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List: Where to Dine and Drink Al Fresco

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The weather may be a little unpredictable as of late, but that isn't stopping us from getting ready for patio season. After all, in Chicago we only have a few months to enjoy it. To get you started on your al fresco dining, we have rounded up some of the greatest outdoor patios in the city. We haven't forgotten about all the great rooftops and we'll cover those another day. If one of your favorite places is missing, leave it in the comments.

1) Piccolo Sogno
What: One of the most romantic garden patios in the city.
Where: 464 North Halsted
Call: (312) 421-0077

2) Enoteca Roma
What: Cozy and romantic back patio.
Where: 2146 West Division
Call: (773) 772-7700

3) Tiny Lounge
What: Sidewalk seating allows for great people watching.
Where: 4352 North Leavitt
Call: (773) 463-0396

4) Old Oak Tap
What: Large casual front patio.
Where: 2109 West Chicago
Call: (773) 772-0406

5) Perennial Virant
What: Sidewalk seating with a great view of Lincoln Park.
Where: 1800 North Lincoln
Call: (312) 981-7070

6) The Purple Pig
What: Patio that allows you to take a step back from the insanity of Michigan Avenue.
Where: 500 North Michigan
Call: (312) 464-1744

7) Big Star
What: Chill, front patio that anyone could hang out at for hours.
Where: 1531 North Damen
Call: (773) 235-4039

8) m. henry
What: Quaint, garden patio perfect for brunch.
Where: 5707 North Clark
Call: (773) 561-1600

9) Duchamp
What: Great lower level wooden deck perfect for summer dining and sipping.
Where: 2118 North Damen
Call: (773) 235-6434

10) Hopleaf
What: Relaxed large back patio, easy for kicking back with a few beers and some food.
Where: 5148 North Clark
Call: (773) 334-9851

11) Rhapsody
What: Beautiful garden patio, an escape from the busy South Loop.
Where: 65 East Adams
Call: (312) 786-9911

12) Anteprima
What: Adorable, cozy back patio.
Where: 5316 North Clark
Call: (773) 506-9990

13) Cafe Brauer
What: New waterfront terrace that has great views and is dog-friendly as well.
Where: 2021 North Stockton
Call: (312) 742-2400

14) Birchwood Kitchen
What: Small wooden deck that makes you feel like you are in your own backyard.
Where: 2211 West North
Call: (773) 276-2100


5316 North Clark Street, , IL 60640 (773) 506-9990 Visit Website

Enoteca Roma

2146 W Division Street, Chicago, IL 60622 773 342 1011

Tiny Lounge

4352 N Leavitt Street, Chicago, IL 60618 773 463 0396 Visit Website


5148 North Clark Street, , IL 60640 (773) 334-9851 Visit Website

Perennial Virant

1800 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 312 981 7070 Visit Website

Piccolo Sogno

464 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Big Star

1531 North Damen Avenue, , IL 60622 (773) 235-4039 Visit Website