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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 a few of these top airy hot spots 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

Michael Kornick and David Morton are behind this hidden haunt for small plates. More...

Anteprima Italian
14/20
Dining Room at Anteprima, Chicago, IL 5316 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
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Atypical Italian fare graces this Andersonville storefront with the makings for a great family supper. More...

Athena Greek Restaurant Greek
11/20
Dining Room at Athena Greek Restaurant, Chicago, IL 212 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60661
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Skyline views --- and a nice patio --- accompany traditional Greek fare at this go-to taverna. 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 that attracts a young, chatty crowd --- including during happy hour. 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...

Chicago Cut Steakhouse Steakhouse
13/20
Dining Room at Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Chicago, IL 300 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60654
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Business suits, sweeping views and sizzling filets set the scene at this boisterous River North steakhouse. More...

Embeya Asian
12/20
Dining Room at Embeya, Chicago, IL 564 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60661
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Thai Dang presents painstakingly prepared, modern Asian fusion 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...

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Steakhouse
14/20
Dining Room at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, Chicago, IL 1028 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611
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Prime beef, generously portioned sides and first-rate martinis are the draw at this masculine steakhouse. 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...

Kinzie Chophouse Steakhouse
13/20
Dining Room at Kinzie Chophouse, Chicago, IL 400 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
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There’s a reason this longtime steakhouse has loyalists: the things it does, it does right. More...

Las Palmas Mexican
13/20
Dining Room at Las Palmas, Chicago, IL 1835 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
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Creative Mexican cuisine in an artsy setting with a hidden-away feel. 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...

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 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...

Riva Italian
13/20
Dining Room at Riva, Chicago, IL Navy Pier
700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
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Waterfront seafooder that’s an urbane respite amid tourist-ridden Navy Pier. 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...

Tavern at the Park Steakhouse
12/20
Dining Room at Tavern at the Park, Chicago, IL 130 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
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Classic American cuisine with high-end twists, plus choice views of downtown Chicago. More...

Tavern on Rush Steakhouse
11/20
Dining Room at Tavern on Rush, Chicago, IL 1031 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611
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Boisterous, steak-heavy pick-up joint with a view of the Rush Street scene. 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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