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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.      

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Found Kitchen reopens its doors on May 9th including its patio. (Photo courtesy of Found Kitchen & Social House)

Offshore (Navy Pier)

The rooftop deck is located at Navy Pier is re-opening their doors to the public on Thursday, April 22. Boasting over 56,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space with views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, this year-round rooftop rooftop will again offer locals an opportunity to partake in Chicago’s upcoming warm months, safely. Signature drinks include a lychee-style cocktail, a fruit-forward cocktail served in a bag, and much more. Parking for Offshore is available in the East Garage located on the North Dock of Navy Pier. 

Kennedy Rooftop (Wicker Park)

Kennedy is currently serving up specialty drinks and dishes Thursday through Sunday on their deck in Wicker Park providing views of the complete city skyline from the John Hancock to the Willis Tower, Kennedy Rooftop is open Thursday from 5 pm -9 pm, Friday/Saturday 4 pm -10 pm and Sunday for Brunch from 11 am - 4 pm. Seating is first come, first served. For more information, 

Hornblower Group (Downtown)

Hornblower Group has announced the launch of its Chicago cruising operations as City Cruises under City Experiences, the new brand name for the company’s water- and land-based portfolio of offerings. Locals and travelers alike are invited back on City Cruises’ yachts including the Odyssey Lake Michigan, Spirit of Chicago, Chicago Elite, and their newest vessel to join the fleet, Odyssey Chicago River, to be offered specialty curated cocktails and cuisines, all while taking in views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline from the Chicago River. City Cruises offers plated brunch and dinner cruises alongside a selection of wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails, all with views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Cruise prices start from $86.90 for brunch or $99.90 for dinner (prices per person, excl. fees & taxes).  

Geja’s Café (Lincoln Park)

The "Restaurant of Romance" located at 340 W. Armitage, is open for indoor dine in service as well as outside on their patio under their Pergolas seven days a week. Reservations are limited outside on their recently installed Pergolas. 

Replay Lincoln Park (Lincoln Park)

Replay is bringing back its fan favorite pop-up so everyone can celebrate with their favorite coworkers at “Dunder Mifflin”. The Back to The Office pop-up will return beginning Friday, April 9, and run through Sunday, May 16. Replay Lincoln Park will transform all 9,000 square feet of their space, including their outdoor patio, into spots inspired by the show, and will offer an exclusive selection of Michael Scott-inspired cocktails and a themed food menu. Tickets are now available, and reservations are offered. Covid-19 restrictions will be practiced and protocols will be strictly observed to ensure the safety of patrons and employees. Replay Lincoln Park invites guests for great fun from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Monday – Thursday, Friday 3 p.m. – 2 a.m., 12 p.m. – 3 a.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. Sunday. 

Thorn Restaurant & Lounge (Rosemont)

Located in The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton and closest off-airport hotel to O'Hare, offers hotel guests and patrons alike an option for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as brunch and late-night cocktails, and includes comfort food favorites, signature Rose items, and Chef’s daily specials. For the upcoming holiday, Thorn will be offering an exclusive Mother’s Day High Tea on Sunday, May 9 with two seating’s available at 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. which includes complimentary parking, live music from Dina Bach, and a curated menu to set the scene of an elevated high tea. The Thorn lounge features seating areas for those looking to dine in, as well as a patio area for those interested in sitting outside. They can also accommodate various social gatherings, family functions, upcoming meetings, and more. 

Water’s Edge (Oakbrook)

Located within The Hyatt Lodge, 2815 Jorie Boulevard in Oakbrook, Water's Edge offers café items including fresh salads, classic sandwiches, soups and entrees for both breakfast and lunch. During the summer months, guests can order meals al fresco on the patio. Hearth Lounge’s menu includes cocktails as well as gourmet soups and sandwiches, fresh salads, hearty appetizers and desserts. Both venues provide views of the property’s private lakes and landscaping restaurant and Hearth Lounge are the place to sip cocktails or order lunch and dinner. Patrons can also opt to book Hyatt’s Lakeside Private Parties which can cater to up to 40 guests. 

