For Chicago restaurants 2022 is a banner year. The restaurants that survived the pandemic are back and serving up meals that make Chicago a great foodie destination. And because we know that when you’re traveling with kids you’re up early, we’re starting with the best breakfast places in Chicago. Then we go on to our Chicago restaurants 2022 favorites for foodie families. Places that have really great food, and are also super welcoming of even the smallest guests.
Best Breakfast Places in Chicago
Whether or not you think breakfast is the most important meal of the day, there is no doubt about its importance. And, while it might be tempting to skip or grab something small on the go (I’m talking to you, coffee and muffins), a full breakfast the whole family can enjoy is vital if you’re planning on touring the city for the day.
Our roundup of the best breakfast places in Chicago as recommended by our local ambassadors includes:
Lula Cafe is a hip restaurant that also happens to be very family-friendly. They offer high chairs and crayons for kids, as well as a kid-friendly menu including a great grilled cheese and fruit bowl combo. The cafe is also located in Logan Square, which is home to a host of art, music, and historical attractions.
Located in Andersonville/Lincoln Square, Tiztal Cafe is the perfect place to stop for a delicious and authentic Mexican breakfast. The restaurant is super family-friendly, with tons of samples, fruit bowls for the kids, a kids menu, and high chairs. However, be sure to call ahead on weekends as they can get busy.
In the mood for a Swedish breakfast? Try Tre Kronor! Located on the Northwest Side near Lincoln Square and North Park, they serve a plethora of Swedish breakfast fare, from omelets to Swedish pancakes. Great for something hearty and nourishing to get the day started. Truly one of the best breakfast places in Chicago and a nod to the Swedish community that arrived here over a century ago.
Family Friendly Lunch and Dinner Chicago Restaurants 2022
Our Chicago ambassadors know that eating out with kids, especially if they are tired from touring and visiting, can be a challenge. But it shouldn’t be a reason to miss out on some great meals. Their Chicago restaurants 2022 picks include places that will satisfy foodies and welcome kids.
RJ Grunts is a fun, old-timey restaurant right across from the zoo. You can park your stroller outside and they will lock it for you. Kids will have tons of fun exploring the decor, and everyone will be able to find something on the menu. Particularly good for lunch, make sure to make a reservation if you go during the weekend.
Pat’s Pizza and Ristorante
Looking for some good pizza? Look no further than Pat’s Pizza and Ristorante. Located close to Lincoln Park, Pat’s serves the best thin crust pizza in the area. The restaurant is also very family-friendly and cozy, perfect for a chill night out.
While Pat’s is great for a classic slice, there is nowhere better for iconic deep-dish Chicago pizza than Lou Malnati’s. A must-try for anyone visiting the city, Chicago deep-dish pizza isn’t just for tourists- it is a staple for city residents and a part of the culture you won’t want to miss. While Lou Malnati’s is a chain, it’s regarded as the best, with each location (there are tons spread across the city for easy access wherever you go) providing a homey feel and great food the whole family will adore.
Looking for an authentic Greek experience in the heart of Chicago? Look no further than Greek Islands, a family-friendly Greek restaurant located in the West Loop. The restaurant is great for those who are looking for kid-friendly options like kebabs and calamari but with a real ethnic flavor. Definitely one of our Chicago restaurants 2022 top picks.
Eleven City Diner
Eleven City Diner is a classic Jewish deli located in the South Loop. Complete with an ice cream fountain, they serve classic diner food as well as fun sundaes, shakes, and sodas the kids will love.
Last, but certainly not least: Superdawg! Like Lou Malnati’s, Superdawg offers a Chicago classic: hot dogs. Located a bit of a drive from downtown Chicago, Superdawg is a classic drive-through diner from the 50s. One of the best hot dog places in the city, their mix of historical charm and delicious food will make the trip 100% worth it.
For more beyond our Chicago restaurants 2022 roundup and our take on the best breakfast places in Chicago, be sure to check out our Traveling with Toddlers Chicago Destination Guide.
Here’s a sample of what it covers:
- more restaurants and food options
- family-friendly accommodations,
- info about stroller accessibility around the city and its sites,
- outdoor and indoor activities for kids,
- and more!