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70 Of Chicago’s Best Patios According To Locals

Chicago’s locals love to soak up the sun on restaurant and bar patios and rooftops while enjoying good food and great cocktails. We’ve compiled a must-do bucket list of the best patios to enjoy eats, drinks, music, and sports in Chicago. You’ve got a lot to see so you better get started!

1. Big Star - Wicker Park

Visit this authentic Mexican food-inspired restaurant that was built in a 1940s gas stationing Wicker Park for a good ol’ time. Big Star is poppin’ with all of its “Tacos, Whiskey, & Honky Tonky.” Hang out on the dog-friendly outdoor patio with some friends and pitchers of margaritas.

1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

2. Parson's Chicken & Fish - Logan Square

Like to rock out to a 70s soundtrack of Skynyrd, ZZ Top, and Lee Hazlewood while eating a 10-piece bucket of fried chicken seasoned with garlic, Morita chiles, cayenne, and smoked paprika on a patio? Well, Parson’s Chicken & Fish is the place for you! The menu has three sections: Fried, Fresh, and Raw and we suggest trying a plate from each.

2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

3. The Dawson - River West

Get ready for some delicious and clever New American bites like pork belly tacos and chicken-fried steak and an extensive drink menu. The Dawson has a fun atmosphere with a modern industrial design and a patio complete with string lights and an outdoor fireplace. Oh, and every Sunday there is “Dawson City Limits,” when local artists play live music on the patio!

730 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

4. Parlor Pizza - Wicker Park

Parlor Pizza’s goal is to be approachable, comfortable, and affordable. They’ve got solid, Neapolitan-inspired pizzas, seasonally rotating dishes, massive American craft beer list, wines, cocktails, and more. Swing by any day of the week and you’ll find their expansive outdoor patio on Division street super crowded along with a ping pong table.

1824 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

5. The J. Parker - Lincoln Park

Sip signature cocktails above the Hotel Lincoln, taking in the stunning views of the water and Chicago skyline while sipping signature cocktails and eating small bites. There are 140 seats outside, so bring all of your friends and stay all night!

1816 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

6. Big Jones - Andersonville

Comfort food reaches a whole new level at Big Jones with their award-winning southern friend chicken and Cajun fares like Gumbo Ya-Ya with chicken, pork, andouille, and Arkansas rice. The sustainable menu changes seasonally, but it will always fix your craving for real southern comfort food.

5347 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

7. Hopleaf - Andersonville

Hopleaf is a Belgian-inspired kitchen with a massive list of Belgian brews and mussels & frites to die for. Hang out on the patio that is protected by a large umbrella while listening to some classy tunes—vintage jazz, blues, and country that is never too loud.

5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

8. Moody's Pub - Edgewater

This is the place to go if you are looking for a good burger and cheap beer. The large garden patio gets pretty crowded with neighborhood patrons, which creates a lively and friendly atmosphere. In the summers, be sure to try Moody’s sangria.

5910 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660

9. Fountainhead - Ravenswood

Enjoy the rooftop patio on a warm summer evening try one or many of the 24 beers on tap. There is also a large selection of whiskey and beer-friendly food like spare ribs and Mac and cheese. Yum.

1970 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

10. Summer House Santa Monica - Lincoln Park

You’ll feel like you’ve flown to Southern California upon entering this laid-back beach house restaurant. Enjoy the great selection of California wines, seafood, tacos, sushi, and burgers. No matter what time of year you go you’ll feel like it’s summer because of the fun patio, atmosphere, and beachy tunes.

1954 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

11. Gemini - Lincoln Park

Gemini has modern American bistro dishes like southern fried chicken, jalapeño cheddar cornbread, draft cocktails, chorizo empanadas, and duck confit nachos. Delish. Don’t feel like you have to get all fancy-like because it is very casual. Treat yourself to some delectable food and live lounge music at Gemini Bistro.

2075 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

12. The Fireplace Inn - Old Town

“BBQ, Sports, and a Good Time!” The Fireplace Inn is known for serving up the best bbq in Chicago since 1969! They have amazing steaks, seafood, ribs, gourmet burgers, and over-sized vodka lemonades in a fun and down-to-earth atmosphere.

