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 the 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 along side 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

Monday, January 24
Closed

Tuesday, January 25
Closed

 

No Other Upcoming Events

HOURS

Please see the calendar to confirm hours for specific days

Monday: closed for the season
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:
10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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 $10/car (cash only)
2-Hour Parking
*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 Noterbart Nature Museum.

RESERVATION INFORMATION

City of Chicago Vaccination Mandate

Please be advised that effective January 3, 2022, in accordance with the City of Chicago mandate issued on December 22, 2021, Theater on the Lake will require all customers to present proof of COVID vaccination in order to dine in the restaurant.

  • Anyone over five years old entering the building must present an actual card or digital or physical photo of their vaccination card (name, vaccine brand, date administered).
  • State ID or Driver’s license will also be required for customers over 16 years old.
  • No test results will be accepted in lieu of a valid vaccination card.
  • Customers who do not present a valid vaccination card will not be allowed to enter the restaurant.
  • Customers with a medical or religious exemption must provide proof of the medical or religious exemption and a COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional within the last 72 hours prior to enter the restaurant

 

We strongly encourage reservations to ensure we can accommodate your party. We accept standard reservations for parties of 10 or less.

A credit card is required to secure weekend and evening reservations. All credit card information will be processed securely. No-shows or cancellations less than 6 hours in advance may be subject to a charge of $25 per person.

All guests entering the restaurant are required to wear a mask, and masks are required when not seated at a table. Due to capacity restrictions and our need to properly sanitize for the next party, please limit your dining experience to 90 minutes. Should you have any questions, please call us at 312-414-1313.

We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you back to The Lakefront!

WINTER SPECIALS

Wednesdays
50% off Select Bottles of Wine

Thursdays
Burger & Beers – $4 drafts with the purchase of Lincoln Park’s favorite cheeseburger

Weekend Brunch
Bottomless Mimosas – $20 2-hour limit – Saturdays and Sundays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. – purchase of food required

Kids Eat Free
Sundays after 4 p.m. free kids meals with the purchase of adult entree

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
(first)
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The restaurant does not book events on Saturdays (except for January)
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Event bookings are primarily 3-hour windows
Number must be 12 - 75
Please note, we do not book events in the restaurant more than 60-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 75 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)

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

 

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.

Brisket Chili
jalapeños, cilantro and flatbread  11

Tomato Bisque
toasted garlic harvest sourdough  9

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)

Side Salad
greens, cucumbers, pickled onions, cherry tomatoes  7 (v/gf)

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.

Orchard Salad
add roasted chicken +4, roasted salmon +12
butter lettuce, arugula, sliced apple, dried cranberries, blue cheese, candied sunflower seeds, balsamic vinaigrette  14 (gf)

Hanger Steak 
red pepper chimichurri, house seasoned smashed red potatoes, market vegetables  28 (gf)

Chicken Fried Chicken
double fried chicken breast, apple sausage gravy, gruyere mashed potatoes, red pepper and fennel slaw  24

Seared Salmon
roasted butternut squash and cranberry Israeli couscous, roasted cauliflower  26 

Make sure to check out our DINNER SPECIALS if dining with us after 4 p.m.

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)

Beef Stew
gruyere mashed poatoes 16 

Fried Chicken Sandwich
yogurt ranch, lettuce, vine tomato, brioche bun 14
or make it adobo buffalo  1

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Bisque
challah bread, cheddar cheese, parm 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

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

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.

Warm Apple Pie  10

Sour Cream Chocolate Carmel Cake  10

Jeni’s Ice Cream | single 4 or double 8

Chocoalte & Vanilla Bread Pudding with caramel, creme anglase  10

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)

Giant Cinnamon Raisin Roll
cream cheese cinnamon custard, seasonal fruit  10 (v)

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

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 

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

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

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)

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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