A Meal with a View
With warmer weather on the way, dining out tops the list of things to do in to Chicago. To really experience Chicago restaurants like a local, check out our recommendations for al fresco and patio dining around The Magnificent Mile. Soak up the sun, feel the breeze and take in some of the best views the city has to offer. And of course, a little people-watching never hurt!
Beatrix is a neighborhood restaurant, coffeehouse and meeting place, with two locations around The Magnificent Mile. Take a seat at either the sidewalk café or at the open window wine bar for a summer’s night signature cocktail.
671 North St. Clair
519 N. Clark Street
Cindy’s is a rooftop restaurant and open-air terrace atop the historic Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, with panoramic views of Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Lake Michigan and beyond. With seasonal freshness reflected in both food and drink, the rooftop dons the relaxed ambiance of a Great Lakes beach house with a view.
12 S. Michigan Avenue
Fremont, located in the heart of Chicago's River North area, will take you from an eclectic dining experience into elevated nightlife. And up on the second story, the retractable roof might just make for your new favorite summer spot.
15 W. Illinois Street
Giordano's convenient Rush Street location, just one block away from The Magnificent Mile, will have you relaxing and enjoying famous deep dish pizza on the patio in no time.
740 N. Rush Street
The beautiful outdoor terrace at GreenRiver not only boasts a great view, but also exceptional brunch service. The Michelin-starred restaurant and bar brings exceptional cocktails and seasonal American fare to Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.
259 E. Erie Street
Howells & Hood
Enjoy patio seating and incredible views of downtown Chicago at the base of Chicago's iconic Tribune Tower. With 119 unique local and global beers on draft, Howells & Hood offers the largest draft selection in the city, and is a vibrant and energetic addition to The Magnificent Mile.
435 N. Michigan Avenue
Labriola Café & Ristorante
Indulge in lunch and dinner - plus house made gelato for dessert - out on the patio at Labriola Café & Ristorante, just steps away from The Magnificent Mile along the Grand Avenue pedestrian walkway. The ecletic venue houses an elegant full-service Italian restaurant and private event space with seasonal outdoor seating for lunch and dinner, a cocktail lounge that serves food from the restaurant, and a bakery café that sells baked goods, including Stan’s Donuts, and serves breakfast and lunch.
535 N. Michigan Avenue
Relax on the waterfront patio at Pinstripes, located on the Chicago River, after a fun game of bowling, bacci ball or more. Heated umbrellas and lighting provide the perfect atmosphere for friends and family to enjoy the view after sunset.
435 E. Illinois Street
Quartino is a bustling restaurant and wine bar just a few blocks off The Magnificent Mile. The distinctive Italian small- plates menu is full or regional specialties which are perfect to share with friends!
626 N. State Street
With sweeping skyline views, The Bistro at Streeterville Social provides a casually chic environment to take in the city’s favorite season with inventive bites and refreshing sips. The sun-soaked urban escape at Loews Chicago Hotel has everything for laid-back days, happier happy hours, and picture-perfect nights.
In addition to the summer menu, available daily from 4:00 p.m. until closing, The Bistro at Streeterville Social offers several weekly specials to help keep the summer fun flowing. Weekly specials include Sunday Funday, with $10 burgers and a Bloody Mary Bar, Margarita Monday, and #WeDrinkPink Wednesday.
455 N. Park Drive
Tavern on Rush
Dine outdoors and experience the sights and sounds of the lively Rush Street at Tavern on Rush. The patio provides shade under an awning or plentiful sunshine, depending on your preference. This is a spot to see and be seen when looking for upscale dining in downtown Chicago!
1031 N. Rush Street