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.

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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.

Rooftop bars

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.



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