20 new patios and restaurant gardens for outdoor dining

Looking for a new spot to eat and drink outside in Chicago? Check out these 20 new hidden restaurant gardens, sidewalk patios and more.


Gather's 40-seat, covered terrace in Lincoln Square features shareable dishes like a "Gathering Board" of charcuterie and pickled vegetables, to be accompanied by summery wine coolers served by the glass and pitcher. 4539 N Lincoln Ave, 773-506-9300.


Long one of Andersonville's most cherished patios, the backyard at 5420 N Clark Street (formerly In Fine Spirits and Premise) is now home to Brasserie 54 by LM. 5420 N Clark St, 773-334-9463.

Photograph: Oriana Koren

Will the combination of Stephanie Izard, rooftop deck and spinning, illuminated goat cause the universe to explode? That remains to be seen, when the rooftop patio at Little Goat Diner opens Sunday, June 9. The deck will be open, with the exception of private events, Mon-Thu 11am-4pm; Fri 11am-4pm and 9pm-midnight; Sat 9pm-midnight; and Sun 4pm-11pm. 820 W Randolph St, 312-888-3455.


If you're looking for a beer garden near the United Center, check out the 10,000 square feet of outdoor space at Park Tavern.1645 W Jackson Blvd, 312-243-4276.

Photograph: Martha Wiliams

The lovely 40-seat outdoor garden/Loop refuge that used to be Rhapsody is now home to Italian-inspiredTesori. 65 E Adams St, 312-786-9911.

Photograph: Clayton Hauck

Parson's Chicken & Fish is quickly shaping up to be the place to be this summer, whether that's because of the sprawling yard of picnic tables, the Negroni slushies or the expertly fried fish. 2952 W Armitage St, 773-384-3333.


The Boarding House's menu, now overseen by Bjorn Rasmussen, has changed significantly since the restaurant opened earlier this year. Try it out on one of sidewalk patio's 50-60 seats. 720 N Wells St, 312-280-0720.


Barbecue, bourbon and a huge, covered outdoor-seating area: What could possibly go wrong at the new Wrigleyville location of Sweet Baby Ray's? 3478 N Clark St, 773-975-7427.

Photograph: Maddie Blecha

The guys behind Chicago Cut Steakhouse opened The Local Chicago in the Gold Coast, serving classic comfort food like ribs and pot pie. The corner patio has 60 seats. 198 E Delaware St, 312-280-8887.

Photograph: Martha Williams

Sumi Robata Bar's garden seats 20 on tiered wooden decks landscaped with Japanese red maples and a traditional Japanese Zen garden tended to by chef Gene Kato. 702 N Wells St, 312-988-7864.

Photograph: Kendall Thacker

This summer, Tortoise Club takes advantage of its prime location with 20 additional seats on the State Street sidewalk. 350 N State St, 312-755-1700.

Photograph: Martha Williams

Bill Kim's BellyQ (whose burger on a housemade Chinese bun is pictured above) debuts two outdoor seating areas this summer, but only one of them has a fire pit. 400 W Randolph St, 312-563-1010.


The Glunz Tavern in Old Town added 24 sidewalk seats, from which to sample the restaurant's Euro food and drinks. 1202 N Wells St, 312-642-3000.


Another Uberstein patio re-born! The Monarch converted its backyard from a beer garden into a precious little Wicker Park hideaway, complete with an herb garden. 1745 W North Ave, 773-252-6053.

Photograph: Erica Gannett

Reno's 40 sidewalk seats provide a prime perch for people-watching-and pizza-eating. 2607 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-697-4234.

Photograph: Martha Williams

It's a log cabin inside and a patio area outside at Lincoln Park's new pizzeria, Homeslice. 938 W Webster St, 312-789-4600.

Photograph: Martha Williams

Embeya's patio is an extension of both the restaurant (50 seats) and the lounge (15 seats). In recognition of that fact, the restaurant's serving boozy snow cones in flavors like gin with ginger and lime. 564 W Randolph St, 312-612-5640.

Photograph: Martha Williams

At Found in Evanston, the new 25-seat patio is outfitted with eclectic furniture and serves dishes like "knife-and-fork" sandwiches all day. 1631 Chicago Ave, 847-868-8945.

Photograph: Magi Wangler/Document The Day

City Winery's 5,000-square-foot "Wine Garden" hosts live music, including the free Summer Patio Series, Monday-Wednesday from 5:30-7:30pm, to go along with small plates like green-tomato gazpacho and grilled Merguez sausage. The garden is also available for private parties. 1200 W Randolph St, 312-733-9463.

Photograph: Martha Williams

If it's a patio serving tacos and margaritas-and not a crazy wait-you're after, considerTakito, where chef David Dworshak puts out thoughtful Mexican dishes. 2013 W Division St, 773-687-9620.

Yes, we've told you about the best outdoor restaurant spaces, our favorite spots to drink outside, the city's hottest rooftops and five new roofdecks opening this summer. But...you've been to all those places already. Hence, this slide show, which is here to introduce you to twenty new patios on which you should eat and drink this summer


Lee J
Lee J

Also worth mentioning - Howells & Hood has a 300 seat patio and 114 craft beers on tap at their outdoor bar!