It’s patio season in Chicago! And there’s no better time to get a taste of the city’s award-winning dining scene. Dine in a hidden garden, sip cocktails on a rooftop, enjoy dinner with waterfront views, and beyond with outdoor dining options in every neighborhood. The city has even closed certain streets to make room for more patio dining. Plus, Chicago restaurants are also open for indoor dining.

Here’s an ongoing list of Chicago restaurants with open patios, rooftops, and more.

Chicago restaurants with outdoor dining

The Delta: Get a taste of the Mississippi Delta region with tamales and craft cocktails on this laidback Wicker Park patio.

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden: Enjoy farm-to-table fare in an elegant outdoor space, complete with hanging chandeliers and tons of greenery.

Café Colao: A Puerto Rican café in the cultural heart of Humboldt Park, Café Colao’s sidewalk patio is the perfect place to kick back with a coffee and a cubano.

Las Fuentes: A neighborhood institution in Lincoln Park, this vibrant patio evokes the feel of Mexico just as much as the expansive menu of tacos, quesadillas, and margaritas.

Ta’golazo: Order a pile of tacos and make your way to the hidden patio, tucked away in a charming courtyard strewn with string lights at South Shore spot from the owners of Flash Taco in Wicker Park.

The patio outside Blue Door Kitchen
Photo by Skylar Taft

One Eleven Food Hall: Choose from a variety of local, black-owned restaurants at this Pullman food hall, from vegan fare to barbecue nachos.

Bokeh: In Albany Park, this laidback lounge is all about creative cocktails. Try everything from a classic old fashioned to a coconut curry cocktail to a pineapple-themed flight.

Recess: This massive West Loop patio is a popular place for weekday happy hour, weekend brunch, and just about anything in between.

Lonesome Rose: Sip frozen margaritas on this shady rooftop in Logan Square. They also have a sidewalk patio and walk-up window at ground level.

14 Parish Restaurant & Rhum Bar: This new spot in Hyde Park will transport you straight to the islands, with outdoor seating, Caribbean-inspired cuisine, and rum-based drinks.

Volo Restaurant and Wine Bar: Grab a seat on this charming patio tucked away in Roscoe Village. Enjoy Volo’s seasonal cuisine paired with boutique wines.

Azul Mariscos: With a unique location on the riverfront, this new mariscos is the perfect place to enjoy Latin-inspired seafood, margarita towers, and water views.

Avli Taverna: The focus is on reinvented Greek fare at Avli Taverna. The Lincoln Park and River North locations are now serving saganaki, kabobs, whole fish and more on their patios.

Fiya patio in Andersonville

Offshore Rooftop & Bar: The world’s largest rooftop deck, located at Navy Pier, has re-opened the doors to their indoor/outdoor space offering incredible skyline views.

Osito’s Tap: In Little Village, this family-owned spot has launched private outdoor dining booths where diners can enjoy fresh Mexican fare.

Beatrix Fulton Market: Reserve a private igloo or greenhouse for a unique outdoor dining experience. A greenhouse seats up to four; the igloos can accommodate six.

La Vaca Margarita Bar: This spacious patio is now open in Pilsen. Enjoy Mexican classics and flavored margaritas in the sunshine or late into the night.

Swift & Sons: The yurt village at Swift & Sons features extravagantly decorated private tents and a prix fixe menu.

Aba: In the West Loop, grab a seat on Aba’s lush rooftop patio for Mediterranean small plates and seasonal cocktails.

Mesler: The Sanctuary, a new outdoor dining experience, is now open outside the Sophy Hyde Park, featuring an outdoor fire pit and dining igloos.

Italian Village: Enjoy traditional Italian specialties for lunch or dinner in the heart of the Loop on Italian Village’s sidewalk patio.

Baton Show Lounge: Get dinner and a show at this famous drag lounge in Uptown, now featuring a covered patio.

Le Sud: This lovely patio feels like the South of France on a Roscoe Village sidewalk. They also have an equally charming rooftop space to enjoy their French Mediterranean menu.

The Duck Inn: Enjoy duck-centric fare and cozy vibes on this Bridgeport patio, covered with a tent so you can sit outdoors rain or shine.

