Summer... it came, and then it left. All too soon. Today marks the first day of fall, or roughly 90 days before we're freezing our asses off. All the couch potatoes are scratching their heads wondering where the hell June went.
It's happening, folks. This is real... summer is over and now is the time to get out of the house before we're all curled up in our living rooms eating a bowl of chili and watching every episode of Orange Is the New Black three times. Call up your significant other and tell them you're going out for dinner. If you don't have a significant other, there are apps for that.
Now, here are 5 of my favorite restaurants with patios serving delicious meals that won't break the bank...
Birchwood Kitchen makes you feel like you're at your friend's house for dinner. Nestled next to an apartment building, their patio provides a cozy and quiet "back deck" dining experience. There's something for everyone on the menu, and it's done in a unique, high-quality way. They seem to always have a few specials too.
I recently discovered this place and I'm sure glad I did. It's a little pricier than Birchwood Kitchen, but a similar "cafe" vibe with excellent menu options. I tried the Pork Chop with blackberry sauce. Their patio sits along Augusta Boulevard, which can get busy but certainly not a deal breaker for me.
Parson's Chicken & Fish
Oh Parson's, how I miss you. I used to live in Logan Square, and this place is a gem. A very simple menu (a handful of chicken and fish options) cheap beer options, and great cocktails! Their patio is massive, includes a pingpong table, and overlooks a grassy boulevard.
This is your standard bar with a good food menu. If you like people watching (who doesn't?), this is your joint - it's located in Wicker Park on Milwaukee Avenue, one of the cities trendiest areas. I'm a fan of their turkey burger and buffalo chicken wrap. I'm pretty sure their patio is dog friendly!
Speaking of trendy. Big Star might be the most popular restaurant along the Blue Line, attracting everything from local hipsters to Wrigleyville bros for their tacos, drinks, and large patio. It's always packed full of energy. And they have those fancy heaters, so even when it's a bit nippy outside you can still enjoy the patio.
So there you have it... my 5 favorite patios in Chicago! Now get out there and enjoy them before it's too late! What are your favorite Chicago restaurants with patios?