Shore Club: One-of-a-kind beachfront dining comes to Chicago

Shore Club: One-of-a-kind beachfront dining comes to Chicago
Guest basking in the beachfront atmosphere. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Just when you thought summer couldn't get any better beachfront dining arrives in Chicago

Forget, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Tahiti, Chicagoans and visitors, in the number one restaurant city in the nation, can now dine, imbibe and mingle on the "third" coast at Chicago's newest alfresco restaurant, Shore Club on North Avenue Beach overlooking Lake Michigan.

A panoramic view of Shore Club. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

A panoramic view of Shore Club. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Shore Club adds a whole new dimension to Chicago's alfresco dining scene. The Club features three distinct spaces--The Patio at Shore Club, The Restaurant at Shore Club, and The Oasis at Shore Club.

Dip your toes in the sand, as you sip  some bubbly or drink one of the clubs signature drinks like Frosé All Day, a refreshing cocktail made with vodka, rosé and peach puree, while lounging in your own private cabana, sunbed or daybed at The Oasis at Shore Club--the outdoor venue that sits directly on the sand.

Hungry?  The Mediterranean-inspired menu at the Oasis, created by Executive Chef Elizabeth Tokarczyk, in partnership with Inspired Catering, focuses on seafood dishes with an array of choices from shared plates like the house Charcuterie Board to full entrees. Reservations are required for The Oasis at Shore Club.

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The Restaurant at Shore Club, offers the best of both worlds--covered by a roof and featuring floor to ceiling windows--the enclosed space captures beach and lake views while providing shelter on bad weather days from wind and rain.

The space sports a welcoming bar, table seating and lush sofas along with a staff dressed in beach-inspired crisp whites with splashes of teal. The food choices range from fresh seafood dishes such as Grilled Baby OctopusGrilled Yuge Shrimp with coconut curry glaze, and a ‘Poke’ Tuna entree served in a bowl made of ice to lighter fares including a Strawberry Macaroon Salad, a Grilled Stone Fruit Salad, and Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

The beverage menu is loaded with fun options such as the Chicago ’71, a smoking drink, inspired by the historic Chicago fire, made with gin, champagne, simple syrup and a fresh lemon twist, and the Life’s a Beach, made with tequila, prickly pear cactus, lemon and demerara.

The showstopper is the Beach Party cocktail, made with cucumber-infused vodka, pineapple, lime, jalapeno and sparkling wine, that when served for more than one comes in your choice of a giant copper pineapple or a flamingo. Reservations are highly encouraged at The Restaurant at Shore Club.

Bartender shaking up a Mexican Mule at the open air bar inside the Restaurant at Shore Club. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Bartender shaking up a Mexican Mule at the open air bar inside the Restaurant at Shore Club. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

No reservations are requited at The Patio at Shore Club where lunch and dinner service is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Artist rendering of the Patio at Shore Club

Artist rendering of the Patio at Shore Club

The open-air patio, accessible to beach patrons, offers the perfect casual spot to grab a quick bite and a cocktail overlooking the lake.

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