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Warm weather is (almost) upon us and that means it's time for patio season. Some places have already opened up their doors to al fresco dining while many more will be joining the fun in the coming days. Check out Eater's guide early and often for the newest, hottest spots to catch some sun and dream of summer. [Photo: Tanta]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. River Roast

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315 N La Salle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 822-0100
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With a spot right next to the Chicago River, the large patio here, beginning its first full outdoor season, is a one-of-a-kind space providing guests with a front row seat to the city’s best views. Chef John Hogan’s menu features rustic, shareable roasts and whimsical cocktails along with a popular Blues & Brew Brunch on the weekends. Live musicians will play outside during the warm months and additional seasonal programming will be announced throughout summer. [Photo: Marc Much]

2. Mash

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4535 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 334-4040
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Mash, located in the former Bad Dog space, is a new Lincoln Square concept showcasing a broad spectrum of house-smoked meats, specialty burgers and fresh selection of seafood. Sip local craft beers on tap in the new and improved outdoor dining patio. [Photo: Facebook]

3. Seven Lions

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130 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 880-0130
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Alpana Singh’s new contemporary American clubhouse restaurant on Michigan Avenue is a hit with its refined classic cuisine. As the weather warms up, dine outside in a large al fresco space that seats 70-80 people. [Photo: Marc Much]

4. The Brass Monkey

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401 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 379-9155
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The new throwback restaurant in Fulton Market will open a 25-seat patio for the season. [Photo: Marc Much]

5. The Promontory

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5311 S Lake Park West
Chicago, IL 60615
(312) 801-2100
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Beginning its first full al fresco season, The Promontory offers two al fresco options: a first floor patio and a second floor outdoor lounge. Each seats 45 people and the ground floor features an outdoor fire pit. Enjoy brunch, dinner and cocktails downstairs while the second floor is open during shows. [Photo: Nick Fochtman]

6. Fat Rice

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2957 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-9170
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The always-popular Logan Square spot will accommodate more people in the summer with an 18-seat, walk-in only patio. [Photo: Facebook]

7. RM Champagne Salon

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116 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 243-1199
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Escape from the city at RM’s intimate, candle-lit space. The revamped patio for 2015 will include an enhanced outdoors bar and a lounge-like feel on the lower patio with brand-new banquettes and other furniture. [Photo: RM Champagne Salon]

8. Bar Takito

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201 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 888-9485
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Eat tacos al fresco at Bar Takito’s new 50-seat sidewalk patio, open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Friday as well as brunch and dinner on the weekends. [Photo: Facebook]

9. The J. Parker

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1816 N Clark St Fl 13
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 254-4747
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The J. Parker’s new retractable glass roof will allow guests to enjoy patio season, rain or shine. Lincoln Park’s 140-seat bar atop Hotel Lincoln is a popular go-to spot all season long, offering gorgeous views of the lake and downtown alongside a food menu from Paul Virant. [Photo: Tim Hiatt]

10. The Betty

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839 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-2222
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This spring, guests can sip inventive cocktails and share small plates outside on a 40-seat patio enclosed by iron fencing, green ivy and purple alyssum flowers. [Photo: Nick Fochtman]

11. Formento's

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925 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 690-7295
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Old-school Italian goes outside this spring at Formento’s. A 46-seat patio will open in May featuring beautiful floral arrangements and modern takes on traditional Italian recipes. [Photo: Marc Much]

12. Kaiser Tiger

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1415 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 243-3100
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Kaiser Tiger’s massive 200+ seat beer garden has installed 2 Bocce Ball courts for guests to play. The courts are on a first-come, first-served basis and the cost is $15 for 30 minutes of play. [Photo: Kaiser Tiger]

13. Barley & Brass

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2015 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 763-9600
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Do all the people-watching you want at the new bar and restaurant on Damen and Division. The 40-seat gated patio will include high tops and low tables, as well as planters and umbrellas. Sip on one of the kegged cocktails or craft beers for the perfect patio pairing. [Photo: Marc Much]

14. Oak + Char

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217 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 643-2427
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Weekend brunch has just launched at Oak + Char and with it, a new spacious 56-seat patio. Try brunch items like smoked trout belly bagel, PQM oat brioche French toast and smoked chicken omelet while enjoying the warm weather. [Photo: Nick Fochtman]

15. Labriola

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535 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 955-3100
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New this spring, Labriola’s 65-seat patio on the Grand Ave. pedestrian walkway offers perfect views for guests to enjoy craft cocktails and dishes from Executive Chef John Caputo. [Photo: Labriola]

