If there’s one thing we do well in Chicago, it’s outdoor drinking.
We only get so many warm months and the city does all it can to embrace them. Patios and beer gardens are plentiful in every neighborhood but we’ve painstakingly narrowed down our favorites around town.
You can’t go wrong with a patio day, but—if you need some help deciding where to day drink responsibly with a Deep Eddy Vodka cocktail—check out the list below.
4923 N. Clark St. - Andersonville
This Andersonville gay bar offers a shady patio that’s perfect for sipping beers and nibbling on some free popcorn from the bar.
Image via Facebook/The Promontory
5311 S. Lake Park Ave. - Hyde Park
The Promontory has quickly become a cultural and culinary hub in Hyde Park. If you’ve been waiting to see what the kitchen has to offer, why not do it al fresco. Or, have a few drinks on the patio before catching a show at the indoor music venue.
Photo via Facebook/City Winery
1200 W. Randolph St. - West Loop
11 W. Riverwalk South - Loop
Wine drinking is an activity best done outdoors and City Winery knows that. Try some of its Chicago-made wines on the West Loop mainstay's patio or at the seasonal pop-up on the riverfront.
1240 N. Wells St. - Old Town
If you want to move your classic Irish pub experience outdoors, Declan’s sidewalk patio is the place to do it.
Image via Facebook/Big Star
1531 N. Damen Ave. - Wicker Park
3640 N. Clark St. - Wrigleyville
Duh. This patio is one of the busiest in town. Get your taco and margarita on at Big Star in Wicker Park. The new Wrigleyville location also features an 80-seat patio and retractable windows for open-air vibes.
1059 N. Wolcott Ave. - West Town
Plastic patio furniture, cheap drinks and the option to order food in gives this bar’s sizeable patio the feeling of a backyard hangout. Don’t forget a deck of cards or your favorite board game!
Photo via Facebook/Sheffield's
3258 N. Sheffield Ave. - Lakeview
Sheffield’s beer garden is a classic just outside of the main Wrigleyville stretch.
1658 W. Barry Ave. - Lakeview
This corner bar is a loveable dive with a backyard patio that continually makes us thankful for Chicago summers.
3857 N. Southport Ave. - Lakeview
The only thing better than Toons’ po’boy sandwiches and Memphis-style BBQ is enjoying eating them out on the patio!
Photo via Facebook/RM Champagne Salon
116 N. Green St. - West Loop
RM Champagne Salon is a French-themed West Loop gem with a picturesque patio. We don’t have to tell you what the drink of choice is here.
1354 W. Wabansia Ave. - Bucktown
Photo via The Hideout
The Hideout—”Chicago’s Most Loved Small Venue”—is a community unto itself. The streetside front patio attracts loyal regulars and occasional outdoor live music.
On Fridays during the summer you can enjoy Picnics on the Porch presented by Deep Eddy Vodka. BYOB(lanket) and enjoy live country performances. Local Foods also sells picnic boxes with their fresh-from-the-farm ingredients for some good eating during the shows.
Photo via Facebook/The Dawson
730 W. Grand Ave. - River West
Located just off the Grand blue line station, The Dawson offers an off-the-beaten-path patio option for seafood and woodfire grilled entrees—and don’t forget the cocktails.
960 W. 18th St. - Pilsen
This sidewalk patio is one of the best in Pilsen. Simone’s atmosphere never fails to attract good people and good times.
2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square
If you’ve ever complained that The Whistler is too tiny, summer is the best time to visit when you can spill over into the back patio and enjoy some personal space and strong drinks.
Photo via Facebook/Mott Street
1401 N. Ashland Ave. - Wicker Park
A light summer breeze is the perfect thing to cool you down after eating some of Mott Street’s spicier Asian dishes. The patio nearly doubles of the size of the restaurant when the weather permits and provides a semi-private reprieve from busy Ashland Avenue.
2311 W. North Ave. - Wicker Park
Vegans and vegetarians flock to Handlebar’s patio for meat-free outdoor dining so good, it might convert a carnivore or two.
1983 N. Clybourn Ave. - Lincoln Park
The mimosas are always flowing at Zella—a wildly popular Lincoln Park brunch spot with a beautiful patio that’s known for drawing a line before the doors even open.
Photo via Facebook/Boiler Room
2210 N. California Ave. - Logan Square
A conversation about perfect patios in Logan Square isn’t valid until Boiler Room enters the conversation. Pizza by the slice and boozy ice cream cones make for the perfect Sunday (or Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday….) funday.
Photo Credit: 90 Miles Cuban Cafe
90 Miles Cuban Cafe
2540 W. Armitage Ave. - Logan Square
3101 N. Clybourn Ave. - Roscoe Village
3333 W. Touhy Ave. - Lincolnwood, IL
All three locations of this Cuban restaurant have bumpin’ patios perfect for sipping on a mango milkshake. Up the fun with a BYOB option—though they have mojito, sangria and other mixers available for purchase as well—at the Logan Square and Roscoe Village spots.
