Best Outdoor Bars and Restaurants In Chicago

III Forks Rooftop

III Forks Rooftop

The time to enjoy rooftops, sidewalk cafes, patios, beer gardens and any chair you can find outdoors is here. In A-Z order, here are a few to check out this summer. Neighborhood and the type of outdoor space is noted in parenthesis.

 

III Forks (Lake Shore East / Rooftop)
180 N. Field Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 938.4303
www.IIIForks.com

 

10 Urban Roofscape (River North / Godfrey Hotel Rooftop, Retractable Roop)
127 W. Huron
Chicago, IL
www.godfreyhotelchicago.com

 

Big Star (Bucktown / Patio)
1531 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
bigstarchicago.com

 

Cactus Bar & Grill (Loop / Sidewalk Patio)
404 South Wells
Chicago, IL 60607
www.DontDrinkAndTrade.com

 

Cantina Loredo

Cantina Loredo

Cantina Laredo (River North / Sidewalk Patio, Rooftop)
508 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
www.CantinaLaredo.com

Castaways (Lake Michigan/Lincoln Park)
1603 North Lake Shore Drive (North Avenue Beach)
Chicago, IL 60612
www.castawayschicago.com

 

Clark Street Dog & Bar (Lakeview)
3040 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
www.clarkstdog.com

 

City Winery (West Loop / Patio)
1200 W Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607
www.citywinery.com/chicago

 

Commonwealth Tavern (Roscoe Village)
2000 West Roscoe Street
Chicago, IL 60618
www.commonwealthchicago.com

 

Del Frisco’s (Gold Coast / Patio)
58 E. Oak Street
Chicago, IL
www.delfriscos.com

 

Drumbar (Gold Coast / Raffaello Hotel Rooftop)
201 E. Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL
(312) 933-4805
www.drumbar.com

 

Frontier

Frontier

Dryhop Brewers (Lakeview / Patio)
3155 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL
www.dryhopchicago.com

 

Frontier (West Town-Wicker Park / 3 Season Patio)
1072 North Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772.4322
www.thefrontierchicago.com

 

High Noon Saloon (Wicker Park / Sidewalk Patio)
1560 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-9339
highnoonchicago.com

 

Homestead On The Roof (Ukrainian Village / Rooftop)
1924 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL www.homesteadontheroof.com

 

Howells & Hood

Howells & Hood

Howell’s & Hood (Streeterville / Patio)
435 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 262-5310 www.howellsandhood.com

 

Joe’s Bar Trackside (Clybourn Corridor / Rooftop)
940 W. Weed Street
Chicago IL 60642-2540
(312) 787-9600
www.joesbar.com
www.arlingtonpark.com/trackside-otb/locations/trackside-chicago-joes

 

Hopleaf (Andersonville / Patio)
5148 N. Clark Steet
Chicago, IL
www.hopleaf.com

 

Kit Kat (Lakeview / Patio)
3700 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
www.KitKatChicago.com

 

La Madia (River North / Sidewalk Patio)
59 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654
www.DineLaMadia.com

 

Little Goat Diner (West Loop / Patio)
820 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607
www.littlegoatchicago.com

 

Logman & Eagle (Logan Square / Patio)
2657 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL
www.logmanandeagle.com

 

Mott Street (Wicker Park / Patio)
1401 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622 www.mottstreetchicago.com

 

RM Champagne

RM Champagne

Moody’s Pub (Edgewater / Patio)
5910 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL
moodyspub.com

 

Nacional 27 (River North / Sidewalk Patio)
325 West Huron
Chicago, IL 60610
www.Nacional27.net

 

RM Champagne (West Loop / Patio)
116 N. Green Street
Chicago, IL
www.rmchampagnesalon.com

 

Rock Bottom (River North / Rooftop)
1 W. Grand
Chicago, IL
www.rockbottom.com/locations/chicago

 

