The best waterfront dining spots in Chicago offer up some unexpected views as well as great eats. While we're always seeking out the best beer gardens and best rooftop bars, the lake and river are prime spots for a relaxing dinner. The next time you're looking for something to do after a day at the beach or the park, spend some time near the water.
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Great waterfront dining in Chicago
This beachfront restaurant at Kathy Osterman Beach (a.k.a. Hollywood Beach) is like a tropical paradise with rainbow lounge chairs, colorful decorations and an island vibe. Grab a half-priced margarita on Mondays and enjoy nachos, tacos, guacamole and chips. Your vegetarian friends won't go hungry either, with options like seitan chorizo tacos.Read more
This restaurant is solidly in the top tier of fine dining in Chicago. It sits right on the river (well, 16 floors above it) and offers amazing views of the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower. The tasting menu is definitely a splurge, but you'll also find more reasonable menu items when dining on the patio.Read more