Spring has finally sprung, which means it's time to get outside! Chicago is full of great places to eat and drink outside - patios, rooftops, beer gardens and more. Check out a few of our favs.
A classic menu and the prettiest patio in the South Loop make this one of our favorites, especially for brunch.
It's the greenest restaurant in Chicago and has some of the best food. They have a huge rooftop organic garden (the first in the nation) that supplies much of their produce in the summer.
What a breathtaking dining room. Plus, the best food of any hotel restaurant on Michigan. Great tapas. Be sure to get the special sangria.
This bar is all about the scene - and the amazing view. Be prepared to drop a little money, as a space like this doesn't come cheap.
C-View is an under-appreciated gold coast gem. Whether it's winter and you're indoors or if the weather is beautiful and can lounge outside, this rooftop is worth a visit.
The best whiskey list on the far north side. I'd stay away on weekend nights, since it gets full, but stop in on weekdays. During the summer, they have a great rooftop deck.
One of the hottest restaurants in town. You have to order the pizzas - they mill all of their own flour in the basement. It's a scene, so don't expect a quiet conversation, but you definitely won't be bored.
Every dish at Homestead has something from their huge rooftop garden. When it reopens in the spring, don't skip the cocktails by mixologist Revae Schneider.
This robata-grilling restaurant is the perfect date for a lover of sushi and a lover of meat - you can have both in one place.
Lincoln Square's local grocery store. One of the longest meat counters in town filled with homemade sausages, a huge beer selection and a rooftop garden.
One of the only rooftop bars outside of downton, the J. Parker on top of the Hotel Lincoln is one of the few rooftop bars to have genuinely great cocktails.
Definitely order the pizzas - the wild mushroom is my favorite, but they're all sure to be good. Once the leaves have bloomed, the patio is amazing.
Chef Nicole Pederson has single-handedly taken Evanston's dining scene to a new level. Everything is good, but I particularly loved lamb meatballs and fried oyster tacos.
A great spot for a drink, a slice of ham and a chunk of cheese after work.
Grilled meats are good - robata grilled meats (and fish and veggies) are better. Don't miss the basement bar.
My new favorite neighborhood restaurant. Don't skip the tartare or the apple fritter.
Now that Craig Schoettler is here, the drinks match the beautiful decor.