Outdoor Restaurants in Chicago

Patio. Beach. Rooftop. Repeat! That is summer in Chicago! If you’re looking to find the best outdoor dining in Chicago, then you’re in the right place. Enjoy a meal on an open-air patio or on the newest Chicago rooftops. Find refreshing outdoor dining spots on The Magnificent Mile, Chicago Cultural Mile, and Restaurant Row — three of Chicago's top dining districts. Whether looking to be in downtown Chicago or in one of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, our guides to outdoor dining will help you find the perfect spot for views and the best food. 

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