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

 

Summer Menus At Cantina Laredo

Cantina Loredo

Cantina Loredo

New Modern Mexican Dishes in River North 

Cantina Laredo, featuring modern Mexican cuisine River North, recently launched new lunch, dinner and brunch menus. Chef de Cuisine Kennon Reed’s new dishes include: Tacos de Costillas (slow-roasted short rib with tomatillo sauce, monterey jack cheese, roasted red peppers and queso fresco); Pollo Mango Mole (grilled chicken with mango mole sauce and toasted pine nuts); Costillas con Fajita (ribs basted in Jose Cuervo tequila barbecue sauce with beef and chicken fajitas); Tacos de Hongos (grilled portobello mushrooms in balsamic glaze with goat cheese, roasted red pepper and queso fresco; and Torta de Costillas (griddle baked sandwich with slow-roasted short rib, apple-jicama slaw, jalapenos and black beans).

Cantina Laredo’s bar menu offers unique specialty cocktails prepared with hand-squeezed ingredients, including Seasonal Sorbet Rum ‘Ritas (Blood Orange; Mango CitrusRaspberry Chipotle), Signature Margaritas (Casa Rita; Cabo Flip; Ginger Mint Mango), Mojitos, Palomas and more. An extensive tequila list, Mexican beers and worldly wines are also available.

Cantina Laredo is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner is served nightly from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sundaythrough Thursday, and from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Weekend brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  All brunch entrees include a mimosa, Bloody Maria or non-alcoholic beverage. Cantina Laredo’s small plates lounge menu (second floor) is featured at half-price, Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m.

The complete lunch, dinner and brunch menus may be viewed here

Cantina Laredo, New Menu Items
photos available

TACOS DE COSTILLAS
Slow-roasted short rib with tomatillo sauce, monterey jack cheese, roasted red peppers and queso fresco, $13.79 (available on the lunch and dinner menus).

TACOS DE HONGOS
Grilled portobello mushrooms in balsamic glaze with goat cheese, roasted red pepper and queso fresco, $13.29 (available on the lunch, dinner and brunch menus).

TORTA DE COSTILLAS
Griddle baked sandwich with slow-roasted short rib, apple-jicama slaw, jalapenos and black beans, $13.79 (available on the lunch, dinner and brunch menus).

COSTILLAS CON FAJITA
Ribs basted in Jose Cuervo tequila barbecue sauce with beef and chicken fajitas, $19.99 (available on the dinner menu).

POLLO MANGO MOLE
Grilled chicken with mango mole sauce and toasted pine nuts, $14.49 (available on the lunch menu).

Cantina Laredo
508 N. State Street

Chicago, IL 60654

312.955.0014

www.CantinaLaredo.com

Valentine’s Day Dining at Cantina Laredo 2.13-2.15

Special Prix Fixe Menu with Cocktail Pairings 
Cantina Loredo

Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo
508 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312.955.0014
CantinaLaredo.com

 

Thursday, February 13 – Saturday, February 15

Add a little spice to your Valentine’s Day dinner date this year. Cantina Laredo in River North will offer a three course, Valentine’s prix fixe menu ($35 per person) from February 13 to February 15. Chef Kennon Reed’s selections, outlined below, include mango salad, roasted red pepper soup, sauteed shrimp with spicy mango mole, ancho chile-rubbed chicken, filet mignon, strawberry bunuelos and churros.

Each course may be paired with a cocktail (Peach Berry Flaca Flip; Passion Fruit Margarita; and Heart Warmer) for an additional $15 per person.

Cantina Laredo

‘s regular menu will also be available. The restaurant is open Sunday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

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Thursday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. For table reservations, call 312-955-0014 or visit cantinalaredo.com


Valentine’s Day Menu
three courses $35; cocktail pairings $15

 

Begin

choice of:

ENSALADA DE MANGO
Mango with jicama, seasoned pumpkin seeds, grapes, mint and queso fresco with a honey vinaigrette

SOPA DE PIMIENTO
Creamy roasted red pepper soup topped with almonds and queso fresco

Cocktail Pairing: PEACH BERRY FLACA FLIP

Hornitos Plata Tequila and fresh lime juice with peach syrup and triple sec, topped with club soda and a strawberry flip of DeKuyper Strawberry Pucker

Entree

choice of:

CAMARONES CON PASILLA MANGO MOLE
Sauteed shrimp with spicy mango mole sauce

POLLO ANCHO
Ancho chile rubbed chicken breast with a chipotle rancho sauce, topped with grilled asparagus and roasted red pepper

FILET NEGRO PEPPERCORN
7 oz. Certified Angus Beef  filet mignon topped with black peppercorn dijon sauce

Cocktail Pairing:

PASSION FRUIT MARGARITA
Herradura Silver Tequila, passion fruit syrup, fresh lime

Conclude

choice of:

STRAWBERRY BUNUELOS
Fresh strawberries, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream on cinnamon chips

CHURROS
Drizzled with chocolate raspberry sauce, with Grand Mariner cajeta to dip

Cocktail Pairing:

HEART WARMER

Corazon Anejo, Bailey’s and coffee


Low-Cal Cocktails at Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo Low Cal Cocktails

Cantina Laredo Low Cal Cocktails

Keep Your Resolutions with Lower Calorie Libations

Cantina Laredo has unveiled new low-cal cocktails for the new year. The modern Mexican restaurant and lounge now offers three ways to imbibe while watching your waistline. Each drink, 140 calories or less, is served with a “flip” of liquor on top ($10 each).
The low calorie cocktails include:
Caliente Flaca Flip (135 calories) Hornitos Plata Tequila and triple sec with fresh lime juice, orange and jalapeño, topped with club soda and a jalapeño flip of Domaine de Canton Ginger LiqueurCitrus Burst Flaca Flip (130 calories) Hornitos Plata Tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice and orange, topped with club soda and a lemon flip of SKYY Citrus Vodka

