Al Fresco Dining – Hot Spots

Pelago's Patio

Pelago’s Patio

In Chicago –

Athena
212 S. Halsted
Chicago
A lush outdoor, landscaped garden and patio with a head-high glass wall to block the wind and the sounds of the street.  A beautiful view of the city skyline too.  Classic greek menu with cold dips like melitzana (eggplant) and skorthalia (potato-garlic) with pita bread; broiled octopus; and seafood kabobs packed with shrimp, salmon and swordfish. Roast lamb and other grilled meats are also available.

Bistronomic
840 N. Wabash
Chicago
Fabulous French tartines, roast chicken, seared scallops and a terriffic selection of cheeses.

Chicago Cut Steakhouse
300 N. LaSalle
Chicago
The prime location on the Chicago River offers diners scrumptious dry-aged steaks and classic dishes such as Dover Sole and whitefish.  Weekend brunch is hard to beat.

Coco Pazzo Cafe
636 N. St. Clair
Chicago
One of my favorites.  This indoor/outdoor, canopy scene sizzles into the night.  Favorite dishes here include classic lasagna, linguine vongole.  Their broad menu includes fish, steak and chicken.

C View Rooftop Bar
29th Floor of the Affinia Hotel
166 E. Superior
Chicago
Ultra-plush, romantic and a great view.  Sip cocktails and enjoy everything from terrines to tacos, artisanal cheeses to cured meats.

Jam
937 N. Damen
Chicago
A wonderful side patio that is visually alluring in the Sculpture Garden.  Great place for brunch.  Just a few of the menu options include Lamb crepes,  apple pancakes, eggs benedict, French toast, and tasty pork sandwiches.

Pelago Ristorante
201 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611
A stunningly elegant al fresco patio that will steal your heart because of the enchanting setting.  Chef Maruo’s Italian entrees will indulge your senses.

Quartino
626 N. State
Exciting Italian food served up by Chef/partyner John Coletta. Nice setting with tables set back far enough to enjoy the scene but without passers-by staring at your plate. Wonderful selection of tasty Italian dishes, everything you could ask for.

The Terrace at Trump Tower
401 N. Wabash
Chicago
This chic dining venue is on the 16th floor with a picture-perfect view of Chicago’s skyline.  Elegan cuisine created by executive chef Frank Brunacci.


Suburbs of Chicago –

Bella Via Ristorante
1899 Second Street
Highland Park
Featuring two outdoor seating areas; the sidewalk out front or at the back of the restaurant surrounded by ivy-clad walls.  Lunch and dinner options include pasta, calamari, pizza and chicken.

Bistro One West
1 W Illinois St.
St. Charles
Overlooking the Fox River, the scene is beautiful and the menu boasts steaks, seafood, and pastas.

Long Grove Cafe
235 Robert Parker Coffin Road
Long Grove, IL
A charming porch at this restaurant overlooks a pond with ducks.  Great menu featuring Greek and American fare.  They offer great wine flights too which are fun on dates.

Ravinia
Green Bay Road
Highland Park, IL
Enjoy music and picnic al fresco.  You may pre-order a picnic box and let them do all the work if you don’t have time.  They have Lawn Picnic Boxes and Gourmet Picnic Boxes.  They also have cheese platters and fresh market vegetables with dip ready for you to just pickup.  (Order 48 hours in advance.)

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