Lake County Restaurants for Families


Lake County restaurants serve up delicious fare sure to please everyone, from delectable BBQ and pulled pork to pizza, burgers and cold beer

When deciding which Lake County restaurants to try with your group, the following eateries are great places to start. Visitors will find special seafood options, savory steaks and burgers, plus premium cocktails and beer to satisfy the adults. Does a goat cheese fig burger interest you? It should!

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Lindy’s Landing

A Wauconda staple for over 56 years, Lindy’s Landing is not just a fantastic name for a restaurant—it is also a modern and historic dining destination. This waterfront eatery and event space on Bangs Lake in Wauconda is a full-service restaurant with indoor and outdoor venues. The latter include the beach club, the beach bar and two dining decks, while the indoor dining and banquet venue can accommodate up to 150 people with a private bar. Whether you want to host a beautiful event or munch on a goat cheese fig burger or a pulled pork sandwich, this is the spot for you.

Browse Lindy’s enticing menu

The Port of Blarney

The Port of Blarney, Lake County IL

The Port of Blarney is a Lake County restaurant for families of all tastes.

Located in Antioch, the Port of Blarney has been a Chain O’Lakes tradition for over 30 years. Known for its festive ambiance, it welcomes all guests with a genuine hospitality experience that is rare in today’s hustle-and-bustle world. Port of Blarney offers great pizza, cold beers and cocktails, plus live entertainment, daily drink specials, bags tournaments and more. Patrons often come to this happening location when they want to relax after a long day with a basket of steaming onion rings and a cold drink.

Pizza, burgers, and sandwiches in Antioch

The Shanty

The Shanty in Lake County, IL

The Shanty is a Lake County restaurant with unique style.

A gathering place to eat, drink, and socialize for over 100 years, the Shanty serves a “customer-driven menu” with fresh seafood, aged steaks, prime chops, fresh poultry, pasta, and vegetarian and gluten-free options. In addition, the venue has five private event spaces for gatherings of 20 to 500 guests. Not yet impressed? Take a glance at the dinner menu, which features tequila and orange salmon, broiled walleye, whipped burrata and goat cheese wontons.

Customer-driven fun at the Shanty

Micky Finns

Micky Finns in Lake County, IL

Hapi Amber Pubroom at Micky Finn’s in Lake County, IL.

Ready for a refreshing glass of something delicious? The oldest brewpub in Illinois is Mickey Finns, a family-friendly eatery that serves handcrafted beers on tap, along with a menu stocked with salads, sandwiches, burgers and more. There is also live music. Larger groups can enjoy a private banquet space called the Amber Room, which can hold up to 300 people standing cocktail-party style. Event-planners and casual beer-lovers should rejoice: Micky Finns is one of the Land of Lincoln’s most exceptional pubs.

Cold beer and much more at Micky Finns

O’Toole’s, Libertyville

O’Toole’s, located in the heart of downtown Libertyville, is a lively sports bar and restaurant known for beverages and award-winning wings. You might start off your night with some small bites—culinary veterans recommend the pork belly burnt ends and roasted curry cauliflower—before turning to some shareable goodness like wings, nachos or baked eggplant meatballs. Is your mouth watering yet? Continue your meal with a prime dish like bayou mac and cheese or winter salmon, then finish it off with the famed warm chocolate walnut brownie. Beyond good food, this spot also has one of the most sought-after event spaces in Lake County to host private events.

Delicious food and event space in Libertyville

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