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Best Outdoor Seating in Lincoln Park This Summer

June 12 2012 - 11:16 AM

Wander around Lincoln Park this summer and you’ll find an incredible number of restaurants and bars with outdoor dining. Huge sprawling patios outside of establishments you wouldn’t step foot in if it were cooler weather. Don’t get swayed by the cold drinks and abundant seating. There are plenty of legitimately good places to grab some food and drinks that have envious patios as well. I’m not saying these are the absolute best, but for Lincoln Park they’re pretty high on my list.

  1. Perennial Virant, 1800 N. Lincoln Ave.
    Every time I pass the corner of Clark and Lincoln, I stare wistfully at this gorgeous patio that curves around the front of the restaurant. The food is beautiful, and the patio is wooden, rustic and welcoming. While it’s a more upscale venue, you can always stop by for their weekend  brunch before heading to the Green City Farmers’ Market. 
  2. Dunlay’s on Clark, 2600 N. Clark St.
    This is a restaurant I’ve passed a million times that I always assumed had mediocre food. The food is actually delicious, prices are reasonable and the menu has plenty of options. They have a variety of sliders, salads, entrees and more. Or you can grab some chips and guacamole and enjoy a glass of their $5 sangria on their patio that goes along the entire side of the restaurant
  3. Mickey’s Bar & Patio, 2450 N. Clark St.
    I can’t say Mickey’s is known for their food, but they do have one of my favorite patios, especially when it is a bit too hot and sunny outside. Their covered patio has an abundance of seating, and they have some great drink specials for a lazy Sunday summer afternoon. Stop by for trivia during the week and great week day food and drink specials. 
  4. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, 2024 N. Halsted St.
    The outdoor seating at this Lettuce Entertain You mainstay is set back from the street, giving you the perfect view of Halstedpasserbys. You can’t go wrong with some tapas, especially if it’s the goat cheese marinara, and summertime drinks with a big group of friends. Their brunch is also one not to miss, with some delicious bloody marys and teeny tiny pancakes. 
  5. Barn & Company, 950 W. Wrightwood Ave.
    This barbecue spot is making waves in the bar scene, mostly because of its impressive patio out front. You’ll find adorable drinks in mason jars, like the sweet tea lemonade, and a handful of beers as well. If the smell of barbecue entices you while you’re drinking, just order up some food any time of night.

–Marly Schuman

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