Peach Berry Flaca Flip (140 calories) Hornitos Plata Tequila and fresh lime juice with peach and triple sec, topped with club soda and a strawberry flip of DeKuyper Strawberry Pucker

Cantina Laredo’s cocktails are available daily for lunch, dinner, brunch and lounging with libations.  The restaurant’s hours are: Sunday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

Where to Dine on National Taco Day 10.4

 

Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo


Local Restaurants Feature Specials and Dining Deals

Friday, October 4

Chicagoans love their tacos, and National Taco Day is the perfect time to indulge in these tortilla-wrapped Mexican treasures. OnFriday, October 4, four area restaurants (Nacional 27; Taco Joint; Cantina Laredo; High Noon Saloon) will offer taco specials, from half-priced deals to fun flavors (think: Cactus taco; Michelada taco) that are sure to satisfy any taco fanatic. The specific offers, tacos and locations are outlined below.

Nacional 27
Nacional 27 will celebrate National Taco Day with half-priced tiny tacos from 5 p.m. until midnight on Friday, October 4. Chef Chico Vilchez’s taco offerings include: Queso with pepper jack, mozzarella, roasted poblano; BBQ’D Lamb with organic agave, avocado salsa; Grilled Beef Tenderloin with spicy tomatillo salsa; Shrimp & Scallops with avocado, lime, romaine lettuce; and Chimichurri Chicken with pepper jack cheese and nopales (regularly $4.95 each). Come for the tacos, and stay for the hot Latin sounds of DJ Konsept from 11 p.m.-2 a.m.  325 W. Huron Street, Chicago IL, 60654 312-664-2727  N27Chicago.com

Taco Joint
On National Taco Day, Taco Joint in River North and Lincoln Park will offer any three tacos for $5 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Looking for a late night fix? After 10 p.m., all tacos will be just $2 each (regularly $3-$3.50). As an added bonus, guests who post an Instagram photo of their tacos with the hashtag #tacoday will receive complimentary chips, salsa and guacamole. Taco Joint’s menu features: Barbacoa (braised beef, cilantro, onion, roasted red jalapeno salsa); Cochinita (Yucatan pulled pork, pickled red onions, habanero salsa); Enchilada (salsa verde pulled chicken, tomatillo pico, crispy queso Chihuahua); Michelada (beer marinated flank steak, arugula, green onions, sangrita salsa); Panela (grilled queso panela, black bean salsa, guajillo-mushrooms, arugula); and more. Pair your tacos with a can of Tecate and a shot of El Jimador tequila blanco for $5 (available all day). For the complete menu, visit TacoJoint.com.  158 W. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60654  312-337-8226 and 1969 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614 312-951-2457  

Cantina Laredo
Cantina Laredo in River North will feature half-priced tacos in the upstairs lounge from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 4 (three to an order, regularly $9-$13). Choose from: Carnitas (slow-roasted pork, chipotle wine sauce); Pollo Cascabel (spicy chicken, marinated onions, queso fresco); Pescado (Mahi Mahi, marinated vegetables, queso fresco, chipotle aioli); Camarones (shrimp, marinated vegetables, queso fresco, guajillo salsa); Picadillo (seasoned ground beef, sauteed onions, jalapenos, queso fresco); Barbacoa (slow-roasted brisket, marinated onions, Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro); and Tacos de Ahi Tuna (mini, crispy ahi tuna tacos with chipotle aioli, jicama slaw, guacamole).  508 N. State Street Chicago, IL 60654 312-955-0014CantinaLaredo.com 

High Noon Saloon
In addition to their regular taco selections (Al Pastor; Beer Battered Tilapia; Braised Chicken; Smoked Brisket), Wicker Park’s High Noon Saloon will feature two additional flavors in celebration of National Taco Day. On Friday, October 4, Chef Ruben Beltran will offer a Smoked Salmon taco (house smoked salmon, chipotle mayo, chopped arugula, cherry tomatoes, radish, onions) for $4, along with a Cactus taco (fried cactus, red peppers, zucchini, carrots, pico de gallo, morita salsa) for $3.  1560 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 773-227-9339 HighNoonChicago.com

Cantina Laredo Launches $5 Margarita Tuesdays


Cantina Laredo
508 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
312.955.0014
CantinaLaredo.com

$5 Featured Margaritas Every Tuesday!

Tuesdays
11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cantina Laredo gives margarita lovers a great reason to imbibe on Tuesdays with their recently launched “Margarita Martes” promotion. The River North restaurant and lounge will now offer a $5 specialty ‘Rita of the Day, made with premium tequila, every Tuesday. Tomorrow, June 19, the restaurant will shake up ‘ritas made with Patron Silver tequila for $5 each.  A different brand of tequila will be featured each week.

Pair your margarita with Cantina Laredo’s delicious, modern Mexican cuisine including homemade tamales barbacoa, sweet and spicy chicken enchiladas, slow-roasted pork tacos, beef fajitas, fresh mahi mahi and more. For the laid back “loungers,” stop in between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to enjoy the restaurant’s new “Happier Half” dining offer, featuring half-price small plates in the upper level lounge, Monday through Friday.

Cantina Laredo is open for lunch and dinner on Tuesdays, from 11 a.m until 11 p.m.