookies, Tasty Cakes and Zarlengos Italian ice!

  3. We just did a family dinner at Tiki Terrace in Desplaines. On Saturdays they do a Luau style dinner and show with Hawaiian and Polynesian dancers. The food was good, the show was nice and only about 45 minutes price was reasonable. They have plenty of tropical drinks and non-alcoholic versions as well. It was for my mom’s 80th birthday but my six year old loved it as did the teenagers. It is in a strip mall and looks like nothing on the outside but inside you would think you are on a Pacific Island.

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