GreenRiver - Chicago
Ten years ago, a high-concept cocktail lounge setting up shop in a skyscraper would have never made the cut in Chicago. But GreenRiver is all about breaking the rules, and it's done so in a high-rise office building in the affluent Streeterville neighborhood.
It's from the same New York outfit behind award-winning concepts Shake Shack, Employees Only and The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, and they bring what they do best to the Windy City. Located on the 18th floor of 259 East Erie, GreenRiver features one of the city’s largest outdoor terraces and sweeping views of Chicago’s skyline and Lake Michigan.
But what is especially grand is that GreenRiver shows complete respect for the city and showcases it in all its glory on every page of the cocktail menu. With various whiskey and gin drinks, the bar celebrates legendary Irish-American artists, inventors, activists, brutes, politicians, developers and others who helped transform the city into a formidable metropolis following the Great Fire of 1871.
Food ranges from snacks (smoked whitefish tartine, oysters) to larger plates (saffron spaghetti, veal tenderloin) to a six-course, chef's tasting menu that's seasonal. There is also brunch and lunch service.
Adjacent to GreenRiver is Annex, a semi-secret mini ultralounge that's also reserved for private parties. It features an ingredient-focused seasonal cocktail menu and a selection of bar snacks. It's policy is reservation only.