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visiting Chicago with family, River North (lots of questions)

njpm | Aug 15, 201508:31 PM     16

My husband, two children (ages 8 and 6), and I are super excited to visit Chicago in a few weeks. We're staying at the Kinzie from Sunday to Friday and would love suggestions on where to get great chow within a 10 to 20-minute walk at places that won't blink an eye at children and that don't require a weeks-in-advance reservation for eating between 5 and 6 PM. So far, I have my eye on GT Fish & Oyster, David Burke Prime, the Slurping Turtle, the Purple Pig, and Lou Malnati's. Except for one splurge dinner (David Burke, most likely), we'd like to keep the tab around $100-$125 with a couple drinks, not including tip. Children's menus are not necessary, and we're fine with grazing from a few apps rather than ordering entrees for everyone to keep the bill reasonable. Any type of cuisine is fine; I'm intrigued by Tanta but think it will be a little too "risky" with my kids to justify the prices. I feel like my choices are safe, but will they be good? With all of the incredible places to eat, I'm trying hard to choose places that satisfy the foodie adults as well as the kids (behavior will be fine--they're used to eating out a lot in Boston, but their palates are not the most sophisticated…I'm working on that, though!).

I've noticed that a lot of places have happy hour specials, which we don't have in Boston and which I'd love to take advantage of. Do you need to sit at the bar for those in most places (where I'm assuming it's frowned upon to have children belly up) or just be at the restaurant during established times to take advantage of those?

Are there places around the hotel you would recommend for a good traditional (eggs, pancakes, etc.) breakfast? Also, we get a discount at the Public House; is it worth it, or would we find better food elsewhere? The menu looks great for our needs and the 9-page drinks list looks amazing, but I've been fooled before!

Are there any great bakeries or food trucks we should seek out (ideally, near places where we could have a picnic)? And lastly, we're planning on doing the usual tourist stuff (Field Museum, Shedd, Navy Pier, boat tour, science museum, Grant Park); are there any places around any of those that we shouldn't miss? (I've skimmed through past threads and it seems like the area around the Museum of Science and Industry, in particular, is pretty bleak.)

Thanks so much for any feedback you can provide! We're so looking forward to visiting your beautiful city!!

The Purple Pig
Tanta Chicago
Public House
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
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