Where to Eat Outdoors in Chicago 2014 Edition

Where to Eat Outdoors in Chicago 2014 Edition

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The city is packed with some truly spectacular options, from tall rooftop bars to cozy neighborhood spots.

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    Make sure to pair that beer with one of the pub's signature Moodyburgers—a hefty slab of beef with an intense grilled aroma, on a sesame-crusted bun with minimal accoutrements.
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    If you're looking for outdoor dining that is intimate and comfortable, no place nails it quite like Lincoln Square's Gather.
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    Perched atop the Hotel Lincoln and directly across the street from Lincoln Park, The J. Parker offers views of Chicago's skyline and Lake Michigan that simply can't be beat.
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    As the name suggests, rooftop dining is key at Homestead on the Roof. The seasonal restaurant comes to life during the warmer months, when the 80-seat patio opens onto a 1,000-square-foot organic rooftop garden.
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    One of the best ways to take it all in is with the dim sum lunch, where small plates of refined dumplings, fluffy barbecue pork buns, and crispy wontons are whisked around the patio and into awaiting mouths.
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    The chicken here is fried hard and dark, which is the way I like it. But even better are the hushpuppies, luscious little fritters of doughy cornmeal sheathed in a crispy exterior.
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    There's just something about fried chicken that demands sunshine and warmth. So while you could just eat inside at Honey Butter Fried Chicken, everything seems to taste better sun-drenched patio.
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