Best Outdoor Dining And Restaurants In Chicago

Best Outdoor Dining And Restaurants In Chicago

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Get in gear for alfresco season with our picks for the best patios, gardens, and sidewalk cafes in town.

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    Couples arrive early for the pillow-lines cedar cabanas, threatening to make a good use of those gauzy curtains midway into their second wine flight.
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    The restaurant seats hundreds of people, a good portion of them in a large, busy bar area and a sprawling (and surprisingly chic) roof deck.
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    Try Tony Mantuano's pizzetta, which is almost always topped with copious amounts of that decadent cousin to mozzarella, burrata.
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    Inside the ivy-covered walls of this Italian oasis, it's as lush and romantic as a fairy-tale forest.
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    The big draws here are the spacious front and back patios, tropical ambience and mixers to turn BYO liquor into mojitos.
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    Nightwood's patio wins for unconventional reasons: the mod space is covered, making it perhaps the best alfresco spot for inclement weather.
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    Never tried Costa Rican food? This spot is simple, authentic, cheap, super casual, friendly — and all about the outdoor patio.
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    This European-style Lincoln Square grocery store is a prime spot to pick up housemade sausages and imported bottled beers.
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    Head to the quiet, spacious rear patio to dine on rustic Italian fare amid leafy plants and a fountain, or take in the lively street scene out front.
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    This Mexican mainstay has an amazing back patio, potent and fruity margaritas, sweet-as-pie servers, and decent dishes for a nice price.
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    Scott Harris's Taylor Street spot combines elements of the Purple Pig with the Italian sensibilities of his Mia Francesca's chain.
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    If you're looking for an alfresco steakhouse experience, it's tough to beat a seat on Chicago Cut's expansive patio.
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