Patio Restaurant picks on the Northside

Once it starts to get warm in Chicago, we try to spend as much time outside as possible. That means patio time in Chicago dining al fresco. It is going to be in the 60’s this weekend, which feels like the 90’s to us after our brutal cold winters. We wanted to share some great places in our north side neighborhoods where you can dine outside. This is just a small sampling. Share ones you love in the comments.


Gather – 4539 N. Lincoln Ave – Website
Gather has an adorable covered patio in back. They are participating in Chef Week April 17th through April 22nd. During this week they are offering a prix-fixe menu! Time Out Magazine describes one of their desserts served in a cast-iron skillet as “a soft, buttery mess of dough and caramel.” Yum.

The Fireside – 5739 N. Ravenswood – Website
Tucked away along the trains tracks in Ravenswood you’ll find The Fireside. They have a year-round patio in back and a small seasonal one right in front. Their beer list is outstanding!

Rogers Park

La Cazuela – 6922 N. Clark – Website
La Cazuela boasts breakfast wraps and Mexican food. When I scoured the internet for reviews, many people rave about their garden seating…and the seafood.

Heartland Cafe – 7000 N. Glenwood – Website
With adorable sidewalk patio seating, Heartland Cafe has been serving “good wholesome food for the mind and body in Rogers Park” for over 35 years. Time Out Chicago also lists it as one of Chicago’s Essential Restaurants. They offer vegetarian and vegan food! You might see me here this weekend. 🙂


Tweet – 5020 N. Sheridan – Website
Patio? Check. Bloody Marys and Mimosas? Check. Brunch menu? Check. Tweet is located steps away from our Uptown Regency property and offers veggie and gluten free options. Come back at night and visit their bar, Big Chicks right next door for drinks and dancing!