Come summertime, the best restaurants in Chicago expand their physical footprint with sidewalk patios and sky-high rooftops, offering alfresco dining opportunities galore. When the sun is shining, the most popular outdoor restaurants in Chicago buzz with diners chasing long summer nights. But if you want to skip the wait list, head to the city's most beautiful hidden patios, rooftops and gardens instead. None of the spots on this list are total secrets—in fact, many are quite well known (we even included a Michelin star Chicago restaurant). But because their outdoor spaces are tucked away in backyards and off the beaten path, they offer quiet dining oases in the middle of the bustling city. Add the city's most beautiful hidden patios to your summer bucket list, and enjoy an alfresco dining experience that feels worlds away.
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