I think we can all agree. Chicago is the greatest city in the world. (Biased? Us? Nah.) Here’s why: we have the tastiest food, the coolest people, the most vibrant neighborhoods, and undefeatable, incredible views. And there are plenty of ways to enjoy all of them in one sitting: a nightcap at one of our favorite Chicago rooftop bars, or check out the restaurants with great views of our wonderful city. Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, natural parks, breathtaking modern skyscrapers, historic architecture — even the romantic suburban views… These restaurants will be the perfect place for you to have a slow lunch or dinner and appreciate our city’s beauty.
317 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Nestled along the Chicago River right around the Merchandise Mart, you’ll find Pizzeria Portofino. Here, your hand-stretched artisanal pizzas are married with gorgeous views of the Chicago River and Riverwalk. Indulge in prime beef meatballs, roasted garlic bread, or a fresh and crispy arugula salad before your scrumptious pizza and remind yourself that the river isn’t only for dyeing green once a year! Lucky enough to have a boat? Dock it right outside Pizzeria Portofino and enjoy an afternoon of cocktails and food. Nothing better.
875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
You certainly know the Signature Room, and if you haven’t been there, you’re probably dying to get there. Located on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building, a dinner here isn’t for the faint of heart. Enjoy stunning 360 degree views of the city that you’ll likely only experience once in a lifetime. This fine dining restaurant is home to a succulent raw bar, savory steaks and chops, and perfectly cooked sides. Want to elevate your night by one more floor? Check out The Signature Lounge on the 96th floor!
233 N Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606
When date night comes around and you want to break out of your normal places, head to Gibson’s Italia. Not only is the food absolutely outstanding, but the views will take your breath away. Having three separate floors, there isn’t a bad seat in the house! On the top floor, you’ll find their rooftop bar with a retractable roof and astonishing views of the Chicago River. Pair your pasta and steak with an incredible view and you’ll be left wanting to visit Gibson’s Italia every chance you get!
1603 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610
Only open during the warmer part of the year, it’s important to take in this view while you can! Shore Club, on North Avenue Beach, has the perfect lakeside menu of appetizers, salads, brunch favorites, and sweet treats to enjoy while soaking up the sun. With outdoor seating and huge windows, enjoy the expansive views of Lake Michigan with a refreshing cocktail in hand and the glamorous feeling of any great beach club. Shore Club reopens this summer 2023, and we can’t wait to get back to the beach!
465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611
Situated right next to the lake, Robert’s Pizza is one of our summer favorites. Their patio is so close to the water sometimes ducks will come up and walk right by you. Their dock and patio also directly connect to the riverwalk, in case you need to burn some calories after indulging in their delicious artisan pizzas and tasty cocktails.
315 N La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60654
As one of Chicago lovebirds’ favorite restaurants for weddings and one of the most romantic restaurants in town, River Roast has everything you could ask for: delicious food, high-end environment, a wide selection of wines, and incredible views. Located right next to the river, the restaurant made sure guests can enjoy the beautiful water view throughout the year with their Winter Lodge seating area.
45 E Riverwalk S, Chicago, IL 60601
Also tucked into Chicago’s Riverwalk is O’Briens. This restaurant serves traditional American favorites under bright yellow umbrellas, perfect for a beautiful summer. Watch boats pass by as you sip on a cold beer, munch on appetizing bites, and enjoy your current state of mind next to the water. O’Brien’s is also an incredible place to spend the best day of the year in Chicago – St. Patrick’s Day!
2610 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
Aptly named, North Pond sits on the northernmost point of the North Pond Natural Area in Lincoln Park. This restaurant, sitting in one of Chicago’s beautiful parks, uses ingredients in their peak seasons from local farmers and growers, so the food is always guaranteed fresh and delicious. Join North Pond for dinner Thursday through Sunday, or Sunday Brunch, resting assured that you’re sure to enjoy views of the surrounding park and sweeping skyline.
302 N Green St 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60607
Always a favorite, Aba’s location makes it a prime spot to take in good views of the city. On the corner of Fulton and Green Street, the third floor restaurant has an expansive patio that allows patrons to not only take in the views of the surrounding Fulton Market neighborhood, but puts the city skyline on full display. Take in the iconic Sears Tower as you take bites of your savory short rib hummus, eggplant dip, and chicken or lamb kefta.
3 E Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174
Looking for a lovely place to dine while enjoying the views in the burbs? Check out The Graceful Ordinary in St. Charles. Quickly rising to become one of the local’s favorites, TGO takes pride in its delicious and innovative menu, fine ingredients, friendly and attentive services, and elegant ambiance from the inside out. When the weather is warm, plan a dinner on the patio over the water for a breathtaking experience.
Featured Image: River Roast