53 new patios, rooftop bars and outdoor spaces

Time to pack away the winter coat and pick up a cocktail. Here are the patios and rooftop bars where you'll be eating, drinking and hanging out all spring and summer.

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  • Asian Outpost

    Photograph: Courtesy Asian Outpost

    The new Asian Outpost has a patio that seats 36 and will offer patio drinks like sake slushies.

    Asian Outpost
  • County Barbeque

    Photograph: Courtesy County Barbeque

    County Barbeque has a new patio behind the restaurant. 

    County Barbeque
  • Doc B's Fresh Kitchen

    Photograph: Courtesy Doc B's Fresh Kitchen

    Doc B's Fresh Kitchen has a large retractable window to allow al fresco dining as weather cooperates.

    Doc B's Fresh Kitchen
  • DryHop Brewers

    Photograph: Courtesy DryHop

    DryHop Brewers has added a 16-seat patio this spring.

    DryHop Brewers
  • Hutch

    Photograph: Courtesy Hutch

    Hutch's new patio seats 26 and is open for dinner and weekend brunch.

    Hutch
  • I|O Urban Roofscape

    Photograph: Courtesy of I|O Urban Roofscape

    I|O Urban Roofscape's outdoor lounge opens this spring at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago.

     I|O Urban Roofscape
  • The Kensington

    Photograph: Courtesy the Kensington

    The Kensington is the new rooftop lounge atop Parliament.

    The Kensington
  • Packing House

    Photograph: Jorge Gera

    Packing House, which replaced Market, has a big rooftop.

    Packing House
  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Sportsman's Club

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Unite Urban Grill

  • Photograph: Lindsey Becker

    County Barbeque

Asian Outpost

Photograph: Courtesy Asian Outpost

The new Asian Outpost has a patio that seats 36 and will offer patio drinks like sake slushies.

We did it, Chicago! After the terrible winter of multiple polar vortexes, we made it through to the other side, which means we can spend the next five months pretty much living outside. Restaurants and bars also clearly felt our pain, since we're getting more than 50 new patios, beer gardens, rooftop bars and other outdoor spaces this year.


Of course, these are just new spots, so once you've hit them all, revisit the best rooftop bars, the best outdoor dining, the best outdoor bars and the 20 new patios and 5 new rooftop bars from last year. 


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A10

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Matthias Merges’s Hyde Park restaurant is adding a 50-seat patio that will wrap around the corner on the sidewalk.

Opening End of April, weather permitting.

  1. 1462 E 53rd St
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Acadia

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Dig into Ryan McCaskey’s bar menu street side on Acadia’s new patio. The outdoor space seats 12–16.

Opening June

  1. 1639 S Wabash Ave
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Asian Outpost

  • Price band: 2/4

Asian Outpost’s 36-seat patio includes banquette seating with colorful pillows. The restaurant is now open for lunch Thursday–Sunday, plus it's adding a menu of patio drinks (think sake slushies), so we already know where we’ll be having long lunches on summer Fridays.

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 1315 S Wabash Ave
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Azzurra EnoTavola

  • Price band: 2/4

The Wicker Park restaurant has a small, 12-seat patio that opens onto Milwaukee Avenue, perfect for both people watching and digging into plates of the terrific pasta.

Opening May 1

  1. 1467 N Milwaukee Ave
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A Baker's Tale

  • Price band: 1/4

The new Alice in Wonderland–inspired bakery in Wicker Park is adding a 24-seat patio, which will be dog-friendly. Order a dog treat baked at the shop for your pup alongside your tart. 

Opening Mid-May, weather permitting

  1. 2127 W Division St
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Beatrix

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Beatrix slides open the front doors along Clark Street for an al fresco feel. The 36-seat wine bar is situated in the open-air space, and six sidewalk tables will be surrounded by planters and hanging ferns.

Opening May

  1. 519 N Clark St
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Bellwether Meeting House & Eatery

  • Price band: 2/4

The 40-seat sidewalk patio will offer new drink specials like half-off bottles of wine on Wednesdays.

Opening May 1

  1. 302 E Illinois St
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Bottlefork

  • Price band: 2/4

The new Billy Dec/Kevin Hickey spot will have an 18-seat bar that will serve cocktails plus a limited snack menu. The design will match the interior décor, and includes flowers and an herb garden.

Opening Early May

  1. 441 N Clark St
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The Brixton

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The new Andersonville neighborhood spot is adding 35 al fresco seats. The bar menu, which is available upstairs, will also be served outside. 

Opening April 28

  1. 5420 N Clark St
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Buzz Burgers, Barrels and Beer

The new burger joint has a 40-seat patio, which includes an outdoor bar, tables and chairs, and lounge seating.

Opening Memorial Day weekend

  1. 1935 W Irving Park Rd
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Celeste

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The rooftop at Celeste, dubbed the “Garden,” will serve punch bowls amid the ivy-covered walls.

Opening June

  1. 111 W Hubbard St
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CH Distillery

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The 20-seat outdoor lounge will serve boozy snowcones alongside CH’s regular food and cocktail menu.

