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Outdoor Dining Guide: Chicago 2020

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By Sophie Brochu
Categories:Outdoor Dining Guide 2020


Bucktown / Wicker Park / West Town

Big Delicious Planet   Festive urban farm dinners take place in a lush garden under a pergola.

Big Star – Wicker Park  Tacos, margaritas, whiskey, and Honky Tonk. Relax on the Wicker Park or Wrigleyville patio.

Cebu  Join Cebu on their Wicker Park patio for modern regional Filipino cuisine.

Friend of the Devil  Order crispy fried chicken and smash patty burgers to go, then grab a seat outside on Milwaukee Ave.

Frontier  Join Frontier in the beer garden for smoked meats and hearty Southern-inspired sides.

Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods  Chef Brian Jupiter invites you to the free-spirited South. The patio is first-come, first-serve.

Mott St  Feast on chef Edward Kim’s Asian-American fare on this Wicker Park patio. 

Rhine Hall Distillery   Sip on house spirits and brandy cocktails on this Industrial District patio.

The Violet Hour   Sip on expertly-made craft cocktails on this 19th-century New Orleans-inspired sidewalk café. 

Whiskey Business  Enjoy a boozy brunch on this 3000 square foot rooftop.



Lakeview / Wrigleyville / Lincoln Park

Avli Taverna Lincoln Park  Eat like a Greek on the patio in Lincoln Park, River North, or Winnetka.

Barcocina  Enjoy modern Mexican fare and margaritas on this sprawling patio.

Ceres’ Table  Enjoy Italian-inspired seasonal plates and vino on the patio.

Hutch American Bistro – Lakeview  This neighborhood bistro has a charming sidewalk cafe. 

Nisei Lounge  Crush shots of Malort at Chicago’s oldest baseball bar.

Wills Northwoods Inn  Home of all things Wisconsin in Chicago. Reservations are required for this patio.

[Publican Quality Meats]


West Loop / Fulton Market

Aba  Join Aba on the rooftop patio for modern Mediterranean cuisine, wine, and spirits.

AIR:  Alinea In Residence  The Alinea team continues their pop-up on a rooftop terrace in the West Loop.

Asadito  Serving up tacos, tequila, and good times in Chicago’s West Loop.

avec  The perfect blend of Midwestern sensibilities and Mediterranean cooking. Reserve brunch, dinner, or a rotisserie meal on the sidewalk patio.

The Aviary  Enjoy state-of-the-art cocktails and bites on The Aviary’s patio.

Beatrix Fulton Market  A neighborhood coffeehouse, restaurant, and meeting place. You can also find patios at their Streeterville, River North, and Oak Brook location.

The Dawson  Book the Michoacán roasted suckling pig experience on the lush patio or covered terrace.

Elske  Head to Elske’s website to reserve a table on this enclosed patio oasis.

Little Toasted  Coffee, toast, whiskey, beer, sunshine.

Next Restaurant  One more weekend of the Mexico City menu. Enjoy it on the patio, then go back for The Fat Duck menu.

Piccolo Sogno  You can book this garden paradise of a patio on Piccolo’s website.

The Press Room  Enjoy excellent wine, charcuterie, and laid back vibes on this West Loop patio.

The Publican  Book seats on the patio for pork, oysters, and beer.

Publican Quality Meats  Pick up a PQM Picnic Basket and enjoy it on the deck. The team also hosts frequent outdoor burger battles.

Roister  Secure seats on this Fulton Market patio for weekend brunch or dinner any night of the week.

Smyth & The Loyalist  Dine among the garden scapes on this delightful Ada Street sidewalk patio.

[Three Dots and a Dash]


Downtown / River North / Streeterville

Bar Ramone  Go for the pintxos, ibérico, Spanish-style tomato bread, and wine.

Beacon Tavern  Attend one of Beacon’s Maryland Blue Crab Boils on the patio. 

Beat Kitchen on the Riverwalk  Head to this scenic spot along the river for tacos, thin-crust pizza, and frozen margaritas. Reservations are not required.

Butch McGuire’s  Family-owned and operated since 1961. Book a table on the street.

Declan’s Irish Pub  Visit this patio for an Irish bar experience, complete with classic Fish n’ Chips and pints of Guinness.

Ēma  Enjoy Chef CJ Jacobson’s California-inspired Mediterranean plates on this River North patio.

The Gage  Grab a table under an umbrella just across from Millennium Park.

Good Measure  A retro dive on the edge of River North. Book The Lot, aka the extended patio.

Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse  A taste of Chicago’s history. Reserve the sidewalk cafe in River North or visit Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier.

LH on 21 & 22  Visit London House for sweeping city views from the 21st and 22nd floors.

Mozzarella Store, Pizza & Caffè  Book seats on this Michigan Ave patio for Neapolitan pizza made with fresh daily mozzarella.

Pacific Standard Time  Every Wednesday in September, PST will have endless pizza, salad, and tequila on their patio.

Pizzeria Portofino  Hand-stretched pizzas, coastal wines, and spritzes. It’s the closest you’ll get to the Italian Riviera in Chicago.

Theory  Grab a bite and some brews outside in River North.

TAO Chicago  Book this patio for luxurious Asian fusion cuisine.

The Laurel Room  Reserve a table on this California-inspired rooftop.

RAMEN-SAN – River North  A neighborhood noodle joint that slings hot broth and ice-cold beer.

RPM Steak  Book the patio for a modern take on the traditional steakhouse.

RPM Italian  Modern in approach and Italian in spirit. Also, the perfect patio for sipping on Aperitivo Spritzes.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery Chicago  Treat yourself to Bubbles and Dessert for two on the rooftop terrace.

Three Dots and a Dash  Because tiki cocktails are best enjoyed outside.

Upstairs at the Gwen & Rooftop Terrace   Sip on craft cocktails in a semi-private shaded calypso.

[Maplewood Brewery and Distillery]


Avondale / Logan Square

Dante’s Tavern  Join Dante’s on the patio for great pizza, cold beer, and delicious cocktails.

Easy Does It  Life’s fast, drink slow. Take it easy at this brand new bottle shop, patio, and bar.

Ludlow Liquors  Reserve a picnic table for cocktails, beer, and delicious bar food.

Maplewood Brewery and Distillery  The first of its kind to establish brewing and distilling roots under a single roof.

Table, Donkey & Stick  Book the patio for European-inspired plates, charcuterie, and small-production wines.

Wyler Road  Enjoy hot + cold deli-style sandwiches, plus draft cocktails on this Logan Square patio.

[Half Acre Beer Company]


Lincoln Square / Ravenswood / Uptown / North Center / Old Irving Park

Bayan Ko  A Filipino-Cuban mash-up. The patio is BYOB.

Begyle Brewing  This diverse and approachable selection of quality beer brings people together. Grab a table in the beer garden.

Eris Brewery and Cider House  Head to Eris for craft beer, cider, cheese curds, and smoked brisket melts. The patio is open daily.

Half Acre Beer Company  Make reservations for the Balmoral beer garden, where you can sip on excellent brews.

Larry’s  Uptown drinkers now have a much-needed local cocktail bar. The patio is open.

Volo Restaurant Wine Bar  Enjoy boutique wines and seasonal plates at this award-winning alfresco cabana patio.

[Whiner Beer Co.]


Back of the Yards

Whiner Beer Co.  A brewery, taproom, and pizza kitchen. Venture to Whiner for delicious Belgian-style, barrel-aged beers.

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