2022’s Best Chicago Outdoor Dining

by Amanda on August 2, 2022

PIzza Portofino: River North

Dear friend,
 
One of our favorite warm weather activity has always been al fresco dining in Chicago. It’s the perfect time to grab some friends, pack up the stroller, leash up the pups and enjoy some of the best our city has to offer. 
 
Al Fresco:  From the Italian word al fresco meaning “in the fresh air”.
Dining:  From the French word diner meaning “to have dinner”.
Al Fresco Dining:  A tradition of eating outside during the summer.
 
Over the years, we have provided our favorite destinations whether Northside, Southside, Westside or The Loop. Regardless of cuisine or location, we have strived to provide you with the best of the best, and this year’s list is packed full of new places to try.
 
The CHP Al Fresco Dining Guide below is complete with links to Yelp review pages to help you get the most out of your visit.  Where this list may be FAR from complete, you’re sure to find a new spot you haven’t tried yet that may quickly become a favorite.
 
Remember that these warmer days will be gone before we know it so get on out there and share your favorites on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/ChicagoHomePartner.


Frontier

River West/West Town – Contemporary American, BBQ

Frontier is famous for it’s Whole Smoked Animal Feasts – Whole Pigs, Goats, Lambs, Alligators, and Boar all served with any of Chef’s famous sides: 5 Cheese Mac, Caesar Salad with Polenta Croutons, Seasonal Vegetables, Buttered Rolls, Herb Butter, and Alabama BBQ & Texas BBQ sauces

The Duck Inn

Bridgeport – American Fare

Come eat a gourmet Chicago-style duck fat dog on a lush, hidden patio in Bridgeport, and find the true meaning of being a Chicago foodie. During the warmer months, the Duck Inn’s tree-lined garden transforms into an intimate destination for brunch and dinner. Visit on Wednesdays for a backyard pizza night featuring Neapolitan-style pies baked in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven

Daisies

Logan Square – American Fare/Pasta

Insiders know that tucked behind this Logan Square restaurant is a serene patio that offers a picturesque backdrop for leisurely summer evenings. Best of all, Chef-owner Joe Frillman produces a seasonal menu and homemade pasta dishes that rotate regularly. Don’t skip the addictive onion dip with handmade potato chips.

Ina Mae Tavern & Package Goods

Wicker Park – American Fare

Tucked just off the beaten path in Wicker Park, Ina Mae Tavern is a tasty tribute to Southern comfort food and New Orleans. Chef Jupiter was born and raised in New Orleans and brings family recipes to Chicago. The wraparound sidewalk patio is the perfect place to smash a rum punch cocktail before tucking into an order of hush puppies with pimento honey butter and a fried shrimp po’ boy.

Rooftop at Nobu Hotel

West Loop – Japanese

Take in picture-perfect views of the Chicago skyline on the 11th floor of the Nobu Hotel, which offers a lounge-like atmosphere with plush chairs, couches and low, long tables. DJs add to the vibe from 4-10pm Friday and Saturday, and you can always enjoy nigiri, sushi and small plates along with sake or a cocktail like a lychee and elderflower martini.

Saint Lou’s Assembly

West Loop – American

The enclosed patio at Saint Lou’s Assembly proved so popular that owners transformed the concept to Lou’s Backyard for seasonal dining. Grab a spot at one of the umbrella-shaded picnic tables or on the bleacher seating around the perimeter and snack on black truffle arancini and loaded waffle fries – or if you’re feeling competitive, you can also try out their bocce ball court.

Pilsen Yards

Pilsen – Mexican

Named after a bygone lumberyard, this music-fueled venue specializes in tacos and other Mexican eats plus a long list of cocktails and beer. There’s a pair of outdoor spaces for guests to enjoy—a covered section with wooden beams overhead and another open-air patio that’s festooned with glowing lights. There are heaters over nearly every table and pergolas in the open-air section so you can have a warm seat year-round.

Virtue

Hyde Park – Soul Food

The interior dining room at Virtue is a special place, thanks in no small part to the art chef-owner Erick Williams has curated for the space. But come summertime, the sidewalk patio offers diners some fresh air while they feast on chicken- and sausage-studded gumbo, blackened catfish atop Carolina gold rice, and banana pudding with Nilla wafers and cool whip.

Beatnik On The River

Loop – World Cuisine

This breathtaking riverfront oasis is an offshoot of the popular West Town dining destination by the same name, Beatnik on the River. Drawing inspiration from the bohemian freethinkers of the ’50s and ’60s, Beatnik offers dishes and drinks from around the globe. The best tables in the house are on the terrace, which sits along the Chicago River and is outfitted with colorful tile, Indonesian daybeds and fringe-lined umbrellas.

