Everyone knows that food tastes better while looking out over sparkling water. Chicago is swimming in waterside restaurants and cafes. Here are a few of the best waterfront eateries around Lakeshore East.
Island Party Hut
Island Party Hut brings the tiki lifestyle to the banks of the Chicago River. Relax with a Mai Tai and let the Pacific island music waft over you as you watch the boats go by. Or dive into savory pulled pork or a smoky Kahuna burger and you'll feel the spirit of aloha. Island Party Hut also offers games, like bocce ball, bags, and giant Jenga. If you want to take the fun out onto the river, you can hop aboard the Island Party Boat, a floating tiki bar cruise. Pick up a Piña Colada a say mahalo.
On the shore of Lake Michigan, by the marina in Dusable Harbor sits Cafe Michelle. Named for the owner Tiger's wife, Cafe Michelle is a charming, relaxing spot that offers great Mediterranean and American fare with a lovely view of the lake. Enjoy fresh calamari or a kebab, followed by a scoop of creamy gelato. You can sit for hours and watch the sailboats coming and going from the marina. Plus, did we mention the owner's name is Tiger? What more incentive do you need to check it out?
Chicago Burger Company
Just on the other side of the river from Lakeshore East, Chicago Burger Company is serving up hot, juicy burgers with a riverfront view. This is the Chicago heartland option when it comes to food by the river. You can nosh on such classics as steaming bacon cheeseburgers, smooth milkshakes, and piping hot fries. Or to make it an adult meal, add a frosty beer or icy blended cocktail. All while sitting on plush outdoor couches and watching the walkers on the river esplanade.
Whether it is a slow Sunday afternoon or you are looking for a relaxing meal after work, one of these waterfront cafes is sure to have what you are looking for. Studies have shown that being near to water increases happiness and calm. Throw food into the mix, and it's hard to get much happier than that.