Soak in the City Lights of Chicago With a Glass of Wine

The Chicago Riverwalk has become a major downtown attraction in the Windy City, but this has been a challenging year for restaurant operators and others that operate their “pop-up” locations there.

Finally, though, some good news: The Chicago outpost of City Winery will open its “River Domes” on October 1, and they’ll remain open through the end of October.

Click here to take a look at these unique domes.

Yes, they help keep guests warm during Chicago’s brisk fall evenings. But now, they’re serving another useful purpose: providing social distancing between the parties being served.

Dome dwellers can enjoy an experience similar to that typically encountered at the City Winery location on the West Side’s restaurant row — including great dining and lots of wines on tap.

The menu includes a handful of small plates, large plates and salads, featuring a Mediterranean Dipping Flight, Filet Medallion Sliders, and a Sweet Corn Salad.

With the annual Taste of Chicago and so many neighborhood festivals being cancelled this year, spending a few hours at City Winery’s satellite Riverwalk location provides some sense of “normalcy” — even if you are dining and drinking inside a dome.

P.S.: The city views from alongside the Chicago River are magnificent. The dining domes are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and if you go at dusk, you’ll get to soak in those magnificent lights of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

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