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53 new patios, rooftop bars and outdoor spaces

Time to pack away the winter coat and pick up a cocktail. Here are the patios and rooftop bars where you'll be eating, drinking and hanging out all spring and summer.

Photograph: Courtesy Asian Outpost

Asian Outpost

Photograph: Courtesy County Barbeque

County Barbeque

Photograph: Courtesy Doc B's Fresh Kitchen

Doc B's Fresh Kitchen

Photograph: Courtesy DryHop

DryHop Brewery

Photograph: Courtesy Hutch


Photograph: Courtesy of I|O Urban Roofscape

I|O Urban Roofscape

Photograph: Courtesy the Kensington

The Kensington

Photograph: Jorge Gera

Packing House

Photograph: Martha Williams

Unite Urban Grill

Photograph: Lindsey Becker
County Barbeque
Photograph: Martha Williams

Sportsman's Club

We did it, Chicago! After the terrible winter of multiple polar vortexes, we made it through to the other side, which means we can spend the next five months pretty much living outside. Restaurants and bars also clearly felt our pain, since we're getting more than 50 new patios, beer gardens, rooftop bars and other outdoor spaces this year.

Of course, these are just new spots, so once you've hit them all, revisit the best rooftop bars, the best outdoor dining, the best outdoor bars and the 20 new patios and 5 new rooftop bars from last year. 

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Critics' pick

Matthias Merges’s Hyde Park restaurant is adding a 50-seat patio that will wrap around the corner on the sidewalk.

Opening End of April, weather permitting.

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Hyde Park


Critics' pick

Dig into Ryan McCaskey’s bar menu street side on Acadia’s new patio. The outdoor space seats 12–16.

Opening June

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South Loop

Asian Outpost

Asian Outpost’s 36-seat patio includes banquette seating with colorful pillows. The restaurant is now open for lunch Thursday–Sunday, plus it's adding a menu of patio drinks (think sake slushies), so we already know where we’ll be having long lunches on summer Fridays.

Opening Now, weather permitting

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South Loop

Azzurra EnoTavola

The Wicker Park restaurant has a small, 12-seat patio that opens onto Milwaukee Avenue, perfect for both people watching and digging into plates of the terrific pasta.

Opening May 1

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Wicker Park

A Baker's Tale

The new Alice in Wonderland–inspired bakery in Wicker Park is adding a 24-seat patio, which will be dog-friendly. Order a dog treat baked at the shop for your pup alongside your tart. 

Opening Mid-May, weather permitting

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Wicker Park


Beatrix slides open the front doors along Clark Street for an al fresco feel. The 36-seat wine bar is situated in the open-air space, and six sidewalk tables will be surrounded by planters and hanging ferns.

Opening May

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River North


The new Billy Dec/Kevin Hickey spot will have an 18-seat bar that will serve cocktails plus a limited snack menu. The design will match the interior décor, and includes flowers and an herb garden.

Opening Early May

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River North

The Brixton

The new Andersonville neighborhood spot is adding 35 al fresco seats. The bar menu, which is available upstairs, will also be served outside. 

Opening April 28

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Cristina L
Cristina L

Can't forget Kaiser Tiger opening mid-May with an epic patio serving up SAUSAGE, BACON AND BEER!!!

Noel V
Noel V

On the Honey Butter Fried Chicken blurb, you say "you can take your lunch or dinner outside,"  but they don't open 'til 5:00pm, so, just dinner.