Casual Elegance on Chicago’s Lakefront
Open Year Round

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 Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline with seating for 80.

Join us and enjoy Midwestern fare made with the freshest choice ingredients. Expect an approachable menu alongside breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Our beverage program highlights the craft beer and spirit scene with a diverse wine list.

CALENDAR

Days We Are Open

Thursday, May 23

Friday, May 24

Monday, May 27

Tuesday, May 28

Wednesday, May 29

Thursday, May 31

Sunday, June 2

Monday, June 3

Tuesday, June 4

Thursday, June 6

Monday, June 10

Sunday, June 16

Monday, June 17

Tuesday, June 18

Wednesday, June 19

Monday, June 24

Wednesday, June 26

HOURS

Please see the calendar to confirm hours for specific days

Monday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday:
see calendar
Sunday: see calendar

Please note, we stop seating two hours prior to the closing time listed above
Dinner Specials available starting at 4 p.m. daily
Weekend Brunch served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (other menu items not available during this time)
Appetizers and drinks available between Brunch & Dinner on the weekends

PARKING

Valet parking available for $15/car (cash only)

*Price valid for restaurant guests only.
Rates vary for special events

There is street parking on Cannon Dr and Stockton Dr, just to the West of Lake Shore Drive. There is also parking at the Diversey Harbor lot, located on Cannon, north of Fullerton, across from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

RESERVATION INFORMATION

We strongly encourage reservations to ensure we can accommodate you and your guests. We accept standard reservations for parties of 10 or less. Reservations for parties of 11 or 12 are available on a limited basis, pending availability and our event schedule, and can be made by calling the restaurant. We can accommodate parties of 13 or more with a Group Dining booking. We are not able to take multiple smaller reservations (i.e. 2 tables of 8) for larger groups. Please view the Events & Group Dining section for more information.

We do our best to accommodate all requests, however we are not able to guarantee seating preferences. You can mention your seating preference (indoor or outdoor: Eastlake Terrace or Skyline Patio) when making your reservation.

We ask that you limit your visit to 2-hours to ensure we can accommodate all parties and properly sanitize tables between reservations. Gratuity will be added to parties of 8 or more. We do not allow dogs on the patio or inside the venue. Should you have any questions, please call us at 312-414-1313.

We look forward to seeing you at The Lakefront!

EVENTS & GROUP DINING

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 events, visit our Venue Rental page for information on renting our private event space(s). We do not book events in the restaurant 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 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

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The restaurant does not take reservations or group dining bookings more than 45-days in advance.
Event bookings are primarily 3-hour windows
Number must be 13 - 50
Please note, we do not book events in the restaurant more than 45-days in advance. To secure space for a later event you may rent one of the venue's private event spaces. The restaurant is closed most Saturdays for private events. For events for more than 50 people, please visit the Venue Rental page of the website.
Please note, submission of this form does not constitute a reservation or booking. To make a standard reservation, click here.

We Are Open Year Round! 

Lunch & Dinner

Bread & Butter
assorted gourmet breads, whipped sea salt butter  6 (V)

Cheese Board
three gourmet cheeses, dried apricots, castelevetrano olives, peppadew, grain mustard, olive oil & sel gris flatbread  20 (V)

Old Bay Shrimp Ceviche*
citrus-cured Old Bay shrimp, avocado crema, tortilla chips  16 (GF)

Corn & Cauliflower Arancini
stracciatella, basil crema, roasted cherry tomatoes, essenza balsamic 14 (V)

Elote Tostadas
red cabbage, elote, fresno peppers  9 (V/GF)

Fresno Pepper Deviled Eggs*
chives, picked onions  9 (V/GF)

Wings
Daisy Cutter bbq or adobo buffalo, yogurt ranch or blue cheese dip  12

vegetarian – V  gluten free – GF  vegan – VG
*Please alert our staff on any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.

Tomato Bisque
toasted garlic harvest sourdough  9 (V)

Few Bourbon French Onion Soup
caramelized onion, honey oat porridge, Gruyere cheese  10

Cobb Salad*
slow roasted chicken, egg, cucumbers, avocado, bacon, tomatoes, carrots, bourbon blue cheese, red onion, yogurt ranch  16 (GF)

Orchard Salad
slow roasted chicken, butter lettuce, mixed greens, sliced apple,
dried cranberries, blue cheese, candied sunflower seeds,
balsamic vinaigrette  16 (GF)

Guajillo Chicken Salad
guajillo-spiced chicken, queso fresco, black beans, jicama scallions, carrots, roasted cherry tomatoes, crispy tortilla strips, chipotle-cilantro ranch  15 (GF)

Side Salad
greens, cucumbers, pickled onions, cherry tomatoes  7 (V/GF)

vegetarian – V  gluten free – GF  vegan – VG  
*Please alert our staff on any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.

