Dining on the Chicago River: A Complete Guide to Chicago Riverwalk Restaurants

The Chicago Riverwalk is one of the city's must-visit summer destinations. Located on the south side of the Chicago River, in addition to renting boats and cycles you can also find places to dine. Restaurants line the walkway from Clark Street to east of Michigan Avenue, nearly to Lake Shore Drive. 

From west to east, here's every restaurant on the Chicago Riverwalk, so you can plan your waterfront dining with ease. Most of these are open seasonally and are weather-dependent, so you'll want to confirm they're open before trying to visit. Phone numbers are included where available.

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Chicago Riverwalk Restaurants

Nothing says summer in Chicago like an alfresco Chicago-style dog, a plump Vienna beef dragged through the garden and served on a steamed poppy-seed bun. This spot on the new stretch of the Riverwalk also offers Maxwell Polish, salads, chips, and Orangina. Lillie's Park Grill and Cafe, 71 W Riverwalk South (312)434-4727


This outpost of popular Tiny Lounge is a sunny spot for sipping craft cocktails. They've changed their name from last year's Tiny Hatt. We're awaiting word on details on the concept change, but we're betting you can expect some killer sips.  Tiny Tapp, 55 W Riverwalk South


Looking to cool down? Then look no further than this Tucson chain. Serving gelato, floats, and sorbet, you can get your frozen fix in a cup or a waffle cone. It's a nice treat either before or after your electric boat rental. Frost, 27 W Riverwalk South (312)709-1358


No plastic cups at this riverfront outpost - it's Riedel all the way! Their wine is poured directly into the storied glassware from the barrels in their cellar. Menu items include imported Italian burrata, dolmades, and the requisite cheese and charcuterie. They also often feature live music. City Winery, 11 W Riverwalk South (312)733-9463 (phone number for Randolph Street location)


If you'd like a little shade during your riverfront dining, O'Brien's offers plenty of umbrella seating. One of the first places to have an outpost on the riverwalk, they offer a relaxed atmosphere with burgers, salads, apps, and more. This is also a kid-friendly spot that the whole family can enjoy. O'Brien's, 45 E Riverwalk South (312)346-3131


Head to the end of the line for this party place. The guys behind the Island Party Boat - you know, the tiki hut with the slide off the back? - have taken the party landside with this Riverwalk outpost. Expect live music on Thursdays through Sundays, grilled goodies, and a Polynesian-themed party. Island Party Hut, 355 E Riverwalk South (312)600-0488


For more alfresco dining options all over the city, visit the  section.

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