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WoodWind, Chicago, IL

WoodWind

4.6
4.6
544 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Offering sophisticated dining, cocktails, and views 18 floors above Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood, WoodWind celebrates the integrity of ingredients at their peak, presented with creativity and refined techniques. Its contemporary American menu brims with regionally sourced ingredients and epicurean playfulness through dishes designed by Chef Matt O’Neill and sensibly paired with imaginative seasonal cocktails from Mixologist Carolina Gonzalez. Boldly off the beaten path, on the 18th floor of the Lavin Family Pavilion within the Northwestern Medicine Campus, the restaurant offers guests a gourmet getaway just blocks from the Magnificent Mile in a comfortable and decidedly classic Chicagoan setting.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:45 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 283-4270

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Alex Cabrera

  • Private party facilities

    Filling the expanse of the 18th floor in the Lavin Family Pavillion, WoodWind boasts over 12,000 sq.ft. of event space. The possibilities for customization are endless. Our event space includes 3 main event rooms, that can be combined as desired, a private bar annex with breathtaking lake views, and a rooftop garden patio for those coveted warmer days. The views are almost as unbeatable as the food and the service.

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Cross street

    N. Fairbanks Ct.

  • Parking details

    Please park in the Lavin Family Pavilion Parking Deck and have your parking validated at the WoodWind host stand for a discounted price.

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 544 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. RC

    RonC

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff at entry was very welcoming, our server was knowledgeable of every entree and ingredient…
  2. j

    josie

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    it is refreshingly a great restaurant ! what a find!
  3. BC

    BC54

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed drinks, salads, and pasta, all nicely prepared and presented. Staff very pleasant. The menu is relatively short but still offers a good range of choices. We benefited from happy hour pricing for drinks but, even without that discount, thought the pricing was rrasonable. Loved the 18th floor location and views. I am looking forward to return visits.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat and drink with friends. Lots of great food options and the staff is so nice!
  5. O

    Otto

    Washington DC

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Alexandra was absolutely the greatest. She cared and pampered us all afternoon as we enjoyed cocktails and the prix fixe offerings. The deconstructed tacos were superb but so was ever other dish! Belated Father’s Day joy!!
  6. m

    mimip

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every aspect!
  7. J

    Jorged

    Chicago

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great view and service. Food was very good and nicely presented.
  8. BS

    BetS

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I had an early dinner on the patio. It was a lovely night and I couldn't have been happier with the food and the service. I have eaten there several times and it is always consistently good. Everything is presented in a creative way. We had oysters which were delicious and of course my old favorite chickpeas fries. We shared a hamburger. ( not their best dish) The strawberry gelato ( I rarely eat dessert but I splurged) was a real treat...fresh coconut, creme fraiche, and some bee pollen and rose petals...yum!) I am fortunate to live close by and enjoy going there spontaneously. If you want a treat, sit on the patio, take in the beautiful city and enjoy your dinner.
  9. BB

    BrittanyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience - great food and great view. Worth it
  10. GO

    GabiO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10. Ricotta and caviar for apps. Crab & spring pea gnocchi and short ribs for mains. Strawberry sorbet for dessert!
  11. p

    pschicago

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my mom here for her birthday dinner. I put in the reservation that it was her birthday, and they arrived with a glass of champagne for her. Such a lice touch and made her feel so special! The food was outstanding, and they they treated her to cotton candy for her birthday dessert. Highly recommend based on the birthday experience alone!
  12. OT

    OffTheGrid

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was unimpressive and portions small. Neat views.
  13. K

    Kath

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    WoodWind is in a medical building and it does not look like it belongs with the upscale decor you immediately see when stepping off the elevator. When we arrived I was disappointed to learn the patio had been reserved for a private event that evening and we would miss out on the 18th floor views of downtown Chicago. However the yummy food made up for it. For a starter, we ordered the honey ricotta appetizer and it was delicious. They were out of a special cocktail and the short rib by 5pm on Thursday. The entrees we ended up ordering, BBQ salmon and a cheeseburger, were delicious and came out in a timely manner. The check arrived with cotton candy which was a nice touch and something unique. Overall, the experience was a strong 4/5 stars. Decor was high-end and matched the service and food providing an upscale ambiance but with reasonable prices giving it a great value. I would definitely return to try other dishes on the menu and stay for dessert.
  14. M

    Muttoast

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We went for the prix fixe 3-course brunch. Were pleasantly surprised by the outdoor patio with robust views from 18th floor. Ambience was excellent until someone turned on the background music which was too loud. Bottomless Bloody Mary's were excellent albeit very spicy. Eggs Benedict was a new variation on the template, with biscuit instead of english muffin, sausage instead of ham and tomato-tinged hollandaise. Frittata was excellent. Strawberry sorbet took molecular gastronomy to a new level. Chocolate mousse, served with lid of campfire smoke --- a little too smoky for our tastes. Interior of restaurant was tasteful, dark and quiet. Most people were outside for brunch. Would return to try dinner.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my 2 daughters. 6 and 13. They loved it. They are fancy girls but they love to eat good food. I was happy that the food was actually good. We had chicken and waffles. It was very tasty and had a nice crunch. They give you 3 pieces of chicken. The sourdough waffle waffle was flat, but had a good taste. I ended up buying 2 extra pieces of chicken. Maybe I was hungry but it was good. I would need an additional paragraph to tell you about the French Toast nuggets! They were so good, my six-year-old ate like six of them and she never eats! I finished with two cocktails; something with honey in it I can’t remember the name but it was good, but you have to add vodka to it, if you drink. If not just the non alcoholic version will be just fine! Definitely going back! ASAP! Hidden Gem for sure. Ohhh, and the rooftop view…Super Nice!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food4service5ambience4
    It was my birthday and the server brought out a cotton candy tower which was a nice gesture.
  17. M

