Sometimes you want a burger that’s fancier than fast food, but not so loaded with frills that the beef becomes an afterthought. That’s why your next family day downtown should include a trip to the original M Burger, located in the heart of Streeterville. Order from the regular menu of all-American favorites (burgers, fries, shakes) and know your kids will be totally into these comfort food classics. Or let the little ones feel like spies as you go rogue with the “secret” menu, offering up unconventional sandwiches and accompaniments. Here you’ll find the likes of Chicken Mikey (chicken breast with pickle, onion, ketchup, mayo), Fowl Mouth (a turkey burger with secret spicy sauce), and fries topped with green chili cheese and barbecue sauce. As you’re waiting in line for your order, you’ll be entertained by the chefs in the adjacent Tru Restaurant, also owned by the same people behind M Burger. You can watch them expertly prepare fine-dining dishes through a large glass window as you relax at the counter, or get your kids into the fresh air and eat at one of the tables outside along the tree-lined walk. Just make sure you all get creamy shakes to go, for enjoying as you explore the area—you’re in walking distance of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Navy Pier, and the historic Water Tower.