Perched 22 stories above street level, VU stays true to its name, with city vistas as far as the eye can see. The South Loop rooftop bar has 13,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, making it easy to carve out your own space. The most coveted seats in the house surround a stone fire pit on the terrace—from here, you can post up and enjoy small plates, sandwiches and large-format cocktails.
The temperature might be dropping, but that doesn't mean patio season has to end now that fall in Chicago has arrived. After last year's push for expanded patio dining options, some of the best outdoor restaurants in Chicago are now outfitted with heavy-duty heat lamps, firepits and even heated flooring to keep you toasty even as a chill starts to settle in the air. With a hot cocktail in hand and a rib-sticking meal on your plate, we bet you'll barely even notice the cold (if only for an evening). Grab your warmest sweater and make a reservation at one of the coziest outdoor dining spots in Chicago.
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