Finally – winter in Chicago is over,and that means we can all go back to drinking and eating outside again. Neighborhoods like Streeterville are normally bustling with foot traffic during the summertime hours,but when winter comes around,many in the city instead opt to stay in their neighborhoods or inside altogether. With the warmer months here again,it’s time to remind everyone where the best places to eat outside are all over the city,including places in River North and The Loop. If you’d like to get out of the tourist neighborhoods,there is one location on this list in Logan Square.
VU Rooftop Bar
This gorgeous rooftop bar located in the South Loop neighborhood near business apartments is a popular summer favorite for a variety of reasons. The rooftop bar features 3 bars,2 patios,and views of the Chicago Skyline that are unmatched by most places in the entire city.
Lunchroom is a brand new,dog-friendly patio cafe that is sure to be popular this summer with the Streeterville crowd. The food is vegetable-focused,touching on California and Japanese cuisine traditions.
The food hall craze isn’t going away anytime soon in Downtown Chicago,and the Fulton Market Food Hall is proof of that. Perle,one of the most popular places in the food hall,is a German-inspired beer garden with plenty of outdoor seating and delicious German beers.
Longman And Eagle
While Longman and Eagle isn’t quite as close to the loop as other locations on this list,it has just as good of a patio to eat and drink on,if not better. Every summer around this time they open up their garage door windows and set up patio furniture outside for their Michelin Star food and impressive whiskey list. Pro-top: Beers are only $1 on Monday nights.