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Best Chicago Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit these restaurants for the best outdoor dining in Chicago.

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Ada St. American
14/20
Dining Room at Ada St., Chicago, IL 1664 N. Ada St.
Chicago, IL 60642
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Michael Kornick and David Morton are behind this hidden haunt for small plates. More...

Athena Greek Restaurant Greek
12/20
Dining Room at Athena Greek Restaurant, Chicago, IL 212 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60661
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Skyline views and an attractive patio accompany traditional Greek fare at this taverna staple. More...

Big Star Taqueria
13/20
Dining Room at Big Star, Chicago, IL 1531 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

A buzzy Wicker Park bar and taqueria with affordable fare and an eclectic crowd. More...

Bistro Campagne French
12/20
Dining Room at Bistro Campagne, Chicago, IL 4518 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
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An organic bistro in Lincoln Square with several cozy dining rooms and affordable prices. More...

Boka Contemporary
No Rating
Dining Room at Boka, Chicago, IL 1729 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
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A chic, stylish place for theater diners and hardcore food lovers. More...

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Spanish
12/20
Dining Room at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, Chicago, IL 2024 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
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High-energy tapas bar serving killer pintxos and pitchers of strong sangría. More...

Cantina 1910 New Mexican
14/20
5025 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640

Contemporary Mexican cuisine and craft cocktails in Andersonville. More...

Chez Joel French
13/20
Dining Room at Chez Joel, Chicago, IL 1119 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607
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French fare --- unexpectedly --- is at home in the heart of Little Italy. More...

Fat Rice Portuguese
14/20
Dining Room at Fat Rice, Chicago, IL 2957 W. Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
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Fusion in the truest sense, this Portuguese-leaning pad from the X-Marx crew delivers a blast of flavor to Logan Square. More...

Fig & Olive Mediterranean
No Rating
Dining Room at Fig & Olive, Chicago, IL 104 E. Oak St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Mediterranean restaurant Fig & Olive branches out to Chicago. More...

Formento's Italian
No Rating
925 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607

House-made pasta and Italian-American comfort food with an elegant contemporary spin in the West Loop. More...

Fountainhead American
14/20
1970 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613

This clubby-meets-pubby North Center bar has newer school digs but an old school feel and chef-driven gastropub eats. More...

GreenRiver American
13/20
Northwestern Medicine
259 E. Erie St., 18th floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Creative cocktails paired with elevated American fare in Streeterville. More...

Hackney's on Harms Burgers
12/20
1241 Harms Rd.
Glenview, IL 60025
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Burger institution where juicy beef patties are ordered by the truckload. More...

La Sirena Clandestina Latin American
13/20
954 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
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Flavors pop at John Manion’s happening Latin hub in the West Loop. More...

Little Goat Diner American
14/20
Dining Room at Little Goat Diner, Chicago, IL 820 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
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Stephanie Izard's all-day diner features inventive takes on familiar American fare. More...

Mon Ami Gabi French
13/20
Dining Room at Mon Ami Gabi, Chicago, IL The Belden Stratford
2300 N. Lincoln Park W.
Chicago, IL 60614
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French bistro that goes beyond the basics to deliver seafood and a butterscotch pot de crème. More...

Nico Osteria Seafood
14/20
Dining Room at Nico Osteria, Chicago, IL Thompson Chicago
1015 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60610
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Thompson Chicago hot-spot featuring a seafood-centric, Italian-inspired menu and swanky bar and lounge next door. More...

90 Miles Cuban Cafe Cuban
Quick Bite
3101 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
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Addictive Cuban stand that makes people go out of the way for its crackly crusted sandwiches. More...

Pegasus Restaurant & Taverna Greek
11/20
Dining Room at Pegasus Restaurant & Taverna, Chicago, IL 130 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60606
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Ever-packed taverna with solid family-style dinners and, of course, all the greatest hits. More...

Perennial Virant American
15/20
Dining Room at Perennial Virant, Chicago, IL Hotel Lincoln
1800 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
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An approachable, modern American bistro with green market sensibility from Paul Virant and the Boka boys. More...

Piccolo Sogno Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Piccolo Sogno, Chicago, IL 464 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60642
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Ex-Coco Pazzo chef goes it alone with dazzling, and surprisingly affordable, results. More...

The Promontory American
11/20
5311 S. Lake Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615

The Longman & Eagle team are behind this Hyde Park music venue with hit-or-miss fare. More...

The Purple Pig Mediterranean
13/20
Dining Room at The Purple Pig, Chicago, IL 500 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
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There's more than cheese, wine and swine at this Michigan Avenue spot. More...

River Roast American
14/20
Dining Room at River Roast, Chicago, IL 315 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Noted chefs join forces at this riverside restaurant, offering American fare with tableside service. More...

RL American
13/20
Dining Room at RL, Chicago, IL 115 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
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If you've ever dreamed of appearing in a Ralph Lauren Polo ad, your wish has come true at this American classic. More...

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse
12/20
Dining Room at Smith & Wollensky, Chicago, IL Marina City
318 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
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Suits snag steaks --- and primo river views --- at this prime meatery on the Chicago River. More...

Sumi Robata Bar Japanese
13/20
Dining Room at Sumi Robata Bar, Chicago, IL 702 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Unfussy, memorable robata fare from Gene Kato, a Japonais vet. More...

Tanta Peruvian
No Rating
Dining Room at Tanta, Chicago, IL 118 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
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Gastón Acurio brings his brand of Peruvian fare to the city. More...

Terzo Piano Italian
15/20
Dining Room at Terzo Piano, Chicago, IL Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago
159 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
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Tony Mantuano’s artsy Italian cuisine pleases luxe lunch-breakers and Modern Wing patrons alike. More...

ZED451 Brazilian
13/20
Dining Room at ZED451, Chicago, IL 739 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654
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Civilized churrascaria with a rooftop deck, market-fresh cocktails and meat, meat, meat. More...

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