1448 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610

13. Benchmark - Old Town

Benchmark is the lively sports bar with an awesome retractable rooftop beer garden and 46 flat screens to watch sports games on. It seems to be more of a “high-end sports bar” that gets pretty crazy on weekends. Enjoy the creative and trendy bar food along with some amazing beer. You will most definitely have a good time.

1510 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610

14. Centennial - River North

This place has a lofty log cabin feel with an upscale pub food menu of Mac and cheese, PEI mussels and a rotating beer selection. There are several spacious sitting areas, fireplaces, bars, TVs, and really friendly staff. Kick back and relax at Centennial.

733 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654

15. Joy District - River North

Named by Thrillist Chicago as one of Chicago’s best and hottest rooftop bars in 2017, it has beautiful views of River North from lounge-style seating. Try the Asian fusion dishes that are designed to encourage sharing in the exciting and upbeat atmosphere. Listen to the top hits from local and guest DJs all through the weekend.

112 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

16. Luxbar - Gold Coast

Luxbar is known for its sliders, steaks, and salads. It has a very modern style, serving classic cocktails and all-American food made from fresh, natural ingredients from local farmers. The patio is a great place to lounge the weekend away.

18 E Bellevue Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

17. Nico Osteria - Gold Coast

This is an Italian seafood restaurant is a neighborhood gathering space for a cozy and inviting dining experience. There’s a great selection of Italian wines and out-of-this-world desserts and pastries. Definitely go with an empty stomach.

1015 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

18. Tanta - River North

Tanta is “Rooted in Peruvian Culture & Flavors,” featuring the freshest ceviches, anticuchos, and other signature dishes. Sit on the beautiful sunny rooftop and bask in the approachable, fun, and casual atmosphere with live music every Wednesday. The Pisco Sour is the drink to get!

118 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

19. Bernie's Lunch & Supper - River North

If you like Mediterranean-style foods, artisan cocktails, small plates, wood-fired entrees, and a fun lively atmosphere then Bernie’s is the place to go! We’ll let you in on a little secret, the waitstaff wear name tags with fake names! We’re not exactly sure why, but that’s okay!

660 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60654

20. Cabana Club - Wicker Park

Cabana Club is at the Robey Hotel and has a beach-inspired theme which is casually stylish. It has a light menu with house cocktails. You’ll love the deck’s sweeping views and it also has a small swimming pool (sadly, for guests only), but you can sunbathe!

2018 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

21. Jack & Ginger's - Bucktown

DOG FRIENDLY PATIO ALERT! A lively hang out with classic and craft beers as well as yummy pub food. It’s filled with TVs for sports viewing and features a spacious patio to bet some fresh are.

2048 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

22. Small Cheval - Bucktown

Small spinoff from nationally acclaimed burger joint Au Cheval in the West Loop. This is your north side retro roadside burgers and shakes joint. There is impeccably fast and friendly service! Don’t forget fries and beer with your burger and shake!

1732 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

23. Brickhouse Tavern - Wrigleyville

Named after Jack Brickhouse, the Cub’s beloved former broadcaster this two-story restaurant bar has outdoor views, overlooking Wrigley Field. It is more of a sophisticated sports tavern, but you can still relax and have fun!


24. Vines On Clark - Wrigleyville

Vines of Clark is directly across from Wrigley Field, so you’d guess that it’s another sports bar! There is a lively atmosphere out in the beer garden, especially before and after Cubs games. You’ll love the delicious American eats, abundant wine list, beer, and upbeat music!

3554 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

25. Sheffield's - Lakeview

This is a very popular neighborhood gathering spot, drawing in a young, fun, and loud crowd. There is fine beer, smoked-in-house-daily BBQ, and a casual outdoor beer garden.

3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

26. Will's Northwoods Inn

This is a bar, patio, and “haven for Wisconsinites,” serving cheese curds & other pub eats plus “TVs tuned to the game.” Snack on the free popcorn and quench your thirst with a Wisconsin beer: Sprecher or a Miller Lite, while watching the game!

3030 N Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

27. Corridor - Lakeview

Corridor has a rustic farmhouse warehouse setting. They brew seasonal beers and serve up snacks like cheese curds and chorizo-and-brussel sprouts flatbreads. Everything is locally sourced at Corridor.

