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 fire pits to heated igloos to enclosed patios, there are tons of outdoor dining options that are keeping Chicago restaurant-goers safe, warm, and properly distanced no matter the weather. And check out our guide to indoor dining options to explore open dining rooms.
Here’s an ongoing list of Chicago restaurants with heated and/or enclosed patios open this fall and winter.
Chicago restaurants with outdoor dining
City Winery Riverwalk: The iconic City Winery domes are back on the riverfront, with spectacular views and plenty of wine. The domes are only open through Oct. 31, so make your reservations today.
Beatrix Fulton Market: Reserve a covered igloo or greenhouse for a unique outdoor dining experience. A greenhouse seats up to four; the igloo experience can accommodate six and includes a round of cocktails for $150.
The Duck Inn: Enjoy duck-centric fare and cozy vibes on this Bridgeport patio, retrofitted with a heated tent through November.
The Woodlawn: Check out the new igloo experience atop The Woodlawn’s spacious rooftop. The enclosed pods fit up to five diners, who can enjoy a three-course meal and bottle service.
Aba: Warm up around heaters and fire pits on Aba’s rooftop patio. Reservations are recommended and require a $50 deposit that will go toward your bill.
Le Sud French Mediterranean Cuisine: 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. Reservations are required.
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. And the tropical vibes will definitely keep you in a sunny mood.
The Chopping Block: Brush up on your skills while enjoy a top-notch meal at The Chopping Block. Take a grilling class and bring your own blanket to their heated patio.
Il Culaccino: In the South Loop, Il Culaccino serves both modern and traditional Italian dishes on the covered, all-weather patio.
The Boiler Room: A Logan Square favorite, The Boiler Room’s all-seasons patio is ready for winter. The heated, covered space even has a gas-powered fireplace to keep bar-goers feeling cozy.
The Dawson: The Dawson’s patio is always a summer hot spot, and now you can enjoy it well into winter. The outdoor heaters and fireplace keep things toasty and blankets are available for purchase if you need an extra layer of warmth.
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. Outdoor dining igloos are soon to come as well.
Piccolo Sogno: A perennial West Loop favorite, this classic Italian spot has added a large tent to their garden patio.
Saint Lou’s Assembly: In the West Loop, Saint Lou’s is breaking out the heaters to allow diners to enjoy their patio seating a little longer. Fill your plate with Southern-style meat and enjoy craft cocktails and boozy floats.
Taureaux Tavern: Enjoy casual French fare in the Loop on Taureaux Tavern’s heated and covered patio.
The Royal Grocer & Co.: This Bucktown spot has a patio revamp in the works, including clear coverings, heaters, and an outdoor fireplace. Check out the new outdoor space starting the first week of November.
The Graystone Tavern: This Wrigleyville spot has winterized their patio with a new weatherproof roof, so you can stay dry while catching the game or playing giant Jenga.
The Publican: Bring your own blanket to the new Publican patio, where you’ll find heaters and even enclosed dining pods to protect diners from the elements.
Tzuco: This River North hotspot helmed by chef Carlos Gaytan has a fully enclosed patio, with heat ramps and a roof system that allows for air circulation.
ERIS Brewery & Cider House: This Irving Park cidery has expanded their outdoor seating into their parking lot, which is currently being warmed up with propane heaters. They’ll be adding infrared heaters to the patio the first week of November.
MingHin Cuisine: The popular dim sum spot in Chinatown is offering outdoor seating with patio heaters.
Duck Duck Goat: Along with many restaurants in Fulton Market, Stephanie Izard’s popular Chinese spot has added enclosed greenhouses for outdoor diners. Bundle up, bring your own blanket, and be sure to make a reservation.
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.
Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar: In Andersonville, Uvae has added heaters and enclosed greenhouses to their sidewalk patio. Bring your own blanket for a complimentary glass of prosecco.
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.
Gibsons Italia: Take in the riverfront views and dine on upscale Italian fare on the Gibsons Italia heated rooftop patio.
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 this fall. 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: 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