Insider's Guide: Outdoor Dining + Drinks

Summer is finally here, and Chicagoans are ready to spend every minute we can get outside, including our meals! From chic rooftop terraces to diver bar backyard, there’s a spot for every taste. While the options are truly endless, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite places to enjoy a meal or drink with friends under a sunny sky! (Broken up into two categories: Upscale Outdoor Dining and Casual Patio Hangs)

Outdoor dining setup on a terrace overlooking the river with Parisian-style chairs and tables, large umbrellas, and a view of urban buildings, capturing the essence of The Scout Guide's local lifestyle elegance.


RPM Seafood, Seafood | River North

Pizzeria Portofino, Italian | River North

The Kitchen, Italian | River North

Miru, Japanese | Lakeshore East

Gemini, American | Lincoln Park

Coda Di Volpe, Italian | Southport

Picolo Sogno, Italian | River West

The Dawson, American | River West

Rose Mary, Italian | West Loop

Trivoli Tavern, Italian | West Loop

Aba, Mediterranean | West Loop

Formento’s, Italian | West Loop

Mott Street, Asian | Wicker Park

Club Lucky, Italian | Bucktown

Giant, American | Logan Square

The Whale, American | Logan Square

An outdoor seating area of a cafe enriched with natural light, featuring a row of stylish chairs along a bar, and a cozy dining space with wooden furniture and an umbrella-shaded table, embodies the aesthetic essence of The Scout Guide ambiance.


Cabana Club at The Robey, Rooftop Cocktails | Wicker Park

Big Star, Tacos + Margaritas | Wicker Park

Sunnygun, Cocktails | West Loop

Volo Wine Bar, Wine + Snacks | Roscoe Village

Parson’s, Chicken + Fish + Cocktails | Lincoln Park

Ranalli’s, Pizza + Beers + Cocktails | Lincoln Park

The Hi-Low, Cocktails | Humboldt Park

Sportsman’s, Cocktails | Ukrainian Village

The Warbler, Full Menu + Drinks | Lincoln Square

Cody’s Public House, Beers | Lakeview

The Dandy Crown, Cocktails | River West

Middle Brow Bungalow, Winery + Brewery + Pizza | Logan Square

Pizza Lobo, Pizza + Drinks | Logan Square

Easy Does It, Wine + Ciders + Cocktails | Logan Square

The Moonlighter, Cocktails + Beers + Burgers | Logan Square

Central Park Bar, Beers + Cocktails | Logan Square