3446 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

28. Mott St. - West Town

Mott St. has Asian-inspired plates, craft cocktails, sake, craft beers, and a funky atmosphere. Get friendly at the communal tables out on the patio.

1401 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

29. Homestead On The Roof - West Town

Get cozy on the patio and check out the organic rooftop garden next to it. The seasonal menu is truly farm-to-table as they use many of what they grow in their garden.   The pizza is to die for!

1924 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

30. Cindy's - The Loop

Cindy’s is a stylish rooftop bar at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. It has awesome seafood and cocktails and is known to be a great brunch spot, with beautiful views of Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, and of the sailboats in the harbor.

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

31. ROOF On TheWit - The Loop

Take the elevator to the 27th floor of theWit hotel for skyline views, a swanky lounge, bumping music, fire pits, and beautiful people. There is a retractable roof so it’s open year-round. The sleek bar turns into runway halfway through the night as more and more fancy cocktails and punch bowls are consumed.

201 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601

32. LondonHouse - The Loop

This place is all about the awesome views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, and Magnificent Mile. They serve re-imagined American cuisine, like seafood towers, duck fat truffle fries, and lobster rolls. It’s Chicago’s only tri-level rooftop venue and is an amazing venue for a special occasion.

85 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

33. Cerise - The Loop

Cerise is located atop the Virgin Hotel Chicago and has a swanky terrace that wraps around three sides of the building. There are shareable Izakaya-inspired snacks like edamame with bacon and ghost pepper “hot mame,” Hamachi sashimi, and much more.

203 N. Wabash, 26th Floor, Chicago, Chicago, IL 60601

34. Piccolo Sogno - River West

An intimate escape from the city, Piccolo Sogno means “little dream” in Italian. It is an amazing Italian restaurant, featuring an all-Italian wine list and a lush garden patio.

464 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642

35. St. Lou's Assembly - West Loop

With an old diner feel this is the spot to experience a new take on old-school comfort food. There is the 1950s cafeteria-style meat and three side platters, beer, cocktails, and floats.

664 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60661

36. River Roast - River North

This place puts a New American spin on British food. It is an upscale restaurant featuring river views from terrace table, 2 bars, and a delicious limited menu. It is a little on the pricey side, but very worth it.

315 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654

37. Sienna Tavern - River North

Definitely, make a reservation at Sienna Tavern because it is the place to be. Order a Neapolitan pie, some pasta, and enjoy the mozzarella bar, cheese, meat and bread that takes over the menu. It’s a great place to bring a date.

51 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

38. Volo - Roscoe Village

Go with your friends or lover and order some New American plates to share. There is a great wine selection and Italian American menu with artisan cheeses, desserts, and more. The secret patio in back is charming, romantic, and cozy.

2008 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618

39. The Long Room - West Lakeview

The mood in The Long Room is always upbeat, chatty, and sociable. You can count on a good time here. The decor has Art Deco touches and there is a charming little patio in the back of the bar. Order your favorite craft beer and a burger to go with.

1612 W Irving Park Rd #1, Chicago, IL 60613

40. Bang Bang Pie - Logan Square

This classic corner bake shop makes amazing pies, biscuits, and breakfast dishes from scratch daily. There is something very comforting about Bang Bang Pie Shop with its sunny picnic table patio out back and delicious foods.

2051 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

41. Park & Field - Logan Square

The walls are lined with vintage sporting equipment that you’ll want to look at for a good time. There is a massive patio to enjoy the pub grub, fun cocktails, and beer on. Additionally, on Tuesday nights there is a movie showing on the patio!

3509 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

42. Scofflaw - Logan Square

Casual and relaxed with an urban rustic vibe, have fun sharing small bites and gin-centric cocktails.   Also, at midnight Scofflaw gives out free freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!

3201 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

43. The Whistler - Logan Square

Trendy and laid-back, The Whistler has DJs or live music every night! Every Tuesday, top jazz artists perform and really get the joint going. There is an intimate back patio to light a smoke and enjoy your drink.

