Take the kids out without busting the budget

There are days you just can’t face cooking after a long day at work capped off by an endless commute. There are days you want to celebrate with the family, but just can’t justify the budget hit on a weeknight of treating the kids to a dinner out. For those times when you need a little pick-me-up without a big hit to the wallet, local restaurants offer kids eat free deals that keep you out of the kitchen and out of the drive through line while delivering on some quality family time.

Trattoria 225

  •  225 Harrison St. Oak Park
  • Kids eat free on Mondays with thepurchase of an adult entrée

Francesca’s Fiore

  •  7407 W. Madison St., Forest Park
  • 1 free kids meal for children under 12 on Mondays with the purchase of an adult entrée

Healy’s Westside

  •  7321 W, Madison St., Forest Park
  • 1 free kids meal for children under 12 on Mondays with the purchase of an adult entrée


  •  711 Harlem Ave., Oak Park
  • Kids 10 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult meal from 4 to10 p.m. on Tuesdays

Miller’s Ale House

  •  7515 W. Cermak Rd., North Riverside
  • 1 kid meal for children 12 and under with the purchase of a regularly-priced adult entrée; dine-in only on Tuesdays

Lavergne’s Tavern

  •  6546 W. Windsor Ave., Berwyn
  • Kids eat free on Mondays from 4 to 10 p.m.

Hot spots for date nights

Kids are wonderful, and we all know there’s nothing more relaxing than piling all the little munchkins into the car for a quiet, candle-lit dinner. Yeah, right. Sometimes, you want to unwind without your offspring, so book a sitter or beg grandma to come over and spend some quality time with the grandchildren while you and your partner get a much-needed night out at one these local spots.

La Notte

 118 N. Marion St. 

This intimate Italian spot serves authentic Italian food and is the perfect place for a quite date night.

Little Gem

  • 189 N. Marion St. 
  • Serving innovative, continentalcuisine in a Eurpean-style setting.

The Heritage

  •  7403 W. Madison
  •  This new-American eatery offers sophisticated food in an intimate bistro setting.


  • 7636 W. Madison
  •  An upscale Italian favorite offers a menu of incredible breadth and great flavors.

Autre Monde

  •  6727 W. Roosevelt
  •  This minimalist space offers fine Mediterranean cuisine and back patio to die for.

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