The Warbler

Lincoln Square – American Fare

This American joint in Ravenswood boasts a sprawling patio surrounded with plenty of lush greenery—the perfect backdrop for the bar’s colorful, bird-themed cocktails. Seating at its bar and high-top tables can’t be guaranteed with a reservation, so show up early to secure your spot to hang out while sharing a plate of pork belly nachos or a roasted mushroom flatbread. 

Duke of Perth

Lakeview – Scottish

This unassuming Lakeview spot has been quietly serving happy patrons looking for some of the best fried fish, craft beer and scotch in Chicago. The food menu is limited but there’s definitely something for everyone. Even less known is the amazing garden spot out back – filled with trees, potted plants and glowing rope lights for late night outings with friends.

PRO TIP – finish your night off with a dessert crepe at Le’ Creperie just down the street which boasts an equally amazing garden area!

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2022 Chicago Farmer’s Market Schedule

by Amanda on June 21, 2022

Each summer the Chicago area plays host to an amazing number of farmers markets.  These markets bring in the best locally grown fruits, vegetables, and other wonderful foods from farmers around the Chicago area.  Almost every neighborhood has one, so you can most likely find one not too far from home starting this month.

Since we’re all trying to do our part for the environment, here are some other reasons to shop at your local farmer’s market:

  • Non-local produce travels an average of 1500 miles, compared to 56 miles for local.
  • Broccoli travels an average 1,800 miles, but probably grown within 20 miles of Chicago.
  • About 40% of our fruit is produced overseas.
  • There is no/little packaging or refrigeration needed at Farmers Markets.
  • At supermarkets, $.035 cents of each dollar actually goes to the farmer compared to $.80 – $.90 at Farmers Markets.

Join me in doing the right thing for our planet, (and your appetite!), by heading out to one of these great local markets this summer!

Mondays

Edgewater Monday Market (L)
5917 N. Broadway
June 6 – August 29, 3–7pm
www.edgewater.org/programs/farmers-market/

Tuesdays

Gary Comer Youth Center Market (L)
7230 S. South Chicago Ave.
June 21 – October 28, 3–6pm
www.garycomeryouthcenter.org/services/farmers-market

Lincoln Square Farmers Market (L, Starting 6/7)
2309 W. Leland Ave.
May 3 – October 25, 7am–12pm
www.lincolnsquare.org/farmers-market

Low-Line Market (L)
3400-3458 N. Southport Ave.
June 7 – October 11, 3–7pm
www.lakeviewroscoevillage.org/lowlinemarket

SOAR Farmers Market
220 E. Chicago Ave.
June 7 – October 25, 7am–2pm
www.soarchicago.org

Wednesdays

Andersonville Farmers Market (L)
1500 W. Catalpa Ave.
May 11 – October 19, 3-7pm
https://andersonvillemarket.org/

Garfield Ridge Farmers Market
6072 S. Archer Ave.
June 1 – September 28, 3-7pm
garfieldridgecc.com

Green City Market (L)
1817 N. Clark St.
May 4 – October 26, 7am–1pm
www.greencitymarket.org

Pullman City Market * (L)
11100 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
July 6 – October 26, 7am–1pm

Uptown Farmers Market (L)
4620 N. Broadway
May 4 – November 2, 2:30-7pm
www.uptownfarmersmarket.org

Thursdays

Amita Saints Mary and Elizabeth West Town Health Farmers Market (L)
1125-1127 N. Oakley Blvd.
June 2 – October 27, 1-6pm
www.amitahealth.org/west-town-health-market/

Austin Town Hall City Market * (L)
5610 W. Lake St.
June 9 – October 27, 1–6pm

Daley Plaza City Market * (L)
50 W. Washington St.
May 12 – October 27, 7am–2pm

Growing Home Farmstand (L)
1844 W. 59th St.
May 19 – October 27, 11am–5:30pm
www.growinghomeinc.org

Lincoln Square Farmers Market (L, Starting 6/7)
2309 W. Leland Ave.
May 5 – October 27, 3–7pm
www.lincolnsquare.org/farmers-market

PCC Austin Farmers Market (L)
330 N. Lotus Ave.
June 2 – October 27, 10am-2pm
www.chicagobotanic.org/urbanagriculture/markets

South Loop Farmers Market Grant Park
1201 S. Michigan Ave.
June 2 – October 13, 4-8pm
www.southloopfarmersmarket.com/

Fridays

Back of the Yards Farmers Market (L)
940 W. 50th Pl.
May 6 – November 4, 1–3pm
www.starfarmchicago.net/

Gary Comer Youth Center Market (L)
7230 S. South Chicago Ave.
June 21 – October 28, 3–6pm
www.garycomeryouthcenter.org/services/farmers-market

Saturdays

61st Street Farmers Market (L)
1400 E. 61st St.
May 14 – October 29, 9am–2pm
https://experimentalstation.org/market

