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For 2
Date
Tue, 2/20
Time
7:00 PM
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Rivers

4.4
1849 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, European
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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.
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Phone number
(312) 559-1515
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ivan Fonseca
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Madison and S. Wacker drive
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Parking details
2 hour parking validation after 5:00pm.
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Public transit
Wells Brown Line / Metra
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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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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.

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What 1849 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined a day ago

We selected the restaurant because it had a very diverse menu but were disappointed to find that the menu the night we dined was a fraction of the normal menu. The waiter described it as less than a third of the normal dinner menu. The food was fine but at our table of seven, three people had the same entree and one person had the larger version of one of the appetizers we ordered for the table. Coupled with the renovation noise outside, it was not the experience we expected.

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vipSiouxzeegirl (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Love this restaurant. My number one pick for pre-Opera on a saturday night. Food is amazing and fairly priced. Host/hostess staff very attentive and pleasant. Normally they are 5 starts all the way... this visit they seemed to be a little short staffed with the waiters/waitresses. Ran out of drinks during dinner and just seemed a bit unorganized that night. Everyone was doing the best they could!

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daruma (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great choice for pre-opera dining. Nice menu very convenient location.

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vipSheilaB (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Though we've shared multiple meals at River's my opera friend and I were exceptionally impressed with the quality of our meals this evening. The seafood stew was absolutely excellent and the caesar salad was prepared exactly as I requested (which generally has not been the case). The fresh warm bread was brought to the table promptly. My friend's entree was also perfect. The setting is quiet and pleasant, even in the center of a busy building and our server this evening was someone we had not had before - and she was wonderful, attentive, pleasant and responded to our requests for some modifications on the menu items. This is an exceptional restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Lunches are very good but breakfast needs work. Cold, burnt toast and cold potatoes.

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TJL1 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Valentine's day seafood platter was excellent. Perfect seafood mix, nothing fried, perfect portions.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Actually a last minute decision on Valentines day. Server (Jason??) was great! The house specialty scallops are amazing! Appetizer ravioli another total win! Great time , fair drink prices, it was a good find. We are sure to be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Because it was Ash Wednesday besides Valentine's Day, my wife and I both ordered seafood. She ordered the King Salmon special. I ordered Grouper from the regular menu. Both were excellent. Thomas provided excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Love the updated menu. You have kept a few of the old favorites and refreshed the menu with some new really great options. Hope to continue my patronage for years going forward. My only choice for opera nights.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Lovely dinner before Opera. Food and service delightful.

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RayC (Denver)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was uninspired and the menu lacked good healthy options. Service was OK but soup should not be delivered to the table when the customers are still eating their appetizers. We use to go to this restaurant several times a year. Not sure we will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Opera night

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vipGourmetGirl (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Dinner was delicious, friendly and efficient service. Excellent experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

very nice for a business lunch-good location, good food and I would recommend to a client.
it is a place to bee seen, so do not go if you want privacy or for an interview

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Raynald (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This was my first time. It was amazing. Little confused on how to find it but I was truly happy. New place for 2018.

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vipSiouxzeegirl (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Always an excellent dinner and the servers and hostesses are always lovely, very attentive with excellent service and food!

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vipwhitbea (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Mediocre food and service in a sterile environment. Not really worth the money or time but convenient for the opera. It was winter and the river patio was closed so maybe the view would improve the setting/ambiance but the food and service would remain unchanged

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MSM13 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Lovely server. Nice drinks. PERFECT steak. Pumpkin tart was delicious. Several visits here, fairly far apart, but quality is consistent. Thanks for a great meal before the opera.

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vippeterandthewolf (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Perfect before Opera! The setting on the river at Rivers is also lovely during the summer month.

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LAonBusiness (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Fantastic food! Great service. Perfect for the business lunch I had. It was a little noisy, but not too bad.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Really good service. Waitperson was well informed, attentive and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
2.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

No reservation when we arrived. Thus occasion was not recognized. They blame you, you blame them. The curt receptionist was quick to dismiss it as something that always happens. The experience was down hill from there. I have already discussed the food problems with a floor manager.

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Bern (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

The service and food was very good also nice atmosphere. Nothing negative we were very pleased.

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vipRdjlebn (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Good is always good, it's just a bit noisy for having a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

Crab cakes were only fair but the filet mignon was fine. Service was terrible. We sat down at 6:00 and barely made the opera at 7:30. It took 15 minutes to ask for our order at the beginning and another 15 minutes to get our check at the end. I have no idea where our server was but she was not near our table.

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jackie (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

I've always been a fan of Rivers Restaurant. This last experience was disappointing. Service was very, very slow. Too much breading on the fish, over cooked and over priced. I will go back because I'm hoping this was a one time experience. For the overall price, it should have been a much better experience.

Jessica Jay Jagielnik

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

Felix did a fabulous job as usual. He always knows how to pace things so I can make it to the opera without rushing.
I love the duck entree and scallop entree.

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JF12 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

Wonderful lunch before the theater. We weren’t rushed and the noise level was low; we could talk! I go here frequently before the opera and am always pleased.

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vipAwilda (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

I have been searching for a good restaurant for business lunches in the loop. I have finally found that in Rivers. The ambience is upscale with a great view of the Chicago River. The food is generously portioned and their menu offers a nice variety of dishes. Service was spot-on and attentive. Overall this is a great choice for a business meeting, I will be back!

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vipSorayaWilks (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Great. We got married here in 2015 so it was nice to return. We felt welcomed and can’t wait to dine here again. The food was delish!

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