It might not be the Cinque Terre, but Pizzeria Portofino's airy patio, decked out with white wicker couches and plenty of sunlight, does its best to bring the Italian coast to the riverfront. Order one of the restaurant's hand-stretched pizzas and an Aperol-spiked cocktail to complete the effect.
Picnicking on the shores of Chicago beaches is always nice, but for an elevated (and mostly sand-free) experience, opt for a meal at one of the many waterfront restaurants dotting the shores of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Whether you want to watch waves lapping along the lake's golden sand or gaze at skyscrapers rising above the river, you'll find Chicago is full of patios and outdoor restaurants that take advantage of all that waterfront property, with summery drinks and food on offer. Prefer to stay out of the sun? Many of these locations offer covered deck areas and indoor dining rooms so you can soak in views sans sunscreen. Kick back, relax and watch the boats go by at the best waterfront dining spots in Chicago.
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