Just because the weather is getting colder in Chicago doesn’t mean patio season has to end. From heated igloos to enclosed tents to winter rooftop bars, there are tons of outdoor dining options that are keeping Chicago restaurant-goers warm no matter the weather.
Here’s an ongoing list of Chicago restaurants with heated and/or enclosed patios open this winter.
Chicago restaurants with outdoor dining
MingHin Cuisine: Head to Chinatown for some dim sum on a heated patio at one of the neighborhood’s most popular spots.
Fiya: This cozy Andersonville back patio is equipped with outdoor igloos for an intimate dining experience featuring Mediterranean fare.
Reggies Chicago: This covered rooftop deck might trick you into thinking it’s still summer with live music and a selection of satisfying pub food.
Ascione Bistro: Enjoy an Italian feast from the comfort of this Hyde Park bistro, under the comfortable tented patio complete with heat lamps.
The Duck Inn: This Bridgeport restaurant serves a seasonal menu that you can enjoy on the heated, picturesque patio.
The Perch: On bustling Division Street, this gastropub offers two large outdoor dining igloos, perfect for large groups.
ROOH: This modern Indian spot in the West Loop has added a dome tent outfitted with electric heaters and 17-foot ceilings.
Pilsen Yards: Heated floors and a blazing fire pit will keep you warm as you enjoy Mexican-inspired food in this industrial space.
Frontier: The covered patio and fireplace at this meat-centric spot can make you feel like you’re dining in a cabin in the woods rather than bustling Wicker Park.
Beatrix Fulton Market: Reserve a spot on this enclosed patio in the West Loop with fire pits and lounge seating.
Drew’s on Halsted: Indulge in weekend brunch or sample some of Drew’s upscale American fare on their heated Northalsted patio.
El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill: This massive, heated patio offers a fun ambiance to enjoy a wide-ranging menu of Mexican-food favorites.
Orso’s Restaurant: Keep warm with a hearty Italian dinner in the comfort of Orso’s chic covered patio in Old Town.
Pinstripes: Bowling, bocce ball, and Bolognese. Enjoy one or all three at this large entertainment venue in the Streeterville neighborhood, complete with an outdoor patio and fire pit.
Roberts Pizza and Dough Company: Chow down on some pizza while taking in the view of some of Chicago’s finest skyscrapers from Roberts’ heated riverfront patio.
Roka Akor: This Japanese steakhouse and sushi restaurants provides an elegant night out, with heated sidewalk seating.
The Dandy Crown: Cocktails take center stage on The Dandy Crown’s partially covered, heated patio in River West, where you can also order a small selection of small plates and salads.
The Lakefront Restaurant: Dine next to Lake Michigan at this elegant restaurant with heaters and fire tables to keep you warm.
Volo Restaurant Wine Bar: In Roscoe Village, this outdoor patio has a cozy atmosphere to enjoy a glass of wine and dishes off the seasonally influenced menu.
ERIS Brewery and Cider House: Infrared heaters warm this outdoor patio space in Irving Park, where you can enjoy a selection house-brewed ciders and beers.
Azul: This riverfront seafood restaurant has a colorful patio dotted by heat lamps that might help you forget that it’s cold outside for an hour or two.
Gemini: This American bistro in Lincoln Park has a variety of winter specials, including a walk-up holiday hut serving cookies and cocoa to go.
Beatnik on the River: Experience a visual and culinary feast at Beatnik on the River, where the covered waterfront patio will bring a bohemian flair to your meal.
Recess: Cozy up next to a fire pit on “the largest patio in the city” at this fun West Loop spot.
Aba: Enjoy a family-style Mediterranean meal of hummus, kebabs, and more on this stylish third-floor patio in West Loop.
Baton Show Lounge: Nothing can beat dinner and a show. Experience a lively drag show on this heated patio in Uptown.
Taureaux Tavern: Taureaux Tavern features an elegant, year-round patio that’s perfect for a date night, birthday, or to simply indulge on a night out.
Barcocina: Reserve one of Barcocina’s social media-worthy private igloos and get your fill of your favorite Mexican dishes.
Big Star: This Wicker Park staple is known for its large patio, which is now equipped with a heated (dog-friendly) tent to keep the tacos flowing all winter long.
Taxim: This rooftop terrace serving Greek food near the heart of Wicker Park adds heaters in the winter so you can admire the neighborhood views year-round.
The Boiler Room: Order the famous PB&J on this covered patio, which is heated and sealed off from the wind in the winter to keep things warm.
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