Truth Italian Restaurant: This casual spot in Bronzeville has a covered patio where patrons can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Barcocina: In Lakeview, this modern Mexican spot is bringing back their popular igloos with comfy seating and a wide selection of tacos and drinks.

Lucy’s: With sidewalk seating out front and a colorful back patio, there’s plenty of space to dine outdoors at this Humboldt Park spot known for fried chicken.

The Rooftop at Nobu: The highly anticipated rooftop atop the new Nobu Hotel is now serving Asian-inspired small plates, a variety of sakes, and skyline views. Reservations are required.

Theater on the Lake: Enjoy gorgeous views at this lakefront restaurant with daily specials.

Beatnik on the River: This boho-chic space offers Insta-worthy decor and sweeping riverfront views. 

Azul 18: In Pilsen, this inviting sidewalk patio is the perfect place to sip margaritas and people watch.

Il Culaccino: In the South Loop, Il Culaccino serves both modern and traditional Italian dishes on the covered, all-weather patio.

Virtue: The sidewalk patio is now open at this Hyde Park gem, where you can enjoy elevated versions of Southern cuisine.

Friends dine on the patio at Virtue in Hyde Park
Virtue in Hyde Park

Park & Field: There’s no better spot to catch the game or enjoy weekend brunch than the Park & Field patio in Logan Square.

ROOH: This modern Indian spot in the West Loop has added a dome tent outfitted with 17-foot ceilings.

BOKA: This intimate patio is a scenic spot to enjoy BOKA’s seasonal multi-course menu.

Frontier: The glass enclosure of this Wicker Park patio keeps the elements away while you enjoy hearty, meat-focused fare.

Formento’s: In the West Loop, Formento’s is open for outdoor dining on their sidewalk patio.

Piccolo Sogno: A perennial favorite, this classic Italian spot is known for their secret garden patio.

Casati’s: Reserve a spot at the private greenhouses and igloos that have popped up outside Casati’s.

Siena Tavern: Guests can dine al fresco comfortably at Siena Tavern’s covered patio (also available at their West Loop outpost Bar Siena).

The Royal Grocer & Co.: This Bucktown spot has one of the neighborhood’s largest patios, including clear coverings and an outdoor fireplace. 

NoMi Kitchen: Grab a seat in the gorgeous garden lounge at NoMi, the Michigan Avenue’s hot spot known for sushi, cocktails, extensive wine list, and endless views.

The Duck Inn patio
Photo by Kevin Hartmann

La Catedral Cafe & Restaurant: In Little Village, diners can enjoy chilaquiles and creative coffee drinks on this new patio.

Athena: Feel like you’re in the Mediterranean for a night on the gorgeous patio of this classic Greektown spot

The Woodlawn: Check out the new rooftop experience near Chatham, which includes a three-course meal and drinks.

Ascione Bistro: Warm up with some comforting Italian classics in the covered outdoor spaces at this Hyde Park bistro.

Wood: This award-winning spot in Northalsted has recently reopened their expansive patio. They’re also serving a new brunch menu with sweet, savory, and boozy options.

Funkenhausen: This West Town spot is back in action, serving up their German-Southern fare on their sidewalk patio.

Happy Camper: Grab a seat on the patio and enjoy pizza and fun vibes at Happy Camper locations in Old Town and Wrigleyville. The patio at sister spot Paradise Park in Wicker Park is also open.

Tzuco: This River North hotspot helmed by chef Carlos Gaytan has a fully enclosed patio, where you can enjoy French-Mexican fusion.

ERIS Brewery & Cider House: This Irving Park cidery has expanded their outdoor seating, which is warmed with infrared heaters and charming string lights.

CEBU: This modern Filipino spot in Wicker Park offers regional cuisine and a patio with secret-garden vibes. Don’t miss the pork-filled lumpia, abodo bowls, and the halo-halo shaved ice.

Open Outcry Brewing Company: The rooftop beer garden at this Beverly taproom is the perfect place to enjoy a pub grub menu and locally made brews.

MingHin Cuisine: The popular dim sum spot is offering outdoor seating on their Chinatown patio.

