City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk
River domes can accommodate groups of 2 - 8 and are by reservation only. Reservations provide you & your guests 2.5 hours in this intimate, climate controlled, one-of-a-kind setting on 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. Open Table will take a credit card number to secure your reservation - nothing will be charged to that card except in the event of a no-show or late-notice (less than 48 hours) cancellation fee. River domes are fully furnished, and we provide a bluetooth speaker for guests to utilize as well as games to play during your time with us. Please keep in mind that, due to the nature of service, all river dome guests must be 21+.
We had a great time with our party of 12. Our server, Nicola, did a great job and was very helpful and accommodating throughout the evening. The food was good but the portion sizes were quite small for the price point, but everyone did enjoy their food and the ambiance. I did explain to Nicola that when I booked the reservation on Friday, August 2nd, I was notified that I couldn't make any changes as of 5 p.m. Thursday, August 1st. At that point I was on the hook (with my credit card added) for the reservation regardless if plans or headcount changed. Also after the booking was confirmed, a $60 per head minimum was noted (not prior to booking the reservation) so I couldn't adjust my reservation or I would have been charged a fee. It would be very helpful if this information was listed PRIOR to completing a booking of a party this size. We had to order more food and beverages at the end of dinner as we were still short of our minimum. For that reason, I wouldn't return or recommend a large party to book as plans change last minute and to be required to meet a minimum no matter what per person is a bit unreasonable. I'd rather just go for drinks and the view from now on.
Anna, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, & joining us on our patio. We outline our reservation pricing structures on our Open Table home page for review prior to booking. City Winery certainly doesn't intend to be anything but transparent regarding these policies. I hope this won't deter you from joining us again, & I'd welcome the opportunity to discuss with you personally - if there is anything we can do to make this information more accessible, I'd love to know! Cassidy
Def Worth It!
Over priced! Small menu with very few selections. When the plates arrive they are extremely small and awful food. The atmosphere is cool, hanging out having some drinks playing games. The price they charge for this PLUS having to meet a minimum on food/drink is OUTRAGEOUS. It is not worth the money at all.
Greetings Rebecca, Thank you for leaving a thorough review of your river dome experience with us previously this spring. Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any further information you'd like to provide regarding service specifically, or to share with me any ideas of what was missing from our menu for you - I've often been able to get guest suggestions on the menu in the past! Cheers, Cassidy
UPDATE: while I was not happy about how things ended that evening, I am happy to report that the Service Director did contact me and we had a great discussion.about the events that occurred and how they can improve their service. I understand that things happen at every establishment, but it’s how things get handled is how I measure their customer service. I am happy they took my comments and experience and are using it to improve their service
When you’re spending over $400 you would expect the staff to notify you that the bathrooms will be closing before your evening is over and not suggest you go around the corner and under a dark and secluded bridge to use other facilities and then laugh at you when you express that is not an option. But don’t worry they did suggest for us to use the facilities of another establishment across the street. I wonder if the Renaissance Hotel gets a cut?
The domes were really nice and well decorated. Temperature was well controlled. Just felt that the food was overpriced for the quality it was.
tried out the dome for the first time and it didn’t live up to expectations. the menu was just OK; nothing was especially memorable. my hubs and i are meat people and the steak was the only main besides the sea bass that we were interested in. we ordered medium and got our steak well. two out of the three meats on the meat tour tasted like boring old jerky. besides mediocre food, the server was lethargic. she was attentive, but seemed like she needed a nap. the dome itself was nice, but the furniture wasn’t very comfortable. looked nice, but the cushions weren’t comfy for lounging. might try again if the menu changes up and better furnishings are put in. otherwise, this will be a one and done experience.
The reviews I read were right: the food was way too expensive for the quantity that was served. It was hard for us to reach our $60/person minimum since we were slightly rushed and only wanted light drinks and appetizers. Our lovely server and the awesome manager were kind enough to work with us and recommend the best and most creative way to reach the minimum. The menu wasn’t terrible but it would be great if they had more shareable plates. Overall, the service was amazing. We really enjoyed that we could listen to our own music via a provided Bluetooth speaker and keep entertained with provided games as well. We definitely look forward to coming back and enjoying some more drinks with a great ambiance.
My husband and I set out for a three day getaway in Chicago. We booked the igloo as an experience. We enjoyed every single bit of it. It was more on the expensive side but to me it was totally worth it. The steak was delicious, the cheese plate amazing. I absolutely loved the city winery Pinot noir!
