Spring is here and it's been absolutely gorgeous which means it's time for patio season in Chicago and the surrounding area! Soak in the sun and fresh air at your favorite restaurants:
Chez Moi (Lincoln Park)
Lincoln Park's French restaurant is ready to serve guests al fresco with a bistro-style outdoor dining experience. Chez Moi's outdoor patio can seat about 35 guests.
French Quiche (Lincoln Park)
One of Lincoln Park's latest additions, French Quiche is a neighborhood coffee shop offering bistro menu items including quiche, sandwiches, sweets, and more. Hidden away in the back courtyard is a patio with patio sets. The French Quiche courtyard can seat about 20 people.
Tuscan Hen Market (North Center)
Hidden away in Chicago's North Center neighborhood, Tuscan Hen Market has a European-style patio in the back courtyard for date night or dinner with the girls. Order Italian dinner for a meal under the stars. Tuscan Hen's hidden patio can seat about 30 guests.
Virtue (Hyde Park)
Located in Hyde Park, Virtue is a Southern American restaurant run by Chef Erick Williams. Virtue has a wrap-around patio that lines the corner of 53rd St. and Harper Avenue. Virtue's outdoor patio can serve 48 guests.
Bar Chido (Downers Grove)
Coming to Chicago's west suburbs this spring, Bar Chido offers a modern take on Mexican street food serving fresh dishes and cocktails. The heated patio extends the indoor atmosphere outside through roll-up glass windows. Those looking for a bite to go can take advantage of the Taco Takeout Window. Bar Chido's outdoor space will serve approximately 40 guests.
Found Kitchen & Social House (Evanston)
Found Kitchen reopens its doors on May 9th including its patio. Found serves contemporary American dishes with seasonal, global flavors. From brunch to dinner, head over to the Evanston restaurant while soaking up a little sunshine. Found can seat approximately 30 people in its outdoor space.
Fuller House (Hinsdale)
Take advantage of heated tent seating while there's still a chill in the air. American cuisine is offered at Fuller House along with a patio when the weather is nice. The Fuller House outdoor space can serve over 100 guests.
Pierce Tavern (Downers Grove)
Gather around with friends at this neighborhood hideout which offers burgers, bourbon, and beer. Pierce Tavern is keeping guests toasty in the heart of downtown Downers Grove with heated tents until warmer days come through. Pierce Tavern's outdoor space can serve approximately 60 guests.
The Barn Steakhouse (Evanston)
Evanston's steakhouse is open year-round with Adirondack chairs and a fire pit to warm up. This outdoor space is a "hot" commodity with heaters to keep you warm through these final cold days until the sun shines brighter. Grab a cocktail or glass of wine and start the evening. The Barn can seat about 20 people in the garden and 50 people in the tent.
Kinzie Chophouse (River North)
The Patio at Kinzie Chophouse is a streetside outdoor area with overhead awnings and large parasols to shade guests from inclement weather and can be retracted to let guests bask in the sunshine.
Guests can order from the brunch, lunch and dinners menus or opt for the Happy Hour specials available M-F from 3-6 p.m. Happy Hour menu highlights include $5 wine + beer and a $9 Dirty Gin Martini. The food menu includes buy one get one free appetizers. The selection includes:
Feta and Olives $9.95 - Marinated Feta and olives, tomato and thyme relish, grilled crostini
Tempura Shrimp and Asparagus $10.95 - Served with spicy aioli and cocktail sauce
Deviled Eggs $9.95 - With salmon Pastrami and cream cheese mix
Signature Blend Mini Burgers (2) $9.95 - Choice of cheddar, swiss, mozzarella, Monterey jack. Topped with onions, lettuce and tomato.
Truffle Fries with Pecorino $8.95 - Straight cut fries with Pecorino cheese and Truffle Oil.