Restaurants for Outdoor Enthusiasts in Chicago 

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    The J. Parker

    1816 N Clark St, 13th Floor, Chicago, IL
    7 reviews

    Love this spot. When the weather is nice, it's a great place for a drink. Great views.

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  • 2


    1840 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL
    3 reviews

    Great brunch spot in Wicker Park. The brisket hash tastes like love in a bowl. Super colorful and hearty dish. I loved that the indoors opened to a patio. Great for weekend brunch on a summer day!

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  • 3


    449 North Clark St., Chicago, IL, 60654
    13 reviews

    What can I say about Rick Bayless that hasn't been said? Just go, for crying out loud. Stand in the line and don't complain about it, because you're going to get amazing food at a reasonable price.

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    ROOF on theWit

    201 North State Street Chicago, IL 60601
    16 reviews

    Very scene-y, but if that's what you're looking for, this has a fun vibe, good music, and a great view. The retractable roof is cool too.

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    The Signature Room at the 95th

    875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
    33 reviews

    I could spend hours just taking in the breathtaking views here, which are probably second best to the views from Willis Tower. The cocktails are delicious, and not very pricey, so it's a perfect spot to just lounge the night away. The restaurant is on the 95th and the lounge is on the 96th. You can get bites up in ...

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    100 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60610
    41 reviews

    It's kind of touristy, but if you like a good cheesesteak, the sandwich here with sweet peppers and mozzarella is pretty unreal. Get a lot of napkins.

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    Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

    439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
    52 reviews

    This is the best Chicago deep dish pizza. With many locations, it's easy to find one of their sit down restaurants or just a carry out store, depending on your mood. Just to warn you: it does take half an hour for them to bake the pizza when you order at the sit down restaurant. Lou's buttery crunchy crust far ...

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  • 8

    Girl & the Goat

    809 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607

    Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard's Girl & the Goat is one of the hardest restaurants to get a table for so make reservations in advance. Totally worth the wait though - the food is amazing! Shared small plates here so you'll want to order a few different things to try. I especially loved the crisp braised pork shank, sugo pappardelle ...

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    Giordano's Pizza

    730 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL
    27 reviews

    One of Chicago's most famous and best pizzerias. If you haven't ever tried a true Chicago deep dish, then you absolutely must stop off for a filling dinner at Giordano's

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  • 10

    Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

    2024 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
    20 reviews

    Cafe Ba-Ba-Reba is a fantastic place to meet with a group of friends for a pitcher of sangria and some small plates. The bacon wrapped dates are a must! Sit outside if the weather allows, the porch has a great atmosphere.

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  • 11

    Superdawg Drive-In

    6363 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646
    11 reviews

    amazing hot dogs and fries. plus chocolate shake the way its suposed to be made! eat from your car!

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    Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen

    1141 S Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60607
    9 reviews

    I love going through the cafeteria-style line and kibitzing with the cooks and servers. The corned beef is great, each sandwich has enough for two. Try the kishka, and a vanilla cream, and a pickle, and some cole slaw. There's a parking lot out back.

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    Frontera Grill

    445 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654
    11 reviews

    More relaxed than Topolobampo but still exceptional. Not a fan of celeb chef spots but Rick Bayless consistently delivers.

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  • 14

    Longman & Eagle

    2657 North Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
    13 reviews

    This one was a new discovery in Chicago for me this year. Adventurous but accessible locally sourced food that is very high end, yet affordable. An undeniable hipster vibe, and in the heart of Logan Square. Fantastic service. This is my go-to brunch place! Don't miss the Bloody Larry (Bloody Mary with whiskey) or the Whole Hog Crepinette.

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  • 15

    Garrett Popcorn

    26 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
    40 reviews

    Garrett Popcorn brand needs no introduction. Yes, it IS as good as they say and they lines can be a bear at certain locations and certain times. There really is no one that does a better Chicago Mix of Cheddar and Caramel flavors.

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  • 16

    Mercat a la Planxa

    638 Michagan Avenue, Chicago, IL
    7 reviews

    Tapas here have a more modern presentation, but the flavors evoke memories of dining in Spain more than any other tapas restaurant in Chicago. Hence, it is my family's go-to for Spanish food. When I am not dining here on the parents' dime, it's mostly to take advantage of their awesome brunch. It is a feast! The only setback is ...

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  • 17

    Gilt Bar

    230 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL
    12 reviews

    Dimly lit, well-crafted cocktails, delicious food - it's really hard to find a place that executes ambiance, drinks, and food successfully. It's a restaurant/bar that I would easily return to with friends or a date.

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  • 18


    1414 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-9214, United States
    7 reviews

    Great place for Indian food! Been there once and can't wait to go back.

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  • 19

    The Purple Pig

    500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
    21 reviews

    In a city full of tapas and small plates restaurants, this one stands out, and is even favored by a number of celebrity chefs themselves. Adventurous eaters should try the pig ears, bone marrow, and foie gras with membrillo.

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  • 20

    Giordano's Pizzeria on Rush

    730 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611
    37 reviews

    OMG their pizza is to die for! All I could think about when I got home was getting myself more of that pizza. Found some alternatives but nothing beats Giordano's. I love that pizza pie!

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