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Best New Bar & Restaurant Patios In Chicago

July 19, 2013 2:00 PM

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By Lauren Wulf

Summer is here! It’s finally time to enjoy roof decks, sidewalk cafes, patios and any chair you can find outdoors. In true Chicago fashion, our bars and restaurants make a big deal out of the warmer months. New patios and outdoor bars have been popping up all over the city. Here are a few new ones to check out this summer.

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Howells & Hood

435 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 262-5310
www.howellsandhood.com

Howells & Hood located in the Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue is the newest patio to hit the Mag Mile. This huge outdoor space is a great place to rest after a busy day of shopping, touring or after work in the loop. Lush planters and sleek tableside fires create a great atmosphere. For the sports fans, there are a ton of TVs within view both outside and in. The interior is beautifully decorated after the Tribune Tower’s architects, John Howells and Raymond Hood. Howells & Hood features an extensive beer list, drink menu and full restaurant. Sign up for their newsletter and receive a free appetizer!

Little Goat Diner

820 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 888-3455
www.littlegoatchicago.com

Stephanie Izard of Girl & The Goat, brings her magic to the Little Goat Diner. Highlights of this West Loop gem include, breakfast served all day, amazing homemade bread, handpicked coffee and an awesome sidewalk patio and roof deck. I could go on and on. This adorable diner is serving up delicious breakfast, breads, coffee, sandwiches and more. If you’re not hungry yet, you will be after reading a few menu favorites such as, “Breakfast Spaghetti ‘N Clams ‘N Crab”, “Smoked Corned Beef Hash With Eggs”, “Shrimp And Cheesy Grits”, “Sloppy Goat Sandwich”, “Smoked Fries”, and the “Horseshoe” featuring an open-faced burger topped with goat chili fries. Yum. Enjoy all of these delicious items on their sidewalk patio or on their roof deck with gorgeous views of the skyline. Get there early for a seat!

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High Noon Saloon

1560 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-9339
highnoonchicago.com

Wicker Park welcomed a new bar and patio this spring. High Noon Saloon on Milwaukee puts a fun spin on a Western saloon. On beautiful summer days, the sidewalk patio is bustling. The long islands and margaritas pack a strong punch and go down smooth on a hot summer day. Very good bang for your buck with either of those two options! Though the portions aren’t the largest, the Tex-Mex cuisine makes for some great snacking. Location, outdoor patio and hearty drinks make it a great newcomer to the summer patio scene.

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Joe’s Bar Trackside Rooftop

940 W. Weed Street

Chicago IL 60642-2540

(312) 787-9600
www.arlingtonpark.com

Joe’s Bar is already a staple on the Chicago bar and live music scene. With it’s new roof deck above Trackside, Off-Track Betting you can enjoy a day at the track without leaving the city. Featuring tons of LED TVs and Joe’s Bar food and drink menu, this is a great spot to park it for a day at the races. Reservations are recommended on race days. There is a $2 fee from the City of Chicago and Cook County for admission. Enjoy your day at the track!

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Mott Street

1401 N. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
mottstreetchicago.com

Mott Street’s unique menu adds an element of mystery to your patio pleasure. With menu items such as, Kimchi and Oaxaca Spring Rolls, Everything Wings, Stuffed Cabbage and Calamari Bokum, the cuisine is both delicious and inventive. With plenty of seating both indoor and out, this hot spot has still been humming since it’s opening. You can find neighborhood locals and food aficionados alike on their huge outdoor patio on the corner of Ashland and Blackhawk.

Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago

Lauren Wulf writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago.

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