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WoodWind, Chicago, IL

WoodWind

4.6
4.6
603 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 23 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

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

Experiences

  • Nosotros Tequila Pairing + Dinner

    $120.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 11, 2022 only
    Join us October 11th at 6:00pm for an exclusive Nosotros Tequila + Dinner pairing, curated by our head mixologist Carolina Gonzalez and Executive Chef Alex Cabrera. Your reservation includes a welcome cocktail, a 3-course dinner paired with Nosotros Tequila craft cocktails, and a special Nosotros Tequila tasting led by one of Nosotros' own educators. Full menu available on our website, www.woodwindchicago.com. Ticket price includes all taxes and gratuity. Seating will be organized by party at one community table.

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What 603 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
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. M

    Mombest

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service was lovely. The food was delicious! The combination of spices is divine! Cooked perfectly and presented outstandingly. Enjoyed the meal and environment a great deal.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Restaurant is a really nice space and can imagine if dining outside would also be great. Staff are lovely, although some small details missing (for example, no fresh silverware between courses). Food however was not good - we all had something different and none of us enjoyed. Real shame as the restaurant and staff are great but food really lets it down.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our server was excellent, the food was tasty, table next to us was way too loud for a classier dining experience. That is not the restaurant’s fault but it was hard to hear each other with the table next to us yowling in drunken laughter. Would’ve enjoyed our dining experience so much more had it not been for the noise level.
  4. DB

    DominicB

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    I had a delightful meal with two friends at Woodwind. Having been there for lunch a couple of times, this was my first dinner, and it was a very good experience. Our server was a little nervous opening a bottle of wine, (and the Bordeaux I chose from the wine list appeared as a 2019 not a 2015 which did not please me, but I let it go by), but that was about the only moment that was not top notch. The food was, as ever, very tasty indeed.
  5. S

    Sam1230

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Beautiful location and delicious unique food including options for vegetarians. The hummus was more oily than I would like but the naan that came with it was delicious. Chickpea fries and cauliflower curry was delicious and unique. The service on the other hand was not good and the waitress kept forgetting things including the menu, water, etc. My friend and I got there at 5:30 and didn’t put it an order until 6, apps came at 6:30, and main dishes around 7. Would have ordered dessert since we were there for my friends birthday but we finally left at 8 since every part of the process took too long. At the end, we were also overcharged with an extra 2 items appearing on our bill. Overall good food and atmosphere but not worth the wait and bad service.
  6. DF

    DylanF

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place. We originally sat on the patio, which was spectacular, but headed inside when it started to drizzle. Waitstaff accommodated is perfectly. Food was fantastic, particularly the scallops and salmon. Smoked Old Fashioned and the dessert drinks were great, too.
  7. o

    ortegnl69

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, and so was my waiter; such polite people working there , the outdoor seating had a beautiful view. Will definitely be coming back
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food is always good, and the atmosphere is amazing. Service tends to be a little slow, but I still go back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The rooftop setting was spectacular! We enjoyed ambience, delicious, creative food and unusual cocktails (we had the smoked on). The service was attentive and unintrusive. All in all, we had a wonderful evening at woodwind.
  10. FP

    FeliceP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Ambience is great. Food a little pricey. But overall great experience.
  11. BA

    BarbaraA

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful views of Chicago either by day or night, while dining on great food. The menu provides good choices and a unique twist on old favorites. The service was impeccable.
  12. JA

    JenniferA

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Woodwind is always amazing: host/servers/food/ambiance! Oscar & Alexandra are my favorites, but everyone there is so friendly.
  13. A

    Alica

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful experience at Woodwind. We sat outside and the weather was perfect. It was so quiet I couldn’t believe the busy city was below. Our server Juan was exceptional. His recommendations were spot on. We had the Tots and caviar, Chicken and Waffles and the Pork belly Tacos. The Chicken and waffles were the star. The spicy chicken was maybe the best I’ve ever had. My only reason for 4 starts and not 5 was because it took over 2 hours. Food and atmosphere were great and if you’re not in a hurry it won’t be an issue.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Seems not well known.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience and beautiful, inviting rooftop ambience. Food and drinks were fantastic! Our server, Juan, was unbelievable and recommended delicious food and wine options, very knowledgeable on all menu items, he was exceptional! Highly recommend!
  16. S

    Sebastian

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative menu. Beautiful setting. Great service.
  17. OC

