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

 

VIDEO: Red White And Blue Layered Drink Recipe

21 May Printable Straw Drink Flags @https://www.etsy.com/listing/193353065/printable-drink-straw-flags-red-white?

 

 

Watch our how-to video for a quick demo on how to get the layered effect in this red, white and blue layered drink. Instructions and quantities are listed below. Cheers!

 

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl's Guide Chicago)

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago)

SMALL BATCH / INDIVIDUAL DRINK RECIPE:

 

Ingredients:

 

Red= 

  • Hawaiian Punch OR
  • Cranberry Juice
  • *Mix alcohol here (optional, I use Vodka)

 

Blue =

  • Light blue Gatorade, watered down with any of these options….
  • Diet Sprite, Diet 7-Up, Soda Water, Plain Water

 

White = Ice

Quantities:

 

  • Red drink & Vodka mix = 1/3
  • Blue drink (75%) & water or clear diet drink to dilute it (25%)= 1/3
  • Ice = 1/3

 

For this drink, I use thirds to make it easy. The amounts will vary depending on how many you’re making and the size of the glasses.

 

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl's Guide Chicago)

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago)

 

Instructions:

 

The key to this drink is the sugar levels. The more sugary drink will stay on the bottom and drink with less sugar will float to the top. Mix your alcohol in the red layer so the extra sugar will help keep it at the bottom. With the ice included, you’ll get the red, white and blue layered effect!

 

  1. In 1 cocktail shaker mix your desired red drink with alcohol if you’re using it. For 4 drinks, I use 6 shots of vodka and fill the rest of the cocktail shaker with cranberry juice or Hawaiian Punch
  2.  Pour red mixture in to empty glasses
  3.  Add ice so your cups are now 1/3 red, 1/3 ice. Use plenty of ice to act as a separator between the red and blue. Eventually the ice will float to the top.
  4.  In the 2nd cocktail shaker, mix 75% blue drink with 25% clear liquid, choices noted above
  5.  Pour blue drink SLOWLY directly over the ice to avoid mixing

 

*Garnish with American flag toothpicks, red or blue berries & enjoy!

 

 

 

LARGE BATCH / DRINK DISPENSER RECIPE:

 Ingredients:

  • Same as above

 

Quantities:

 

  • Red =  2 Liter or large bottle of cranberry or punch
  • Blue = 4 large light blue Gatorades, watered down 1/4 a liter of any of these options: Diet Sprite, Diet 7-Up, Soda Water, Plain Water
  • White = ice

 

Instructions:

 

  1. Same as above for small batch recipe
  2. Replace cocktail shakers with pitchers and pre-mix separately before pouring in to the dispenser
  3. Follow the same order – 1) red, 2) Ice 3) blue mix

 

2015 Chicago Festival Guide

19 May Design Harvest - 9 - Photo Credit REP3 Photography

<< JUNE >>

Pivot Arts Festival
Through June 7

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Through September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Millennium Park Music Series
June 1 – August 27

