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

 

Valentine’s Day Weekend at La Madia 2.14-2.15

La Madia

La Madia

La Madia
59 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 329-0400
(312) 329-0400
DineLaMadia.com

Chef Fox’s Prix Fixe Menu for Two or More
Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15

3:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
$39 per person

Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with a date, or gather a group for a fun evening out at La Madia in River North. Chef Jonathan Fox’s Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu will be offered on Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 from 3:30 p.m. to midnight. The multicourse meal, served family-style, features the choice of appetizer, seasonal salad, Neapolitan-inspired pizza, and housemade pasta or risotto, as well as a flute of prosecco to start and chocolate truffles to finish. The complete menu is outlined below.

Chef Fox’s Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu is $39 per person (minimum two guests). La Madia’s regular dinner menu will also be available. Reservations are recommended; please visit dinelamadia.com or call 312-329-0400.

VALENTINE’S DAY MENU
$39 per person; served family style

START
Nino Franco, Prosecco, NV, Valdobbiadene, Italy

FIRST
choose one:

Pizza Fondue
Cheesy Tomato Sauce, Pizza Bread

Spinach & Taleggio Fondue
White Truffle Oil, Pizza Bread

Mozzarella di Bufala Campana Bruschette

Oven-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Balsamic

Seasonal Wild Mushrooms Bruschette
Whipped Ricotta & Marsala Glaze

SECOND
choose one:

Organic Arugula
3-Hour Roasted Grapes, Local Apple, Spicy Walnuts, Shaved Parmesan & Walnut Vinaigrette

Chopped Italian Lettuces
Gorgonzola, Spicy Walnuts, Shaved Pear & Balsamic Vinaigrette

Nichols Farm Heirloom Beets
Watercress, Almonds, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Vinaigrette

Romaine Lettuce
Market Tomatoes, Crisp Pancetta, Shaved Parmesan & Creamy Mustard Dressing

THIRD
choose one:

Three Cheese
Mozzarella, Provolone & Pecorino with Tomato Sauce

Housemade Fennel Sausage & Sweet Onions
Tomato Sauce with Mozzarella Cheese

Triple Pepperoni
Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese, finished with White Truffle Oil

Shaved Artichoke
Reggiano Parmesan & Garlic

Taleggio & 3-Hour Roasted Grapes

FORTH
choose one:

Gnocchi with Housemade Sausage 
Spinach & Teardrop Tomatoes

Pappardelle 
Chicken Ragu, Tomato

Risotto Carnaroli 
Butternut Squash

SWEET
Housemade Chocolate Truffles


La Madia’s 6th Anniversary Celebration $6 Wine & Pizza – Now through 11.3

La Madia

La Madia

La Madia
59 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 329-0400
DineLaMadia.com

$6 Pizzas and $6 Wine Selections 

September 30 to November 3
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
This October, La Madia will celebrate six successful years of serving contemporary pizzas and thoughtful, Italian cuisine in River North. In honor of this accomplishment, Chef/Proprietor Jonathan Fox will offer $6 Neapolitan-inspired pizzas (regularly $12-$17) during lunch service from Monday, September 30 to Sunday, November 3.

Chef Fox’s $6 pizza selections, which will rotate weekly, include: Housemade Lamb Sausage with Fresno Peppers, Caciocavallo Cheese and Mint Pesto;Seasonal Wild Mushrooms and Smoked Mozzarella; Slagel Farm Wood Smoked Pork Belly with Tuscan Kale, Garlic, Caramelized Onion and Caciocavallo Cheese; Triple Pepperoni with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese, finished with White Truffle Oil; Clam and Fresno Chilies, Pecorino, Garlic and Fresh Thyme. The complete menu is outlined below.

Pair your $6 pizza with a $6 glass of wine. La Madia’s ongoing “wine of the week” special offers guests a red or white glass pour for $6 (wines change weekly). The restaurant’s extensive wine list boasts 75 selections by the glass and over 300 by the bottle.

The $6 anniversary pizzas will be available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (dine-in only; one per person). For reservations, call 312-329-0400 or visitdinelamadia.com

La Madia’s Sixth Anniversary Pizza Menu
$6 each, available daily 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
dine-in only; one per person
September 30-October 6:
Three Cheese – Mozzarella, Provolone and Pecorino with Tomato Sauce
Housemade Lamb Sausage – Fresno Peppers, Caciocavallo Cheese and Mint Pesto
Laura Chenel Goat Cheese – Melted Leeks, Garlic and Pancetta Lardons
October 7-13:
Housemade Fennel Sausage and Sweet Onions – Tomato Sauce with Mozzarella Cheese
Seasonal Wild Mushrooms and Smoked Mozzarella
La Quercia Coppa Piccante – Fire-Roasted Sweet Banana Pepper and Onions
October 14-20:
Margherita – Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, Tomato Sauce and Torn Basil
Slagel Farm Wood Smoked Pork Belly – Tuscan Kale, Garlic, Caramelized Onion, Caciocavallo Cheese
Shaved Artichoke – Reggiano Parmesan and Garlic

October 21-27:
Triple Pepperoni – Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese, finished with White Truffle Oil
Spinach – Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
Sopresatta – Fire-Roasted Fennel, Arugula, Parmesan

October 28-November 3:
Parma Classic – Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato Sauce and Prosciutto with Arugula
Taleggio and 3-Hour Roasted Grapes

Clam and Fresno Chilies – Pecorino, Garlic and Fresh Thyme

 

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