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With warmer weather and longer days just around the corner, it’s almost time to partake in Chicagoland’s many al fresco dining options. Be it an after-work happy hour, a fun night out with friends, or a much-needed date night— check out these outdoor dining spots in the city and plan your spring and summer imbibing accordingly.


The rooftop deck located at Navy Pier boasts over 42,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space with views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. This year-round rooftop offers a full-service bar and kitchen, along with fire pits, an entertainment and gaming area, and multiple large gathering spaces for social and corporate events, weddings, and more.

Kennedy Rooftop

Kennedy Rooftop offers a variety of signature dishes and cocktails atop the Hyatt Place Wicker Park. Space is first come first served.

Ocean Prime

Located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, Ocean Prime offers al fresco dining on the outdoor patio. The modern American restaurant and lounge from Cameron Mitchell Restaurants offers a menu of seafood and steak, signature cocktails, and a wine list.


The restaurant serving Latin-fusion cuisine offers an outdoor terrace with libations and dishes. The West Loop spot also offers seven private and semi-private spaces for celebratory events. 

Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

Formerly Engine Company 104 of the Chicago Fire Department, the restaurant at 1401 South Michigan Avenue features both a backyard patio and an outdoor veranda affording views of the South Loop skyline. The house steaks, chops, and seafood, are complemented by seasonal dishes.


Lakefront views and Iberian-Inspired fare are offered at Lírica, located at 900 E. Grand Ave on Navy Pier. Featuring a 150-seat patio on Lake Michigan, the waterfront restaurant combines views of Lake Michigan with rustic flavors.

Replay Lincoln Park

The Chicago arcade bar located at 2833 N. Sheffield pairs outdoor dining and imbibing with 65 free vintage arcade games available. Replay Lincoln Park features rotating pop-up events spanning 9,000 square feet of gaming areas including their outdoor patio. 

City Cruises Chicago

Set sail on City Cruises’ vessels including the Odyssey Lake Michigan, Spirit of Chicago, Chicago Elite, and the Odyssey Chicago River. Guests are offered cocktails and cuisine during brunch and dinner cruises, all while taking in the views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline from the Chicago River.


Sicily meets South Loop at this Italian eatery located within Roosevelt Collection Shops at 1010 S. Delano Ct. Led by Executive Chef Michael Serratore, Pacino’s offers a range of antipasti, pizza, salads, seafood, fresh pasta, and more. Cocktails or a glass of vino are available at the full bar indoors or pull up a seat under the outdoor pergola for an outdoor dining experience.

Water’s Edge

Serving up classic American fare nestled within 88 acres of forest preserve, Water’s Edge located within Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook offers a lakeside café or al fresco on the patio overlooking a private lake. Water’s Edge offers both savory and sweet breakfast dishes and fresh salads, wraps, and sandwiches for lunch. Patrons can also opt to book lakeside private parties on the patio which cater to up to 40 guests. 

Oaken Bistro + Bar

Oaken Bistro + Bar, 200 N. Field Dr., features both indoor and outdoor dining, with a lounge, bar, dining rooms, and a patio complete with fire pit seating. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch service on weekends, the restaurant incorporates natural elements in everything from design and decor to menu offerings including a cocktail program complete with floral and herbal infusions.

Fulton Market Kitchen

The restaurant offers an outdoor patio and an art-filled indoor dining spaces. Fulton Market Kitchen is currently open for dinner seven days a week and has just launched weekend brunch service on Saturday-Sunday each week. 


Kōmo Chicago is a new Japanese restaurant on West Loop’s Restaurant Row, located at 738 W Randolph St. This summer, they have opened up a four table patio for those looking to take their experience outdoors, with both a la carte and the 7-course tasting menus available. The summer a la carte menu includes items such as Threesome Oysters, Blue Fin Toro, Braised Asian Pear Salad, Spicy Tuna Tartare and more paired with a selection of ice-cold cocktails such as their signature Hello Kitty Cocktail, Kōmo Passion, Kōmo Smokeshow and more. 

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Neapolitan pizzas and ice cold draft beers are available at PB&J. Those looking to take a break from the blaring heat, PB&J’s garage retractable doors will be open all summer long making it an indoor-outdoor space. PB&J even offers a Pupwich for all the hungry dogs with a bone-shaped sandwich made with Wonder Bread and Peanut Butter for an afternoon treat.


Escape the heart of the city and dine alfresco in Northalsted. Wood’s patio is situated on the corner of Halsted and Buckingham Place where guests can select from seasonal small and large plates, cocktails, and a variety of specials. It's dog-friendly too.


Funkenhausen located in Chicago’s West Town is offering an outdoor space to dine al fresco and Old World wine varietals.

Old Pueblo Cantina

Old Pueblo Cantina offers diners a taste of the Sonoran desert. On Monday’s from 4:30pm-5:30pm, diners can select from $4.00 draft beers, $8.00 Margaritas, and $10.00 Cheese Crisps. 

