You'll hardly notice you're seated on the bustling corner of Superior and State Streets when food from chef Carlos Gaytán starts arriving at your table. Cool off with an order of ceviche verde before digging into heartier entrées like the fried red snapper served with salsa, pickled veggies, peanut aioli and handmade tortillas. Make your time outdoors last with dessert—the arroz con leche is an instant classic.
Outdoor dining is always a popular summer pastime for Chicagoans, but after the events of the past year, sitting on a patio and enjoying a meal has taken on a new significance. Some of the best restaurants in Chicago have set up sidewalk patios, outdoor gardens and sun-soaked decks, welcoming diners who may not yet be comfortable eating indoors. While you're getting your daily dose of vitamin D and some fresh air, you can have a few slices of the best pizza in Chicago or sip a margarita while noshing on tacos. Whether you're looking for an open air space to spend the evening with friends or a romantic restaurant where you can cozy up to a date, we've got the alfresco options you're craving. Check out the top outdoor restaurants in Chicago and don't forget your mask and your social-distancing etiquette.
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