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Rivers

4.0
4
1972 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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Menu

Organic Farm Eggs

    Egg Centric

    Served with toast, roasted potatoes or fruit

    • Healthy Start$13.00

      Egg Whites / Fresh Spinach / Mushrooms / Roasted Tomato / Asparagus / Feta Cheese

      • Rivers Breakfast$12.00

        Two Eggs Any Style / Roasted Potatoes / Choice of: Grilled Ham / Sausage / Bacon / Maple Chicken Sausage

        • Three Egg Omelet$12.00

          Choose Any Three Ingredients: Smoked Salmon / Ham / Bacon / Cheddar Cheese / Goat Cheese / Tomato / Onion / Green Pepper / Spinach / Mushrooms / Asparagus

          Skillets

          Served with toast

          • Roasted Vegetable Breakfast Skillet$11.00

            Sweet Potatoes / Brussels Sprouts / Mushrooms / Roasted Corn / Asparagus / Onions / Fried Egg

            • Hearty Skillet$12.00

              Maple Bacon Sausage / Andouille / Ham / Spinach / Tomato / Onions / Peppers / Potatoes / Egg Any Style

              Specialties

              Served with roasted potatoes or fruit

              • Eggs Florentine$12.00

                Herb Roasted Tomato / Sautéed Spinach / Poached Eggs / English Muffin / Hollandaise

                • Eggs Benedict$12.00

                  Canadian Bacon / Poached Eggs / English Muffin / Hollandaise

                  Grains

                    Sweets

                    • Belgian Style Buttermilk Waffle & Berries$10.00

                      Seasonal Berries / Pure Maple Syrup

                      • Griddled French Toast & Berries$10.00

                        Cinnamon Vanilla Batter / Seasonal Berries / Pure Maple Syrup

                        • Gluten Free French Toast & Berries$10.00

                          Cinnamon Vanilla Batter / Seasonal Berries / Pure Maple Syrup

                          • Muffins$4.00

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                            Toast & Bagels

                            • Avocado Toast$10.00

                              Thick Cut Whole Grain Toast / Piment Espelette / Chili Lime Avocado / Roasted Tomato Garnish

                              • Madison Street Bagel$6.00

                                Cream Cheese / Fresh Basil / Fresh Mint / Chives / Thyme / Olive Oil

                                • Smoked Salmon Bagel$10.00

                                  Cream Cheese / Red Onion / Capers

                                  • Plain Bagel$4.00

                                    Cream Cheese

                                    Organic Oats

                                    • Homemade Granola & Yogurt$10.00

                                      Walnut Almond Granola / Plain Yogurt / Berries

                                      • Homemade Granola & Milk with Fresh Berries$8.00

                                        Walnut Almond Granola / Choice of Milk

                                        • Organic Oatmeal$8.00

                                          Brown Sugar / Raisins / Choice of Milk

                                          Sides

                                          • Egg$2.00

                                            • Chicken Sausage$3.00

                                              • Maple Bacon Sausage$3.00

                                                • Pork Sausage$3.00

                                                  • Smoked Bacon$4.00

                                                    • Roasted Potatoes$3.00

                                                      • Two Toast Slices$3.00

                                                        • English Muffin$3.00

                                                          • Green Salad$4.00

                                                            • Roasted or Sliced Tomato$2.00

                                                              • Fruit Bowl$4.00

                                                                • Fresh Berry Bowl$8.00

                                                                  Beverages

                                                                  • Coffee

                                                                    • Espresso Sgl / Dbl

                                                                      • Cappuccino / Latte

                                                                        • Hot Teas

                                                                          • Milk

                                                                            • Soy, Almond Milk

                                                                              • Iced Tea

                                                                                • Bottled Teas

                                                                                  • Juices

                                                                                    Orange / V-8 / Tomato / Grapefruit / Cranberry

                                                                                    • Mimosa

                                                                                      • Bloody Mary

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                                                                                        What 1,972 people are saying

                                                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                                                        NoiseModerate

                                                                                        90% of people would recommend it to a friend

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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

                                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          7 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

                                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          9 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

                                                                                          8 reviews

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          8 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

                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                          Reviewed on September 9, 2019

                                                                                          overall4foodserviceambience

                                                                                          Best burgers! Quick service and great for people watching!

                                                                                        14. N

                                                                                          luvNitelife

                                                                                          Chicago

                                                                                          730 reviews

                                                                                          vip
                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          730 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

                                                                                          8 reviews

                                                                                          vip
                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                          8 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. J

                                                                                          Jeudi

                                                                                          Chicago

                                                                                          15 reviews

                                                                                          vip
                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          15 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. d

                                                                                          dineout

                                                                                          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

                                                                                          15 reviews

                                                                                          vip
                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          15 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

                                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          6 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

                                                                                          Phoenix

                                                                                          27 reviews

                                                                                          vip
                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          27 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. f

                                                                                          fanof715

                                                                                          Chicago

                                                                                          11 reviews

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          11 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

                                                                                          54 reviews

                                                                                          vip
                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          54 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

                                                                                          35 reviews

                                                                                          vip
                                                                                          2.0

                                                                                          35 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

                                                                                          20 reviews

                                                                                          vip
                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          20 reviews

                                                                                          Dined on November 17, 2018

                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                          Nice variety and very good food

                                                                                        33. j

                                                                                          jeff

                                                                                          Chicago

                                                                                          76 reviews

                                                                                          vip
                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          76 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

                                                                                          35 reviews

                                                                                          vip
                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          35 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

                                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                                          vip
                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          9 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

                                                                                          22 reviews

                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          22 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. OT

                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                          Chicago

                                                                                          17 reviews

                                                                                          vip
                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          17 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

                                                                                          29 reviews

                                                                                          vip
                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          29 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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