Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue

Tear into the smoked chicken with Alabama white sauce at Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue in Elk Grove, Ill. (Carolyn Van Houten)

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. 

Daily

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.

Connie's Pizza
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. 

Taco Village
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.

Multiple days

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.

Browntrout
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.

Riverview Tavern
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.

Zapatista
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.

Mondays

Colonial Café
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.

Friaco’s
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.

Mia Figlia
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.

Trattoria 225
225 Harrison St., Oak Park (708-358-8555, trattoria225.com). Average main course: $18.
Kids 10 and under eat free from 5-10 p.m. with the purchase of one adult entrée.

Tuesdays