16. La Sirena Clandestina

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954 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-5300
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West Loop’s Latin-local hotspot will have a brand-new outdoor patio in May that aims to be reminiscent of summer in South America. Revel in the warm weather and sunshine while indulging in John Manion’s refreshing ceviche and other seafood staples. [Photo: Brian Willette]

17. Mott Street

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1401 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-9977
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Mott St debuts its 68-seat beer garden with a live DJ and drink specials on Friday, May 1. Refreshing shaved-ice cocktails, a revamped list of spring libations and other al fresco favorites like grilled leeks and sweet miso shrimp will be available. [Photo: Facebook]

18. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

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923 West Weed Street
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 462-1053
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The New York-based BBQ chain has just opened its first Chicago location. The Lincoln Park spot is serving its signature St. Louis-style ribs, chicken wings and brisket in a two-level space that accommodates 168 people. Outside, a 48-seat beer garden with picnic tables will open when the weather permits. [Photo: Marc Much]

19. Roxie's By The Slice

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1732 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60647
Brendan Sodikoff’s Brooklyn-style pizza joint has brought out picnic tables, which seat 65, for patrons to sit and enjoy their slices. [Photo: DNAinfo]

20. Analogue

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2523 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 904-8567
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Construction is underway on a patio at the Cajun bar in Logan Square. The 30-seat space will feature new summer beverages, including frozen drinks. [Photo: Marc Much]

21. Mfk

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432 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-2540
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One of last year’s best new restaurants will open a small, eight-seat patio in Mid-May. The Spanish seaside cafe experience just got even closer to the real thing. [Photo: Marc Much]

22. Bin 36

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161 N Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 995-6560
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The wine bar, which recently reopened in the West Loop, includes an intimate oasis with tables, lounge and shaded seating for wine lovers to try flights and regional American fare. [Photo: Marc Much]

23. Celeste

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111 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 828-9000
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Celeste’s cozy English rooftop garden is an oasis that’s enclosed in brick on three sides and can hold up to 85 people. Escape from the bustle of downtown and relax on the Victorian couches while sipping on one of the punch bowls and frozen drinks. [Photo: Facebook]

24. Virgin Hotel Rooftop

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203 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
Virgin Hotel’s indoor/outdoor terrace serving Japanese small plates and libations is set to open on April 29. Cerise will feature a main glass bar, long low-slung blue velvet couches and a DJ desk, and it’s all complemented by Rick Gresh’s “izakaya-inspired” menu and punches, cocktails, sake and more. [Photo: Nick Fochtman]

25. Elle on the River

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330 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 923-9988
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After debuting last summer, the riverside patio outside Travelle is a getaway in the Loop for Mediterranean tacos, boozy punch and nostalgic frozen desserts.

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1. River Roast

315 N La Salle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654
With a spot right next to the Chicago River, the large patio here, beginning its first full outdoor season, is a one-of-a-kind space providing guests with a front row seat to the city’s best views. Chef John Hogan’s menu features rustic, shareable roasts and whimsical cocktails along with a popular Blues & Brew Brunch on the weekends. Live musicians will play outside during the warm months and additional seasonal programming will be announced throughout summer. [Photo: Marc Much]
315 N La Salle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654

2. Mash

4535 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
Mash, located in the former Bad Dog space, is a new Lincoln Square concept showcasing a broad spectrum of house-smoked meats, specialty burgers and fresh selection of seafood. Sip local craft beers on tap in the new and improved outdoor dining patio. [Photo: Facebook]
4535 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

3. Seven Lions

130 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Alpana Singh’s new contemporary American clubhouse restaurant on Michigan Avenue is a hit with its refined classic cuisine. As the weather warms up, dine outside in a large al fresco space that seats 70-80 people. [Photo: Marc Much]
130 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

4. The Brass Monkey

401 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60642
The new throwback restaurant in Fulton Market will open a 25-seat patio for the season. [Photo: Marc Much]
401 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60642

5. The Promontory

5311 S Lake Park West, Chicago, IL 60615
Beginning its first full al fresco season, The Promontory offers two al fresco options: a first floor patio and a second floor outdoor lounge. Each seats 45 people and the ground floor features an outdoor fire pit. Enjoy brunch, dinner and cocktails downstairs while the second floor is open during shows. [Photo: Nick Fochtman]
5311 S Lake Park West
Chicago, IL 60615

