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WoodWind, Chicago, IL

WoodWind

4.7
4.7
514 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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Booked 1 time today

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

Popular dishes

Menu

Snacks

to share (or not)

  • Housemade Ricotta$10.00

    honey, mishmish, toast

    • Fermented Hummus$12.00

      naan bread, all the veggies, ash

      Mostly Vegetables

      • Kale Salad$12.00

        maytag blue cheese, pear, puffed grains, cranberry vinaigrette

        • Spring Onion Soup$9.00

          puffed grain, shaved parmesan, pickled fresno

          From the Sea

          • Seared Scallops$24.00

            fava bean romesco, ramps, spicy chili aioli

            • Housemade Ricotta Cavatelli$22.00

              lump crab meat, crispy guanciale, pea fricassee

              Fields & Ranches

              • Grilled Short Rib$32.00

                lemongrass, carrot purée, pickled slaw, scallion pancakes

                • Woodwind Burger$19.00

                  Hooks cheddar, b&b pickles, fancy sauce

                  Beer

                  Must be 21 to Purchase

                  • Amstel Light Amber Lager$7.00

                    • Budweiser$3.00

                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                      What 514 people are saying

                      Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

                      NoiseModerate

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                      • Chicago

                        Scenic View

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                      1. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Chicago

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Outstanding service as always!

                      2. M

                        Mango

                        Chicago

                        29 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        29 reviews

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        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.

                      3. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        New York Area

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                      4. KC

                        KevinC

                        New England

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                      5. E

                        Emily

                        Des Moines

                        5 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined 5 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                      6. s

                        smiles

                        Philadelphia

                        38 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        38 reviews

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        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:

                      7. SW

                        SorayaW

                        Toronto

                        36 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        36 reviews

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        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. :)

                      8. MM

                        MaryM

                        Chicago

                        45 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        45 reviews

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Creative menu and excellent service. Asparagus Caesar and aztec salad outstanding.

                      9. A

                        Anastasia

                        Chicago

                        2 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined 7 days ago

                        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.

                      10. 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.

                      11. m

                        momof3

                        Chicago

                        22 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        22 reviews

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                        We were celebrating Mother’s Day and it was perfect.

                      12. KS

                        KarenS

                        Chicago

                        5 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        5 reviews

                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We ate outdoors and had a lovely view along with delicious food. Service was wonderful and the brunch was unique and flavorful.

                      13. F

                        Fred8

                        Indiana

                        23 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        23 reviews

                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                        One of the best meals of my life. Excellent and creative dishes, and great drinks. Outstanding view, would’ve been even better if warm enough to eat outside. Highly recommend

                      14. MN

                        MelissaN

                        Charlotte

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 5, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Food and service was excellent - highly recommend!

                      15. WC

                        WindyCityLo

                        Chicago

                        186 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        186 reviews

                        Dined on May 4, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        What a marvelous hidden gem! I've been twice now; once for Chicago Restaurant Week and was SO impressed, we returned last night for hubby's b'day. YUM!! the atmosphere, staffing and food presentation are sensational. the creativity of menu and the mouth-sensations? OMG!! it's been chilly/raining both times we've gone so we cannot wait for warmer weather to take advantage of the fabulous terrace. 18th floor of a medical building? really? i'm SO glad to have found this wondrous restaurant!

                      16. TS

                        TheresaS

                        Chicago

                        75 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        75 reviews

                        Dined on May 3, 2022

                        overall4food3service5ambience3

                        many menu options with interesting preparations; unique view; attentive service; server, Juan, was obviously very experienced; he was knowledgeable about the menu and very personable; he spaced the courses; so, I was not rushed.

                      17. GH

                        GaryH

                        Orlando

                        13 reviews

                        5.0

                        13 reviews

                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                        Very good food with one offtwists of flavor combinations A nice change of pace and good place for a special occasion imho

                      18. MR

                        MarizzaR

                        Milwaukee

                        7 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        7 reviews

                        Dined on April 29, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Had an outstanding time, per usual. Woodwind is one of our favorite places in the city. We love taking our visitors out to dinner and for cocktails, every time they come to visit. The food is amazing! The cocktails are SPECTACULAR! Giovanni was assisting our amazing server (I forgot our servers name, sorry guys) and went the extra mile to engage with our toddler, Sebastián. We truly enjoy our experiences every time we visit. Our out of state visitors are always impressed by your staff, your ambiance, your food and especially your cocktails! We got to know Carolina and always look forward to her new seasonal libations! Thank you for being consistent with each of our visits!!!

