11 Best Outdoor Bars & Restaurants in Chicago Reopening for Patio Season

There are few things in this world better than Summertime Chicago, and a huge contributor to that is the city’s vast selection of outdoor patio and rooftop dining options. As the weather turns from spring, to fake summer, back to spring, to official summer, more and more of your favorite rooftop and patio dining establishments are opening their doors again to welcome back customers. With that being said, you need to know where to go. And UrbanMatter has you covered. Here are just a few of the best Chicagoland patios, rooftop bars and outdoor restaurants set to re-open for business in 2021.


The world’s largest rooftop bar and one of Chicago’s most exciting hotspots located at Navy Pier is reopening their doors to the public on Thursday, April 22. Boasting over 56,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space with spectacular views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, this year-round rooftop destination will again offer locals a truly unique opportunity to enjoy Chicago’s upcoming warm months, safely. Signature, Instagrammable drinks include a lychee-style cocktail, a fruit-forward cocktail served in a bag, and much more. Parking for Offshore is available in the East Garage located on the North Dock of Navy Pier. For more information, please visit www.drinkoffshore.com.

Kennedy Rooftop

Located at 1551 W. North Ave., the Kennedy Rooftop is currently serving up specialty drinks and delicious dishes Thursday through Sunday on their spacious deck in Wicker Park. If you’re looking for the best rooftop bars with beautiful views of the city skyline, this destination is known for its views of the Willis Tower, John Hancock, and other buildings in Chicago. Kennedy Rooftop is open Thursday from 5 pm -9 pm, Friday/Saturday 4 pm -10 pm and Sunday for Brunch from 11 am – 4 pm. Seating is first come, first served. For more information, please visit www.kennedyrooftop.com.

City Cruises

Hornblower Group, a global leader in world-class experiences and transportation, announced today the launch of its Chicago cruising operations as City Cruises under City Experiences, the new brand name for the company’s water- and land-based portfolio of offerings. Locals and travelers alike are invited back on City Cruises’ luxurious yachts including the Odyssey Lake Michigan, Spirit of Chicago, Chicago Elite, and their newest vessel to join the fleet, Odyssey Chicago River, to enjoy specialty curated cocktails and cuisines, all while taking in the unmatched views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline from the Chicago River. City Cruises offers plated brunch and dinner cruises featuring delicious cuisine alongside a sophisticated selection of award-winning wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails, all while enjoying the spectacular views of Chicago and Lake Michigan.  Cruise prices start from $86.90 for brunch or $99.90 for dinner (prices per person, excl. fees & taxes).

Geja’s Café

The renowned “Restaurant of Romance” located at 340 W. Armitage, is open for indoor dine in service as well as outside on their patio under their Pergolas seven days a week. Reservations are very limited outside on their recently installed Pergolas, and can be made by calling 773-281-9101 or clicking here.

Replay Lincoln Park

Chicago’s favorite pop-up bar, Replay Lincoln Park, 2833 N. Sheffield, is bringing back its fan favorite pop-up so everyone can celebrate with their favorite coworkers at “Dunder Mifflin”. As we wrote this week, the wildly popular ‘Back to The Office’ pop-up will return beginning Friday, April 9, and run through Sunday, May 16. Replay Lincoln Park will transform all 9,000 square feet of their space, including their outdoor patio, into iconic spots inspired by the show, and will offer an exclusive selection of Michael Scott-inspired cocktails and a themed food menu for guests to indulge in during their experience.

Tickets are now available, and reservations are highly encouraged. The staff at this bar in Chicago will be practicing COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of patrons and employees. Replay Lincoln Park invites guests for great fun from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Monday – Thursday, Friday 3 p.m. – 2 a.m., 12 p.m. – 3 a.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. Sunday. For more information, please visit https://replaylincolnpark.com.

