Well, it’s officially here - that time of year when we need to worry about how many layers we should put on before heading outside. And after spending the past five months focusing on reopening for outdoor (and indoor) dining, Chicago restaurants are preparing their patios for cold weather.
This means finding ways to keep you warm, while still following Chicago’s guidelines for outdoor winter dining. Luckily, they’ve been making adjustments with things like tents, domes, and those greenhouse things so you can still eat outside through fall. And we’re keeping track of them all, separated by neighborhood, in this guide.
Editor’s Note: As of 11/16 Chicago enacted a Stay-At-Home Advisory. While outdoor dining is still allowed, some restaurants have decided to temporarily close their patios until the advisory is lifted. Double-check before making a reservation at one of these spots
Fiya has domes on their back patio available for outdoor dining.
The Duck Inn has a secluded back patio with a large, heated tent that’s partially enclosed.
The twinkly-lit back patio at this Italian restaurant has a tent, and there’s a heater next to every table.
The Publican is part of Fulton Market’s “Dining Together, Apart” program, and you can reserve one of the domes for outdoor dining.
This Chinese restaurant has a combination of domes and greenhouses for people to reserve. It’s also part of the “Dining Together, Apart” program on Fulton Market.
Kuma’s Corner is participating in the “Dining Together, Apart” Program, so groups of two to six people can reserve one of the domes to eat their burgers outside.
Beatrix has a combination of domes and little greenhouses, which will be available through Fulton Market’s “Dining Together, Apart” program from now through the end of November.
This steakhouse has multiple tents lined up on their sidewalk patio, which they also share with Cold Storage.
This wine bar has an enclosed tent on their sidewalk patio.
Marvin's Food & Fuel
This new American restaurant has a semi-permanent enclosed structure for outdoor dining.
This upscale steakhouse has a large tent on its patio, complete with heaters and a chandelier.
Somerset has greenhouses available for outdoor dining, and lots of heaters on their patio.
Truth Italian Restaurant
The large, secluded patio of this Italian restaurant (which also serves brunch every day) is completely tented and partially enclosed.
Athena Greek Restaurant
The enclosed, heated back patio at this Greek restaurant will help protect you from the cold.
This Mediterranean spot has five partially-enclosed domes on their side patio. Each can sit up to six people.
Tuco & Blondie
Tuco & Blondie is a Tex-Mex restaurant, and right now they have a tent on their back patio.
Figo Wine Bar has several enclosed tents that are basically private “outside dining rooms” out on their sidewalk patio.
This French restaurant has a covered outdoor patio with a nice view of the park.
Summer House’s front patio is now completely tented. Also worth noting is that Stella Barra (the attached pizza restaurant next door) has an all-season back patio.
This Italian restaurant has a small, partially enclosed tent on it’s outdoor patio.
This Italian restaurant has a tent on its patio.
Homeslice has a tented all-season patio to keep you warm and dry despite the weather.
This Mexican spot recently added clear domes to their outdoor dining setup.
Trattoria Gianni has two tents on their large patio and several heaters to keep everyone warm.
Lincoln Square/Ravenswood/Irving Park
The Warbler has a covered patio with lots of heaters.
This Filipino and Cuban restaurant has partially-enclosed tents with heaters on its outdoor patio.
The Piggery has a covered rooftop with heaters, tents, and TV’s.
This brewery incubator has large, heated outdoor cabanas.
This steakhouse has heated tents available for outdoor dining.
This Neapolitan pizza spot has a large tent (it even has little plastic windows) for covered outdoor dining.
Happy Camper has covered, partially enclosed tents on their sidewalk patio.
Azul has an enclosed sidewalk patio.
Osteria Via Stato
This Italian restaurant has a large tent (with plastic windows) covering its front patio.
This Italian restaurant now has a fully tented side patio, with plenty of heaters.
This seafood-focused restaurant is right by the river, and the patio overlooking the patio has both tents and heaters.
This Mexican restaurant has an all-season patio with heaters and a ventilated ceiling for air circulation.
Avli River North
This Greek restaurant has a completely enclosed patio with heated floors, and a large and enclosed heated tent out on the street.
Nonnina has a covered and tented outdoor space with heaters.
This steakhouse has multiple tents with heaters available for outdoor dining.
Etta - River North
This location of Etta has an enclosed patio with heaters available for outdoor dining.
Siena Tavern has a covered, partially enclosed outdoor dining with plenty of heaters.
River West/West Town
The fenced-in back patio of this Italian restaurant is now covered by a tent.
This Filipino spot has a large tent covering its cute outdoor patio.
The outdoor patio at this Indian restaurant is now covered by a large tent. It’s decorated with plants, which helps make it easier to forget how cold it is outside.
The Darling has 14 greenhouses on their patio that can sit up to four people each. They call it the “Rose Garden” and you can reserve one for drinks or light bites.
This Mexican spot has tents covering the tables out on their patio, and the sides are adjustable based on which way the wind is blowing.
Bar Siena has tents with both heaters and TVs outside.
Like Cruz Blanca, its sister restaurant next door, this Mexican spot also has adjustable tents covering the tables out on their patio.
This bar has a tented patio with heaters and outdoor TVs.
Parlor is a popular pizza spot known for its giant patio, and this year it’s covered by a tent filled with heaters.
This fantastic Italian restaurant has a partially-enclosed tent filled with plenty of heaters.
This all-day cafe has partially-enclosed tents with heaters available for outdoor dining.
Aba now has domes on their rooftop that you can reserve for rooftop dining.
Bandit has partially enclosed tents with plenty of heaters.
The Wicker Park location of this BBQ spot has a covered outdoor patio.
Parlor Pizza Bar
This location of Parlor has a tented patio similar to the one in the West Loop.
This brewpub has a tent and greenhouse set up for outdoor dining.