2421 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

44. The Betty - Fulton Market

The Betty is upscale yet casual. It’s dimly lit and has a sophisticated retro vibe with vinyl-stacked bookcases and red leather couches. They serve small plates, entrees, desserts, and fancy cocktails that will leave you extremely satisfied.

839 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

45. Kaiser Tiger - West Loop

Kaiser Tiger has it all—skyline views, a 200-seat beer garden, bocce courts in the summer, curling rinks in the winter, several beer taps, and a meat-filled menu. Their specialty is the Bacon Bomb, a 5-pound, bacon-covered meatloaf made with beef, pork, and more bacon. The patio is the best spot to hang out for some fun and socializing at the long community tables.

1415 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

46. Federales - West Loop

Federales is a warehouse-like Mexican food hangout with amazing Mexican barbecue style tacos, tequila shots, and margarita pitchers. It is one big, fun, loud, crowded, good time! Try the ice shot glass throwing: It is WILD and FUN

180 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607

47. The 50/Fifty - West Town

“Dine—Drink—Party,” “Dine—Drink—Party.” What a mantra! At this big sports bar, there are TVs everywhere, both inside and on the patio. The eats are very gluttonous like burgers, BBQ & fried food. It’s a fun time, so grab a beer and hang out for a while!

2047 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

48. Sportman's Club - Ukrainian Village

The interior at Sportsman’s Club is cozy and the walls are lined with taxidermy and other funky things. The backyard patio as twinkling lights, a fire pit, and large tables to sit and make new friends at. The cool thing about this place is that you can bring your own food and there is cheap beer!

948 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

49. Chop Shop - Wicker Park

This is a very meat-oriented eatery, butcher shop, and salumeria. The space is very open and spacious so you can enjoy for meaty America fare and drinks with your elbows out. Also, it’s pretty affordable too!

2033 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

50. Happy Village - Ukrainian Village

This is a chilled-out neighborhood bar that opened in 1964. It’s a lot of fun with Ping-Pong tables and an old jukebox, blasting Madonna. There’s also a large beer garden complete with a koi pond and lush lawn! You won’t beat the daily specials and cheap beers at Happy Village.

1059 N Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

51. Green River - Streeterville

Green River is a Michelin-star restaurant up on the 18th floor of the Northwestern Medicine building. It has amazing cocktails, each with their own story, and organized by the key ingredient in them. Sit out on one of the largest outdoor terraces in Chicago to witness the beautiful views of the skyline & Lake Michigan. You’ll love the American comfort food with a cool twist.

259 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611

52. Mercat A La Planxa - South Loop

A high-end Catalan-inspired restaurant with tapas and unique cocktails, overlooking Grant Park. The atmosphere is buzzing and very festive and it still feels like somewhat of a hidden gem. Drink some excellent wines with a view.

638 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

53. Park Grill - Millennium Park

The setting at Park Grill is unbeatable and is known as an award-winning destination restaurant. There is comfortable outdoor dining where you can have fun people-watching while enjoying your modern American meal and drink. In the winter, you have a great view of the ice rink in the park too! Just being at Park Grill is a fun experience in itself.

11 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60602

54. Reggie's Music Joint - South Loop

Reggies is huge and has a music venue, record store, bar, restaurant, and rooftop deck to explore and hang out. The Music Joint has up & coming artists play live shows that you can watch while taking a look at the long list of beers and bar food. Reggies was once an old auto bumper repair shop, so the atmosphere is different and cool. It’s been a neighborhood staple for years.

2105 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616

55. Howell's & Hood - Mag Mile

Howells & Hood is described as an epic beer hall with 114 beers on tap and New American cooking. It is upbeat and energetic as it is on the Magnificent Mile in Downtown Chicago. The 5,700 square foot outdoor patio features granite-top communal tables, fire pits, and lush landscaping.

435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

56. Flo & Santo's

This is a “tavern style” pizzeria and Polish-American restaurant with a casual industrial-like setting. Nosh on pizza and Polish classics like pirogues, kielbasa, and potato pancakes. Flo & Santos also has 8 flatscreen TVs for watching and getting riled up over any sports game!

