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
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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!
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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. Along with properly spaced tables and safety precautions, face masks and hand sanitizer will be available for guests in need. Make a reservation at either location online.
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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. Make a reservation now.
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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, but daily reservations fill up quickly. Be sure to book yours in advance!
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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.
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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. Saint Lou's backyard patio is open Wednesday through Sunday afternoons and evenings on a first-come, first-served basis.
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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.
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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.
2952 W. Armitage Ave. - Logan Square
2435 N. Halsted St. - Lincoln Park
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.
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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! Make reservations online.
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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. Make a reservation at either Big Star location via the restaurant's website.
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3258 N. Sheffield Ave. - Lakeview
Sheffield’s beer garden is a classic just outside of the main Wrigleyville stretch.
Make a reservation through Open Table.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. Simone's patio is back with updated hours: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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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.
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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. The patio is officially back May 1st so get ready!
Photo via Facebook/Nella Pizza
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. Nella's patio is accepting reservations via phone or Yelp.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Photo via Facebook/Lola's
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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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
2540 W. Armitage Ave. - Logan Square
3101 N. Clybourn Ave. - Roscoe Village
3333 W. Touhy Ave. - Lincolnwood, IL
1935 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town
2417 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square
3471 N. Elston Ave. - Avondale
2050 W. Balmoral Ave. - Bowmanville
1700 N. Damen Ave. - Bucktown
3204 W. Armitage Ave. - Logan Square
2118 N. Damen Ave. - Bucktown
5148 N Clark St. - Andersonville
1748 W. Lake St. - Fulton Market
1603 N. Lakeshore Dr. - Lincoln Park
1745 W. North Ave. - Wicker Park
1401 N. Ashland Ave. - Wicker Park
1415 N. Wood St. - Wicker Park
1368 E. 53rd St - Hyde Park
1368 E. 53rd St. - Hyde Park