Pompei: Grab a seat on the outdoor patio of Pompei, located on Taylor Street in Little Italy.

D.S. Tequila Co.: Enjoy Mexican fare and football games on the multiple TV screens at this spacious patio in Lakeview.

Hampton Social Streeterville: The second location of this buzzy spot is now seating guests on their downtown rooftop.

Fiya: In Andersonville, Fiya is serving Middle Eastern fare in their sprawling patio space.

Orso’s Restaurant: This homey Italian restaurant in Old Town has a charming rooftop where you can enjoy the cozy ambiance and traditional pastas.

Osteria Via Stato: Head to the patio at Osteria Via Stato, where you’ll inviting hospitality and Italian cuisine. Ina Mae Tavern: Get a taste of New Orleans at Ina Mae Tavern in Wicker Park. The patio is open to enjoy food, sno-balls, frozen drinks, and more. Seating is first come, first served.

Le Colonial: There are a few options for outdoor seating at Le Colonial — a sidewalk cafe and “The Porch” an indoor space with huge, wide-open windows.

Pilsen Yards patio
Photo by Barry Brecheisen

Mon Ami Gabi: This classic French spot has a small patio area at their Lincoln Park location.

Quartino: In River North, Quartino is serving Italian small plates on their sidewalk patio.

Chant: Located in the heart of Hyde Park, the patio at Chant is now open. Enjoy globally inspired cuisine and expertly crafted cocktails.

Luxbar: Enjoy American pub food on the patio at Luxbar, situated in the heart of the Gold Coast neighborhood.

Gibsons Italia: Take in the riverfront views and dine on upscale Italian fare on the Gibsons Italia rooftop patio.

Looking for more? Explore restaurants with outdoor dining in Chicago.

Shared streets with outdoor dining

Chicago Alfresco is a new program that helps community organizations create spaces for outdoor dining, performances, arts and culture, and more in neighborhoods across the city. Specific dining hours may vary, check with individual restaurants for details.

  • Austin: Decorative flower plants and metal partitions will create spaces for arts and culture at West Madison Street and West Chicago Avenue.
  • Back of the Yards: The area around West 47th Street and South Honore Street will feature spaces for performances, dining, and lounging.
  • Belmont Cragin: A plaza space at West Fullerton Avenue and West Grand Avenue will introduce food stalls to showcase street vendors of popular Latin American foods.
  • Greater Chatham: Find street barriers, planters, lighting, and tables and chairs along East 75th Street, East 79th Street, and East 71st Street.
  • Humboldt Park: On West Division Street, the Paseo Boricua corridor will now have themed hubs with murals and other artwork, wood kiosks, seating arrangements, and gathering areas.
  • Lakeview East: Along North Broadway, the Dine Out in Lakeview program includes planters, lighting, arts and music, and extended outdoor space near restaurants for full service and pickup orders.
  • Little Village: A new market featuring local artisans will pop up weekly in Perez Plaza on West 26th Street.
  • Logan Square: Woodard Plaza, the intersection of North Milwaukee Avenue and North Kimball Avenue, will feature enhanced outdoor dining, performances, craft markets, and social events.
  • Morgan Park Beverly Hills: At West 103rd Street and South Wood Street, parking spaces will be turned into seating areas for pedestrians to enjoy.
  • Rogers Park: Along West Jarvis Avenue, expanded street closures will include daily outdoor dining and special events such as live performances, ice cream socials, movie nights, and a monthly artisan market. And a stretch of Glenwood Avenue will be closed off to car traffic for daily outdoor dining and events.
  • South Chicago: On South Commercial Avenue, a block-long stretch will feature newly installed seating structures and spaces for art and other outdoor programming.
  • South Shore: There will be seating areas, biweekly musical performances, outdoor fitness classes, paint parties, and outdoor movies along East 71st Street.
  • Uptown: There will be newly expanded outdoor dining on West Argyle Street between North Broadway and Sheridan Road.
  • West Ridge: Along West Devon Avenue, there will be pop-up plazas on side streets featuring mobile street furniture.
  • Woodlawn: An underused plaza at East 62nd Street and South Ingleside Avenue will become an gathering space for local caterers, yoga classes, and more.