                      19. TM

                        TeamM5

                        Dallas

                        10 reviews

                        5.0

                        10 reviews

                        Dined on April 27, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Excellent all the way around

                      20. TS

                        TheresaS

                        Chicago

                        76 reviews

                        vip
                        3.0

                        76 reviews

                        Dined on April 27, 2022

                        overall3food3service3ambience4

                        very nice restaurant with a great view, an interesting menu and attentive service.

                      21. n

                        northshorefoodie

                        Chicago

                        88 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        88 reviews

                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                        Great for brunch! Very creative and tasty options. We were not aware it was a prix fix menu, but it was reasonable - $32 for what you got and everything was really good and unique flavors and presentation. Would definitely go again!

                      22. 3

                        312dweller

                        Chicago

                        71 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        71 reviews

                        Dined on April 24, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The outdoor patio is wonderful - great views and fun vibe. Our server Brandon was attentive but not overbearing. The food is always delicious every time I have been here. Such a wonderful spot in Streeterville.

                      23. EO

                        EatOutTooOften

                        Nashville

                        27 reviews

                        5.0

                        27 reviews

                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                        We ate outside, 18 floors up. Beautiful evening, which probably influenced our rating. We will definitely go back there again. Food was superb. We had the gnocchi and the beef tartare and recommend both. Service was very good until our waiter disappeared and we had to get the hostess to bring the check.

                      24. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Awesome place! Delicious dinner! Nice skyline rooftop view!

                      25. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Chicago

                        36 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        36 reviews

                        Dined on April 20, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Selected this restaurant for its location along our walk to the theatre without realizing it’s literally inside Northwestern Hospital. Then we were surprised by the lovely ambiance and 18th floor patio views. We enjoyed beautiful and delicious Cosmotique cocktails followed by fabulous food presented by our attentive and knowledgeable server Oscar. Oscar was so well versed in the menu and so clearly conveyed his investment in our dining experience that we felt perhaps he was a chef or owner of the restaurant! The ricotta appetizer was a heavenly combination of flavors and textures, as was the squash soup. Our entrees of pan-seered salmon with Korean bbq sauce, charred broccolini, crispy (and architecturally beautiful) enoki mushroom with sesame nougatine and grilled short rib with lemongrass, carrot purée, pickled slaw and scallion pancakes were flavorful as well as flawlessly presented. Finally, having chosen the price fixe menu, I was anticipating smoked chocolate pot de crème with salted caramel and whipped cream, but was distracted by the fluffy pink clouds of cotton Candy passing by—cotton Candy! Hard to believe that the pot de crème, beautifully presented under a smoke filled cloche, could possibly be over shadowed, but my personal fondness for cotton Candy has never waned with adulthood and this was the best cotton Candy I’ve ever eaten! Forgive me for giving away this dessert surprise, and do go enjoy a wonderful meal at Woodwind! We will return! And we will ask for Oscar!💙

                      26. PJ

                        PatrickJ

                        Chicago

                        19 reviews

                        5.0

                        19 reviews

                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We enjoyed Easter Sunday dinner. And the great and attentive service of Jonathon.

                      27. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Chicago

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Excellent as always! One of my favorite places in Chicago! Great food, excellent service, breathtaking views!

                      28. DL

                        DL77

                        Chicago

                        6 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        6 reviews

                        Dined on April 17, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Wonderful inventive dishes and drinks satiate the senses. Friendly service and solid recommendations. Pacing of dishes may be too slow for some people. Right volume of music provides some energy but allows intimate conversation. Great place for a long date or family/friend night out.

                      29. KG

                        KatieG

                        Chicago

                        35 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        35 reviews

                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                        overall4food4service3ambience5

                        Lovely view of the city and great drinks and food. We did the prix fix three course lunch. The service was slow to start (waiting about 10-15 minutes for a server to even bring us water) but then got better. They gave us a couple of free desserts at the end of our meal probably to make up for the slow start plus because we were celebrating something. Would definitely go back!

