Kid-Friendly Restaurants: Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace

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The majority of kids are always up for burgers and fries, mac and cheese or pizza, but you don’t have to sacrifice your meal every time you go out to eat! I’ve been to some wonderful “grown-up restaurants” where I was surprised to find how kid friendly they were: coloring or activity books for the kids to enjoy while waiting for their food and kids menus if I didn’t see something on the regular menu that they would like. (I’m a big fan of exposing kids to many different types of food, but know that doesn’t always work!)

As I started looking into it I realized my family hasn’t even scratched the surface… there is an incredible amount of kid-friendly restaurants in the suburbs! So I decided to break the list up a bit and publish groups of towns at a time. I have listed the type of food served, if a kids menu is available and what activities they offer while waiting at the table. If you have any experiences to share, please comment below!

Oak Brook

Antico Posto – Italian (kids menu, the menu is a coloring and activity page)
Baisi Thai (no kids menu, paper and crayons)
California Pizza Kitchen (kids menu, coloring booklet)
The Cheesecake Factory (kids menu)
The Clubhouse – Fine Dining American (kids menu to color, crayons, magnetic clip, tattoo)
Freshii – Fresh and Healthy (kids menu)
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse (no kids menu, can give supplies for coloring on request)
Houlihan’s – American (kids menu, menu to color and crayons)
J. Alexander’s – Contemporary American (no written kids menu but kids options available, crayons and paper or etch a sketches)
Jason’s Deli (kids menu, crayons and coloring pages)
Kona Grill American Grill with an Asian Twist (kids menu, etch a sketches)
Labriola Bakery Cafe – Italian American (kids menu)
Maggiano’s – Italian (kids menu, coloring books and crayons)
Ruscello at Nordstrom – soups, salads, sandwiches (kids menu, crayons with activity placemat)
McCormick & Schmick’s – Seafood and Steakhouse (kids menu that is also a coloring page)
Mon Ami Gabi – French (kids menu that is also a coloring page, butcher paper on the tables that can be drawn on)
Moogie’s Gyros (kids menu, not long of a wait to need an activity)
Pinstripes – (kids menu that is also a coloring page)
Reel Club – Seafood and Steakhouse (kids menu, crayons, coloring and activity sheet)
Stir Crazy – Asian Grill (kids menu, placemat with games and coloring)
Tuscany – Italian (no kids menu, coloring books with crayons)
Wildfire – 1940’s Steakhouse (kids menu, the menu is a coloring page with crayons)

Oakbrook Terrace

Anyway’s Chicago Restaurant & Pub – American and more (kids menu, placemat coloring page with crayons)
Devon Seafood Grill + Steak (kids menu)
Ditka’s – Steakhouse (kids menu, crayons and menu is an activity sheet)
Giordano’s – Italian (kids menu)
Gullivers’s Pizza & Pub (kids menu, coloring sheet with crayons)
Pompei – Italian (not an official kids menu but makes kid-friendly food, coloring sheet and crayons)
Redstone American Grill (doesn’t have printed kids menu, but offers kids items)
Volare Ristorante (Italian, kids menu, crayons and paper)
I called the following restaurant and got the impression that they were not kid-friendly (and also had a similar experience when my kids and I ate there):
Seasons 52 (verbal kids menu, no activities/coloring, no booster seats)

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