After a long and cold winter, it’s time to relish and savor the warm weather and sunshine that has finally returned to Chicago. The next time you and your friends want to meet for happy hour or sip a cocktail or two, consider heading outdoors to a bar with a patio. The patios also offer a more relaxed vibe that’s sure to make your afternoon and evening more enjoyable. Soak up the sun with these Chicago bars with patios.
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Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant
3471 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 583-3066

Have a filling dinner while trying different types of beer or whiskey in Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant’s patio. Tucked away in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood, the pub offers a patio complete with plenty of greenery, and pub patrons can mingle or dine at an outdoor table while enjoying the scenery. Chief O’Neill’s offers an extensive selection of food dishes, including salads, sandwiches, corned beef and shepherd’s pie. The pub’s selection of whiskeys is long and legendary, with selections from Ireland, Scotland and North America. If you can’t decide, consider trying a flight of whiskey. Beer, wine, cocktails and more are also available for purchase.

The Curragh
6705 N. Northwest Highway
Chicago, IL 60631
(773) 774-6170

Relax outside with a pint and a bite to eat by paying a visit to The Curragh in Chicago’s Edison Park neighborhood. The Irish pub, which has a convivial atmosphere and a knack for letting every guest feel like they’re home, has an outdoor patio that includes plenty of tables and chairs for dining or drinking alfresco. The Curragh offers an assortment of beer and wine from all over the world, as well as a food menu that includes pub favorites like burgers, salads, Guinness fish and chips, and Irish stew. Children are also welcome at the pub.

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Howells & Hood
435 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 262-5310

Located right on Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile, Howells & Hood is a must-see stop for tourists and local beer fans alike. The bar’s patio includes plenty of views of the city’s skyline, so you can gawk while enjoying your beer. The bar offers more than 110 different types of beer, including selections from Goose Island, Two Brothers Brewing, Bell’s Brewery, Boston Beer Co., Wells & Youngs, and more. Sandwiches, soups and salads are among the selections on the food menu too.

JP Burke’s Patio & Tap
2913 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(872) 829-2985

If you live or work in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, then consider stopping in at JP Burke’s Patio & Tap for some sunshine to go with your beer. The pub features a patio that’s got plenty of room and lighting for those late nights out with friends. Beer selections on JP Burke’s menu include 5 Rabbit, 4 Hands, 3 Sheeps Brewing, Three Floyds, Two Brothers and more, with more than 10 beer on tap and more than 110 available in bottles. Burgers, wraps, sandwiches, chili and brunch are also available.

Moody’s Pub
5910 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 275-2696

Established in 1959, Moody’s Pub in Chicago’s Edgewater menu is known as much for its burgers as it is for its patio. The patio offers sunshine and greenery, as well as a place to eat dinner with friends. Wine, cocktails and beer are on the menu at Moody’s Pub, including Goose Island and Berghoff Dark. Moody’s has also racked up awards and distinctions for its burgers. Veggie burgers are also on the menu.

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