Outdoor dining: By the water

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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