Take the whole gang out to dinner without breaking the bank (or fretting over money spent on picky eaters) at these Chicago-area restaurants where kids eat free. Check back for new restaurants.
Dunlay’s on the Square
3137 W. Logan Blvd. (773- 227-2400, dunlaysonthesquare.com) Average main course: $15. Kids 12 and under free daily from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with the purchase of an adult entrée. Limit two children per entrée; cannot be combined with other specials.
1170 E. Iroquois Ave. Naperville (630-357-8807, conniespizza.com) and other Chicago-area locations. Average main course: $11. Children 5 and under can eat for free from the lunch buffet from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Buffet for kids ages 6-11 is $7.
Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar
3358 N. Paulina St. (773-248-5222, frascapizzeria.com). Average main course: $16.
Ages 9 and under eat free from 4:30-6 p.m. with the purchase of an adult entrée.
1590 S. Rand Road, Des Plaines (847-299-3299, tacovillage.us). Average main course: $7.50. Ages 10 and under eat free all day with the purchase of an adult entrée.
Bad Dog Tavern
4535 N Lincoln Ave (773-334-4040, baddogtavern.com). Mon.-Thu. Average hambuger: $12. Kids 10 and under eat for free from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with the purchase of an adult entrée.
4111 N. Lincoln Ave. (773-472-4111, browntroutchicago.com). Wed.-Sun. Average main course: $22. One child eats free from 5-7 p.m. per adult entrée purchased. Ages 12 and under.
1958 W. Roscoe St. (773-248-9523, riverviewtavern.com). Mon.-Thu. Average main course: $9. One item from the kids menu is free per adult entrée purchased from 4:30-6 p.m. Ages 12 and under.
Trax Tavern and Grill
833 Deerfield Road, Deerfield (847-236-0203, traxtavern.com). Mon., Tues. Average main course: $14. Ages 10 and under eat free from 4-7 p.m. with purchase of an adult entrée of at least $10.
Wilde Bar & Restaurant
3130 N. Broadway Ave. (773-244-0404, wildechicago.com). Mon.-Thu. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Average main course: $15. For every one adult entrée, kids 12 and under can choose one free item from the kid’s menu.
1307 S. Wabash Ave. (312-435-1307, zapatistarestaurant.com). Tues., Wed. Average main course: $18. Kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of one adult entrée. If kids outnumber adults, additional children can choose from the $5.99 kid’s menu.
8 W. Gartner Road, Naperville (630-420-7722, colonialcafe.com) and other suburban locations. Average main course: $9. Two kids 12 and under eat free per each adult entrée purchased. A balloon artist entertains diners on the first Monday of every month from 4-8 p.m.
4405 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora (630-851-3930, friacosrestaurant.com). Average main course: $12. One free child’s meal per each adult entrée purchased all day. Ages 11 and under.
5304 W. Devon Ave. (773-792-8300, miafigliarestaurant.com). Average main course: $18.
Kids 12 and under receive a free entree, drink and scoop of ice cream with the purchase of an adult entrée from 5-9 p.m. One free children’s meal per adult.
Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
6727 N. Olmsted Ave. (773-631-1175, morettischicago.com). Average main course: $13.
Dinner is free for kids 12 and under from 4-10 p.m., with options including make-your-own pizzas.