                      30. CA

                        ChicagofoodieAmy

                        Chicago

                        40 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        40 reviews

                        Dined on April 15, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Their cocktails are creative and very delicious. A big shoutout to the caipirinha! They also have a prix fix dinner that is a great value. The food is very creative, fresh, and delicious. The brussel sprouts, short rib, and smoked chocolate pot de creme were all memorable and must haves! The check came with grapefruit cotton candy which was a delightful surprise, whimsical, and really good! What a hidden gem! There is an outdoor area that looks very inviting and I will have to come back and check it out when the weather is warmer.

                      31. DH

                        DottyH

                        Chicago

                        9 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        9 reviews

                        Dined on April 10, 2022

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        We had brunch at WoodWind during Restaurant Week and it was delicious. Great value. Our waiter and overall service as fantastic. Will return to take advantage of the outdoor terrace when the weather is warmer. Beautiful view of the river.

                      32. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        San Francisco

                        1 review

                        vip
                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 10, 2022

                        overall3food4service3ambience4

                        The service and the waiter were not the best. It didn’t say yogurt came in the brussel sprouts and the waiter did not tell us and we told him one of us was vegan. The food also took a long time to come out

                      33. NH

                        NinaH

                        Chicago

                        43 reviews

                        4.0

                        43 reviews

                        Dined on April 9, 2022

                        overall4food4service3ambience3

                        WildWood was a last minute same day booking on a Friday when my companion was suddenly available for dinner. I had heard about this restaurant before and its unusual location so was not thrown by that. The noise level was quite high when we got there, the music was playing pretty loudly and, with our server wearing a mask and being soft spoken, it was often difficult to follow what they were saying. Our food came promptly, was attractively plated, and very tasty - we had the pork belly tacos and the burger. I decided to have a dessert, the smoky chocolate pot, which came under a bell jar emitting smoke when lifted. I'm not big on tricky stuff like this and we were both tired by this time so that was a bit lost on us. Also, be prepared, this is not a small dessert and rich, I felt pretty stuffed afterwards! Overall the food was good but the noisy room and a few other elements made the whole meal less than stellar.

                      34. DT

                        DaphneT

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 8, 2022

                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                        The service and food were very good. Very nice atmosphere. However, because I was having problems with my cell phone, I called ahead twice to verify that my reservation was confirmed and to verify that the restaurant was still operating. No one answered the phone either time and I left messages and no one called back. When I mentioned this to the hostess, she dismissed the comment and just said that I was confirmed. Otherwise, it was a good experience and I would dine there again.

                      35. TS

                        TheresaS

                        Chicago

                        76 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        76 reviews

                        Dined on April 7, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        The menu is extensive enough to please everyone from vegetarian to meat lovers. The food is always delicious and creatively prepared and presented; service is always friendly, from the hostess stand to the table; the atmosphere is quite special with views of the city. Conveniently located; they even offer a nice Happy Hour menu; in fact, I would recommend the place for: brunch with the ladies or lunch with the spouse or a business lunch or after work gathering.

                      36. MP

                        MPMP

                        Chicago

                        7 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        7 reviews

                        Dined on April 5, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Food and drinks were delicious. Server made excellent recommendations and added to the experience.

                      37. SK

                        SandraK

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Exceeded my expectations! Absolutely wonderful experience! I'm anxious to try the outdoor patio in the summer!

                      38. NH

                        NicoleH

                        Chicago

                        21 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        21 reviews

                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        I went for Chicago Restaurant Week brunch with a group of friends, and it was a great experience! You get so much for what you pay for and you get to try different dishes out before coming back and paying full price. They gave us complimentary cotton candy at the end of our meal which was a nice touch to end the brunch. I will most definitely come back and dine on the rooftop once it gets warmer.

                      39. G

                        Gwen

                        Chicago

                        4 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We had a really good time! The presentation of every course was top notch, including the drinks. Even better, the food taste great! Extremely flavorful and surprising treats. The ambience is welcoming and the patio boast an incredible view. We’ll definitely be back.

                      40. KP

                        KathyP

                        Chicago

                        12 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        12 reviews

                        Dined on April 2, 2022

                        overall4food3service5ambience5

                        Food was uneven we had the 4 course Restaurant Week menu and some of the selections were outstanding while others were so so. No one liked the burger. how do you mess up a burger in a high end restaurant where presumably they are starting with outstanding ingredients; DRY.to much heat lamp perhaps? That being said the convenience, views,& service will earn them another chance with this band of foodies. Choose wisely.

                      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 4.7 stars by 514 OpenTable diners.

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

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                      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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