Fulton Market Kitchen (Fulton Market District) 

FMK is set to reopen with a brand-new menu on April 8. Located in the Fulton Market District, guests can sit either outdoors or indoor dining at the part restaurant part art gallery crossover, and try Chef Jonathan Harootunian’s seasonal menu, in addition to locally-sourced cocktails. Chef Harootunian’s focus is to provide a variety of seasonal dishes utilizing ingredients sourced from regional farms, local markets and neighbors along Fulton Market Street. Located at 311 N. Sangamon, FMK is open Thursday through Sunday, and offers a brunch menu on the weekends.   

Pacino's (South Loop)

Sicily meets the South Loop at this Italian eatery located within the Roosevelt Collection Shops at 1010 S. Delano Ct. Led by Executive Chef Michael Serratore, Pacino's offers a wide range of classically-inspired antipasti, pizza, salads, seafood, fresh pastas and more. Order signature cocktails or a glass of vino at the full bar indoors or pull up a seat under the outdoor pergola for a outdoor dining experience. Pacino's is open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday from 5 pm-10 pm. 

AIRE (Downtown)

AIRE features 360-views from the 24th floor of Hyatt Centric the Loop Chicago. This rooftop deck serves as an urban atmosphere for both Chicago residents and tourists alike. The regular food menu at AIRE carries an array of flatbreads, appetizers, and salads. The beverage program at AIRE serves up a variety of specialty- crafted cocktails, craft beer, draft beer, and wine. This outdoor area features fire pits, cabanas, couches and an outdoor bar with an urban feel. AIRE is open Monday – Wednesday 3:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., Thursday - Saturday 3:30 p.m. – 12 a.m, Sunday – Closed. 

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Kennedy is currently serving up specialty drinks and dishes Thursday through Sunday on their deck in Wicker Park. (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Rooftop)

Pennyville Station (Park Ridge)

Pennyville Station’s patio will be open to the public beginning Thursday, April 29. Per the City of Park Ridge, expanded patios will continue on Main Street this year - providing brunch, lunch or dinner.

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Pennyville Station’s patio is an outdoor spot in the burbs for brunch, lunch or dinner! (Photo courtesy of Amy Roesch)

Andros Taverna (Logan Square)

Located in Logan Square, Chef Doug Psaltis shines a light on traditional Greek dishes by using family recipes he grew up with. Andros has 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 have an overhanging glass canopy with hanging greenery.

Hours are Wednesday - Saturday 4pm - 11pm; Sunday 4pm - 10pm and reservations can be made through Resy. Patio seating is first come, first served.  

Boleo (Loop)

Boleo, the South American rooftop restaurant/lounge on the 15th floor of the Kimpton Gray Hotel, is featuring Peruvian and Argentinian street food-inspired small plates and new menu offerings inspired by the executives chef’s travels to Lima. 

Hours are Thursday - Saturday 5pm - 10pm. Reservations can be made through OpenTable. 

El Che Steakhouse & Bar (West Loop)

Chef John Manion’s homage to Argentina's asados, traditional backyard barbecues featuring platters of rustic flame-finished grilled beef, is officially reopened, including an expanded sidewalk patio and large open front windows.

Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 5pm - 10pm. Reservations available only through Opentable.

Farm Bar (Lakeview)

Located in Lakeview, Farm-Bar invigorates Midwestern fare with sustainably, locally sourced ingredients honest to the heartland.

Hours are Monday-Thursday 4pm-9pm; Friday 11am-10pm ; Saturday 10am-10pm; Sunday 10am-9pm. Reservations are available via Resy. 

Firelake Grill House & Cocktail Bar (Downtown)

Using the wood-fired method of American grilling, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel offers farm-to-table dining on its patio. 