Annatto Cauliflower Tacos
grapefruit yum-yum sauce, red cabbage, cilantro, onion, roasted red salsa & chips  13 (v/gf)

Chicken Tinga Tacos
chipotle spiced chicken, avocado, queso fresco, cilantro, roasted red salsa & chips  14 (gf)

Garlic Shrimp Roll*
garlic shrimp salad, fried onions, buttered New England bun  16

Pesto Chicken Sandwich
seared chicken breast, sunflower pesto, sun-dried tomato aioli,
stracciatella cheese, ciabatta  15

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Bisque
challah bread, cheddar cheese, parmesan crema 14

Fish & Chips *
312 beer battered cod with house cut french fries and tartar sauce 18

Brisket Dip
horseradish, gruyere, pepperoncini mayo, arugula, toasted baguette, au jus  17

Cheeseburger*
butter-griddled beef, one-year cheddar, remoulade, lettuce, tomato, brioche 15 add Nueske’s bacon  2
add fried egg  2

vegetarian – V  gluten free – GF  vegan – VG
Please alert our staff on any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.

Cauliflower Bisque
horseradish beet creme fraiche, crispy brussels sprouts 10  (v)

Sirloin Cap
black garlic thyme café de paris, leek & gruyere au gratin potatoes 33  (gf)

Seared Sage Cod
tri-color carrots, lemon tahini, carrot top gremolata 28

vegetarian – V  gluten free – GF  vegan – VG
Please alert our staff on any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.

Sautéed Market Vegetables  (v/gf) 6

Elote  (v/gf)  6

French Fries  (vg/gf) 5

Roasted Red Salsa & Chips  (gf) 5

vegetarian – V  gluten free – GF  vegan – VG
Please alert our staff on any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.

Key Lime Pie  10

Sour Cream Chocolate Caramel Cake  10

Jeni’s Ice Cream | single 4 or double 8

Chocolate & Vanilla Bread Pudding with caramel, creme anglaise  10

Ricotta & Greek Yogurt Cheesecake
roasted grapes 11 (v)

Please alert our staff on any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.

Cheddar Grilled Cheese & French Fries  9

Cheesy Cheddar Quesadilla with Salsa  9

Chicken Tenders & French Fries  9

Mac & Cheese  9

Please alert our staff on any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.

Weekend Brunch
Served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Other menu items unavailable during this time. 

Fresno Pepper Deviled Eggs*
crispy bacon, chives, picked onions  10 (GF)

Breakfast Nachos*
two eggs, crispy bacon, cheddar, black beans, charred fresno crema, salsa, cilantro, onions, sliced fresnos  14

Old Fashioned Donut Holes
creme anglaise  6 (V)

Brisket Tostadas
three toasted tortillas, braised brisket, Guinness Mole, cabbage, cilantro crema, 
queso fresco, pickled watermelon radishes, micro cilantro  14

Brunch Cheese Board
maple bacon, three gourmet cheeses, strawberry jam, toasted baguettes,
hard boiled egg, sliced apple  24

Wings
Daisy Cutter bbq or adobo buffalo, yogurt ranch or blue cheese dip  12

vegetarian – V  gluten free – GF  vegan – VG
Please alert our staff on any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.

Tomato Bisque
toasted garlic harvest sourdough  9 (V)

Cobb Salad*
slow roasted chicken, egg, cucumbers, avocado, bacon, tomatoes, carrots, bourbon blue cheese, red onion, yogurt ranch  16 (GF)

Guajillo Chicken Salad
guajillo-spiced chicken, queso fresco, black beans, jicama scallions, carrots, roasted cherry tomatoes, crispy tortilla strips, chipotle-cilantro ranch  15 (GF)
add an egg  2

vegetarian – V  gluten free – GF  vegan – VG
Please alert our staff on any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.

Yogurt Fruit Bowl
Country View Dairy Greek Farms yogurt, granola, seasonal fruit, apricot honey  11 (V/GF)

Churro French Toast
orange zest, maple syrup  12 (V)

Braised Tomato Chipotle Chicken*
two sunny side up egg, queso fresco, avocado & tortillas  13

Beer-Braised Brisket Hash*
poblano peppers, red peppers, red onions, two fried eggs  15

Open-Faced Omelet*
market vegetables, smashed and fried potatoes, toasted ciabatta  14 (V)
add a meat  3

Brunch Sausage Toast*
toasted sunflower spinach pesto, two fried eggs, ciabatta, smashed & fried potatoes  15

Brunchburger*
butter-griddled beef, one-year cheddar, fried egg, bloody mary ketchup, brioche bun  16
add Nueske’s bacon  2

vegetarian – V  gluten free – GF  vegan – VG
Please alert our staff on any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.

Bread & Butter
assorted gourmet breads, whipped honey butter  4 (V)

Seasonal Fruit   5 (VG/GF)

Two Eggs A-La Carte* 4 (GF)

Smashed & Fried Potatoes  5 (VG)

Sausage Patties*  5

Veggie Sausage  5 (V)

Thick-Cut Nueske’s Bacon*  5 (GF)

vegetarian – V  gluten free – GF  vegan – VG
Please alert our staff on any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.

Churro French Toast 9

Chicken Tenders & Smashed Potatoes 9

Scrambled Cheddar Eggs & Bacon  9

Smashed Potatoes  4

Fruit Bowl  4

Please alert our staff on any dietary restrictions or food allergies.
Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness.

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