Thorn Restaurant & Lounge

Led by Executive Chef Nicholas Malloy, Thorn Restaurant & Lounge,  located in The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton and closest off-airport hotel to O’Hare, offers hotel guests and patrons alike a chic oasis for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as brunch and late-night cocktails, and includes comfort food favorites, signature Rose items, and Chef’s daily specials. For the upcoming holiday, this bar and restaurant in Chicago will be offering an exclusive Mother’s Day High Tea on Sunday, May 9 with two seating’s available at 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. which includes complimentary parking, live music from Dina Bach, and a curated menu to set the scene of an elevated high tea. The Thorn lounge features plush, comfortable seating areas for those looking to dine in, as well as a patio area for those interested in sitting outside. They can also accommodate various social gatherings, family functions, upcoming meetings, and more. For more information visit thornrestaurant.com or call 847-260-4774.

Water’s Edge

Water’s Edge, located within The Hyatt Lodge, 2815 Jorie Boulevard in Oakbrook, offers upscale café items including fresh, innovative salads, classic sandwiches, soups and entrees for both breakfast and lunch. Guests also have the opportunity to experience complete relaxation in the Hearth Lounge’s intimate, cozy atmosphere. During the summer months, guests at this restaurant in Chicago can enjoy meals al fresco on the relaxing and serene patio. Hearth Lounge’s menu includes superb cocktails as well as gourmet soups and sandwiches, fresh salads, hearty appetizers and delicious desserts. Both venues boast gorgeous views of the property’s private lakes and pristine landscaping restaurant and Hearth Lounge are the perfect place to sip cocktails or enjoy lunch and dinner. Patrons can also opt to book Hyatt’s Lakeside Private Parties which can cater to up to 40 guests. For more information, please call 630-568-1234 or visit their website by clicking here.

Fulton Market Kitchen

With new Executive Chef, Jonathan Harootunian, Fulton Market Kitchen is set to reopen with a brand-new menu on April 8. Located in the vibrant Fulton Market District, guests can enjoy either outdoor or indoor dining at the part restaurant part art gallery crossover, and try 4-Star Rated Chef Harootunian’s seasonal menu, in addition to locally-sourced cocktails. Chef Harootunian’s focus is to provide a variety of refined, seasonal dishes utilizing ingredients sourced from regional farms, local markets and neighbors along Fulton Market Street. Located at 311 N. Sangamon, FMK is open Thursday through Sunday, and offers a delicious brunch menu on the weekends. To learn more about FMK or to make a reservation, please visit www.fultonmarketkitchen.com.


Sicily meets South Loop, the authentic Italian eatery located within Roosevelt Collection Shops at 1010 S. Delano Ct. Led by Executive Chef Michael Serratore, Pacino’s offers a wide range of classically-inspired antipasti, pizza, salads, seafood, fresh pastas and more. Enjoy signature cocktails or a glass of vino at the full bar indoors or pull up a seat under the outdoor pergola for an amazing outdoor dining experience. Pacino’s is open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday from 5 pm-10 pm. To make a reservation or place an order, diners can visit their website.


Known as one of the best rooftop bars in Chicago, AIRE features 360-views from the 24th floor of Hyatt Centric the Loop Chicago. This rooftop deck serves as the perfect urban atmosphere for both Chicago residents and tourists alike to enjoy. AIRE has made its mark on the Chicago dining and drinking scene. The regular food menu at this rooftop restaurant includes an array of flatbreads, appetizers, and salads. The beverage program at this rooftop bar in Chicago serves up a variety of specialty- crafted cocktails, craft beer, draft beer, and wine. This outdoor area features fire pits, cabanas, couches and an outdoor bar with an unmatched urban feel. AIRE is open Monday – Wednesday 3:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., Thursday – Saturday 3:30 p.m. – 12 a.m, Sunday – Closed. To learn more please visit their website.


Chicago’s latest outdoor dining reintroduction – Carnivale, located in the West Loop, will be opening their outdoor patio to the public on Wednesday, May 26. They are open for both the outdoor dining and indoor service in their vibrant dining room Wednesdays-Sundays. The Carnivale experience offers Latin cuisine, exotic cocktails, and one-of-a-kind desserts. If you’ve ever driven through the Jane Byrne Interchange and took a second to look left or right amidst the omnipresent construction you’ve likely seen the Carnivale and their technicolor dream wall from 90. Well, beginning this week you can sit outside and dine there and enjoy some of the most vibrant cuisine in the city. Hours of Operation will be Wednesday-Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday- Saturday 4pm-11pm, and Sundays 4pm-9pm.

Featured Image Credit: Offshore