1310 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

57. The Duck Inn - Bridgeport

A classic hot dog and burger joint with elevated comfort foods on a fun backyard patio. Doesn’t get much better than that, right? You have to try the duck fat dog and the duck and beef sausage.

2701 S Eleanor St, Chicago, IL 60608

58. The Promontory - Hyde Park

This “Hearth to Table” restaurant and bar doubles as a music venue! Hang out on the outdoor patio for some relaxation as you drink down your craft cocktails and eat bites like kalbi short ribs.

5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago, IL 60615

59. Root's Pizza - Ukrainian Village

This pizzeria and bar is the perfect place for big family or friend outings as the bar and patio can seat more than 300. It has a relaxed atmosphere but can still handle fun loud parties. Order one of the thin, malted crust pies and Midwestern beers.

1924 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

60. The Orbit Room - Avondale

Run by a husband-and-wife duo who originally met at Neo, the tattoos and musical selection at Orbit Room are explained. It is a dark 70s “tiki style” retro bar on the inside with a relaxing patio on the outside. This place offers old-school strong cocktails and classic bar food.

2959 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

61. Beoufhuas - Ukrainian Village

Beoufhous is a cozy yet sleek steakhouse in Ukrainian Village. It has an amazing wine list and serves up German-leaning vegetable and seafood dishes. It’s tagline is “eat carnivorously,” so you can imagine the rest of the menu.

1012 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

62. The Winchester - Ukrainian Village

This place serves it all, featuring a rotating season menu. It is a relaxed spot with a “rustic vibe” and is quite bright and inviting. On Tuesday nights, its Neighbor Night which means 20% off for locals!

1001 N Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

63. Fatpour - Wicker Park

Known as Chicago’s official University of Wisconsin Badger bar. There is a fun Build Your Own Burger option in this bi-level brewpub. It was named for its “fat” 22-ounce pours, with a 200-plus beer list & large pub menu. The food is straightforward American food that is wallet-friendly too!

2005 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

64. Lula Cafe - Logan Square

Lula Cafe is funky and casual, featuring market-driven farm-to-table food and great cocktails. It is very laid-back and you will never feel rushed during your time there. Lula’s is very popular for brunch and always has new and interesting things on the menu alongside their favorite staple dishes too.

2537 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

65. Billy Sunday - Logan Square

A 50-seat chic, dark, romantic, antique-y space serves upscale cocktails with a twist and gourmet gastropub eats. The plates are smaller as it’s primary focus is the inventive cocktails. It’s a great place for a night out with friends or a date! Definitely try the tomato-thyme popcorn!

3143 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647

66. Pub Royale - Wicker Park

Pub Royale is a first-come, first-served kind of place with a sunny sidewalk patio where you can sip on some beer and nosh on Northern Indian fare. The quirky atmosphere is entertaining with peacocks on the bar, elephant tap handles, and a motorcycle mounted on the wall that make for a unique experience.

2049 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

67. Longman & Eagle - Logan Square

Michelin Starred gastropub known to be the “hipster” hangout in Logan Square that features delicious farm-to-table New American fare plus whiskey & craft cocktails. If you’re a fan of whiskey, this place has over 400 varieties of both rare and vintage whiskeys. Longman & Eagle has a fun and lively bar atmosphere and is often crowded, but is totally worth the wait.

2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

68. Deuces & The Diamond Club - Wrigleyville

The best part about this place is that you can rent a cabana for you and your friends and really get the party started. Some of the cabanas on the patio even have hot tubs and TVs! You’ll have a direct view of Wrigley field while eating American fare and drinking craft beers and cocktails.

3505 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

69. Bangers & Lace - Wicker Park

“Bangers” is the British term for sausage and “Lace” is short for Brussels Lace, the veil of beer foam that clings to the side of the glass as it is consumed, which indicates a well-crafted beer and a clean glass. The name suggests a “rustic-chic” spot with “elevated pub grub.” It is a sausage haven with craft beer.

1670 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

70. Swift & Sons - Fulton Market

Located in an old meat storage facility with swanky curved leather booths, bookcases, a wine cellar, an elegant patio, and other fancy things, your time at Swift & Sons will feel like an occasion. Delve into the premium steaks and seafood that will have your mouth watering.

1000 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

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