Regardless of whether we are in the midst of another harsh, long winter or we have already experienced the winter amnesia that happens when we get to enjoy the first few warm days, life is just a little bit happier when you can be near the water. It’s peaceful, it’s beautiful, it’s healing. And what sounds like a better way to enjoy the day or evening than with a beautiful meal overlooking the water? In no particular order, take in the amazing views at these waterfront restaurants in Illinois.

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It’s amazing how much a day near the water can lift spirits, relax the mind and rejuvenate. Enjoy these gorgeous views and delicious eats all year long! Do you know of other amazing restaurants near the water that are a must for any food lover? Be sure to share your recommendations in the comments below.

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