Outdoor dining: By the water

Take advantage of a hot summer day and enjoy your meal by the water. Some options include:<br>
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<b>Allgauer's On the Riverfront</b> with the view of the Des Plaines River (2855 N. Milwaukee Ave., <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO1001005011030000" title="Northbrook" href="/topic/us/illinois/cook-county/northbrook-PLGEO1001005011030000.topic">Northbrook</a>; 847-664-7999; <a href="http://northbrookallgauers.com/">northbrookallgauers.com</a>)<br>
View of the Des Plaines River matches broad menu from burgers ($8) to lamb dinner ($30). Hours: lunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner 4:30 to 10 p.m. Daily.<br>
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<b>Castaways</b> (1603 N. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLTRA0000127" title="Lake Shore Drive" href="/topic/us/illinois/cook-county/chicago/lake-shore-drive-PLTRA0000127.topic">Lake Shore Drive</a> at North Beach; 773-281-1200; <a href="http://stefanirestaurants.com/">stefanirestaurants.com</a>)<br>
Fare of sandwiches, burgers, noshes and brew does not compete with the view. From $5. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.<br>
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<b>Flatwater</b> (321 N. Clark St. at river
level; 312-644-0283; <a href="http://flatwater.us/">flatwater.us</a>)<br>
Fried calamari, pork tacos, entrée salads, burgers. From $9. Hours: lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; dinner 5 to 10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. and 5 to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; brunch 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun.<br>
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<b>Fulton's on the River</b> (315 N. LaSalle St.; 312-822-0100; <a href="http://fultonsontheriver.com/">fultonsontheriver.com</a>)<br>
From caviar-topped stuffed eggs to burgers and steaks. From $6. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; to 11 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sat.; 4 to 9 p.m. Sun.<br>
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<b>Waterfront Café</b>, formerly called Dawg-haus Café (Berger Park Cultural Center, 6219 N. Sheridan Rd.; 773-761-3294; <a href="http://www.waterfrontcafechicago.com/THE%20WATERFRONT.html">dawghauscafe.com</a>)<br>
Nachos, wraps, Asian chicken salad, milkshakes, sangria. From $3. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs.; to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.<br>
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<i>--Margaret Sheridan
(Photo: Flatwater Restaurant/Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune)</i>
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( August 21, 2006 )

Take advantage of a hot summer day and enjoy your meal by the water. Some options include:

Allgauer's On the Riverfront with the view of the Des Plaines River (2855 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook; 847-664-7999; northbrookallgauers.com)
View of the Des Plaines River matches broad menu from burgers ($8) to lamb dinner ($30). Hours: lunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner 4:30 to 10 p.m. Daily.

Castaways (1603 N. Lake Shore Drive at North Beach; 773-281-1200; stefanirestaurants.com)
Fare of sandwiches, burgers, noshes and brew does not compete with the view. From $5. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Flatwater (321 N. Clark St. at river level; 312-644-0283; flatwater.us)
Fried calamari, pork tacos, entrée salads, burgers. From $9. Hours: lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; dinner 5 to 10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. and 5 to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; brunch 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Fulton's on the River (315 N. LaSalle St.; 312-822-0100; fultonsontheriver.com)
From caviar-topped stuffed eggs to burgers and steaks. From $6. Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; to 11 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sat.; 4 to 9 p.m. Sun.

Waterfront Café, formerly called Dawg-haus Café (Berger Park Cultural Center, 6219 N. Sheridan Rd.; 773-761-3294; dawghauscafe.com)
Nachos, wraps, Asian chicken salad, milkshakes, sangria. From $3. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs.; to 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

--Margaret Sheridan (Photo: Flatwater Restaurant/Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune)

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