Just because your kids are attached to your hip doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cold one on a beautiful patio. These beer gardens are kid-friendly — meaning they have menu items for tots and you won’t get the stink eye for schlepping a diaper bag. And they just so happen to also offer some of the loveliest ambiances in town.
photo: Moody’s Pub via Marissa G on Yelp
The inside at Moody’s: super-dark with a gothic twist. The outside at Moody’s: bright, tree-filled and welcoming to families. Moody’s is an Edgewater institution and while its famous for its burgers, it also features a homey two-tier outdoor setting in the midst of lofty trees. High chairs are available and grilled cheese and burgers are on the menu for the kids. Moody’s is also a great spot for a large group of family or friends. If beer isn’t your go-to, try the favored sangria.
5910 N. Broadway St.
Ivy-covered walls, strung twinkling lights and picnic tables have all the makings of beer garden bliss at this Roscoe Village staple. The garden has a retractable roof and heating system, so it always stays open regardless of the weather. Kids can order items like cheese quesadillas or hummus with pita, while parents can try out one of the 26 rotating beers on draft.
2055 W. Roscoe St.
photo: Gene’s Sausage Shop
Gene’s Sausage Shop & Delicatessen
Stop for a bite and shop for tonight’s dinner all in one place. Gene’s sells its famous handmade sausages as well as an array of European specialties and a large selection of beers. In the rooftop beer and wine garden, grab a seat at a communal table and soak up the sun. You’ll be surrounded by flowers, fresh herbs and tomato plants. Kids can dig into potato pancakes, warm pretzels and hot dogs, while you enjoy something delicious from the rotating seasonal menu. Good to know: There are no high chairs available.
4750 N. Lincoln Ave.
If you can’t get to Ireland, Chief O’Neills is the next-best thing. Indulge in a pint of Guinness and the “famous” fish and chips while your little ones soak up the lively atmosphere. The outdoor garden is one of the nicest in the city, high chairs are at the ready, and there are a number of options on the kids’ menu. The whole family will want to get involved in a traditional Hooley (that’s Irish slang for “celebration”), which occurs the first Sunday of the month; live music, dancing and singing takes place and kids are invited to participate. The Sunday brunch is also a draw — in fact, it’s so huge it warrants its own zip code.
3471 N. Elston Ave.
photo: Fizz Bar & Grill
Fizz Bar & Grill
This laidback neighborhood bar offers a variety of imported, domestic and micro-brewed ales, as well as delicious wings and a huge variety of specialty pizzas. A nice sized kids’ menu features items like cheese quesadillas and mini sliders. The spacious beer garden is jazzed up with plants, a small fountain, and lots of outdoor games to keep the little ones busy while waiting. Ping pong, bean bag toss or giant Jenga, anyone?
3220 N. Lincoln Ave.
Flo & Santos
This South Loop spot specializes in the two “P”s — pizza and pierogis. But customers also go crazy for the loaded waffle fries and vast beer list. Picnic tables with large umbrellas and decorative strung lights add to the heartwarming mood. The kids’ menu includes pizza, hot dogs, and spaghetti and meatballs.
1310 S. Wabash Ave.
photo: Hackney’s on Harms
Hackney’s on Harms
Built in 1939, this is the original Hackey’s location and nostalgic for many. The ambiance will remind you of sitting in a fantastic backyard, and the outdoor bar means less time waiting for your drink. The burgers and onion brick are their classics while children will find many options from chicken tenders to grilled cheese, all served with a side of fries and apple sauce. Best yet, an outdoor playhouse will keep the kids entertained.
1241 Harms Rd.
Palmer Place Restaurant & Biergarten
You’ll see many strollers roll up to this west suburban standby. The outdoor garden gets packed in the summer, but since they seat up to 260 people outside, you’re sure to get a table. Kids receive a bucket of crayons and a kids’ menu to color. For the adults, the extensive beer list is so long, you can go back hundreds of times and never have the same beer twice. Palmers also has ample parking in a private lot.
56 S. La Grange Rd.
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— Jenny Muslin