The best rooftops, patios and beer gardens in Chicago

Scope out the best places to dine and drink outdoors in Chicago this summer

By Morgan Olsen

Posted: Tuesday May 21 2019

Photograph: Neil Burger

Take it outside! We mean it: Chicago is jam-packed with sidewalk patios, rooftop bars, beer gardens and waterfront restaurants that are ready and waiting as soon as the weather allows. Come summertime, some of the best restaurants in Chicago double 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 showing off for out-of-towners. 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!

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