Recess, 838 W. Kinzie St., serves up delicious American food and drink, good times and zero red tape in Chicago’s West Loop. Recess’s menu taps into the cravings of everyday life, offering casually elevated dishes with playful Chicago swagger, while the beverage program takes a bright, ingredient-driven approach with cocktails both classic and original. Surrounded by shipping containers, the patio at Recess is the perfect summer hangout spot. Two large containers open up and convert into bars to serve up refreshing libations. In the middle of the patio, a square raised platform can act as a center-stage or simply a semi-private option to watch the crowd from above. Second floor containers are also available as a quasi-private option with reservations.