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

 

PG Approved Patio Guide: III Forks

Poor Girl’s Guide To Summer Patios, Rooftops and Beer Gardens


III Forks

180 N. Field Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60601
312.938.4303
www.IIIForks.com

III Forks Rooftop

III Forks Rooftop

Chef Billy Caruso Creates New Menu for the Season

 

Open daily, 4 p.m.-midnight

III Forks, located in Lakeshore East, now welcomes guests to the fabulous rooftop lounge for stunning scenery, refreshing cocktails, sharable plates, top-notch steaks and seafood. Executive Chef Billy Caruso has created a new menu for the season, available exclusively on the rooftop.

Menu highlights include: Local Cheese and Charcuterie; Lamb Meatballs; Fried Brussels Sprouts; daily selection of Crudo; Steak Tartar; Texas-sized Lobster Tail; New England Lobster Roll; St. Louis Wild Boar Ribs; Dunn Burger; USDA Prime Bone In Ribeye; Filet Mignon and more. The full menu is outlined below.

Signature cocktails, hand-selected wine and craft brews may also be enjoyed outdoors on the roof. III Forks’ libations include “Chicago Gentleman,” (Buffalo Trace bourbon, Vermont maple syrup foam, Bitter Truth aromatic bitters, orange zest) “Cousin Eddie,” (Ransom Old Tom gin, Amaro Nonino, Aperol, lemon juice) “Bury Me in Smoke,” (Il Maraschino liqueur, Chartreuse Yellow, Del Maguey mezcal, No. 3 gin, lemon juice) “Italian 56” (Fizz 56, No. 3 gin, fresh squeezed orange juice) and “The Nessa” (Absolut mango, Seven Daughters moscato, peach schnapps, raspberry liqueur, splash of lemon lime soda).

The award-winning design of III Forks’ outdoor lounge offers cabana-style seating complete with built-in heaters, lengthy knotty pine and granite bar, stone fireplaces and serene city and park views. The rooftop is open from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily (weather permitting). To reserve a cabana in advance for your group, contact private events director Shawn Farmer at 312-938-4309 or ChicagoBanquets@iiiforks.com.


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Valentine’s Day Dining at III Forks 2.14

III Forks

III Forks

“Sweetheart Menu” for Two, Featured Sparkling Selections

III Forks
180 N. Field Blvd.

Chicago, Illinois 60601
312.938.4303
3Forks.com
Friday, February 14
5 p.m.- 12 a.m.

III Forks Prime Steakhouse will welcome Valentine’s Day dining guests with a special “Sweetheart Menu” for two. Available on Friday, February 14, Executive Chef Billy Caruso will offer a three course menu that includes: III Forks Salad; Broiled Tenderloin with fig balsamic demi-glace, truffled yukon gold mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus; and Chocolate Lovers’ decadent dessert ($145 per couple). Each guest will receive an individual salad and steak entree; the dessert will be shared.

The Lakeshore East-located prime steakhouse will feature three sparkling wine selections by the glass or bottle (Chandon Brut Classic; Chandon Sparkling Rose; Etoile Brut), hand-chosen for the romantic holiday. III Forks’ extensive wine list and seasonal cocktail menu will also be available.

III Forks will also offer an a la carte menu on Valentine’s Day. Choices include “Beginnings” (ahi tuna’ shrimp cocktail; seafood medley; wedge salad; lobster bisque), “Beef Market” (filet mignon, USDA Prime bone in and boneless ribeye; rack of lamb), “Fish Market” (cold water rock lobster tail; Atlantic salmon; Chilean seabass), and sides (sauteed spinach; roasted mushrooms; off-the-cob cream corn; lobster mac & cheese; and more).

The complete menus are outlined below. Reservations are encouraged; please call 312-938-4303 or visit IIIForks.com. III Forks is open: Sunday through Thursday 5-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5 p.m.-midnight.

