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Best Restaurant on Michigan Ave

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Located on Michigan Avenue, two blocks south of the Chicago River, Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is the ideal place for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and late night celebrating. There are many restaurants in downtown Chicago to choose from but none offers the upbeat atmosphere, friendly service, approachable menu, full liquor bar, smart wine list, and great beer selection that Sweetwater has.

Great Lunch, Brunch and Dinner Menus

Offering brunch, lunch, dinner, and late night menus, Sweetwater represents unique American fare that everyone can enjoy. Dietary preference is taken into account with many vegetarian and gluten free options available.

Outdoor Patio

When the weather cooperates, Sweetwater boasts an outdoor patio that seats 186 people. Newly remodeled and reconfigured, this patio is one of the largest and most popular that downtown Chicago restaurants can offer. Coworkers and tourists alike have been raving about this patio since it opened in 2009.

Outstanding Service

The driving factor behind all of Bottleneck Management venues, and Sweetwater is no exception, is the outstanding service the staff provides. You rarely find staffs that take a fine dining approach to their level of service in such a relaxed atmosphere, but you will at Sweetwater. Attentive, professional, knowledgeable, and accommodating are but a few of the many adjectives that could be used to describe them.


The vibrant and casual atmosphere is complemented by dark wood furniture and big leather booths. Floor to ceiling glass windows provide guests with vibrant views of the city and its energy. The many focal points of the room include stone stacked walls and columns, 24 televisions for when the big game is on, and certainly the main bar displaying not only a full selection of liquor, but also the 80+ draft and bottled beers available. 


Whether you’re on your lunch break in the loop, meeting colleagues for happy hour cocktails, in town on business looking for dinner, or shopping on Michigan Avenue, Sweetwater is the ideal place to stop and take it all in!

Sweetwater Interior

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