21 Al fresco dining in America's food cities


Rooftop and patio season is officially underway, and we've rounded up gardens, terraces, sidewalk seating, and rooftops at bars and restaurants across the country for inspiration to eat out. Find fresh air, string lights, seasonal specials and even some games in these outdoor spaces that often share real estate with the kitchens' herb gardens. Whether you're looking for prime people watching in a new place, or an enchanting setting for a summer date, there's somewhere here to soak up to sun or take in the breeze over food and drinks. See prime spots with outdoor seating in major food cities in the galleries below.

Stella Barra serves offers brunch, pizza and happy hour specials with warm patio seating in Lincoln Park.

In Lincoln Park, Summer House Santa Monica offers California-inspired American fare from chefs and partners Jeff Mahin and Francis Brennan with a patio on-theme. 
Summer House Patio 
In River North, Tallboy Taco serves unique Mexican fare with a festive streetside patio.  
The Beatrix location in Streeterville offers shaded patio seating for guests enjoying the healthy, unique fare from chef partners John Chiakulas, Rita Dever and Susan Weaver, from breakfast to dinner on weekdays.
Hub 51 offers just about everything in Near North. Enjoy soft tacos, seafood, salad or sushi on the patio.
In Near North, Osteria via Stato serves up Italian fare using many locally sourced ingredients from chef David DiGregorio. Enjoy with wine on the patio seasonally. 
Dine on French fare from chef Gabino Sotelino al fresco at Mon Ami Gabi's Chicago location in Lincoln Park.
In Chicago suburb Schaumburg, Ill., Tokio Pub fuses Japanese and Latin with a seasonal patio.  
By Ashley Day

USA Today

(June 29, 2016)