Rose Mary

In the Fulton Market neighborhood, diners will experience a Mediterranean option while on their patio, which is inspired by the natural elements of Croatia’s Adriatic coast. Shade from Rose Mary’s striped umbrellas will keep diners cooler while they select from Italian-Croatian fusioned cuisine.


urbanbelly offers diners a patio while they slurp on ramen, bowls and Korean BBQ. The dog-friendly patio also offers a reason to take best friends on a walk and land up at urbanbelly for some frozen Kirins. 

Table at Crate

The Table at Crate from Chef Bill Kim is a spot for a latte and a scone on the fly, lunch meetups with friends, or a date with yourself (and a glass of chardonnay). Table at Crate has an outdoor patio that’s both heated and can be enclosed for patio dining through the early Chicago spring and into the summer. 


Recess in the West Loop offers a 14,000-square-feet patio. Recess also offers happy hour on the patio Wednesday through Friday from 4-6pm with half-off starters and $7 Jim Beam Old Fashioneds. Thirsty Thursdays at Recess also offer Chicagoans $4 glasses of house wines. The patio is dog friendly.


Just steps away from Lincoln Park, select from small and large bites, craft cocktails, or Gemini’s bottomless brunch. Looking for a spot to bring your furry friends? Gemini’s patio is pet-friendly.

The Smith

Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood and just steps from Navy Pier and the Riverwalk, The Smith offers a patio along Clark Street. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and happy hour. Dogs are welcome all day too/ The Smith also offers a weekend sunset menu from 4:00pm to 5:00pm with select specials and offerings. 

The Dearborn

Heading to Millennium Park or to catch a show at one of Chicago’s theaters? Diners can select The Dearborn before starting their day or evening. The patio overlooks Chicago’s Loop while sipping on classic cocktails or small and large plates from Chef Aaron. 

The Press Room

Located on a corner in the West Loop, guests can choose from food, wines and classic cocktails. Special events will also be hosted on the patio throughout the spring and summer months, including a whiskey tasting.

Robert et Fils

Robert et Fils' patio menu consists of a lighter “Parisian drinking fare” suited for selecting a glass of wine or summer cocktail. Guests can expect charcuterie boards, cheese plates, mussels, and other seasonal dishes. 

LG's Bar & Kitchen

Cocktails including the Creme Brulee Martini or Pornstar Martini will be offered along with small and large plates.

Stan's Donuts & Coffee

Whether in the suburbs or downtown, there are a number of Stan’s locations that offer outdoor patio seating, such as: OakBrook Terrace, Orland Park, Erie, 181 N Michigan, Broadway, Rush, Hyde Park and 535 N. Michigan. 

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

In the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, FireLake’s dining room expands out onto its patio. They offer shareable plates or a hearty dinner with menu items from the wood fire grill. Monday through Thursday from 4-7pm, guests select from a rotating menu of happy hour specials. The patio is also dog-friendly. 

State and Lake Chicago Tavern

Located at the intersection of State and Lake, the restaurant offers tavern fare, handcrafted cocktails, local beers, and wines. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the loop. 


Overlooking a stretch of the Chicago River, the patio at Hoyt’s, is located within the Royal Sonesta Downtown Chicago hotel. Select from American tavern options while sipping on one of their new cocktails like the Good Vibrations, featuring CBD infused St. Germain, FEW American Gin, strawberry, and lavender bitters. Or, if beer is your drink of choice, you can order their Around the Loop flight, featuring a tasting of all 10 beers the restaurant has on tap. Stop by for Happy Hour on Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm-7pm.

Raised at The Renaissance Chicago Downtown

This rooftop cocktail bar is located on the third floor of the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel and boasts river and skyline views. Raised only accepts walk-ins.

ROOF on theWit

Perched 27 stories above the hum of the Loop sidewalks atop theWit Hotel. The scene from the deck and out the windows of ROOF allows guests to see the Bean at Millennium Park, another way to see a slice of the Chicago River, and any which way to take in the up-close details of architectural details. Offering Chicago DJs and soundtrack with a different feel to each day of the week. A menu of small plates, pizza, and sushi are available, along with a craft cocktail list and bottle service. 

Rooftop at Nobu Hotel Chicago

The Rooftop at Nobu Hotel Chicago is located on the 11th floor of the Nobu Hotel and offers small plates, hand-crafted cocktails and panoramic views of downtown Chicago, Willis Tower and the West Loop. The building’s overhang provides cover for much of the 5,000-square-foot rooftop, allowing for an almost year-round experience. Menu options include sashimi, sushi and kushiyaki and the full beverage program includes a sake menu as well as crafted cocktails. The Rooftop at Nobu Hotel Chicago is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday with a live DJ from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Boleo at Kimpton Gray Hotel 

The rooftop restaurant and lounge perched above the city on the 15th floor of the Kimpton Gray Hotel. Latin-influenced cocktails, food, music intermix to evoke the energy of South America. It all happens under a retractable glass roof.

