Summer in Chicago is arguably one of the best times of the year! Many people often forget that there are actual beaches on Lake Michigan that make you feel like you are on an ocean! No need to book an extravagant vacation when you can dine out at these beach restaurants and bars! Whether you’re visiting or just looking for someplace to escape the big city, these places have got you covered!
Caffè Oliva is the Chicago equivalent to dining out on a tropical coast! Located on Chicago’s very own Ohio Street Beach this little beach bar is a great summer spot! Enjoy their wide menu of burgers, calamari, salads, shrimp, whitefish and cocktails! Live music, bags, beach volleyball, cabanas and twinkly lights give this restaurant an island beach feel. Head on over after you spend the day tanning on the beach and get ready to take in the amazing sunset. And to mention its dog friendly too!
Summer House Santa Monica
This chic restaurant is meant to transport you to the coasts of California with its beach house atmosphere! Summer House Santa Monica offers coast line favorites with local sustainable fresh products only. Try their wide range of pacific wines, fresh halibut, juicy burger and much more!
Island Party Hut
Located right on Chicago’s Riverwalk, Island Party Hut is the equivalent to a beachside dive bar. Hang out and relax to reggae live music on their lawn chairs, play a round of bags, enjoy a tropical cocktail or take a boat ride! This is the perfect place to stumble upon for some midday relaxation or late-night partying!
Stop by the Shore Club to not only get a stunning view of Lake Michigan from North Avenue Beach, but also relax and grab some good eats! Enjoy their global inspired menu for brunch, lunch or dinner with some shrimp cocktail, Atlantic Salmon, filets and a full catered bar! Dine in their glass enclosed restaurant to beat the heat or lounge in one of their sand cabanas!
Beatnik on the River
This bohemian hip restaurant located on the Chicago River just opened up their outdoor river patio! With bold colors, hanging lights and intricate designs, this Moroccan/Bali vibe will transport you out of the city! Indulge in Spanish cocktails, steak kabobs, fried rice, curry and other dishes inspired by Asian, and South American cuisine.