UPDATE: Summer Fridays are almost over, so why not cut out early for a little outdoor imbibing? This story was originally published on July 20.
Truth: The Chicago summer affords some of the best alfresco dining around. However, ordering glass after glass of chardonnay can be quite the budget bummer. Enter, the BYOB restaurant. These money-saving establishments allow us to enjoy all the benefits of a lovely outdoor get-together without the cork fees.
And don't even sweat it; we've done the digging for you and found the city's best (and prettiest!) patios—and we might have had a glass or two along the way! Now, all you have to do is round up your friends and start popping bottles. That, and making up a good excuse for leaving work early.
C-House, 166 East Superior Street (between North Michigan Avenue and North Fairbanks Court); 312-523-0923.
Perennial Virant, 1800 North Lincoln Avenue (between North Clark and North Wells Streets); 312-981-7070.
90 Miles Cuban Cafe, 2540 West Armitage Avenue (between Rockwell Street and Campbell Avenue); 773-227-2822.
Photos: Courtesy of C-House, Perennial Virant, Boka
Birchwood Kitchen, 2211 West North Avenue (between North Leavitt Street and North Bell Avenue); 773-276-2100.
Bonsoirée, 2728 West Armitage Avenue (at North Fairfield Avenue); 773-486-7511.
Photos: Courtesy of Birchwood Kitchen, Bonsoiree, Seadog Sushi Bar