Cold weather can really make the cabin fever kick in, but having fun outdoors while staying cozy is now an option.
Summer patio season is ending and many of Chicago's bars and restaurants have adapted to the chilly weather with all-season patios and rooftops.
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1072 N. Milwaukee Ave. - West Town
The beer garden at Frontier is a cool summertime hang thanks to its retractable glass-paneled roof, but the massive windows, lounge seating and beautiful stone fireplace keep you comfortable while soaking up some Vitamin D in the winter.
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2159 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town
Tuman's has taken over its Leavitt Street sidewalk area with a new heated and ventilated outdoor tent! Enjoy favorites like cheese boards and steak frites from this neighborhood favorite. Oh, and don't forget the beer!
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1638 W. Belmont Ave. - Lakeview
The Pony's rooftop bar is open for socially distanced eating, drinking and sports viewing! In Chicago, it's always rooftop season!
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2210 N. California Ave. - Logan Square
If you're in the mood for Jameson and pizza, Boiler Room, a couple of doors down is the place to go to. The backyard beer garden is covered during the winter and open year round.
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2055 W. Roscoe St. - Roscoe Village
There's nothing like patio fun at a great neighborhood tavern. Luckily it never stops at The Village Tap's year-round beer garden.
3352 N. Halstead St. - Lakeview
DS Tequila is there for you year-round thanks to its year-round patio. Who doesn't like some good people watching? Enjoy a ringside view of Boystown.
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5739 N. Ravenswood Ave. - Edgewater
With it's indoor fireplace and charming, heated patio complete with a retractable roof makes Fireside one of the coziest destinations around.
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1816 N. Clark St. - Old Town
J. Parker hooks it up with a tasty menu and city views so good you'll need to snap a photo. Its retractable glass atrium keeps your Instagram game from suffering during the cold months.
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1531 N. Damen Ave. - Wicker Park
Big Star is a right of passage for some Chicagoans, which means that the patio is usually packed during the summer months. Come on a cooler day to grab a patio seat under the heaters and warm up with a pitcher of margaritas.
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2540 W. Armitage Ave. - Logan Square
90 Miles on Armitage has a four-season patio and a BYOB policy. Perfect, right? Check out this hot spot for the full Cuban experience.
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127 W. Huron St. - River North
Not only is I|O Godfrey the largest indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge in Chicago, it also has an amazing view of the city's skyline. Sounds like the perfect place to unwind after work.
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1604 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town
West Town hotspot Beatnik closes its full-length windows for the winter but retains an open-air feel with its courtyard-style dining room, lush greenery and glass rooftop. Let the sun shine down while you sip on some of the best cocktails on the block—even in the dead of winter.
1954 N. Halsted St. - Lincoln Park
As winter settles in Chicago, Stella Barra's rooftop retracts and the fireplaces flicker on, creating a cozy environment perfect for pizza consumption!
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1913 W. North Ave. - Wicker Park
It's no secret that the giant patio that occupies more than the front half of this quirky, trailer-park-themed bar is the main attraction. But what happens when your main attraction is threatened by Chicago's chilly months? You cover it and heat it, of course! Pizzas are served year-round on this patio.
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1600 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town
West Town's new wood-oven seafood spot from the same owners of Beatnik next door is content with welcoming the winter months via its rear enclosed patio. Complete with tall windows, you can soak up whatever sunrays might shine through while enjoying your food and wine.
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3441 N. Sheffield Ave. - Wrigleyville
Full food and drink menus are available throughout the winter season on The Graystone Tavern's new weatherproof patio. In accordance with CDC and City of Chicago guidelines, the space can seat 20 to 30 guests. The patio radiates good vibes with string lights overhead, seven TVs, and games like bags, giant Jenga and giant Connect 4.
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4128 N. Lincoln Ave. - North Center
An outdoor beer garden that can be enjoyed year-round? Sign us up! The Rambler can accommodate up to 30 guests and offers a full bar and food menu. This spot features six TVs and a sound system that is perfect for catching a game.
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5553 N. Clark St. - Andersonville
Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar is extending outdoor dining this year and we're here for it! Uvae offers three new greenhouses available for dining that are equipped with heaters. This spot is offering a BYO-blanket promotion where every guest who brings their own blanket will receive a complimentary glass of prosecco. Reservations are required because space is limited and seating will have a 1.5-hour time limit allowing for sanitizing in between guests.
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605 N. Wells St. - River North
Drinks and pizza is the way to go at River North’s Roman pizza bar. This spot's spacious outdoor beer garden is now equipped with a roof covering and plenty of heaters so guests can hang, rain or shine. The cozy outdoor space also has TVs so you can tune into the best sports games. Reservations can be made online here.
