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5 FAVORITE CHICAGO OUTDOOR DINING OPTIONS

Step outside to experience true summertime dining in the city with five ways to enjoy the outdoors.

This is your summer outdoor dining guide for Chicago! Step outside to experience true summertime dining in the city. Here are five different ways to do outdoor dining in Chicago, from high above a rooftop to tucked-away patio seating.

1. Rooftop Restaurants

Dining patio at ZED451 in Chicago

Why it rocks: It's uniquely urban, making you feel as if you're in the midst of a metropolitan jungle.

Insider tip: Plan an evening meal to get a glimpse of the city's skyline all lit up at night.
ZED451​

Where to go: ZED451; NoMI Garden; Terrace 16 at Trump Chicago

2. Riverwalk Dining

People dining at O'Briens patio on the Chicago Riverwalk

Why it rocks: You can watch the boats and jet skis cruise along the Chicago River as rays reflect off the gentle waters.

Insider tip: Don't be surprised to see locals dock their boats right at the restaurant and hop out for a quick bite.

Where to go: City Winery Riverwalk; River Roast; O'Briens Riverwalk Cafe

3. Beer Gardens

People dining on the patio of the Navy Pier Beer Garden in Chicago

Why it rocks: With its jovial patrons and friendly ambiance, it feels like you’re attending a big backyard barbecue.

Insider tip: Drink like a local and order a Chicago brew like Goose Island, Half Acre or 5 Rabbit.

Where to go: Miller Lite Beer Garden on Navy Pier; Flo & Santos; Frontier Chicago

4. Sidewalk Seats

People dining on sidewalk patio at Tavern on Rush in Chicago

Why it rocks: Warm weather draws out the crowds, making a sidewalk seat perfect for people-watching and feeling a part of the city's summertime energy.

Insider tip: Popular neighborhoods like River North and The Magnificent Mile/Streeterville have tons of foot-traffic.

Where to go: Tavern on RushQuartino; Dos Urban Cantina

5. Patio Places

People dining on tree-covered patio at Piccolo Sogno in Chicago

Why it rocks: You get all the benefits of a full-service restaurant while sitting at an intimate sun-soaked table among lush greenery.

Insider tip: Many restaurants don't take reservations for outside seating so consider getting there early to request a patio table, then heading to the bar for a drink while you wait.

Where to go: Piccolo SognoPark Grill; The Duck Inn

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