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Published December 13, 2023

The Chicago Guide to Heated Outdoor Dining

Find an outdoor seat by the fire to enjoy your favorite Chicago eats.

by Chicago Bucket List


We get it; Chicago winters are cold. But Chicago is such a pretty city year-round, and bundling up and staying in can lead to serious cabin fever—sometimes you need to spend a little time outdoors and get some fresh air. Despite the frigid temperatures, Chicago comes through with heated patios, enclosed rooftops, and igloos and tents to get you out of the house while still staying cozy. Whether you’re craving bottomless tacos in an ambient igloo or want Michelin-starred cuisine with a view, Chicago has it. Check out our favorite spots below.

The Best Heated Outdoor Dining Spots in Chicago


From bottomless brunch on the weekends to bottomless tacos every Tuesday, we could spend weeks on end at Barcocina. The Mexican-fusion hotspot has glowing, festive igloos for their diners throughout the winter. Igloo packages are $75 per person and include four menu items plus two drinks to start. Kids under 10 are free!

Where: 2901 N Sheffield Ave
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Beatrix Fulton Market

Coffee, baked goods, and a “healthy meets delicious” restaurant menu all combine into the perfect all-day venue in the Beatrix in Fulton Market. Enjoy dinner and hot cocktails (spiked peppermint cocoa, mulled wine, and earl gray hot toddies) on their fully enclosed and heated outdoor patio. Make sure to grab a batch of their signature cookies to go!

Where: 834 W Fulton Market
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Park and Field

With their 6,000 sqft patio named one of the top 20 Beer Gardens in the US, we can confidently say Park and Field has you covered for outdoor dining. Enjoy heated, enclosed converted bocce and rugby rooms—or head to the exterior to grab a blanket and an Adirondack chair by the fire. You can make s'mores or step away to the Camper Bar for spiked hot cocoa to warm you up. Looking for the ultimate heated glamping? Reserve their lux, sheepskin fur-filled Mongolian Yurt!

Where: 3509 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL
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BLVD Steakhouse

A classic American steakhouse inspired by Hollywood’s Sunset Blvd, this swanky spot in Fulton Market offers a massive full-season atrium with a sprawling bar, lush greenery, linen curtains, luxe upholstery, and romantic string lighting.

Where: 817 W Lake St, Chicago, IL
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Paradise Park

Paradise Park is home to a heated, wildly decorated, and massive patio that serves classic and eccentric pies. The area has a roof and heating lamps to keep guests warm, plus, you can enjoy themed cocktails to keep your spirits up through the frost.

Where: 1913 W North Avenue
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Beatnik On the River

The Caribbean-electric oasis in West Town is now serving its globetrotting food and party-vibe seasonal cocktails on a heated, enclosed patio where you can still enjoy the river views. 

Where: 180 N. Upper Wacker Drive
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The Moonlighter

Grab a table on the heated patio or opt for a heated tent and dig into a house-made burger at The Moonlighter. Known for laid-back vibes, hospitality, and sports showings, the homey energy of this Chicago restaurant carries to the outdoor seats by the fireside, too.

Where: 3204 W Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL
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Taxim’s heated rooftop terrace is open through the winter, and you can enjoy weekly all-Greek wine specials under the twinkling string lights. Their original Greek dishes are served on the exposed brick patio, adorned with a small bar and a lush garden wall of herbs lining the exterior of the enclosed staircase that leads to the restaurant.

Where: 1558 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
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Chef Carlos Gaytán's (the first Latin American to earn a Michelin Star) restaurant in Chicago is an homage to his Mexican Culinary heritage and his love for French Cuisine. Enjoy his extraordinary flavors under the retractable roof in TZUCO’s all-season heated patio.

Where: 720 N State St, Chicago, IL
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Le Colonial

Le Colonial is an upscale, authentic Vietnamese and French cuisine eatery created by Executive Chef Quoc Luong. For winter, they open up seating on their all-season terrace—a fabulous upper-level floor with floor-to-ceiling windows—so you get the beautiful city views without the freeze.

Where: 57 E Oak Street, Chicago, IL
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This  6-time Michelin Bib Gourmand winner, located in the heart of Chicago's Northalsted, is renowned for its addictively fun upscale dinners and drinks. Enjoy their shareable plates on their walled patio, with overhead heating and fires close to your table.

Where: 3335 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL
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At Taquizo, you’ll enjoy delicious, elevated, yet quick-service Mexican classics with a modern approach—and enjoy it all in an aesthetic glass atrium and garden walled in to protect you from the Chicago winter.

Where: 1835 West North Ave, Chicago, IL
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The Frontier

West Town’s Black-owned Frontier is one of the only Chicago bars to employ iced taps, which keep the beer colder and fresher. They serve a truly unique “whole animal” dining experience, and most pertinent for this list, they have a heated, all-weather Beer Garden with a retractable roof. Grab a seat near the stone fireplace and order a "Sweater Weather" cocktail to start (you’ll understand when you get there).

Where: 1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
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Pilsen Yards

You’ll find your fill of mezcal and Latin street eats at Pilsen Yards, all within a comfy and cozy setting. The winter beer garden features a radiant-heated cement floor, radiant overhead heaters, a clear roof, and exposed wooden beams.

Where: 1163 W 18th St, Chicago, IL
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The Village Tap

This friendly neighborhood tavern has a year-round outdoor beer garden complete with twinkle lights, heating lamps, and TVs, so you don't miss the game if you opt for outdoor seating.

Where: 2055 W Roscoe, Chicago, IL
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Meaning soul or spirit, ROOH brings the spirit of India to Chicago. Diners can enjoy Indian delicacies and drink rum-infused hot chakra chocolate inside a heated hexadome tent (with 17-ft. ceilings!). The twinkle lights, heaters, and soft music just add to the cozy, classy vibe. 

Where: 736 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL
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J Parker

Known for its stunning city views, J Parker sits atop the Hotel Lincoln and features a rooftop lounge with fire pits, tables, comfy seating, and a retractable glass roof. Order a few shareables for the group and enjoy the scenery—while remaining comfortably warm.

Where: 1816 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
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Fireside has been an institution in Chicago for over 100 years. Along with its namesake fireplace inside, the Andersonville restaurant has an all-weather patio that's just as cozy. The space has a retractable roof and serves up classic American fare from house-smoked ribs to a build-your-own burger bar.

Where: 5739 N Ravenswood, Chicago, IL
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