Dining al fresco is awesome, but drinking al fresco might be even more awesome.
Pops for Champagne is the country's most esteemed Champagne bar w none of the stuffiness. 200 wines/bubbles on the menu pop my cork any day.
As much as I try to stay away from the tourist trap that is Navy Pier, summer in Chicago is not complete without a trip to their awesome beer garden.
An Irish pub for the young at heart. For those a bit more mature, enjoy lunch outside in the summer on one of the city's loveliest, most plush patios.
The Gage is the most glamorous Irish pub on earth and I love it for that. If the bison tartare is on the menu - run, don't walk, to get it.
This is Hoosier territory all the way. Outsiders be warned. But it's worth outsider-ship to sit on their droolworthy patio with a pint on a perfect Chicago day.
The Purple Pig is one of my favorite Chicago restaurants. I mean, their slogan is "wine, cheese and swine." What could be more appealing?
Gilt Bar has very masculine food (bone marrow, short ribs), but feminine drinks and a "for-anyone) vibe. Grab a glass of Gruner on their outdoor patio during the summer months. You'll thank me later.
I've seen many iterations of Perennial but Paul Virant's current climate is the best. Enjoy a stellar cocktail followed by Green City Market-heavy plates.
J Parker HANDS DOWN boasts the most beautiful view of Lincoln Park in the entire city. Trust me, I lived down the street for 8 years in a building with an extraordinary view, but this...is way better.