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Jason / April 1, 2010 9:16 AM

I like Resi's Bierstube or Ten Cat.

Kristina / April 1, 2010 11:23 AM

I live at Moody's in the summer, pretty much.

Dennis Fritz / April 1, 2010 11:57 AM

Moody's. Accept no alternative.

Jasmine / April 1, 2010 12:26 PM

Upstairs patio at Medici on 57th (aka "the Med") is lovely. No booze but it is BYOB.

PS: I'm making a Google map of everyone's answers. Should come in handy for spring and summer. Thanks, everybody!

John / April 1, 2010 1:54 PM

Moretti's in Edison Park!

vanessa / April 1, 2010 1:55 PM

Jasmine, I want that map!

My picks:
Las Palmas

Leah / April 1, 2010 2:39 PM

There are patios other than Moody's?

Tracie / April 1, 2010 3:05 PM

Stop recommending Moody's! I won't be able to get a seat, and it's right in my 'hood.
Seriously though, I love Bar on Buena. Very understated and great beer selection.

Mucky Fingers / April 1, 2010 3:08 PM

My backyard.

Euripides Trousers / April 1, 2010 3:22 PM

Definitely Resi's Bierstube!

A. Lewellen / April 1, 2010 3:48 PM

By far the most beautiful outdoor patio of any restaurant I have ever seen in the city is at La Tontos Taquería which also has the best kobe beef taco's and oversized chips I have ever had. The scale model of Buckingham fountain is really remarkable and they fill it with complementary house margaritas on the weekends in the summer. As far as I know everything is made from scratch even the limes are fresh off the potted tree they have growing in the main dining area. The vintage fixtures are supposedly from an old opera house in Mexico city and the small mural on the back wall is said to have been reproduced from an original sketch the owners grandmother got from Diego Rivera in return for some of her legendary tamales. The hand carved tables and chairs are so gorgeous it almost feels like a crime to sit in them but everything on the menu is so amazing that you can't help but settle in after the first bite. Every time I have been there the owners wife accompanied the owner on guitar sings when the kitchen slows down which is rare but you may get lucky and you really feel transported to another world when your there. Truly a Chicago hidden gem.

Brian Lauvray / April 1, 2010 4:00 PM

Happy Village? Happy Village.

jennifer / April 1, 2010 4:12 PM

Phyllis' Musical Inn & Happy Village are my two go-to spots.

anne / April 1, 2010 4:23 PM

The back patio at Long Room is nice, and it smells like Popeye's chicken from next door.

Jasmine / April 1, 2010 5:14 PM

Map is at

Mike / April 1, 2010 5:27 PM

I second A Lewellen. La Tontos truly is a hidden gem ... and it's just down the street from my favorite bar that offers free Spotted Cow to people named Mike on Thursdays.

donna / April 1, 2010 5:52 PM

Duke of Perth

Jannis / April 1, 2010 6:58 PM

I second Jury's.

Steve / April 1, 2010 7:10 PM

Sheffield's has a great beer garden and some really good beer to go with it.

dan / April 1, 2010 7:44 PM

The small bar in Logan Square

The Orbit Room

The Village Tap

V / April 1, 2010 8:45 PM


Civil / April 2, 2010 10:46 AM

The street seating at Hugo's Frog bar is great for people watching in the "Viagra Triangle" area. Also Bar on Buena is great just for the relaxed atmosphere and beer selection.

eee / April 2, 2010 10:48 AM

I'll give another vote for Moody's. Love that place.

kelly / April 2, 2010 1:05 PM

where is Los Tantos Taqueria???? I can't find the location online......

Jess / April 2, 2010 2:53 PM

@A.Lewellen I just searched online for La Tontos Taquería and can't find anything.Address? Website? Sounds lovely.

Downer Man / April 2, 2010 4:49 PM

They fill a scale model of Buckingham Fountain with margaritas?

Please tell me you people didn't fall for that...

el Pedro / April 3, 2010 11:23 AM

Citizen for slightly overpriced beer, somewhat lousy service, and awesome people-watching.


Moody's (haven't been there in 20 years)

Tiny Lounge!

Ellen / April 3, 2010 1:16 PM

Morseland! Especially on evenings of good beach days when everyone walking past is going home happy and sandy.

Steven / April 3, 2010 6:46 PM

My own balcony overlooking Hollywood Beach. It's reasonably private, the music is fantastic, smoking is allowed, the cocktail selection is amazing, and there is never a wait for the bathroom.

A. Lewellen / April 3, 2010 7:14 PM

Kelly & Jess and anyone else hunting down that tastey Chicago gem note the date of my post and Google up a translator for La Tontos and you find it :)

fluffy / April 3, 2010 11:09 PM

Although I don't sit outside, I'll say Happy Village cause I have no choice. My kitchen window faces their backyard. To tell you the truth, I hate it. It's full of empty yacketty noise.

Cheryl / April 4, 2010 1:54 PM


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