Division Street City Market * (L)
100 W. Division St.
May 7 – October 29, 7am–12pm

Edgebrook Farmers Market
6525-6540 N. Hiawatha Ave.
July 2 – September 24, 9am–1pm
www.everydayedgebrook.com/farmersmarket

First Fruits Farmers Market
at Amazing Life Christian Center
7933-7957 S. Halsted St. / 7936-7958 S. Emerald Ave.
May 7 – October 29, 8:30am–12pm

Garfield Park Neighborhood Market (L)
at The Hatchery, 135 N. Kedzie
2nd and 4th Saturdays: June 11, 25 / July 9, 23 / August 13, 27 / September 10, 24 / October 8, 22, 10am-2pm
www.gpcommunitycouncil.org/programs/neighborhood-market

Green City Market (L)
1817 N. Clark St.
April 2 – November 19, 8am–1pm
www.greencitymarket.org

Green City West Loop (L)
Mary Bartelme Park, 115 S. Sagamon
May 7 – November 19, 8am–1pm
www.greencitymarket.org

Horner Park Farmers Market
2741 W. Montrose Ave.
June 4 – October 22, 9am–1pm
hornerpark.org/farmers-market/

Mercado de Colores * (L)
Manuel Perez Memorial Plaza, 4345 W. 26th St.
June 4 – October 1, 11am–3pm

Nettelhorst French Market
3252 N. Broadway
April 16 – October 29, 8am-2pm
https://bensidounusa.com/nettelhorst/

Northcenter Farmers Market (L)
4100 N. Damen Ave.
June 4 – October 29, 8am-1pm
https://www.northcenterchamber.com/northcenter-farmers-market

Plant Chicago Farmers Market (L)
4430 S. Marshfield Ave. at Davis Square Park
June 4 – November 5, 11am-3pm
plantchicago.org/farmers-market/

South Loop Printers Row Farmers Market
632 S. Dearborn St.
May 28 – October 15, 9am–1pm
www.southloopfarmersmarket.com/

The Lincoln Park Farmers Market
2001 N. Orchard St.
April 30 – November 19, 7am–1pm
www.thelincolnparkfarmersmarket.com/

West Humboldt Park City Market * (L)
in partnership with NHS Chicago
3601 W. Chicago Ave.
June 4 – October 1, 10am–2pm

Sundays

95th Street Farmers Market
1835 W. 95th St.
May 1 – October 30, 8am-1pm
https://95thstreetba.org/farmers-market/

Bronzeville City Market * (L)
4700 S. King Dr.
July 10 – October 16, 10am–2pm

Glenwood Sunday Market (L)
6900-7000 N. Glenwood Ave.
June 5 – October 23 (no market 6/26 or 8/21), 9am-2pm
https://www.glenwoodsundaymarket.org/

Hyde Park Farmers Market (L)
1516-1528 E. 54th St.
June 5 – September, 25, 9am-2pm
www.secc-chicago.org/hpfm/

Jefferson Park Sunday Market
4818 N. Long Ave.
June 12 – October 23 (2nd and 4th Sunday of each month), 9:30am-1:30pm
jeffersonparksundaymarket.com/

Logan Square Farmers Market (L)
3025-3113 W. Logan Blvd.
May 8 – October 30, 7am-3pm
www.logansquarefarmersmarket.org/

Maxwell Street Market * (L – June – Sept only)
800 S. Desplaines St.
April 3 – December 18, 9am–3pm

Mercado Raices del Sur (L)
2537 W. 47th St.
June 5 – October 2 (Every first Sunday of the month), 11am-3pm

North Park Community Market (L)
5527 N. Kimball Ave
June 12, 26 / July 10, 24 / August 28 / September 25 / October 16, 10am-2pm
northparkcommunitymarket.org/

Northwest Side Farmers Market (Pop-Up)
Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave.
May 22, July 3, October 30, 9:30am-1:30pm
www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com/

Pilsen Community Market
1811-1825 S. Blue Island Ave.
May 29 – September 4, 9am-3pm
pilsencommunitymarket.weebly.com/

Portage Park Farmers Market
4000-4100 N. Long Ave.
June 5, 19 / July 17, 31 / August 7, 21 / September 4, 18 / October 2, 10am-2pm
friendsofportagepark.org/

Remixing the Narrative Farmers Market (L)
June 5, 19 / July 10, 24 / August 7, 21 / September 11, 25, 11am-3pm
11001 S. Michigan Ave.

Roscoe Village Farmers Market
Jahn Elementary, 3149 N. Wolcott Ave.
June 12 – October 9, 8am-12pm
https://www.lakeviewroscoevillage.org/rvfarmersmarket

Wicker Park Farmers Market (L)
1425 N. Damen Ave.
May 15 – October 30, 8am-2pm
www.wickerparkbucktown.com/farmersmarket/farmers-market/

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