The key to happiness is actually quite simple: It’s passing an afternoon (and maybe an evening…and, OK, a night) on a great patio with your besties, good food and a few cocktails. We’ve rounded up the top spots across Chicago’s neighborhoods, so call your girls and get out there.

WEST LOOP: ABA

So what if this patio is technically a rooftop? (It’s on the third floor.) When you have short-rib hummus and charred eggplant on the menu and views of the city, labels cease to matter.