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About Sweetwater Tavern & Grille

Michigan Avenue Restaurant and Bar

A vibrant bar and restaurant on Michigan Avenue, offering full views of the city from our indoor seating and outdoor patio. Our modern American food menu is complemented by a great craft beer list, seasonal cocktails, and an upbeat atmosphere. Just north of Millennium Park and steps from the Theater district, Sweetwater is the perfect destination for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and late night celebrating.

Outdoor Patio

In the warmer months, Sweetwater boasts an outdoor patio that seats 186 people. Newly remodeled and reconfigured, this patio is one of the largest and most popular of any bar or restaurant in downtown Chicago. Co-workers and tourists alike have been raving about this patio since it opened in 2009.

The Sweetwater main long bar, showing plenty of bar seating and some mounted televisions

“Located right off The Magnificent Mile”

“Located right off The Magnificent Mile in the Chicago Loop … I highly recommend you stop by and enjoy tasty food with great ambiance.”

Patricia J.Yelp
The main bar at Sweetwater

Outstanding Service

The driving factor behind all Bottleneck Management venues is the outstanding service the staff provides. You rarely find restaurant teams that take a fine dining approach to their level of service in such a relaxed atmosphere, but you will at Sweetwater: our staff are attentive, professional, knowledgeable, and accommodating.


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.

The main dining corner at Sweetwater
The interior of the main bar at Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

Heart of Chicago

Sweetwater is conveniently located in the heart of classic Chicago destinations along Michigan Ave:

  • between Millennium Park and the Chicago River
  • blocks from the theater district and Art Institute
  • within walking distance of the majority of downtown hotels

Whether you’re looking for lunch in the loop, meeting colleagues for happy hour, 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 Community Table with a view of downtown Chicago in the background

Large Private Events

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We are in the heart of Chicago, next to major hotels, key transportation links, and just steps away from the Chicago Theatre and State Street. Host your networking event, corporate party, family dinner, or social event in Chicago with us!

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