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


Rebuilding Exchange Annual Salvager’s Ball 3.22

5 Mar c22f812e-4f6d-4d04-b39c-4ffbbc9e6430

c22f812e-4f6d-4d04-b39c-4ffbbc9e6430The Rebuilding Exchange is hosting their annual fundraiser, the Salvager’s Ball, on March 22!  Come join RX for an evening filled with music, drinks, appetizers and dessert, and sustainable surprises and games from 6-9:30pm at the beautiful and historic Thalia Hall in Pilsen. The Breath Mints (Leroy Bach and special guests) will be performing soulful jams amongst our locally crafted and salvaged goods. Guests will also have the opportunity to see their future with tarot card readings, participate in a creative design contest, play bean bag toss, make memories at the RX photo booth, and win unique raffle prizes from RX’s salvaged collection, RX Made’s home custom products, and others. The event is 21+ and each ticket includes 2 free drinks (beer and wine) as well as appetizers from Dusek’ and desserts from Whole Foods. General admission tickets are $85 and VIP tickets are $125. VIP tickets additionally include access to the balcony with a private bar, as well as a special beverage and appetizer from Dusek’s. Get your tickets HERE!

23rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parties at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub 3.12-3.17


STPATSLOGO_308Six Day Irish Celebration in Streeterville 

Thursday, March 12 – Tuesday, March 17

Erin go bragh! It’s time for Timothy O’Toole’s 23rd annual St. Patrick’s Day event! This year, the celebration will span six days, running Thursday, March 12 to Tuesday, March 17. From Irish-inspired food and cocktails to bag pipers and leprechauns, this Streeterville pub truly knows how to throw a proper St. Paddy’s party. The schedule of events, drink specials and Irish fare are outlined below.

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


Thursday, March 12
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Enjoy an Irish-inspired food and beverage menu. Guinness glass engraving will take place at 9 p.m. The Blackhawks vs. Coyotes game will be shown on 74 screens. No cover charge.

Friday, March 13
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 a.m. Enjoy an Irish-inspired food and beverage menu. A Guinness bar and beer tub will open at 3 p.m. Joe the Leprechaun will be on site at 4 p.m. The Bulls vs. Hornets game will be shown on 74 screens at 6 p.m. Guinness glass engraving will be offered at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge starting at 4 p.m. (or $10 includes a St. Paddy’s t-shirt; cover charge proceeds donated to charity).

Saturday, March 14
Hours: 8 a.m.-4 a.m. St. Patrick’s Day brunch menu will be available 8 a.m.-noon (Irish-inspired food and beverage menu available all day). Beer tubs and a Guinness bar will open at 9 a.m. Joe the Leprechaun will arrive at 11 a.m. A women’s green beer chugging contest will take place at noon with the men’s contest at 1 p.m. Irish bag pipers will perform at 2 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge (or $10 includes a St. Paddy’s t-shirt; cover charge proceeds donated to charity).

Sunday, March 15
Hours: 10 a.m.-3 a.m. St. Patrick’s Day brunch menu and bloody mary/mimosa bar be available 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Irish-inspired food and beverage menu available all day). Joe the Leprechaun will arrive at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge at 9 p.m. (or $10 includes a St. Paddy’s t-shirt; cover charge proceeds donated to charity).

Monday, March 16
Hours: 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Enjoy an Irish-inspired food and beverage menu. There is no cover charge.

Tuesday, March 17
Hours: 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Enjoy an Irish-inspired food and beverage menu. A bloody mary/mimosa bar will be offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Joe the Leprechaun will arrive at noon. Beer tubs and a Guinness bar will open at 3 p.m. and Irish bag pipers will perform at 4 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge (or $10 includes a St. Paddy’s t-shirt; cover charge proceeds donated to charity).

