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Rivers Restaurant

Chicago , IL
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LOCATION

30 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606 US (map)

PHONE

312-559-1515

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ABOUT US

We are an incredibly unique venue for special events. Given our location overlooking the Chicago river, our space has been named one of the best outdoor patios in all of Chicago. Our... Read more
We are an incredibly unique venue for special events. Given our location overlooking the Chicago river, our space has been named one of the best outdoor patios in all of Chicago. Our skilled kitchen and refined service lends itself to an ideal wedding venue for groups of nearly any size. At Rivers Restaurant you can put your mind at ease knowing our patio has full coverage from inclement weather and beautiful views from all angles.



Our team at Rivers can customize a menu for your group using the most seasonally fresh products on the market. Having an in house event coordinator with several years of planning expertise also allows you the peace of mind knowing that all aspects of your event from perfectly executed food, refined service, gorgeous atmosphere, to our detailed planning will be executed to perfection.



Rivers Restaurant was established over sixteen years ago and our newest sister restaurant Rittergut Wine Bar is now over two years old, so you know that our team is well versed in event management.



To book with us or collect more information please contact our Events Coordinator, Taylor at riversrestaurantevents@gmail.com or call 312-559-1515.



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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
75
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Government Building, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
City, Waterfront, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
230
What event services do you offer?
Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Outside Alcohol OK, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
25
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor
What catering services do you provide?
Outside Cake OK
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American

REVIEWS

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bailey
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
I recently had my wedding ceremony and reception on the patio of Rivers Restaurant.

My husband and I along with our families received countless compliments on how beautiful the venue was, how AMAZING the food was (best wedding food anyone had ever eaten), how friendly the staff was, and how unique the layout was. Our wedding guest list was just at 210 and it fit our party size perfectly with enough room to spare for the DJ, dance floor, and large bar/cocktail hour space.

I would HIGHLY recommend Rivers to any bride and groom looking for a unique space that captures the beauty of the city, offers amazing food/drinks for guests, and guarantees an awesome wedding experience.

Wouldn't have chosen anywhere different!
I recently had my wedding ceremony and reception on the patio of Rivers Restaurant.

My husband and I along with Read more...
I recently had my wedding ceremony and reception on the patio of Rivers Restaurant.

My husband and I along with our families received countless compliments on how beautiful the venue was, how AMAZING the food was (best wedding food anyone had ever eaten), how friendly the staff was, and how unique the layout was. Our wedding guest list was just at 210 and it fit our party size perfectly with enough room to spare for the DJ, dance floor, and large bar/cocktail hour space.

I would HIGHLY recommend Rivers to any bride and groom looking for a unique space that captures the beauty of the city, offers amazing food/drinks for guests, and guarantees an awesome wedding experience.

