City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk

4.4
47 reviews
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$30 and under
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Wine Bar
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR OUR FALL 2018 RIVER DOMES!
Fall 2018 Season: October 10th - December 16th

River Dome reservations provide you & your guests 2.5 hours in this intimate, climate controlled, one-of-a-kind setting along the Chicago Riverwalk. All dome reservations are approximately $85/guest - including a $25 non-refundable rental fee per person, and a $60 food and beverage minimum spend per guest. Please note: all river dome guests must be 21 years of age or older.

We are, unfortunately, unable to accept reservations outside of our river domes for the remainder of this season. Please visit our patio nex summer!

City Winery at the Riverwalk is an excellent spot for gathering to enjoy a selection of City Winery's wines on tap, a full bar, an al fresco style menu, and live performances - all with Chicago's skyline as the backdrop. The trendy atmosphere is casual and laid back with first-come-first-serve patio seating.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Wine Bar, Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(312) 229-5593
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Intimate dining area & outdoor dining space along the river.
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Private party contact
Todd@citywinery.com: (312) 229-5989
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between State & Dearborn
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Public transit
Located two blocks North West from the CTA State/Lake L Station.
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Entertainment
This season, we are pleased to present M.I.C. (Made In Chicago)

Fridays - Chicago-based DJs 4PM

Saturdays - Chicago-based Bands 3PM

Sundays - Chicago-based Singer/Songwriters 3PM
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 47 People Are Saying
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4.4based on all time ratings
3.7
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4.4
service
4.7
ambience
3.8
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JF
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for our mom’s surprise birthday party. We had an absolute blast! The food, wine, atmosphere, staff....everything was excellent!

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AK
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I went here for my birthday and had a wonderful time! They provide you with a bluetooth speaker so you can hook up your own music, there's games if conversation isn't enough for you, and the twinkle lights set a great ambiance! The food was lovely - we had the butters and salts, burrata, pasta di mare, grilled cheese, the night cap and macarons. (We should have gone with the turkey panini rather than the grilled cheese in hindsight; that's what our waitress had recommended but we didn't listen.) It's definitely a unique experience and I'm glad we did it, even though it's a little pricey!

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was great, my waitress was awesome! The food was good. The menu may throw someone off if they just want a burger. Great experience, I would do this again next season.

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JB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Don’t go to City Winery on the river walk expecting good food or great wine. It’s all about the location with the fun river traffic and city feel. We reserved an igloo/table and enjoyed our time but the fee and minimum are quite high given the food and wine options.

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K
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server (don’t remember her name, brown hair with a nose ring...Amy? Amanda?) was great!! Food was fine. Drinks were delish. Bubble was a fun experience! Would def do again.

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were fortunate to be able to have a group dinner in one of the domes that overlooks the Chicago River. It was one of the first warm nights of spring and everybody was out---however we were quietly ensconced in our dome enjoying sous-vide steak and wine enjoying wonderful conversation. Highly recommend for special group gatherings!

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CG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This was my first time going with my husband as a date night. We had a great time, drinks were great, food was ok, but the experience was i loved.

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VG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The service was exceptional- attentive and so friendly. The environment was nice and clean. They provided a bluetooth speaker to plug in your music and games to make for a fun night. Our heater kept turning off every 5 mins or so and then we'd have to wait 5 mins before being able to turn it back on. It was a chilly night so it became pretty uncomfortable. The 2.5 hour reservation is nice and makes you feel relaxed and not rushed. The food is very underwhelming. Main course options: one seafood dish, a few salads, and sandwiches. at $85 per person, I was hoping for a complete dining experience. Fun to try, but I won't be back.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

I would have given this experience 5 stars, but the food was awful. The options were not great and the ones available were overpriced. The food was extremely bland and the drinks were unimpressive.

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LS
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time! Loved the experience in the Domes! Will definitely be back!

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DB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setup in the igloo. Unique, fun experience. The staff was great and fun to be with.

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IG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did a 2 1/2 hour reservation in the IGLOOs outside on the river. So very fun - what a great time. Food and drink were outstanding. Charcuterie, pate, bread and salt, grilled cheese...all fabulous! Will be going back!

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EW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex was an amazing server & the experience was perfect on a cold winter day

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RM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We reserved a Dome for a leisurely lunch and day drinking. Our waiter Alex and assistant "Sharky" had a great sense of humor and were very attentive. Their food suggestions were fantastic! We didn't expect to spend the full 2 1/2 hrs. but it was relaxing and delicious, with a great city and river view, so time slipped away. The food was fresh and excellent!!! I highly recommend the dome experience.

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ER
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special experience in the river walk bubble. Enjoyed small bites and good wine with some guests from out of town. Stayed very warm as the temp dropped outside. Highly recommend.

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Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We booked a dome, and had a blast! It was cold outside, but the inside of the dome was toasty warm. There were blankets if needed, but we had our coats off inside and felt comfortable. Our service was awesome -our server checked in frequently but not an overwhelming amount. They had a speaker that we were able to hook up to our phone and play our own music. The food was one step above bar food - good, but certainly not a big meal. Wine and drinks were very good - we were welcomed with a complimentary champagne toast. I would highly recommend a dome experience if you are looking for something unique and fun.

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KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience !!! Want to go back ASAP!!!! The wine was great . Food good ! Maybe a few more GF options .

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time in our river dome. The staff was super helpful and friendly. Food and drinks were very affordable so you get alot for the money spent. Would definitely reccommend to anyone.

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TK
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lot of fun. We went during “dome season,” which means we sat in a clear plastic dome next to the river furnished like a living room. Great food and wine.

