When the seasons change and the temperature begins to dip, it typically signals the end of outdoor dining in Chicago. But this year, restaurants all around the city are finding creative ways to extend patio season well into winter.
From heated igloos to enclosed patios to rooftop bars, there are tons of outdoor dining options that are keeping Chicago restaurant-goers safe, warm, and properly distanced no matter the weather.
Here’s an ongoing list of Chicago restaurants with heated and/or enclosed patios open this winter.
Chicago restaurants with outdoor dining
Volo Restaurant and Wine Bar: Grab a seat on this heated and covered patio tucked away in charming Roscoe Village. Enjoy Volo’s seasonal cuisine paired with boutique wines.
Beatrix Fulton Market: Reserve a covered igloo or greenhouse for a unique outdoor dining experience. A greenhouse seats up to four; the igloos can accommodate six.
Swift & Sons: The yurt village at Swift & Sons features extravagantly decorated private tents and a prix fixe menu.
Aba: Warm up around heaters and fire pits on Aba’s rooftop patio or reserve your own private greenhouse.
Mesler: The Sanctuary, a new winter dining experience, is now open outside the Sophy Hyde Park, featuring an outdoor fire pit and dining igloos.
Italian Village: Enjoy traditional Northern Italian specialties for lunch or dinner in the heart of the Loop on Italian Village’s heated patio.
Baton Show Lounge: Get dinner and a show at this famous drag lounge in Uptown, now featuring a heated patio.
Le Sud: This Roscoe Village spot is debuting new outdoor dining domes. The private, heated pods offer a “glamping” vibe with an electric stove heater and chic farmhouse decor.
The Duck Inn: Enjoy duck-centric fare and cozy vibes on this Bridgeport patio, retrofitted with a heated tent starting Jan. 22, 2021.
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 heated igloos with comfy seating and a wide selection of tacos and drinks.
Theater on the Lake: Stay warm with heaters and fire tables at this lakefront restaurant with daily specials.
Beatnik on the River: This boho-chic space has added patio heaters and transparent enclosures to keep out the chill, while preserving the sweeping riverfront views.
Azul 18: In Pilsen, this inviting sidewalk patio is outfitted with clear coverings and heaters to keep diners warm.
Il Culaccino: In the South Loop, Il Culaccino serves both modern and traditional Italian dishes on the covered, all-weather patio.
Park & Field: Firepits and hot drinks are sure to keep bar-goers toasty on the Park & Field patio in Logan Square.
ROOH: This modern Indian spot in the West Loop has added a dome tent outfitted with electric heaters and 17-foot ceilings.
BOKA: Stay warm and toasty with new tents, shelters, and heaters while you enjoy BOKA’s seasonal multi-course menu.
Frontier: Cozy up to the outdoor fireplace on Frontier’s all-weather patio. The glass enclosure 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 heated patio.
Piccolo Sogno: A perennial favorite, this classic Italian spot reopens Jan. 19, 2021 with a large tent on their garden patio.
Casati’s: Dine in the pines in the heated private greenhouses and igloos that have popped up outside Casati’s.
The Royal Grocer & Co.: This Bucktown spot has one of the neighborhoods largest patios, including clear coverings, heaters, and an outdoor fireplace.
La Catedral Cafe & Restaurant: In Little Village, diners can enjoy chilaquiles and creative coffee drinks on this new heated patio.
The Publican: Bring your own blanket to the Publican patio, where you’ll find a heated patio, plus enclosed greenhouses and domes.
Athena: Feel like you’re in the Mediterranean for a night on the enclosed and heated patio of this classic Greektown spot
The Woodlawn: Check out the new igloo experience atop The Woodlawn’s rooftop near Chatham, which includes a three-course meal and drinks.
Ascione Bistro: Warm up with some comforting Italian classics on one of the two heated and covered outdoor spaces at this Hyde Park bistro.
Tzuco: This River North hotspot helmed by chef Carlos Gaytan has a fully enclosed winter patio, with heat lamps and a roof system that allows for air circulation.
ERIS Brewery & Cider House: This Irving Park cidery has expanded their outdoor seating, which is warmed with infrared heaters and charming string lights.
Open Outcry Brewing Company: The heated indoor/outdoor domes at this Beverly taproom are the perfect place to enjoy a pub grub menu and locally made brews.
MingHin Cuisine: The popular dim sum spot in Chinatown is offering outdoor seating with patio heaters.
Pompei: Grab a seat fireside on the heated outdoor patio of Pompei, located on Taylor Street in Little Italy.
D.S. Tequila Co.: This spacious patio in Lakeview has added heaters to keep patrons warm as they enjoy Mexican fare and football games on the multiple TV screens.
Hampton Social Streeterville: The second location of this buzzy spot has added overhead heaters and additional siding for wind protection to their downtown rooftop.
Fiya: In Andersonville, Fiya is serving Middle Eastern far in private outdoor bubbles equipped with electric heaters.
Orso’s Restaurant: This homey Italian restaurant in Old Town has set up a heated, partially covered patio for diners to enjoy the cozy ambiance and traditional pastas.
Osteria Via Stato: Head to the covered patio at Osteria Via Stato, where you’ll find heaters, wind barriers, and single-use blankets to keep you warm throughout your meal.
Le Colonial: There are a few options for outdoor seating at Le Colonial — a sidewalk cafe with heaters and “The Porch” an indoor space with huge, wide-open windows that’s also decked out in heat lamps.
Mon Ami Gabi: This classic French spot has introduced a pop-up tented patio with heat lamps, greenery, bistro lightings, and BYO-blankets welcome.
Quartino: In River North, Quartino will be serving their Italian small plates on their heated sidewalk patio.
Luxbar: Enjoy American pub food on the heated patio at Luxbar, situated in the heart of the Gold Coast neighborhood.
Fogo de Chao: This Brazilian steakhouse in River North has a spacious heated dining pavilion, complete with festive lighting and a tent to protect you from the elements.
Gibsons Italia: Take in the riverfront views and dine on upscale Italian fare on the Gibsons Italia heated rooftop patio.
Looking for more? Check out these winter rooftop bars in Chicago.
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