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cd Oct 7th, 2003 11:57 AM

Chicago Restaurant with River View
 
Does anyone know the name and if the food is good of the restaurant that sits beside the Chicago River? We noticed one on a boat tour and commented we would like to eat there because of the view but cannot remember the name.

tjd Oct 7th, 2003 01:53 PM

There are several. Just looking out of my window now, I see Sorriso (Italian, not very good food) and Smith & Wollensky (chain steakhouse). Do you remember where on the river it was?

mjks Oct 7th, 2003 02:02 PM

Could the restaurant be RIVERS ?

cd Oct 7th, 2003 02:05 PM

Seens to me it was not far from Michigan, but again, I could be wrong. It seems it might of been Chinese, Thai, ? and it might have green paint on a portion of it.

cd Oct 7th, 2003 02:17 PM

I just went to "Rivers" website and I bet that is it. I wonder how the view will be after dark. Is the river lighted?

tjd Oct 7th, 2003 02:18 PM

You may be thinking of Bob Chinn's Crabhouse Chicago. It is on the river at LaSalle

cd Oct 7th, 2003 02:40 PM

Actually that could be it too. I went to their website and their entrees are $30-50 That's a little to steep.

Kristi Oct 8th, 2003 05:51 AM

Lunch is cheaper than dinner at Bob Chinn's. The dinner prices are too much for me so I always go at lunch.

dweebe Oct 8th, 2003 05:53 AM

Bob Chinn's is nice; but dinner for two with drink and tips ran me about $130.

cd Oct 8th, 2003 06:32 AM

Yes, dinner is out. Kristi, what are the lunch prices?

Kristi Oct 8th, 2003 06:49 AM

I don't typically drink at lunch and I eat less, I've had meals for around $15-$20, depends on what you order. I usually go in soft shell season, the pepper calamari is also good.

I can't get the Chicago website to come up but I imagine that the Wheeling menu is now comparable (they had a different menu for awhile)but I think it was quite similar the last time I went

http://www.bobchinns.com/menus/lunch.pdf

cd Oct 8th, 2003 07:01 AM

Thanks Kristi

mrt Oct 8th, 2003 01:14 PM

Why would you want a view of the river. its a filthy mess. Sometimes you can see usewd condoms float by. Pick a rest on Mich in a high rsie with a view

cd Oct 8th, 2003 01:51 PM

Mrt:
Any suggestions for dinner with a lake view other than Signature?

Kristi Oct 8th, 2003 05:43 PM

Cd, the Chicago River really isn't that bad, I wouldn't want to go for a swim in it but I pass over it all the time and have yet to see a used condom or dead body float by. You've obviously been on it so judge for yourself.

The view of Lake Michigan is nicer, the other restaurant that comes to mind is Everest which is supposed to have the nicest view of the lake but that's a rather expensive place. Riva at Navy Pier and Spiaggia (also high priced) also get mentioned for their views.

Another suggestion might be to go the the lounge at the Hancock for a drink and then find another spot for dining.

cd Oct 8th, 2003 06:00 PM

Kristi
We (2couples) are coming into the city Dec 6 to see the lights, walk Michigan and have a not too high priced dinner. We have been on Navy Pier many times and I cannot place "Riva" The only nice restaurant I can think of is the one in the Atrium. What is Riva near? Thank you.

Kristi Oct 9th, 2003 05:40 AM

Here's a link to the map of Navy Pier, it's about midway on the pier but past most of the attractions on the side where you see all the dinner cruises.

http://www.navypier.com/SubLink.cfm?...&Sub_ID=56

I have not eaten at Riva, the reviews on Metromix are mixed (as they are for most restaurants even the top notch ones). I sometimes wonder if competitors go out and trash the competition on those dining boards as the reviews vary so widely.

If you're a frequent visitor to Chicago, you might think about picking up a copy of Chicago Magazine. There's a big dining section in the back which has recently been expanded to include local favorites such as Carson's, Heaven on Seven, etc.

And Metromix also has reviews, look for the ones with the Chicago Tribune review for a little more subjective review.

cd Oct 9th, 2003 06:09 AM

Thanks again Kristi

Kal Oct 9th, 2003 07:33 AM

Alooohaaa,
We always try and hit Riva's when we're back there whether for a few beers/oysters or dinner, especially on a clear night. A bit on the medium-high side $$$ but it's always been worth it IMHO.
We were there one night when the "Water Air Show" or whatever the name is, was in town and the Blue Angeles/T'birds flew by low, past Riva's and then turned straight up into a stall.
WOW!

Does The W near Lakeshore have a roof top bar/restaurant?
Kal

Kristi Oct 9th, 2003 08:14 AM

The W Lakeshore has the Whiskey Sky Bar which is also supposed to have a nice view of the lake. It's Rande Gerber's bar (aka Mr. Cindy Crawford) so I imagine it is full of beautiful people.

Maybe someone who's been there can tell you if it's one of those places where you have to be chosen to go in. I hear drinks are expensive.


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