Beer gardens, rooftop bars and outdoor dining spots in Chicago

Whether you're looking for a chill beer garden or a hopping rooftop bar, you'll find it in our guide to the city's best places for outdoor dining and drinking

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.

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