Top 10 Chicago Family-Friendly Bars

Best Kid-Friendly Bars in Chicago

You’ve got kids in tow, and you’d like to get a drink. We understand. Just because you have children does not preclude you from enjoying a cocktail or a beer. While almost every bar in Chicago  welcomes dogs, not all welcome children. We’ve compiled a list of bars where you CAN bring the kids and, even better, you’ll both have a great time. Social hour these days now includes strollers and sippy cups, but that doesn’t mean you can’t delight in a cold one at the end of a long day. Thankfully, Chicago is home to many family-friendly lakefront cafes and watering holes. Below is a list of family-friendly bars in Chicago.

The Bad Apple

4300 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

The Bad Apple is proud to serve all-natural ingredients for every menu item. Our burgers are crafted from hormone free all natural meat by famed butcher Pat LaFrieda. We do things our way because it’s the best way to do it…Roasting whole turkeys, curing our own bacon, making every dressing and sauce from scratch, smoking meats with real hardwoods in real smokers, making our own house pickles, grinding our own peanut butter, and not the least of all, our Chicago famous ketchup. –


5358 N. Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

Looking for something innovative, delicious and comforting? Our fresh dishes are made in-house by our staff of highly trained chefs using sustainably raised, locally sourced ingredients when possible. We proudly serve lunch and dinner daily, with weekend brunch and a late night menu. We offer something or everyone, from light to hearty and sweet to savory. And, we’ve included some classic comfort dishes with a modern twist that elevate ordinary dishes by using unexpected flavor combinations and textures. Get ready to wrap your mind around the big, bold flavors of our menu, and then wrap your hands and mouth around them, too.-

Beat Kitchen

2100 West Belmont,
Chicago, Illinois
(773) 281-4444

Located in the heart of Roscoe Village, Beat Kitchen has been serving up Chicago with an excellent variety of live music, food and beer since 1994. The historic building was constructed in 1889, with the back room previously serving as a neighborhood butcher shop prior to being converted into a live music space. Both touring and local musicians, comedians and artists grace the stage with shows almost every night. Owned by Robert Gomez, Beat Kitchen has been the home to every genre of music, hosting some of the biggest names in live music & comedy! Stop by for a show or pop-in for a drink & you’ll often find regulars from the close knit Roscoe Village community posted up at the bar. –

RJ Grunts

2056 N Lincoln Park W,
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 929-5363

After many, many, many, many years of watching your failed attempts at a salad, I’ve found that some of your concoctions are quite disgusting, and frankly have gotten on my nerves. I mean come on, Broccoli-Cheddar Soup as a dressing? Flicking Garbanzo Beans across the room? Picking up Jell-O with your bare hands? Well now, welcome to my newest creation–the Digital Chopped Salad Bar. I don’t know how my chefs did it, but they somehow fit the salad bar into your phone. Alas, the future has arrived. Come on and take a byte. –

The Waterfront Cafe

6219 North Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660

Located just minutes from downtown, The WATERFRONT is located in the center of Berger Park and is housed in a historic landmark coach house attached to one of the few remaining mansions that once lined Chicago’s Lakefront. The Waterfront Cafe’s open-aired patio is perfect for a relaxing summer night of dinner, drinks & live music! –

The Curragh Irish Pub

6705 N Northwest Hwy.
Chicago, IL 60631

Welcome to the The Curragh, where the warmth and generosity of a neighborhood pub meet exceptional food and drink. The Curragh is situated in the heart of Chicago’s Edison Park neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago. The Curragh is not only a neighborhood favorite for families and friends of Edison Park, it has earned a reputation from all across Chicago’s northwest side and north suburbs as a destination for a great dining and bar experience. The Curragh’s beer selections boasts 30 taps from artisanal craft beers to big domestics. The Guinness pour is second to none in Chicago. After one sip you’ll swear you’re seated inside the St. James Brewery in Dublin. –

Elfd’d Up

3485 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL

Located in Wrigleyville, Elfd’d Up is the best way to spread Christmas cheer singing loud for all to hear! Back by popular demand for a third year, Stretch Bar & Grill in Wrigleyville will open as Elf’d Up at 3485 N. Clark Street on Wednesday, November 20. A full-blown tribute to the beloved Christmas movie “Elf”, Elf’d Up is a high-energy holiday pop-up bar, perfect for patrons who share Elf’d Up’s affinity for elf culture. A casual neighborhood Christmas bar, Elf’d Up never charges a cover and treats patrons to complimentary fresh elf-shaped cookies nightly at 10 p.m. –

Village Tap

2055 W Roscoe
Chicago, IL 60618

Welcome to Village Tap, Chicago’s premier neighborhood bar. Craft beer is not a new trend for us, it’s something we’ve been focused on since the craft beer movement came onto the scene in Chicago shortly after we opened in June of 1990.Our 26 rotating drafts have an emphasis on local and domestic craft beers. We frequently host special events featuring a unique selection of specialty beers that we carefully collect for such annual events as our Stout Spectacular in January, Holiday Beer Roll Out in December, and Festival of Barrel Aged Beer event in November. –

Crosby’s Kitchen

3455 N Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

A part of 4 Star Restaurant Group, Crosby’s Kitchen is a family-friendly favorite located at the heart of Chicago’s bustling Southport Corridor. Our Midwestern-influenced menu is centered around rotisserie and comfort food, featuring favorites such as Lobster Deviled Eggs, Crab Toast, Iron Skillet Cornbread and of course, Monkey Bread. We are open for lunch and dinner daily and offer brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings. We look forward to serving you! –


1736 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

Our environment is comfortable, warm, and welcoming – for any occasion. Catch your favorite sports event on one of our over twenty flat screens and four large projector screens. We can seat groups of all sizes in our bar and dining room – ask us about reserving space for your next special event! Kroll’s South Loop opens daily at 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. for brunch on Saturday & Sundays. Our dining room closes nightly at 10 p.m. We serve a Late Night menu in our bar/cocktail lounge after 10 p.m. Please note that during Chicago Bears’ games at Soldier Field we may serve a shortened Game Day menu. –

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