Patio season officially begins this week in Chicago. Restaurants all around the city are opening up their rooftops, gardens, and patios for diners to enjoy. And all Chicago establishments are introducing new health and safety measures, like enhanced cleaning and physical distancing guidelines to keep guests and employees safe.
The city has also introduced a new program that allows local restaurants to expand their outdoor seating into the streets. You can find these open-air dining corridors in neighborhoods across the city — see the full list below. And check out our guide to indoor dining options to explore open dining rooms.
Here’s an ongoing list of Chicago restaurants with open patios, rooftops, and more.
Chicago restaurants with outdoor dining
Z Bar: The Peninsula’s lauded Z Bar is now open for exotic cocktails and global tapas on their scenic rooftop terrace.
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.
Rivers Restaurant and Bar: Enjoy riverfront views on this outdoor patio in the Loop. The chef-driven menu includes seafood, steaks, and more.
River Roast: This waterfront veranda in River North is the perfect spot to soak in some skyline views while enjoying contemporary American fare and intriguing cocktails.
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.
Virtue: This neighborhood gem in Hyde Park, led by acclaimed chef Erick Williams, is redefining Southern cuisine. Book your seat on their patio today.
Bistronomic: This go-to spot for modern French fare has an appropriately charming patio in the Gold Coast.
Bandit: On Randolph Street, Bandit is serving bar bites, burgers, and daily happy hour specials on their patio and street seating.
Bar Roma: Indulge in hearty Italian fare at Bar Roma. Grab a seat outside and order their three-course prix fixe menu for just $34 a person, which includes an appetizer, pasta, and dessert.
ROOH: The large patio at ROOH is the perfect spot to enjoy their progressive Indian cuisine, from butter chicken to whole sea bass wrapped in banana leaf to their new brunch specials.
Moody Tongue: The recently revamped Moody Tongue includes The Bar, a casual tasting room that’s now serving on their new outdoor patio. Enjoy creative bites and a rotating seasonal draft selection.
Terrace 16: This rooftop restaurant on the Chicago River features sweeping city views and a new American menu. Indoor and outdoor dining areas are now open.
Park and Field: This Logan Square hot spots features a spacious patio and a new boozy brunch with “virtual” buffet — just fill out an order form and the chefs will load up your plate.
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.
Three Dots and a Dash: This subterranean space now has a sunny patio where you can sip on their famous tropical cocktails and a revamped menu of island-inspired bites.
DryHop Brewers: A local favorite in Lakeview East, DryHop is known for their hop-centric brews. The menu includes poutine, burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, and salads.
Beacon Tavern: In the Loop, Beacon Tavern is located at the intersection of the Chicago River and The Mag Mile, which makes for excellent views from their outdoor patio. The menu includes casual-upscale versions of tavern classics.
Big Jones: Andersonville’s Southern-inspired spot is now serving home-baked buttermilk biscuits, gumbo, fried catfish, creamy grits and more on their neighborhood patio.
Dusek’s Board & Beer: In Pilsen, Dusek’s is offering a limited food and drink menu on their patio. Seating is first come, first served.
Politan Row: This buzzed-about food hall will be highlighting one of their unique food vendors each week on their patio.
Funkenhausen: This West Town spot is back in action, serving up their German-Southern fare on their sidewalk patio.
Homeslice: The popular patio at this Lincoln Park pizza place is open for reservations. Dig into creative pies and fun cocktails.
Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar: In West Town, enjoy caviar, smoked pork belly, potato dumplings and more on Heritage’s sidewalk patio. They’re open daily for dinner with brunch service on the weekends.
Le Sud French Mediterranean Cuisine: This neighborhood gem serves casual French and Spanish-inspired dishes on their charming Roscoe Village patio. Favorites include steamed mussels, steak frites, and roasted Basque chicken.
Gene & Georgetti: One of Chicago’s most beloved restaurants, Gene & Georgetti is finally back. And they’re taking the classic steakhouse experience to their outdoor patio. Swing by for happy hour or a special night out.
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.
The Publican: A classic Chicago spot, The Publican is serving dinner and brunch on their West Loop patio. Enjoy farmhouse fare with locally sourced meats and vegetables.
Bistro Campagne: Lincoln Square’s French bistro is now accepting reservations for their patio. Indulge in classic dishes like escargot, French onion soup, steak frites, and more.
Daisies: Daisies is a go-to spot for seasonal pasta and craft cocktails in Logan Square. After dinner, pick up from fresh pasta to-go so you can recreate your favorites at home.
ERIS Brewery & Cider House: In Irving Park, this women-owned cidery features a spacious and sun-soaked patio to enjoy their house-made brews. They also serve a full food menu.
The Rosebud: A Chicago staple in Little Italy, this Taylor Street spot is known for generous portions of authentic Italian recipes. Enjoy everything from meatballs to chicken parm to pastas.
Twin Anchors: Grab a spot on the patio at this historic tavern and barbecue restaurant in Old Town. Order their legendary ribs with a side of crispy onion rings or housemade chili.
Aba: Aba’s rooftop patio is open with limited seating for groups of six or less. Reservations are required and can be made via Tock with a $50 deposit per reservation required at booking, which will be applied toward your bill. Each reservation is limited to 1.5 hours.
Beatnik on the River: The riverfront outpost of boho-paradise Beatnik is now open. Enjoy their Mediterranean dishes with water views.
Yoshi’s Cafe: A Lakeview staple serving Asian-French fusion, Yoshi’s Cafe is now open for patio dining. Book your table online or via phone.
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.
