The patios are open for summer! All you have to say are those magic words, and all memories of the phenomenon that is "dibs" melt away faster than an alcoholic slushie. Check out our guides to the best restaurants and bars for dining and drinking outdoors, plus tips on how to skip the waits at hot spots and more.
20 new patios and restaurant gardens
Check out these 20 new hidden restaurant gardens, sidewalk patios and more.
Best outdoor bars
Our guide to the best patios, rooftops and beer gardens in Chicago.
Hidden outdoor eateries
These beer gardens and patios fly under the radar.
Nothing beats drinking at a rooftop bar with a great view, whether it's one of these hotel bars, elevated lounges or come-as-you-are decks.
Best outdoor restaurants
Get in gear for alfresco season with our picks for the best patios, gardens and sidewalk cafés in town.
New rooftop bars
Nothing feels as fancy as drinking outside on a roof deck. Take advantage of warm nights at these new and remodeled bars.
Alfresco eating and drinking, no wait
We offer alternatives to Chicago’s busiest patios.