Best Outdoor Bars and Restaurants In Chicago

24 May J Parker
III Forks Rooftop

III Forks Rooftop

The time to enjoy rooftops, sidewalk cafes, patios, beer gardens and any chair you can find outdoors is here. In A-Z order, here are a few to check out this summer. Neighborhood and the type of outdoor space is noted in parenthesis.

 

III Forks (Lake Shore East / Rooftop)
180 N. Field Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 938.4303
www.IIIForks.com

 

10 Urban Roofscape (River North / Godfrey Hotel Rooftop, Retractable Roop)
127 W. Huron
Chicago, IL
www.godfreyhotelchicago.com

 

Big Star (Bucktown / Patio)
1531 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
bigstarchicago.com

 

Cactus Bar & Grill (Loop / Sidewalk Patio)
404 South Wells
Chicago, IL 60607
www.DontDrinkAndTrade.com

 

Cantina Loredo

Cantina Loredo

Cantina Laredo (River North / Sidewalk Patio, Rooftop)
508 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
www.CantinaLaredo.com

 

City Winery (West Loop / Patio)
1200 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 733-9463
www.citywinery.com/chicago

 

Del Frisco’s (Gold Coast / Patio)
58 E. Oak Street
Chicago, IL
www.delfriscos.com

 

Drumbar (Gold Coast / Raffaello Hotel Rooftop)
201 E. Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL
(312) 933-4805
www.drumbar.com

 

Frontier

Frontier

Dryhop Brewers (Lakeview / Patio)
3155 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL
www.dryhopchicago.com

 

Frontier (West Town-Wicker Park / 3 Season Patio)
1072 North Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772.4322
www.thefrontierchicago.com

 

High Noon Saloon (Wicker Park / Sidewalk Patio)
1560 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-9339
highnoonchicago.com

 

Homestead On The Roof (Ukrainian Village / Rooftop)
1924 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL www.homesteadontheroof.com

 

Howells & Hood

Howells & Hood

Howell’s & Hood (Streeterville / Patio)
435 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 262-5310 www.howellsandhood.com

 

Joe’s Bar Trackside (Clybourn Corridor / Rooftop)
940 W. Weed Street
Chicago IL 60642-2540
(312) 787-9600
www.joesbar.com
www.arlingtonpark.com/trackside-otb/locations/trackside-chicago-joes

 

Hopleaf (Andersonville / Patio)
5148 N. Clark Steet
Chicago, IL
www.hopleaf.com

 

Kit Kat (Lakeview / Patio)
3700 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
www.KitKatChicago.com

 

La Madia (River North / Sidewalk Patio)
59 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654
www.DineLaMadia.com

 

Little Goat Diner (West Loop / Patio)
820 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607
www.littlegoatchicago.com

 

Logman & Eagle (Logan Square / Patio)
2657 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL
www.logmanandeagle.com

 

Mott Street (Wicker Park / Patio)
1401 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622 www.mottstreetchicago.com

 

RM Champagne

RM Champagne

Moody’s Pub (Edgewater / Patio)
5910 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL
moodyspub.com

 

Nacional 27 (River North / Sidewalk Patio)
325 West Huron
Chicago, IL 60610
www.Nacional27.net

 

RM Champagne (West Loop / Patio)
116 N. Green Street
Chicago, IL
www.rmchampagnesalon.com

 

Rock Bottom (River North / Rooftop)
1 W. Grand
Chicago, IL
www.rockbottom.com/locations/chicago

 

ROOF on theWit (Loop / Rooftop)
201 N. State
Chicago, IL
www.roofonthewit.com

 

Twisted Spoke (West Town / Rooftop)
501 N. Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL
www.twistedspoke.com

 

Sheffield’s (Lakeview / Patio)
3258 N. Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL
www.sheffieldschicago.com

 

J Parker

J Parker

Small Bar (Logan Square / Patio)
2956 N. Albany
Chicago, IL
www.thesmallbar.com

 

The Dawson (River West, Patio)
730 W. Grand
Chicago, IL
www.the-dawson.com

 

The J Parker (Lincoln Park / Hotel Lincoln Rooftop)
1816 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL
www.jparker.com

 

The Southern (Bucktown / Patio)
1840 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL
Thesouthernchicago.com

 

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Chicago (Streeterville / Sidewalk Cafe)
622 North Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611

www.TimothyOTooles.com

 

