Chicagoans like to savor the sunny spring and summer months by doing as much outdoor dining and drinking as possible. Here’s a roundup of some newer Chicago patio openings (and old favorites too), just in time for the warm weather days in the forecast.
Saint Lou’s Assembly is located on the cusp of the West Loop and West Town/River West. You can enjoy creative American comfort food that’s served cafeteria style: brunch, lunch, and dinner is available. A bucket of chicken and waffles and a round of Grapefruit Beermosas are perfect to share with friends on a Sunday morning. Their killer patio, decked out with bleacher seating and a bocce ball court, is also available for private events. If the weather turns, take comfort in the fact that you can take your tippling over to Moneygun, the swanky cocktail bar that is adjacent to St. Lou's Assembly and run by the same teams.Saint Lou's Assembly | 664 W. Lake Street | 312-600-0600
Located in Pilsen, Dusek’s Board and Beer is a Michelin-starred restaurant serving high-end pub food. It’s located in a historic building that dates back to the Chicago World’s Fair. Take a seat for brunch, lunch or dinner on their sidewalk seats. Tack Room is inside the same historic building as Dusek’s. Fittingly, it used to be an old tack room, where guests would store their horse carriages. Now, it’s transformed into a rustic piano bar that opens onto the patio. Order a cocktail or two, and don’t skimp on dessert—it’s amazing!
Dusek's | 1227 W. 18th Street | 312-526-3851
If you’re in the Hyde Park neighborhood, enjoy a night of food, drinks, and music at The Promontory. The two-story space can accommodate groups of all sizes. The chic outdoor patio features lots of greenery.The Promontory | 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue West | 312-801-2100
Located in the West Loop, City Winery has the perfect patio to sit back and relax during summer days or nights. In addition to an extensive wine list, you can order appetizers to share including Braised Duck Tacos or Carmelized Brussel Sprouts.
City Winery | 1200 W. Randolph Street | 312-733-9463
South Branch Tavern is located along the river, with stunning views of both the water and city. Guests can choose from a wide menu and beer list at this American restaurant.
South Branch Tavern and Grille | 100 S. Wacker Drive | 312-546-6177
The Dawson, in Chicago’s West Town, features creative dishes and cocktails. Their spacious patio is custom landscaped, has tons of seating and has an outdoor bar so you never have to go indoors if you don't want to.
The Dawson | 730 W. Grand Avenue | 312-243-8955
Patio seating will be available at all of these locations, weather permitting, of course. Find more alfresco dining picks along Chicago's top dining districts, or go outdoors to top spots with a view and new hotel rooftops. Which of these private patios in Chicago will you try first?
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