    Morse

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific brunch - every dish is a winner!
  18. c

    carrie

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Memorable experience with incredible food and service! So glad I treated myself!!
  19. LV

    LindaV

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    The chicken and waffle were inedible because the chicken was full of gristle and fat. The service was horrible - the server said it was because there were only two servers and too many guests. I don't know and will never know as I will not return.
  20. TS

    ThomasS

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and wine are always superb. This place is a hidden gem.
  21. D

    Diner1435

    Chicago

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our dinner was very good; we chose the prix fixe option of 4 courses for $59, which was a great value. Of the courses, the dessert was the weakest, but not weak enough to spoil it overall. We were celebrating our anniversary, which was noted by our server but without other acknowledgement. Maybe restaurants don’t do that anymore?
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience Creative cuisine. Great service w/ Mr. Thunder Cat, Juan.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!!! Amazing outdoor terrace!! Juan, our server, was fantastic!!!
  24. C

    Charlie

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious assortment of appetizers and menu options, everything with a gourmet flair. Loved it!
  25. JA

    JillA

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had was spectacular and each dish had such a unique flavor combination. The specialty cocktails were also equally different and very good.
  26. KM

    KMcD

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Woodwind was exactly the experience we were hoping for - excellent food and drinks, outstanding service and a entertaining atmosphere! Fine dining at its finest.
  27. N

    Nochingity

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    we sat outside and it was wonderful. beautiful view. food was pretty good.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service as always!
  29. M

    Mango

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love having Sunday brunch here. Delicious flavors in the creative menu items. Pre fixe is a good value. Interesting and good cocktails—not sweet.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply amazing. Salmon was the best dish. Excellent service, quiet and very scenic view
  31. KC

    KevinC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A hidden gem with an excellent, warm, welcoming atmosphere. Great staff, excellent food, and relaxing.
  32. E

    Emily

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious main plates section. salads were not as amazing. It is a beautiful and quiet rooftop in the city for nice meal.
  33. A

    Aycso

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    WoodWind provides a beautiful setting eighteen floors above street level with indoor or patio options. The food is very good, just a little long in getting to the table. We found everything to our liking and will be sure to return.
  34. M

    Marta

    Chicago

    153 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    153 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view of Ontario. Delicious food. Great service.
  35. s

    smiles

    Philadelphia

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Dinner out for 4 of us on a beautiful Chicago evening surprised us with creative, well executed, beautifully presented food. We sat outside on a beautiful night, 18 floors up. Our server was very knowledgeable, just sometimes hard to get his attention. All four of us heartily recommend! Winner dishes of the evening were the maitake mushroom appetizer and the short rib entree:
  36. SW

    SorayaW

    Toronto

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Love coming to Wood Wind. It's tucked away, and like your very own private dinner. Food is always delicious, and the view never gets old. :)
  37. MM

    MaryM

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative menu and excellent service. Asparagus Caesar and aztec salad outstanding.
  38. A

    Anastasia

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A true hidden gem that offers some of the most unique food, drink, and dessert options. This place is a must try and they have complimentary cotton candy at the end of dinner!! We had a party of 14 with picky and vegan eaters included and there was something for everyone. Thank you.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating Mother’s Day that had just past and my upcoming MBA graduation that was the next day.
  40. s

    sherw

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    The food was very innovative and good. Our server Alex was excellent. Nevertheless, I would not return. I called the restaurant in advance to ask about parking but they do not answer. Yelp said there was validated parking but did not say where. I tried spot hero but for some reason did not have good luck and ended up paying $43. Ridiculous! Once at the restaurant there was a little confusion where to seat us. We ended up at a nice table with a view. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t nice enough to eat outside but we did walk out to take pictures. The restaurant was not very busy at 5:30 but once seated no one came to our table for approximately 10-15 minutes. I had to go to the hostess and ask for someone to attend to us. There were servers and staff walking around our area they just choose to ignore us. Once Alex arrived, however, she was very good with suggestions and little extras for Mother’s Day and a birthday. The drinks were interesting, the short rib entree was excellent. But there was not enough about the atmosphere that would make me return.

Safety precautions

  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from WoodWind using the Order Online button. WoodWind also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 283-4270.

WoodWind is rated 4.6 stars by 544 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for WoodWind

259 E Erie St Fl 18 Chicago, IL 60611-2987

Additional information

  • Cross street

    N. Fairbanks Ct.

  • Neighborhood

    River North (Chicago)

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:45 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Please park in the Lavin Family Pavilion Parking Deck and have your parking validated at the WoodWind host stand for a discounted price.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Alex Cabrera

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 283-4270

  • Private party facilities

    Filling the expanse of the 18th floor in the Lavin Family Pavillion, WoodWind boasts over 12,000 sq.ft. of event space. The possibilities for customization are endless. Our event space includes 3 main event rooms, that can be combined as desired, a private bar annex with breathtaking lake views, and a rooftop garden patio for those coveted warmer days. The views are almost as unbeatable as the food and the service.

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