Bar Mar

BarMar, the seafood-focused restaurant by Chef José Andrés, introduces a patio this summer. Facing West, the patio will offer a riverside view and add 50 seats to the restaurant. The first come, first serve patio will give diners the ability to experience the bounty of the sea in the open air—from lunch to after work drinks to dinner. For those who want to see BarMar’s interior architecture, full length windows connecting the restaurant to the patio open up for a hybrid dining experience.


Jaleo offers a streetery and patio, reminiscent of the pedestrian-only streets of Barcelona. Lush greenery and sun-shading umbrellas are available during the weekday Sangria Hour, from 4-6pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.


Gioia offers Italian cuisine from all 21 regions of Italy with modern refinements from Chef & Partner Federico Comacchio. Opened in June 2021, the 42-seat patio is new this year. 

Farm Bar

After walking Lakeview streets with your furry friend, rest your feet and paws at the Farm Bar patio, complete with a garden. 

Andros Taverna

Andros Taverna in Chicago’s Logan Square offers Greek classics. Andros Taverna's patio is pet-friendly and features a walk-up window where you can order and pick up the organic, gluten-free treats. Or diners can station on the patio while selecting from Mediterranean options such as spicy whipped feta, eggplant moussaka, and lamb chops. 


Nonnina's patio is now open and dog friendly and offeres Nonnina's Puppy Menu. The menu features beef burgers with bacon rice, chicken breast with chicken sausage rice, beef meatball with tomato sauce and bacon rice, and grilled hotdog with bacon rice. If your pup has a sweet tooth, the Cane di Puccion includes whipped cream, kibble crumble, and peanut butter. Located in the River North neighborhood, Nonnina offers locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, and cooking inspired by Italian family dinners.

BLVD Steakhouse

Sancerre Hospitality and BLVD Steakhouse have announced the addition of a 100-seat patio, coming Summer 2022. Located at the corner of Lake and Green streets in the Fulton Market District, the patio at BLVD Steakhouse will feature an outdoor dining room, a 20-seat bar, and a private event space. An expanded beverage program and the full dinner menu will be available on the patio.

Designed by Aria Group, the patio will be fully covered by an 11-foot tall wood pergola, providing protection against the elements and creating a seamless indoor-outdoor environment. Two 10-seat tables located in the garden area will be available for larger group dining experiences and private events.

“We’re excited to provide our guests with an entirely new yet familiar experience,” says Sancerre Hospitality owner Kara Callero. “The patio will be a true extension of BLVD Steakhouse—incredible food, incredible service, and lots of glamour—but it will also allow our guests to enjoy those warm summer nights while dining alfresco.”

The patio at BLVD Steakhouse will open with dinner service only, to be followed by brunch service at a later date. 

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Azul Mariscos

Providing views of the Chicago skyline on one side, and views of the Chicago River on the other, the venue features an array of seating for guests to choose from including lounge-style couches, cabanas with wooden pergolas, and high-top seating. Oversized windows flood the main dining room with natural light. A lounge-like area to the west of the dining room boffers banquettes and a newly installed set of garage doors.

River Roast 

River Roast offers a riverfront patio area for those sunny spring days and warm summer nights, while selecting from the restaurant's menu of roasted meats, veggies, and seafood.

The Dawson

The Dawson's outdoor patio features bar, tables, firefly lights, greenery and high walls. The Dawson even features a fireplace for those cooler springtime nights 

The Duplex 

This Logan Square spot features a patio right in Logan Square with a direct view of the monument. The Duplex has a rotating chef concept that keeps the restaurant collaborating with up-and-coming chefs. The Duplex's current residencies are 2 Korean Girls and Space Cow —a Korean-inspired concept and burger-based menu, respectively. 

Bar Takito

The sidewalk patio at the Latin-inspired Bar Takito is an option for a night in the West Loop. Choose from fresh-squeezed margaritas and handmade guacamole, and tacos under a pergola lit by firefights lights. Open for brunch, you can Sunday Funday with a mimosa in hand.

Takito Street 

Takito Street in Lincoln Park is a spot for a Latin-inspired menu of Mexican fare like artisanal tacos, fresh ceviches, and fresh fruit margaritas. You can choose from their scratch kitchen items and bar options for happy hour, dinner, or brunch during the warmer months at its outdoor, sidewalk patio. For those wanting the alfresco feel without the commitment, guests can sit inside, alongside its opened windows.


Cebu, the Modern regional Filipino staple, offers a patio for guests to order its cuisine with Chicago's spring weather. The patio offers greenery and hanging lights for your dining experience. With umbrellas on every table, you can dine on the patio through sunny, warmer days and with heaters placed strategically throughout for chilly nights. Tables of all sizes litter the patio area and allow for small and large parties to be accommodated.

District Brew Yards

District Brew Yards — the pour-your-own beer hall in West Town — offers a dog-friendly patio with heaters, beer cabanas, prismatic murals, and space to accommodate both large parties and smaller groups, safely. Order craft brews from four different Chicagoland breweries and BBQ grub from Lillie's Q. 

