3 Lakeside Dining Spots Along the Chain’s Jetties and Seawalls [Infographic]

When the Seawalls Are Built, the Pier is Installed, and Your Boat is Dewinterized, Take a Load Off at These Lakeside Restaurants!

Getting everything ready for summer boating was a huge task. You built seawalls along your shoreline, installed a pier and a boat lift for convenient access, and dewinterized your boat. Now, everything’s finally ready and boating season is underway.

Why not celebrate? Cruise over to any of these great lakeside dining restaurants for a relaxing meal and some great views of the Chain O’Lakes!

Blarney Island

That’s not just a name—this restaurant really occupies a whole island! Located about two miles out from Antioch, IL on Grass Lake, Blarney Island delivers a tropical “Key West of the Midwest” vibe. Food includes all the standards like burgers, brats, wings, shrimp, and fish tacos. The real attraction though is the entertainment. Blarney Island regularly hosts musical acts from around the country. It also puts on events including boat races, festivals, and more. If you don’t have your own boat to get to the island, that’s fine too. Just park your car and take the Blarney Island shuttle boat. When you’re looking for a big tropical blowout, check out Blarney Island.


This restaurant on Lake Pistakee offers up both great food and great views. Sure you could drive, but Dockers also has convenient docking for your boat (hence the name). That makes it a great stop while boating Lake Pistakee. The menu features generously portioned all-American dinner specials like ribs and broasted chicken, as well as a Friday fish fry and a Sunday morning brunch. The lakeside seating offers a wide-open view of the lake. Seawalls keep waves at bay, and are decorated to be aesthetically pleasing.

Dockers also hosts Fox Lake’s annual Venetian Night in August. Participants dress up their boats for a Venetian-style parade. A block party features food, dancing, and fireworks. See this and other events in Captain Rod’s list of summer fireworks displays!

Port Edward

This dining spot is further down the Fox River in Algonquin. It provides not only docking for your boat outside, but a complete nautical-themed experience. The sprawling interior includes ship parts, statues of crew members, running water with fish, and a huge variety of other designs and decorations. You really feel like you’re walking through different rooms of a ship, floating there alongside the seawalls of the Fox River! Port Edward features extensive menus, seafood and sushi buffets, a wine cellar, live music events, a gift shop, and more. Come here when you’re looking not just for a meal, but an experience!

Lock Down Your Lake Access—Invest in Seawalls!

These are just some of the many restaurants on the Chain O’Lakes worth visiting. Just think how lucky you are to have easy access to these waterside dining options! All the more so when you have not only your own boat but also your own lakefront property to launch from. That’s not something you want swept away. Without shoreline protection, your soil could be eroded with time or flooding, and your fun times could be over.

Invest in seawalls to protect against flooding and prevent that erosion. Seawalls Unlimited has been installing, repairing, and maintaining seawalls in the Chain O’Lakes region for years, and can handle all your questions and concerns. Give us a call today at (815) 331-8830 and ensure you have access to fun times on the Chain for many summers to come!