WoodWind

4.6
332 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.

Safety precautions

Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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vipNancyH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A stunning location with spectacular food!!!. Only reason I gave service 4 stars instead of 5 is that like most restaurants, they don’t have enough help.

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LauraR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The brunch was very good. We especially loved the egg frittata and the bloomin’ maitake, which was exceptional. Service was great, meal was a bit pricey, but we felt the quality was worth it. Only disappointment, which was considerable, is that we wanted a rooftop dining experience, but it was a sunny day and there is nothing on the outside deck to shield from the sun and so we had to move ourselves inside.

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vipAlexJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good value for the amount of food we got. Love the outdoor seating. It was a bit cold today but i can see it become popular in summer

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GeneG
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having spent a weekend in Chicago with friends, we all concluded that this was our favorite spot. Weather was great so we were able to take advantage of the patio seating. Every plate came out skillfully prepared and presented.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quickly becoming my favorite.

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AmandaF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a delicious lunch with a friend on a gorgeous fall day sitting on the WoodWind deck. The views were great, the service excellent and we both had exceptionally good food. I look forward to my next visit.

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Sunil
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was unique - blend of flavors and textures was one of the best I have ever had. Truly a hidden gem! Sitting outside amidst lights of downtown buildings was fantastic.

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Marcaine
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

It took 3 try’s to bring me an unsweetened ice tea before I settled for a Perrier with a lime. I received a lemon. Never got the drink order correct. Food was average at best with small portion size. The view was nice. I wouldn’t go back with so many other options near by.

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vipMadd
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We picked this because it was one of the only rooftops with a reservation… best surprise ever!! On top of a hospital we didn’t know what the vibes would be. We sat outside it was quiet and beautiful with lots of plants and flowers and great views. Our server was incredible, we got everything he recommended and we were not disappointed!! Everything is so well thought out at this place. There’s even a nice surprise you get with your check… you’ll have to go to see. 15/10! Will be back

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vipHaileyH
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was SO impressed by the service. Our wait staff was incredible and the sommelier was extremely helpful in picking a delicious wine. While we didn’t eat I will 100% be back to try the food and enjoy the amazing views.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Food was very over priced and low quality
They don’t have martini glasses

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food was great and so were the views! Very little shade on the rooftop so be prepared to sweat it out on a very hot day under the sun. Service was slow and there were a few bees around that were distracting while eating. Heard there was a 3 course lunch menu but they no longer had it the day I was there at lunch time which was disappointing.

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Jules
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall, our lunch experience was very enjoyable. The decor was sleek/modern and the place felt new. The inside of the restaurant was roomy, with large windows and lots of light. If you really want to enjoy the views, however, plan to sit outside on the sleek/modern deck. Just be forewarned that the tables are not shaded, so the direct sun can be too hot for some (we moved inside afyer 6 minutes under the bright sun.

The menu was interesting, albeit somewhat limited. My friend enjoyed the ricotta cavatelli, and I highly recommend the pork belly tacos. Prices are not inexpensive, but we felt the cost was generally in line with the overall experience (great views from the 8th floor, a fab deck with outdoor seating, interesting/tasty food, A+ staff overall, including our fab server Kody).

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lincolnparklover
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful setting on the roof deck with amazing city and lake views. Comfortable seating sun or shade. Good food and service. ...............................................................

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vipDani
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oscar was amazing!!

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LG4Sure
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in Class Restaurant & Oscar was the BEST!

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hgukgiu346
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The chicken and waffles, though beautiful are not so flavorful. Otherwise, the french toast nuggets and chocolate pudding are delicious. Would recommend and eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was phenomenal. My co-workers and I are in town for work and found this jewel. Had the prix fix dinner. Phenomenal food. Great wine. Great roof top views. We were so delighted with staff and food.

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David
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We had an amazing time. The views were great, the food was astounding. Our server, Eleanor was great. Personable and knowledgeable. She did a great job coursing us out with enough time to reset. Also the rest of the staff did a great job of asking if we needed anything before leaving the table after dropping off our food.
We will definitely be back for a brunch soon!
We both did wish there was a little music out on the patio. Something just to add a little bit of atmosphere to the space.

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vipnancy
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cocktails, innovative menu, chickpea fries are delicious. Elinor is an amazing server.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well crafted interesting food items. The patio setting provides a spectacular view of the city and lake.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful gem in Streeterville! We sat on the rooftop deck and the views were fabulous. The interior is also very nice. Service was excellent and the menu has some unique offerings. The presentation was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazing! Great dishes and wonderful balcony dining!