    OliviaC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best meals I've had in Chicago and certainly the friendliest and fastest service!
  18. M

    Mango

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go here often for Sunday Brunch. Delicious food and the pre fixe menu provides satisfying amounts of food. We never leave hungry. Inventive cocktails, too.
  19. E

    Elizabeth

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Myself and my friends had the chicken and waffles. I will order again. I will try without the sauce on the chicken and waffles, although it was good with it.
  20. DW

    DougW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic lunch, braised beef and wonderful desserts and appetizers. Juan was an excellent server. Fixed price provided great value.
  21. EH

    EricH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a beautiful clear warm night with a spectacular 18th floor view of the glistening Chicago skyline. Interesting and delicious Proc fixe menu served by friendly staff.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely on the outside deck. The service is always perfect and the cocktails interesting and delicious.
  23. CG

    ChicagoGirl2016

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great brunch. Get the French Toast nuggets. And the price fixe menu is a deal.
  24. DZ

    DarbyZ

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden gem in Streeterville with amazing roof top featuring city & lake views. It’s the perfect trifecta of amazing 5 star food, great service (they don’t rush you) in a spectacular setting regardless if you sit inside or outside. The entry is awkward as you must enter the hospital to access the elevator and we’ll worth it because once you arrive you’ve transcended to another experience. Love this place! Also worth noting they are able to accommodate many dietary restrictions with ease
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    The views were very nice. Food was okay but a little on the pricey side. Would come back just for drinks.
  26. A

    Andrew

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall amazing experience. My wife and I went there for dinner and had a great time! Our server, Kostadin, was extremely nice and hospitable. The food and drinks were incredible - would definitely recommend the Beehive drink (which they were even able to make an NA version for my wife). We had the tots n' caviar, chilled corn soup, pan seared salmon, and the grilled short rib - everything was presented perfectly, was full of flavor, and was truly beyond our expectation. We also loved the decor and the view from being on the 18th floor. Overall great experience and would definitely recommend!
  27. DR

    DRTAYLORR

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Exceptional food, drinks and service. We will definitely be back.
  28. c

    chgogirl33

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful surprise! I had no idea what a gem Woodwind is. Fantastic food with stunning views of the city. I’m so curious about the cotton candy dessert I saw other diners enjoying that I plan to return just to have that dessert!
  29. C

    Chel

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of best places in the city! Food is impeccable.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing wine, food, and service! Absolutely loved everything about this place!
  31. JH

    JasonH

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Everything was great until I looked at my bank account this morning and realized WoodWind adds on a 20% gratuity before handing you the check. Since I did not notice this, I added another 20% tip. So I ended up giving the restaurant a 40% tip. My check was $84 and the tip was around $40. I'd like my $20 tip back or money towards the next time I go there.
  32. MB

    MayerB

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The pace of service was so slow, it was almost as if we’d been forgotten. Or perhaps our server took a break.
  33. AE

    AmyE

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Salmon was awesome!! Deconstructed pork belly tacos were not what I expected. Good, but would have preferred the tacos pre made instead of making them myself. All meals that our group had were healthy and delicious!
  34. K

    Kristi

    Poconos

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time in the city and found this gem on a whim. Staff was excellent. Food was even better. Ordered the crispy octopus and seared scallops; tasted better than I could have imagined. Plus the views of the city. DEFINATELY would recommend
  35. LH

    LisaH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everything was great! Hot in the sun outside during happy hour though.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It was a nice evening with good food
  37. EB

    ElizabethB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    Everything about our experience was excellent. Oscar was our server and made some suggestions, all of which were spot on.
  38. W

    Weeknight

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We had the prix fixe menu for dinner, and all the dishes were very good. Lots of interesting flavor combinations, but it was also very comforting, nothing too out there. I appreciated having a lot of vegetables in each dish. One thing to note was the serving sizes for each course was very large. We had trouble finishing everything, and were very full. The service was a little sparse, for the price we paid, but it seemed like there were new staff, so it is understandable. We definitely were ignored compared to our neighboring tables because we were a table of two.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden gem in chicago downtown. They got tea nice food and drinks. Indoor and outdoor seating with a great ambiance. The staff are amazing. This place is highly recommended. They do happy hour as well!!
  40. MB

    MarkB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Loved the corn ribs. Loved the cotton candy at the end. Great drinks. Whiskey Mule was awesome

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 603 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 23 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for WoodWind

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

Dining areas

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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