Taste of Little Village: Flavors of Mexico
June 5 – 7

Lincoln Park Greek Fest
June 5 – 7

River North Beer Fest
June 6

57th Street Art Fair
June 6 – 7

Pilsen Food Truck Social
June 6 – 7

Printers Row Lit Fest
June 6 – 7

Remix Chicago: Chicago’s Recycled Art Fair 
June 6 – 7

Wingout Chicago
June 6 – 7

Andersonville Midsommarfest
June 12 – 14

Ribfest Chicago
June 12 – 14

Chicago Blues Festival
June 12 – 14

Spring Awakening Music Festival
June 12 – 14

Brew to Be Wild
June 13

Wells Street Art Festival
June 13 – 14

Grant Park Music Festival
June 17 – August 22

Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival
June 17 – 21

Fiestas Puertorriqueñas & Puerto Rican People’s Parade
June 18 – 21

Chicago Ale Fest
June 19 – 20

Oakley Festa Pasta Vino
June 19 – 21

Taste of Randolph
June 19 – 21

Windy City Lake Shake
June 19 – 21

Six Corners BBQ Fest
June 19 – 21

Chicago Pride Fest
June 20 – 21

Gold Coast Art Fair
June 20 – 21

Green Music Fest
June 20 – 21

Dew Tour at Grant Park Skate Park
June 20-21

Make Music Chicago
June 21

Millennium Park Summer Film Series
June 23 – August 25: Tuesdays

Back Lot Bash
June 25 – 28

Logan Square Arts Festival
June 26 – 28

Chicago SummerDance
June 26 – September 13

Chinatown Dragon Boat Race
June 27

Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party
June 27

Randolph Street Market Festival
June 27 – 28

Elston Avenue Sausage & Music Fest
June 27 – 28

The Dog Dayz of Summer
June 27-28

Chicago Pride Parade
June 28

Design Harvest - Photo Cred REP3 Photog

<< JULY >>

Millennium Park Music Series
Through August 27

Grant Park Music Festival
Through August 22

Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Through August 25: Tuesdays

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Through September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Chicago SummerDance
Through September 13

African/Caribbean International Festival of Life
July 3 – 5

Windy City RibFest in Uptown
July 3 – 5

Fourth of July Fireworks at Navy Pier
July 4

Chosen Few Picnic: House Music Festival *25th annual*
July 4

Taste of Chicago *35th annual*
July 8 – 12

artfest Michigan Avenue
July 10 -12

Irish American Heritage Festival
July 10 – 12

Windy City Smokeout
July 10 – 12

Ruido Fest
July 10 – 12

Square Roots Festival
July 10 – 12

Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
July 11

Mamby on the Beach
July 11 -12

Roscoe Village Burger Fest
July 11 – 12

Taste of Lakeview
July 11 – 12

West Fest
July 11 – 12

BenFest
July 17 – 19

Pitchfork Music Festival
July 17 – 19

Taste of River North
July 17 – 19

SausageFest Chicago
July 18 – 19

Southport Art & Music Fest
July 18 – 19

Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk
July 18 – 19

Chicago Craft Beer Festival
July 18 – 19

Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival 
July 18 – 19

Chinatown Summer Fair
July 19

Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival
July 24 – 26

Chicago Margarita Festival
July 25

Chicago Hot Sauce Fest
July 25 – 26

Taste of Lincoln Avenue
July 25 – 26

Randolph Street Market Festival
July 25 – 26

Wicker Park Fest
July 25 – 26

Fiesta del Sol
July 30 – August 2

Lollapalooza
July 31 – August 2

 

<< AUGUST >>

Lollapalooza
Through August 2

Fiesta del Sol
Through August 2

Grant Park Music Festival
Through August 22

Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Through August 25: Tuesdays

Millennium Park Music Series
Through August 27

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Through September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Chicago SummerDance
Through September 13

Taste of Latin America
August 1 – 2

Edge Fest
August 1 – 2

Chicago Hot Dog Fest
August 7 – 9

Ginza Festival Chicago
August 7 – 9

Retro on Roscoe
August 7 – 9

Bud Billiken Parade & Picnic
August 8

Wrigleyville SummerFest
August 8 – 9

Northalsted Market Days
August 8 – 9

Festa Italiana
August 13 – 16

Edison Park Fest
August 14 – 16

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest
August 14 – 16

Chicago Air & Water Show
August 15 – 16

Great American Lobster Fest
August 15 – 16

Reggae Fest Chicago
August 15 – 16

Clark After Dark
August 20

Albany Park World Fest
August 22 – 23

Chicago Food Social
August 22 – 23

Taste of Greektown
August 22 – 23

West Loop Art Fair
August 22 – 23

Chicago Dancing Festival
August 25 – 29

Chicago Food + Wine Festival
August 28 – 30

Bucktown Arts Festival *30th annual*
August 29 – 30

Chicago Fashion Fest
August 29 – 30

Randolph Street Market Festival
August 29 – 30

Transamerica Chicago Triathlon
August 30

 

<< SEPTEMBER >>

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Through September 5: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Chicago SummerDance
Through September 13

