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


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


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


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


Cantina Loredo

Cantina Loredo

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


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


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


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




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


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


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


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


Howells & Hood

Howells & Hood

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


Joe’s Bar Trackside (Clybourn Corridor / Rooftop)
940 W. Weed Street
Chicago IL 60642-2540
(312) 787-9600


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


Kit Kat (Lakeview / Patio)
3700 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657


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


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


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


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


RM Champagne

RM Champagne

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


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


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


Rock Bottom (River North / Rooftop)
1 W. Grand
Chicago, IL


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


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


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


J Parker

J Parker

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


The Dawson (River West, Patio)
730 W. Grand
Chicago, IL


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


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


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


The Dec

The Dec

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


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


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


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


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


FEW Spirits Cocktail Night at Southport & Irving (SIP) 7.26

24 Jul Southport & Irving
Southport & Irving

Southport & Irving

Southport & Irving (SIP)
4000 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613


Meet FEW’s master distiller/founder Paul Hletko, sample craft spirits and enjoy handcrafted cocktails from guest master mixologist Ergys Dizdari


Southport & Irving (SIP) welcomes Evanston-based FEW Spirits for a special cocktail night on Saturday, July 26 from 7-9 p.m. The event features a meet and greet with master distiller/founder Paul Hletko, education and tasting notes from brand ambassador Alison Mouratis, samples of FEW’s handcrafted spirits, plus raffles and giveaways including distillery tours, FEW monogramed merchandise and wearables.


Master mixologist Ergys Dizdari (of Filini, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel and FEW Fridays) has created a special cocktail list for the evening ($8-$12) and serves as guest bartender for the event.  Highlights of the cocktail lineup and the featured FEW spirits listed below.

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National Relaxation Day Chicago Hotel Specials 8.15

23 Jul Hotel Monaco Chicago
Hotel Monaco Chicago

Hotel Monaco Chicago

National Relaxation Day coming up August 15th! Check out these really great packages at Hotel Monaco Chicago and other Kimpton hotels across the country for a quick getaway. The best part is, National Relaxation day is on a Friday this year!  Hello, mini-getaway!

Hotel Monaco (Chicago, IL):  Black Out Digital Detox Package

Let’s face it, technology isn’t going anywhere. But even the most avid Instagrammers, Tweeters and texters need to disconnect, rejuvenate and relax from time to time. Take a break at the Monaco in style while ditching your gadgets and devices at the front desk for this unique detox package:

  • Overnight accommodations in our Tranquility Suite
  • Surrender your electronic devices at check-in where they’ll be kept under lock and key until your departure
  • Complimentary tech-free amenities based on your favorite ways to relax. Prior to your arrival, we’ll ask you to complete a quick five-question form so we can have a few of your favorite goodies waiting for you.
  • $30 in-room spa credit
  • Late check-out, if available
  • Rates starting at $349/night

Book online or call 1.866.610.0081 and mention rate code BLKOUT. 5-day advance booking window. You will be able to access your devices at anytime in case of emergencies.


Hotel Palomar (Philadelphia, PA):  Rejuvenation Vacation

With serenity-inducing accommodations, you’ll be greeted with:

  • In-room yoga mat roll-out service
  • Three-course prix fixe clean and healthy meal curated by Executive Chef Caitlin Mateo at Square 1682
  • Total body workout at Pure Barre followed by a fresh-squeezed and simply satisfying juice from Square 1682.
  • Pamper yourself at the hotel’s neighbor Adolf Biecker Salon & Spa and enjoy 15% off all services.
  • Guaranteed late check-out at 2 p.m. so you can rest up and relax!
  • Rates starting at $299

Book here:


RiverPlace Hotel (Portland, OR):  Romantic Revival

Check in and check out with this offer of romance revisited. We’ll help you disconnect so you can connect with your loved one.  We’ll keep all your personal electronics in our private office safe while you spend a special night with that special someone. This package includes:

  • Bottle of sparkling wine
  • Local chocolate truffles
  • Luxurious and local Rose City bath amenities
  • A private bath butler (upon request) to draw you a personal bath in one of our luxurious tubs
  • 2:00 pm late checkout

Book online at using the rate code: PROM


Topaz Hotel (Washington, DC):  Serenity Suite

Topaz Hotel’s premier guestroom, the Serenity Suite, is spread over 475-square feet in which to reenergize, featuring a king bed and separate seating area with a 37-inch flat screen TV, pullout sofa bed and a full wet bar stocked with organic products. True to the suite’s name, guests can enjoy relaxing amenities when booking the suite including a serenity waterfall, soothing noise machine, complimentary sleep mask, and an aromatherapy diffuser stocked with calming scents.

  • If guests of the Serenity Suite want total relaxation, they can surrender their electronics at the front desk in exchange for a complimentary $30 in-room spa credit.
  • Rates starting at $439/night

Book online:


Lagunitas Beer Night at High Noon Saloon

23 Jul High Noon Saloon Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
High Noon Saloon Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

High Noon Saloon Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

1560 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622


Meet Jonathan Klein from Lagunitas Brewing Company and enjoy limited, seasonal and year-round beers with food pairings from chef Ruben Beltran’s regular Tex-Mex menu at this special beer night. Added amenities include free Lagunitas merchandise such as engraved Mason jars and logoed gear. The event runs from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, July 31 and is free to attend (food and drink on consumption). High Noon is open from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. on July 31 and the kitchen is open until 1 a.m.

Featured Beers, Tasting Notes and Suggested Food Pairings

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Nacional 27 Mojito Cocktail Class 7.30

15 Jul Nacional27 Mojito

Nacional27 Mojito

Nacional27 Mojito

Learn to Create Three Drinks, Enjoy Latin Eats

Note: this event replaces the tequila class scheduled for July 24

Wednesday, July 30
6 p.m.
$15 fee

Let’s muddle! Nacional 27 will hold a mojito-centric cocktail class on Wednesday, July 30 at 6 p.m. Beverage manager Elyse Fuller will ​demonstrate​ how to make three mojitos (N27 Mojito; Hennessey Mojito; Chadwick Mojito) while ​guests taste the libations and ​nosh on passed tapas​​ such as tostones ​, ​chicken empanadas​ and chorizo croquetas​.

The class is $15 per person. ​ To RSVP, please call Nacional 27 at (312) 664-2727 or visit​

​Nacional 27 Cocktail Class

N27 Mojito​
​Brugal rum ​, ​mint syrup​, ​lime juice ​, ​mint​, ​lime​, ​ soda

Hennessy Mojito
Hennessy​,​ mint syrup, ​lime juice, mint, lime, ginger beer​

​Chadwick​ Mojito​
10​ ​C​ane rum​, pomegranate juice, habanero ginger syrup, mint, lime and soda​

Nacional 27
325 West Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60654

FREE Brunch Comedy Show + BYOB – Saturdays At Runa Japanese 7.26

14 Jul Runa Wicker Park Patio
Runa Wicker Park Patio

Runa Wicker Park Patio

An outdoor, brunch comedy show!

When: Every Saturday, beginning July 26th at 12:30

Debut show features performances from:

  • Alex Kumin (The Lincoln Lodge)
  • Charlie Rohrer (Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Congrats on Your Success)
  • Rebecca O’Neal (Bitch Magazine, Congrats on Your Success)
  • Ian Abramson (7 Minutes in Purgatory, The Laugh Factory)
  • Saurin Choksi (Sidebar Comedy, The Laugh Factory)

Hosted by Sonia Denis (Congrats on Your Success, Co-host of Cole’s Open Mic)


Where: Patio of Ruma Japanese – 2257 W North Avenue, blocks from the Damen Blue Line

  • Featuring a new line up of Chicago’s best comedic talent every week!
  • Join us for brunch before the show!
  • Sushi specials for all audience members
  • Courtesy of Henry of Runa Japanese
  • Show starts promptly at 12:30pm

RSVP on Facebook HERE!


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