It’s patio season in Chicago. From beer gardens to sidewalk cafes to rooftop bars, there are tons of outdoor dining options for Chicago restaurant-goers this spring. The city has even closed certain neighborhood streets to make room for more patio dining. Plus, Chicago restaurants are now offering indoor dining with limited capacity, if you’re looking to safely dine inside.
Here’s an ongoing list of Chicago restaurants with open patios, rooftops, and more.
Chicago restaurants with outdoor dining
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.
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.
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.
Club Lago: In River North, an all-seasons patio and charming heated greenhouses keep diners warm at this old-school Italian spot.
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 Roscoe Village spot is debuting new outdoor dining domes. The private, heated pods offer a “glamping” vibe with chic farmhouse decor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Shared streets with outdoor dining
The city has introduced a temporary program that closes certain blocks to car traffic and allows local restaurants to expand their outdoor seating into the streets this fall. Note that some street closures are only in effect from Friday through Sunday and specific dining hours may vary. Check with individual restaurants for details.
Andersonville: West Balmoral Street, both sides of North Clark Street
Chatham: East 75th Avenue from South Calumet Avenue to South Indiana Avenue
Chinatown: South Archer Avenue from South Wentworth Avenue to South Princeton Avenue
East Lakeview: North Broadway from Belmont Avenue to Surf Street; North Sheffield Avenue from Belmont Avenue to School Street
Edison Park: North Oliphant Avenue from Northwest Highway to the first alley
Gold Coast: North Rush Street from East Oak Street to East Cedar Street, Bellevue from State to the first alley east of Rush Street, Division Street from Dearborn to State
Lincoln Park: West Schubert Street from Halsted Street to the alley east of Halsted Street
Little Italy: South Laflin Street from the alley north of Taylor Street to Taylor Street
Rogers Park: West Jarvis Avenue between Ashland Avenue and Greenview Avenue
River North: Wells Street, between Huron and Superior Streets; North Clark Street between Grand and Kinzie
West Lakeview: North Southport Avenue from Waveland Avenue to Grace Street
West Loop: West Fulton Market from Halsted Street to North Carpenter Street; West Randolph Street service lanes from Expressway to North Elizabeth Street