6. Fat Rice

2957 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The always-popular Logan Square spot will accommodate more people in the summer with an 18-seat, walk-in only patio. [Photo: Facebook]
2957 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. RM Champagne Salon

116 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
Escape from the city at RM’s intimate, candle-lit space. The revamped patio for 2015 will include an enhanced outdoors bar and a lounge-like feel on the lower patio with brand-new banquettes and other furniture. [Photo: RM Champagne Salon]
116 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

8. Bar Takito

201 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607
Eat tacos al fresco at Bar Takito’s new 50-seat sidewalk patio, open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Friday as well as brunch and dinner on the weekends. [Photo: Facebook]
201 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607

9. The J. Parker

1816 N Clark St Fl 13, Chicago, IL 60614
The J. Parker’s new retractable glass roof will allow guests to enjoy patio season, rain or shine. Lincoln Park’s 140-seat bar atop Hotel Lincoln is a popular go-to spot all season long, offering gorgeous views of the lake and downtown alongside a food menu from Paul Virant. [Photo: Tim Hiatt]
1816 N Clark St Fl 13
Chicago, IL 60614

10. The Betty

839 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
This spring, guests can sip inventive cocktails and share small plates outside on a 40-seat patio enclosed by iron fencing, green ivy and purple alyssum flowers. [Photo: Nick Fochtman]
839 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

11. Formento's

925 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
Old-school Italian goes outside this spring at Formento’s. A 46-seat patio will open in May featuring beautiful floral arrangements and modern takes on traditional Italian recipes. [Photo: Marc Much]
925 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607

12. Kaiser Tiger

1415 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Kaiser Tiger’s massive 200+ seat beer garden has installed 2 Bocce Ball courts for guests to play. The courts are on a first-come, first-served basis and the cost is $15 for 30 minutes of play. [Photo: Kaiser Tiger]
1415 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

13. Barley & Brass

2015 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Do all the people-watching you want at the new bar and restaurant on Damen and Division. The 40-seat gated patio will include high tops and low tables, as well as planters and umbrellas. Sip on one of the kegged cocktails or craft beers for the perfect patio pairing. [Photo: Marc Much]
2015 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

14. Oak + Char

217 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654
Weekend brunch has just launched at Oak + Char and with it, a new spacious 56-seat patio. Try brunch items like smoked trout belly bagel, PQM oat brioche French toast and smoked chicken omelet while enjoying the warm weather. [Photo: Nick Fochtman]
217 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654

15. Labriola

535 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
New this spring, Labriola’s 65-seat patio on the Grand Ave. pedestrian walkway offers perfect views for guests to enjoy craft cocktails and dishes from Executive Chef John Caputo. [Photo: Labriola]
535 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

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16. La Sirena Clandestina

954 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
West Loop’s Latin-local hotspot will have a brand-new outdoor patio in May that aims to be reminiscent of summer in South America. Revel in the warm weather and sunshine while indulging in John Manion’s refreshing ceviche and other seafood staples. [Photo: Brian Willette]
954 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

17. Mott Street

1401 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Mott St debuts its 68-seat beer garden with a live DJ and drink specials on Friday, May 1. Refreshing shaved-ice cocktails, a revamped list of spring libations and other al fresco favorites like grilled leeks and sweet miso shrimp will be available. [Photo: Facebook]
1401 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

18. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

923 West Weed Street, Chicago, IL 60642
The New York-based BBQ chain has just opened its first Chicago location. The Lincoln Park spot is serving its signature St. Louis-style ribs, chicken wings and brisket in a two-level space that accommodates 168 people. Outside, a 48-seat beer garden with picnic tables will open when the weather permits. [Photo: Marc Much]
923 West Weed Street
Chicago, IL 60642

19. Roxie's By The Slice

1732 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647
Brendan Sodikoff’s Brooklyn-style pizza joint has brought out picnic tables, which seat 65, for patrons to sit and enjoy their slices. [Photo: DNAinfo]
1732 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60647

20. Analogue

2523 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Construction is underway on a patio at the Cajun bar in Logan Square. The 30-seat space will feature new summer beverages, including frozen drinks. [Photo: Marc Much]
2523 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

21. Mfk

432 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
One of last year’s best new restaurants will open a small, eight-seat patio in Mid-May. The Spanish seaside cafe experience just got even closer to the real thing. [Photo: Marc Much]
432 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614