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Take it outside! We mean it: Chicago is dotted with sidewalk patios, rooftop bars, beer gardens and waterfront restaurants that beckon every time the sun is shining. Come summertime, some of the best restaurants in Chicago expand their footprint with verdant outdoor spaces. We did the tough work for you by scoping out the best options for every occasion—from a leisurely brunch in the sun and happy-hour tipples to splashing out on dinner. Lucky for you, some of these spots even double as the best bars in Chicago. Check out our exhaustive guide to the best outdoor dining and drinking spots in Chicago—and don't forget your sunscreen or your mask!