ROOF on theWit (Loop / Rooftop)
201 N. State
Chicago, IL
www.roofonthewit.com

 

Twisted Spoke (West Town / Rooftop)
501 N. Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL
www.twistedspoke.com

 

Sheffield’s (Lakeview / Patio)
3258 N. Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL
www.sheffieldschicago.com

 

J Parker

J Parker

Small Bar (Logan Square / Patio)
2956 N. Albany
Chicago, IL
www.thesmallbar.com

 

The Dawson (River West, Patio)
730 W. Grand
Chicago, IL
www.the-dawson.com

 

The J Parker (Lincoln Park / Hotel Lincoln Rooftop)
1816 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL
www.jparker.com

 

The Southern (Bucktown / Patio)
1840 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL
Thesouthernchicago.com

 

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Chicago (Streeterville / Sidewalk Cafe)
622 North Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611

www.TimothyOTooles.com

 

The Dec

The Dec

The Dec (Gold Coast / Ritz Hotel Rooftop)
160 E Pearson
Chicago, IL
www.fourseasons.com

 

Park Grill / The Plaza at Park Grill (Loop/ Sidewalk Cafe)
11 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60602
www.ParkGrillChicago.com

 

West Town Cafe (Ukrainian Village / Sidewalk Patio)
1916 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
www.westtownbakery.com

 

ZED451 (River North / Rooftop)
739 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60611
www.ZED451.com

 

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar (River North / Patio)
358 West Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610
www.ZocaloChicago.com

 

Best Outdoor Bars and Restaurants In Chicago

III Forks Rooftop

III Forks Rooftop

The time to enjoy rooftops, sidewalk cafes, patios, beer gardens and any chair you can find outdoors is here. In A-Z order, here are a few to check out this summer. Neighborhood and the type of outdoor space is noted in parenthesis.

 

III Forks (Lake Shore East / Rooftop)
180 N. Field Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 938.4303
www.IIIForks.com

 

10 Urban Roofscape (River North / Godfrey Hotel Rooftop, Retractable Roop)
127 W. Huron
Chicago, IL
www.godfreyhotelchicago.com

 

Big Star (Bucktown / Patio)
1531 N. Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL
bigstarchicago.com

 

Cactus Bar & Grill (Loop / Sidewalk Patio)
404 South Wells
Chicago, IL 60607
www.DontDrinkAndTrade.com

 

Cantina Loredo

Cantina Loredo

Cantina Laredo (River North / Sidewalk Patio, Rooftop)
508 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
www.CantinaLaredo.com

Castaways (Lake Michigan/Lincoln Park)
1603 North Lake Shore Drive (North Avenue Beach)
Chicago, IL 60612
www.castawayschicago.com

 

Clark Street Dog & Bar (Lakeview)
3040 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
www.clarkstdog.com

 

City Winery (West Loop / Patio)
1200 W Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607
www.citywinery.com/chicago

 

Commonwealth Tavern (Roscoe Village)
2000 West Roscoe Street
Chicago, IL 60618
www.commonwealthchicago.com

 

Del Frisco’s (Gold Coast / Patio)
58 E. Oak Street
Chicago, IL
www.delfriscos.com

 

Drumbar (Gold Coast / Raffaello Hotel Rooftop)
201 E. Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL
(312) 933-4805
www.drumbar.com

 

Frontier

Frontier

Dryhop Brewers (Lakeview / Patio)
3155 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL
www.dryhopchicago.com

 

Frontier (West Town-Wicker Park / 3 Season Patio)
1072 North Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772.4322
www.thefrontierchicago.com

 

High Noon Saloon (Wicker Park / Sidewalk Patio)
1560 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-9339
highnoonchicago.com

 

Homestead On The Roof (Ukrainian Village / Rooftop)
1924 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL www.homesteadontheroof.com

 

Howells & Hood

Howells & Hood

Howell’s & Hood (Streeterville / Patio)
435 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 262-5310 www.howellsandhood.com

 

