Beer gardens, rooftop bars and outdoor dining spots in Chicago

Whether you're looking for a beer garden or a rooftop bar, you'll find it in our guide to the best outdoor dining

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Take it outside! We mean it: As Chicago's best restaurants and bars open their outdoor spaces for the season, there's no shortage of alfresco experiences to be had. Looking for a chill beer garden retreat? We're big fans of Kaiser Tiger. Want to show off the city to out-of-towners? Nab a reservation at Cindy's. Searching for a new hidden oasis to call your own this summer? The Warbler has you covered. No matter the situation, we have a rooftop or patio for you. Check out our complete guide to Chicago's finest outdoor dining and drinking spots. Oh, and don't forget your sunscreen!

Outdoor dining in Chicago

Best outdoor bars
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Best outdoor bars

Our guide to the best patios in Chicago

Best outdoor restaurants
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Best outdoor restaurants

Dine in the sun at these restaurant patios

Best rooftop bars
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Best rooftop bars

Nothing beats drinking at a rooftop bar with a great view

Best rooftop restaurants
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Best rooftop restaurants

The best rooftop restaurants offer both great food and city views

Dog-friendly patios
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Dog-friendly patios

Dogs instantly improve alfresco hangouts

Best beer gardens
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Best beer gardens

Secure a frosty stein of beer and settle in for the evening

Bars to play outdoor games
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Bars to play outdoor games

Order up a drink while you play games at one of these bars

Unexpected spots for waterfront dining
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Unexpected spots for waterfront dining

Savor great river and lakefront vistas while you eat