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Rivers

4.4
1880 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Business Meals
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Great for Lunch
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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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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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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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
service
4.2
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3.9
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 3 days ago

The restaurant is far less superior as it once was service had food going down hill fast stay away

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was good and we received a birthday cake for the birthday girl by just leaving a note in our open table reservation

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Good food, convenient for business lunch and prompt, professional service.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food & service. Even construction right outside was not a huge issue. Glaze on windows to hide construction temporarily was also not a real distraction.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Just OK, nothing special.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Never a disappointment!! We had a last minute change with two additional guests...they had no issue moving our reservation number. Very pleasant greeting from the front desk staff. Timely service, but not rushed at all.

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Very loud. We were a group of 7, and food took 40 minutes to come out! Will not be back for business lunch when I am on the clock.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

First time there. It’s a great restaurant and service was fast...

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

We enjoyed our dinners very much and the waiter was very attentive and friendly.
The cheesecake, unfortunately, was not tasty at all but the waiter graciously removed the charge from our bill.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I've eaten at Rivers many times - it has always been excellent - quality of the food, service, etc.
And - since parking for the Lyric Opera in that building is so convenient - and Rivers Restaurant is on the way to the opera - in that building - it is also very convenient. I will be returning!
Ralph Wilder

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great place to eat before the Lyric. Food was well prepared, and they were very accommodating regarding our dietary restrictions.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Not great, but ok food. It's a handy place to eat if attending the opera. On our visit last week the waitress was obviously not paying much attention to our order. A salad came dressed although we asked for dressing on the side, and a Tito's martini arrived at our table instead of the Tanqueray that was ordered.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

This is a convenient location for people coming to/from the city by train, or those going to the Civic Opera building. In summer they have a wonderful outdoor patio.

This was my first time to Rivers in many years, the service is wonderful and the food is very good. The prices are much higher than I remember them, part of it is the location but they're still a bit pricey for the location and food.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Pre-opera lunch spot! Great proximity to the trains and the opera house.
We had a delightful lunch with varied menu choices. Our waiter was aware of our time constraints and we had ample time to enjoy our lunch and get to the matinee.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Everything was fine in spite of the fact that there is construction work going on to improve the facility. Food was great, service fine - only the view was blocked. We would go back!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Had a great business lunch meeting here. Food, service and atmosphere were excellent.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Decent place but a bit noisy and hard to carry on a conversation

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Good food Excellent service very enjoyable evening for six old friends

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great food and even better service. Always a pleasure to visit and dine there. Great place to eat on the way to Opera

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food was delicious, but everything was overpriced -- we spent $140 for two and needed a late-night snack.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We often have our pre-opera dinner at Rivers and can say that the food over the years has never been a disappointment . Service, on the other hand has had its ups and downs. Just about three weeks ago, we had a down, no a DOWN, service experience and let the hostess, a long-time, fantastically pleasant and helpful employee of the restaurant, know of our displeasure. The meal for this review was outstanding both from cuisine and from service. If you've read this far, we recommend you request, Tina (real name Christine, but known as Tina at the restaurant) to offer your dining service and guarantee an outstanding dining and service experience.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

This is my go to place for breakfast in the west loop. Usually not that crowded with a good noise level for conversation.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

It’s my go-to place. Wether is business or not. Great food and wonderful service

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

a bit noisy for a business lunch but the scallops special was outstanding.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Nice remodel, food and service still very good. Way to loud.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We have been eating at Rivers for a long time; usually prior to the opera. It has always been our go to place for a great meal.

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2018

The manager was polite and accommodating when I complained that my entree was not thoroughly cooked (very cold at the center of tbe meat). He explained how it happened, apologized and took it off the bill. Not all restaurants are that accommodating, so I appreciated his response.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Very good service and sea bass. Look forward to going back in the summer when the river walk opens.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent Food! and the staff was very friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We came for dinner before the opera, and had a fantastic experience. The food was wonderful: Arctic Char with lentils, spinach, and pomegranate; and Asiago-crusted scallops. The wine list is good. The menu is creative, especially if you like fish. The service was very attentive. In all we found this to be a wonderful experience and are planning to return for our next opera dinner.

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3.0Dined on February 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Lovely dinner before Opera. Food and service delightful.

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