River Roast Patio
Photo courtesy of River Roast

Central Park Bar

New for 2022, Central Park Bar in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood features an  outdoor 3,500 square-foot “backyard bar” in what was previously an empty city lot adjacent to the bar.

The outdoor space offers a brand new open-air covered bar atop blue mosaic flooring with fans and cafe lights overhead. The outdoor bar has three 55-inch TVs and for those cooler spring and summer nights, the outdoor bar area is equipped with overhead heaters. 

Adjacent to the covered area, seven picnic tables sit under mulberry trees while hammered copper tiki-style gas torches line the space. Guests can opt to hang out on two white porch swings or Adirondack chairs surrounding a large 60 x 36-inch above ground brick fire pit. Patrons can also use a bumper pool table situated on astro turf alongside the fire pit area.  

Guests can select draft cocktails, local and international beers, and half-price happy hour every Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. al fresco. In the future, there are plans to have rotating food trucks visit the bar. 

Cody's Public House

The recently revamped and reopened Cody’s Public House in West Lakeview offers a dog-friendly beer garden that can accommodate 100 people. Guests can use the year-round fire pit, weather permitting. Although the beer garden is currently open, guests can expect small improvements to be made throughout the spring and early summer like additional seating, string lights, dart boards, and a court for bean bags and bocce. The beer garden also has a grill that guests can use for free to grill up food that they bring. 

Bartoli's Pizzeria - Roscoe Village

Bartoli’s Pizzeria in Roscoe Village offers a dog-friendly, flower-lined sidewalk patio for about 20 guests. Full food and drink menus are available, and diners are welcome to BYOB. Guests can choose from Bartoli’s items while dining alfresco like their signature Chicago Classic Deep Dish Pizza with Italian sausage, mushroom, onion and green pepper, Badger-style Fried Cheeseballs, Nonna Bartoli’s Meatball Sandwich with homemade meatballs and marinara on french bread and more. 

Easy Bar

Located at the corner of Division and Damen in Wicker Park, the dog-friendly sidewalk patio at Easy Bar has seating for 15 to 20 guests. This neighborhood bar offers a daily Half-Price Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The Graystone Tavern

The Graystone Tavern in Wrigleyville weatherproofed their outdoor beer garden in 2020 and in summer 2021, they added brand new furniture with pops of color to brighten the space even more. The beer garden can seat up to 50 guests with 12 tables for guests to dine alfresco with a cold beverage. The patio features string lights overhead, six TVs, and games like bags, giant Jenga and giant Connect 4. 

Rewired Pizza Bar & Cafe

Rewired Pizza Cafe & Bar in Edgewater offers a 40 seat dog-friendly patio for guests to use during the alfresco dining season that is enclosed with a tent during the colder months. The patio features heaters and a fire pit lit nightly. Seating is first come, first served. Full food and drink menus are available and later this spring, Rewired will roll out frozen cocktails like a Frozen Rosé and Frozen Aviation.

Also available alfresco is Rewired’s happy hour every Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. featuring $3 slices, half-off select apps, $4 house wine (malbec, chardonnay, rosé), $5 drafts, and a beer, shot, slice combo for $10. 

Other weekly activities available on the patio includes Kids Night on Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with $4 kids meals, board games, coloring, Nintendo Switch and a wandering magician; Wednesday Date Night $49 package for two that includes a 3-course meal and bottle of wine; and live music every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. from rotating local artists. 

The Rambler Kitchen + Tap

The bar and restaurant has both a flower-lined, dog-friendly sidewalk patio with dining for 48 as well as a large outdoor beer garden with a removable roof. The beer garden accommodates up to 68 guests and is outfitted with a full bar, six TVs and a sound system for catching sports games with the sound on. Guests can select from the full bar and food menus alfresco.

Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar

Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar in Andersonville has a flower-lined sidewalk patio on Clark Street that can accommodate 40 guests. The patio features wine crate planters and umbrellas to protect diners on hot days.

Patrons can choose from full food and drink menus on the patio along with happy hour specials featuring $2 Oysters, $2 Shrimp, and $5 draft Prosecco. Happy hour is available Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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South Branch

A Chicago Loop spot with river views, South Branch offers a downtown option this spring, with nearly 200 outdoor seats and an open-air bar.


Dine alfresco on the Mag Mile at Sweetwater’s outdoor patio with views of downtown and the surrounding buildings.

Old Town Pour House (Naperville)

This outdoor space, complete with a fireplace, is a spot to dine outdoors in the suburbs this spring.

Robert's Pizza & Dough Co.

Robert's Pizza is located on the Ogden Slip. The patio is a cul-de-sac on the river offering sunset views and dog/people-watching. Robert's offers seasonal cocktails to pair with your pizzas like the Prosciutto & Arugula with grape tomato, fresh Mozzarella, and lemon vinaigrette, Fennel with braised fennel, fennel fronds, fennel salami & pollen, fresh Mozzarella, and honey, or Caramelized Onion with fresh Mozzarella and tomato sauce. 

