The Best Patios In Chicago

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—check out the list below.

Downtown / West & South Loop


Punch Bowl Social

310 N. Green St. - West Loop

The fun and games at Punch Bowl Social spill outdoors this summer with the addition of a patio. Soak up some sun before a round of bowling or virtual reality!


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. Enjoy food and wine on both of City Winery's patios right now. 


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. Don’t forget about the cocktails. 

Photo via Facebook/River Roast

River Roast

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. River Roast's riverfront patio is open for business.


The Hampton Social

164 E. Grand Ave. - Streeterville

The Hampton Social’s Streeterville location gives you not one, but two outdoor spaces to choose from: an all-season covered terrace and a second-story rooftop. Regardless of which one you decide to post up on, just make sure you have a glass of rosé in hand.


Saint Lou's Assembly

664 W. Lake St. - West Loop

Saint Lou’s signature soulful food might be a bit too heavy for bocci ball on the back patio, but luckily there are plenty of light bites and—of course—drink options that lead to more limber matches. 



180 N. Upper Wacker Dr. - The Loop

1604 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town

Beatnik has two locations, both with amazing, and unique, patios. Feel the breeze and take in the sights as the boats sail by at Beatnik on the River (pictured above), or pop over to the West town location for some sunbathing in their atrium that features a retractable roof. While it might not be a traditional patio, you’ll still be able to get your daily dosage of Vitamin D.


Piccolo Sogno

464 N. Halsted St. - River West

Piccolo Sogno's patio—massive yet virtually undetectable from the street—might be the greatest hidden gem in River West. The classic Italian restaurant's pizzas and pasta taste even fresher when sitting out on this shaded, extra green oasis. 

North Side

Photo via Facebook/Parson's Chicen & Fish

Parson's Chicken & Fish 

2952 W. Armitage Ave. - Logan Square

2435 N. Halsted St. - Lincoln Park

2109 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town

5721 N. Clark St. - Andersonville

Parson's patios are synonymous with Chicago summers. Find your spot at one of the picnic tables, order a boozy slushie and settle into one of the city's most popular warm-weather spots.



1846 W. Division St. - Wicker Park

Wicker Park's new "engineered dining and drinking" spot is taking advantage of its spacious sidewalk real estate with a 105-seat patio. The restaurant's in-house florist will also expand its operations with a flower cart. Diners can purchase bouquets for their loved ones as the cart passes by. Machine's elaborate cocktails should help encourage more random acts of kindness like this! 

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Cafe Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo

2021 N. Stockton Dr. - Lincoln Park

What's the best way to wind down from a day at the zoo? Cafe Brauer's lakefront patio offers an excellent view and fresh food that pairs great with a breezy summer afternoon. Cute animals, patio dining, cool beverages? You can never count us out of those plans.


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 Wrigleyville location also features a massive patio and retractable windows for open-air vibes. 


Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden

3258 N. Sheffield Ave. - Lakeview

Sheffield’s beer garden is a classic just outside of the main Wrigleyville stretch.



1072 N. Milwaukee Ave - West Town

Try something you have never seen on a menu before at Frontier. This spot is known for its whole animal experience. That’s right, you can order a whole pig, boar or goat for dinner. You can also get your drink on with regional craft beers, select fine wines, house-made cocktails and even pitchers of alcoholic punch on this Cajun-influenced restaurant's patio.

Photo via Facebook/The Whistler

The Whistler

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. 


Lizzy J Cafe

2205 W. Montrose Ave. - Ravenswood

Just because we can dine out again, it doesn't mean you have to forego all of those healthy eating habits you picked up during quarantine! Lizzy J's offers fresh, healthy entrees. The Cafe's sidewalk patio is now open for business! 


Boiler Room

2210 N. California Ave. - Logan Square

A conversation about perfect patios in Logan Square isn’t valid until Boiler Room enters the discussion. Pizza by the slice and boozy ice cream cones make for the perfect Sunday (or Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday….) funday. 


Sleeping Village

3734 W. Belmont Ave. - Avondale

This Chicago music venue also brings a spacious new patio to the Avondale area. With 56 beers and ciders on tap, you won’t soon get thirsty sitting out there on a sunny day.

South Side


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/Simone's

Simone's Bar

960 W. 18th St. - Pilsen

This sidewalk patio is a jam in Pilsen. Simone’s atmosphere never fails to attract fun people and fun times. 

Photo via Facebook/Maria's

Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar

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.