Hours are Sunday - Monday 8am-8pm; Tuesday to Saturday  8am-11pm. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

Funkenhausen (West Town)

Located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood the beer hall’s dog-friendly patio was the first patio to open this spring on Chicago Avenue. 

Hours are Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 5pm-9pm; Friday & Saturday 5pm-10pm; Happy Hour is Wednesday -  Sunday 5pm-6pm. 

Gemini (Lincoln Park)

Located in Lincoln Park, Gemini has become a neighborhood restaurant even if they don’t live around the corner. Patio hours are Sunday - Thursday 4:30-9PM; Friday & Saturday 4:30-10PM. Reservations are recommended via Resy.

Grapes and Grains (West Loop)

GG is located in the heart of 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 will feature an outdoor patio on the corner of Lake and Peoria street. Seating will be first come, first served.

Nonnina (River North)

Order Nonnina’s menu al fresco under sparkling Tivoli lights, among off-street ivy heated patio. Nonnina’s covered fresh air patio has operable windows and radiant heat flooring. Hours are Monday-Friday 11am to close and Saturday 5pm to close.

Old Pueblo Cantina (Lincoln Park)

A neighborhood and family-friendly cantina inspired by the Sonoran flavors of Arizona and Mexico in Lincoln Park. Patio hours are Sunday - Thursday 4:30-9PM; Friday & Saturday 4:30-10PM. Reservations via Resy.

PB&J (West Loop)

Specializing in pizza, beer and jukebox, PB&J also offers Brunch on the weekends featuring a wide selection of brunch pizzas, PB&J french toast, and more. PB&J features a patio including covered and heated seating options. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Wednesday from 5pm – 11pm, Thursday – Saturday from 11am – 1am and Sunday from 11am – 8pm. Brunch is served weekends from 11am – 4pm. Reservations can be made on OpenTable and walk-ins are welcome.

Proxi (West Loop)

This border-blurring destination from Chef Andrew Zimmerman and proprietor Emmanuel Nony opened its first patio last summer, in the West Loop. Hours are 5-8 pm Tuesday - Thursday and 5-9 pm Friday and Saturday. 

Recess (West Loop)

Located in the West Loop for imbibing, seasonal comfort foods such as a new buffalo mac & cheese with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, frozen drinks like an Aperol Freeze, and great skyline views. Hours start at 4 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. weekends for brunch. Reservations via OpenTable.

Rooftop at Nobu Hotel Chicago (West Loop)

Located on the 11th floor, the Rooftop at Nobu Hotel Chicago is a cocktail-driven lounge experience with skyline views and menu highlights inspired by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Hours are Breakfast daily 8am - 11am; Lunch Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 4pm; Dinner/Cocktails Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 4PM – 10PM | Friday & Saturday: 4PM – 11PM. (Closed Mondays & Tuesdays; priority seating to guests of the hotel and accept walk-ins.) 

Sepia (West Loop)

Chef Andrew Zimmerman’s Michelin-starred destination has been in the West Loop since 2007, but just opened its first patio last summer. The sidewalk patio will open as soon as weather permits. Hours are 5-8 pm Tuesday - Thursday and 5-9 pm Friday and Saturday.

Smyth + The Loyalist (West Loop)

Smyth + The Loyalist debuted its very first patio on Ada Street last summer. Both Smyth’s tasting menu and The Loyalist’s new French-leaning menu will be available on the patio as soon as weather permits. The patio is open starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Reservations coming soon; walk-ins only for now.

The Dearborn (Loop)

Executive Chef Aaron Cuschieri highlights seasonal Midwestern ingredients to create dishes. Their first sidewalk patio launched last summer and is open again this year, offering great people watching in the Loop. Hours are Monday - Thursday 11am - 9:30pm; Friday 11am - 11pm; Saturday 10:00am - 11pm;  Sunday 10:00am - 9:00pm. 

The Smith (River North)

The American brasserie offers an expanded sidewalk patio and covered tent in River North on Clark and Kinzie streets. Hours are 11:30am-9pm Monday through Thursday, 11:30am-10pm Friday, 10am-10pm Saturday, 10am-9pm Sunday. Happy hour is available weekdays from 3-6pm. 

