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Where to Dine on Heated Patios in Chicago

Chicagoans can stand the cold better than most, but it’s a lot easier with a fire pit or heater

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Chicago has lots of warm patios to choose from.
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The cold is here to stay in Chicago, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to head indoors. Midwesterners are always made of sterner stuff and have a tolerance for low temperatures. For the past two years, that fortitude was put to the test as health officials limited indoor dining due to COVID-19, and this winter, with the surprise visit from the omicron variant, it continues. And the fire pits and propane heaters that were en vogue in 2020 have returned. Check out this list of the city’s best heated patio options.

As of January 3, the city has mandated that those ages 5 and up be fully vaccinated and masked at public places indoors while not actively eating or drinking. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fireside Restaurant & Lounge

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5739 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 561-7433
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Nestled beside the Metra tracks in Andersonville, the Fireside offers an ample selection of bar food, including pizzas, burgers, salads, and ribs, both smoked and fried, and a large heated patio in back, out of sight of the train.

2. Diver At The Park

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3475 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 687-8972
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Wrigleyville’s Tulum-inspired bar channels beach vibes even as temperatures dip. Its enormous outdoor beer garden seats 200 on bamboo rattan furniture amid a smattering of fire pits. Patrons can gather around them to keep fingers and toes toasty while dining on tacos and margaritas like the the Angry Mermaid (tequila, lime, habanero syrup). 

A large outdoor patio with wicker furniture and string lights.
This Wrigleyville bar has a spacious patio.
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3. Wood

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3335 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-9663
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This Northalsted bar offers beer, wine, and cocktails, plus substantial stick-to-your-ribs fare, like pot au feu and roasted pork cooked over a wood fire, that may be best appreciated eaten outdoors on a heated patio.

4. Farm Bar

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1300 W Wellington Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 281-2599
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Farm Bar serves up all the glories of the Midwest, including beer and pretzels, a Friday fish fry, and cheese in its many forms, from melted on top of burgers to fried curds. Some of the produce and honey come from the owners’ own farm in the Driftless region of western Wisconsin.

5. Superkhana International

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3059 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-9028
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Enjoy a piping hot cup of co-chef Zeeshan Shah’s family chai while hanging out on this criminally underused patio in Logan Square. Shah and co-chef Yoshi Yamada deliver a fun smattering of Indian-inspired food, including the butter chicken calzone and some delicious cheesed flatbreads that might as well be pizzas. The pretty private patio is flanked by heaters.

Superkhana’s patio.
Superkhana’s patio.
Superkhana International

6. Andros Taverna

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2542 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 365-1900
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This boistrous modern Greek hotspot from co-owners and spouses Hsing Chen (French Laundry) and Doug Psaltis (formerly of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises) is home to an expansive 80-seat outdoor patio with heaters and a glass canopy to keep the elements at bay. Patio seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

7. Testaccio Chicago

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2456 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-6028
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Regional Italian street food is the theme at Testaccio in Logan Square, and the patio tries to emulate European street dining. Owner Aldo Zaninotto has turned a summer patio into a heated, enclosed affair so customers can enjoy chef Jacob Solomon’s wood-fired oven specialties inspired by Rome.

8. Verve Wine + Provisions

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2349 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 904-8536
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When master sommelier Dustin Wilson and veteran merchant Derrick Mize decided to open a Chicago outpost of their New York wine store, they also decided to serve food, courtesy of executive chef Ryan Epp. There’s also a patio where diners can enjoy their food and wine pairings outdoors.

9. Park & Field

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3509 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-7373
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This retro-style sports bar in Logan Square, known by many for the huge reservation-only patio space in front, aims to please fans and friends-of-fans with a broad selection of craft beers and upscale bar fare. Patrons can plant themselves at outdoor tables surrounding heaters and fire pits when the weather turns cold.

10. The Boiler Room

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2210 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-5625
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Known for its inventive daily pizza specials and its Jameson soft serve ice cream, the Boiler Room also has a cozy year-round covered patio, walled off in winter so customers can have the illusion of being outside without freezing.

11. The Bristol

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2152 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 862-5555
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The Bristol offers an eight-course tasting menu that changes with the seasons, as well as individual dishes a la carte, like roast chicken and Carolina Gold rice served with duck confit, and a choice of dining indoors or outside in heated greenhouses.

