We love dining alfresco, but there's something sorta gross about eating your salade Niçoise in the middle of a busy street. Our favorite patios in the city are these quiet, secluded ones with plenty of trees and twinkling lights.
Fig & Olive's 36-seat terrace is a tucked-away haven with an LED-lit "living wall" and a row of rosemary shrubs to block out the city sounds. Location.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Go to Parson's Chicken & Fish. Drink Negroni slushies. Eat fried things. Thank us later. Location.
Piccolo Sogno is the classy granddaddy of Chicago patios. Take a client for lunch, sip rosé and order the black spaghetti with seafood. Location.
Near North Side
The cocktails are expertly poured on the sexy patio at Japonais by Morimoto. Make a reservation--it's a scene (and a people-watching paradise), and tables fill up fast. Location.
With grassy expanses across the street and a fresh asparagus salad to die for (think marinated feta cheese and lentil vinaigrette), Perennial Virant is a summer staple. Location.
Need the opposite of hectic? Head north to Bistro Campagne, where the courtyard tables are quiet, the lights twinkle and the steak frites always hit the spot. Location.
The landscaping by Bottle & Branch is stunning this year on the romantic patio at Boka, which opens for the season on June 6. The famous roast chicken only helps the cause. Location.