Valentine’s Day “Sweetheart Menu” For Two
$145 per couple

Begin
III Forks Salad
 – field greens with crisp green apples, local bleu cheese, toasted pecans, and house made maple walnut vinaigrette

Entree


Broiled Tenderloin with fig balsamic demi-glace, served with truffled yukon gold mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus

Dessert

Chocolate Lovers’ Dessert

Featured Sparkling Selections
Chandon Brut Classic $12/$48
Chandon Sparkling Rose $12/$48
Etoile Brut $20/$80

A la Carte Menu
Beginnings
Ahi Tuna $16.95
Shrimp Cocktail $16.95
Seared Scallops with housemade bacon jam $16.95
Seafood Medley with Shrimp Cocktail, Crabcake & Seared Scallop $19.95
III Forks Salad $9.95
Wedge Salad $9.95
Lobster Bisque $12.95

Beef Market
FiletMignon, 8oz $37.95
Filet Mignon, 12oz $44.95
Bone In Filet 14oz $55.95
USDA Prime Bone In Ribeye, 18oz $45.95
USDA Prime Boneless Ribeye, 22oz $59.95
Tomahawk Ribeye, 32oz $89.95
USDA Prime New York Strip, 16oz $45.95
USDA Prime Bone In Strip, 18oz $64.95
Filet Mignon and Cold Water Lobster Tail $74.95
Rack of Lamb $46.95

Steak Toppers: Oscar Style $11.95; Blue Cheese Crown $4.95; King’s Butter $8.95; Parmesan Crust $8.95

Fish Market
Atlantic Salmon $29.o95
Chilean Seabass $36.95
Cold Water Lobster Tail, Market

Sides
Sauteed Spinach $9.95
Off-the-Cob Cream Corn $8.95
Roasted Mushrooms $9.95
Fresh Asparagus $9.95
Mashed Potatoes $7.95
Six Cheese Potatoes $9.95
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes $8.95
Lobster Mac & Cheese $19.95

Mother’s Day Dining at III Forks 5.13

Where: III Forks Prime Steakhouse
333 East Benton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60601
312.938.4303
www.3Forks.com

Chef Clark Grant Creates Special Prix Fixe Menu

Sunday, May 13
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

On Sunday, May 13, III Forks Steakhouse will welcome families and friends for a memorable meal that celebrates Mom. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., III Forks will offer dining guests the choice of a three course, prix fixe menu ($44.95) or an a la carte menu (prices vary). The special Mother’s Day prix fixe, created by Executive Chef Clark Grant, includes the choice of soup or salad, entrée and dessert. Chef Grant has also prepared an a la carte menu featuring appetizers, steaks, seafood and side dishes. The menus are outlined below.

Children, ages 12 and under, are also welcome to enjoy a prix fixe for $15.95 (soup or salad, small filet/chicken tenders/fried shrimp and dessert).

The luxurious rooftop lounge with city and park views will be open from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Mother’s Day. For reservations, please call the restaurant at 312.938.4303 or visit OpenTable.  Continue reading

III Forks Easter Celebration 4.8


When:
Sunday, April 8
Restaurant 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rooftop 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

On Sunday, April 8, III Forks Prime Steakhouse will offer dining guests the choice of a three course menu ($44.95 excludes tax and gratuity) or an a la carte menu (prices vary) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Executive Chef Clark Grant has created the celebratory prix fixe, which includes choice of salad, entree and dessert. Children, ages 12 and under, may enjoy three courses for $15.95 (soup/salad, entree, dessert). Grant’s a la carte menu has appetizers, salads, steaks, lamb, fish and side dishes. The menus are outlined below.

The luxurious rooftop lounge with city and park views will be open from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Easter Sunday.

For reservations, please call the restaurant at 312.938.4303 or visit OpenTable.

Where: III Forks Prime Steakhouse
333 East Benton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60601
312.938.4303

www.3Forks.com

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Free Halloween Under the Stars at III Forks Steakhouse 10.31

Complimentary Hors d’ Oeuvres and Costume Contest

Monday, October 31

5-7 p.m. Complimentary Hors d’ Oeuvres
5-11 p.m. Halloween Celebration

No cost to attend

Newly opened III Forks Steakhouse will host a Halloween party on Monday, October 31 from 5 to 11 p.m. Ghoulish guests are invited to come dressed to impress, as a costume contest will take place on the heated rooftop lounge. Dinner for two at III Forks will be awarded to the best female, male and couples costume. This fun-filled evening will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 5-7 p.m. and the bar will offer a bevy of cocktails perfect for sipping by the fire on all hallows’ eve.

III Forks
333 East Benton Place
Chicago, Il 60601
312.938.4303
3Forks.com