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Rivers

4.0
4
1763 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Rivers, located on the lobby level of The CME Building, is one of the Chicago Loop's most popular restaurants. Rivers offers creative, seasonally changing contemporary American cuisine with influences from around the globe. Rivers is an all occasion venue featuring a relaxed yet upscale dining room & a large outdoor deck for alfresco dining during warm weather months.
Rivers is the perfect place for a business lunch, or for meeting friends after work for happy hour drinks or dinner. It's next-door proximity to the Civic Opera House, as well as all downtown theaters makes Rivers an excellent pre-theatre choice before the show begins. The United Center is also close by & Rivers is an ideal "first stop" for meeting friends for a Bulls or Hawks game. Please note: Rivers Restaurant does not take reservations online for parties larger than 14. Reservations are for Dining Room only. Patio seating is on a first come basis.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, European

  • Hours of operation

    Reservations taken for Dining Room only. Patio seating is not reserved. Breakfast Monday-Friday 7am to 10 am. Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Sundays 5-8 on Lyric Opera performance days only.

  • Phone number

    (312) 559-1515

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ivan Fonseca

  • Private party facilities

    Rivers, located on the lobby level of The CME Center, is one of the Chicago Loop's most popular restaurants. Rivers offers creative, seasonally changing, contemporary American cuisine with influences from around the globe. The adjoining wine bar, Rittergut, accommodates small private parties.

  • Private party contact

    Dan Letcher: (855) 614-4647

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Cross street

    Madison and S. Wacker drive

  • Parking details

    2 hour parking validation after 5:00pm.

  • Public transit

    Wells Brown Line / Metra

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,763 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. FF

    FergieFerg

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Reviewed on January 14, 2020

    overall4foodserviceambience
    The Rivers is always a nice place to have dinner before or after the opera. They have a wonderful selection of dishes and the food and service are always excellent.
  2. YR

    YolandaR

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on January 13, 2020

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Always enjoy myself will it be the friends or the wine tasting.
  3. TF

    TimF

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on December 16, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Average American businessman fare. Won’t disappoint, but doesn’t inspire either.
  4. EM

    EMKV

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Reviewed on December 16, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    We go here often before the opera. They have always been very accommodating and the food has always been great. The menu doesn't seem to change much, though. Looking forward to something new there next time.
  5. CF

    ChiFoodieGal

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Reviewed on December 2, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Food here is actually really good, as are the drinks. Service was good and fast. We came for a pre-theater drink and snacks and had a great experience. the apps we ordered were all REALLY good - was pleasantly surprised. Would come back!
  6. C

    Casey

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on November 12, 2019

    overall2foodserviceambience
    Bad service. Couldn’t figure out how to get service or a table. No real host. Just a cashier and bartender who ignored us. Finally someone said just table and eventually a server came by.
  7. BQ

    BusinessQ

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on November 3, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Decent restaurant good food. This is silly open table to require more than 50 words this is filler people should be allowed to write what then want as little as they want
  8. LC

    LizfromChicago

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Reviewed on November 2, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Food : excellent, service: wonderful, company: the best.
  9. EW

    EWAG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on October 10, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Great atmosphere, delicious food and wine, superb service.
  10. NW

    NancyW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on October 9, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Excellent food, great service. Lunch, dinner, happy hour.
  11. CH

    CHIPO

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on September 20, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    OK TO BRING GUESTS OTHERS I WOULD RATHER RECOMMEND
  12. C

    Chicago

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Reviewed on September 9, 2019

    overall3foodserviceambience
    It has been around for awhile. The views are nice and the outdoor area is also great after work.
  13. BH

    BrandiH

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Reviewed on September 9, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Best burgers! Quick service and great for people watching!
  14. N

    luvNitelife

    Chicago

    772 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    772 reviews

    Reviewed on August 24, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    This is an amazing restaurant. View of the river, excellent food. We just don't come into Chicago anymore, so we haven't dined here in a while.
  15. BL

    BobL

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on August 19, 2019

    overall2foodserviceambience
    Overpriced for what you get. Not bad, just not worth what it costs.
  16. S

    Steve

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Reviewed on August 9, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Great ambiance, chill vibe... Great appetizers and drinks! We will be back!
  17. TH

    TinaH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Reviewed on August 3, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Sandwiches are very big and tasty. Suggest sharing one if not super hungry.
  18. JW

    JohnW

    Unspecified

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on July 28, 2019

    overall3foodserviceambience
    rivers is a staple of the commuter crowds that work at CME and nearby. Patio river-facing bar is always crowded from 4-630 or there abouts. noisy. Have eaten lunch here often as well.
  19. RS