New cocktails to try include:

  • Berry Blossom with Askur gin, blueberry and raspberry puree, lime, and mint
  • Son of a Peach with Svedka Vodka, lemonade, peach puree, and iced tea- Peach Mule with Old Overholt Rye, peach puree, and lime
  • May Flowers with Banhez Mezcal, triple sec, lime, and hibiscus
  • Strawberry Swoon with Svedka Vodka, strawberry puree, lime juice, sweet vermouth, and chili bitters
  • Paloma with Cimmaron Tequila, grapefruit juice, and lime
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The Lunchroom

The Lunchroom, located within SPACE 519, is preparing to open its sidewalk patio in May 2022. Located at 200 E. Chestnut Street, on a tree-lined residential block just east of North Michigan Avenue, the patio will be open for daily breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. This summer’s outdoor dining season will also mark the debut of an Italian Aperitivo experience at The Lunchroom, offered Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Inspired by proprietor Lance Lawson’s regular travels to Milan Fashion Week, the special afternoon/early evening menu will feature a rotating assortment of Italian cocktails and bites. Drinks will include classics like an Aperol Spritz and Campari Boulevardier to regional drinks like the Milano-Torino, otherwise known as a “Mi-to.” To accompany drink orders, guests will be given a complimentary tiered tray of Cicchetti (light bites) including Black Olive Focaccini and Walnut and Smoked Ricotta Crostini. The Lunchroom’s regular wine, cocktail and appetizer menus will also be available.

“It’s so chic that the Milanese congregate in such an easy and elegant way for a light bite and sparkling refreshment to either end their workday or begin a festive night out,” notes Lawson.

The Lunchroom’s 24-seat sidewalk patio utilizes scalloped black and white European-style café umbrellas. The patio, which runs alongside the SPACE 519 storefront, is framed by white chevron-patterned gates and potted boxwood. It is also dog-friendly.

The Lunchroom menu features California-inspired, vegetable-forward cuisine that is locally sourced. Options include the Green and White Salad which combines shredded brussels sprouts, shaved cauliflower, green apple, hearts of palm, parmesan reggiano and toasted pepitas –tossed in a zesty citrus vinaigrette; and the Bangkok Bowl, with pulled soy-sauce seasoned chicken, tossed with Thai chili peanut sauce, fried shallots, toasted peanuts, mint, cilantro and jasmine rice, topped with a soft-poached farm egg and jalapeño.

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Photo courtesy of Timothy Musho

Porter Kitchen & Deck

Located on the Chicago River, Porter features classic American cuisine in a setting with two outdoor areas for guests. The restaurant spills out onto a lower patio overlooking the river and the second outdoor space, known as the Deck, features lounge seating and tables.  

80 Proof

80 Proof offers al fresco style on their sidewalk patio surrounded by greenery. Their patio is dog-friendly too. 80 Proof features a vegan menu, alongside a selection of classic items. The menu introduces vegan bar food, such as Nashville Boneless Cauliflower, Mac and Cheese, a vegan Gringo Burrito made with Beyond chorizo and the Bahn Mi Mushroom Sandwich with crispy oyster mushrooms. 


Benchmark features a fully retractable roof for guests to sit outside while dining on appetizers, wraps, pizza and more. Menu items include a Hot Honey Sopressata Pizza, the 4C Smashburger, and Crispy Asian Brussel Sprouts. 


Located next to the historic Wrigley Field at Gallagher Way, Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern offers and dining experience with two outdoor terraces and views of the field and the Chicago skyline.  


Kirkwood is a neighborhood sports bar in Lakeview with food, drinks and a beer garden for catching a game or going out with a large group.  

Ranalli’s Lincoln Park

Longstanding neighborhood bar, Ranalli’s offers guests pizzas, apps and drinks. The space featurs a  dog-friendly outdoor sidewalk café.   


A neighborhood bar in Lincoln Park features three full bars, a food menu and a year-round patio that is open seven days a week for brunch, lunch and dinner.  


Federales is an open-air tequila and taco concept. Centered around drinks, tacos and an urban industrial vibe. 

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Reservations for Gaijin’s 20-seat, dog-friendly patio will open on May 1 for the season.

Gaijin will launch its summer kaki-tails menu on May 1, as well. A kaki-tail is a cocktail + kakigori (Japanese shaved ice).

  • Blue Matcha Better (Chiyonosono 8000 generations shochu / blue matcha / lemon / lavender bitters) 
  • Summer in Osaka  (Road to Osaka nigori sake / Chareau aloe liqueur / blueberry black tea /  lemon) 
  • Shinsu Spirit  (Mars Iwai 45 whisky / Luxardo cherry liqueur / Montenegro amaro /  sweet vermouth) 
  • More Than A Peeling  (Mars Iwai whisky / wild thai chocolate & banana / chocolate bitters) 

Pilot Project Brewing 

Pilot’s 4000 sq ft patio is now open for the season, clad with graffiti from local street artists and overlooks the Congress Theater & Milwaukee Avenue. It can fit 180 people and is dog-friendly with full beverage and food menus available on the patio which include artisanal sandwiches, beer-inspired appetizers, beer, cider, hard kombucha and coffee.