The Dec

The Dec

The Dec (Gold Coast / Ritz Hotel Rooftop)
160 E Pearson
Chicago, IL
www.fourseasons.com

 

Park Grill / The Plaza at Park Grill (Loop/ Sidewalk Cafe)
11 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60602
www.ParkGrillChicago.com

 

West Town Cafe (Ukrainian Village / Sidewalk Patio)
1916 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
www.westtownbakery.com

 

ZED451 (River North / Rooftop)
739 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60611
www.ZED451.com

 

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar (River North / Patio)
358 West Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610
www.ZocaloChicago.com

 

11th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest and Costume Contest 10.30- 10.31

24 Oct MP-Grandin-Road_martha-stewart-carved-pumpkins_s4x3_lg

MP-Grandin-Road_martha-stewart-carved-pumpkins_s4x3_lg11th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
Thursday, October 30
7 p.m.

Halloween Costume Party
Friday, October 31
10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub in Streeterville will kick-off the Halloween holiday with their eleventh annual pumpkin carving contest on Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m. O’Toole’s will provide the pumpkins and carving materials, while carvers simply come with creative ideas. Prizes and bragging rights will be awarded to the top three pumpkin artists ($50 cash; $25 O’Toole’s gift card; t-shirt). 

The next night, Friday, October 31, Timothy O’Toole’s will hold their annual Halloween costume party with a $250 cash prize for the best dressed guest. “Spooky” cocktails will be offered, a DJ will spin party tunes starting at 10 p.m., and the costume judging will take place at midnight. 

Both events are free to attend. 

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub
622 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-0700
TimothyOTooles.com

24 Oct Sex And The City

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”

The great Oscar de la Renta once said this. It was one of the many inspirational quotes he has said over his career. Over his eighty-two year old life span, over fifty of this time spent designing clothes, the designer has become known for quite a few accomplishments. No matter how much someone is interested in clothing, at the end of the day, Oscar de la Renta created quite the impact on the fashion industry that has effected women everywhere. From TV to the office, the famous designer has created clothes that has stuck in everyone’s mind.

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The Couture Gowns

Sex And The City

Sex And The City

There wasn’t a moment where Oscar de la Renta created anything with the greatest innovation or revolutionary work however he has managed to stick in everyone’s mind. While other American designers was working to build up a label, pushing ads out and trying to become a commonly used household name, Oscar de la Renta went a different path. Dressing Hollywood, filling the red carpet with silk and frills, he worked with high-profile cases and even dressing the First lady starting with Jackie Kennedy. Oscar de la Renta admired the feminine, proper, and dignified gowns made a name for himself unlike many designers.

Carrie’s “The Date with the Russian” Dress

Oscar de la Renta became a pop-culture icon with his work on movies and TV, especially with the designer’s involvement with Sex and the City. After this episode it’s safe to say everyone questioned what they wore to McDonald’s. The pink, classic dress was forever embed in our hearts as a classic. From the quote “You call him Oscar?” to the feeding of the French fry, no one can deny that Oscar de la Renta can be worn anywhere, anytime.

De la Renta in the White House

Jackie Kennedy was the first of many to bare the designs of Oscar de la Renta. The 1980’s was a stretch of Nancy Reagan wearing tomato-red and shoulder-padded gowns to dinners and events. During the 1990’s, not only did he dress Hillary Clinton, but convinced Anna Wintour to feature the First lady on the December 1998 issue of Vogue. It was the first time a first lady was ever featured on the cover.

Vogue Hillary Clinton 1998

Vogue Hillary Clinton 1998

Boy Scouts’ Classic Look

According to Scouting Magazine, Oscar de la Renta took what was once constricting military style uniforms and after a two year redesign, the classic look was achieved. The Boy Scouts were given new pants, shirts, the classic neckerchiefs. The designer told the magazine in 1980 “It should be suitable for strenuous activity; it should be made from an easy care fabric; and at the time the wearer should still look like a Scout.” Since the 1980’s boys, girls, and adults have the stylish attire due to Oscar de la Renta.

The Holy Grail of Fashion Awards

To say one knows anything about fashion, the Council of Fashion Designers of America should be one of the first things someone learns about. Between 1973 to 1976, and 1986 to 1988 Oscar de la Renta was president of the CFDA. Due to his work with the organization, the CFDA Awards came about. The awards, which de la Renta has been the recipient of many of them over the years, provides some of the ultimate honors in the fashion community.

