The weather in Chicago is glorious right now! With daytime temps in the 70s and nighttime temps in the 60s, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a meal outside. Here’s some rooftops and patios you should check out!
The snazzy cocktail bar and energetic arcade bar share a 68-seat patio. Surrounded by lush planter boxes, umbrellas, and light-strung trees, this is a great place to enjoy a late summer cocktail.
Avondale: Honey Butter Fried Chicken
This giant patio seats over 100 people at communal tables. There’s a magnet wall to entertain the kiddos while you enjoy a cocktail! Try a Candied Jalapeño Margarita for $10 (or a pitcher for $40) or a Watermelon-Mint Daiquiri. Yum!
Bridgeport: The Duck Inn
This adorable patio is adorned with twinkle lights, huge umbrellas, and beautiful wooden furniture. It’s surrounded by a working vegetable garden too! You can bring your pups and enjoy tasty treats like Duck Wings, Crispy Soft Shell Crab, a Duck Fat Dog, and more.
Bucktown: Whirly Ball
Not only can you enjoy Whirlyball, bowling, and LaserTag; but you can also enjoy the incredible open-air patio on the second level. It features high-top seating, lounges, and communal fireplaces. Sip on a seasonal cocktail (Whirly Punch anyone?), grab a craft beer, and snack on bar bites.
Edgewater: Pearl’s Southern Comfort
Pearl’s boasts the only rooftop bar in Edgewater! It seats up to 48 people and offers food, beer, and cocktails. Try some Crawfish Cheesecake or New Orleans BBQ Shrimp. The patio is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 10 pm, Fridays from 5 to 11 pm, Saturdays from 4 to 11 pm, and Sundays from 3 to 9 pm.
Gold Coast: Eight Bar
Located downstairs from Maple & Ash, this patio seats 75 people. Enjoy lunch, brunch, happy-hour, and late night menus. The sidewalk space is surrounded by greenery; making it a gorgeous spot to enjoy food and drink. Get there for Golden Hour- Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 pm, snag oysters for $1 and classic cocktails (martinis, margaritas, and spritzes) for $8.
With 4,000 square feet of space, this sun-soaked patio seats over 100 people at tables or sectional patio sofas. There’s also an outdoor bar, fire pits, and a flat-screen TV! If that’s not enough, the front sidewalk patio also seats 22 people. You can bring your pups too! Try a themed summer cocktail, like a Maui Wowie or a #SummertimeChi.
Lincoln Park: Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba
This is one of Chicago’s oldest outdoor spaces! It’s a large patio with seating for 70 and a sliding glass roof. Check out happy hour daily from 4 to 6 pm. Try Pinxtos (bite-sized tapas popular in Northern Spain) for just a dollar, tapas for $3.25 and under, and pitchers of sangria for $16.
Logan Square: Park & Field
If it’s a chilly night, cozy up around the fire pits on this 6,000 square foot patio. A camper serves as an outdoor bar, there’s bocce courts, warm-baked cookies, DIY s’mores kits, and more!
The Loop: Cindy’s
Cindy’s is located atop the Chicago Athletic Club and has gorgeous views of Millennium Park and the lake! You can enjoy both food and beverage menus, with cocktail offerings from Violet Hour alumni Nandini Khaund. The space seats 75 people, with firepits, lights, greenery, multiple seating options, and indoor/outdoor options.
Which patio will you be enjoying??
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