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Father's Day dining options

Prairie Grass Cafe. Buffet brunch $45, children under 10 $15. Regular menu at dinner, augmented with entree and cocktail specials. 601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, 847-205-4433.

Red Door. Father's Day "Pig & Swig," served 3-8 p.m., features whole-hog pig roast with accompaniments for $15 per plate. Special Templeton rye cocktails, $5. 2118 N. Damen Ave., 773-697-7221.

Shaw's Crab House. The Schaumburg outpost of this seafood restaurant will serve multistation buffet brunch 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $48; children ages 12 and younger eat free (two per adult maximum). Dads receive $25 gift certificate good for future brunch or crab buffet visit. Regular menu served at dinner. 1900 W. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, 847-517-2722.

Sixteen. Lavish buffet brunch served 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $95; $35 children (under 8). 401 N. Wabash Ave., 312-588-8030.

South Water Kitchen. Does dad want to golf all day Sunday? Head to SWK for the Father's Day Eve beer dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday, a five-course dinner matched to beers from Illinois and Michigan. Cost is $60. 225 N. Wabash Ave., 312-236-9300.

Tallgrass. Special five-course Father's Day menu, $58. Regular menu also available. 1006 S. State St., Lockport, 815-838-5566.

Tavernita. Four-course sharing-menu brunch served 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $35, including cocktail or beverage. Regular menu served at dinner. 151 W. Erie St., 312-274-1111.

Weber Grill. Father's Day specials include 16-ounce Black Angus T-bone steak with baked potato and grilled vegetables ($38), and "Big Daddy" barbecue platter of ribs, brisket, smoked sausage, pulled pork, corn, coleslaw and cornbread ($28). 539 N. State St., 312-467-9696; 2331 Fountain Square, Lombard, 630-953-8880; 1010 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, 847-413-0800.

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