During those cold and seemingly endless winter months in Chicago, we all tell ourselves that summer will make the puffy coats, gas bills and vitamin D deficiency worth our while. There’s nothing quite like sipping a beer and snacking on an appetizer with the sun shining on your face and a cool breeze in your hair. But don’t let your Northside friends convince you that great al fresco dining in Chicago is tied to the lakeshore. There are plenty of great patios and rooftops right here in Logan Square. Here are our favorites, along with some suggestions from our fabulous Twitter friends.
1. Parson’s Chicken & Fish
Parson’s Chicken & Fish (@ParsonsCHI, 2952 W. Armitage Ave.) serves the ideal summer menu: funnel cakes, shrimp toast and negroni slushies. Best of all, though, they have an outdoor bar accompanied by an enormous patio. Get ready to wait in line for your spot.
2. Boiler Room
Between the PB&J special, the Jamieson ice cream and the talking bathroom doors, the inside of Boiler Room (@boilerroomchi, 2210 N. California Ave.) is pretty special. But don’t forget to sneak beyond that magical ATM that spits out a free Jameson shot with your receipt. Just past it you’ll find a picnic table-laden patio complete with flowers and fence art. I dare you to find a better setting to sip whiskey and cheap beer on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
3. Orbit Room
OK, it’s not technically Logan Square, but on California just north of Diversey, Orbit Room (2959 N. California) is pretty darn close. It’s like Uncle Fatty’s minus the bros and bar games. No, let me rephrase: It’s like a tiki bar with flannel and tattoos. Whatever you want to call it, Orbit Room’s patio is huge and they’ve got plenty of tropical (albeit pricey) drinks for you to sip on.
4. Small Bar
Tucked away on Wellington and Albany, Small Bar’s (@SmallBarLogan, 2956 N. Albany Ave.) patio is private, leafy and large enough to fit plenty of people. They also boast an impressive draft list and soccer on the TVs, if that’s your thing.
5. Table Donkey & Stick
Didn’t think we’d fit Alpine food on this list, did you? Au contraire. Grab a charcuterie-filled meal, or just a pretzel and a radler on Table Donkey & Stick‘s (@tabledonkeyinn, 2728 W. Armitage Ave.) back patio and enjoy.
6. El Cid
I’ve been going to El Cid (@ElCidChicago, 2645 N. Kedzie Blvd.) for years, but until the warm weather crept around this spring (and then disappeared?), I had no idea that their incredible patio existed. Eating tortas and sipping margaritas back there, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation south of the border. Bonus points for being vegetarian friendly.
7. Longman & Eagle’s OSB
Yeah yeah, L&E (@longmanandeagle, 2657 N. Kedzie Blvd.) gets a spot on every “cool stuff in Chicago” article. We can’t escape it, and neither can you. But OSB has everything hipsters dream of: motorcycles, sausage and whiskey. You can find the Offsite Bar directly behind the restaurant.
8. 90 Miles Cuban Cafe
There are two things you need to know about 90 Miles (@90MilesChicago, 2540 W. Armitage): Cuban food and BYOB. Grab a bottle of rum and secure a spot on their well-decorated patio for plantain chips, mojitos and an authentic Cuban meal.
Facing the Illinois Centennial Monument, Reno’s (@RenoChicago, 2607 N. Milwaukee Ave.) sidewalk seating has to have the best view on this list. There’s plenty of street action to entertain you and your fellow diners, plus a plethora of menu options to choose from including pastries and bagel sandwiches for brunch or pizza and pasta for dinner.
10. Quenchers Saloon
Between a beer list approaching 300 options, $1 Malört shots, tater tot pizza, free wi-fi and free popcorn, there’s a little something for everyone at Quenchers (@QuenchersSaloon, 2401 N. Western Ave.). They’ve also got a closed-in patio with plenty of tables and a colorful mural to gaze upon.