Yes, patio season has officially arrived.
Many of us wondered if we would even get to experience a true Chicago summer this year, let alone patio season. However, as Illinois enters Phase 3 of reopening, restaurant and bar patios are allowed to welcome patrons again. Please note that social distancing measures have been set in place at all of these locations. We'll do whatever it takes to able to get some much-needed vitamin D–and drinks–on our favorite patios.
We'll continue updating this list as more patios open up around town. Outdoor drinks for all!
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1603 N. Lake Shore Dr. - Lincoln Park
Imagine a patio where you can sink your toes into the sand. Well, that's a reality now that Shore Club has reopened. Get some beach-side vibes back into your life this summer on its first come, first served patio. If you're looking for a semi-private VIP experience, you can reserve a cabana, daybed or sun bed in The Oasis.
Photo via Facebook/The Grafton
4530 N. Lincoln Ave. - Lincoln Square
This charming neighborhood Irish pub is back open for patio and partitioned indoor seating! Enjoy Irish classics like curried chicken or mushroom pasties and corned beef sandwiches anytime! Parties are seated on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Grafton is also now offering a to-go menu through Toast.
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3441 N. Sheffield Ave. - Wrigleyville
Graystone Tavern’s backyard patio is back and open for business, as well as two tables out front. Reservations aren’t required, so come as you please. Stop by on a Tuesday for trivia or a Chelsea FC game night for specials.
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4128 N. Lincoln Ave. - North Center
The Rambler’s spacious patio will keep you perfectly distanced while the food and drinks will keep you perfectly full. No reservations needed.
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1415 N. Wood St. - Wicker Park
The New Orleans-themed restaurant has opened its patio to those that have been craving its po’ boys, seafood towers, beignets and more. It seats 48 on a first come, first served basis.
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4019 N. Damen Ave. - North Center
Get a taste of Italy on Tuscan Hen Market’s patio with authentic Italian family-style meals, seven days of the week. Bring your own bottle of wine to make it a full experience. On Wednesdays through Sundays from 5 pm to 8 pm. the restaurant offers a four-course culinary tour of Italy. It starts in the south of Italy featuring Sicily and ends in Venice by the end of September. Reservations are recommended by calling 773-6766-5555.
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325 N. Jefferson St. - Fulton River District
Not only is Jefferson Tap & Grille’s patio open, but it is also dog friendly! So you get to soak up some rays with all your best friends, two- and four-legged. Reservations are recommended.
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217 Barrington Ave. - East Dundee
Reservations are required to kick back on Mockingbird Bar & Garden’s patio, but well worth it when you’re enjoying a delicious entree in one hand and a cocktail in the other.
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400 N. Wells St. - River North
Get a little sun with your steak on Kinzie’s Chophouse sidewalk patio. Reservations are recommended ahead of time.
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1368 E. 53rd St. - Hyde Park
The Soul Shack is serving up the perfect amount of soul and comfort food to keep you plump and happy. Pair that with the newly reopened patio and you’ve got yourself a solid dining experience.
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3057 W. Logan Blvd. - Logan Square
Beginning June 10, you can begin visiting one of Chicago’s favorite burger spots again. Mini Mott’s patio will open in line with CDC guidelines. Guests are also encouraged to borrow portable picnic tables and set up along Logan Boulevard for further distanced dining. Reservations are not available. Minit Mott operates on a first-come, first-served basis.
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1160 W. 16th St. - Pilsen
Finally. Margaritas on a patio. We’ve waited so long! La Vaca’s 30-person patio’s capacity has been halved to meet CDC guidelines, but you can try to snag a seat for lunch or dinner on the next nice summer day.
Photo courtesy of Paper Girl PR
110 W. Hubbard St. - River North
Pull up a seat at Hubbard Inn's 36-seat sidewalk patio. Designed to imitate the bar's second-floor lounge, Blue Violet, this outdoor oasis boasts lush greenery, flowers and more. The best part? It's dog friendly, so bring your four-legged pals too! Reservations recommended by email or phone.
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2301 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town
If you need some real Jamaican dishes back in your life stat, then Mr. Brown’s Lounge is your go-to. Open Thursday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. to satisfy your cravings.
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1462 E. 53rd St. - Hyde Park
Virtue Restaurant, led by James Beard-nominated Chef Erick Williams, reopens its doors on June 10th for patio dining. Reservations must be made ahead of time as no walk-ins will be allowed.
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756 E. 111th St. - Pullman
Majani keeps you fed with delicious vegan cuisine featuring ingredients from the best local gardens. Stop by the Pullman location for some grub and some patio hangs.
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2558 N. Halsted St. - Lincoln Park
Further north, Las Fuentes provides another option for outdoor taco and margs. The restaurant’s giant patio has been rearranged to assure guests’ safety and is ready for walk-ins and reservations.
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838 W. Kinzie St. - West Loop
Recess has opened what may be the largest patio in Chicago coming in at 14,500-square-feet. While not intentionally being designed that way due to COVID-19 concerns, it sure doesn’t hurt! Enjoy bites and drinks, including water cooler cocktails, on this massive patio all summer long.
