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Alfresco eating and drinking | Sidewalks

More than 20 new spots with sidewalk seating.


The Anthem
Between the Grey Goose popsicles, margarita pitchers and double-wide sidewalk real estate, this sports bar is primed for summer. 1725 W Division St (773-697-4804). Open now.—Julia Kramer

Bar Toma
For those who seek a high-profile, tourist-heavy plaza on which to eat thin-crust sausage-and-sweet-fennel pizza, Tony Mantuano has set out 36 seats (plus a few cyprus trees for decoration). 110 E Pearson St (312-266-3110). Open now.—David Tamarkin

Brasserie by LM
Score Bradford Phillips’s classic French cuisine on 70 shaded seats on Michigan Avenue. Essex Inn, 800 S Michigan Ave (312-431-1788). Open now.—Marissa Conrad

Butcher & the Burger
The longer we spend at the counter deciding between the ghost pepper and the game seasoning in our elk (or maybe bison?) patty, the likelier it’ll be that one of the 25 seats on Kenmore will be free, right? 1021 W Armitage Ave (773-697-3735). Opens mid-June.—MC

The only thing better than eating made-to-order guac on a 30-seat patio is eating made-to-order guac on a 30-seat BYOB patio. 1522 W Montrose Ave (773-878-1077). Open any day now.—JK

Cyrano’s Farm Kitchen
Chef Didier Durand built the benches and tables for this 30-seat patio, which is rife with pots of flowers, herbs and lettuces. 546 N Wells St (312-467-0546). Open now.—DT

Do-Rite Donuts
With the addition of a few tables and chairs, this shop now lets you have your doughnut and sit with it, too. 50 W Randolph St (312-488-2483). Open now.—DT

Eduardo’s Enoteca
Edwardo’s more sophisticated cousin has 16 seats for diners craving Neapolitan pizzas. 1212 N Dearborn St (312-337-4490). Open now.—JK

Sip all-Midwestern drafts and spirits at this tavern’s 22 outdoor seats. 228 W Chicago Ave (312-280-4960). Open now.—JK

Twenty-five street-level seats, where the full bar menu is served until 11pm, are an escape from this Italian restaurant’s glitz overload. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N Columbus Dr (312-477-0234). Open now.—JK

Flight 1551
The wine bar Old Town has been waiting for likely will have waits for its 15 to 20 outdoor seats on Wells. 1551 N Wells St (312-944-1551). Open now.—JK

Frog n Snail
Just a dozen or so diners fit on the flower-bordered patio at Dale Levitski’s new bistro. 3124 N Broadway (773-661-9166). Open now.—DT

Chocolate pancakes—for breakfast or, hell, for dinner—can now be eaten on Jam’s patio, boasting roughly 20 sidewalk seats. 3057 W Logan Blvd (773-292-6011). Open now.—DT

A 70-seat patio wraps around this new casual Frenchie spot in Lakeshore East. 333 E Benton Pl, suite 300 (312-241-1540). Opens July.—Laura Baginski

Soon to come: eight outdoor seats from which to eat grilled cheese on olive-and-sea-salt ciabatta. 1840 N Damen Ave (773-292-6358). Opens early June.—JK

The already-cavernous restaurant adds 60 sidewalk seats on Randolph and 175 on Green Street. 833 W Randolph St (312-432-0500). Open now.—JK

Nookies Edgewater
The 2,000-square-foot patio has four seating areas, separated by screens with planters: one with a communal table, one outfitted with couches and love seats for lounging and drinking, and two with tables and chairs—one of which is set aside for dogs and their owners. 1100 W Bryn Mawr Ave (773-516-4188). Open now.—LB

Old Town Pour House
Ninety beers on tap, but only four outdoor tables from which to imbibe them. 1419 N Wells St (312-477-2800). Open now.—JK

PT: A Pop-Up Restaurant
The folks behind Mercadito have big, secret plans for the restaurant space in the Talbott Hotel come fall. In the meantime, enjoy their temporary fix: Latin-inspired po’ boys, pizzas and more, and 100 seats on treelined Delaware. 10 E Delaware Pl (312-640-8135). Open now.—MC

Snagging one of 20 sidewalk seats along Kedzie may be tough. Deciding what to drink is easy. Hello, boozy snow cones. 3201 W Armitage Ave (773-252-9700). Open now.—JK

When it’s standing-room-only at Barcito (i.e., always), move to one of 76 outdoor seats for an on-tap cocktail and food from Tavernita. 151 W Erie St (312-274-1111). Opens early summer.—MC

A dog-friendly 55-seat patio is as charmingly simple as the restaurant’s small French menu. 1834 W Montrose Ave (773-334-5664). Open now.—MC

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