From retractable rooftops to fully enclosed street-level patios, no matter the weather, these Chicago restaurants, and bars offer outdoor dining options that extend patio season patio-seekers year-round. Check out this guide to all-season patios in Chicago and book a reservation for your next outdoor dining destination today.
Before dining indoors or outdoors, be sure to check the restaurant’s website for social distance guidelines and dining reservations.
720 N State St. | Gold Coast
Tzuco, the upscale Mexican restaurant in downtown Chicago offers cozy indoor and outdoor dining all-season. Guests of Tzuco can enjoy brunch, dessert, and dinner, and specialty cocktails by Michelin Star Chef Carlos Gaytán, inspired by his Mexican heritage coupled with his love for French Cuisine. Grab a seat in the modern but unique space that provides a stylish setting indoors and a cozy covered patio outdoors.
90 Miles Cuban Cafe
72540 W Armitage Ave. | Logan Square
Say “hello” to all-season dining at 90 Miles Cuban Cafe in Logan Square. The family-owned restaurant has been serving up authentic Cuban dishes since the 1980s. The colorful enclosed dining space is filled with bright murals and odes to Cuban culture, making it the perfect escape during Chicago’s coldest months. Bring your own beverage (BYOB friendly) and appetite as you enjoy popular dishes like the Ropa Vieja, Empanadas, and Cubano sandwiches. If the Logan Square location is out of your reach, dine indoors or grab food to go from Roscoe Village or River West locations.
Athena Greek RESTAURANT
212 S Halsted St | Greektown
Athena, in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood, is well known for its enchanting atmosphere and outdoor patio. The restaurant has a luscious waterfall, beautiful decor, and large all-season dining space that features a retractable roof. You will stay warm all year long as you enjoy popular food items such as the Norwegian Salmon. Paidakia, and Saganaki. Athena also makes it easy for their guests to drive and dine, even in the coldest conditions, by offering free valet parking.
Roof at The wIT hOTEL
201 N State St., 27th floor | The Loop
Enjoy an all-season patio and stunning views of Chicago’s city from 27 floors up at Roof on The Wit Hotel. The glamorous rooftop escape has earned international acclaim for its expressive design and entertainment, sweeping skyline views, unique hand-crafted cocktails, and fresh Neapolitan-inspired pizzas. The venue features a retractable ROOF and a climate-controlled space, making ROOF accessible all year-round.
1072 N Milwaukee Ave. | Wicker Park
Grab a drink and a seat at Frontier’s all-season patio and beer garden. The Wicker Park-based restaurant offers a full menu of American classics and unique dining experiences, from whole animal format dining to themed dinners and even community-focused brunches. Dishes from the 2019 & 2020 James Beard semi-finalist Chef Brian Jupiter can be enjoyed at the restaurant or to-go. Chef Jupiter has put his signature touch on meal-kits, to-go cocktails, and even New Orleans-inspired dishes from Frontier’s black-owned sister restaurant, Ina Mae’s Tavern and Packaged Good.
Summer House Santa Monica
1954 N Halsted St. | Lincoln Park
With its bright lights and cool decor, Summer House Santa Monica will make you feel like you are dining in the middle of your favorite coastal Californian town year-round. The all-season patio offers a light and airy menu of leafy salads, intricate flatbreads, and tropical drinks. Is a trip to this Lincoln Park restaurant, with the sun beaming inside the refreshing atrium, totally worth it? I think ‘Yes.’
302 N Green St., 3rd floor| Fulton Market
Revel in rooftop patio dining all-season long at Aba in Fulton Market. The Mediterranean restaurant features a cozy, partially enclosed rooftop patio so that guests can enjoy signature dishes like the Crispy Short Rib Hummus, Char-Grilled Lamb Chops, and Skirt Steak Shawarma comfortably. In addition to the rooftop patio, Aba also offers cozy fire pits and covered greenhouses for a weeknight dinner or weekend brunch to keep you warm, no matter what the weather has in store.