Just because the mercury has dropped doesn’t mean going out has to go on ice — or does it? Whether it’s igloos, ski chalet inspo, or massive fire pits that make for cool outdoor fun (with toasty drinks and blankets) there’s a flurry of wintertime al fresco dining opportunities this season. Not near any of these restaurants? Find a spot near you on OpenTable.com.
Aba, Chicago, Illinois
Brand-new patio igloos mean those in the Windy City can enjoy the patio at Aba all year long. Two igloos seat up to six guests at a communal dining table, and two other igloos can seat up to eight lounge-style. The frosty air is a vibrant juxtaposition from the menu, where Mediterranean-inspired plates feature a lighter style of protein-packed plates, and wines hailing from the same region. Make a reservation at Aba.