A new year means a new slew of rooftops and patios for you to nosh on bites, sip on drinks and soak in the summer sun. Whether you’re in it for the vitamin D or to turn up the heat on your Instagram, al fresco dining is here for you in the few warm months we get to enjoy before we’re plunged into darkness and cold again.
We’ve rounded up 37 spots for you to check out this year, organized alphabetically by neighborhood. Unless otherwise noted, most patios will open once the weather decides to stay consistently warm. But if you have loyalty to your usual haunts, check out our updated master list here.
Aba will bring Mediterranean summer vibes on its 220-seat rooftop patio with lounge-style and dining seating, fire pits and an indoor-outdoor bar. Leave the doggos at home for this one. — 302 N. Green St., 773-645-1400, abarestaurantchicago.com
Ramen-San will have a 16-seat patio with four high-top communal tables and large umbrellas to shield you from the sun while you slurp on ramen or throw back sake bombs. — 219 N. Green St., 773-645-0085, ramensan.com
Sip on rosé or take turns pouring from a porron on Bar Ramone’s 16-seat patio. Enjoy dishes like pan con tomato with manchego, crispy Spanish rice and Galician octopus. Leave your four-legged friends at home. — 441 N. Clark St., 312-985-6909, barramone.com