    RobertS

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Reviewed on July 23, 2019

    overall3foodserviceambience
    Great location for lunch and workers in the buildings surrounding. Menu seems limited with the same thing over and over. Doesn't seem to be much change on the menu. Prices are a bit on the higher side but likely a repercussion of the location. Outdoor seating is really nice but you have to get there early, even if you have a reservation. But overall, good consistent food and a nice spot to take business meeting guests.
  20. T

    Thespian

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Reviewed on July 13, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    My favorite pre-Opera place and wonderful for lunch on the river. Delicious food, consistently good service, nice patio. Charred beef salad is incredible as is the spicy latin tomato soup. Love Rivers.
  21. b

    bookie

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Reviewed on July 5, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    LOved going with family after opera. Great service good food.
  22. F

    Foodie734

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Reviewed on July 4, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Great for business lunch during the week. An easy walk from the office near train stations.
  23. AL

    ALRA

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on June 25, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    Really good food, slightly expensive for what you get. Nice setting by the river.
  24. LH

    LindaH

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Reviewed on June 21, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    quiet, nice variety in menu, and helpful getting service done in time for Lyric Opera curtain.
  25. S

    Sydney

    Tucson

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Reviewed on June 19, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Haven't been here in a while, but it is always excellent. Good food, crowded (make reservations through OpenTable!), probably over-priced, but it is downtown Chicago. Nice to score a table by the river!
  26. LV

    LisaV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on June 17, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    My friends and I had a wonderful time And will return soon
  27. c

    chgoziggy

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Reviewed on June 17, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    really good food, great room and patio, great service. BANG!
  28. AC

    AnitaC

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Reviewed on June 12, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    excellent food, friendly staff, and reasonable prices:)
  29. VP

    VanessaP

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Reviewed on June 10, 2019

    overall4foodserviceambience
    The ambiance is fabulous and a great venue for a party!!!!!!
  30. H

    Howlynwind

    Chicago

    58 reviews

    5.0

    58 reviews

    Reviewed on June 10, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Right next to Lyric Opera. Location will bring in people. However, the good food will bring them back. Pleasant dining experience.
  31. C

    Chicago630

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    43 reviews

    Reviewed on June 5, 2019

    overall2foodserviceambience
    This place has been going downhill for awhile. Food was terrible last time I visited. Service mediocre. I will not be back. There are too many better restaurants in the area.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice variety and very good food
  33. j

    jeff

    Chicago

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service questionable this night but typically good. Foo is reliably delicious. It’s a great pre- theater restaurant.
  34. l

    loveart

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rivers is the perfect place for a dinner before the opera. I love this place and dine here often, the food always excellent and the menu changes with the season.
  35. MJ

    MJ16

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks for the special birthday celebration! So sorry Rivers is not using Open Table going forward. I found Open table very convenient and helpful.
  36. F

    Frank

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a very nice dinner at Rivers prior to the opera. Good service, good food, a bit pricey for the portions but otherwise a good choice for pre- or post-theater/opera/etc.
  37. AS

    AnnieS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We just had 3 salads (med size with the smallest pieces of chicken ever) & iced tea. Bill w/tip was 100. Very expensive for what we got.
  38. DM

    DaveM

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was better than expected the service was lack lustre. The restaurant has had a revamp and the menu and products are a good step in the right direction. The wait staff need to lift their game to compliment the quality menu.
  39. k

    kba312

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a reservation but were then told we'd have to be seated in a different area. Could not locate the hostess. Server was rude and bartender was incredibly snobby. The happy hour drinks were overpriced, slammed on the bar in front of people, and not made well. We decided to leave shortly after arriving, and we won't be back.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was served quick and fresh. The salad and soups were delicious. We sat outside which is nicely shaded and vivacious. Recommend for a summer business lunch.

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Rivers is rated 4 stars by 1763 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Madison and S. Wacker drive

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Loop

  • Hours of operation

    Reservations taken for Dining Room only. Patio seating is not reserved. Breakfast Monday-Friday 7am to 10 am. Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Sundays 5-8 on Lyric Opera performance days only.

  • Cuisines

    American, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    2 hour parking validation after 5:00pm.

  • Public transit

    Wells Brown Line / Metra

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ivan Fonseca

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (312) 559-1515

  • Private party facilities

    Rivers, located on the lobby level of The CME Center, is one of the Chicago Loop's most popular restaurants. Rivers offers creative, seasonally changing, contemporary American cuisine with influences from around the globe. The adjoining wine bar, Rittergut, accommodates small private parties.

  • Private party contact

    Dan Letcher: (855) 614-4647

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