Restaurants where kids eat free
Benny’s Chop House
444 N Wabash Ave (312-626-2444, bennyschophouse.com). Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $30.
Benny’s is a steakhouse not in the suave, reinvented fashion of David Burke’s Primehouse, nor in the old-school Gene & Georgetti mold. Its environment merely provides an inoffensive setting for the consumption of salted, beefy protein. But what proteins! The filet slices like butter; lamb chops are pleasantly “lamby.” On Sundays from 4–7pm, for every adult entrée purchased, one child 12 or younger can indulge in a three-course meal of soup or salad; entrée choice of pasta, chicken tenders or a filet; and a brownie sundae.
410 W Huron St (312-943-5900, leye.com/scoozi). Dinner. Average main course: $19.
It’s not the hot spot it was when it put River North on the map in the early ’80s, but this cavernous Italian mainstay still keeps the crowds coming. The flatbread pizzas are a good bet, especially the Yellow Tomato Bianca with housemade mozzarella and aged provolone. Expect a huge family crowd on Sundays, when kids ages 12 and younger eat free (two kids per adult entrée) from 4:30–8:30pm. From 4:30–6:30pm, budding chefs can don mini whites and make their own pizzas at no charge.
Shaw’s Crab House
21 E Hubbard St (312-527-2722, shawscrabhouse.com). Brunch (Sun 10am–1:30pm), lunch (Mon–Fri 11am–2pm), dinner. Average main course: $28; brunch: $48.
While we love the oyster bar—where we can slurp fresh oysters, crack open crab claws and dunk our lobster tail in copious amounts of butter—Shaw’s swanky dining room deserves just as much affection on Sundays. A hearty brunch is served buffet style and includes both chilled and hot seafood, create-our-own omelets and not a dessert table but a dessert room! Two kids 12 and younger eat free from 10am–1:30pm for each adult brunch purchased.