Chicago Jazz Festival
September 3 – 6

The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival
September 3 – 7

Chicago Fringe Festival
September 3 – 13

North Coast Music Festival
September 4 – 6

African Festival of Arts
September 4 – 7

Taste of Polonia
September 4 – 7

Shock Top Oyster Fest
September 11 – 12

Windy City Wine Festival
September 11 – 12

Lakeview East Festival of the Arts
September 11 – 13

Riot Fest & Carnival
September 11 – 13

German Day Festival & Von Steuben Parade
September 11 – 13

World Music Festival Chicago
September 11 – 22

Venetian Night at Navy Pier
September 12

Andersonville City Made Fest
September 12 – 13

ITU World Triathlon Grand Final *new event*
September 15 – 20

Fifth Star Awards
September 16

EXPO Chicago
September 17 – 20

Renegade Craft Fair
September 19 – 20

Sam Adams’ Lakeview Taco Fest 
September 19 – 20

Ravenswood ArtWalk
September 19 – 20

Chicago Gourmet
September 25 – 27

Oktoberfest Chicago
September 25 – 27

Design Harvest
September 26 – 27

Edgewater Fall Art Festival
September 26 – 27

Hyde Park Jazz Festival
September 26 – 27

Randolph Street Market Festival
September 26 – 27

Do Division Street

photo: Do-Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale events courtesy of REP3

<< OCTOBER >>

Chicago Artists Month *20th annual*
October 1 – 31

Chicago Architecture Biennial *new event*
October 1 – January 3, 2016

West Town Art Walk
October 2 – 3

Chicago Marathon
October 11

Columbus Day Parade
October 12

Chicago International Film Festival
October 15 – 29

Randolph Street Market Festival
October 17 – 19

Open House Chicago presented by Chicago Architecture Foundation
October 17 – 18

Randolph Street Market kicks off summer in Chicago 5.23-5.24!

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2015 SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON KICKS OFF MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WITH 12THSEASON MAY 23+24 AT RANDOLPH STREET MARKET’S GARDEN PARTY –

FIRST INDOOR/OUTDOOR MARKET OF THE YEAR!

This recurring monthly Market runs it’s Summer Season through September offering an indoor/outdoor RETRO-SPECTACLE like no other!

 

CHICAGO, IL (May 23+24, 2015)- Chicago’s Randolph Street Market, the country’s largest and liveliest urban antiques market, is celebrating 12 years as the premier vintage extravaganza with the can’t miss season opener kicking off summer, Memorial Day Weekend May 23 + 24. Doors open at 10 am, with early buy beginning at 8am. Over 250 fabulous sellers take up over 8 acres of space, boasting around the clock entertainment, body painting, a disco dance party, a beer and wine garden, hot international crowd and design stars, vintage beach bunnies, cooling stations and cabanas, fashion shows, artisan food vendors, and more- the indoor/outdoor season opener is the place to be and be seen to kick off your Chicago summer! Come for the amazing one-of-a-kind finds, and stay for the entire experience.

 

Don’t miss the following new and exciting elements at this month’s Market:

 

  • Master Makeup Artist and Body Painter, Orlando Barsallo, and Flower Artist to the stars, Roberto Gonzalez, will be creating a Garden of Eden. Orlando will be live painting on the bodies of Adam & Eve while floral artist Roberto makes floral crowns and build a tree of life. Visitors will get to buy a flower to put on the tree with money going to Bernie’s Book Bank, a Chicago literacy charity. And receive a complimentary drink ticket if you donate a book.

 

  • Stop by Sunday, May 24, 11am-2pm to meet Sports Memorabilia Expert, Michael Osacky and bring in your best collectibles to be appraised. Michael will also show off his vast collection of Cubs and White Sox baseball cards. His expertise is all sports (baseball, football, basketball, hockey, boxing, golf, etc) and all sports collectibles (cards, autographs, programs, ticket stubs, advertising).

 

  • Onsite appraisals on Sundays all season long from 11am-2pm with acclaimed appraiser John Leonard of Leonard Auction. Gather your treasures to find out what they’re really worth!

 

  • Saturday’s from 1-4pm May-September in the new MillerCoors Beer Pub in lower hall, enjoy a Beer & Sausage Flight, pairing different beers with different sausages. And for the winos, enjoy the Wine & Cheese Flight. Don’t forget to stop by the outdoor Beer Garden presented by MillerCoors featuring Blue Moon and other standard and microbrews each month.  

