Soak in the sunny fall days on patios and beer gardens around Chicago. 

There are so many outdoor spots in which to enjoy a cold brew and the city scene in Chicago. Here are just eight specialty draft-loving, kick-back-and-enjoy-the-scenery venues, each of them emblematic of the neighborhoods in which they're located.

1. Old Irving: ERIS Brewery and Cider House


Makers of craft beer and hard cider, ERIS also boasts an inclusive menu that caters to meat lovers, vegans, vegetarians, pescetarians, and gluten-free devotees alike. You'll also find a striking patio, with fire-engine red chairs set against a stark industrial backdrop, softened by verdant, carefully manicured foliage.

  • 4240 W Irving Park Rd
  • Public transit: Blue Line L train to the Irving Park stop

2. Edgewater: MOODY'S PUB

The Chicago Tribune called Moody's beer garden the Edgewater neighborhood's "de facto back porch." As well as a fabulous outdoor space, Moody's has some of the best burgers in town and excellent beer pitcher specials, including Berghoff Dark, in the spirit of the Biergarten's German origins.

  • 5910 N Broadway St
  • Public transit: Red Line L train to the Thorndale stop



This low-key bar features a long list of beers and creative, organic pub food. You can enjoy both in the seasonal rooftop garden, with canopied areas and even a fireplace. It's the perfect spot to watch the sun set over lovely Ravenswood, home to some of the city's leading breweries.

  • 1970 W Montrose Ave
  • Public transit: Brown Line L train to the Damen stop

4. Downtown: Tiny Tapp

Kayaks at the Cove

If you're looking for a riverfront beer garden, this is the place to be. Chicago's award-winning, 1.25 mile Riverwalk is dotted with coves, restaurants, art, monuments, and, of course, bars. At Tiny Tapp, you'll enjoy local craft brews and amazing views of the Chicago River as it winds its way through the city's skyscraper canyon. You'll also enjoy some great bites. Our favorite: The Street Corn Nachos!

  • 55 W Riverwalk South
  • Public transit: Blue, Green, Pink, Brown, Orange & Purple Line L trains to Clark/Lake


The Moonlighter

The first thing you see when you approach The Moonlighter is an inviting, dog-friendly patio. It's a truly laid-back neighborhood hangout with a touch of chic, tucked away from the intersection of Kedzie and Armitage, and bordering Chicago’s Logan Square and Humboldt Park neighborhoods. The 20 craft beer taps are complemented with a world-class cocktail program and a tasty menu. Don't leave without trying the $8 Taco Party — a deep-fried taco, High Life and shot of bourbon.

  • 3204 W Armitage (Armitage & Kedzie)
  • Public transit: Blue line L train to the California stop


kaiser tiger

One of the many reasons to visit Kaiser Tiger is bacon, which appears on just about everything you can imagine. That's not the only reason, of course; there's also its inviting patio, located at the western-most end of the West Loop's famed Randolph Street Restaurant Row. You'll love the endless draft list, too. Oh, and Kaiser Tiger's blog is a beer lover's very best friend.

  • 1415 W Randolph St
  • Public transit: Green & Pink Line L trains to the Ashland stop


Frontier beer garden

If you're out with a big group, consider going to Frontier for the whole hog. Seriously — we mean the whole hog. Frontier has whole-animal service, from pig to crocodile. Enjoy the cut of your choice in the stunning, industrial beer garden with an ale or finely crafted cocktail in hand.

  • 1072 N Milwaukee Ave
  • Public transit: Blue Line L train to the Division stop


Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier

This is a great place to relax by the shores of Lake Michigan, enjoy a thirst-quenching brew, listen to live music (all the way through October), and take in all the vibrance of iconic Navy Pier. You'll also enjoy a front-row seat for fireworks displays on Wednesdays and Saturdays over the summer months. 

  • 700 E Grand Ave
  • Public transit: Navy Pier Bus #124

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