Casual Elegance on Chicago’s Lakefront

Located in the historic Theater on the Lake building at Fullerton, The Lakefront Restaurant is an upscale tavern with seating for 125 at intimate tables, communal seating and a lounge area. The Lakefront’s Skyline Patio, open seasonally, provides stunning views of the Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline with seating for 80.

Chef Cleetus Friedman presents seasonal Midwestern fare made with the freshest choice ingredients. Expect an approachable menu with a touch of whimsy along side breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. While the beverage program highlights the craft beer and spirit scene with a diverse wine list of like-minded producers, Chef Cleetus will also utilize the venue to showcase his portfolio of beer and wine collaborations.


Friday, November 15: Closed for private event.

Saturday, November 16: Closed for Dinner. Last seating at 1:30PM.

Thursday, November 21: Closed for private event.

Friday, November 22: Closed for private event.

Saturday, November 23: Closed for private event.

Thursday, November 28: Closed for Thanksgiving


Mon – Fri: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sat & Sun:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nightly: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Open until 11 p.m.


Valet parking available in the circle drive located at Fullerton, East of Lake Shore Drive:

Mon – Fri: starting at 11 a.m.

Sat & Sun: starting at 9:45 a.m.


Due to our event schedule and level of demand, we strongly encourage reservations to ensure we can accommodate your party. We accept standard reservations for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch for parties of 2 to 8. Reservations for groups of 9 to 12 are taken on a limited basis, pending availability and our event schedule, and can be made by calling the restaurant. We do not take reservations for outdoor seating.

Groups of 12 or more can be accommodated through an Event or Group Dining booking.

*Due to our volume during peak season, and in an effort to provide the best service, we do not accept reservations for parties larger than 8 for weekend Brunch between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. 


The patio is closed for the season. Join us inside all year long!

Patio seating is first come, first serve and weather permitting. In the event of unexpected inclement weather, we cannot guarantee indoor seating for guests who choose to sit outside. Bicycles and pets are not allowed on the patio. The patio closes at 10PM nightly, the last seating on the patio is 9:00PM.

Saturdays and Sundays, only Brunch is served between 10AM and 3PM, with a limited bar menu available until Dinner service begins at 5PM.


Cozy up with us this winter! 

Winter Wine Specials 
Monday – Wednesday
Enjoy 50% off bottle of wine and appetizers

Burgers & Beers Thursday – $14
All Drafts & Special Bottles perfectly paired with
our famous Lakefront Burger

Cheers to Lincoln Park Zoo Lights!
11/29 to 12/29
$5 Glogg
$5 Guinness with souvenir Holiday Pint Glass
$5 off Uber ride with the purchase of 2 Guinness pints


With breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline, The Lakefront Restaurant is an ideal venue for special occasions. The restaurant can accommodate groups up to 30 seated and up to 50 for cocktail receptions with an Event or Group Dining booking. For larger groups, visit our Venue Rental page for information on renting our private event spaces.

*Please note, we do not book events in the restaurant during weekend brunch between Memorial Day & Labor Day.

Our Event & Group Dining brochure outlines our food and beverage options for large groups, including seasonally inspired menus and beverage pairings from Chef Cleetus Friedman for lunch, dinner, and cocktail receptions. Food and beverage minimums may be required based on the date, time, availability, and space(s) required. A deposit is required to book an Event or Group Dining reservation.

Complete the form below to inquire about an event or group dining opportunity at The Lakefront Restaurant.


Event or Group Dining Inquiry

Please note, submission of this form does not constitute a reservation or booking. To make a standard reservation, click here.

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