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Photograph: Ada St. Ada St. Ping-Pong

Bars to play outdoor games in Chicago

Play a round of bags, ping-pong, bocce or other outdoor games at these Chicago bars and restaurants this summer

By Elizabeth Atkinson and Morgan Olsen

Some of the city's best outdoor bars offer more than delectable bites and frozen cocktails. These patios and rooftops add an interactive element with bocce ball, Ping-Pong, bags and other games made for socializing. Take your competitive spirit outside this summer at these Chicago bars.

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Bocce at Saint Lou's Assembly

Restaurants American West Loop

Tucked away in the West Loop, Saint Lou's out-back patio is an idyllic urban retreat complete with stadium seating and a full bocce ball court. Sip frosé and indulge in some friendly competition or join an American Bocce Co. league for the summer. 

Photograph: Ada St.

Ping-Pong at Ada St.

Restaurants Contemporary American River West/West Town

Play Ping-Pong under the stars at Ada St. while snacking on deep-fried black-eyed peas, crunchy polenta fries and seasonal bruschetta. Keep the competitive spirit alive with expertly crafted cocktails, beer and wine. 

Park & Field
Photograph: Courtesy Park & Field

Bocce at Park & Field

Bars Sports Bars Logan Square

Boasting more than 6,000 square feet of space, Park & Field's patio is outfitted with bonfire pits, bocce ball courts and plenty of outdoor seating. Bocce is first-come, first-served, but you can also sign up for a league at the bar. 

Photographer: Samantha Tadelman

Bags and Darts at Cody’s

Bars Pubs Lake View

Cody's is dog-friendly, so four-legged friends are welcome to join while you hang out on the patio playing English darts and bags with $2.75 bottles of Old Style and cans of Schlitz.

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Ping-Pong and Jenga at SPiN

Things to do Quirky events River North

The River North Ping-Pong social club offers a summer-ready solution for those looking to take it outside. The spot's covered patio is situated off State Street and boasts a Ping-Pong table and life-size Jenga. Plus, you can enjoy cocktails, coffee and the full menu alfresco. 

Photo: American Bocce Company

Bocce at Kaiser Tiger

Restaurants Gastropubs West Loop

Kaiser Tiger has one of the best beer gardens in town, offering a seemingly endless selection of suds, decadent craft sausages and two bocce courts, which are available for a small fee on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Bags at Windsor Tavern

Bars Pubs Portage Park

Windsor Tavern, a friendly wood-clad corner pub and beer garden, offers fish tacos and juicy burgers, as well as a bags set outdoors.


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