The weather outside is frightful, but retractable rooftops and enclosed patios are so delightful.
When the weather gets cool, many Chicagoans love to be in denial that winter is around the corner or already here. Thankfully, some of Chicago’s restaurants and bars have just the right cure for winter denial—all-seasons patios. With cozy fireplaces, glass-enclosed escapes and retractable roofs, these restaurants and bars have put together all the stops to pretend it’s still warm outside.
Here are 16 solid restaurants and bars to forget the weather’s cold and hang out on a patio all year long. For the 2018 update, new additions include VU Rooftop Bar, Saint Lou’s Assembly, and Waydown.
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba’s patio is already almost fully enclosed, which makes it perfect for the winter. The glass-covered rooftop allows natural light to come in, making it easy to forget the chill of the outdoors. And the tapas don’t hurt, either.
Stella Barra Pizzeria
Stella Barra’s patio is whimsical in the summer and even more popular in the winter. The roof closes and fireplaces come on that are installed into the wall, creating a cozy all-weather-appropriate evening.