Chicagoans adore dining and drinking outdoors. The instant there’s a speck of sunlight and the temperature is above frosty, restaurants and bars line the sidewalk with chairs and tables to accommodate those who enjoy open-air seating. And although there are many great restaurant and bar patios in PPM neighborhoods (Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park), the three below are a must-visit this spring.
Rockit Burger Bar (3700 N. Clark) – The recently transformed Rockit Wrigley offers menu with burgers made famous at their River North location, as well as new ones, such as the “Farmhouse” with bbq pulled pork, a fried egg, and applewood bacon on top of a black angus patty. The menu alone is reason enough to head to Rockit Burger Bar, but the patio at Rockit also faces Wrigley Field, making it the perfect place to head to on Cubs game days.
Tip: Click HERE for a free printable $10 gift certificate to Rockit Burger Bar.
D.S. Tequila (3352 N. Halsted) – Any place that puts “tequila” in their name comes with the expectation that it is going to be a little over-the-top, and this Boystown staple delivers on that expectation 7 days a week. With over 20 tequila infused cocktails on the menu and their own brand of retail tequila, it’s no wonder that the crowd is boisterous and jovial. The on top of that, the food menu includes full ½ lb burgers, contemporary taco variations, and jalapeño poppers as big as your fist.
Tip: The open-air patio has a retractable roof, making D.S. the perfect to head to when there is a chance of inclement weather.
Luxbar (18 E. Bellevue) –Perfectly positioned in the heart of the Gold Coast, Luxbar is as serious with its food as it is with its drink selection. The steaks and burgers hail from Gibsons, and the wine hails from here, there, and everywhere. Great as a pit stop in the middle of a shopping excursion or as a destination in itself, the patio at Lux is spacious and is great for watching the passersby on State and Rush. Plus Luxbar opens early (8am Fri-Sun) and the patio stays open until midnight 7 days a week.
Tip: Until May 6th Luxbar is offering their full breakfast menu on Fridays for free from 8-10:30am.
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