Dining & Refreshments
Levy Restaurants, in concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, is reimagining the food and beverage experience at Symphony Center. From lobby bars serving thoughtful selections to sit-down dining experiences and unforgettable private events, the two world-class institutions are now working together to deliver an elevated concert experience.
Forte at Symphony Center is Now Open!
Located at 65 E. Adams, Symphony Center’s new restaurant, Forte, offers a contemporary take on Mediterranean cuisine. With an extended closing time for postconcert dining and additional hours for select concerts, Forte is the perfect onsite spot to enjoy a pre or postconcert cocktail, meal, snack or dessert to elevate your concert experience.
Forte’s menu features fresh, lively flavors whipped into mezze-style starters, salads and focaccia. A hearth oven cooks up dishes like roasted lamb shank topped with gremolata. Forte will also offer classic cocktails, draft beer, global wines, and Metric coffee. Reservations are accepted and space is held at the bar for walk in guests.
View menus, hours, and learn more about Forte at Symphony Center.
Postconcert Dining Special
Enhance your concert experience and end the night in style at Forte, with featured specials following all evening performances through July 1. Starting at 9 p.m. with your ticket stub (digital or printed), enjoy 50% off select bottles of wine. Reservations are welcome in advance, or simply drop by and take a seat in the bar area for walk-in guests.
Audience Dining at The Thomas Club
The Richard & Helen Thomas Club (located on the ninth floor of Symphony Center with sweeping views of Lake Michigan), is now open on select dates for audience dining. When not reserved for Club Member dining (an amenity for Chicago Symphony Orchestra donors), the Thomas Club will offer ticket holders delightful dining experiences right here at Symphony Center.
The Thomas Club offers a prix fixe menu which will change monthly to include fresh and creative dishes. Lunch is offered at $45 per guest and includes two courses (appetizer and entrée, or entrée and dessert) and a non-alcoholic beverage of your choice. Dinner is offered at $65 per guest and includes three courses, and coffee or tea served with dessert. View current menus here.
Reservations required; available through Tock
June 29 – June 30 – Star Wars
Thomas Club Dining for CSO Classical concerts
Club Dining is available to members of the Thomas Club and ticket holders to the day’s performance. Priority access to Club Dining is an amenity to Club Members, as a donor benefit for those who give $4,500 or more a year to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, and for Stradivarian Associates of the Theodore Thomas Society. Learn more »
Refreshments at Symphony Center
Enjoy drinks and snacks before the performance or during intermission at various bars located throughout Symphony Center, including the Bass Bar in the Rotunda and most of the lobby spaces in Orchestra Hall. Please note, all Symphony Center bars are cashless, and concessions may not be available for some events. Only bottled water is permitted inside the hall for most concerts.
Local Restaurant Partners
Check out our list of local restaurant partners for more dining options.