Top 10 Restaurants on the Chicago Lakefront

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So many culinary delights await you along the picturesque shores of Chicago’s Lakefront. From exquisite waterfront views to delicious food, the city offers many delicious and fun restaurants that cater to every palate. Whether you’re craving fresh seafood, local fare, or strong drinks, these ten restaurants on the Chicago Lakefront will provide an unforgettable experience elevated by the sights and sounds of our gorgeous Lake Michigan.

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Waterfront Cafe

6219 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660

With a picturesque view of Lake Michigan, Waterfront Cafe is the perfect spot for a meal on a sunny summer day. Located on the grounds of Edgewater’s Berger Park & Cultural center, a meal here means you’ll be surrounded by not only sand and surf, but plenty of greenery to help you escape from the city’s concrete jungle. Enjoy tasty beachfront eats like shrimp ceviche or a roasted sweet corn salad. 

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The Dock at Montrose

200 W Montrose Harbor Dr, Chicago, IL 60640

The Dock at Montrose Beach is a charming restaurant nestled along the shoreline of one of our favorite city beaches – Montrose. Its stunning views of Lake Michigan and warm, inviting ambiance offer an incredible lakefront dining experience. The menu showcases a diverse range of bites, from fresh seafood to mouth-watering sandwiches and salads. Enjoy the gentle Lake Michigan breeze while you sip your drinks and soak in the perfect Chicago summer. 

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Shore Club

1603 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610

Shore Club is quite possibly everyone’s favorite lakefront eatery. While this place is more of a day club and only open seasonally, you can find some delicious food to munch on while you listen to the waves crash and the rowdy teenagers having the time of their lives at North Avenue Beach. For a delicious lunch, try the Thai chicken lettuce wraps or Wahoo tacos, which are sure to satisfy your hunger and your yearning for a sunny lunch next to Lake Michigan. 

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Offshore

1000 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Perched at the far East corner of Navy Pier, you’ll find Offshore. As the world’s largest rooftop, you can enjoy stunning views of the skyline and uninterrupted views of Lake Michigan. Play yard games, enjoy fresh cocktails, and find a new favorite on their brunch or dinner menu with only the freshest ingredients and seasonal specials. 

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Pier 31

3101 S DuSable Lk Shr Dr, Chicago, IL 60616

With an expansive deck overlooking 31st Street Beach, Pier 31 is a wonderful spot in the city to enjoy all that summertime Chi has to offer. Whether you’re enjoying a burger or chicken sandwich fresh from the grill, or an ice-cold beer or margarita, you’re sure to take in the best views of the city while being just a few minutes from the museum campus, Soldier Field, and the buzzing South Loop! 

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The Lakefront Restaurant

2401 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60614

Heading over to the Lincoln Park area? Don’t miss out on the Lakefront Restaurant! Open year-round at the historic Theater on the Lake building, this upscale tavern with tables, communal seating, and a lounge area. If you’re lucky enough to dine outside, you’ll enjoy breathtaking Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline views. Only made with the freshest ingredients, The Lakefront Restaurant specializes in Midwestern fare with a perfectly curated beer and cocktail list. 

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Current

644 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611

Like its name, everything you find at CURRENT will be fresh, made to order, and absolutely delicious. Open for breakfast, brunch, dinner, and late-night snacks, each menu at CURRENT is full of flavorful, comforting dishes that appeal to everyone, no matter your diet. Whether you’re looking for pasta, salads, savory truffle fries, or some cheesecake, CURRENT is a great spot to enjoy tons of gorgeous Lake Michigan views while you enjoy a top-tier meal. 

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Salerno’s Nautical Playpen

3155 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60616

For an ultimate summer experience by the water, Salerno’s Nautical Playpen at 31st Street Beach is a must-visit. Besides offering mouthwatering Salerno’s pizza, you can also enjoy cold drinks, jet ski rentals, paddle boats, and a pool to sunbathe. Do you need anything else this summer? We don’t think so! 

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Caffe Olivia

550 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

In the Gold Coast neighborhood, Caffe Olivia has positioned itself as one of the most popular lakefront eateries serving high-quality Italian cuisine. With Mediterranean flavors and a warm ambiance, you’ll enjoy your fresh meal al fresco, taking in the warm summer breeze, the bright Chicago skyline, and the essence of Italy in our bustling city. 

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Reggie’s on the Beach

6259 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60649

Love live music? Head to Reggie’s on the Beach! Here, you can grab a table or rent a cabana for the perfect summer day spent in the sun. If you’re looking for some beach day activity to pair with a fresh cocktail or grub, rent a waverunner, paddle board, or kayak! Water sports will leave you hungry, and we’re thankful that Reggie’s on the Beach is here all summer.

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