If you’re not looking to schlep your picnic gear out to the Air & Water show this year, there are plenty of dining options near by.

From fine dining to diners, these restaurants are all under 0.6 miles away.

For The Foodie

Feeling a little Top Chef? Perennial, newly re-launched as Perennial Virant after chef Paul Virant, is one of the most buzzed about restaurants of the summer. It’s sister restaurants in the Boka Restaurant Group (Girl and the Goat, Boka, GT Fish & Oyster and Landmark) boast some of Chicago’s best chefs. This casual space is open for brunch every weekend from 10AM-2:30PM and nightly for dinner at 5PM.

‪1800 North Lincoln Ave‬
‪Chicago, IL‬
‪(312) 981-7070 ‬‎
Distance from the beach: 0.6 miles


Pub Fare

For a good old fashioned pub food, look no further than O’Brien’s Restaurant & Bar. With classic staples such as cheeseburgers,  fish & chips and steak, O’Brien’s is the perfect spot to grab a brew and unwind after a long day at the beach.

O’Brien’s Restaurant & Bar
‪1528 North Wells Street‬
Chicago, IL 60610-1308
‪(312) 787-3131 ‬‎
Distance from the beach: 0.6 miles



Elly’s Pancake House
‪101 West North Avenue‬
‪Chicago, IL‬
‪(312) 643-2300 ‬‎
Distance from the beach: ‪0.4 mi SW‬

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At Elly’s you can fill up the kiddos with a hearty breakfast that won’t break the bank. The best part? You’ll be in and out in under an hour. After all, who can sit still with a beach day waiting?



Trattoria-Pizzeria-Roma Inc
‪1535 North Wells Street‬
‪Chicago, IL 60610-1307‬
‪(312) 664-7907 ‬‎
Distance from the beach: 0.6 miles

Trattoria Roma is a slice of Little Italy, right in Lincoln Park. If you’re in the mood for pasta or pizza for a hungry brood, Trattoria Roma is a great place to take large groups. This neighborhood place, offers old world Italian and some of the best pizzas in the city.



‪1746 North Wells Street‬
‪Chicago, IL‬
‪(312) 337-2454 ‬‎
Distance from the beach: 0.6 miles

This casual, family-friendly spot is the perfect option for families on the go. Great prices and hefty portions make Nookies a great bang for your buck.



Fireplace Inn
‪1448 North Wells Street‬
‪Chicago, IL 60610‬
‪(312) 664-5264 ‬‎
Distance from the beach: 0.6 miles

Boasting “The Best Ribs In Town Since 1969”,  The Fireplace Inn brings Texas BBQ to Old Town.  Menu favorites include; ribs, chicken wings, sandwiches, brisket, steak and seafood.

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