Reservations are available through the website and walk-ins are also offered. The hours are Sunday-Thursday from 11am-10pm and Friday & Saturday from 11am-11pm.

Photo courtesy of Pilot Project Brewing

I|O Godfrey

The year-round rooftop located at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago has introduced a new menu full of food and beverage items crafted with the flavors for spring. Standout menu items include:

·       Watermelon Salad – watermelon, kiwi, microgreens, feta, red onions, cherry tomatoes, and balsamic glaze

·       Yellowtail Crudo – ponzu, pineapple, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and chili oil 

·       Shrimp Tacos – avocado, chili oil, pickled onion, lemon, and poblano 

·       Tofu Bites – avocado, lettuce, grapefruit, tomato, and green apple

·       Spring Roll – avocado, lettuce, carrot, mint, cucumber, and ponzu (optional shrimp add-on) 

In addition to these food menu items, the River North restaurant also debuts a variety of spring cocktails. Featured cocktails include:

·       Grapefruit Spritzer – Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose St. Germain Elderflower, fresh lemon, grapefruit juice, finished with Prosecco 

·       Life’s A Peach – Maker's Mark Bourbon, peach, yuzu, and basil 

·       Smoky Samurai – Shishito-infused Union Mezcal, grapefruit, lime, and togarashi

·       Banana Old Fashioned – Banana-infused Maker’s Mark, smooth brown sugar simple syrup, and banana-walnut bitters 

·       Frosé All Day – Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rosé, Dry rosé, and strawberry lemonade 

Additionally, I|O Godfrey will be offering the мир (Peace) cocktail, made with Kohr Ukrainian Vodka, limoncello, vegan yuzu, yuzu curd, and honey syrup. 100% of the profit from each cocktail sold will be donated to the Kolo Fund for Ukrainian relief (

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Cabana Club at the Robey

Opening May 20th, the rooftop pool at The Robey has been a Wicker Park option since the hotel opened. The pool is open to the public and hotel guests with first come, first serve service. The bar has a new menu of frozen margaritas and piña coladas and food this summer. Open until Labor Day weekend. 

Dusek's and Tack Room

Chef Ben Truesdell brought his knowledge of wood-fired food and 10+ year relationships with local farms to Dusek’s and changes the menu often with seasonal dishes. They have Honest Wine Wednesday with specials on an exclusive glass of wine paired with a seasonal app from Chef Ben. They also have Oysters & Bubbly ($2 oysters and special on bubbly) on Thursdays from 5-6pm.

Tack Room next door now has Salsa and Ceviche out on the patio and live music nightly.


Choose from chef Joe Frillman’s midwestern takes on Italian dishes, with seasonal produce from his purveyor brother’s business, Frillman Farms on their back patio. Keep your eye out for fermented fall and winter produce on the menu, as the restaurant leads with preservation methods to prolong the life of its local fruits and vegetables. 

The Bristol 

Chef Larry Feldmeier offers a seasonal a la carte menu and eight-course tasting menu with wine pairings at the Bucktown restaurant. 


Head to Fulton Market for a lbrunch or dinner experience of Mexican dishes with a midwestern spin by chef Guillermo Reyes. They have specials on pitchers of margs, palomas, mimosas, and Jamaica mimosas as well as happy hour from 3-5pm Mon-Thurs.


Chef David Schwartz cooks up Italian dishes curated to pair with the concept’s wine program. The happy hour menu is available Sun-Thurs at the bar/lounge only. Italian snacks are $7-8, cocktails are $10 and glasses of wine are $9, plus beer. 

Lou’s Backyard

This backyard West Loop bar from 16” On Center sits right next to Moneygun and has a bar food menu (wings, queso, loaded waffle fries, salads and sandwiches, and cocktails. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 5pm - close. 

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Photo courtesy of The Robey

Homestead on the Roof

Above Roots Pizza in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood is The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group’s rooftop restaurant reopened on May 5, this 90-guest rooftop garden offers a seasonal farm-fresh menu (inspired by Chef Bryan Collante’s Filipino heritage) that emphasizes blends of sour, sweet, salty and funky flavors. Guests will be able to choose dinner, desserts and hand-crafted cocktails. 

Homestead on the Roof is currently open Wednesdays through Sundays from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Roots Pizza

Roots Pizza offers Quad City-style pizzas, handcrafted apps, family style salads, sandwiches and desserts along with a seasonal roster of tap brews and rotation of Midwestern drafts. In addition to pizza, each location offers a brunch menu and happy hour specials. For guests looking for a rooftop meal, Roots Pizza South Loop is once again lowering its retractable roof for a indoor/outdoor rooftop/patio experience this summer in Printer’s Row. 

