Places to Eat Along the Chicago Riverwalk

Posted on June 05, 2018

Aside from being home to Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, the Chicago Riverwalk is also a great place to eat and drink. With four renowned establishments that offer unique experiences with a riverfront view, you’re bound to find a new city favorite.

City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk
This outpost location of its West Loop counterpart has been serving up great wine and tasty dishes to Chicago since 2015. Their menu features top-selling items from the West Loop location along with a few riverfront originals. Additionally, seven of their 24 wines are served through their unique tap system to showcase the company’s commitment to sustainability.

Tiny Tapp Riverwalk 
Another outpost of a Chicago favorite, Tiny Tapp offers up excellent crafted cocktails and beer along with sandwiches, salads, and popular appetizers such as the Santa Fe Nachos. Throughout the summer they also host fun events such as yoga on the riverwalk and tales on the riverbank.

Island Party Hut Tiki Bar and Grill
If you’re looking for something a bit different, head east down the river past the Chicago’s First Lady docks. Island Party Hut offers guests a tropical island experience all while being located in the middle of downtown. The riverwalk oasis is filled with live music, delicious barbecue, and fresh margaritas. Guests can also relax by playing some of their outdoor games such as bags and bocce ball or by sitting along the river and enjoying the views.

O’Brien’s Riverwalk Café
Known for their half-pound Certified Black Angus Burger, O’Brien’s Riverwalk Café is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat. This spacious riverfront sits across from the famous Marina City and offers spectacular views of downtown. During the summer they also offer a breakfast menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 11 am.

The Northman — Coming Soon
The ownership team behind Fountainhead, Foundtainhead Market, and the Bar on Buena is proud to introduce Chicago’s first cider focused pub and bistro. With a specific emphasis on influences from Northern France and Southern England, The Northman hopes to bring a truly unique concept to the cider revolution, the north side of Chicago and soon the Chicago riverwalk.

Frost Gelato — Coming Soon
Established in 2011, Frost is a gelato shop that features 38 delectable flavors of authentic gelato and sorbet made fresh, on site, daily. Their other locations in the Chicagoland area include downtown Highland Park and downtown Naperville. In years prior, Frost Gelato has had a pop up gelato cart on the riverwalk but now have plans to open up a permanent location at 27 W Riverwalk South.

Chicago Brewhouse — Coming Soon
The owners behind the Old Town favorite, Corcoran’s Grill, are opening up a sister restaurant on the riverwalk between Wabash and State Streets. The Chicago Brewhouse will serve up local beers, food, and coffee. Additionally, they will have a street level hub — located next to the Heald Square Monument — where visitors can grab a bite to eat as well.