Chicago is all about the outdoor patio and rooftop bars, which is why the City Winery Riverwalk Domes are such a hit. These heated igloo-shaped enclosures extend the outdoor patio experience in Chicago, letting you enjoy the city views in cold temps. I am sharing the details of the highly-popular City Winery Riverwalk Domes, so you can enjoy them for yourself.
City Winery River Domes Video Tour
Here’s Deal with the City Winery Riverwalk Domes
These private shelters let you dine al fresco even when it’s cold, snowy, or rainy.
What's inside the River Domes
They fit up to eight people and come equipped with:
- Games such as Cards Against Humanity
- Space heater
- Bluetooth speaker so you can play your own music
You can find City Winery at the Riverwalk on the south bank of the Chicago River between Dearborn and State Streets. The address is 11 W. Riverwalk South Chicago 60601.
Food and Wine Menu at City Winery Riverwalk Domes
The menu offers wine, beer, and a cocktail list along with locally-sourced food items created to pair with wine. You can order small plates to share or an entree for lunch or dinner. The cheese plate is a popular starter. We enjoyed that! You’ll also find paninis, sea bass, and grilled cheese on the menu.
By the way, the wine is made at City Winery's urban winery in the West Loop, and is served on tap into beakers!
Booking a Dome
Reservations are necessary, and you can make them at Open Table. Due to the unique experience, the City Winery River Domes are exceptionally popular. You will likely have better luck finding a lunch reservation during the week.
When to Book
The City Winery Riverwalk Domes are open from October 11-December 16, 2018. You can even book a dome on Thanksgiving! City Winery Riverwalk Domes will return in March 2019 before the weather warms up!
The City Winery Riverwalk Domes cost $85 per person and includes a $60 food and beverage minimum purchase. The dome reservations last two and a half hours.
If You Can't Get a Reservation
If the domes are booked, try City Winery at the Riverwalk’s larger heated enclosure. You can still enjoy a meal while taking in the views of Chicago’s architecture and river from there. It includes a walk-up bar and space for 40 people. There is no minimum food and beverage purchase inside the enclosure. Don't forget you'll have another chance to book the domes in March 2019!
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I hope you get a chance to check out this unique experience on the Chicago River. By the way, you might also like "10 Things to do This Winter."
Video shot by Lukas Lane and edited by Lizzy Fay.
Production assistance and talent: Madeleine Fernando.