City Porch

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City Porch
Photograph: Martha Williams
Lobster roll at City Porch

It's no small trick to make Navy Pier seem classy, but that's what the team behind America’s Dog has done with this summer-long pop-up. With more than half of the restaurant outdoors and waterfront, there's a lot of scenery to distract you from the pier's more obnoxious aspects (like the guy in the pirate suit barking at passersby to take a ride on his ship). Still, this isn't a place for a great meal. A generous lobster roll on sweet brioche and a glass of wine, sure. But venture into the rest of the menu—dry chicken skewers, for example—and you're right back on the Navy Pier you're familiar with.

Venue name: City Porch
Address: Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave
Cross street: at Streeter Dr
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner (Fri, Sat)
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand. Bus: 65.
Price: Average large plate: $13
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