Urbanbelly (Wicker Park)

Chef Bill Kim’s fast-casual restaurant offers lunch or dinner to dine al fresco on their patio just off of Damen, recently adorned with a fresh mural painting by Chef Won Kim. Pretty Cool Ice Cream and Vietnamese Cold Brew Iced Coffee are available, as well as Chef Bill Kim’s Pizza & Parm Shop, a virtual restaurant concept offering Detroit style pizza, cauliflower wings and more. Hours are 11am-9pm daily. 

Wood (Boystown)

Wood is a six-time Michelin Bib Gourmand winner serving dinner and Sunday brunch. Wood also offers seating on their patio, which will be open weather permitting. Wood accepts reservations for the patio. Hours are Tuesday - Thursday 5pm - 9pm; Friday and Saturday 5pm - 10pm; and Sunday for brunch from 10:00am-2:00pm. Reservations can be made through OpenTable.

Farmhouse Tavern (Evanston)

Chef Garrett VanBergen creates Midwestern fare using ingredients locally sourced, including from the restaurant's own Brown Dog Farm in Wisconsin. Patio is open weather permitting. Hours are Monday - Thursday 11:30am-8pm; Friday 11:30am-9pm; Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 10am-8pm. Reservations available via Resy.

Sophia (Wilmette)

A neighborhood steakhouse for the North Shore from lifelong friends Glenn Keefer and Ryan O’Donnell. Hours of operation are Sunday - Thursday 4:30-9PM and Friday & Saturday 4:30-10PM. Reservations via Resy 

The Table at Crate (Oak Brook)

The patio in Oakbrook Center offers an option while shopping, featuring a menu of favorites from award-winning Chef Bill Kim. A covered patio offers outdoor seating no matter the weather & weekend brunch service launches on April 17. Hours are 11am-6pm Monday through Thursday, 11am-8pm Friday, 10am to 8pm Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday. Reservations are available on Opentable.

Robert Et Fils (North Center)

Robert Et Fils, a small fine-dining French restaurant from Chef Rob Shaner that opened a takeout window amid the pandemic, is opening its outdoor space on May 15, welcoming diners to enjoy Parisian drinking foods and libations on its patio. As the pandemic continues to improve in Chicago, Shaner will open the 17-seat interior space for the first time as well.  

While most of Chef Rob’s rotating menus for takeout are inspired by his past travels, including the time Chef Rob spent and lived in Paris, the patio menu will consist of a lighter “Parisian drinking fare” suited for enjoying a glass of wine or refreshing summer cocktail. Guests can expect to indulge in charcuterie boards, cheese plates, mussels, and more. Pastry Chef Cati Molnar will serve homemade bread that will complement the main menu. 

Patio service will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays, weather permitting. The patio will seat up to 14 guests with four tables available, creating the ultimate intimate experience and allowing the team to personalize and focus on the quality of each guest.

Robert Et Fils utilizes the essence of old-school French gastronomy with an American playfulness, exploring modern culinary techniques and technology and offering thoughtful, elevated service. Chef Rob is passionate about developing umami flavors and gravitates towards Japanese products and unexpected ingredient pairings. The quality and selection of plates will be more fine dining than casual bistro, while remaining welcoming and comforting.

Robert Et Fils’s small team consists of Chef Rob and just two other members. However, the team is looking to expand and hire new staff members to be a part of the magic. Guests can call ahead to inquire about availability and reserve their experience. Robert Et Fils will also accept walk-ins for the patio. Rotating menus for takeout will still be available and available to purchase on Tock. 

Rooftop At Nobu
Located on the 11th floor, the Rooftop at Nobu Hotel Chicago is a cocktail-driven lounge experience with skyline views and menu highlights inspired by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. (Photo courtesy of the Rooftop at Nobu Hotel Chicago)

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