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Outdoor eating in Chicago

Check out these new patios opening this summer.
By Heather Shouse |

Simone’s (960 W 18th St, 312-666-8601) The design team responsible for this Pilsen pub’s salvaged-style interior extends its funky aesthetic to Morgan Street, creating sidewalk seating for around 40 people. Open mid-May.

Nana (3267 S Halsted St) Sox fans seeking sustenance before day games will find it at the sidewalk café of this organic-leaning breakfast-lunch spot, where the nicknamesake matriarch Maria Solis (Cafe 28) handles Latin-tinged specialties like chilaquiles and tres leches, while CIA-grad Jeremy Bonczyk cooks up American classics such as meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes. Open June.

ROOF (201 N State St, 312-239-9501) New hotel theWit spares no expense for its rooftop patio: 150 seats, fire pits, handcrafted cocktails, two dozen small plates and a glass-enclosed table jutting out 27 stories above the street. Open late May.

Fred’s at Barney’s New York (15 E Oak St, 312-596-1111) You think you know exclusive rooftop patios? Until you try to grab a seat at one of the seven tables on this sixth-level patio, you haven’t seen jack. Now open.

Rockit Bar & Grill Wrigleyville (3700 N Clark St, 773-645-4400) Just like at the River North original, Billy Dec and co. juxtaposes bottle service and burgers at the Wrigleyville location, this time with a huge sidewalk patio. Open mid-May.

Taxim (1558 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-252-1558) This new Greek spot only offers its meze—Greek small plates—menu on its sidewalk patio (open in June) and rooftop patio (slated for July).

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