Dining options around Navy Pier are pretty limited — either eat at chains with the tourists or trek past Michigan Avenue to find a nice, quiet spot that isn’t overrun. Fortunately, there is a new choice — Quay. The restaurant/bar has three distinct dining areas and a vibe for every taste. The street side bar is offers both the game and an appetizer menu, but people could order and eat the same food served in either the white tablecloth section or the more casual riverside lounge.
I had lunch in the sunny and breezy lounge. It’s a quiet spot during the week, and I think it would be a good choice for a low-powered business lunch or escape from the bussle of Michigan Avenue. The menu here is fairly priced for the area, solid in execution, and the proportions are generous. I would stick with the house-favorite seafood BLT or one of the outsized salads for lunch. If you have room for dessert, I particularly enjoyed the key lime pie served crustless in a bowl and topped with a macaroon and dollop of whipped cream.
As a bonus for residents in the area, Quay has started weekend brunch service. No word on how good it is, but it’s nice to have a casual brunch spot in that neighborhood.
465 E Illinois
Chicago, IL 60611
My meal was provided for free by Quay.