With the weather finally starting to heat up, eating al fresco in the city of Chicago is definitely an experience to be remembered (along with the food itself of course)! Most restaurants that offer outdoor dining in Chicago are sure to provide patrons with a wonderful view, unique atmosphere, and outstanding food. However, finding a table that combines all three can be a tricky endeavor. Because Shoreline Sightseeing is your source of information on all things Chicago, we’ve compiled a list of popular outdoor Chicago dining spots for happy summer eating!
Chicago Cut Steakhouse
This award-winning restaurant is located right on the river at 300 N. LaSalle Street, which provides a gorgeous dinning opportunity alongside the Chicago River. The best part is that the Chicago Cut Steakhouse patio is rather large, so getting a table outside isn’t nearly as difficult as it might be at other restaurants on the city.
Homestead on the Roof
Exclusively designed for evening outdoor dining, Homestead on the Roof is a cute restaurant that comfortably seats 80 on the roof of 1924 W. Chicago Avenue. The entire patio is surrounded by soft-lit Edison bulbs, and on a clear night, diners can look up at the stars while they eat. This restaurant offers seasonal, farm-fresh dinner and dessert options. If the weather turns sour, there is plenty of air-conditioned space just steps away from the patio!
Little Goat Diner
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Little Goat Diner is a charming establishment with a separate rooftop patio. However, the rooftop of this restaurant is rather popular for hosting special events. The patio is generally guaranteed to be open for everyone on Sundays. To get a seat on the roof of Little Goat Diner, lunchtime would be ideal. Small snacks are available to order, or you can get a sandwich from the bakery on the first floor. The Little Goat Diner is located at 820 W. Randolph Street, and offers a delightful view of the neighborhood from the rooftop patio.
Make a Night of it with Shoreline
No matter what kind of outdoor dining in Chicago you’re interested in, these restaurants have established themselves as al fresco mainstays for a reason! If you are planning on taking one of our lake or river tours, consider dining at one of these outstanding restaurants before or after your cruise.