Opening May 26, weather permitting

  1. 564 W Randolph St
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Cicchetti

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The patio, which wraps around Erie and St Clair, seats 100, so it’ll be easier to get into the excellent Venetian restaurant, which will serve summery cocktails alongside oysters, bruschetta and other Italian dishes.

Opening May 12

  1. 671 N St Clair St
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City Dough

  • Price band: 1/4

The Lakeview diner adds a 60-seat patio, which will be lined with flowers and open during regular hours.

Opening May 1

  1. 2955 N Sheffield Ave
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Compass Bar

  • Price band: 2/4

The new Lincoln Park bar has added 38 seats to a flower-lined patio. The tables have umbrellas and there’s a 60-inch television to watch games.

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 433 W Diversey Pkwy
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County Barbeque

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

This summer, the barbecue spot opens a backyard patio with a view of the smoker.

Opening May 1

  1. 1352 W Taylor St
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The Dawson

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

When the Dawson opened last fall, we were already anticipating sitting on its 150-seat patio, which has communal tables and a stone fireplace. Bar director Annemarie Sagoi and general manager Clint Rogers will be serving new drinks, like a frozen mai tai, a mezcal freeze pop and big, sharable cocktails. Plus, expect Tuesday-night keg parties, with a different brewery featured each week. 

Opening Now

  1. 730 W Grand Ave
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Doc B's Fresh Kitchen

  • Price band: 1/4

The Gold Coast spot opens its huge front window when the weather cooperates, so you can dine al fresco any time it’s nice. 

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 100 E Walton St
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DryHop Brewery

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The brewery added a 16-seat patio overlooking Broadway, which is a great spot for people-watching (and drinking Shark Meets Hipster, our favorite of its beers.)

Opening Weather permitting

  1. 3155 N Broadway
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Elle On The River

  • Price band: 2/4

This spring, Travelle adds a separate space, Elle on the River, which will serve “Mediterranean-style tacos” and big punch bowls. The outdoor space will have tables, couches and bar seating, and will overlook the river.

Opening Mid-May, tentatively

  1. 330 N Wabash Ave
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Fairways

  • Price band: 2/4

The new golf-themed bar is applying for a license and plans to open an eight- to 10-seat patio.

Opening July

  1. 1141 W Armitage Ave
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Francesca’s Forno

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The Wicker Park Italian spot is adding a new patio this summer.

Opening June

  1. 1576 N Milwaukee Ave
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G & O

  • Price band: 2/4

The new spot, which has beer, cocktails and a menu of sandwiches and salads, has a 30–40-seat patio along Ogden Avenue.

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 459 N Ogden Ave
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Grand Tour

  • Price band: 2/4

The new Ravenswood restaurant adds an 80-seat sidewalk patio, which still has a view of the sporting events on the TV inside.

Opening Mid-May

  1. 2434 W Montrose Ave
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Green Street Smoked Meats

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The patio at Brendan Sodikoff's new barbecue spot has communal picnic tables and will seat 100.

  1. 112 N Green St
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Honey Butter Fried Chicken

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The fried chicken spot has a great patio, with picnic tables, strings of lights and heat lamps, so you can take your lunch or dinner outside on even slightly cool days.

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 3361 N Elston Ave
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Hutch

  • Price band: 2/4

At Lakeview’s Hutch, the new 26-seat patio is open for both dinner, which starts at 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday brunch, from 10am–3pm.

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 3301 N Clark St
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I|O Urban Roofscape

  • Price band: 3/4

The huge, retractable rooftop space will have an outdoor fireplace, cabanas, a waterfall and more. It’s going to be a popular summer event space, and there are already events planned like a Derby party.

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 127 W Huron St
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Japonais by Morimoto

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Japonais by Morimoto will add outdoor seats along the River Walk this summer, so you can eat sushi and drink Japanese whiskey al fresco.

Opening June

  1. 600 W Chicago Ave
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The Kensington

  • Price band: 2/4

The forthcoming rooftop lounge/garden atop Parliament will serve cocktails and snacks from Union Sushi + Barbeque.

Opening May 22

  1. 324 W Chicago Ave
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Kinmont Restaurant

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Seafood spot Kinmont adds a sidewalk patio, which seats 12–16.

Opening May, weather permitting

  1. 419 W Superior St
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Leghorn Chicken

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Take your fried chicken sandwich outside to the sidewalk patio, which seats 12–16. 

Opening May, weather permitting

  1. 959 N Western Ave
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LYFE Kitchen

  • Price band: 2/4

The new healthy spot has added a 28-seat patio, with wooden planters and heat lamps, in case it’s not an especially warm day.

Opening Now

  1. 419 N Clark St
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MAK

  • Price band: 1/4

Wicker Park’s Modern Asian Kitchen’s patio offers seating for 28 on Division Street.

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 1924 W Division St
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mEAT

  • Price band: 2/4

The new sidewalk café will feature three swing set tables, so you can swing while drinking new summer cocktails like a smoking aviation garnished with frozen Champagne.