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TL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Experience would’ve been great if there were more food options. I would suggest offering more items from the full restaurant at the Riverwalk location.

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s
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So fun for a bachelorette party brunch/lunch/day drinking. Everyone was in from out of town and we wanted to do something with a cool Chicago vibe for the afternoon, but it was the beginning of April and we didn't want to freeze. (River/lake cruise when it's 33 degrees? No thanks.) The igloos are right on the riverfront, heated, awesome food + fun cocktails, really cute decor, flawless service, super Instagrammable ;) A highlight of our weekend for sure.

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LW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The night was great! We rented a bubble and as we were waiting they brought us champagne! The bubble was beautifully decorated and spacious! It was warm too with the heaters we weren't cold at all! They even had socks in case you do get chilly! The service was excellent our waitress was very attentive! Food was awesome we tried almost everything haha loved the burrata!! Highly recommend!!! All around a perfect night

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Great service and loved the view! Already reserved another one before end of season. Food wasn’t the greatest, but everything else was perfect!

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S
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The outdoor igloo was a fun and interesting experience but I would not go again.

Pros: SItting in an igloo was unique and sounded cool. It was pretty. The wine was excellent. The food (snacks, don't go here for dinner) was amazing.

Cons: It was cold, the igloo was worse for wear and did not zip up well. Our space heater turned off several times at the start. The furniture was not that comfortable.

The servers were very nice and gave us a free carafe of wine since we had so many problems with our space heater (the city was doing work).

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third wine dome, and the worst by far,
Our zipper was broken to enter the dome, so we were freezing all night, despite having having a heater inside.
The staff offered to find blankets ( that have always been there in past experiences), and apparently forgot about it.
Other tents had games, as ours did in the past, and there were none.
Overall, this experience is slippery severely,

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Quite expensive for an overall lacklustre experience. I would have preferred less time for a lower minimum. $25 per person just to reserve the dome seems a little high.

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SR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Went to City Winery at the Riverwalk to sit in the dome on a double date the Friday after Thanksgiving. We got super lucky that it was 60 degrees out. All and all, we had a blast. It was warm enough and very comfortable in the domes. They are set up super cute. They bring you a bluetooth speaker to connect to your phone, so the dome part is great. The food was perfect. We shared a few plates, didn't want to over eat. All yummy, and perfect for what we wanted. Wine and drinks were great too. Our service was a little weird, however. When we got there, we got escorted right to our dome, and our server was very attentive. It did take a long time for each round to come out. By the time he walked to us, took the order, walked back, put it in the computer, and the bar could catch up, it would be about 15 minutes. At one point, we were without any drinks or food for about 25 minutes. You have 2.5 hours, and have to spend about $100/person, so the service is very important. With the logistics of everything and the back and forth, it's tough for the service to be quick. I probably would have given 5 stars all around if our service was better, but I think 4 stars is appropriate. I would do it again and recommend to a group of friends.

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SY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Reserved the dome. It is not as warm as they make it out to be as the dome is not air tight. Our dome had a cold draft... although you start to forget it about it once you have a few drinks! Otherwise, had a great time!

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n
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the experience was amazing. However the food was mediocre - we ordered the artisanal cheese plate and mezze plate, which were delicious. But the crab ravioli was watery and the pork loin was very fatty and tough. The dessert was also good and the mulled wine was a nice touch. It was expensive overall, but worth it for the experience. I wouldn’t recommend it as a regular thing, but worth it to try it once.

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EP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

I think our server was intoxicated but other than that we had a blast :)

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There was a group of 8 of us celebrating my birthday. The river dome was such a welcoming and warm environment. There was even a stereo for music! The service was great and we had an exceptional time.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Great setting! Service was a little spotty as it seemed to only be one waitress working, and we had to track her down by going outside to get her to come inside so we could order. We were also promised games that were not delivered until 20 minutes before we were kicked out.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!!!

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GD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service is fantastic but the food is not great. Eat first and then go for the drinks, location, and novelty.

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London
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I rented the river dome for my birthday. I had an amazing time. I thought it was the perfect setting, very cozy, cute, and warm. The vibe was perfect. It was probably the best birthday I've spent in years. The only downfall was I thought it was very pricy especially since all the food was more of a shareable plate then entree. Would I do this again though? Most definitely!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This place was fantastic! I am that one friend that finds something exciting and makes everyone do it. Every person that came in my group loved this place. The ambiance, the welcome toast with bubbles, to the luxury of having our own music and being able to choose our music when we feel. Hanna was our server and had fun with us each time she came in and checked up on us.

Dinner took a little longer than expected but we all didn't even realize it. The manager automatically came in and addressed the issue. Apologized to us and we told him it is absolutely fine! We all work in the industry so we understand if an issue comes up. There was only one cook on at the time. For one cook to have two globes or more. He did a great job.

Thank you City Winery for helping us create some great memories! We are already planning our group of 20+ because of the amount of response from our friends and their friends. Can't wait to go again!

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Dome should be more clean, was not tacked down all the way so the wind was blowing in so the 1 small portable heater that they placed inside was not good enough. PLEASE CLEAN INSIDE THE DOMES.

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MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time in the dome! Such a perfect afternoon.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our experience in the dome was fantastic. The service was wonderful, the view was fantastic. I saw a lot of reviews complaining about the food for the price, which I could understand, the food wasn’t 5 stars. But I knew going into this I was paying for the experience, view and wine.

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K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Sarah, went above and beyond! I forgot one of my phones and she called right away! The dome was so gorgeous inside! We got t-shirts, gift cards, etc! This was a great time! There were fireworks, weather was good, food was great! Will be returning!!

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