 

  • Meet Dianne Crosell of Crosell & Co as she showcases and demonstrates a new collection by Amy Howard of AMY HOWARD HOME, called Rescue, Restore, Redecorate. The line includes DIY’ers magical arsenal of paints and re­finishing products – that empower you to re-create furniture speci­ally to your space and home design aesthetic without the tedious chores of sanding, stripping and prepping. Come see Dianne at work Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-5pm.

 

  • Have custom poems typed by a panel of poets, Poems While You Wait. Provide your name, the topic and a $5 donation and you’ll receive an insta-poem 20 minutes later.

 

  • Get easy access to the Market with the Market Trolley, sponsored by Mariano’s and departing round trip from the Water Tower on the hour.

 

  • Cool down in the Shade Shack all weekend and go back in time with a market-wide Disco dance party at noon Saturday with Market DJ & M/C DJ Jones! Additionally, visit the Vinyl Swap Meet our hub for vinyl record sellers.

 

  • Sally Schwartz, Market founder, award winning party planner, and queen of vintage, will host VIP guests in her Cabana.

 

  • A rotating list of live bands in all genres will be playing around the clock including fan favorites. Dixieland Jazz, Rockabilly, Blues, Salsa, your feet will be bopping while the beat keeps you shopping!! Visit randolphstreetmarket.com to see the full list of entertainment!

 

  • Bring your kids for a day of Treasure Hunting! Pick up a Treasure Map and activity sheet at the front gate and enjoy a day of exploration at RSM. Hand in the completed sheet to the Washington St gate and let your child pick a prize from the treasure chest, as well as take home a goody bag filled with bubbles, crayons and more.

                                                                                                                         

The  Market, aptly dubbed “the Barneys of vintage” is a huge celebration of fashion, home design, antiques, artwork, music, food and great people watching! Having welcomed more than 100,000 shoppers in 2014, the event has even bigger things in store for 2015! Thanks to Sally Schwartz, The Randolph Street Market put Chicago and the Midwest on the map for well-curated antiques and vintage offerings as the first market of its kind in the Chicago area.

Broadway Antique Market’s Atomic Summer Sale, 5.22-5.31

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It happens only once a year: Broadway Antique Market’s Atomic Summer Sale* – Friday, May 22nd thru Sunday, May 31st. Chicago’s Antique Department Store, Featuring 75 Top Dealers on 2 Giant Levels— Art Deco through Mid Century Modern, 60’s 70’s. Thousands of Items, Discounted 15% to 50% Off Storewide. 6130 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL. 773-743-5444. BamChicago.com. Open Daily, 11 to 7.

*Note: Special extended evening shopping hours till 9pm, Friday, May 22nd Only!

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3-Course Mother’s Day Brunch

24 Apr mom

South Water Kitchen
Hotel Monaco
225 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

The 3-Course Mother’s Day Brunch is available from 7am to 3pm for $26 per person. Reservations are available online at www.southwaterkitchen.com or by calling 312.236.9300.

First Course – one course per person 

  • Deviled Eggs: white truffle, lobster & chives
  • Grape Salad: mesclun greens, candied walnuts, blue cheese & grape vinaigrette
  • Greek Yogurt Parfait: housemade granola, fresh berries & honey

Second Course – one course per person 

  • Crab Cake Benedict: crab cakes, spinach, poached eggs, english muffin, cayenne hollandaise & breakfast potatoes
  • Citrus Ginger Glazed Salmon: wild rice pilaf & mache
  • Asparagus & Wild Mushroom Omelet: goat cheese, fresh herbs, breakfast potatoes & toast
  • Oven Roasted Prime Rib: garlic whipped potatoes, broccolini & rosemary jus

Third Course – one course per person 

  • Marble Pound Cake: dark Chocolate & toasted marshmallow
  • Berries and Cream: fresh berries, vanilla bean whipped cream & cinnamon crisp

 

The 3-Course Mother’s Day Brunch is available from 7am to 3pm for $26 per person. Reservations are available online atwww.southwaterkitchen.com or by calling 312.236.9300.

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