The Best Chicago Patios to Check Out This Summer
Ask any Chicagoan, and they’ll tell you the city comes alive in the summer. With its proximity to Lake Michigan and beautiful skyline views, there is nothing better than sitting out on a patio with good food and drinks, enjoying the Chicago sunshine. While restaurant patios and decks abound, there are a few that top the list for tastiest fare and overall best experience. Here are a few to get you started on a patio tour of the city.
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See the Fulton Market District from the rooftop patio at Aba, a Mediterranean restaurant run by Chef CJ Jacobson of local favorite Lettuce Entertain You. The dinner menu includes items like char-grilled lamb chops with garlic, freekeh and burnt oregano. Or, order up kebabs with grilled salmon, red onions, sweet peppers, lemon, olive oil and zhoug (a cilantro sauce). Aba also offers an impressive drink menu from prosecco by the glass to XO sidecars, 5th generation margaritas and more.
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Paradise Park - 1913 W. North Ave.
If you dig Happy Camper and Homeslice, you’ll love the team’s latest creation, Paradise Park. This 21+ hotspot offers Italian favorites like mozzarella bread stix and party boi pizza with pepperoni, pepperoncini and marinara as well as some mixed bar classics like chicken wings, garlic bread and pulled pork nachos. Be sure to try The Umbrella, a Steigl grapefruit greyhound cocktail that just might come with a flamingo straw.
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Best Intentions offers equal servings of sass and alcohol. If you’re looking to eat frozen pizzas while drinking fancy cocktails, this salty bar is the place. Their food menu reads, “In honor of true dive bars who came before us, and on whose shoulders we have stood to build something, we bring you pizza.” Whether you’re into tequila and mezcal, Amaro or gin, they’ll mix up something top-notch that will make you glad you don’t have to wait to get home for some frozen ‘za.
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Wood is a five-time Michelin Bib Gourmand Award winner run by Executive Chef Marcus Rasmussen who uses mostly local ingredients to cultivate community through food. On the Wood brunch menu, you’ll find sweet treats like brioche cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting and savory favorites such as egg in a hole with house white bread, sauce mornay, preserved mushroom and a side salad. The Boystown favorite also serves dinner and drinks from smoked and cured charcuterie boards to seasonal infused old fashioned.
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If you want to enjoy a laid back, California-inspired patio head to Summer House Santa Monica. The menu is made up of sustainably farmed, local ingredients with seasonal specials that pair perfectly with the California and Pacific North Coast-centered wine menu. Check out dinner options like salmon poke lettuce cups with crispy rice pearls and ginger soy. Or, try the chickpea fritters with aged parmesan, smoked almond romesco and caper salsa verde.
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For an upscale evening, head to the former site of the famous Cedar Hotel where Chef Lee Wolen runs Somerset. This gorgeous interior will take you back to the 1920s and make you wish you’d donned a fur coat, stockings and a cloche. Start dinner with a sommelier picked wine and spring pea hummus with seeded crackers, feta and spring vegetables. Then, move on to mushroom gnocchetti with mushroom bolognese, pecorino and crispy garlic. Finish off the evening with a lemon cream tart made with Meyer lemon curd, whipped creme fraiche, citrus, frozen yogurt, chiffon croutons and toasted meringue.
Take Advantage of The Patios Near Your New Chicago Home
If you want to make the most out of summer in Chicago, move to one of the neighborhoods above where you can enjoy every meal outdoors. Whether you’re looking to buy a vintage two-flat in Gold Coast or a modern condo in Lakeview, the city is brimming with beautiful residences that are available just in time for summer. Contact the knowledgeable and friendly KlopasStratton team to get started looking at potential new homes today.