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About North Pond
Located within Lincoln Park, at the edge of a pond overlooking Chicago's dramatic skyline, North Pond can easily claim the city's loveliest setting. Inspired by the market, Chef Bruce Sherman utilizes exceptional ingredients at the height of their season. His cuisine reflects the Arts & Crafts decor of the dining room - complex layers of subtle craft beneath a simple decorative style.
Chicago, IL 60657
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday- Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm;
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 1:30pm;
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Please note that we do require credit cards for ALL reservations. Our cancellation policy allows guests up to 48 hours prior to their reservation to cancel. Any cancellations made within the 48 hour period will be charged $25 per person.
Please note, cancellation policies may vary for holidays throughout the year, upwards of $100 per person. Please contact the restaurant should you have further questions.
Lakeview & Deming
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet and Taxi drop off location:
Valet Parking is $13 per vehicle. Drop-off is at the intersection of Lakeview and Deming, on the West side of the park. From there, the restaurant is a short walk into the park.
CTA 151, 156 (Wrightwood), 22 (Clark & Deming)
Private Party Facilities:
North Pond provides one of the most distinctive settings in the city for private social and business events. Our Lincoln Park location offers stunning views of Chicago’s dramatic skyline. We offer an inclusive evening for your special occasion, complete with a seasonal four-course dinner
Private Party Contact:
Natalie Labun: (773) 477-5845
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
North Pond Ratings and Reviews
North Pond Cafe is a long standing favorite - the kind of restaurant experience that creates wonderful memories. The food is always exceptional and full of jewel like surprises - it's like looking at the movement of a very fine Swiss watch. The location and decor are lovely and seem to reflect the beauty of the surroundings regardless of time of year. Being ever so slightly pernickety would lead to removing one star from service down to "very good". Why? When you are combining the tasting menu with the wine flights the challenge is synchronizing the simultaneous arrival of both food and wine. This time the synching was a fraction off. I'm sure its the exception and will not in any way prevent finding another excuse to go there.
waited almost 40 minutes after finishing meal for dessert, when we finally decided we had to leave without dessert and asked for our bill, they rushed the dessert out. dessert was mediocre and we left without finishing. no offer for any adjustment to our bill. altogether not respectful.
This is our fourth trip to North Pond, this time for our 40th wedding anniversary. We live in Minneapolis- also a very foodie town, but honestly, this is one of our all time favorites. Not only is the food and service exceptional, it is truly a lovely spot and beautiful building. Definitely worth of a special occasion.
North Pond was the perfect place to celebrate our 10th anniversary. The wait staff was exceptional. Our waitress knew everything about the very extraordinary food and its preparation. Because the restaurant knew in advance it was our anniversary, they had a personalized menu for us and a personalized dessert plate at the end of the meal. Class!
We eat at North Pond every so often. I particularly like to go there for Sunday brunch. Everything is usually good. I have no qualms with the food and drinks. However, I had requested a table in the front of the restaurant (facing the pond), but was given one in the interior. Also, the service was particularly slow this past Sunday. Although I was in no hurry, our brunch took two hours. Also, there was a substantial amount of time between ordering drinks and receiving them.
Well prepared. And by well I mean delicious food. Nicely presented. Pretty Location. All for celebrating a birthday that didn't disappoint. Sometimes a little apprehensive going to a restaurant that has been around for a bit. Definitely not letting things slack here. Very recommended.
North Pond is very romantic -- set in an old Arts & Crafts building with lots of ambiance, in the middle of Lincoln Park with a view of the city. The food is creative, beautifully plated and delicious. We enjoyed the tasting menu with the wine pairings. With 5 courses, it was not too overwhelming and very enjoyable.
Hardly a better dining option anywhere. We celebrated my birthday at North Pond with a Sunday brunch. All of us loved each creative dish we ordered on the three course menu. Pear leek soup with fresh and poached pear. Blackened fish with 2 or 3 kinds of cauliflower. Apple French toast with apple slices and apple puree and carmelized pecan. Those were my choices. Fresh flavors perfectly composed. A very special occasion. Beautiful space in the midst of Lincoln Park. Great service. Reasonably priced but I'd recommend it double the cost
Prairie-centered dining experience that honestly presents that "earth to plate" (farm-to-table) Midwest sensibility to its seasonal tasting menu and a la carte dishes amidst the gorgeous rendering of Arts & Crafts interiors that perfectly complement the idyllic nature sanctuary punctuated by the city skyline in its exterior. Its Michelin star rating sufficiently justifies the exemplary manifestation of the attentive service, most particularly the way the reservationist empathized with our last minute cancelation due to a medical situation by offering to apply the $25 per person cancellation fee towards a voucher for future use. When we finally decided to pursue our dinner birthday celebration for a late evening seating, they were more than pleased to accommodate us and information may have been conveyed across the board as our server acknowledged our medical emergency and glad that we were still able to join for a later seating. They offered a complimentary first round of bubbly. They wowed us with the personalized birthday menu and, with the chef's compliments, added two bonus courses on the five course tasting menu. And it doesn't end there. Our server culminated our dinner by bringing a dessert plate with a single lighted candle with the birthday greeting written in chocolate (in Arts & Crafts font no less) on the plate. We were finally given the personalized menu signed by Chef Bruce Sherman along with a copy of some interesting trivia on the restaurant's history which were all thoughtfully enclosed in a brown envelope. And did I mention that they enclosed a little packet of seedlings on the bill folder as another souvenir of a featured ingredient in tonight's dinner? Compared to the competitive price point of tasting menus and cancelation fees in other Michelin-star rated Chicago restaurants, North Pond honestly, while being devoid of snobbishness, caters to that Midwest sensibility that go gentle into your pocketbook. It is Prairie perfected!
One of the best overall meals we have had in Chicago. Certainly the best meal in recent memory. We had the tasting menu as well as the wine pairing and both were executed flawlessly. I have nothing but great things to say about the service and ambiance as well.
Food is exquisitely prepared and visually breathtaking! Each course was fantastic: sardine and endive salad - gorgeous and tasty, venison with various treats for the tongue, bass with fennel and pumpkin seed to delight, and more. Service is prompt and accurate without being in your face.
Great attention is given to dietary needs (we are both gluten intolerant). A birthday celebrated there was amply attended to in a subtly festive spirit. Wine list is varied and contains a little of everything: local, small batch houses, far-reaching 'famous' labels, and everything in between. Note for gluten intolerants: You won't find much in the dessert area other than the requisite ice cream/sorbet options.
This is a fabulous destination for a romantic night out or a group of foodie friends looking to finally check out that restaurant in Lincoln Park.
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