Joe’s Bar Trackside (Clybourn Corridor / Rooftop)
940 W. Weed Street
Chicago IL 60642-2540
(312) 787-9600
www.joesbar.com
www.arlingtonpark.com/trackside-otb/locations/trackside-chicago-joes

 

Hopleaf (Andersonville / Patio)
5148 N. Clark Steet
Chicago, IL
www.hopleaf.com

 

Kit Kat (Lakeview / Patio)
3700 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
www.KitKatChicago.com

 

La Madia (River North / Sidewalk Patio)
59 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654
www.DineLaMadia.com

 

Little Goat Diner (West Loop / Patio)
820 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607
www.littlegoatchicago.com

 

Logman & Eagle (Logan Square / Patio)
2657 N. Kedzie
Chicago, IL
www.logmanandeagle.com

 

Mott Street (Wicker Park / Patio)
1401 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622 www.mottstreetchicago.com

 

RM Champagne

RM Champagne

Moody’s Pub (Edgewater / Patio)
5910 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL
moodyspub.com

 

Nacional 27 (River North / Sidewalk Patio)
325 West Huron
Chicago, IL 60610
www.Nacional27.net

 

RM Champagne (West Loop / Patio)
116 N. Green Street
Chicago, IL
www.rmchampagnesalon.com

 

Rock Bottom (River North / Rooftop)
1 W. Grand
Chicago, IL
www.rockbottom.com/locations/chicago

 

ROOF on theWit (Loop / Rooftop)
201 N. State
Chicago, IL
www.roofonthewit.com

 

Twisted Spoke (West Town / Rooftop)
501 N. Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL
www.twistedspoke.com

 

Sheffield’s (Lakeview / Patio)
3258 N. Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL
www.sheffieldschicago.com

 

J Parker

J Parker

Small Bar (Logan Square / Patio)
2956 N. Albany
Chicago, IL
www.thesmallbar.com

 

The Dawson (River West, Patio)
730 W. Grand
Chicago, IL
www.the-dawson.com

 

The J Parker (Lincoln Park / Hotel Lincoln Rooftop)
1816 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL
www.jparker.com

 

The Southern (Bucktown / Patio)
1840 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL
Thesouthernchicago.com

 

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Chicago (Streeterville / Sidewalk Cafe)
622 North Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611

www.TimothyOTooles.com

 

The Dec

The Dec

The Dec (Gold Coast / Ritz Hotel Rooftop)
160 E Pearson
Chicago, IL
www.fourseasons.com

 

Park Grill / The Plaza at Park Grill (Loop/ Sidewalk Cafe)
11 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60602
www.ParkGrillChicago.com

 

West Town Cafe (Ukrainian Village / Sidewalk Patio)
1916 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
www.westtownbakery.com

 

ZED451 (River North / Rooftop)
739 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60611
www.ZED451.com

 

ZOCALO Restaurant and Tequila Bar (River North / Patio)
358 West Ontario
Chicago, IL 60610
www.ZocaloChicago.com

 

Epic

In Good Taste: Local Restaurants Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research 10.1-10.31

Epic

Epic

October 1 – October 31

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – the perfect time to wine and dine for a good cause. The Lynn Sage Foundation, a Chicago-based organization committed to finding a cure for breast cancer, will partner with over 150 Chicagoland restaurants in October to help raise money for In Good Taste: A Breast Cancer Research Initiative. Eleven of the participating establishments include: La Madia; Firecakes Donuts; Stout Barrel House & Galley; Epic; Taco Joint; Standard Market Grill; Standard Market; Bakersfield; Quince; Cactus Bar & Grill; and Franklin Tap. Their specific offers, available from October 1 to October 31, are listed below (images are available). For more information on “In Good Taste” visit lynnsagefoundation.org.

