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Beer gardens, rooftop bars and outdoor dining spots in Chicago

Whether you're looking for a beer garden or a rooftop bar, you'll find it in our guide to the best outdoor dining

Photograph: Clayton Hauck
Parson's Chicken & Fish is one of the best outdoor dining options in Chicago.

The patios are open! All you have to say are those magic words, and all memories of the phenomenon that is "dibs" melt away faster than a boozy slushie at one of the city's best cocktail bars. Check out our guides to the best Chicago restaurants and bars for dining and drinking outdoors, then bookmark them to ensure that you're spending as much time outside as possible this summer. We'll see you on a patio, chilly craft beer in hand.

Outdoor dining in Chicago

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Best rooftop restaurants

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Best rooftop bars

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Best beer gardens

Secure a frosty stein of beer and settle in for the evening

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Bars to play outdoor games

Order up a drink while you play games at one of these bars

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