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807 W. Fulton Market. - Fulton Market
Experience the taste of Spain at Boqueria. Swing on by the Spanish tapas bar & restaurant to eat on a spacious patio with plenty of heaters. Their Happy hour during weekdays consist of 9$ sangrias and 4-10$ tapas. Make a reservation today.
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1112 N. State Street. - North Side
Somerset offers custom-built greenhouses for small groups to reserve plus plenty of heaters and fire pits spaced throughout the patio. The greenhouses must be reserved in advance and guests can enjoy a family-style meal of seasonal comforting dishes by executive chef Stephen Gillanders. To make things even better, guests will be greeted with a mini hot cocktail to warm up right away. What's not to love?
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1031 N. Rush St. - Gold Coast
This iconic Gold Coast steakhouse has expanded outdoor seating on Rush & Bellevue with ample hanging and standing heaters. Reservations can be made online or by calling (312) 664-9600.
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417 N. Ashland St. - West Loop
Tons of fire pits and heaters are sure to keep you feeling cozy at this dog-friendly patio. Guests are encouraged to BYO-blankets, which we love (of course). Enjoy chef Charlie McKenna’s award-winning BBQ and 40+ beers on draft from unique local breweries. Walk-ins welcome; first come, first serve.
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2008 W. Roscoe St. - North Center
Heated outdoor dining is the move at Volo Restaurant Wine Bar. This spot is open Tuesday through Sunday nights starting at 4 p.m. Masks are required anytime you're not seated and actively eating or drinking and all tables are limited to an hour and a half. Drink, dine and have a great time by making a reservation today!
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1401 N. Ashland Ave. - Wicker Park
Those that visit the spacious, heated patio at Mott Street are sure to have a good ol’ time indulging in Asian-American food and delicious drinks. The patio is equipped to take on the frosty weather with heating lamps and a vented roof.. To make a reservation at this spot, click here.
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340 N. Clark St. - River North
Authentic Italian food and Happy Hour on a heated patio? Sign us up! Nonnina’s patio is heated with operable windows and it even has heated floors. Patio heaters have also been added to the sidewalk cafe seating area. Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. with $6 house wine and a variety of cocktails for $7 including margaritas! Make a reservation online or call 312-822-0077 today.
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2140 N. Milwaukee - Logan Square
One of our favorite experimental breweries, Pilot Project Brewing, is an incubator, tasting room and café located in Logan Square. With a philosophy of supporting talented brewers, fostering community and having fun with flavors, the possibilities are endless. Its outdoor beer garden was recently converted into four enormous cabanas to make dining-in safe and accessible. Take a look at the online menu and be sure to book a reservation here!
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1502 W. Jarvis Ave. - Rogers Park
For socially-distanced hangs and locally-sourced beer, check out Jarvis Square Tavern. This women-owned, neighborhood bar is open Thursday-Sunday and is the perfect spot to grab some drinks after dinner. Call the restaurant to make a reservation today. 773-654-3972
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1500 W. Jarvis Ave. - Rogers Park
Get a caffeine boost and a full belly at Charmers Cafe. This plant and food cafe serves locally roasted coffee, a range of teas, breakfast and lunch food and so much more. Relax at this calming, vibey spot in one of the cold weather tents or place an order online.
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1506 W. Jarvis Ave. - Rogers Park
Taste Food & Wine has over 100 wines and a great selection of local beers, craft spirits and artisan cheeses. What’s not to love? Sip on the patio or order for pick up or delivery online.
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1508 W. Jarvis Ave. - Rogers Park
R Public House is a rustic-chic bar that offers beer, wine, cocktails and food, including delicious wood-fired pizzas. Pop a squat on the patio that is equipped with heated tents, fire pits, blankets and hot drinks to keep you toasty in the chilly weather. Call the restaurant to make a reservation. 872-208-7916
Curbside pick up and delivery are also available.
Photo via Facebook/Eris
4240 W. Irving Park Rd. - Old Irving Park
With overhead and propane heaters lining the open-air outdoor patio at Eris, it's still a cozy place to grab a drink even during the winter. The seasonal and signature draft ciders help, too. Make a reservation online.
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400 N. Clark St. - River North
The Smith's sidewalk patio is open for the winter with heated seating. You can even swing by for happy hour Mondays through Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Make reservations online.
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1531 W. Taylor St. - Little Italy
Head to Taylor Street to experience some of the best Italian food in the city this winter. Pompei's patio offers heated and fireside dining seven days a week. Warm up with a belly full of minestrone or housemade pasta.
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694 N. Milwaukee Ave- River West
Spring is on its way, but it is still a bit breezy in the Windy City. The Dandy Crown's heated patio is open for business and is excited to welcome patrons. Enjoy unique dishes paired with your favorite cocktails as their outdoor patio is open year-round!
Know of another patio that will be open year-round while outdoor winter dining becomes more popular during COVID-19? Let us know! Email cm (at) do312 (dot) com.