Photo via Facebook/Howells & Hood
435 N. Michigan Ave. - River North
Located just north of the Chicago River on Michigan Avenue and at the base of the historic Tribune Tower, Howells And Hood’s patio seems like an obvious choice for a post-work wind-down.
948 N. Western Ave. - Ukrainian Village
The twinkling light bulbs strewn above this tree-filled patio give it an intimate, cozy feel and Sportsman’s rotating cocktail menu will give you an excuse for many repeat visits.
Photo via Facebook/The Northman
4337 N. Lincoln Ave. - Lincoln Square
Once you get a seat on The Northman’s patio, you’ll find it hard to leave. Luckily cider fans have a long menu of options to work their way through.
1935 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town
If you’re not at this neighborhood sports bar to watch a soccer game, you’re probably there to take advantage of one of West Town’s liveliest patios.
Photo via Facebook/Shoeless Joe's
1480 W. Lake St. - Addison, IL
Baseball history buffs will appreciate both the sports memorabilia that line the walls of this sports bar as well as the massive outdoor seating section. A giant fireplace keeps it cozy even on cool evenings.
960 W. 31st St. - Bridgeport
Don’t even bother coming to this homey Bridgeport staple if you’re not interested in making new friends and toasting to warm Chicago nights. There’s also outdoor seating at Kimski next door if you need a food-filled break from the bar.
2021 N. Stockton Dr. - Lincoln Park
Get a gorgeous view from the patio at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Cafe Brauer, overlooking the Nature Boardwalk. Visit the cafe after (or in the middle of) your trip to the zoo for full brunch, lunch, dinner and bar menus.
2417 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square
The Native is good at attracting two types of regulars: dogs and humans—and both love it when the patio is open.
Photo via Facebook/Saint Lou's Assembly
664 W. Lake St. - West Loop
Saint Lou’s signature “meat ‘n’ three” option might be a bit too heavy for bocci ball on the back patio, but luckily there are plenty of light bite and—of course—drink options that lead to more limber matches.
1125 E. 55th St. - Hyde Park
When Nella’s left its former home in Lincoln Park, it took one of our favorite patios with it. Luckily, the Italian kitchen and Neapolitan pizza pros have popped back up in Hyde Park with a lovely new al fresco dining area to visit.
3471 N. Elston Ave. - Avondale
Chief O’Neill’s patio isn’t so much a patio as it is a drinking oasis in the middle of lush, grass-filled garden. It’s a lesser known destination on the Chicago patio map, but we’re willing to let the secret out.
10614 S. Western Ave. - Beverly
Join the South Side Irish at this Beverly bar. Its sprawling patio is a great place to spend a summertime afternoon—and if your stay extends into the evening, no one will judge you.
Photo credit: Lakeshore Beverage via Sleeping Village
3734 W. Belmont Ave. - Avondale
Chicago’s newest 300-person music venue also brings a spacious new patio to the Avondale area and, with 56 beers and ciders on tap, you won’t soon get thirsty sitting out there on a sunny day.
315 N. LaSalle Dr. - River North
If the views from this riverside patio, bar and restaurant don’t have you over a barrel, the food certainly will.
Photo via Facebook/Taverna On Division
1707 Division St. - Melrose Park, IL
Taverna on Division is a Mediterranean oasis in the middle of Melrose Park. Its beautiful patio and open-air interior is the perfect place to enjoy some steamed mussels in the summer.
3647 N. Clark St. - Wrigleyville
Brickhouse joins the crop of new Wrigleyville dining and drinking options this summer and has plenty of outdoor space. Even if you didn’t get a ticket to the game, you’ll be so close to the action, you might not even know the difference (depending on how many drinks in you are).
Photo via Facebook/Parson's Chicen & Fish
2952 W. Armitage Ave. - Logan Square
Parson’s patio is back, bigger and better than ever. The boozy slushies will be flowing all spring, summer and fall long on the newly expanded outdoor space. Find your spot at one of the picnic tables and settle into one of Chicago’s most popular warm-weather spots.
2050 W. Balmoral Ave. - Bowmanville
The newest Half Acre taproom (and its accompanying patio) took longer than expected to open but, now that it’s here, we can’t stay away. Of course, you can get a variety of brews on tap but there’s also a wealth of non-alcoholic options like Dark Matter coffee and sodas for chiller days.
13328 Old Western Ave. - Blue Island, IL
This bar has a punk rock attitude, Midwestern heart, a love of vintage pinball and excellent taste in beer. Hit the patio for maximum enjoyment.
11265 W. 159th St. - Orland Park, IL
Dogs are always welcome at this Orland Park patio. Treat your pup to an adventure while treating yourself to the bar’s insane seafood-packed Bloody Mary (only offered on Sundays). Where else can you get a breakfast cocktail with crawfish and crab legs in it?