The best way to spend some time in the sun is to make sure the place has a patio or roof top area. In Wrigleyville, this is offered at over 40 places. Some places can open their roof or have heaters to enjoy these spaces in the warmth with the unpredictable Chicago climate! There are many places to eat, drink and enjoy the sun during the last days of summer in Chicago. Patios vary in size from a few tables to large areas featuring many seats and TVs, as well as everything in between.
Murphy’s Bleachers is a great space for a drink before you head into Wrigley Field bleachers. With the many day games at Wrigley Field, seats in the bleachers will allow you to soak up the sun and take in some baseball. Houndstooth Saloon features their patio surrounded by the houndstooth pattern. HVAC Pub offers a side patio to enjoy some pizza and beer, or a view of their stage for after Cubs performances. Maison Parisienne features a new covered back patio to enjoy your coffee and French baked goods. Nisei Lounge has introduced their patio as Beer Park Wrigley for a place to drink in the good weather. PR Italian Bistro features a patio with beautiful flowers to gaze upon while taking in the sites of the up and coming Sheridan Corridor. The covered patio at Roadhouse 66 allows you to enjoy the outdoors in a shaded area while watching Cubs on outdoor TVS, and enjoying the sights and sounds of Clark Street. Rockit Burger Bar’s patio is a place for burgers and hotdogs on a sunny summer day. Slugger’s sidewalk patio is a classic place to enjoy a drink, classic Chicago fare, and the weather. Starbucks Reserve’s patio is a great spot to relax and enjoy your morning coffee. The patio at Uncommon Ground is a nice place to enjoy some sun and suds from their own brewery, Greenstar. Vines on Clark’s large patio has plenty of space to truly show what it means for someone to “like the outdoors, i.e. drinking outside!” Wrigleyville Dogs features a front patio to enjoy a great hotdog while you wait for the Cubs’ game to start! Gallagher Way has many summer events to enjoy the dog days of summer. It is also open throughout the day and early evening for relaxing on the patio where you can overlook your kids splashing in the fountain or playing a game of catch! Rizzo’s Bar and Inn has a glass retractable roof, allowing you to get that “rooftop feel” without all the steps! Old Crow Smokehouse also has a comparable open air restaurant, but if you don’t mind adding steps to the trusty ole’ Fit Bit, head upstairs to their rooftop. Moe’s Cantina now features a rooftop deck to enjoy the setting sun or the night lights of Clark Street. Deuce’s and the Diamond Club has a large outdoor patio with a water feature right in the middle. They also include cabanas rentals with shade and TVs. If you are heading to this patio in the spring or fall, heaters are also included in the rental. With two different sizes, they can accommodate parties of 12-18 people. The Ivy Lounge at Casey Moran’s rooftop allows you to enjoy all there is to offer on North Clark Street, which is just as happening on Clark South of Addison. If the roof isn’t your thing head to their beer garden with a retractable roof to let the sun beam in. Dark Horse’s beer garden is open year round as it includes heaters and fans as well as TVs. For when the Chicago weather decides to cooperate, enjoy their front patio. Greystone has a beer garden that allows you take in the game on TVs around the garden. They too have a front patio to enjoy. A little further south and off of the busy Clark Street is Sheffield’s, which still has the livelihood of Wrigleyville but with a less chaotic outside atmosphere. They feature a large beer garden with retractable roofing for you to enjoy the sun in the summer or take in the smells of the BBQ they smoke in house. Another hidden gem nearby Sheffield’s is Trader Todd’s. They feature a beer garden with a unique twist- a boat right in the middle, sand, and a fire pit, surrounded by outside seating to enjoy one of their famous tiki drinks. Don’t forget their nightly karaoke. If you are too embarrassed to be seen with your friends while they sing their hearts out to Backstreet Boys, feel free to giggle and hide on their front patio. Bernie’s Tap and Grill and Yak-Zies also have retractable beer gardens to enjoy all year long. Cozy has a nice sidewalk patio to enjoy some noodles and rice. El Jardin features a nice enclosed patio if you want to be a little secluded from Clark Street, enjoying their margaritas and chips and salsa in a relaxed atmosphere. A little further down from El Jardin is Hutch American Bistro, complete with an outdoor patio full of flowers at this patio enjoy some comfort food when you’re missing your parents, or weekend brunch out with the friends that have become family. Lucky Dorr allows a place to enjoy some of Chicago’s best micro brews either in their cozy indoor area or outdoor patio area right around the corner from Wrigley Field’s Gallagher Way Park! New comers Big Star, Smoke Daddy, and Mordecai at Hotel Zachary all have outdoor space on the second floor, enabling you to enjoy Clark Street and the Cubs excitement without being in the midst of it all. Head to Sports Corner either on your way to the game or after with its convenient location next to the CTA Red Line. Sports Corner is not only close to transportation, but is a hop skip and a jump from Wrigley Field. Enjoy some drinks on their outdoor patio, second floor bar, or rooftop, then head on over for the game. Brickhouse located on the opposite side of the field from Sports Corner, has a 2nd floor outdoor space overlooking Gallagher Way and Wrigley Field, for great view any day of the summer.
Coming soon are rooftop pools at Addison and Clark Residence and the Wheelhouse Hotel. Many of the new construction and planned condos are having rooftops built as well as balconies.
Remember it’s only August and there is still plenty of time to enjoy the best season in Chicago!