Father’s Day: 12 Dining Ideas for Dad

Chicago Restaurants for Every Type of Dad

Free Pints, Prix Fixes, Picnics, Gourmet Goodies and More

Sunday, June 19
Prices and Times Vary

(1) For the Dad who loves pints, pub grub and plenty of golf: Timothy O’Toole’s Pub
Pop receives his first pint free (with the purchase of another). The US Open Golf Championships will be shown on over 60 screens. Brunch, lunch and dinner will be offered on Father’s Day starting at 9:30am. 622 North Fairbanks, Chicago, 312.642.0700, TimothyOTooles.com

(2) For your Daddy, who loves All-American BBQ: The Smoke Daddy
You can’t go wrong with good ol’ American BBQ on Father’s Day. Give dad a break: get him off the grill so he can enjoy a meal with his family. The Wicker Park restaurant will be open for barbeque and blues from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Or, stay in – The Smoke Daddy will literally drive the que to you. Simply call the catering line at 773.369.6656.

Gift Alert: If Dad insists on manning that Weber, then gift him with Smoke Daddy’s Father’s Day Gift Set, which includes three BBQ sauces (Original, Mustard Q and Sweet & Smokey) and a bottle of Smokin’ Mary Bloody Mary Mix for $15. Pick up is available at Smoke Daddy or order online at TheSmokeDaddy.com. 1804 West Division, Chicago, 773.772.6656

(3) For your witty, wanna-be-Brit: Blokes & Birds
If your Dad longs to be across the pond, Blokes & Birds has a most satisfying Sunday brunch  – from Scotch Eggs and Fish & Chips to Bangers and Foie Burgers. Tip: this contemporary English gastropub has a bloody good, bloody mary and over 70 global imported brews. Brunch is offered from 11am-4pm; dinner starts at 5 p.m. 3343 North Clark, Chicago, 773.472.5252, BlokesAndBirdsChicago.com

(4) For history buff Dads: The Chicago Firehouse
Dad will enjoy the history of this landmark firehouse building (did you know Backdraft was filmed here?). With a meat-centric menu and in-house butcher, The Chicago Firehouse definitely has the “chops” to make any dad glad. Open for brunch (9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) and dinner (3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.); gorgeous outdoor dining is offered on the large back patio. 1401 South Michigan, Chicago, 312.786.1401, ChicagoFirehouse.com

(5) For retro Dads: The Red Canary
Dad will “dig” The Red Canary’s decadent parlor room and the enormous, enclosed garden patio. He’ll “flip” for the American comfort cuisine and impressive selection of libations, including an extensive list of classic cocktails and craft beer. He’s sure to be “jazzed” by the brunch menu, featuring bottomless mimosas and bloody marys. Go Daddio! 695 North Milwaukee, Chicago, 312.846.1475, TheRedCanaryChicago.com

(6) For draught Dads: Rock Bottom Brewery
Brewmaster Chris Rafferty offers more than a dozen handcrafted ales on tap, while Chef Chris McCoy presents a large menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees (a perfect dish for every palate). Tell Dad he’s “tops” on Rock Bottom’s rooftop beer garden, while enjoying a cold pint, good conversation and amazing views of the city! Open for brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night from 10:00a.m. to 1:00 a.m. One West Grand, Chicago, 312.755.9339, RockBottom.com

(7) For taco and tequila-lovin Dads: Taco Joint Urban Taqueria and Cantina
Take Dad out for tacos, tortas and tequila this Father’s Day. Belly up to the bar or choose from the communal tables and counter seating. If the weather’s great, head to the window for Taco Joint to-go. Fathers and families love a picnic in the park! 1689 North Halsted, Chicago, 312.951.2457, TacoJoint.com

(8) For Dads who like…Divas: Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
Fun-loving and open-minded fathers will enjoy the glitz and glamor of Hollywood during Kit Kat’s fabulous Sunday brunch (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). The day is filled with live performances by Diva Madam X, free flowing mimosas and bloody martinis. Dining guests may choose a la carte or prix fixe. Kit Kat will be open ’til 2:00 a.m. with half-price martinis and evening entertainment. 3700 North Halsted, Chicago, 773.525.1111, KitKatChicago.com

(9) For dapper Dads: Quince at the Homestead
If you want to treat Dad to dinner in a sophisticated setting (but your trying not to break the bank), Quince in Evanston has the answer. Chef Andy Motto’s three course Sunday evening prix fixe is only $35. Each person may choose an appetizer, entree and dessert. Tip: request a table on the front porch veranda. 1625 Hinman, Evanston, 847.570-8419, QuinceRestaurant.net

(10) For the pizza-lovin’ Papa: Frasca Wine Bar & Pizzeria
Brunch will be served on Father’s Day from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., featuring breakfast pizzas, omelets, fresh fruit pancakes and bottomless mimosas. The dinner menu (3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) offers a large range of wood-fired pizzas, market-fresh salads, farmer’s table charcuterie plates, seasonal pastas and hearty entrees paired with great wines. Tip: kids eat free from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m and draughts are $3 on Sundays. 3358 North Paulina, Chicago, 773.248.5222, FrascaPizzeria.com

(11) For Dads who like to park it: Park Grill
Dad will love the classic American grill menu, which is open for both lunch and dinner – and just so happens to be located in the heart of Chicago’s beautiful Millennium Park. The Plaza at the Park Grill offers the best alfresco setting, just steps off Michigan Avenue and the lakefront. 11 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 312.521.Park, ParkGrillChicago.com

Plan ahead and pre-order a “Picnic in the Park” pack from Park Cafe and treat Dad to a leisurely Sunday in the park (chair rentals are available). Call 312.521-7276 extension 200.

(12) For the Father that likes to keep it local: LOKaL
This modern, European-inspired neighborhood restaurant located in Wicker Park offers Sunday brunch from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  LOKaL’s brunch features free-flowing cocktails (mimosas and marys), farm-fresh egg dishes, salads and sandwiches prepared with locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. 1904 West North Avenue, Chicago, 773.904.8113, LokalChicago.com

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