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About Rivers

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.

10 & 30 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
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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.

Cross Street:
Monroe & Madison

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 559-1515

Website:
http://www.riversrestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
2 hour parking validation after 5:00pm.

Public Transit:
Wells Brown Line / Metra

Executive Chef:
Ivan Fonseca

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

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.

Rivers Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (27)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
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Waterfront (23)
Scenic View (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Casual (14)
Special Occasion (12)
Good for Groups (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Authentic (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Fun (4)
Healthy (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
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People Watching (2)
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Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Cozy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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Comfort Food (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Good service and nice lunch selections was enjoyed.

Tags: People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

The spicy tomato soup was tasty with just the right amount of heat. The salad, however, seemed to have been dressed some time before it was served, and so was a little disappointing. The shrimp risotto was quite good, I'm told. Service, as always, was great.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Considering where it was located the noise wasn't loud and the food arrived quickly. Our server was very polite and got us done without haste.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Wow! Terrific service, very nice food and beverage choices. Love the number of California chardonnay choices!

Tags: Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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food5
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service5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Friendly, pleasant and good. A delightful place to dine.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Rivers is a very good place to go before the opera.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Very good food. Located right on the Chicago River. Superb outdoor dining patio along the river front. Very convenient location to the METRA stations.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Good food as always but miss the lobster bisque soup.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Everything was excellent, the food drinks and service. Would recommend this place to anyone looking to have a good meal with a nice ambiance. The food was so good I would definitely go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The crab cakes are a winner! Real Maryland quality.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

If you go early for lunch or dinner, it is much more quiet and you can have a conversation.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Service was first rate. Seafood was great with especially good salmon. Thought the crabcakes were too heavy with lemon flavor. Everything else was excellent.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I was in town with my young daughter for a concert and booked this reservation in advance. An afternoon of shopping left both of us without a phone charge and facing a uncertain path back to the theater. Fortunately, the part of the restaurant we were seated in was quiet and our fantastic waitress immediately figured out we were looking for an outlet to charge a phone. She was extremely helpful, located a nearby outlet and pulled a chair over to rest my purse on while my phone charged.

We ordered the shrimp bruchetta (fantastic) and the guacamole tower for appetizers and then the salmon with spinach and butter beans and the crusted scallops for dinner. Everything was tasty and I'd definitely recommend both the food and service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The volume inside the restaurant is very very VERY loud for lunch.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We redeemed OpenTable points and choose to eat here. This was our first time to the restaurant. Since the temperature was in the 70's, most people were eating outside next to the river. We chose to eat inside. It was quiet, service was excellent, and the food was very good (portions were not too large, but just right. I had the scallops, listed as a signature dish. They were excellent. I followed this with the pumpkin pie for dessert, also excellent. My guess is this place is very busy when there is a show at the lyric opera located just across the street

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Seated next to the kitchen and server took so long to get to us that we thought we had been forgotten. Shrimp bruschetta appetizer was novel spin on traditional bruschetta and quite good. The filet and the grouper were both done to taste.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Nice patio. Great spot before Lyric.
Scallops outstanding .

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Nice relaxed business lunch. Service was great, food was fine - some items really good and some not so great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I was worried as I had never eaten here before and it was one of the few places that was open near the Lyric. I had 6 pm reservations, but the opera started at 7:30. We were in and in no time and the food was delicious, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was great. Even the hostess up front was incredibly friendly and accommodating. I would definitely recommend Rivers to anyone enjoying a night out on the town/special occasion.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Rivers consistently delivers very good food and service from a diverse lunch menu. The place to go before an opera, matinee or evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Had the Chilean bass...it was tasteless and over cooked. Potatoes were also overcooked. For the price, don't bother.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Nice place for a business lunch, good steak and seafood choices

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Shrimp and Bacon Risoto quite delish. Was concerned because the Saturday Night crowd was sparse but the service and food were great!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I had made 5:30 pm reservations for dinner so we can dine before the opera. Traffic was crazy bad and I called twice to let them know we were running behind schedule. The second time I called, I explained that we would not likely arrive until closer to 6 pm and asked if we could still be seated, and have enough time to eat and still make it to the opera in time. She was more than accommodating and assured me we could still have dinner there. When we arrived, we were seated immediately and we had a very nice dinner - and coffee afterwards - with plenty of time to spare. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Rivers for graciously accommodating our late arrival and limited dining time! We are very appreciative and will most definitely be back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 7, 2017

the menu is somewhat limited, but there are enough choices. the waitstaff is very good at making certain that one is out in time for the performance at the lyric opera.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Lunch was good, always a reliable restaurant. The noise level can get a little higher in this restaurant than I would prefer. Wait staff is always accommodating.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Enjoyable ambiance. Excellent wait staff, very attentive. Delicious food and drinks. All around great dining experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Two drunken party-goers from a private party were so loud that we ate quickly and left. The staff was concerned but unable to control the situation. It goes to show that inconsiderate guests ruin things for everyone.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Apart from the crabcakes being miniscule in size - shockingly so - I had to check I was still in the US and not France, everything else was wonderful.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great menu. Love the crab cake sandwich. Good place for a business lunch but not if you need a quiet environment.
Moderate value, about $45 for 2 with no alcohol.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Outstanding an attentive staff and management team. We had two managers visit our table throughout our dinner, it was a nice touch as it gave us a true sense of appreciation of our business. Food was decadent, the sauces were flavorful alone and complimentary to the food on the plate- not over powering. Waitress, I so wish I got her name (female, blond hair, pony tail) was attentive and knowledge of foods and wine list.

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

great service / good menu / very consistent...a place you can always count on

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Our waitress to a while to get our drink order. She was hard to find during and after our meal as well.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Service was amazing
Menu is so over priced for what you get. The ribeye sandwich was so poorly cooked -parts were still cold and basically uncooked. It was just disgusting. Been coming here over 15 years and the food has gone downhill as the prices have skyrocketed

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I wish you had more vegetarian and vegan choices on your lunch menu

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Location is very convenient for business meetings. Food is average and arrives quickly, but this was the second time I waited for an unreasonably long period to be greeted by our server.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Nice place. I hadn't been there in years. Will sit outside next time.

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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Enjoyed our evening at Rivers immensely! The food was fantastic, the drinks superb, the ambiance "to die for", wait staff was attentive and the company of my Executive Staff, unbeatable. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a classy, warm, friendly place for dinner. drinks, a special occasion - whatever. LOVED IT!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Met a friend for lunch and the food was awful. Chicken on miso chicken papaya was dry and rubbery, strawberries were tired and lettuce was sad. Penne pasta with chicken was over cooked but we were so hungry we ate it anyway. We had to remind server three times to bring Arnold palmer. Rivers food was always a favorite but in the past 6 months it continues to decline in quality.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Rivers always delights! Great menu, great food, and excellent service! Kelly and Jason are two dynamite servers! For a consistently outstanding experience, this is the place.

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