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Whispers at Oak Street Beach, Chicago, IL

Whispers at Oak Street Beach

4.3
4.3
156 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Whispers at Oak Street Beach is the only restaurant & beach bar in Chicago that is situated directly on the water. At Whispers, guests get the best of both worlds: perfect views of Lake Michigan against the backdrop of Chicago’s spectacular skyline.

** The restaurant will operate on a first come first serve basis on Saturday and Sundays.

** Reservations for our Cabanas can be made by texting (312) 522-0358. $500 minimum available during the week only.

** Kitchen closes Sunday-Thursday at 8pm and Friday-Saturday at 9pm.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Mexican, Southwest

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 522-0358

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Private party facilities

    For weddings and private events please email Events@Whispersgroup.com

  • Neighborhood

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Cross street

    Lake Shore Drive & Oak Street

  • Parking details

    There is no on-site parking at Oak Street Beach. We recommend taking a taxi or ride share service to Oak st. & Michigan Ave. and walking to the lakefront trail. The following private garages are within a short walking distance:- 130 E Oak St.- 100 E Bellvue Pl.- 100 E Walton St.

  • Public transit

    Bus: 125, 147, 148, 151Red line: Clark & Division; Chicago & State

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 156 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.4Value

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  1. R

    Reviewer1998

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tiger makes it special, with unbeatable lake views, and great food and service. We particularly enjoyed the shrimp tacos, steak sandwich, and chicken wings, topped off with a bottle of champagne. We’ll be back!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Seven of us went to celebrate our Anniversary. After an hour of waiting for our food, we had to search for our waitress. Her answer to our question about where our food was, was”I don’t work in the kitchen.” The manager came by and said food wood be out t in 10 to 15 minutes. We left without eating.
  3. t

    theresal

    St. Louis

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to eat on the water! Plenty of shade too!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Keith was very helpful
  5. JP

    JeanetteP

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Shrimp tacos were good, cheese burger was pretty good. No menus, have to download to phone, hard for nontech savy people. Bathrooms were deplorable. Scenery was beautiful. Service was ok.
  6. SJ

    SidneyJ

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The food was okay but we asked for medium well burgers and they were all medium rare. Also the menu is very small and extremely overpriced. You’re paying to sit by the lake. Our server was really great though!
  7. LM

    LynnM

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the view and ambiance. Our server, Julie, was FABULOUS!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Vodka lemonades are always good. Had Buffalo wings as an appetizer and they were just ok. They were whole wings this time and they were huge. Seemed To be more of a rub than Buffalo sauce though. Tacos were good.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    They have a very limited menu, overpriced for the quality. Honestly I’ve had fast food burgers that were better. Service was ok, nothing to rave about. Music was way too loud. We will skip this place next time for sure.
  10. n

    nomnom

    Houston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This place was closed and no one answered the phone. It was hard getting to it after leaving Taste of Chkcago and having to walk there. So frustrated arriving and it was closed. This place was closed and no one answered the phone. It was hard getting to it after leaving Taste of Chkcago and having to walk there. So frustrated arriving and it was closed.
  11. K

    Keyla

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Julie was attentive and so down to earth. Love the nachos! The best view and I’ll be back very soon!!!!
  12. DL

    DianneLS

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service delicious but pricey but the view was great. Kid friendly BUT need coffee and tea service too
  13. AC

    AnneC

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great outdoor fining.
  14. MC

    MimiC

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love looking out at lake! Hidden gem in the city. My favorite summer place for a drink or casual meal. Elite salad and lamb burger. Yum! Waiter so nice!
  15. L

    Lmr920

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service with an amazing view. A very lively crowd and great music.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Great location Terrible service. Got the drink order wrong, gave us the other tables check, ignored us etc Food was average, drink was watered down. Very pricey for what we got I would not go back or recommend to a friend
  17. PA

    PaulaA

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We were service by a delightful young women, Madison. Lamb burger were ok. They were overcooked. But we enjoyed being by the lake.
  18. ND

    NickD

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was okay and service seemed a bit slow. They have a gold here... if they just would step up the game to a higher end restaurant they could make that place amazing... the booze out trumps the food menu.
  19. AW

    AudW

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice view. Good food and friendly, attentive staff.
  20. R

    Randy

    Chicago

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    It was a beautiful summer evening, and we loved being so close to the lake. The view and the vibe are fantastic. The cheeseburgers and drinks were good too. We try to go at least one a month in the summer.
  21. LB

