There's nothing quite like dining outdoors, whether you're into a breezy brunch, a chill cocktail hour after work, or a fun-filled dinner gathering under tea lights and trees. It's Chicago's signature summertime ritual and best kept surprise for out-of-towners skeptical about our weather. And, while the temps might be falling, that doesn't mean drinking and dining outside are off limits.
We've scoured the city for the coziest patios offering heat lamps, fireplaces, and other warming elements for those fall "al fresco" nights. (Not to mention delicious menus packed with comforting dishes and warming cocktails.) From beer gardens complete with firepits to rooftop havens with picnic tables and planter boxes, you’ll be surprised how many of your favorite destinations keep their outdoor spaces going strong well into October and even beyond.