The Fifty/50

The Fifty/50 has been open in Wicker Park for dining and nightlife for 14 years. Now, customers can snack on the concept’s wings, apps, burgers and shareables while dining at the sports bar’s outdoor, pet-friendly patio. 

The Fifty/50 is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. 

Utopian Tailgate

Utopian Tailgate, a 300-person, 10,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor tailgate space is complete with super-sized Jenga, drinking games, disco dance parties and a slew of upcoming events. Utopian Tailgate offers weekend bottle service, fun menu items and desserts. 

VU Rooftop

Located 22 stories up and offering views of Chicago’s skyline, VU Rooftop is a 13,000-square-foot enclosed rooftop bar, dining, and event space in Chicago’s South Loop. Offering a seasonal menu and hand-crafted cocktails from top mixologists, the rooftop boasts alfresco fire pit spaces, two terraces, a solarium, lounge and more, as well as a number of event spaces with private bars and specially-curated menus.

West Town Bakery & Diner

The urban bakery, café and diner is reopening its outdoor patio this summer with a seasonal menu of coffee, pastries and grab-and-go sandwiches. For guests looking for an outdoor bite or a hearty cafe meal, the bakery will be open every day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Joe's Imports

Joe’s Imports is a wine bar located at the gateway of the Fulton Market district, offering guests a collection of global wines, paired with seasonally-focused shared plates. Their outdoor patio seats 40 people. The patio is open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (brunch) and 4 p.m. to 10  p.m. (dinner) and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (brunch) and 4 p.m. through 10 p.m. (dinner). 


A modern Italian restaurant, Adalina, is debuting its outdoor patio in late May. Guests can select from the special patio menu, which will feature items such Gnocco Fritto, Hamachi Crudo and Polpettine. The patio will be open Monday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to close. Adalina’s full brunch menu will also be available at the patio on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Photo courtesy of Homestead on the Roof

The Whistler

Head Bartender Alex Barbatsis brings his time from the L.A. cocktail scene to The Whistler with a rotating lineup of summertime sippers like the sake and lychee liqueur infused Island Time, B is for Betty with banana liqueur and Betty syrup, and Big Pimmin’, a spin on the Pimm’s Cup that features bianco vermouth, gin, and ginger beer. Guests can sip and sway to an ever-changing roster of local live music or sip their cocktail al fresco on the open-air backyard patio. 

Maple & Ash

Maple & Ash offers an exclusive sushi-centric patio menu that’s entirely separate from their standard dining room fare for those dining outside on Maple Street and in the adjoining covered “Courtyard” setup. Full of special rolls (like the King Crab maki served with drawn better), nigiri flights, tartare, and more from sister restaurant and sushi haven Kessaku in Dallas, plus some signature steaks and plates from the main restaurant, the patio offers the nature of the restaurant in an open-air environment. 


Thinly sliced cuts of prosciutto, finocchiona, and capicola emerge from Lardon’s custom-built meat cave and out into the open air this summer on the all-day cafe’s 30-seat sidewalk patio. House-cured meats piled on hearty sandwiches or paired with artisanal cheeses on lush charcuterie boards while sipping on a lineup of patio drinks like low-ABV spritzes, aperitivo-style cocktails, and white, rose, and orange wines. Lardon’s outdoor seating is open seven days a week starting at 8 a.m. with coffee and pastry service, lunch beginning at 11 a.m., and Boards & Booze their early evening service of charcuterie boards and bevs from 4 p.m. to 9p.m. 

Château Carbide

After opening the rooftop to the public for the first time last season, the spot features a gold-trimmed bar and plush velvet banquettes indoors and a sun-drenched al fresco terrace with skyline views outdoors, plus a collection of rosé wines served by the glass, bottle, magnum, or jeroboam (3 liters), along with frozen specialities, craft cocktails and beer. 

Big Star Wicker Park

Get tacos (#TeamPanza) and strong drinks courtesy of the neighborhood option with a side of tunes spun by local artists every weekend or the Reckless Records Night the last Thursday of each month complete with drink specials and vinyl raffles and giveaways. 

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bar avec is an open-air rooftop offering an urban homage to the style of dining and drinking found in outdoor cervezerias dotting the seashores of Spain and Portugal. Perched eight floors above the second location of One Off Hospitality's avec in River North, this spot couples views of the city’s skyline with a vegetable and seafood-forward menu and lineup of cocktails designed to be outside. 


Right off California Avenue in Logan Square lies the patio of Testaccio, the Roman-inspired sister concept to Osteria Langhe. Featuring flowers and greenery along the brick facade, the experience is reminiscent of al fresco street dining in Europe. Guests can select from Testaccio's full menu of Italian fare and wood-fired oven specialties, along with Owner Aldo Zaninotto's curated regional and amphora-made wine selections and seasonal cocktails. Throughout the summer, live music and events can be expected outdoors.

