Columbus Tap, Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus Drive, 312-444-9494. New under review.
Filini Bar and Restaurant, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel , 221 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago 312-477-0234. Happy Hour: Nothing official but still attracts a crowd. Some outdoor seating is available in summer.
Mariano’s Fresh Market, 333 E Benton Place, Chicago 312-228-1349 Entrances at upper Randolph Street and Park Level Benton Drive. Happy Hour: 7 days a week 4-8pm; Wed and Fri 4-7pm special wine events. Check the website or call the store to confirm. Believe it or not this gets crowded in summer out on the patio. Indoors has a regular neighborhood crowd also.
MingHin, 333 E. Benton Place, Chicago (312) 228-1333. Entrance off upper Randolph Drive just west of Mariano’s. 20% off food after 2PM. Outdoor seating area available in summer.
The Palm, Swissôtel, 323 East Wacker Drive, Chicago 312-616-1000, Prime Time: Sun – Fri 5-7pm. Prime Bites includes a selection of half priced appetizers priced around $7 including Prime Steak burger sliders($5.95). No drink specials. Regular drink prices range from $8-$20. Some outdoor seating in summer.
III Forks, 180 N Field Blvd, (312) 938-4303. M-F 4-6PM. 1/2 off draft beer and select cocktails and $1 oysters. When I was there in late Dec. 2017 they had 1/2 off glasses of wine and $9 burgers which are a great deal. No idea how long it will last. In summer the rooftop terrace is one of the best in the city with beautiful views of Lake Shore East Park.
Where is LakeShore East
Lakeshore East Chicago Happy Hour. Looking for good quality, reasonably priced happy hour options in the Lakeshore East area? Looking for the Lakeshore East area? What is it? Where is it? It’s a 28 acre mixed use development started in 2003 and located within the area officially known as the New East Side. The New East Side is bounded by the Chicago River on the north, Grant Park and Millennium Park on the south. Michigan Avenue on the west and the Lake on the east.
For those of you somewhat familiar with the Loop the Lakeshore East development was previously a nine-hole golf course and before that an abandoned rail yard. Several condo and apartment buildings built between 1963 and 1991 preceded the Lakeshore East development.
Now it’s a growing neighborhood with high-rise condos, apartments, and hotels as well as low-rise townhouses and retail. All of this surrounds a lovely park located right in the middle of the development. The street encircling the park inexplicably has four different names making it difficult sometimes to find things if you’re not familiar with the area. 2017: The Riverwalk can only be accessed through the Lakefront Trail on the east side of the park.