9 Pretty Patios Where You Can BYOB


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.

Briciola, 937 North Damen Avenue (at West Walton Street); 773-772-0889.

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.

Seadog Sushi Bar, 1500 West Division Street (at North Greenwich Avenue); 773-235-8100.

Tango Sur, 3763 North Southport Avenue (at West Grace Street); 773-477-5466.

La Ciudad, 4515 North Sheridan Road (at West Windsor Avenue); 773-728-2887.

Photos: Courtesy of Birchwood Kitchen, Bonsoiree, Seadog Sushi Bar