Family-Friendly Destinations: Fun Restaurants for Kids

While we know you’re not supposed to play at the table, these restaurants for kids are sure to provide fun! Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or just making it through the week, these restaurants are destinations for fun dining experiences.

Tigers at the Rainforest Cafe, a great family-friendly restaurant

Fun Restaurants for Kids

Some are specifically designed for kids, while others are fun dinner destinations for the whole family, so use your judgment about whether kids on the younger side are ready for some of the more upscale spots.

All Aboard Diner
1510B 75th Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516
(630) 322-8960
A classic diner feel with a working train track to deliver food and dessert. There is a party room for special occasions.

American Girl Place
835 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(877) 247-5223
Bring your kids—and their dolls—for a special meal in the heart of the city at Water Tower Place.

747 Butterfield Road
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 571-4440
Sizzling table-side hibachi, great for a family night out.

Buca di Beppo
90 Yorktown Mall Drive
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 932-7673
Family-style Italian, ask for reservations in the kitchen!

Charlie’s Restaurant
130 South Clow International Parkway
Bolingbrook, IL 60490
(630) 771-0501
Located at Bolingbrook Airport, 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
This festive Asian-fusion restaurant also serves up tropical drinks and live entertainment, including select evenings with hula dancers and a fire show (call for dates).

Gingko Restaurant and Cafe
Located in The Morton Arboretum
4100 IL-53
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 968-0074
Visitors at the Ginkgo Restaurant enjoy views of Meadow Lake and a family-friendly dining experience. You’ll have to pay admission for the Arboretum to access the restaurant, so work up an appetite with a hike or visit to the Children’s Garden.

Hard Rock Cafe
63 W Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 943-2252
Walls adorned with Hollywood memorabilia, great for fun in the city.

Hofbrauhaus Chicago
5500 Park Place
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 671-2739
Authentic German fun, with singing and “proust”ing for the whole family.

Islamorada Fish Company
Inside Bass Pro Shop
709 Janes Avenue
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 296-2600
Explore the store and have dinner beside a large fish tank for viewing underwater adventures.

Italian Village Chicago
71 W Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Opened in 1927, Italian Village welcomes diners for a moonlit meal—even in the middle of the day. Their walls are adorned to resemble a restaurant in the heart of Italy.

The Junction Diner
7401 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 771-5276
A model train chugs around the counter to deliver kids’ meals, wraps, burgers, and more. There’s also a large train table where kids can play.

Le Jardin
Located on the grounds of Cantigny Park
1 S 151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 668-5161
There is so much to do at Cantingy Park, including having a family-friendly meal at one of several dining options.

Medieval Times
2001 N Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL 60195
Pull up to this castle in Schaumburg to cheer as knights on horseback joust and compete while you dine on a four-course meal (sans utensils, in true medieval style). Click here to read Annie’s review. 

Melting Pot
1205 Butterfield Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Once kids are old enough to be cautious with the hot pots of cheese, chocolate, and broth, they’ll love dipping everything.

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

Papa Passero’s
6326 Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-7660
They have two arcade and game rooms for after you’ve cleared your plate. They also offer a pizza buffet on weeknights, and Monday through Wednesday, kids get free tokens to play games.

Pilot Pete’s
905 Irving Park Road
Schaumburg, IL 60193
(847) 891-5100
Ask for a window seat at this aviation-themed eatery, located at Schaumburg airport, so you can watch planes takes off.

7 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 575-8700
Go bowling or play bocce ball at this big restaurant with Italian-American dishes. On weekday mornings from 10 am to 12 pm, kids bowl for $3/hour (plus $3 shoe rental) and parents bowl free; call ahead to reserve your spot.

Rainforest Cafe
D121 Woodfield Mall
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 619-1900
605 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 787-1501
Animatronic animals and a realistic-sounding rainstorm accompany kid-friendly fare. Huge saltwater fishtanks are also a hit!

Texas Roadhouse
9960 Joliet Road
Countryside, IL 60525
2856 American Drive
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 778-0960
Come with your dancing boots on, and you can line dance with the crew!

2Toots Train Whistle Grill
1567 N. Aurora Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 453-5113
450 N. Main St.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 858-4300
203 S. Main St.
Bartlett, IL 60103
(630) 213-6700
Model trains deliver burgers, sandwiches, and hand-dipped shakes to diners—and every seat in the house is by the tracks.

6363 N Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60646
Classic Chicago hot dogs made to order. A must-do for a Chicago kid!

Wok N Fire
590 Village Center Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 323-5100
120 E Liberty Drive
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 665-1440
Sushi, stir-fry, and noodles with a background of color-changing lights.

SafeHouse Chicago
60 E Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 313-1007
Pretend you are a spy at this fun kid-friendly restaurant.

Looking for more dining destinations? Check out our round-up of Kids Eat Free specials, as well as our complete list of train restaurants.

About the Author

Meghan Neill
Meghan and her husband live in Downers Grove with their two sons ages six and seven and their four year old daughter. She is a transplant to the Chicago area and absolutely loves all that the western suburbs have to offer for her young family. One of their favorite places to visit year round is the Morton Arboretum. During the summer months, they love to garden, bike, swim, and play golf together. In the winter, Meghan and her children are happy to be home trying out new kid friendly recipes and being creative. As a former teacher, Meghan believes in a healthy balance of unstructured play and scheduled activities. She is excited to be part of the Kidlist team and wants to help families add fun and laughter to their days!

2 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!

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