Patio season is almost here and restaurants in Chicago are dusting off their outdoor furniture to serve you al fresco.
The Mozzarella Store - Opening May 2019
Opening May 2019, the Mozzarella Store, Pizza & Caffè (822 N. Michigan), is a restaurant and specialty retail shop in the heart of Chicago steps from Michigan Avenue. The Mozzarella Store offers fresh-made-daily “Fior di Latte” mozzarella and burrata, along with fresh and aged Italian cheeses made from local organic milk, created the traditional Italian way. The menu features a wide range of Italian offerings, including pizza Napoletana, coffee, small plates, and other Italian specialties with an organic focus. The patio, that wraps around the building at Michigan and Pearson will seat 42 guests at two and four tops. Dine al fresco-style with seating surrounded by planters with greenery and umbrellas to shade you in the sun.
Bar Cargo (605 N Wells)
Patio opening date: end of April. Bar Cargo features two patio spaces: a large beer garden in the back and patio seating on Wells street. There will be close to 100 seats in the beer garden and 40 on Wells Street. There will be an interactive element in the beer garden (ping pong table, etc). Two and four top tables - can be moved to accommodate larger parties. The front patio will be dog-friendly for guests bringing their furry friend. Both patios will include similar decor as the inside with greenery, green wall, ciao Bella signage, water feature, string lights. Three large, flat-screen TVs will be set up as well.
Stefani Prime (6755 N Cicero Ave, Lincolnwood, IL)
Stefani Prime is the latest concept by the Stefani Restaurant Group. Stefani Prime is a restaurant offering prime cuts, seafood, signature Italian dishes and more. Stefani Prime's new patio will seat roughly 60 guests for 2-4 top tables between a more formal dining table area and a laidback cocktail lounge. The patio will feature raised seating, a fire pit, and a water fountain while being decorated with greenery and lights.
MAD Social (1140 W Madison St)
Second generation restaurateur, Gina Stefani, has created a modern American restaurant with global twists at MAD Social. Their patio will be dog-friendly and seat 32 guests overlooking Madison St.
Morton’s The Steakhouse (Wacker Place)
The Morton's patio will seat 12 guests overlooking Wacker St.
Opening this May in Logan Square, Superkhana International will be celebrating Indian flavors, local cooking and the culinary connections between India and America. This is a joint venture between Yoshi Yamada (Lula Cafe, Blackbird, Babbo) and Zeeshan Shah (The Biscuit Man, Old Town Social, The Bristol) in conjunction with close friend/mentor Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe, Marisol, Pilot Light). Superkhana International's open-air Haveli-style courtyard is the focal point of the restaurant’s interior. Hidden inside the restaurant, the courtyard will be strung with twinkle lights and overflowing with plants. This secluded area will be a place open to eat and drink, which guests can also rent out for private events.
Daisies’ outdoor patio will be back by Memorial Day weekend (hopefully sooner) with updated bench seating around the perimeter as well as new plants and greenery from Bottle and Branch. Daisies is launching a vegetable cocktail flight this summer, and it will be available in time for patio season.
Recently opened at the gateway of Fulton Market (813 W. Fulton), Joe’s Imports, a concept by Scott Harris, features a 15 seat patio with bistro tables, for summer al fresco dining. The front of the restaurant also opens up to the patio with accordion doors – giving those inside the restaurant indoor-outdoor dining. Guests can drink seasonal wines, special “happy hour” wine flights, dinner and brunch, looking onto Fulton Street.
A ‘hideaway’ in the center of the restaurant’s grounds, the restaurant seats up to 28 people under a canopy of lights
Francesca’s Bryn Mawr
This large, DOG FRIENDLY patio seats 45 to 50 people, surrounded by florals, an herb garden and lush umbrellas in the heart of Edgewater