BLVD Steakhouse (West Loop)
This Memorial Day Weekend order a picnic for two from the West Loop restaurant, BLVD Steakhouse. The package is $35 and includes: two BBQ Short Rib Sandwiches on Brioche Buns; Watermelon, Feta & Mint Salad; Macaroni Salad; chips and cookies. Available for pick-up on May 28, 29 or 30. Ordering available via TOCK.
El Che Meat & Provisions (West Loop)
El Che Steakhouse & Bar’s retail marketplace is offering Memorial Day Weekend options with take-home grilling kits. The marketplace has three kits available for order featuring: the Memorial Day Burger Kit including burgers for four with all the fixings, a two-pack of morcillas, a two-pack of chorizos and a six-pack of Quilmes ($45); the Memorial Day Ribs Kit including two slabs of baby back ribs or one slab, plus a four-pack of morcillas and a four-pack of chorizos, house made BBQ sauce and smoked salt and a tote bag ($65), or The Weekender Kit including four short ribs, a four-pack of chorizo, a four-pack of Babygold Beer—part of his partnership at Berwyn establishment Fitzgeralds—or Mexican Coke ($54).
Nonnina (River North)
Nonnina is offering a “RiverWalk Package,” featuring a large salad, two 12-inch subs, and a bottle of wine for just $35.00. Diners can pre-order or pick up a RiverWalk package and walk just steps away to Chicago’s River Walk.
Recess (Fulton Market)
In addition to Frose, Recess, is debuting the “Aperol Freeze” this summer, a frozen Aperol spritz with similarities to the classic cocktail. The mix includes Aperol, watermelon vodka and sparkling wine — giving it the effervescence of sparkling wine even when frozen. This summer, the Recess patio is becoming bigger: with more second-floor seating offering views and more street art along the shipping containers.
The Smith (River North)
The Smith is offering an adult slushie with their take on a frozen French 75 this summer. The drink made with gin, prosecco and lemon takes on a twist at The Smith. The French 75 Slushie will be available on The Smith’s River North patio on Clark Street.
PB&J (West Loop)
The West Loop restaurant is serving up specials this Memorial Day Weekend. Home of the “1,000 Pound Ice Bar” this past winter, the team at PB&J will be revamping the patio to feature an outdoor pop-up bar. The outdoor bar will serve specialty cocktails including a “Red, White, and Booze” featuring a “Bomb Pop” popsicle garnish.
urbanbelly (Wicker Park)
Chef Bill Kim’s fast-casual is bringing back happy hour, for Memorial Day. Available on Monday from 3-6pm, receive a discount on a number of menu items with your purchase of a Beer, Canned Cocktail or boozy Cutwater Spirit Pop.
Andros Taverna (Logan Square)
New Logan Square arrival, Andros Taverna, has opened an outdoor patio with 80 seats along both the west side of the restaurant and its Milwaukee Avenue sidewalk. Located adjacent to the city’s forthcoming public park and green space expansion, the garden patio will soon have an overhanging glass canopy with hanging greenery, steps away from the just-opened Logan Square Farmer’s Market. Weekend brunch at Andros reflects a modern-day expression of cuisine in Greece, combining Chef Doug Psaltis’s culinary foundation with his family’s Greek recipes along with a full bakery program from Pastry Chef Hsing Chen. To complete the experience, Andros Taverna offers Freddos, frothy chilled espresso drinks.
Grapes and Grains (West Loop)
GG's is located in the West Loop. Exposed brick, vintage chandeliers, chesterfield couches, and lighting pay homage to Old Chicago. GG’s features a variety of small plates, and a wine and cocktail list. GG’s outdoor experience features a patio on the corner of Lake and Peoria street. Seating will be first come, first served.
The Loyalist (West Loop)
The Loyalist debuted its very first patio on Ada Street last summer. Guests can order their cheeseburger and French fare while soaking up the sun on the patio. The patio is open starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Robert Et Fils (North Center)
Robert Et Fils is transporting Chicagoans straight to the streets of France. This Memorial Day Weekend, the team is welcoming diners to order Parisian drinking foods and libations on its patio. Guests can expect a lighter “Parisian drinking fare” suited for a glass of wine or refreshing summer cocktail. Guests can order charcuterie boards, cheese plates, mussels, and more. Pastry Chef Cati Molnar will serve homemade bread that will complement the main menu.
Sepia (West Loop)
Chef Andrew Zimmerman’s Michelin-starred restaurant has been in the West Loop since 2007, but just opened its first patio last summer. The sidewalk patio offers Sepia’s tasting menu Tuesdays through Saturdays: four courses for $75. Sepia is one of six original Michelin-starred restaurants since the Chicago guide was announced in 2011.
Proxi (West Loop)
This border-blurring destination from Chef Andrew Zimmerman and proprietor Emmanuel Nony opened its first patio last summer. The new menu features their tempura elotes, as well as newer items like the smoked, double-cut Berkshire pork chop with roasted knob onions and sauce vindaloo, the Thai street food dish Khanom Krok, and a coconut panna cotta, made with pandan gelee, tropical fruit, coconut crumble and topped with a Thai dok jok cookie.
The rooftop restaurant and lounge is perched above the city on the 15th floor of the Kimpton Gray Hotel. The design evokes the vibrant energy of South America and includes a retractable glass roof. Latin-influenced cocktails include Esta Vez, Batida and I’ll Be Better in the Morning and pair well with dishes, such as Empanada Pollo, Bisteca De Res and Yaquitas.
Nobu Rooftoop (West Loop)
Offering panoramic views of the city’s skyline from 11 stories above the West Loop, the Rooftop at Nobu opened last July. The design reflects a Japanese aesthetic. The menu consists of dishes, such as Yellowtail Jalapeno, Wagyu Mini Tacos and Black Cod with Miso and cocktails, like the Lychee Martini, Sunrise Shandy and Blanc All Day.