Outdoor dining: Bring the family

If you're looking for a family-friendly environment, try some of these options:<br>
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<b>Café con Leche</b> (1732 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-342-2233; <a href="http://cafeconlechebucktown.com/">cafeconlechebucktown.com</a>)<br>
Tidy, busy and worth the wait for a dozen tables and generous portions of Cuban sandwiches, Mexican breakfast icons and sweet cinnamon-laced coffee, from $8. BYOB. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.<br>
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<b>Coco Pazzo Café</b> (636 N. St. Clair St.; 312.664.2777; <a href="http://www.cocopazzochicago.com/">cocopazzocafe.com</a>)<br>
A new menu features five or six varieties of plates of small bites meant for two  or three people to share. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun.<br>
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<b>Hackney's on Harms</b> (1241 Harms Rd., <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100501550000" title="Glenview" href="/topic/us/illinois/cook-county/glenview-PLGEO100100501550000.topic">Glenview</a>; 847-724-5577; <a href="http://hackneys.net/">hackneys.net</a>)<br>
A backyard populated with 40 tables and containers of blooms. House classics from burgers ($7) to onion loaf, reubens, salads. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sun.-Thurs.; to 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.<br>
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<b>Opa! Estiatorio</b> (950 Lakeview Parkway, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO1001005011370000" title="Vernon Hills" href="/topic/us/illinois/lake-county-%28illinois%29/vernon-hills-PLGEO1001005011370000.topic">Vernon Hills</a>. 847-968-4300; <a href="http://oparestaurant.com/">oparestaurant.com</a>)<br>
Appetizers of spreads, stuffed leaves from $6, entrees from $10. Patio hours: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 4 to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; noon to 9 p.m. Sun.<br>
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<b>South Gate Café</b> (655 Forest Ave., <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100501770000" title="Lake Forest" href="/topic/us/illinois/lake-county-%28illinois%29/lake-forest-PLGEO100100501770000.topic">Lake Forest</a>; 847-234-8800; <a href="http://southgatecafe.com/">southgatecafe.com</a>)<br>
Original firehouse with elm-shaded patio. Fish-of-the day specials, steaks, tempura artichokes, mussels. From $6. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mon.-Wed.; to 9 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.; to 8 p.m. Sun.<br>
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<i>--Margaret Sheridan
(Photo: Coco Pazzo Café/Chicago Tribune)</i>
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( July 31, 2008 )

If you're looking for a family-friendly environment, try some of these options:

Café con Leche (1732 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-342-2233; cafeconlechebucktown.com)
Tidy, busy and worth the wait for a dozen tables and generous portions of Cuban sandwiches, Mexican breakfast icons and sweet cinnamon-laced coffee, from $8. BYOB. Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Coco Pazzo Café (636 N. St. Clair St.; 312.664.2777; cocopazzocafe.com)
A new menu features five or six varieties of plates of small bites meant for two or three people to share. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun.

Hackney's on Harms (1241 Harms Rd., Glenview; 847-724-5577; hackneys.net)
A backyard populated with 40 tables and containers of blooms. House classics from burgers ($7) to onion loaf, reubens, salads. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sun.-Thurs.; to 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

Opa! Estiatorio (950 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills. 847-968-4300; oparestaurant.com)
Appetizers of spreads, stuffed leaves from $6, entrees from $10. Patio hours: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 4 to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; noon to 9 p.m. Sun.

South Gate Café (655 Forest Ave., Lake Forest; 847-234-8800; southgatecafe.com)
Original firehouse with elm-shaded patio. Fish-of-the day specials, steaks, tempura artichokes, mussels. From $6. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mon.-Wed.; to 9 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.; to 8 p.m. Sun.

--Margaret Sheridan (Photo: Coco Pazzo Café/Chicago Tribune)

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