Sure, Castaways Bar and Restaurant is great. The elevated space offers its guests views of the water, and it’s fantastic for people watching from above, plus the service is quick. It’s also great for broiling in the sun on hot days, while the tables in the shade are coveted, and may have caused strongly worded verbal exchanges over who is entitled to them. One can also enjoy drunk college students calling each other names over how much they can chug. It’s not Castaways’ fault. They were the only place right off the beach that offered sit down dining and a server.
That’s all a thing of the past now, with the new restaurant, Shore Club, opening in August. The new space offers three distinct sections, with room for 200 guests. The Patio portion is more casual, and open for walkups who’d like a quick bite. The Restaurant is indoors and takes reservations. It offers respite from the unpredictable Chicago weather, but still boasts lake views. The Patio and The Restaurant have the same menu, but different experiences when it comes to ambiance. The last space is called The Oasis, which is a reservation-only space. Guests can reserve cabanas, sunbeds, and daybeds. The menu has shared plates and satiable dishes such as Cabana Skewers that have jumbo shrimp, beef tenderloin, or Thai chicken options. The Oasis is a bit more decadent than the other two spaces.
The restaurant is also offering packages for the Air & Water Show that takes place August 18-20, and includes food and drink, with tickets starting at $40. Shore Club additionally offers Sunday brunch, and a speaking series with details TBD.
A new restaurant is a breath of fresh air for frequent North Avenue Beach goers. For more information and reservations go to ShoreClubChi.com.