12. Rica Arepa | Venezuelan Restaurant

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4253 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60639
(773) 543-3000
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The arepa, a cornmeal flatbread stuffed with any manner of meat, cheese, and vegetables, is a staple of Venezuelan cuisine, and those served at Rica Arepa are especially good examples. Both the original location in Hermosa and the second location in Lakeview have heated enclosed patios for the colder months.

13. Taquizo

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1835 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 289-4991
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Formerly Las Palmas, Taquizo’s charming and colorful interior includes a greenhouse-style patio, ideal for sipping cocktails and inhaling  smoked-grilled octopus tacos with a tamarind-Morita glaze.

14. Taxim

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1558 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-1558
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Rooftop dining doesn’t have to end when the weather gets cold. This Greek restaurant in Wicker Park keeps its rooftop open all year round — with heaters in winter — so that diners can enjoy Greek specialties and raki with a view of the Damen el stop.

15. Big Star

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1531 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-4039
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It only makes sense that this Wicker Park taco joint, where the patio is bigger than the interior, keeps its outdoor service running when the weather gets cold. After all, it’s never a bad time for a taco and a beer.

16. Frontier

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1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772-4322
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Chef Brian Jupiter’s comfortably rustic whole animal restaurant and bar helps Chicagoans avoid the doldrums with a cozy covered patio — complete with a fireplace — plus a heated beer garden.

17. Pizza Friendly Pizza

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1039 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 395-2483
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16” on Center opened a Sicilian pizzeria next to the Empty Bottle powered by recipes from Noah Sandoval, the chef of Michelin-starred Oriole, its name an echo of the Bottle’s famous slogan “Music Friendly Dancing.” In addition to pies, there’s salad, breadsticks, and more for takeout or consumption on the petite alley patio, now with heaters for the chilly months.

18. Beatnik West Town

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1604 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 929-4945
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The West Town outpost of this beautiful boho-themed restaurant and cocktail bar addresses blustery weather with an unusual enclosed courtyard that’s open year-round.

19. The Smith

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400 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 312-5100
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This New York import off Clark Street in River North excels at providing something for every diner — including a heated patio.

20. Recess

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838 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 801-1181
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Surrounded by shipping containers in West Loop, Recess is expanding its patio this season and enclosed the roof overhang with a tent. Management is hoping customers will adopt it as a place to celebrate game days.

21. RPM Seafood

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317 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 900-9035
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Above the Chicago Riverwalk, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ beautiful RPM Seafood offers individual heated greenhouses. It’s perfect for a special occasion, though bear in mind that visits are limited to two hours.

22. El Che Steakhouse & Bar

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845 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 265-1130
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Chef John Manion’s Argentine steakhouse in the West Loop is full of beef, wine, and live-fire cooking. The restaurant features a heated sidewalk patio.

23. Aurelio's Pizza

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1212 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 374-4459
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This tavern-style pizza specialist near Soldier Field has two outdoor dining areas. While the upper deck lacks heat, the lower is toasty, even during the winter.

24. Dusek's Tavern

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1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 526-3851
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This former Michelin-starred restaurant resides on the ground floor of Thalia Hall, the massive concert space with multiple bars. This is a New American gastropub with plenty of beer. The sidewalk patio is heated. 

25. Pilsen Yards

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1163 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 243-2410
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With heated coils buried underneath the floor, Pilsen Yards was made to welcome guests even in frigid temps. The restaurant and bar features fun cocktails and a Mexican-inspired menu with tacos and more.

An enclosed patio with cement floors.
Stay toasty on 18th Street.
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26. Reggies Chicago

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2105 S State St
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 949-0120
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A popular music venue near the McCormick Place Convention Center, Reggies touts a covered rooftop deck that transitions smoothly to cold weather with a wood stove and propane heaters. The space, which fits about 99, also features a free pool table, flat screen TVs, and its own bar.

27. Osito's Tap

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2553 S Ridgeway Ave
Chicago, IL 60623
(773) 277-8117
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Osito’s, the essential Chicago cocktail bar that debuted in 2019 in Little Village, is prepared for the rain and cold with tent and heaters for outdoor service. Patrons can indulge in fancy liquors like mezcal and tequila, and a solid selection of beer. Osito’s also sells food, including tacos.

