Across Michigan Avenue at the beginning of Chicago's Millennium Park, you'll find Park Grill, a place both familiar and unlike anywhere else. Contemporary American Cuisine. One-of-a-kind views of an extraordinary atmosphere. Any time of the year, practically any time of day, Park Grill sets the table for remarkable experiences.
Grab a picnic basket or a great sandwich at Park Café.
Visit the Park Shop and find fantastic souvenirs of Millennium Park, Chicago's award-winning landmark.
- Park Grill offers a variety of dining and entertainment experiences in Millennium Park. The 375-seat indoor restaurant features a comfortable, classic atmosphere with floor-to-ceiling views of the Park. Executive Chef Michael Wallach brings a chef's interpretation to classic American cuisine, infusing it with complex seasonal ingredients and distinctive Chicago flavor.
- The Plaza at Park Grill is the city's largest al fresco dining venue. It is the ultimate room with a view, and an experience like no other in Chicago. The outdoor menu delivers a chef's interpretation to classic ethnic grill items and other classic summer fare. The Plaza at Park Grill also serves up some of the city's finest live entertainment.
- Adjacent to Park Grill, Park Café is a perfect grab-and-go spot for a picnic in the park or lunch back at the office. Customers can reserve Chef Wallach picnic bags for a gourmet picnic in the park by calling Park Café at (312) 521-7280.
- Adjacent to Park Grill is Park Shop. Park Shop features park-related products, including Frank Gehry limited-edition fine art, Chicago art, history and architecture books, maps and guides, gifts, apparel, botanic spa products, stationary and souvenirs.
- Park Grill concessions are located throughout Millennium Park, offering non-alcoholic beverages, Chicago-style pizza and hot dogs, ice cream, and other treats for snacking in the park.
- Park Grill opened its doors as the first official resident of Millennium Park on November 24, 2003.
- Park Grill is available for private dining parties. Contact (312) 521-7282 for private party information.
Jim Horan and Matthew O'Malley have more than 33 years of collective experience in entrepreneurial ventures with particular expertise in launching and growing a portfolio of successful restaurant and hospitality Chicago-based businesses – Blue Plate, Chicago's premier boutique-style catering company; Rhapsody Restaurant located at Adams & Wabash and adjacent to Symphony Center; The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant on South Michigan Avenue (located in an actual historic Chicago firehouse); and Grace O'Malley's on the city's south Michigan Avenue.
Born and raised in Chicago, Michael Wallach, Park Grill's new Executive Chef, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Michael has been cooking for close to 20 years starting his career at the Restaurant Gasthaus Zum Hecht in Switzerland. Upon returning to Chicago, Michael worked briefly at Savannah's and then for 6+ years at Weber Grill where he rose up to Executive Chef. His passion for food then took him to Executive Chef positions at Carlucci's, The Clubhouse (where he rose to Corporate Executive Chef), the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, and Blue Chip Casino and Spa. Most recently Michael has been the Executive Chef at McCormick and Schmick's in downtown Chicago.
Michael has a strong passion for fresh and seasonal ingredients and for creating imaginative and innovative dishes. The uniqueness of Park Grill and its' diverse culinary outlets provide great platforms for Chef Michael Wallach to demonstrate his exceptional talent. Join us in welcoming our new Executive Chef!
- On July 16, 2004, the City of Chicago formally opened Millennium Park. The 24.5-acre park is located at the northwest corner of Grant Park and provides an impressive park setting where residents and visitors can admire gardens, watch a performing arts presentation or listen to a concert performance.
- Millennium Park's design includes the Jay Pritzker Pavilion - a performing arts pavilion designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry, as well as the AT&T Plaza featuring Anish Kapoor's 110-ton Cloud Gate sculpture. Commonly known as "the Bean", the sculpture is forged of a series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect the city's famous skyline and the clouds above. The Crown Fountain, designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, features two 50-foot-high glass block towers projecting the faces of 1,000 Chicagoans as water gushes from their mouths into a shallow reflecting pool. In addition, the Park showcases many other works of public art, fountains, landscaped walkways and green space.
Honors & Awards
- Best Restaurant for Business – Crain's Chicago Business, 2010
- Award of Unique Distinction – Wine Enthusiast, 2009
- Best View of the Cityscape – TimeOut Chicago, May 2009
- Top 5 Favorite Pretzel-Bun Burger – RedEye, September 2009
- Best Non-Beef Burger – Chicago Magazine, August 2009
- #5 Best Outdoor Space – Chicago Social magazine, July 2009
- #1 Best Hamburger – CitySearch, December 2008
- Top Spot for Soup – Crain's Chicago Business, February 2008.
- One of Chicago's Favorite Restaurants – Chicago Collection, Fall/Winter 2007.
- #3 Best Burger – TimeOut Chicago, February 2007.
An upscale restaurant with a great burger and the best outdoor dining café in the city. – Chicago's Official Visitors Guide, Fall 2009
You can expect an American flare with an elegant touch from this popular restaurant. – North Shore Magazine, May 2008
It's tough to beat this Chicago's prime outdoor dining venue. – Chicago Tribune, June 2008
Atmosphere, great service and spectacular dining are guaranteed at ParkGrill.– Choose Chicago, Winter 2008