Greetings Viv122, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are delighted you chose to spend some of your Chicago visit in one of our river domes and would certainly love to host you again during any future getaways - be it in a dome, or on our patio under the summer sun! Cassidy Service Director
I think the riverwalk domes are perfect for a special occasion -- great atmosphere and party space. Otherwise, $25/person on top of a $60/person food/drink minimum is not worth it unless they amp up the level of service/pampering.
Jmats, Thank you for your review! I have sent you a direct email to touch base and look forward to hearing any additional service-related feedback or ideas you might have to share with me. I appreciate your patronage and your time, Cassidy Service Director
The food was below mediocre. It’s over priced and not worth the price to have a meal in a heated dome. It’s a D+.
This was the perfect place for a date. Our server was very friendly; the dome was cute and private while allowing you to people watch.
The food was ok but the drinks were really good. All in all I would definitely return!
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, LatriciaO! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed your 'dome away from home' and certainly hope you'll join us again soon - be it on our patio under the summer sun, or in a dome next fall! Cheers, Cassidy Service Director
This was such a unique experience. You have a private experience with all of the restaurant perks.
Thank you for your kind review, Anonymous! We are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us and will hope to host you again soon - in another river dome, or on our patio under the summer sun! Cheers, Cassidy Service Director
Fun venue! Service was great. Food was good. Wine was good. I’d definitely like to go back.
We absolutely loved our lunch in the dome. A few minutes after we arrived it began to hail. It was magical being in a warm cozy spot amidst all the hail. Service was excellent and the dome had everything we needed. Blankets, pillows, everything for eating, even a speaker to hook up for music. We will return!
The view was amazing, the staff was fabulous extremely friendly. The food selection was not great and the price of the food was a little pricey for the portion size but overall a great experience I would totally recommend this location to others
The ambiance was great. I love the idea of sitting in a bubble with a glass of wine and my own music. The service was slow and the menu items (of which we tried several) were not very good at all... Don't go there for the food.
The experience was great. But the food wasn’t.
It was expensive and we expected more from the food. The potato soup did not taste good. The paté was very strong and not good.
But the place is good and clean.
The service was ok.
The food, sparse
The actual size of these globes are so small they should never say it fits 8 people. It was laughable.
It was a nice experience, but to dine in a definite no the food portions were small for the bucks not much food options to choose from and furniture was not comfortable some seats were broken.
A group of 7 of us got together for a birthday celebration. The service was phenomenal and extremely attentive. The igloo we were in was a little tight for 7 folks and the shareable platters were pretty standard. It was an experience and no real complaints!
We had a 4:30pm dome rental at City Winery Chicago. The menu was limited and we were disappointed in the service. There is a $25 per person per dome fee and a $60 minimum charge per person for our two hour rental. So right out of the gate our bill was $340. Please double check the menu... our menu was different than the one on open table and was limited. Cassidy was helpful in resolving some issues and we felt like she really cared. She represents City Winery very well.
The best part was the river view. You can also enjoy drinks next to the heater at the outside bar, have a nice time and save a ton of money!
SteakNPotatoesGrl, I have sent you a private message regarding your sub par experience in one of our river domes, and look forward to connecting with you soon. Cassidy Service Director
We had dinner in one of the domes. It was great but it was too pricey! I think the $25 per person plus a $60 per person minimum is too much!
Greetings Tracy, Thank you for your positive review and constructive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your time and I will be sure to forward your feedback along for our management staff to review. We will certainly hope to host you again sometime soon - perhaps under the summer sun! Cassidy Service Director
We had a wonderful time enjoying a dome at the Riverwalk!! The food was excellent, and the staff members were friendly and efficient. I would definitely recommend this experience!
Katie, Thank you for your kind review. We are thrilled you had a great time and hope you'll join us again soon - either on our patio this summer, back in the domes next fall or both! Cheers, Cassidy Service Director
A very enjoyable afternoon on the river. Good food, great service and terrific wine. We will be back.
