City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk
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.
Fridays - Chicago-based DJs 4PM
Saturdays - Chicago-based Bands 3PM
Sundays - Chicago-based Singer/Songwriters 3PM
We came here for our mom’s surprise birthday party. We had an absolute blast! The food, wine, atmosphere, staff....everything was excellent!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
We had a fantastic time! Loved the experience in the Domes! Will definitely be back!
Great setup in the igloo. Unique, fun experience. The staff was great and fun to be with.
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!
Alex was an amazing server & the experience was perfect on a cold winter day
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.
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.
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.
Amazing experience !!! Want to go back ASAP!!!! The wine was great . Food good ! Maybe a few more GF options .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Great service and loved the view! Already reserved another one before end of season. Food wasn’t the greatest, but everything else was perfect!
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).
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,
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.
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.
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!
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.
I think our server was intoxicated but other than that we had a blast :)
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.
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.
Service is fantastic but the food is not great. Eat first and then go for the drinks, location, and novelty.
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!
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!
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.
We had a great time in the dome! Such a perfect afternoon.
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.
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!!