Barra Ñ: In Avondale, you can enjoy Argentinian cuisine and South American cocktails, like mojitos and Pisco sours, on the newly reopened patio at Barra Ñ.
Franconello: This elegant Italian spot in Beverly has opened their patio for the summer. Reservations are available.
90 Miles Cuban Cafe: This ultra-popular patio is now open in Logan Square. Order a Cubano, ropa vieja, and other Cuban classics — and don’t forget to BYOB.
Tzuco: The acclaimed French/Mexican spot in River North has opened their outdoor dining for dinner, following all safety guidelines established by the city. Reservations are encouraged.
Big Star: Order a round of tacos and margs on Big Star patio. Both the Wrigleyville and Wicker Park locations are now open from 11:30 a.m. till late. Reservations are required, book your table via Tock.
LH Rooftop at LondonHouse: This riverfront rooftop, offering sweeping city and water views, is now open. The rooftop will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight, serving an all-day American menu and signature cocktails.
Summer House Santa Monica & Stella Barra: The back patio at Stella Barra Pizzeria, the front patio at Summer House and the Vitamin D room at Summer House are now open at 50% capacity. The restaurants will offer an all day menu that combines Summer House’s casual California fare and Stella Barra’s pastas, pizzas, and antipasti.
Piccolo Sogno: One of the city’s best date night secrets, the dreamy courtyard at Piccolo Sogno near the West Loop is the perfect spot to enjoy Italian classics.
Frontier: Head to Frontier in Wicker Park for a patio party all weekend long. Enjoy burgers, char-grilled oysters and ribs on the grill, plus a full bar. Seating is first come, first served.
Franco’s Ristorante: The charming sidewalk patio at Franco’s Ristorante is now open. The Bridgeport spot is beloved for their authentic pastas and modern classics.
J Parker at Hotel Lincoln: The lakefront might still be closed, but you can catch a glimpse of it from the J Parker rooftop — plus sweeping views of Lincoln Park.
Wood: In Boystown, Wood has opened their intimate, covered patio to enjoy their award-winning, seasonal cuisine. Seating is first come first served.
Norman’s Bistro: In the Kenwood neighborhood, Norman’s Bistro is serving Cajun/Creole cuisine on their spacious sidewalk patio.
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba: The all-seasons patio at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is now open at 50% capacity, featuring a limited tapas menu including sangria, craft cocktails, and more. Reservations for patio dining are required due to limited seating.
The Woodlawn: This casual spot in the Chatham neighborhood hosts pop-up restaurants to foster creativity and economic impact. Enjoy the patio or their new rooftop space.
VU Rooftop Lounge: Kick back and relax at this rooftop lounge in the South Loop. The refined spot is opening both their outdoor spaces with a revamped food and drink program. Menus can be viewed through QR codes posted on each table.
Nellie’s Restaurant: This family-owned restaurant in Humboldt Park has opened their patio for guests to enjoy Puerto Rican and American breakfast favorites.
Il Culaccino: The new outdoor space at Il Culaccino, the friendly Italian spot in the South Loop, is now open. Enjoy modern and traditional dishes on the spacious, covered patio.
Offshore: Navy Pier has reopened their outdoor dining areas, including the country’s largest rooftop bar. Head to Offshore for seasonal cocktails and sweeping water views.
Pizzeria Portofino: Enjoy pizza, pasta, and an Aperol spritz or two at the breezy riverfront Pizzeria Portofino. Reservations are now open for patio seating and indoor window seating.
The Loyalist: Near Restaurant Row, The Loyalist is debuting their new patio space and a recently revamped menu of casual French offerings. Don’t worry, you can still order the Dirty Burg.
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse: In the Gold Coast, Gibsons has opened their sidewalk patio for reservations. All visits will be limited to two hours. Credit card, debit card or gift card payments only.
Drew’s on Halsted: The patio is now open at Drew’s on Halsted for all-day dining, including brunch, dinner, and happy hour. Reservations required.
Tuco & Blondie: Patio reservations are now open at Tuco and Blondie, the casual taco spot on Southport. Call the restaurant to reserve your spot.
Nico Osteria: Enjoy Italian-inspired seafood on the patio in a casual-yet-refined setting at Nico Osteria in Gold Coast. Reservations are now open.
Chant: Located in the heart of Hyde Park, the patio at Chant is now open. Enjoy globally inspired cuisine and expertly crafted cocktails.
Beatrix: The Fulton Market, Streeterville, and River North locations has opened limited patio seating as well as select indoor window seating. Patio seating will be first come, first served. Reservations will be required for the indoor window seating at the Fulton Market location and can be made via Tock.
Find more open patios and rooftops all around Chicago.
Shared streets with outdoor dining
The city has introduced a new, temporary program that closes certain blocks to car traffic and allows local restaurants to expand their outdoor seating into the streets. Note that some street closures are only in effect from Friday through Sunday and specific dining hours may vary.
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: Broadway from Diversey to Belmont
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: North Lincoln Avenue from West Fullerton Avenue to West Wrightwood Avenue
Lincoln Square: Lincoln Avenue between Wrightwood and Fullerton
Little Italy: West Taylor Street from South Loomis Street to South Ashland Avenue; Laflin Street from the alley north of Taylor to the alley south of Taylor
Lower West Side: South Oakley from West 24th Street to West 24 Place
River North: Wells Street, between Huron and Superior Streets; Clark Street between Grand and Kinzie
West Lakeview: West Cornelia, from Southport east to the alley and Wellington from Southport west to the alley.
West Loop: West Randolph Street service lanes from Expressway to North Elizabeth Street