Chicagoans have yet another thing to look forward to this summer, with the opening of Shore Club, an upscale development concept that brings the best of dining and hospitality to Old Town and Lincoln Park. The new multimillion-dollar beach-front bar, restaurant and resort is located at a prime Lakeshore Drive address (1603 N. Lakeshore Drive), and features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer the perfect sweeping views of Lake Michigan.
“Across the world, you have high-end amazing restaurants on beachfronts,” says Lisa Jaroscak, one of the owners. “The concept of Shore Club began with a strong desire to create an elevated hospitality experience on North Avenue Beach,” explains Robbie Schloss, who along with Nicholas Thayer and Bill La Macchia, Jr., make up the quartet that launched the ambitious project. “We are excited to be able to offer a new dining option, one that we think will become the new “it” place for those looking to relax and enjoy on the beautiful Chicago beaches.”
Featuring three distinct spaces—The Patio, The Restaurant, and The Oasis—the Shore Club complex aims to be the most coveted destination for those looking to enjoy Chicago’s best beaches.
The Patio, open for lunch and dinner, is your informal, open-air, no-reservations option. It is located on the beachfront, making it accessible to those that want to grab a bite or sip on a cocktail after a long day at the beach. The Patio also plans to offer weekly cooking classes, local art exhibitions, and specialty workshops.
The Restaurant will be more upscale, serving an elevated menu inspired by Mediterranean cuisine and the best beaches around the world. Patrons will enjoy their food in a covered, open-air environment that boasts large glass windows, affording everyone the most picturesque view of Lake Michigan. Reservations are highly encouraged.
The Restaurant also hosts weekly Sunday brunches from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be a ticketed affair, and reservations can be made online.
The Oasis is Shore Club’s most exclusive space, where guests can reserve sunbeds, daybeds or cabanas. Guests can soak up the sun and enjoy the most beautiful beach views while partaking in the club’s array of shared plates and large-format dishes, created with groups looking for a day getaway in mind. These are best paired with champagne and the Club’s signature cocktails. Reservations are required for The Oasis.
Shore Club is partnering with Executive Chef Elizabeth Tokarczyk and Inspired Catering, to oversee the Mediterranean-themed menu.
A preview of their featured dishes include the house Charcuterie Board, and full entrees such as the Shore CLUB, their signature sandwich made with mesquite turkey, turkey bacon, avocado aioli, tomato jam, and a fried egg stacked on a multigrain toast. Other options include fresh seafood dishes such as the Grilled Yuge Shrimp with coconut curry glaze, papaya slaw and macadamia dust and Seared Yuge Scallops, with lentil salad, mint oil and tomato lavosh.
The menu also caters to lighter vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, such as the Strawberry Macaroon Salad and Grilled Stone Fruit Salad. Guests also have the option to add protein to any salad dish should they wish, proving that the Shore Club menu has something for any kind of diner.
The star of the club’s libation program is the Frosé All Day, a cocktail made with vodka, rose and peach puree, a tribute to their friends at Hampton Social. Other noteworthy drinks are the Chicago ‘71, a tribute to the Great Chicago Fire, featuring Hendrick’s Gin, champagne, simple syrup, fresh lemon twist, and the Mayor Daley, made with tea-infused, Old Forester bourbon, Giffard Apricot and lemonade, dedicated to Chicago’s infamous mayor.
Just opening this week, Shore Club has also been offering tickets for its celebration of the 59th Annual Air & Water Show on August 19 and 20. Guests can get front-row beachside seats and access to The Patio and restaurant, and will be served brunch. Tickets start at $125. Make sure to check out the list all upcoming events at Shore Club.