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Allison
Wedding:
8/31/2014
5.0/5.0
When looking for a wedding venue, we knew we wanted something outdoors and something "Chicago". We got both at Rivers, and for a reasonable price!! The ambiance there is amazing, right on the river, and the covered patio alleviated the worry of rain! Having the ability to use both the outside patio and indoors was also a bonus, especially because our wedding day was warmer than planned for. We're both big into food and wanted to be sure that we had good food served at the wedding. People haven't stopped raving about it (specifically the beef tenderloin and salmon!). Our florist and DJ, who did the lighting, did an unbelievable job setting up the venue. Rivers seems to have hopped on the wedding circuit in the last year, as it should be.
When looking for a wedding venue, we knew we wanted something outdoors and something "Chicago". We got both at Rivers, and Read more...
When looking for a wedding venue, we knew we wanted something outdoors and something "Chicago". We got both at Rivers, and for a reasonable price!! The ambiance there is amazing, right on the river, and the covered patio alleviated the worry of rain! Having the ability to use both the outside patio and indoors was also a bonus, especially because our wedding day was warmer than planned for. We're both big into food and wanted to be sure that we had good food served at the wedding. People haven't stopped raving about it (specifically the beef tenderloin and salmon!). Our florist and DJ, who did the lighting, did an unbelievable job setting up the venue. Rivers seems to have hopped on the wedding circuit in the last year, as it should be. Read less
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Roman
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
We wanted a "Chicago Wedding" without paying top dollar, and that's exactly what we got. We caught a break with the rain ending a couple of hours before the ceremony, so we were able to have everything outside. Friends are still talking about what a great venue it was with the unique and spectacular backdrop of the city buildings and the water. Everyone loved the food and the decor. And it was reasonably priced compared to the other venues we considered. We also were very pleased with our day-of coordinator, Taylor, who works there and represents Midwestern Bride. This is a hidden gem in the city.
We wanted a "Chicago Wedding" without paying top dollar, and that's exactly what we got. We caught a break with the rain Read more...
We wanted a "Chicago Wedding" without paying top dollar, and that's exactly what we got. We caught a break with the rain ending a couple of hours before the ceremony, so we were able to have everything outside. Friends are still talking about what a great venue it was with the unique and spectacular backdrop of the city buildings and the water. Everyone loved the food and the decor. And it was reasonably priced compared to the other venues we considered. We also were very pleased with our day-of coordinator, Taylor, who works there and represents Midwestern Bride. This is a hidden gem in the city. Read less
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Donna
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Fantastic venue! Service was outstanding from beginning to end from management to servers. Guests at the wedding raved about the food. We were told by many it was the best food they ever had at a wedding. From appetizers to dessert the food was superb! Staff was extremely friendly and helpful prior to and throughout the event. We loved the flexibility of the venue from being able to dine inside and/or out. The view is incredible! Throughout the planning process they were always willing to try to accommodate our wishes. We are so happy we had the wedding reception here. Top notch all the way around!
Fantastic venue! Service was outstanding from beginning to end from management to servers. Guests at the wedding raved Read more...
Fantastic venue! Service was outstanding from beginning to end from management to servers. Guests at the wedding raved about the food. We were told by many it was the best food they ever had at a wedding. From appetizers to dessert the food was superb! Staff was extremely friendly and helpful prior to and throughout the event. We loved the flexibility of the venue from being able to dine inside and/or out. The view is incredible! Throughout the planning process they were always willing to try to accommodate our wishes. We are so happy we had the wedding reception here. Top notch all the way around! Read less
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Alyse
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
This restaurant is a hidden gem in Chicago. If you want your wedding guests to have the best wedding experience ever, this is your venue. There is something for all of your guests to enjoy: great views of the river and city (boat watching is such a blast!), 2 full bars (outside and inside) with a large variety of beers, outdoor and/or indoor seating depending on weather, and AMAZING food! Our guests are still raving about how it’s the best food they have ever eaten, and not just at a wedding! The staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. Ashley and Dan were so great to work with and my Husband and I feel so fortunate to have had the most memorable experience of our lives, thanks in part to them. We absolutely LOVE this venue and would recommend it in a heartbeat to anyone looking to host their wedding here. We and our guests all agree that you will not be disappointed.
This restaurant is a hidden gem in Chicago. If you want your wedding guests to have the best wedding experience ever, this Read more...
This restaurant is a hidden gem in Chicago. If you want your wedding guests to have the best wedding experience ever, this is your venue. There is something for all of your guests to enjoy: great views of the river and city (boat watching is such a blast!), 2 full bars (outside and inside) with a large variety of beers, outdoor and/or indoor seating depending on weather, and AMAZING food! Our guests are still raving about how it’s the best food they have ever eaten, and not just at a wedding! The staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. Ashley and Dan were so great to work with and my Husband and I feel so fortunate to have had the most memorable experience of our lives, thanks in part to them. We absolutely LOVE this venue and would recommend it in a heartbeat to anyone looking to host their wedding here. We and our guests all agree that you will not be disappointed. Read less
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Larissa
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
As the bride, I don't mind saying that I definitely needed some extra special care before and on my wedding day. My husband might even say that i was a little high maintenance. I had a vision in my head of what my perfect reception would be like and Rivers Restaurant far exceeded my expectations!!
The staff at Rivers were absolutely amazing!!! They were some of the nicest and accommodating people I have ever met!! They never hesitated when I needed something on, or even before my wedding day. They turned the vision that I had in my head into the perfect wedding, and I know that couldn't have been easy! Rivers made me feel like my wedding, was the only wedding, in the city of Chicago that day! I truly felt like a princess!
I also want to say that Rivers deck is THE BEST space for a reception in the city of Chicago!!!!! It sits right on the Chicago River. My guests were absolutely amazed! They still have not stopped talking about how stunning the view was!
My guests also still love to tell me that the food at my wedding was some of the best food they have ever had!! A lot of them have gone to Rivers after the wedding, to eat there again, because they loved it that much!
