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Outdoor Restaurants Open In Chicago

By Chicago Bucket List

As we settle into phase two, it's time to give the people what they want, patios. ☀️


Published June 22, 2020

We Chicagoans put on a happy face, three layers of sweaters, and a parka for 8 months out of the year. So, it's no surprise that the summer months act as a well-deserved escape for most of us. It has certainly been a rocky few months but the city is finally beginning to see the light... and the patios. 

Dining may look slightly different than what we’re used to. However, we’re welcoming any sort of dining these days that doesn’t include views of our apartment’s flex wall and 32” TV. Some safety measures include tables no closer than 6 feet apart, groups limited to 10 people, individually packaged condiments, paper-disposable menus, and pre-packaged silverware.

To celebrate the dining scene's soft reopening and get us in the spirit to start drinking spirits (With people! Outside! In public!), we’ve curated a list of 22 restaurants throughout Chicago that offer outdoor seating.

Summertime Chi - Take Phase Two.

Homeslice

 
 
 
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Lincoln Park

Imaginative thin-crust pizzas & beer in a rustic-style lodge room with tree-trunk tables & TVs.
Outdoor setting: Back patio

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La Storia 

 
 
 
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Gold Coast

Elevated, multiregional Italian kitchen & bar in historic surrounds with patios & a courtyard.
Outdoor setting: Back patio

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Tavern on Rush 

 
 
 
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Gold Coast

One of the best seats in the city, perfect people-watching right in Gold Coast. Tavern features steakhouse fare, nightly DJs & outdoor seating define this lively, upscale restaurant.
Outdoor setting: Front patio taking up the block.

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Barcocina  

 
 
 
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Lakeview

Modern takes on classic Mexican fare plus tequila, margaritas & sangria in rustic-industrial digs.
Outdoor setting: Front patio. 

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Athenian Room 

 
 
 
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Lincoln Park 

Casual restaurant cooking Greek specialties like gyros & juice-soaked fries since the 1970s.
Outdoor setting: Front patio

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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!

 
 
 
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Lincoln Park 

Spanish tapas, paella & pitchers of sangria fuel a lively scene at this classic Chicago restaurant.
Outdoor setting: Back patio

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Park and Field  

 
 
 
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Logan Square 

Sharing plates & craft cocktails are served amid vintage sporting equipment or on a massive patio.
Outdoor setting: Back patio

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Small Cheval 

 
 
 
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Logan Square 

Sister to the Chicago original serving elevated burgers & American dishes in a stylish setting.
Outdoor setting: Front patio

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Mozzarella Store 

 
 
 
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Gold Coast 

An Italian foodies dream filled with runny burrata and pizzas. Enjoy views of the iconic Water Tower from their patio and a dessert to round out your meal.  
Outdoor setting: Front patio. 

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Beatnik on the River

 
 
 
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The Loop

Creative global eats & tropical cocktails, paired in a funky-ornate setting with riverfront seats.
Outdoor setting: Patio overlooking the river.

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Twin Anchors  

 
 
 
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Old Town 

Old-school tavern & barbecue restaurant founded in 1932 & once frequented by Frank Sinatra.
Outdoor setting: Front patio

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Band of Bohemia 

 
 
 
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Pilsen

Funky-chic brewpub infusing culinary flavors into house beers & pairing them with global plates. First-ever Michelin starred brewpub.
Outdoor setting: Front patio taking over the parking lot

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Ema

 
 
 
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River North 

Mediterranean small plates & spreads with fresh bread paired with regional wines in airy digs.
Outdoor setting: Outside patio

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Sienna Tavern 

 
 
 
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River North 

Neapolitan pies, homemade pastas, mozzarella bar & wine in an upscale space with bar & lounge smack dab in the middle of the city.
Outdoor setting: Front patio

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Piccolo Sogno 

 
 
 
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River West 

Charming, chef-owned restaurant serving Italian cuisine & pizza in an intimate environment.
Outdoor setting: Back patio

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Bar Siena 

 
 
 
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West Loop 

Regional Italian fare & drinks served in a stylish, 2-story space with a patio & a buzzy bar.
Outdoor setting: Back patio

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Avec 

 
 
 
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West Loop

Inventive small & large plates served in a cozy, minimalist space with communal seating. 
Outdoor setting: Back patio

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Federales

 
 
 
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West Loop

Mexican barbecue-style tacos, ceviche & tequila in a funky warehouse setting with a beer garden.
Outdoor setting: Back patio

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Girl & the Goat 

 
 
 
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West Loop

A hot spot where Stephanie Izard serves up innovative small plates from a dramatic open kitchen.
Outdoor setting: Front patio

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Recess 

 
 
 
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West Loop

Tongue-in-cheek nods to Chicago politics inform the food & drink menus at this vast American spot.
Outdoor setting: Back patio

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Big Star 

 
 
 
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Wicker Park | Wrigleyville

Mexican street food, plus margaritas & other drinks fuel a lively scene at this funky hangout.
Outdoor setting: Front patio

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Ina Mae Tavern 

 
 
 
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Wicker Park 

Funky outpost with a New Orleans vibe, chef-driven fare, live music & specialty retail products.
Outdoor setting: Front patio

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J. Parker 

 
 
 
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Lincoln Park 

Handcrafted cocktails, a light New American menu & city views on the Hotel Lincoln's swanky rooftop.
Outdoor setting: Rooftop patio

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