Thank you for your kind review, ScottB. We will look forward to hosting you again soon! Cassidy Service Director
Me and my girlfriends came here for our annual Christmas party together. We had a reservation for 7:30 and once we got there I was a little confused on where to go but a gentleman showed us to our igloo. The minute we entered it reeked of marijuana (smoke) and the little windows were open to ventilate the smoke out I’m guessing. Then we proceeded to sit there and wait until 8 o clock when our server finally arrived saying that we needed to bear with him because he had 15 igloos he was taking care of and he was running back and forth and once we asked about the smoke smell, he stated that someone from off the river came up into the igloo and was smoking inside? Mind you, we have to pay a $25/person reservation fee for the igloo. Why would you ever say that to a customer?After all that, we ordered starters and a large bottle of wine. Our starters came and the bottle of wine. Fast forward about another 45 minutes and he still didn’t come back, mind you we had a minimum spending amount we had to reach and weren’t even close to that at this point. Finally he comes and we order basically everything else we wanted for the night because we were only slotted 2.5 hours. The rest of the food gets brought back and then about 10 minutes later our waiter comes in with the bill and says we need to “wrap up” because our time is ending. WE JUST GOT OUR FOOD TEN MINUTES AGO. I confirm that we had 2.5 hours reserved and that our reservation started at 7:30 and he didn’t come in until 8pm for us to order anything at all. He gets flustered and then says that I am correct. I asked him if we had met the minimum and he said yes you spent $254 just a little above our minimum but then when he left the bill it’s was $407! Honestly, the worst dining experience I’ve ever had in my life. I can’t believe we actually had to pay a $25 rental fee per person for that. None of us will ever go back there again. I wouldn’t recommend this experience to anyone.
We had so much fun in the dome! The service was great and the food was delicious.
We loved our afternoon in the City Winery Dome! With views of Marina City and the river, our Dome provided the perfect Riverwalk experience - in December! The food and wine were delicious. A service hiccup was handled graciously and generously and included a personal apology from the manager. Our group of 6 can’t wait to return.
The City Winery dome was fun to do once, but I doubt I would do it again because of the price. The service was very good however - you get a couple glasses of something as soon as you walk in, and they check on you a lot. They even provide new socks so you can walk around without your shoes.
Had lunch at the Riverwalk domes in the winter time. Loved how it was set up! Very nice experience! You have to order a lot of things to meet your $60 minimum per person so keep that in mind! We ordered lots of food!
We had dinner in the heated domes
very fun. we sat in one of the igloos.
an excellent place for day drinking!
The service was great!! The food menu was limited. The alcohol menu was plentiful. The prices for the food and drinks were reasonable. I didn't like the $25 per person reservation fee for the domes, although I do understand why they had them. The face that we were required to spend $60 per person while we dined in the dome made this cost prohibitive for me. The price for two of us to eat ended up being $175 before the tip. I find that to be exorbitant. It was a lovely experience that I wouldn't do again because of the price.
Reservation for 1230. Had to wait to get seated, but our reservation time didn’t get extended on the back end. When you’re paying for 2.5 hours that’s what I expect to get. The ambiance was of course lovely. Service a bit slow. Food was good. Unique way to get outside in the middle of winter. Price reasonable.
I don’t write many reviews on here......but I felt that there were enough poor ones I had to. This bubble/dome is a cool and different way to head out with friends and drink wine/eat, do whatever. If you’re looking for the most economical way to do this, obviously don’t go here. But as a riverfront adventure....sure! They could charge a fee per dome instead of per person in my opinion. We had good wine and apps, very nice server. We stayed warm the whole time w 2 space heaters except our feet towards the end. Play cards, play music, all acceptable. So wear some uggs or put on the provided extra socks.
Great views from the igloo and it was beautiful to watch the sunset. Although the food was just okay, the wine list and ambiance are to die for. Would recommend.
We had an excellent time sitting in the bubble at City Winery on the Riverfront. There were 4 of us and we really enjoyed the whole experience. It was warm enough even in the December cold. There are games and blue tooth speakers available to keep you entertained in between the food and drinks.
There aren't that many food options but we just wanted appetizers and drinks so we were plenty satisfied with the options and quality of the food.
Would highly recommend it for a special occasion or fun evening out with friends.
We booked a dome, and it was such a unique experience. The dome was well insulated, and quite warm and gave us a nice view of the city. Service and drinks were great! Food was good, but nothing special. It was a fun time and I would recommend to anyone looking for a different experience for drinks and socializing with friends!
I have been wanting to take advantage of the City Winery Domes for awhile, and was thrilled to get a reservation. The food was pretty good, and the atmosphere is obviously great. However it is very expensive once you take into account the reservation fee and the food minimum. Certainly worth it for the experience, but you're going to spend a lot. In addition, the domes are nice- with blankets, bluetooth, and heaters, but they are not well insulated. My friends and I were actually really cold.
The food in the dome was surprisingly poor and not warm for the amount of money we spent. The dessert was a joke.
Excellent service very attentive