28. Ascione Bistro

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1500 E 55th St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 363-8161
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This Hyde Park favorite serves Italian fare and has a heated back patio. It’s also a strong choice for brunch.

29. Open Outcry Brewing Company

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10934 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 629-6055
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This South Side brewery is a family-friendly spot with pizza and delicious beers from former Revolution Brewing head brewer Will Turner. The patio features four cabin-like spaces that keep customers warm.

1. Fireside Restaurant & Lounge

5739 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Nestled beside the Metra tracks in Andersonville, the Fireside offers an ample selection of bar food, including pizzas, burgers, salads, and ribs, both smoked and fried, and a large heated patio in back, out of sight of the train.

5739 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60660

2. Diver At The Park

3475 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
A large outdoor patio with wicker furniture and string lights.
This Wrigleyville bar has a spacious patio.
Barry Brechesien/Eater Chicago

Wrigleyville’s Tulum-inspired bar channels beach vibes even as temperatures dip. Its enormous outdoor beer garden seats 200 on bamboo rattan furniture amid a smattering of fire pits. Patrons can gather around them to keep fingers and toes toasty while dining on tacos and margaritas like the the Angry Mermaid (tequila, lime, habanero syrup). 

3475 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

3. Wood

3335 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

This Northalsted bar offers beer, wine, and cocktails, plus substantial stick-to-your-ribs fare, like pot au feu and roasted pork cooked over a wood fire, that may be best appreciated eaten outdoors on a heated patio.

3335 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657

4. Farm Bar

1300 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Farm Bar serves up all the glories of the Midwest, including beer and pretzels, a Friday fish fry, and cheese in its many forms, from melted on top of burgers to fried curds. Some of the produce and honey come from the owners’ own farm in the Driftless region of western Wisconsin.

1300 W Wellington Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

5. Superkhana International

3059 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Superkhana’s patio.
Superkhana’s patio.
Superkhana International

Enjoy a piping hot cup of co-chef Zeeshan Shah’s family chai while hanging out on this criminally underused patio in Logan Square. Shah and co-chef Yoshi Yamada deliver a fun smattering of Indian-inspired food, including the butter chicken calzone and some delicious cheesed flatbreads that might as well be pizzas. The pretty private patio is flanked by heaters.

3059 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Andros Taverna

2542 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

This boistrous modern Greek hotspot from co-owners and spouses Hsing Chen (French Laundry) and Doug Psaltis (formerly of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises) is home to an expansive 80-seat outdoor patio with heaters and a glass canopy to keep the elements at bay. Patio seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

2542 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. Testaccio Chicago

2456 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Regional Italian street food is the theme at Testaccio in Logan Square, and the patio tries to emulate European street dining. Owner Aldo Zaninotto has turned a summer patio into a heated, enclosed affair so customers can enjoy chef Jacob Solomon’s wood-fired oven specialties inspired by Rome.

2456 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

8. Verve Wine + Provisions

2349 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

When master sommelier Dustin Wilson and veteran merchant Derrick Mize decided to open a Chicago outpost of their New York wine store, they also decided to serve food, courtesy of executive chef Ryan Epp. There’s also a patio where diners can enjoy their food and wine pairings outdoors.

2349 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

9. Park & Field

3509 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

This retro-style sports bar in Logan Square, known by many for the huge reservation-only patio space in front, aims to please fans and friends-of-fans with a broad selection of craft beers and upscale bar fare. Patrons can plant themselves at outdoor tables surrounding heaters and fire pits when the weather turns cold.

3509 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. The Boiler Room

2210 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Known for its inventive daily pizza specials and its Jameson soft serve ice cream, the Boiler Room also has a cozy year-round covered patio, walled off in winter so customers can have the illusion of being outside without freezing.

2210 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

11. The Bristol

2152 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The Bristol offers an eight-course tasting menu that changes with the seasons, as well as individual dishes a la carte, like roast chicken and Carolina Gold rice served with duck confit, and a choice of dining indoors or outside in heated greenhouses.

2152 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

12. Rica Arepa | Venezuelan Restaurant

4253 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

The arepa, a cornmeal flatbread stuffed with any manner of meat, cheese, and vegetables, is a staple of Venezuelan cuisine, and those served at Rica Arepa are especially good examples. Both the original location in Hermosa and the second location in Lakeview have heated enclosed patios for the colder months.