Hillary Clinton De La Renta 1997 Inaguration

Hillary Clinton De La Renta 1997 Inaguration

Of course, many of us will never get the opportunity to wear Oscar de la Renta, however the label and the designer has created quite the effect on the fashion community. From the runway to the red carpet, year after year he has managed to amaze us. Although the name Oscar de la Renta name lives on, the work that has been produced by this creative gentleman will not be forgotten anytime soon.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/21/oscar-de-la-renta-facts_n_6022020.html

http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2014/oct/21/oscar-de-la-renta-sarah-jessica-parker-amal-alamuddin-jackie-kennedy-michelle-obama-oscars

http://www.vogue.co.uk/spy/biographies/oscar-de-la-renta-biography

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Lindsay Grundy- Fashion Contributor,  Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago
Connect with Lindsay @lindsaygrundy or on her website, lindsaygrundy.com.

 

Complimentary “BOOklava” at Falafill on Halloween 10.31

23 Oct Falafill
Falafill

Falafill

Halloween-goers this year can add Falafill to their trick or treat route and open their candy bags for complimentary ‘BOOklava’*! Also known as baklava, Falafill’s famously delicious pastry made with layers of filo dough and sweetened nuts and honey will be offered all day to Chicagoans of all ages looking for a freshly baked Halloween treat.

Falafill’s full menu and mezza bar will also be available on Halloween for ghosts and goblins looking for a healthy Mediterranean lunch or dinner on-the-go or dine-in.

*‘BOOklava’ is complimentary with any Falafill purchase for adults, and complimentary for children 12-years-old and under and will be available on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.

Falafill
Eatfalafill.com
3202 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
773-525-0052
(Open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Whisky Tasting, Brunch & Book Signing 10.26

21 Oct The World Atlas of Whisky
The World Atlas of Whisky

The World Atlas of Whisky

Sable Kitchen & Bar is welcoming award-winning whisky legend, Dave Broom, for an extra special “Whisky Tasting, Brunch & Book Signing” on Sunday, October 26!

 

Author Dave Broom’s The World Atlas of Whisky has been hailed as one of the greatest whisky books ever written. In conjunction with the launch of his newest foray, The World of Atlas of Whisky 2nd Edition, Dave will host a “Whisky Tasting, Brunch & Book Signing” at Sable Kitchen & Bar on Sunday, October 26, from 12-2pm. Dave will guide guests through the global flavors of eight whisky tastings, also available at Sable, including amber spirits such as Nikka Coffey Grain, Green Spot and Amrut Khadambam. Following the tasting, guests will indulge in a delectable brunch prepared by Executive Chef Heather Terhune and the floor will be open for an informal Q&A and book signing. Tickets are $120 per person, inclusive of brunch, taxes, gratuity and a copy of The World of Atlas of Whisky 2nd Edition. Tickets and more information: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dave-brooms-whisky-tasting-brunch-book-signing-at-sable-chicago-tickets-13365020135

Wicker Park Halloween Events 10.31

20 Oct Tuman’s Tap & Grill
Tuman’s Tap & Grill

Tuman’s Tap & Grill

Halloween Parties at Mac’s American Pub and Tuman’s Tap & Grill

Featuring drink deals, DJs and costume contests on Friday, October 31

 

Mac’s American Pub
1801 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
773-782-4400

 

Mac’s is decorated in Halloween theme and staffers will be dressed in costume in celebration of All Hallow’s Eve on October 31. The bar hosts a costume contest at midnight with a $100 gift certificate for the top costume. Drink deals include $5 Devil Mule cocktails (Fireball cinnamon whisky, ginger beer and club soda), $3 Labatt Blue drafts and $8 Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale drafts. Resident DJs spin from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. with no cover charge. Mac’s is open from 12 p.m.-2 a.m. on Halloween.

 

Tuman’s Tap & Grill
2159 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
773-782-1400
tumanstapandgrill.com

 

Tuman’s staff will be dressed for Halloween and the bar hosts a costume contest with a$100 gift certificate for the top costume with the winner announced at midnight.  Drink specials include $3 Labatt Blue drafts$5 Devil Mule cocktails (Fireball cinnamon whisky, ginger beer and club soda) and $8 Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale drafts, an award-winning limited release seasonal brew from Wisconsin’s Stevens Point Brewery made with real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices.  Resident DJs spin from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. with no cover charge. Tuman’s is open from 12 p.m.-2 a.m. on October 31.

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