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Diners' Choice: Great for outdoor dining restaurants in Chicago / Illinois

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are great for outdoor dining in Chicago / Illinois? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Altiro Latin Fusion - Geneva restaurant
4.9 (279)
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
About the restaurant
Altiro Latin Fusion offers traditional dishes in both small plate and traditional meal-based options. The modern, sleek decor complements the food and creates a colorful yet restrained ambiance. Diners at Altiro Latin Fusion can choose from dishes created by Executive Chef Roberto Avila. We use locally sourced ingredients to create food with French, Italian, Spanish and South American influences.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 28 Jan 2024
The seafood Paella special for Geneva Restaurant week was out of this world!
A photo of Geodesic Domes at Hackney's on Harms restaurant
4.8 (267)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Reservations are for Geodesic domes only. Indoor dinning room and bar are open and seated first come first served. No reservations for indoor dining. A $5 Fee will be applied to your check for dining in our Geodesic Domes.

Hackney's is a classic American restaurant that serves authentic American food like burgers and fries, and has been a popular spot in Chicago since the Prohibition Era. Of all the amazing dishes here, one of the most popular is the Hackney Burger. This is a half-pound grilled burger served on two slices of rye bread, and is one of the reasons Hackney's has become so famous. Another delicious dish that stands out from the crowd includes Hackney's Original French Fried Onions. The french fried onions have placed in the top three onions rings in the country consistently, despite not even being rings! If you want to experience authentic classic American cuisine at a restaurant that's been serving America for 76 years, Hackney's is the place to go.

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
What I think is fantastic is the dome seating outside, cozy and warm, decorated with care. I had a burger and fries. It was satisfying. Love the half price bottles of wine on Tuesdays, which I shared with a friend. The service was attentive and friendly. Fun dinner with a good friend!
A photo of Pinched on the River restaurant
4.8 (327)
$30 and under
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant
The most unique and eclectic Mediterranean inspired food with a pinch of this and a pinch of that.
Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Lovely restaurant on the canal in streeterville area of Chicago. The staff are amazing and the food was so good!
A photo of Ko Fusion - Downtown restaurant
4.5 (91)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Description coming soon! New location- 30 E Main St.
Top review
Dined on 14 Feb 2024
Excellent service and wonderful food - as always. This is one of the few truly unique and high-quality dining locations in Champaign-Urbana.
A photo of Igloos at The Drake Oak Brook restaurant
4.4 (253)
$31 to $50
Oakbrook Terrace
About the restaurant
*Igloos will open for the season Friday, November 3rd, 2023*

Enjoy the Drake dining experience inside one of our cozy, enclosed igloos. Please consider bundling up if the weather is colder. Each igloo will have two small heaters for your comfort. We will have different table seating available to accommodate your party, up to ten people.

Reservations are available for lunch and dinner Wednesday- Sunday.
*A 20% service charge will be added to all checks*

Reservations will be limited to 2 hours from the start time of your reservation time. We advise all parties to arrive on time to maximize on your experience.

There is a F&B minimum spend of $250 for dinner reservations on Friday and Saturday.

Late cancellations (under 72h before the reservation time) or no shows are subject to a $25.00 per person cancellation fee.

Our igloos are enclosed and heated but with severe rain or snow it is possible we will have to cancel your reservation due to poor weather conditions.

Top review
Dined on 22 Feb 2024
The entire experience was very romantic and memorable.
A photo of Bev's restaurant
4.4 (64)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Downtown Naperville & paying homage to longtime building owner Beverly Patterson-Frier. Midcentury modern vintage vibes with upscale, made from scratch fare, craft libations, & a unique experience make this a must visit spot. We specialize in fresh seafood, certified angus beef steaks, dry-aged slagel farms burgers and our weekend brunch. Come check us out!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 17 Feb 2024
We enjoyed our dinner in the igloo. If was quiet and private . The food was outstanding and our server was attentive and very pleasant. Definitely will return to Bev’s
A photo of Barcocina - West Town restaurant
4.4 (117)
$31 to $50
West Town
About the restaurant
Barcocina is a progressive Mexican concept showcasing twists on classic flavors by Oaxacan-born chef Ramiro Piza. The menu offers shared plates featuring seafood, empanadas, tacos, and plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. An extensive cocktail list with plenty of margaritas highlight the vast tequila selection. The space is available for parties of any size large or small.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Great time ! Was well served and was given a churros for my bday with a great candle ! They were so nice and clean.
A photo of Firehouse Grill restaurant
4.3 (160)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
An Evanton neighboorhood favorite!
Come in and enjoy a craft beer, great burger, and friendly atmosphere!

Top review
Dined on 3 Feb 2024
I'm a regular customer both for dine in and carry out. The quality is always consistent. It can sometimesd be too loud when crowded.
A photo of Whiskey Bend restaurant
4.3 (61)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
St. Charles
About the restaurant
In June 1896, the trolley system that linked St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Aurora, and Elgin, IL began to offer service to local citizens. Overhead wires that ran along the track supplied the power to the single, open-air cars.

The trolley came from South Elgin and traveled along the east side of the river, through the St. Charles Country Club and along Route 25. From Main Street, it went west, crossed over the bridge, and turned south on 3rd Street to go to Geneva.

It was at this last turn that conductors would stop the trolley and allow passengers to disembark for a quick drink to warm up during the winter months. Welcome back to Whiskey Bend.

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Great Happy Hour specials. Food is tasty. Great Old Fashions.
A photo of Kennedy Rooftop restaurant
4.2 (157)
$30 and under
Bucktown / Wicker Park
About the restaurant
Welcome to Kennedy Rooftop with IGLOO SEASON upon us!
Along with standard reservations we offer 4 different igloo experiences: A La Carte, Winter Wineland, and 2 different bottle service packages (scroll down for more information on each experience)! These igloo experiences are offered at the below times each day:
Monday-Thursday: 4pm, 6pm, & 8pm
Friday: 5pm, 7pm, & 9pm
Saturday: 4pm, 6pm, & 8pm
Sunday: 1pm & 3pm

Top review
Dined on 17 Feb 2024
The aesthetic was beautiful! The service was great but no sweet wines offered. The only moscato on the menu they were out of. When doing my check I was a little under the limit for the igloo experience per person price. The server asked if I’d like another drink to have inside since my time was ending or something to go. I choose a pizza to go. When brought my check I was told she added 2 pizzas to go because I was still under and added a 20% included service charge. I would have fathered the service to be up front and give me the option then just go ahead and add another pizza to go. Otherwise, it was an amazing experience!
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