4253 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60639

13. Taquizo

1835 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Formerly Las Palmas, Taquizo’s charming and colorful interior includes a greenhouse-style patio, ideal for sipping cocktails and inhaling  smoked-grilled octopus tacos with a tamarind-Morita glaze.

1835 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

14. Taxim

1558 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Rooftop dining doesn’t have to end when the weather gets cold. This Greek restaurant in Wicker Park keeps its rooftop open all year round — with heaters in winter — so that diners can enjoy Greek specialties and raki with a view of the Damen el stop.

1558 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

15. Big Star

1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

It only makes sense that this Wicker Park taco joint, where the patio is bigger than the interior, keeps its outdoor service running when the weather gets cold. After all, it’s never a bad time for a taco and a beer.

1531 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

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16. Frontier

1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Chef Brian Jupiter’s comfortably rustic whole animal restaurant and bar helps Chicagoans avoid the doldrums with a cozy covered patio — complete with a fireplace — plus a heated beer garden.

1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

17. Pizza Friendly Pizza

1039 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

16” on Center opened a Sicilian pizzeria next to the Empty Bottle powered by recipes from Noah Sandoval, the chef of Michelin-starred Oriole, its name an echo of the Bottle’s famous slogan “Music Friendly Dancing.” In addition to pies, there’s salad, breadsticks, and more for takeout or consumption on the petite alley patio, now with heaters for the chilly months.

1039 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

18. Beatnik West Town

1604 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

The West Town outpost of this beautiful boho-themed restaurant and cocktail bar addresses blustery weather with an unusual enclosed courtyard that’s open year-round.

1604 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

19. The Smith

400 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

This New York import off Clark Street in River North excels at providing something for every diner — including a heated patio.

400 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

20. Recess

838 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60642

Surrounded by shipping containers in West Loop, Recess is expanding its patio this season and enclosed the roof overhang with a tent. Management is hoping customers will adopt it as a place to celebrate game days.

838 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60642

21. RPM Seafood

317 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Above the Chicago Riverwalk, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ beautiful RPM Seafood offers individual heated greenhouses. It’s perfect for a special occasion, though bear in mind that visits are limited to two hours.

317 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

22. El Che Steakhouse & Bar

845 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607

Chef John Manion’s Argentine steakhouse in the West Loop is full of beef, wine, and live-fire cooking. The restaurant features a heated sidewalk patio.

845 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607

23. Aurelio's Pizza

1212 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

This tavern-style pizza specialist near Soldier Field has two outdoor dining areas. While the upper deck lacks heat, the lower is toasty, even during the winter.

1212 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

24. Dusek's Tavern

1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

This former Michelin-starred restaurant resides on the ground floor of Thalia Hall, the massive concert space with multiple bars. This is a New American gastropub with plenty of beer. The sidewalk patio is heated. 

1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

25. Pilsen Yards

1163 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
An enclosed patio with cement floors.
Stay toasty on 18th Street.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

With heated coils buried underneath the floor, Pilsen Yards was made to welcome guests even in frigid temps. The restaurant and bar features fun cocktails and a Mexican-inspired menu with tacos and more.

1163 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

26. Reggies Chicago

2105 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616

A popular music venue near the McCormick Place Convention Center, Reggies touts a covered rooftop deck that transitions smoothly to cold weather with a wood stove and propane heaters. The space, which fits about 99, also features a free pool table, flat screen TVs, and its own bar.

2105 S State St
Chicago, IL 60616

27. Osito's Tap

2553 S Ridgeway Ave, Chicago, IL 60623

Osito’s, the essential Chicago cocktail bar that debuted in 2019 in Little Village, is prepared for the rain and cold with tent and heaters for outdoor service. Patrons can indulge in fancy liquors like mezcal and tequila, and a solid selection of beer. Osito’s also sells food, including tacos.

2553 S Ridgeway Ave
Chicago, IL 60623

28. Ascione Bistro

1500 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615

This Hyde Park favorite serves Italian fare and has a heated back patio. It’s also a strong choice for brunch.

1500 E 55th St
Chicago, IL 60615

29. Open Outcry Brewing Company

10934 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643

This South Side brewery is a family-friendly spot with pizza and delicious beers from former Revolution Brewing head brewer Will Turner. The patio features four cabin-like spaces that keep customers warm.

10934 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643

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