We asked those who know Chicago best—the concierges —to recommend their favorite local patios. So whether you care to people-watch, take in the skyline, make the most of the warm weather, or all of the above, you’ll find these outdoor destinations to be the best of the best.
“My favorite outdoor dining spot is River Roast, located on N LaSalle. With unpretentious food and service, I always feel comfortable dining outside either solo or with friends. It’s a great place to take a break from sightseeing and catch a few rays while gazing at the river and watching the boats go by.” Morgan Jae Cohen Chef Concierge at Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile
“Woodwind is located on the 18th floor of Northwestern’s Lavin Pavilion. It is a sleek and contemporary hidden gem with a view, terrace and three bars!”
Deborah Sawyer, Lead Concierge at the Palmer House Hilton.
“My favorite outdoor dining spot is Reggie’s on the Beach on 63rd St. beach. It’s open typically from May to late September/early October.” Krystle Kauhaus, Front Desk at Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites Mag Mile
“I love the Ritz-Carlton’s Torali Bar, located near the beautiful 12th floor lobby. It is easily accessible and is extremely charming!” Melissa Long, Concierge at the Ritz-Carlton
“My favorite outdoor dining spot is Lark on Halsted. You can enjoy the outdoor patio or have that great ‘plein air’ feeling with the open French doors. Their drag brunch is festive and a great way to celebrate with friends or colleagues!” Etienne Padin, Former Concierge of Eurostars Magnificent Mile
“Piccolo Sogno has amazing fresh Italian food and an amazing wine list to choose from. The garden patio is large and lively but still exudes an elegant atmosphere. Did I mention it’s easily accessible on the CTA by bus or train? I am a fan of the freshing Inverno Salad with arugula, red wine-poached pears.” Flor Sigaran, Building Hub Concierge
“My favorite outdoor dining spot is The Royal Grocer & Co. It is just off the 606 walking trail in Bucktown, so it makes a perfect choice for brunch after (or prior to!) a stroll through the neighborhood.” Mathew Chapman, Concierge at JW Marriott Chicago