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Best patios for eating

Where to dine when the weather shines.

It's hard to feel anything but relaxed on this pergola-shaded patio across from Green City Market.

Simple, delicious Italian fare—and one of the city's most charming hidden patios.

The only thing that could make these pizzas more organic is eating them in the great outdoors—streetside or on the back patio.

You can get Geno Bahena's moles all over town—but no other spot has a patio this enormous.

Spacca Napoli
When the pizza ingredients are this stellar, even the Metra rumbling by can't disturb the peace on this sidewalk cafe.

Enoteca Roma
A tree-lined patio and a variety of bruschettas will take you straight out of Wicker Park. A couple of glasses of wine, and you'll almost be in the Italian countryside.

If your idea of winding down from the day involves 12-year single malt and rubbing elbows with international businessmen, you’ll find all three on the seventh-floor patio lounge of this Park Hyatt stunner.

Few things say summer to us as much as Hopleaf's serene back patio and a couple of Belgian brews.

Giuseppe Tentori's food is complex and subtle. The restaurant's terrace is straightforwardly delightful.

Piccolo Sogno
Coco Pazzo vet Tony Priolo's lush patio wins the Urban Oasis award. really.


James S

The best part of outdoor dining, in my opinion, is the lack of noise. Indoor restaurants often get really loud with all the people talking in a small, compact space. While I can appreciate that during bad weather, and when there's a nice internal ambiance, things seem so much less congested when you're in the open air. Weather permitting, of course.

Jordan J Spammer

I've always enjoyed eating outside. In my opinion, it makes the entire meal more enjoyable and helps to alleviate stress because we aren't indoors anymore. I'm one of those people that works in doors all the time and isn't able to get out in nature often. I think that's why I enjoy eating outside so much.