Kid-Friendly Local Restaurants Open on Christmas Day in Chicago

Harry Caray’s in River North (Chicago) and Rosemont will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Photo courtesy of the restaurant
Harry Caray’s in River North (Chicago) and Rosemont will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

This Christmas, it’s OK to let someone else do the cooking. If you’re looking for kid-friendly restaurants that are open on Christmas Day in Chicago (or on Christmas Eve!) you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up restaurants with beautiful Christmas displays, special prix fixe Christmas menus, and holiday treats that will add a little magic to your kid's Christmas meal. With no clean-up required, you and the kids can head home, sit back, and relax in your matching Christmas pajamas. 

For more holiday ideas, check out our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Activities for Chicago Families.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Chicago Open on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve

 
The Peninsula knows how to do Christmas. Holiday decorations by Kehoe Designs, photography by Mark Segal

The Peninsula – Chicago

The Peninsula knows how to do Christmas. This beautifully decorated hotel lobby is the perfect backdrop for Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day brunch. The lux prix fixe Christmas Eve menu features wagyu, Maine lobster, scallops, and more for the adults. Kids can order a la carte from the kids menu. Your group is also invited to enjoy the impressive dessert buffet. For brunch, there will be a four-course menu option, carving stations, and items available a la carte. 

 
Photo courtesy of The Palmer House, a restaurant open on Christmas in Chicago.

The Palmer House – Chicago

The Palmer House will feature dinner and brunch on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Dinner service includes a set four-course meal and brunch will be served buffet style. Kids ages 4-10 can order from the discounted kids menu for either service. You can also join the Palmer House for lunch on Christmas Eve. 

Chicago Cut Steakhouse – Chicago

Chicago Cut Steakhouse is open for Christmas Eve dining. While parents will enjoy the steakhouse, kids can feast on several kid-friendly options. Kids can choose from steak sliders, French fries, mac ‘n cheese, grilled veggies, and of course, an amazing selection of holiday desserts. 

Kid-Friendly Restaurants Open on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve – Multiple Locations

Harry Caray’s - Multiple Locations

Harry Caray’s in River North (Chicago) and Rosemont will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. From spaghetti and meatballs to steak, mac ‘n cheese, and lasagna, there’s something for everyone at this iconic Chicago staple. 

 
Photo courtesy of Wildfire, which has multiple restaurants open on Christmas. 

Wildfire – Multiple Locations

Wildfire has locations in Chicago, Oak Brook, Lincolnshire, Schaumburg, and Glenview. Wildfire will be open on Christmas Eve for lunch and dinner. You can order from the regular menu which is great for kids wanting more freedom than a prix fixe menu. The kids menu features grilled cheese, chicken fingers, and hamburgers. 

Fogo de Chao – Multiple Locations

Fogo de Chao has four locations in downtown Chicago, Rosemont, Naperville, and Oak Brook. This steakhouse goes all out for the holidays. They offer festive desserts and drinks to pair with their already wide variety of menu items. They will be open for brunch, lunch, and dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Multiple Locations

Cooper’s Hawk has 14 Illinois locations in the city and suburbs. Copper’s Hawk will be open for lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve. Check the location for exact holiday hours. The kids menu is jam-packed with fun art activities for kids. To eat, they have potstickers, chicken tenders, filet, cheeseburgers, spaghetti and meatballs, flatbreads, and a wide variety of sides. Kids meals also come with dessert and a drink. 

Suburban Kid-Friendly Restaurants Open on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve

 
Photo courtesy of Spirit Elephant in Winnetka, a vegan restaurant open on Christmas.

Spirit Elephant – Winnetka

If you’re looking for a vegan Christmas celebration, Spirit Elephant in Winnetka has you covered. They will be open on Christmas Eve for brunch and dinner. At just $10.95, the kids menu is a delicious, healthy, and budget-friendly holiday meal that you can feel good about. Their menu offers vegan burgers, pasta, mac ‘n cheese, grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, and pizza. Their paper kids menus are also super fun to play with featuring coloring, word searches, a maze, and puzzles. 

Viaggio Restaurant – Highland Park

For a classic, Italian Christmas meal, Viaggio Restaurant in Highland Park is a great kid-friendly option. Viaggio Restaurant will be open on Christmas Eve for lunch and dinner. You’ll find kid-friendly staples such as spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, penne, and ravioli. 

Zaza Cucina - Park Ridge

Zaza Cucina in Park Ridge will be open on Christmas Eve for lunch and dinner. This cozy and affordable Italian restaurant features a kid’s menu with rigatoni, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken, French fries, and cheese ravioli. Adults can enjoy their lunch and dinner menu throughout the day on Christmas Eve. 


The traditional seven-fish Italian Christmas feast, photo courtesy of La Notte Ristorante Italiano in Oak Park.

La Notte Ristorante Italiano - Oak Park

La Notte Ristorante Italiano in Oak Park is open on Christmas Eve from 3:00 – 7:00. They will be offering a traditional seven-fish Italian Christmas feast in addition to their regular dinner menu. Call or make a reservation online for their special Christmas menu. 

Paisans Pizzeria – Lisle

Paisans Pizzeria in Lisle will be open for lunch and dinner on Christmas Eve. For an easy, no-fuss Christmas Eve meal, Paisans has pizza, wings, salad, pasta, and sandwiches. 

Cut 158 Chophouse – Joliet

Cut 158 Chophouse will be open for dinner on Christmas Eve. They will offer their regular dinner menu along with festive holiday specials. Years past have included king crab legs. Check their website for the most up-to-date specials.

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