We Chicagoans pride ourselves on our patio culture — from which we wring every last drop during our fleeting summers. When COVID sent our beloved restaurants into prolonged survival mode, many found creative ways to extend patio season well into our notoriously harsh Upper Midwestern winter. And while we’re appreciative for all of it, some truly went above and beyond.
Here are 10 of our favorite Chicago patios whose all-seasons upgrades will, hopefully, extend well into our brighter, post-vaccine future. And if you’re looking for more inspiration, you can always check out our full current list of outdoor options.