15 Dining Ideas for Dad 6.17


When: Sunday, June 17th

Dads are all special, but they’re not all alike. Treat your father to his favorite food and take him out for a memorable meal on his big day, Sunday, June 17.  From downtown dining and suburban suppers, to golf course views and plenty of brews, the list below includes 15 restaurants fit for a Father’s Day soiree:

(1) For the North Shore Dad: Benjamin Restaurant
This sleek North Shore eatery, located in the heart of downtown Highland Park, offers Dads farm-to-fork cuisine in a sophisticated setting. Executive Chef Benjamin Brittsan offers dinner service on Sunday from 5-8 p.m. 1849 Second Street, Highland Park, 847.748.8737BenjaminRestaurant.com

(2) Por el Padre who likes live Latin music: Cantina Laredo
Cantina Laredo features modern Mexican cuisine and refreshing cocktails, served in a simply gorgeous atmosphere. Sunday Brunch is offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and all brunch entrees come with a complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Maria.  On Sunday evenings, Dad can shake and shimmy to live Latin music in the upstairs lounge from 6-10 p.m., while instructor Miguel Mendez from Chicago’s Dance Academy of Salsa shows him the sultry moves of salsa dancing. 508 North State Street, Chicago, 312.955.0014CantinaLaredo.com


(3) For the pasta loving Papa: Due Lire

The oh-so-charming Italian restaurant, Due Lire Vino & Cucina, is located in vibrant Lincoln Square. Executive Chef Kevin Abshire will offer a number of “man-tailored” specials, including hearty pasta dishes, enticing entrées, $6 Hirsch American Whiskey cocktails and $3 select brews from Metropolitan Brewery. Buon Appetito! 4520 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, 773.275.7878Due-Lire.com

(4) For the All-American Dad: BBQ and Beer Brunch at Shiraz on the Water

All-American dads will love Shiraz on the Water’s BBQ and Beer Brunch. On Father’s Day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a lavish brunch of breakfast dishes, BBQ fare, carving stations and decadent desserts will be served. Adults will receive complimentary draft beer or champagne to accompany their meal. Adults $29.95, Kids 6-12 $15.95. 250 West Schick Road, Bloomingdale, 630.671.5013ShirazOnTheWater.com

(5) For Dads that want to be Greg Norman: Hilton Indian Lakes Resort
For a hole in one Father’s Day, treat Dad to a round at one of the best Chicago area golf courses. Blackhawk Trace Golf Club, located at Hilton Indian Lakes Resort, now boasts three, 9-hole layouts. After your game, enjoy a view of the greens from Master’s Clubhouse restaurant, where signature flatbreads, appetizers, grilled favorites, sandwiches and salads are served. 250 West Schick Road, Chicago, 630.529.0200IndianLakesResort.com

(6) For “prime” Papas: III Forks
III Forks’ menu features USDA grade, prime cuts of meat. These great steaks offer abundant marbling, juiciness, tenderness and superior flavor. On Father’s Day, III Forks will offer a special USDA Prime Bone In Ribeye for $29.95. Continue the celebration on III Forks’ luxurious rooftop lounge that offers breathtaking city and park views. 333 East Benton Place, Chicago, 312.938.43033Forks.com

(7) 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 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The day is filled with live performances by Diva Madam X. Dining guests may choose the a la carte menu or the $25 prix fixe that includes free flowing mimosas, bloody martinis and sangria. Kit Kat will also be open for dinner and drinks, with half priced martinis and more evening entertainment. 3700 North Halsted, Chicago, 773.525.1111KitKatChicago.com

(8) For Papas who like pizza: La Madia

If Dad is pazzo (crazy) for Italian cuisine, he’ll love La Madia’s menu that features seasonally-influenced cuisine and distinctive, hand-selected wines. Dads dining on Father’s Day will receive a $10 gift certificate for a future visit. Chef Jonathan Fox offers unique bruschette, seasonal salads, Neapolitan-inspired pizzas, Sardinian sandwiches, homemade pastas and over 70 wine selections by the glass. 59 West Grand, Chicago, 312.329.0400DineLaMadia.com   

(9) For Dads who like to “park” it: Park Grill

Dad will love Park Grill’s seasonal American menu, which is open for both brunch and dinner on Father’s Day. Be sure to grab a camera for some great family shots in beautiful Millennium Park! Indoor and outdoor dining is available. 11 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 312.521.Park,ParkGrillChicago.com

To truly “park” it, plan ahead and pre-order a “Picnic in the Park” pack from Park Cafe. Treat dad to a leisurely Sunday picnic in the park (chair rentals are available). Call 
312.521-7276 extension 200.

(10) 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 has the answer. Chef Andy Motto’s three course, Sunday evening prix fixe is only $35 (appetizer, entree and dessert). Tip: request a table on the beautiful, front porch veranda. 1625 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, 847.570-8100QuinceRestaurant.net

(11) For Dads who like “freebies”: The Red Canary
Dad will dig The Red Canary’s decadent parlor room and the enormous, enclosed garden patio. The American comfort cuisine and impressive selection of libations include 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. On Father’s Day, The Red Canary will reward Dads with a complimentary meal from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (one per table, tables of four or more). 695 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, 312.846.1475TheRedCanaryChicago.com

(12) 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 you plan to be out and about on Halsted Street, head to the window for Taco Joint to-go. Fathers and families may love a picnic in Lincoln Park. 1969 North Halsted, Chicago, 312.951.2457TacoJoint.com

(13) For the Pop 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 9:30 a.m. 622 North Fairbanks, Chicago, 312.642.0700TimothyOTooles.com

(14) For Dads who crave craft beer and burgers: ZED451

On Sundays, ZED451 offers $3 craft beers and $5 ZED burgers (8-ounce Angus burger on homemade pretzel bun with butter pickles and pickled shallots, or with maple Cajun bacon and choice of cheese) from the “Cravings” a la carte menu. The brew list includes Goose Island Matilda, New Belgium Fat Tire, Victoria Vienna Lager, Metropolitan Krankshaft, Bell’s Oberon, Dark Horse Amber Ale, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Left Hand Milk Stout, Stella Artois, 5 Rabbit Golden Ale, Hoegaarden Wheat Ale, and a seasonal brew by Three Floyds.

If you are looking to rise and shine for brunch, ZED451’s unlimited sampling menu will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and all dads will receive a complimentary bloody mary on Father’s Day. Brunch is $29 per person. The full dinner experience (unlimited sampling menu, $48 per person) will also be offered on Father’s Day. Tip: after brunch or dinner, head to the rooftop lounge for creative cocktails and incredible city skyline views. 739 North Clark Street, Chicago, 312.266.6691ZED451.com

(15) For south of the border Dads: Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar
Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar holds their “Dine with Me” Sunday night dinner promotion. Guests (and Dads) who purchase an appetizer, entrée and dessert will receive a secondary entrée for free. 32-ounce Coronas will be featured for $9. Sunday dinner is available from 5-10 p.m. 358 West Ontario, Chicago, 312.302.9977ZocaloChicago.com 

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