The 9 Best Summer Patios on the North Side

If you’ve endured the winters in Chicago, you’ve probably also experienced the great joy of enjoying a warm summer evening on the patio. From beer gardens to sidewalk seating to rooftops, there’s no shortage of outdoor patios scattered throughout Chicago’s North Side. Here are the 8 best summer patios on the North Side. Also, don’t forget to check out our list of the best summer cocktails in Chicago this year!

1615 N Wells Street, Chicago, Illinois 60614

Steps from Second City in the Old Town, this neighborhood Irish pub features a casual sidewalk patio and beer garden with string lights. Pair your shepherd’s pie with Guinness, or check out daily specials and happy hour deals.

3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657

Sheffield’s Wine & Beer Garden, a popular Lakeview institution, often wins national awards for its beer garden. Once you’ve secured a seat on the large patio, head to one of the four bars to pick out a handcrafted beer. While you’re there, be sure to try the smoked barbecue at home.

3554 N Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60657

Before catching the game at Wrigley Field, stop by Vines in Clark across from the stadium and relax on the spacious outdoor patio or rooftop. Choose from the gameday fare menu, including burgers, curds, sandwiches, and salads.

2435 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

It might feel like you’re on the beach instead of in the middle of a Lincoln Garden patio at Parsons Chicken and Fish. Long picnic tables and red-striped umbrellas create a lively summer vibe. The menu includes hush puppies, fried chicken, fish, and of course, Negroni.

2901 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657

The Lakeview area takes this traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist. Located in a warehouse-like building, Barcocina maintains a cheerful vibe throughout its indoor and outdoor spaces. Grab a seat at one of the many outdoor tables or choose a spot on a spacious sofa. Besides an array of tacos, Barcocina cooks up a unique selection of small plates, including Spanish octopus and al pastor tofu.

1608 N Wells Street, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Perched atop Second City in the Old Town, Utopian Tailgate offers fun rides with stunning views of the city skyline. The huge patio has neon picnic tables, a cornhole, life-size jenga and more. The elevated tailgate menu includes wings, pizza, nachos, and a wide range of beverage options.

938 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

What could be better than eating pizza and hanging out with friends on a summer evening? Homeslice’s outdoor patio offers a vibrant atmosphere with fun décor and creative drinks. Additionally, the outdoor patio includes large sofas and plenty of seating, making it an excellent environment for groups.

Image Credit: Rissy

3475 Clark N Street, Chicago, Illinois 60657

Newly opened in 2021, Diver at the Park brings the charm of Tulum, Mexico’s historic coastal city, to the streets of Wrigleyville. The huge outdoor patio seats 200 and features picnic tables, hammocks and an antique trolley bar. Enjoy tacos and margaritas inside this beach-like retreat at the Wheelhouse.

465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, Illinois 60611

OK. OK. We know this guy technically counts as the Near North Side, but his yard is too good to be left off the list because of the zip code! Just off the lake, Robert’s is our favorite summer patio so far. Enjoy the blue waters merging in the blue sky, and people will watch (or duck-watch) as you indulge in their signature delicious pizza. What better way to spend a lazy summer afternoon?

Also, the patio is dog friendly!

Featured image: Clayton Hawk

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