In Chicago, summer fun happens outdoors, period. With the exception of a rainy Saturday or two (you know they happen), we're constantly searching for a new al fresco spot where we can relax and enjoy the weather with our crew. Hot on our radar are the brand-new patios at Red Door in Bucktown, Brasserie by LM in the South Loop, and Scofflaw in Logan Square. All three spaces are untapped resources of cool—and we're not just talking about the ice-cold drinks.
If you're unfamiliar with these just-opened venues, you might be puzzled as to what to wear. Please. You know we've completely got you on this one. We plotted three perfect weekend looks to keep you chill, in every sense of the word. Whether you're looking for a night of under-the-stars imbibing or an all-day hangfest, our patio finds will totally satisfy. Now, grab a friend and a margarita…or three.
Brasserie by LM
The opening of Brasserie by LM brings with it a better way to take to the outdoors in the South Loop. Whether you're meeting for a mid-day break or post-office cocktails, this posh patio is a welcome escape. With 70 seats, you won't have to elbow anyone for prime real estate. Your go-to skirts and tank tops, together with an essential chunky heel for summer, are the perfect pairing. Make sure your mani (or nail art!) is a bright, seasonal shade, and you're all set.
Brasserie by LM, 800 S Michigan Avenue (at 8th Street); 312-431-1788.
3.1 Phillip Lim Metallic Tank, $295, available at Otte; NARS Thakoon Nail Polish in Koliary, $22.15, available at Liberty London; Miss Selfridge Printed Back Drop Skirt, $65, available at Miss Selfridge; Madewell The Sandybank Sandal, $168, available at Madewell; River Island Weave Box Bag, $52.19, available at ASOS.
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Bucktown's latest dining destination boasts a massive, tree-lined patio for you and your friends to set up shop in all summer. The comfortable, neighborly atmosphere lends itself to relaxing summer days (with craft cocktails, of course). Keep your look light and casual, with chic accessories to make it pop. We can't get enough pastel denim, and investing in a summer bag and a good pair of sunnies is a move you won't regret.
Red Door, 2118 North Damen Avenue (at Charleston Street); 773-697-7221.
Miss Selfridge White Broderie Tie Shirt, $50, available at Miss Selfridge; DV by Dolce Vita Adyn Sandals, $64.95, available at Lori's Shoes; Noir B Lee Band Adjustable Ropes and Dart Necklace, $165, available at Noir; 3.1 Phillip Lim Lark Tote, $875, available at 3.1 Phillip Lim; Dries Van Noten x Linda Farrow Printed Sunglasses, $369, available at La Garçonne; BDG Cigarette High Rise Jean - Mint, $58, available at Urban Outfitters.
Photographed by Shani Silver
Those unfamiliar with this new, gin-focused Logan Square oasis now have a new reason to check it out. Scofflaw just opened a cozy outdoor patio, and our summer evenings are practically begging for it. If the idea of enjoying a cool, expertly crafted cocktail outdoors as the summer sun sets appeals to you, we've found your new home for the season. Style yourself simply in a bold pant and a basic T-shirt, but keep things uniquely your own by adding a fun clutch and some gorgeous flat sandals. When you're ready to go, just ask Scofflaw to turn on their taxi light (it's a thing), and, in a few moments, your chariot awaits.
Scofflaw, 3201 W Armitage Avenue (at Kedzie Avenue); 773-252-9700.
By Malene Birger Calise Satin-Twill Straight-Leg Pants, $315, available at Net-a-Porter; H&M Top, $5.95, available at H&M; French Connection Woven Bag, $113.07, available at ASOS; Zara Two-Tone Sandal, $49.90, available at Zara; Buxom Waterproof Smoky Eye Stick, $19, available at Sephora.
Photographed by Shani Silver