Calling all picky eaters! You’re not alone if you have a little one in the house who dines on nuggets alone and refuses foods in all shades of green. LYFE Kitchen has brought Chicago their revolutionary restaurant concept based on the philosophy that great tasting food can be good for you, the community and the planet. They recently opened their fourth Windy City location in the NEWCITY complex in Lincoln Park. Read on to hear how they’re engaging with the locals and serving an array of good-for-you spins on American favs like burgers, fries, and yes, even your kids favorite food group: chicken.

LYFE Kitchen Tate 2photo: LYFE Kitchen Lincoln Park via Maria Chambers

Seeing green at LYFE
Each location grows fresh herbs on site and display an impressive herb wall at the entrance. It’s fascinating to watch because kids are drawn to it like a moth to light. Lucky for them, your adventurous little herbivores can feel, smell and even taste them.

LYFE Kitchen Kidphoto: LYFE Kitchen

What’s on the menu for kids
Even better, it is super family-friendly too! Their menu for little growing bodies is packed with great ingredients: local fruits and veggies, fresh herbs and spices, vitamin-rich whole grains and responsibly-raised meats.

The service here is quick and casual, with a homey and cozy ambience. So there is no struggle of entertaining your impatient little monkeys at the table. It’s all about sitting back and enjoying the healthy family meal.

LYFE Kitchen Quote Wallphoto: LYFE Kitchen

How’d LYFE get started?
One of the founders of the restaurant is Art Smith, the well-known former chef of Oprah Winfrey. He created the fantastic unfried chicken, available in both buffalo sauce and house-made ketchup, and it has been the menu all-star since inception.

Bring a little toe tappin’ and family events into your LYFE
Feel like adding a little rhythm into your Sunday brunch? Have your meal with a side of live music at LYFE NEWCITY, currently featuring Carolyn Marcotte and her acoustic guitar every Sunday from 1-3pm.

In addition to regular live music, they’ve partnered with other NEWCITY businesses for multiple family events throughout the year, like story times and other family events, so check their Facebook page often for updates.

First up is their Easter egg hunt, Bites with the Bunny, Saturday, March 26 at their NEWCITY location. Families are invited to enjoy a hunt, followed by a meal with the bunny, crafts, photos with the big-eared guy and an interactive story hour. Tickets can be purchased here for only $5. Space is limited, so hop to it!

LYFE Kitchen Sweetsphoto: LYFE Kitchen

There’s an app!
LYFE Kitchen has launched an app! Not only does it make it easy for LYFE fans to receive on-going offers and freebies, but first-time users who download the app will receive a FREE Margherita Flatbread, made with fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil and Pomodoro sauce.

Just one more thing!
Oh, before you leave, remember to pack a few so-good-for-you sweets such as a carrot-zucchini walnut muffin. The whole family will enjoy them later on the go.

Locations:
NEWCITY: 1538 N. Clybourn Ave. 312-801-5955
River North: 413 N. Clark St. 312-836-5933
Gold Coast: 259 E. Erie St., 312-933-1035
Evanston: 1603 Orrington Ave., 847-563-8242
Hours vary by location.
Online: lyfekitchen.com

Have you experienced LYFE yet? Tell us about your experience in the Comments below.

—Anli Chen