The Cliff Dwellers constitute a family of individuals, many of them associated with fine arts organizations or performing groups while others identify themselves simply as devoted followers and patrons. Since its inception, this has been a club that meets the needs of those who seek the delight of engaging conversations, of being informed or entertained by learned, often provocative presentations — all of this enhanced by the enjoyment of a superb cuisine.
By the windows, during any weekday noon hour, you can observe the camaraderie at designated “open” tables for members. In a long-observed tradition that dispenses with the need for a reservation, individuals share that special pleasure of dining together, complemented with wine.
Throughout our Kiva, the dining room, one notices members and guests being served a wide choice of regular and light selections on the daily menu. For even more variety, on selected days and special occasions, the chef provides diners with elaborate buffets. All of the food is prepared on premises, served directly from a modern, commercial kitchen.
Standing in the dining room, everyone who enters the club, whether a newcomer or a long-time member, is immediately drawn to the spectacular panorama that lies beyond the wall of windows. It is a breathtaking view of Chicago’s lakefront, made even more eye-filling by a collection of renowned skyscrapers that frame the scene. With views in three directions, this penthouse setting has to be one of the Club’s most envied assets.
It’s a scene also enjoyed seasonally from the adjacent terrace. On days when the weather is pleasant, al fresco dining is popular; the deck serves also as a vantage point for an unsurpassed view of lakeside events during summer months, including holiday fireworks.
Elsewhere in the Club’s space is the Louis Sullivan Room, a library and facility used for meetings and smaller-scaled functions. Its name honors a legendary architect, one of the most illustrious of the Cliff Dwellers.