Osteria Langhe

Osteria Langhe’s “secret garden” patio offers guests an outdoor experience. Located in the Logan Square neighborhood, the back patio offers a tucked away area to choose from the full selection of Osteria Langhe's traditional Piedmontese cuisine. Alongside their meal, guests can choose wine from Wine Director-Partner Aldo Zaninotto's curated regional list or a cocktail like the Contratto Spritz. The outdoor patio space is covered for all-weather dining and seating is first come, first served.


Opened May 2021 on Michigan Avenue, Venteux, the French brasserie from restaurant operator Clique Hospitality, offers a Parisian-inspired garden patio. Guests can seek refuge from the hot summer sun underneath classic Parisian-style umbrellas while surrounded by hanging plants and colorful seasonal floral arrangements. Patrons will be able to enjoy Venteux cafe's brunch and lunch menu al fresco alongside fresh pastries and espresso drinks - first come first serve. 


BUCKTOWN: The second floor patio at etta Bucktown perches diners right above North Avenue, coupling sights of the community with the hearth-fired food signature to Chef Danny Grant's Italian-inspired neighborhood restaurant. 

RIVER NORTH: The patio at etta River North is serving a rotating selection of handmade pastas, pizzas, and family style “picnic” towers in the outdoor dining room (with both covered and uncovered sections). 

The Publican

The Publican is back at its patio business again this year with an outdoor set up spanning a stretch of restaurant row on Fulton Market. With seating for 70, brunch + dinner menus, endless BBQ carrots and a weekday Happy Hour featuring $1 oysters, $19 wines by the bottle and $10 heavy-pour martinis and rotating craft cocktails.

Big Star Wrigleyville

Catering to all spirited Cubs fans, families and Northside patio lovers looking for a good time the dual-level set up serves sights and sounds of Wrigley Field alongside the heavy bourbon pours and bites from the taqueria. Reserve your spot on the sun-soaked patio via Tock. 

Publican Quality Meats

The daytime café is an al fresco spot that offers a heartily stacked sandwich, open-air brunch with options like house smoked salmon on a fresh baked baguette or a charcuterie board of house-cured selections by Chef/Butcher Rob Levitt himself. Patio seating is first come, first serve.

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Photo courtesy of The Whistler

The Fifty/50

The sports bar has introduced a new brunch menu - from chilaquiles to poutine, there’s a “Hangover Helper” for every guest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Photo courtesy of The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group

Sweetwater Tavern & Grille

Right on Michigan Avenue, Sweetwater has a American menu, a craft beer and cocktail list, and views of the city – just north of Millennium Park and mere steps from the Theater District. 

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Photo courtesy of Sweetwater Tavern & Grille

The Goddess and Grocer Fulton Market 

The Goddess and Grocer Fulton Market location features a spacious patio that seats 30, is dog friendly and surrounded by floral and greenery. 

Sunda New Asian

Sunda's sidewalk patio seats 24 (6 tables / 4 seats each), is dog friendly and surrounded by a robust floral and greenery barrier. The outdoor seating is covered with partial shade and overlooks the bustling Illinois Ave in River North. 

Epic Burger 

Epic Burger has opened patios at 4 of their 5 City locations as well as at 2 of their suburban locations. Each location has a slightly different set up and barricade system.  

  • Gold Coast & Lincoln Park locations have open seating for up to 20 people each with awnings/umbrellas to provide shade. 

  • South Loop location can accommodate 16 diners with a covered patio. Flower boxes complete this sidewalk cafe.

  • River North location has the largest outdoor dining experience with seating for up to 24 diners. Shade is provided by several umbrellas and planters line the fencing. Clark is part of the larger River North shared outdoor dining space which offers diners an expanded outdoor dining experience with street closures on Clark street from Grand (400N) down to Kinzie (550N).

  • Both of the suburban locations (Evanston / Skokie) have seating for up to 20 diners and are shaded by umbrellas. 

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Photo courtesy of The Goddess and Grocer Fulton Market

The X Pot Chicago 

The X Pot Chicago (1147 S Delano Ct East), has recently launched the opening of their outdoor patio. With 42 seats available, including four-tops and a lounge couch. 

The X Pot Chicago also holds a patio happy hour where well drinks and draft beer are half off Monday through Friday, 5:30-7:30PM. Patio diners are offered a menu that features dishes curated from ingredients, including imported seafood and purebred A5 Wagyu beef flown in daily from Japan. With small plates such as their “X” Firecracker (black tiger shrimp served with wasabi mayo sauce) and Honey Sambal Glazed Chicken Wings, guests can also select many wagyu options, including Wagyu Meatballs, Wagyu Bone Marrow, A5 Wagyu Tartare, and more. The X Pot Chicago’s patio menu also features medium plates with house specialties including their Masami Prime Wagyu Ribeye Steak and Wagyu Sandwich, among others. 

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Photo courtesy of The X Pot Chicago


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