Everyone loves having dinner with a view in Illinois – especially on the water. There’s something so peaceful about being close to the water, watching boats and birds go by while you eat. In the Prairie State, there are some fantastic eateries sitting right along the river, giving guests unparalleled water views. Here is a list we have compiled of some of the waterfront dining in Illinois.

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What are some other places you consider to be the best riverfront restaurants in Illinois? Please tell us in the comments comment!

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Riverfront Restaurants In Illinois

What are some of the best places for outdoor dining in Illinois?

It’s usually just the warmer months when we can enjoy outdoor dining in the Prairie State. But many restaurants have added heated igloos to their patios so guests can enjoy eating outdoors any time of year. For outdoor summer dining, you can peruse our list in this previous article: 8 Outdoor Restaurants In Illinois You’ll Want To Visit Before Summer’s End. If you want to dine in an igloo in the colder months, try Chicago’s City Winery or The Ivy in Wheaton.

What are some of the most beautiful restaurants in Illinois?

One of the most beautifully unique restaurants is housed in a historic Georgian mansion. Mesón Sabika is so pretty that weddings are often held here; it sits on four acres close to downtown Naperville. Then there’s Lino’s, which will transport you to Italy with its incredible decor once you step inside. You wouldn’t think a pizzeria could be one of the most beautiful restaurants in the state, but we assure you, it is!

What are the best waterfront restaurants in Illinois?

If you enjoy dinner with a view in Illinois, there's nothing better than waterfront dining. Here are some of the best waterfront restaurants in Illinois. With gorgeous views of Lake Decatur, the Beach House Restaurant is a must-visit! Enjoy a tasty dish in a relaxed atmosphere here as you look out on the water. Ryan’s Pier has lovely views of the Kankakee River, so order a drink on the patio and take it all in! These choices represent some of the best waterfront dining in Illinois.