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Cafe Bonhomme/Beatnik on the River


Located on the South Branch of the Chicago River between Lake and Randolph, Bonhomme Hospitality’s Beatnik On The River and Café Bonhomme offer two distinct experiences next door to each other.

Named after the bohemian freethinkers of the ’60s, Beatnik On The River offers gorgeous views from its riverfront patio and indoor dining room, both decorated in an opulent Old-World design with Indonesian daybeds, Moroccan lanterns and lush greenery. Nearby, an entire Nashville jewelry store circa 1913 has been restored and installed in the restaurant, original crystal chandeliers, maple wood interior and all. Mirroring the restaurant’s design, the cuisine takes a global approach, melding ingredients from around the world in original combinations with creative presentations. Cocktails are inventive and colorful, often finding inspiration in ingredients from the kitchen, creating a harmonious relationship between what’s being served on the plates and in the glasses.

At Café Bonhomme, the late-morning menu features freshly squeezed juices, inventive smoothies, locally roasted coffee and pastries. At lunch and dinner, the Mediterranean-leaning cuisine looks towards Spain, France and Italy for inspiration. Café Bonhomme offers a varied selection of wines from of-the-moment regions, plus sangria, local and imported beer, and classic cocktails. Decorative glass panels work as a subtle barrier to neighboring sister restaurant, Beatnik On The River. A spacious sidewalk patio, open during warmer months, adds to the European ambiance with its mosaic tables and bistro chairs.

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