Legal Sea Foods Reveals First Look of Chicago Flagship Restaurant on the River

The iconic New-England-based brand plans to open 10,000 square-foot restaurant this July

Legal Sea Foods, New England’s legendary dining brand, today unveils a first look at its upcoming Chicago location at Marina City, 315 N. Dearborn Street, and a preview of the menu. The new flagship location is slated to open its doors in July. See the first look HERE

The new bi-level restaurant brings upscale casual New England vibes to Chicago and accentuates the location’s sweeping riverfront views and outdoor space.

“We’re transforming the Marina City space into an immersive New England dining experience,” said Matt King, President and COO of Legal Sea Foods. “The design reflects what Chicagoans can look forward to from Legal Sea Foods — fresh, quality seafood combined with the finest hospitality.”

The new space honors the architectural significance of Marina City, locally referred to as the “corncob buildings.” The interior was designed around the signature curves of the building and is outfitted with fixtures and colors to create a modern, bright eastern seaboard feel.

The expansive river level space seats 240 guests and features a large bar area, main dining room, private event spaces and outdoor terraces overlooking the bustling Chicago Riverwalk. A curved staircase leads up to a more intimate upper-level Oyster Bar, with bar seating and tables for 30 guests.

The menu at the new Chicago location will include Legal Sea Foods’ New England specialties like Clam Chowder and Lobster Rolls, as well as new signature dishes such as Salt & Vinegar Crusted Icelandic Cod and Hoisin Glazed Norwegian Salmon. The Raw Bar will serve sushi, East Coast Oysters, New England Littleneck Clams, Colossal Shrimp, Gulf of Maine Lobster and more.

The bar features perfect pairings for the seafood-centric menu, including Legal Sea Foods’ Signature Sangrias, refreshing craft cocktails, wines from around the world and thoughtfully crafted non-alcoholic offerings.

The space is designed by Phase Zero Design, and the Architect of Record is NORR, a global architecture and engineering firm.

About Legal Sea Foods
Established seventy years ago as a fish market in Cambridge, MA, Legal Sea Foods has evolved into a culinary institution along the East Coast. Operating 26 restaurants, its own production facility, and an innovative eCommerce platform,, the brand has solidified its position as a leader in the seafood industry. Committed to a sustainable future and renowned as pioneers of quality and safety in seafood, Legal Sea Foods blends the rich heritage of New England’s coastal fishing industry with a modern approach, reflecting its progressive home. The iconic tagline, “If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t Legal!”, underscores its unwavering commitment to seafood excellence.

Serving over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish year-round, Legal Sea Foods menu highlights quintessential New England fare including the iconic New England Clam Chowder—recognized as a menu staple served at nearly every Presidential Inauguration since 1981. Beyond culinary excellence, Legal Sea Foods actively engages with local communities, forging partnerships with organizations to address pressing issues such as ocean conservation and community welfare. To learn more about Legal Sea Foods, visit

Media Contact:
David Prather, Zeno Group for Legal Sea Foods
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