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SusieM
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Get Together:
Trip into Chicago to see our son via Amtrak. Booked an early dinner here as it was near Union Station and the cuisine looked amazing on line but was also on the 18th floor near Lake Michigan! Drinks, appetizers, salads and the entrees were all fantastic. But the dessert was sublime! Highly Recommend!

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vipKatherineO
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, imaginative cocktails, excellent service, wheelchair friendly !

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vipPoppa
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is excellent A bit overpriced for portions served. Great views and very accommodating engaging staff

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MKSirwick
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and delicious food, great setting, great service.

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vipLak6300
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal (as always). Great cocktails, food, service, ambiance and view. This is my second visit and tried new items. Had the fresh house ricotta with olive oil & toast, fire roasted carrots with citrus yogurt sauce, seared scallops and blueberry crumble dessert. All were uniquely prepared and just delicious. Got caught up in the meal and forget to take photos util the end...a cotton candy treat!

The outdoor patio was great. It rained, but the staff quickly moved us indoors and it was still a great experience.

Love this place. An upscale hidden gem in the hospital!

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KarenS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and unbeatable view. We will definitely be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg this was phenomenal! Food delicious! The view is wonderful and service is perfect. Can’t wait to come back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and views. Maybe add a little music to the rooftop for more ambiance

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vipVIKTORIA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience. Server was kind and nice. Food was delicious. Views are spectacular. Would definitely be back

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NimaN
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the service was so nice, the environment was nice and friendly.

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Chrissy
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

We chose to celebrate our anniversary here because they have a rooftop view and parking nearby.

At first this seemed like a nice restaurant with a chill vibe but as the night went on service got worse and worse. Our first drinks came out right away and they were amazing. Definitely order to cosmotique! Our server on the other hand was far from superior compared to the other server at the next table.

My fiance ordered a prix-fixe and I ordered the chicharrón, carrots and scallops. The carrots and hummus were pretty amazing! The chicharrón was pretty good but make sure you have water on hand. The spices will definitely make you sneeze and cough. The scallops was more appetizer size than entree size. For dessert we got the smoke which was smores in a glass and delicious.

Now for service, our food started coming out late compared to the tables that sat down after we order. There was quite a few tables that sat down way after us and finished their meals before we even got our entree. I know we weren't alone in this experience as another table was also waiting a long time for their food. Our server never checked on us to see how everything was nor asked if we wanted another drink or even needed water. He forgot to place our chicharrón and our sides came out with starters instead of entrees.

To make matters even worse we were given the wrong slip for validation so we had to go back to get another one. That one still didn't work so we ended up paying $43 for parking.

I was hoping this place would be decent especially with their price but it was a disappointment. If you choose to go here I would only recommend going for the drinks or the burgers like others have said. We didn't order it but notice it was the only dish coming out quickly.

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vipBestOfLakeview
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The lunch service was way too slow. Only one server for all the tables on the rooftop patio. We sat for 15-20 mins before our order was taken. Drinks (non-alcoholic even) took another 10 mins to come out. Just far too long for a business lunch to be viable

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PinkCard
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We had the sea scallops and pork belly tacos. Oscar, our server was exceptional! I have food allergies and he had the chef mark a menu on what I could have safely to eat. He finished the meal with cotton candy and a candle for my birthday! We will be back!

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vipBarb
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Loved sitting on the patio. Tables very separated making it nice for Covid issues and conversation. The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We sat outdoors at one of the lounge tables ( cushioned sofas with low table). Comfortable and nice view of sunset and city buildings from this 18th floor vantage point. We didn’t realize that the restaurant is on one of the medical buildings on Northwestern’s campus. Good is tasty and eclectic. We enjoyed most of our selections that we chose off the Prix-fix menu. Probably the best way to go. Avoid the bland corn gazpacho and get the delicious carrots as your starter/side. Good place for people with adventurous or foodie palates. Not for picky eaters. Server was good and receptive of suggestions.

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vipGabrielleS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Resturant is beautiful! Amazing staff, beautiful decor. Over all a hit fir sure! Coming back twice more this week!

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Becca
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The food just wasn’t worth the money we spent on it. The chicken on the chicken and waffles was impossibly spicy and my husbands ribs had a weird, gross slaw on top. The portions were also absolutely tiny.

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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 332 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.