Truth Italian Restaurant

56 E. Pershing Rd. - Bronzeville

This Black woman-owned restaurant offers classic Italian dishes with a modern twist. Truth Italian’s outdoor patio is elegantly designed, making it a great date night destination. 

Photo via Facebook/Nella Pizza

Nella Pizza e Pasta

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. 

Photo via Facebook/Cork & Kerry

Cork & Kerry

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.


The Woodlawn

1200 E. 79th St. - Chatham

Enjoy a fresh selection of traditional and modern dishes at this South Side gem. The Woodlawn is a modern and upbeat Internet cafe with a patio and rooftop for a unique outdoor dining experience. They offer coffee from a local South Side roaster by day and a pop-up experience by night. 


Virtue Restaurant

1462 E. 53rd St. - Hyde Park

Virtue Restaurant recently reopened its patio for outdoor dining. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time as no walk-ins are allowed. Celebrate the end of the stay-at-home order by dining at one of Hyde Park's hottest new restaurants. 


Phlavz Bar & Grille

717 W. Maxwell St. - University Village

Known for its spicy jerk flavors, Phlavz Bar & Grille is a great place to enjoy a delicious meal in the sun. The menu includes fried jerk wings, loaded jerk chicken fries, salmon egg rolls and more. They offer unique boozy drinks and also serve booze-free drink options. Window and patio seating is now available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

West Side

Photo via Facebook/Lola's

Lola's Coney Island

2858 W. Chicago Ave. - Humboldt Park

If it's a Detroit-style dog you're after, Lola's is the place to be this summer. This cute little sandwich shop makes for a great sunny lunchbreak destination. Don't worry, Chicago-style hot dogs are also on the menu. 

Photo via Facebook/Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

2700 W. Chicago Ave. - Ukrainian Village

Did someone say oysters al fresco? Heritage's sidewalk patio the spot for eating fresh summer bites all season long. 

Photo via Facebook/Esmeralda's


2539 W. Division St. - Humboldt Park

Caribbean craft cocktails have arrived in Humboldt Park! Esmeralda's is a newer destination this summer but once you're buzzing off of these drinks, you'll be glad you made the trip. 

Photo via Instagram/Nellie's Restaurant


2458 W. Division St. - Humboldt Park

Nellie's is a fan favorite for Puerto Rican food in the heart of Humboldt Park! This family-owned restaurant is best known for its brunches. Order the avena de coco (coconut oatmeal) and thank us later. 

Photo via Facebook/Green Tomato Cafe

Green Tomato Cafe

3750 W. Ogden Ave. - Lawndale

As the name might suggest, the Green Tomato is all about serving you what's fresh. Visit this patio for a lunch or dinner of "made-from-scratch goodness" or swing by for your morning coffee. Bridgeport Coffee Co. brews are always available. 

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MacArthur's Restaurant

5412 W. Madison St. - South Austin

Your tour of Southern cuisine in Chicago doesn't end until you've been to MacArthur's. It's a longtime favorite in the neighborhood and attracting new fans every day. Patio seating is available if you prefer to enjoy your fried goods and greens in the great outdoors. 

Photo via Facebook/Humboldt Haus

Humboldt Haus

2956 W. North Ave. - Humboldt Park

Best sub sandwiches in Humboldt Park—hands down! Refuel after a walk through the park (located directly across the street) with one of these fresh-made sammies and your choice of draft beer. We recommend kicking back on the sidewalk patio and chowing down. 

Even More Awesome Patios In Chicago


2311 W. North Ave. - Wicker Park

90 Miles Cuban Cafe

2540 W. Armitage Ave. - Logan Square

3101 N. Clybourn Ave. - Roscoe Village

3333 W. Touhy Ave. - Lincolnwood, IL


1935 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town

The Native

2417 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square

Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant

3471 N. Elston Ave. - Avondale

Half Acre Brewery Balmoral Taproom

2050 W. Balmoral Ave. - Bowmanville



1700 N. Damen Ave. - Bucktown

The Moonlighter

3204 W. Armitage Ave. - Logan Square


The Royal Grocer & Co. 

2118 N. Damen Ave. - Bucktown


5148 N Clark St. - Andersonville


1748 W. Lake St. - Fulton Market

Shore Club

1603 N. Lakeshore Dr. - Lincoln Park

The Delta

1745 W. North Ave. - Wicker Park

Mott Street

1401 N. Ashland Ave. - Wicker Park

Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods

1415 N. Wood St. - Wicker Park

The Soul Shack

1368 E. 53rd St - Hyde Park

Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat

1368 E. 53rd St. - Hyde Park