Dining Al Fresco
It’s a fact: Food tastes wonderful outdoors. During spring, summer, and fall, Chicago foodies flock to the many great eateries which offer alfresco options. Here’s an insider guide to dining outside.
Savor the flavors outdoors at such Phil Stefani restaurants as Tavern on Rush, an upscale contemporary American steakhouse, at Italian steakhouse Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush, and at Riva where you can enjoy steak and seafood along with spectacular views from Navy Pier.
The city’s largest outdoor dining venue provides an intimate experience right in the heart of Millennium Park. Just a few steps from Michigan Avenue, The Plaza at Park Grill serves up handmade ethnic specialties by Chef Bernard Laskowski plus live entertainment.
Relax over a meal of American fare in a garden setting—perhaps after a challenging round on the 18-hole putting course—at The Green at Grant Park.
In the Loop, enjoy contemporary American fare at a table under a yellow umbrella in Rhapsody’s lush flower garden. And a bit further south Zapatista offers authentic Mexican specialties in the grand sidewalk dining area.
Enjoy the lively rooftop atmosphere at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, where delicious food is enhanced by handcrafted, award-winning beer. Located in River North, Rock Bottom is an easy Redline ride to both Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field.
A great spot after a Cubs game is the outdoor café at Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern. You’ll recognize this Oldtown eatery, renowned for great ribs, if you saw the movie The Dark Knight.
And right on North Avenue Beach, Castaways serves up great food, refreshing desserts, and ice cold drinks along with spectacular views of the city and Lake Michigan.