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


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:

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


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


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.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Reduced Cost Or Free Resources For The Girls

17 Oct

Let’s talk breasts. With it being October, pink month, aka Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s time to start thinking about taking care of yourself. Luckily there are plenty of tools and health centers that can make sure that you have all of your bases covered. No matter the budget, there are plenty of locations around Chicago that can assist you in making sure that your best friends aren’t causing any problems for you.

First things first: early detection. Your doctor only checks up on you once a year, so the other 364 days it’s up to you to make sure everything is going smooth. Or in this case, feeling smooth. The good thing is with technology, there is literally an app for that. offers a free website and app that provides information about mammograms, doctors, and locations based off of your age and health history. It not only can create a schedule for you throughout the year, but it can send you an alert to remind you to check yourself every month and you can schedule your clinical breast exams through the organization. Easy and fancy, all for your girls.

When it comes to locations, there are plenty of places that offer reduced cost or even free mammograms. You can check for a location near you on multiple websites including Chicago Breast Cancer, City of Chicago, and National Breast Cancer. Also, the Chicago Breast Cancer website features information about organizations that can assist with mammograms and more (check it out here). Another note, ask your current doctor if there is anything they can do to assist you with getting a mammogram. Some might be able to help with price or know another location that can help.

Most importantly, read up. Being aware of the signs, knowing the details, and using prevention methods will only help. You can check out any cancer organization’s website, including National Breast Cancer, to find out all the details to protect yourself. After all, not only is it important to stay safe, but no one can deny it’s great to have breasts. Do your part to protect them.



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





Haunted House Bus Trip to Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare 10.30

17 Oct Lottie's



Lottie’s and The Pony Host Haunted House Bus Trip to Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare
Thursday, October 30
$40 per person

Lottie’s Pub:
1925 W Cortland
Chicago, IL 60622

Pioneer Tavern Group will host a Haunted House Bus Trip to Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare on Thursday, October 30. A bus will leave from both Lottie’s in Bucktown and The Pony in Lakeview, and the event will begin with registration at both locations (full schedule by location below).

A $40 per person package includes transportation to Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare on a coach bus, refreshments to and from, and haunted house admission.

Purchase bus tickets online at or

The Pony
Registration: 5:30 p.m.
Bus leaves at 7 p.m.

Lottie’s Pub
Registration: 6 p.m.
Bus leaves at 7:30 p.m

Halloween Events High Noon Saloon 10.30-10.31

14 Oct High Noon Saloon Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
High Noon Saloon Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

High Noon Saloon Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

Pumpkin Carving Party Thursday, October 30 and Halloween Party on Friday, October 31


Pumpkin Carving Party

High Noon Saloon provides both the pumpkins and the carving tools for this do-it-yourself pumpkin carving party and displays the final creations as part of the Halloween theme post-party. The free event kicks-off at 7 p.m.; arrive early as pumpkins are first come, first served. Draft beer specials, which range from $6-$8, include seasonal offerings such asSouthern Tier Pumking and Great Lakes Nosferatu, and year-round brews such as Rogue Dead Guy Ale.

High Noon mixologist Ben Berry-Ryan also debuts the $9 Fall in Love cocktail, which will make the soon-to-launch fall cocktail list. The Fall in Love is made with Old Forester Bourbon, The Bitter Truth Pimento Dram Allspice liqueur, SNAP Gingersnap liqueur and a muddled mix of Allspice seasoning, nutmeg, candied walnuts, fresh apple and honey. The cocktail is shaken over ice, double strained, and served straight up in a rocks glass with a candied walnut-honey rim.

High Noon Saloon is open from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. on October 30 and the kitchen is open until 1 a.m.  Reservations are available by calling 773-227-9339.

Halloween Party and Costume Contest

High Noon celebrates All Hallows’ Eve with DJ of the Undead spinning zombie tunes from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. with no cover charge. Drink deals, which are the same as the pumpkin carving party specials, include the $9 Fall in Love cocktail and Southern Tier Pumking,Great Lakes Nosferatu and Rogue Dead Guy Ale drafts (prices range from $6-$8). In addition to the hand-carved pumpkins displayed throughout the bar and dining room, the Wicker Park saloon is decked with Halloween décor and the staffers will also be in costume. The saloon awards a $100 gift certificate to person wearing the top costume as determined by crowd applause at midnight.

High Noon Saloon is open from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. on October 31 and the kitchen is open until 1 a.m.  Reservations are available by calling 773-227-9339.


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