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465 N. McClurg Ct. - Streeterville
Open seven days a week and offering a riverside dock seating option, Robert’s Pizza Company is the move if you’re trying to satisfy your pizza and sun cravings. You can also beat the heat with summertime drinks including strawberry margherita, peach fuzz and spiked lemonade.
Photo via Facebook/Danny's
6021 W. Archer Ave. - Garfield Ridge
Finally! Enjoying pizza, burgers and beer on the patio is a thing again. Danny's is set to welcome all of its patrons safely back for outdoor dining in compliance with all Phase 3 reopening guidelines. The classic neighborhood hang's patio is open now.
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1072 N. Milwaukee Ave. - West Town
Yes, we’ll admit that we are self-described “stans” of Frontier, but it is not without good reason. Once you’ve had a taste of one of its whole animal roasts, you’ll be a convert too. If that’s not really your thing, you can still enjoy burgers, oysters, comforting sides, cocktails or even pies from Black-owned Justice of The Pies.
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110 W. Illinois St. - River North
This River North spot has reopened its patio, just in time for those craving creative Southeast Asian fare. Make a reservation before heading out.
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1660 E. 55th St. - Hyde Park
You’ll get the best of the meat lovers, vegan and vegetarian worlds all at Litehouse. The food will leave you feeling “really, really, really good” as they say themselves, and outdoor seating is now available as well.
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1604 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town
The bohemian extravaganza that is Beatnik reopens its garden oasis to guests looking for an opulent dining experience. Bathe yourself in sun via the retractable roof while enjoying signature favorites like smoked baba ghanoush, octopus with hummus and roasted lamb.
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417 N. Ashland Ave. - West Town
Kick it on the 90+ person patio while munching on some Lillie’s Q BBQ and sipping beers from four different breweries. 40 taps mean the options are vast and will keep you coming back for more.
Photo courtesy of Paper Girl PR
112 W. Hubbard St. - River North
Not only is Joy District's beautiful rooftop bar back in action, you can now enjoy food while taking in the view. Enjoy upscale, accessible favorites likes boneless wings, burgers and pizza. Reservations are recommended by calling 312-651-3983.
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3800 N. Clark St. - Lakeview
1401 W. Devon Ave. - Edgewater
Both Uncommon Ground locations have opened their outdoor dining areas for service. You’ll find an expanded beer garden at the Edgewater location and the sidewalk cafe at the Lakeview location. Reservations can be made–and are suggested–for both.
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1846 W. Division St. - Wicker Park
The folks at Machine spent the downtime crafting new entrees and cocktails for you to sample when it reopens June 10th. If you’ve had the pleasure of sampling either in the past, then you know to expect only the best from this restaurant.
Photo via Facebook/5 Estrellas Restaurant
2908 W. 59th St. - Gage Park
Looking for an expansive array of authentic Mexican fare on a spacious outdoor patio? Stop looking and get to 5 Estrellas! The patio is now open.
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1748 W. Lake St. - Fulton Market
The contemporary restaurant shall open its doors on June 10th offering dishes such as Thai crispy chicken sandwiches, hamachi collar lettuce wraps, crispy oyster mushrooms and more. Make a reservation now.
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3640 N. Clark St. - Wrigleyville
The Wrigleyville location of Big Star has reopened to offer you tacos, whiskey, honky tonk and more. Reservations must be made ahead of time as walk-ins will not be accepted.
image via facebook/drinkoffshore
1000 E. Grand Ave. - The Loop
Distancing won’t be a problem at Chicago's largest rooftop. Offshore at Navy Pier reopens on Wednesday, June 10, offering complimentary parking for a limited time to entice guests into making the journey back downtown! Make reservations (for parties of six or fewer) to enjoy dinner and/or drinks at this 56,000-square-foot space seven days a week from noon until 8 p.m.
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177 N. Ada St. - West Loop
You can now eat one of the best burgers in Chicago al fresco! The Loyalist is now open for patio dining. The classic “Dirty Burger” will indeed be available, however, the rest of the menu will shift to a “casual French” theme inspired by Parisian brasseries. Enjoy new menu items like grilled dates, skate wing, hazelnut opera cake and more. Currently, only walk-ins will be accepted, however, reservations will be available in the future.
Photo via Facebook/Duck Inn Chicago
2701 S. Eleanor St. - Bridgeport
Some of the best dining in Bridgeport is available for dine-in again! Call ahead to reserve a table on Duck Inn's patio.
Photo via Facebook/Kennedy Rooftop
1551 W. North Ave. - Wicker Park
If patio and rooftop hangs are going to be the thing this summer, then we're excited to expand our options! The Kennedy Rooftop atop the brand new Hyatt Place Chicago/Wicker Park hotel is a great place to start. The 7,500-square-foot rooftop has fire pits, outdoor games, cocktails, a full food menu and ample seating.
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901 N. Larrabee St. - River North
1649 N. Damen Ave. - Bucktown
The Goddess And Grocer returns with fresh bites and distanced dining on its outdoor patio in Bucktown and sidewalk cafe in the River North neighborhood! Of course, you can still purchase prepared meals for pickup and delivery as well.