La Madia
La Madia will donate $1 from every dessert purchased during October.
Dessert Menu: Bittersweet Chocolate Tortino, Toasted Almonds $8; Crostata, Vanilla Bean Gelato $8; Chocolate Polenta Cake, Vanilla Bean Gelato $8; Espresso Semifreddo, Whipped Cream, Valrhona Cocoa Nibs $8; Blood Orange Ice in Prosecco $6; Housemade Gelato of the Moment $6; Affogato with Chocolate-Sambuca Gelato $5; “Wisconsin Electric” Butter Cookies $4
59 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago IL 60654 312-329-0400 DineLaMadia.com

Firecakes 
Firecakes Donuts will donate 50% of their profits from every Pink Donut purchased in October (yeast rise donut topped with strawberry vanilla icing and white chocolate pearls, $2.37 each). Pre-orders and delivery are available.
68 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654 312-329-6500 FirecakesDonuts.com

Stout Barrel House & Galley 

Stout will donate 50 cents from every pink Moscow Mule sold during the month of October (Tito’s vodka, lime juice, ginger beer and orange bitters served in a copper mug, $12) On average, Stout sells anywhere from 2,500-3,000 Moscow Mules per month!
642 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 312-475-1390 StoutChicago.com

Epic 
Epic’s Pastry Chef Jessica Ellington will feature “In Good Taste Cheesecake” during the month of October: Mascarpone Cheesecake, Almond-Pine Nut Crust, Poached Pear, Dolcetto Ice Cream, $12. Two dollars from every dessert sold will benefit the In Good Taste campaign.
112 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654  312-222-4940 EpicRestaurantChicago.com

Taco Joint 
Taco Joint in River North and Lincoln Park will offer an “In Good Taste Taco” Chicken Pibil – citrus-annatto braised chicken thigh, habanero salsa, pink pickled onions, $3. Both restaurants will also feature a Maestro Dobel Pink Tequila Cocktail for $10. $1 from every “In Good Taste Taco” and “Pink Tequila Cocktail” sold in October will benefit In Good Taste.
158 W. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60654  312-337-8226 and 1969 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614 312-951-2457 TacoJoint.com 

Standard Market Grill
Standard Market Grill will donate $1 from all Strawberry Milkshakes (made with local Bobtail ice cream, $5) sold at the Lincoln Park and suburban Westmont locations.
444 W. Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614 773-857-3080 and 333 E. Ogden Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559 (630) 366-7040 StandardMarketGrill.com 

Standard Market
Standard Market in Westmont will sell pink reusable tote bags for $1.99, donating 50% of the proceeds to In Good Taste. The gourmet grocer will also offer Breast Cancer Awareness flower bouquets for $39.99, donating $5 from each bouquet to the campaign.
333 E. Ogden Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559 630-366-7030 StandardMarket.com

Bakersfield
Bakersfield wood-fired grill in Westmont will offer a Chocolate Popcorn Fudge dessert for $8 (fresh popcorn set in chocolate fudge with bananas foster coulis) with $1 from every dessert benefiting In Good Taste.
330 E. Ogden Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559 630-568-3615 BakersfieldRestaurant.com

Quince
Quince restaurant in Evanston will offer two beverage specials. $2 from every Pink Ribbon Cocktail (Maker’s Mark, ginger ale, pineapple and raspberry, $10) and flute of Sparkling Rose (France, $10) sold will be donated to In Good Taste.
1625 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201 847-570-8419 QuinceRestaurant.net

Cactus Bar & Grill
Cactus Bar & Grill will offer a Pink Pomegranate Margarita (Cactus’ classic margarita combined with pomegranate puree and Pama liqueur). The margarita is served frozen or on the rocks with a sugar rim and lime wedge (12oz – $7; 16 oz – $9; Rocks pitcher – $27). A portion of the proceeds will benefit In Good Taste. In addition, Cactus will give guests that donate $10 or more a complimentary appetizer coupon for a future visit.
404 S. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60607 312-922-3830 CactusChicago.com

