Chicago Outdoor Dining Hotspots for the Summer

August 16, 2021 | By Lauren Bozarth
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If you want to take advantage of the nice weather this summer, Chicago hosts several gorgeous options for outdoor dining. Discover some spots with excellent food and equally impressive outdoor seating:

Chicago Outdoor Dining Hotspots

Aba– This Mediterranean restaurant sits in the happening and historic Fulton Market District, right above Beatrix. Its lush rooftop patio offers great vibes and great views of downtown Chicago. Aba makes an excellent place to grab brunch or share small plates over happy hour.

Ranalli’s– If you’re looking for a laidback dinner spot, grab a table out at this neighborhood pizza joint’s expansive patio. The restaurant is in the middle of the charming Lincoln Park neighborhood, steps away from the park. Along with great pizza, the menu also offers other Italian-focused fare and even a hidden walk-up window serving Sugar Junkie desserts.

Parson’s Chicken & Fish– Known for its excellent outdoor dining and some of the best-fried chicken in the city, Parson’s is a must-visit. With three locations throughout Chicago, you can stop by the Lakeview, Wicker Park, or West Town location. Each restaurant delivers the same look and feel, complete with stringed lights and awesome white picnic tables.

Beatnik on the River– Named after the bohemian freethinkers of the 1950s and ’60s, this restaurant’s playful outdoor dining area offers an exotic escape right along the Chicago River. Be sure to soak up Beatnik’s stunning views and funky ambiance.

Park & Field– This 100+-year-old garage has been converted into a chic, sophisticated vintage sports club with fantastic food and outdoor space. The 6,000 square patio beer garden boasts bocce courts, fire pits, sun-soaked hammocks, an old-school pop shop and dozens of flatscreens for game days. Consider bringing your friends here for a fun weekend afternoon.

Piccolo Sogno– Spend a romantic evening or upscale dinner in this rare garden space. The gorgeous area is filled with illuminated trees and surrounded by privacy fences. Along with a charming ambiance, you can also expect mouth-watering rustic Italian fare.

Cafe Brauer– This is a spot you have to hit after a day at the zoo. Steps outside of Lincoln Park Zoo, overlooking the Nature Boardwalk pond, you can find this lovely patio. Located within a 1900 historic Chicago landmark, you can expect charm, views and delicious bites.

If you’re looking for a luxury Chicago apartment near amazing restaurants and other popular attractions, Luxury Living Chicago Realty can help. We have a team of experienced brokers who can find your ideal home, just steps from Chicago’s top outdoor dining spots.

Interested in discovering more fun things to do during the summer in Chicago? Check out our guide below!

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