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 explore outdoor dining options in every neighborhood. Here’s an ongoing list of Chicago restaurants with outdoor patios, rooftops, and more for warm-weather dining this spring and summer.

Chicago restaurants with outdoor dining

Barcocina West Town: This Lakeview go-to has just opened a new location on bustling Chicago Avenue, featuring plenty of alfresco seating and two outdoor bars.

Lonesome Rose Andersonville: A long-time Logan Square favorite for tacos and margaritas has opened a sister restaurant in Andersonville, with a patio coming this summer.

Bar Mar: Award-winning chef José Andrés serves fresh oysters, ceviches, lobster rolls, and more at this seafood-focused oasis in the Loop.

The waterfront patio at Bar Mar
Bar Mar

Small Cheval Hyde Park: Enjoy one of the city’s most beloved burgers on this laid back patio with plenty of picnic tables.

BOKA: In Lincoln Park, this acclaimed spot is now seating in its gorgeous open-air space, complete with twinkling lights and lots of foliage.

Fora: Located on the ground floor of hip The Emily Hotel, Fora is a New American and globally-inspired restaurant and patio in the West Loop.

BLVD Steakhouse: This West Loop steakhouse extends the glamorous vibes onto its massive new patio, complete with an outdoor bar.

Cabana Club: Atop The Robey hotel in the heart of Wicker Park, Cabana Club offers a panoramic view of the city skyline, a rooftop pool, and frozen cocktails.

Siena Tavern: This long-time River North staple serves its crowd-pleasing Italian fare on a spacious, buzzy sidewalk patio.

Osito’s Tap: This Latinx-owned bar in Little Village brings the speakeasy vibes and a patio ready for warm days.

Porter Kitchen & Deck: This riverside spot has two outdoor seating areas, including a waterfront patio and an elevated deck with city views.

Bambola: This recently opened spot in the West Loop is debuting an intimate, sun-drenched patio, the perfect place to enjoy the new happy hour menu.

Medici on 57th: Grab some ‘za on the charming patio of this restaurant that’s been a fixture in Hyde Park for nearly 60 years.

Little Goat Diner: Coming soon to the Lakeview neighborhood, the new location of Little Goat Diner will include a 32-seat patio.

Itoko: One of the most anticipated new restaurants this year, sushi haven Itoko features a sunny patio on Southport Corridor.

Oda Mediterranean Cuisine: In Andersonville, Oda Mediterranean features a flower-lined sidewalk patio with a covered seating area for spring showers.

Bloom Plant Based Kitchen: Enjoy lunch in the sun or evening happy hour on this Wicker Park patio, featuring an all-plant-based menu that even carnivores will love.

Cabana Club at The Robey
Cabana Club at The Robey

Central Park Bar: This casual backyard bar in Avondale has plenty of space to hang out, with firepits, porch swings, picnic tables, and a pool table.

Rose Mary: With striped umbrellas and string lights overhead, the Rose Mary patio channels the same Mediterranean vibes as its Italian-Croatian menu.

Lirica: Enjoy sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline on Lirica’s waterfront patio, located on iconic Navy Pier.

Gioia Ristorante e Pastificio: This sidewalk patio feels like an extension of the Gioia dining room, perfect for enjoying Italian cuisines, plus wine and cocktails.

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

Wood: In lively Lakeview, this award-winning restaurant is a local favorite for boozy brunch or a relaxed dinner on their expansive patio.

Tabu: This pan-Latin restaurant is debuting its new rooftop space this summer, with a seasonal cocktail menu and even some special menu items specifically for the rooftop. 

Canal Street Eatery and Market: An Italian-inspired restaurant, gourmet market, and wine bar, Canal Street Eatery offers complimentary blankets so diners can have a picnic in the grass.

Yardbird Southern Table: For their first summer in Chicago, Yardbird Southern Table will have an outdoor patio and an open facade to connect to the indoor dining area.

El Che Steakhouse and Bar: Tucked away on a quiet street in the West Loop, El Che Steakhouse serves up flame-grilled meat and seafood on the patio.

Norman’s Bistro: Near Bronzeville, Norman’s Bistro has a low-key patio where guests enjoy elevated takes on American Creole food.

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

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