 Opening June 5

  1. 3341 N Halsted St
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Nico Osteria

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Nico Osteria's 80-seat outdoor patio, located on the corner of Rush and Bellevue, will be the next-best thing to a trip to Italy. Think bottles of rosé, new summery cocktails from Matty Eggleston, and Erling Wu-Bower's excellent pastas and crudos.

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 1015 N Rush St
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Old Crow Smokehouse

  • Price band: 2/4

The restaurant has a retractable roof, which means you’ll be able to eat brisket sliders and pulled-pork tacos al fresco.

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 3506 N Clark St
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Packing House

  • Price band: 2/4

The new spot on Randolph Street, a revamp of Market, has a retractable roof that opens up on a bar with a view of the skyline.

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 1113 W Randolph St
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Parlor Pizza Bar

When the new West Loop pizza spot opens in May, it’ll have a 145-seat patio and a 176-seat rooftop deck. The rooftop bar will be made out of an old freight shipping container, and Pizza Parlor is trying to get a license to add a mobile pizza oven to the roof.

Opening Mid-May, tentatively

  1. 108 N Green St
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Parts & Labor

  • Rated as: 2/5
  • Price band: 1/4

The Logan Square burger spot has one of the biggest new patios—it can open its back garage door onto a 140-seat patio, which has umbrellas and a tree for shade. Plus, a front patio on Sawyer that seats 30 is already set up.

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 2700 N Milwaukee Ave
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Plein Air Cafe

  • Price band: 1/4

The airy new Hyde Park spot will have a 40-seat patio, with communal tables, a canopy and planters. The patio is right next to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. 

Opening May 26, weather permitting

  1. 5751 S Woodlawn Ave
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Rosie's West Town Deli

  • Price band: 1/4

The West Town spot has added a small patio that seats 28.

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 1021 N Western Ave
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Spencer's Jolly Posh Foods

  • Price band: 1/4

The British grocery and café moves a few blocks from its Irving Park Road location to Southport Corridor this spring. The new space includes a 35-seat dining room, larger menu and a patio space, where you can eat fish and chips, weekend brunch and more. 

Opening June 2

  1. 3755 N Southport Ave
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Spritz Burger

  • Price band: 2/4

The new burger spot replaced Hearty Boys, so there’s a lovely 34-seat patio. Even better: The fizzy cocktails lend themselves to outdoor drinking.

Opening Now

  1. 3819 N Broadway
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Sportsman's Club

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Sportsman's backyard has a fire pit and an herb garden, which will grow herbs to use in cocktails. Bartenders Jeff Donahue and Wade McElroy will serve cocktail kegs and $20 bottles of rosé on the patio, which will have tables and seats around the fire.

Opening May 1, weather permitting

  1. 948 N Western Ave
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Stella Barra

  • Price band: 2/4

The terrific pizza spot is adding a 50–60-seat brick patio with a six-foot fireplace, hanging lights and a tree.

Opening May 8

  1. 1954 N Halsted St
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Strings Ramen Shop

  • Price band: 1/4

At the new Strings Ramen Shop, a small patio will have about a dozen seats for slurping ramen al fresco.

Opening May 1

  1. 2141 S Archer Ave
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Tanta

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

It doesn’t get much more summery than drinking pisco cocktails and ordering from the ceviche bar. Tanta opens its second-floor pisco lounge this spring, with 85 seats outside and 35 inside.

Opening May 1

 

  1. 118 W Grand Ave
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Temperance Beer Company

  • Price band: 1/4

The Evanston taproom opens onto a large beer garden, which seats 44. There are snacks like empanadas from Tomate Fresh Kitchen, Popcorn Asylum popcorn and Bee’s Knees nuts, or you can order takeout. 

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 2000 Dempster St, Evanston
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Terrace on Clark Bar and Grille

  • Price band: 2/4

The new Loop spot has a 100-seat patio and it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which means it’s an easy way to soak up some sun during the work day. 

Opening Mid-May

 

  1. 77 W Wacker Dr
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Tête Charcuterie

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The European charcuterie spot adds a 20- to 30-seat sidewalk patio this spring, with a mix of two- and four-top tables. 

Opening June

  1. 1114 W Randolph St
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Tre Soldi

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The Roman restaurant adds an al fresco space this spring, which will stay open until November 30 (provided it’s not freezing and snowing by then, of course).

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 212 E Ohio St
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Unite Urban Grill

  • Price band: 2/4

The West Town restaurant will have sidewalk seating for 14, which means al fresco Sunday brunches and local beers.

Opening Now, weather permitting

  1. 1450 W Chicago Ave
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Cristina L
Cristina L

Can't forget Kaiser Tiger opening mid-May with an epic patio serving up SAUSAGE, BACON AND BEER!!!

Noel V
Noel V

On the Honey Butter Fried Chicken blurb, you say "you can take your lunch or dinner outside,"  but they don't open 'til 5:00pm, so, just dinner.