St. Patrick’s Day Drink Menu
Pitchers of Green Beer $21
Pints of Green Beer $6
Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s $7
Conway’s Irish Ale, pints $6.50
Miller Lite/Coors Light/Bud Light, aluminum $6
Miller High Life, cans $6
PBR, cans $6
Magner’s, can $6
Irish Car Bombs $8
Jameson Irish Coffee $7
Jameson, shots $6

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Vintage Garage Chicago Opens 2015 Season 4.19

3 Mar Vintage Garage
Vintage Garage

Vintage Garage

On April 19, Chicagoans can peruse 100 of the best vintage dealers in the Midwest with everything from antiques to Mid Century, vintage furniture, industrial, art, vinyl, vintage clothing, jewelry and anything in between.

Going into it’s 4th season, the Vintage Garage is the city’s only all vintage monthly market and draws vintage lovers from all over Chicago and beyond.

“The North side has quickly become the best vintage shopping in Chicago.  Within a 1 mile radius of the Garage I count at least 30 vintage/antique or thrift shops. This is going to be the summer of vintage Uptown. ”  says Melissa Sands, owner of the Vintage Garage.

New to The Vintage Garage this year, FLATS Chicago – Chicago’s community-focused real estate group that has a mission to bring big style to smart spaces – will be supporting the growth of The Vintage Garage Chicago by utilizing local partnerships and encouraging small businesses to exclusively partner with Vintage Garage. “We understand the importance of community and excited to shine a light and showcase vintage and art on the northside at the Vintage Garage,” says FLATS Chicago co-founder, Jay Michael.

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Randolph Street Market 3.28-3.29

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Randolph Street Market Spring Fling



Saturday, March 28 – 10:00am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 29 –10:00am to 5:00 pm



Beaux Arts Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington Street, Chicago FREE PARKING in huge onsite parking lot only steps away from entrance!


PRICE: Discounted $8 tickets are available in advance (click here); general admission $10, students with ID $3 or $5 at the gate. Children 12 and under free.


Randolph Street Market is back for their upcoming March Market, “Spring Fling” is March 28-29! The Market is OVER Winter and thinking SPRING! To prove it, we are offering free entrance to customers wearing Easter bonnets. :) We’ll have an Easter Egg hunt going on all weekend long with special treats and deals included in every one!

Come for the amazing shopping but stay for the experience. Over 90+ vendors, live music all weekend long, great food/drink from local vendors, and more. Check out new vendors Lost Era’s and American Honey Repurposed Furniture who will be bringing antiques, furniture, vintage clothing, costumes, and props. This Market is sure to make you feel warm and cozy during the cold Winter Wonderland that lies in Chicago.

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Bell’s Le Contrebassiste Tapping and Tap Takeover at Tuman’s Tap & Grill 3.4

19 Feb Bell's

Tuman’s Tap & Grill
2159 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Bell’s Le Contrebassiste Tapping and Tap Takeover at Tuman’s Tap & Grill Wednesday, March 4

Be one of the few in Chicago to try Le Contrebassiste, a reimagined version of the brewery’s Jazz Series beer of the same name at this Bell’s Brewery tap takeover. The 2015 release is a rustic brown ale brewed with Brettanomyces yeast for a funky, fruity, light-tart finish. There are only four quarter barrels of Le Contrebassiste in all of Chicago, and the first will be tapped at this event. Rye Stout, an Eccentric Café pub exclusive rarely seen outside of Kalamazoo, Michigan will also be tapped, and the last few barrels of the 2015 releases of Hopslam Ale and Smitten Golden Rye Ale have been reserved for the event. Two year-round drafts, Amber Ale and Two Hearted Ale, round out the lineup.

Monica Mooney provides Bell’s beer education during the event. Free raffles and giveaways during the party include hats, T-shirts and other logoed Bell’s gear. The beers will be tapped at 4 p.m. and the event begins at 6 p.m. Tuman’s Tap & Grill is open from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. on March 4 and the kitchen is open until 11 p.m. The event is free to attend and beer prices range from $5-$8 each.

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