    LilliaB

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Nice place to have a casual meal near the lake! Gorgeous views and great drinks. Food was pricey but pretty good especially considering they’re located on a beach!
  22. BB

    BarbaraB

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    This is a beach restaurant--and it is like sitting on a Caribbean deck overlooking the water. Incredibly pleasant, the food is good (shrimp tacos on the beach--yum!), though a little pricey. I'll be back--it was fun and a delightful dining experience.
  23. T

    Txtx

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hostess is amazing, so wonderful, welcoming and accomodating!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Due to low staffing, only burgers and wings were available on menu which was fine. Only issue is the value of the food/drinks does not compare to the price they charge. $20 for wings with barely any meat on them and drinks that have barely any alcohol in them.
  25. M

    Marta

    Chicago

    154 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    154 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious burgers. Excellent burgers. Fabulous view of the beach. Must go place.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Not enough servers
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Extremely slow service and we were some of the first people there
  28. MC

    MimiC

    Chicago

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. It’s Chicago’s best secret. Sitting by the beach eating delicious shrimp tacos is the best. Been here 4 times this summer and it never disappoints
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    Grill says open until 8 We got there 730 and were Told to order ASAP as kitchen was closing Ordered grilled wings which is how they are described on menu…however they came fried and explanation was we grill them then throw them in fryer to heat them… Clearly rushed us
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super cute spot!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Despite having a reservation at 11:00am, they didn’t open until 11:20 because they said their kitchen was not ready. They had absolutely no sense of urgency. The food was also overpriced—almost $20 for a mediocre hamburger.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Nice area but felt more like a night club. The food was nothing special at all for the price. The service by the waitress was excellent though
  33. RD

    RobertD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Stopped for late lunch after riding in the Bike the Drive event on Labor Day Sunday. Beautiful day to be on the beach!! The staff was excellent even though under staffed & overworked! The only thing.I would have done differently if I’d known is to have asked for the spinach to be raw on my burger, cooked spinach is just too disgusting!!! French fries were great though as were the drinks!!
  34. MT

    MichelleT

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location right on the beach! Super casual good food!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the experience there. Food was very good, and loved the ambiance!
  36. SN

    StephanieN

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    After being seated, with a reservation, we waited about 10 minutes as we watched servers walk all around us. No one greeted us. I had to yell excuse me for someone to even come to our table and she said she would take care of us. She took our order and we never saw her again. Someone else brought our food. No one asked if we needed anything, ever. I had to get up to go find a pitcher of water after we ate because we were so thirsty. Then I had to go find the server when we were done to let her know we were ready to go. The service was terrible and the food was just ok. I understand it is a beach restaurant but I have been to plenty and this place was kind of dirty. I won't be going back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    The service was terrible. I’m pretty sure my waitress was drunk. We were waiting to be served forever after waiting forever to be seated. There are literally outhouses outside the front. There was a couple making out wasted and a girl in a thong. I was expecting a moderately upscale beach vibe. This was like Daytona mixed with MTV Spring Break with a splash of Jersey Shore. I don’t get the point of making people make reservations. I truly thought this was the worst service I’ve ever received. I wasn’t going to tip and that is very rare for me but the drunk waitress was hovering as I was trying to pay and I felt pity.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Dj music, energetic beach vibe
  39. MB

    MelissaB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great all around.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall1food2service4ambience1
    Music too loud and not good. Meet up place for Bumble now with food secondary consideration. One customer had bare feet on dining table. Prices out of line. Completely changed.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Whispers at Oak Street Beach offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 522-0358.

Whispers at Oak Street Beach is rated 4.3 stars by 156 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
Google Map for Whispers at Oak Street Beach

1001 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lake Shore Drive & Oak Street

  • Neighborhood

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Mexican, Southwest

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    There is no on-site parking at Oak Street Beach. We recommend taking a taxi or ride share service to Oak st. & Michigan Ave. and walking to the lakefront trail. The following private garages are within a short walking distance:- 130 E Oak St.- 100 E Bellvue Pl.- 100 E Walton St.

  • Public transit

    Bus: 125, 147, 148, 151Red line: Clark & Division; Chicago & State

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 522-0358

  • Private party facilities

    For weddings and private events please email Events@Whispersgroup.com

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