Needless to say, I highly recommend Rivers Restaurant! I will definitely be calling them for upcoming events that my family plans on having! Maybe even a baby shower! 
As the bride, I don't mind saying that I definitely needed some extra special care before and on my wedding day. My Read more...
As the bride, I don't mind saying that I definitely needed some extra special care before and on my wedding day. My husband might even say that i was a little high maintenance. I had a vision in my head of what my perfect reception would be like and Rivers Restaurant far exceeded my expectations!!
The staff at Rivers were absolutely amazing!!! They were some of the nicest and accommodating people I have ever met!! They never hesitated when I needed something on, or even before my wedding day. They turned the vision that I had in my head into the perfect wedding, and I know that couldn't have been easy! Rivers made me feel like my wedding, was the only wedding, in the city of Chicago that day! I truly felt like a princess!
I also want to say that Rivers deck is THE BEST space for a reception in the city of Chicago!!!!! It sits right on the Chicago River. My guests were absolutely amazed! They still have not stopped talking about how stunning the view was!
My guests also still love to tell me that the food at my wedding was some of the best food they have ever had!! A lot of them have gone to Rivers after the wedding, to eat there again, because they loved it that much!
Needless to say, I highly recommend Rivers Restaurant! I will definitely be calling them for upcoming events that my family plans on having! Maybe even a baby shower!  Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
7/12/2014
4.9/5.0
“Breathtaking venue.” “Incredible food.” “The most fun wedding we’ve ever been to.” These were some of the comments we received from our wedding guests. We could not be happier with the decision to have our wedding at Rivers. Below are some of the highlights.
Venue: Almost all of our guests were from out of town and had never been to Chicago before. Given that, we wanted a venue that would give our guests a bit of the Chicago experience. Rivers is perfect for that, given its location in the Loop and beautiful views of the Chicago River. The patio is very elegant when dressed up and the river/city backdrop provides excellent photo ops. We did our ceremony on one end of the patio, cocktail hour and dinner on the other end and dancing inside. It worked out really well.
Food: The Rivers Staff was very flexible and helped us craft an original menu for our wedding. We ended up settling on an assortment of passed hors d’oeuvres that included truffled deviled eggs, pork belly bites, tuna tartare, and assorted crostini. For our first course we had a beet, orange, arugula and goat cheese salad. For the main course, guests had a choice of duck breast and leg confit, steak, mahi mahi or vegetarian napoleon. And, I can’t forget to mention, we had Chicago-style hot dogs as a late night snack. Everything was done perfectly and the presentation was top-notch. My only complaint is that it took quite a while to serve all 160 of my guests - our head table was done eating long before the last table was served. It would have been helpful to have a few additional waiters to get all guests served a bit faster.
Staff: I cannot say enough good things about Taylor, who was our on-site coordinator. Throughout the event, Taylor made sure people were in the right place, everything looked nice, and any issues that came up were resolved quickly. Having her around made it easy to relax and enjoy the day.
“Breathtaking venue.” “Incredible food.” “The most fun wedding we’ve ever been to.” These were some of the comments we Read more...
“Breathtaking venue.” “Incredible food.” “The most fun wedding we’ve ever been to.” These were some of the comments we received from our wedding guests. We could not be happier with the decision to have our wedding at Rivers. Below are some of the highlights.
Venue: Almost all of our guests were from out of town and had never been to Chicago before. Given that, we wanted a venue that would give our guests a bit of the Chicago experience. Rivers is perfect for that, given its location in the Loop and beautiful views of the Chicago River. The patio is very elegant when dressed up and the river/city backdrop provides excellent photo ops. We did our ceremony on one end of the patio, cocktail hour and dinner on the other end and dancing inside. It worked out really well.
Food: The Rivers Staff was very flexible and helped us craft an original menu for our wedding. We ended up settling on an assortment of passed hors d’oeuvres that included truffled deviled eggs, pork belly bites, tuna tartare, and assorted crostini. For our first course we had a beet, orange, arugula and goat cheese salad. For the main course, guests had a choice of duck breast and leg confit, steak, mahi mahi or vegetarian napoleon. And, I can’t forget to mention, we had Chicago-style hot dogs as a late night snack. Everything was done perfectly and the presentation was top-notch. My only complaint is that it took quite a while to serve all 160 of my guests - our head table was done eating long before the last table was served. It would have been helpful to have a few additional waiters to get all guests served a bit faster.
Staff: I cannot say enough good things about Taylor, who was our on-site coordinator. Throughout the event, Taylor made sure people were in the right place, everything looked nice, and any issues that came up were resolved quickly. Having her around made it easy to relax and enjoy the day. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
7/26/2014
4.8/5.0
I can't tell you how many compliments we received on Rivers restaurant....everyone just loved it for both its ambiance and food; and of course so, did I and my husband and the bride and groom. One of the most frequent comments was about the food...fantastic!! Please share this with the chef. And the servers and everyone were great! Taylor went above and beyond the call of duty and can't thank her enough for her assistance in preparing the venue..
Rivers restaurant is one of a kind location and perfect for a gorgeous city wedding reception...the river, the beautiful buildings and bridges all combine to produce a memorable event!
I can't tell you how many compliments we received on Rivers restaurant....everyone just loved it for both its ambiance and Read more...
I can't tell you how many compliments we received on Rivers restaurant....everyone just loved it for both its ambiance and food; and of course so, did I and my husband and the bride and groom. One of the most frequent comments was about the food...fantastic!! Please share this with the chef. And the servers and everyone were great! Taylor went above and beyond the call of duty and can't thank her enough for her assistance in preparing the venue..
Rivers restaurant is one of a kind location and perfect for a gorgeous city wedding reception...the river, the beautiful buildings and bridges all combine to produce a memorable event! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.6/5.0
We found out that our original venue was going out of business 7 weeks before our Wedding Date. We met with Dan and the entire Rivers Team a month and a half before the big day and were set from that point forward. The original venue closing turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Dan and the team are amazing and we had a memorable and perfect wedding reception.
We found out that our original venue was going out of business 7 weeks before our Wedding Date. We met with Dan and the Read more...
We found out that our original venue was going out of business 7 weeks before our Wedding Date. We met with Dan and the entire Rivers Team a month and a half before the big day and were set from that point forward. The original venue closing turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Dan and the team are amazing and we had a memorable and perfect wedding reception. Read less
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