Franklin Tap

Franklin Tap will feature weekly pumpkin beer specials with a portion of the proceeds benefiting In Good Taste. In addition, Franklin Tap will give guests that donate $10 or more a complimentary appetizer coupon for a future visit. Sept 30-Oct 5: New Belgium Pumkick $6; October 7-12: New Holland Ichabod $6; October 14-19: Dogfish Head Punkin $6; October 21-26: Sam Adams Fat Jack $7; October 28-November 2: Southern Tier Pumking $7.
325 S. Franklin St., Chicago, IL 60606 312-212-3262 FranklinTap.com

 

Wing Week at Cactus Bar & Grill 7/29-8/2

$5 Wings, in Celebration of National Chicken Wing Day

Cactus Bar & Grill

Cactus Bar & Grill

 

Monday, July 29 through Friday, August 2

Cactus Bar & Grill
404 South Wells
Chicago, IL 60607
312-922-3830
www.CactusChicago.com

Attention all wing worshipers! Whip out the wet naps and head to Cactus Bar & Grill for a week-long “saucy” celebration, in honor of “National Chicken Wing Day” (July 29). From Monday, July 29 to Friday, August 2, Chef Glenn Pistorio will offer a different flavor of his delicious, award-winning wings for just $5 each day. The week will culminate with Cactus’ intensely hot, Death Valley “Insane” Wings on Friday, August 2 (signed waiver required before tasting). Chef Pistorio’s complete “Wing Week” line up is listed below. Wash down your wings with one of Cactus’ refreshing summer libations, including margaritas, sangria and “skinny” cocktails (Tropical Coco Crush; Jane Daly; Raspberry Lemonade – each under 100 calories). 

Photo included below. Cactus Bar & Grill is open Monday, Tuesday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 11 am.-midnight; and Friday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 

Wing Week Menu, $5 each day
seven wings tossed with house-made sauce, served with celery sticks and choice of ranch or blue cheese dressing

Monday, July 29:  BBQ

Tuesday, July 30:  Mild

Wednesday, July 31:  Sweet Thai Chili

Thursday, August 1:  Garlic Honey Mustard

Friday, August 2:  Death Valley “Insane” Wings
The hottest wings you’ll ever eat. A signed waiver is required.


Patio Party at Cactus Bar & Grill 5.23

Low-Cal Cocktails Kick-Off the Summer Season Cactus

 

Cactus Bar and Grill
404 S. Wells
Chicago, IL 60607
312-922-3830
CactusChicago.com

Thursday, May 23
11 a.m.-midnight

Cactus Bar and Grill will kick-off patio season with a “sun-sational,” beach-themed celebration. On Thursday, May 23, the Loop-located bar and grill will promote fun in the sun with an all day/all night alfresco party from 11 a.m. to midnight.  Cactus will introduce three new, low-calorie cocktails created with Smirnoff Sorbet Light, available May 23 through June 30. The light summer libations (Tropical Coco Crush; Jane Daly; Raspberry Lemonade) are $8 and each under 100 calories.  Additional Thursday specials include $5 Midwestern beer and $5 house margaritas and sangria.

Cactus’ staff will be appropriately dressed in beachy attire and a raffle will be held for summer fun items, including beach chairs, coolers and more. Drawings will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run throughout the evening. Cactus’ large sidewalk patio, located on Wells Street, seats 80 people and is dog friendly.  For table reservations, please call Cactus.

Cactus’ Low-Cal Summer Cocktails

$8 each; under 100 calories 

Tropical Coco Crush
Smirnoff Sorbet Light Mango-Passion reduced calorie vodka, Zico coconut water, splash of pineapple juice

Jane Daly
Smirnoff Sorbet Light Lemon reduced calorie vodka, Minute Maid light lemonade, unsweetened iced tea

Raspberry Lemonade
Smirnoff Sorbet Light Raspberry-Pomegranate reduced calorie vodka, Minute Maid light lemonade