Category: al fresco dining

Shore Club: One-of-a-kind beachfront dining comes to Chicago

Shore Club: One-of-a-kind beachfront dining comes to Chicago
Just when you thought summer couldn’t get any better beachfront dining arrives in Chicago Forget, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Tahiti, Chicagoans and visitors, in the number one restaurant city in the nation, can now dine, imbibe and mingle on the “third” coast at Chicago’s newest alfresco restaurant, Shore Club on North Avenue Beach overlooking Lake... Read more »

Brickhouse Tavern: a peek inside the grand opening gala

Tom Ricketts and Pat Brickhouse pose for an iphone moment at the Grand Opening of Brickhouse in the Park at Wrigley. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer
Brickhouse Tavern, overlooking the Park at Wrigley celebrated its Grand Opening Monday evening following game one of the Crosstown Classic. A who’s, who of Chicago media types, sports fans, celebrities and admirers of Chicago broadcast legend, Jack Brickhouse chowed down on a variety appetizers from tuna poke and crab legs to burgers and pizza along... Read more »

The best of Al fresco dining: Lunch on the patio at ENO

The best of Al fresco dining: Lunch on the patio at ENO
Lunch on the Patio at ENO is the perfect mid-day escape–just steps from the bustle of the Mag Mile, the patio serves lunch weekdays 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. The new lunch menu, developed by executive chef Craig Couper, is a delectable mix of  both light and hearty bites along with an outstanding selection of cheeses... Read more »
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Try This! The shishito peppers at Eight Bar and Patio

Try This! The shishito peppers at Eight Bar and Patio
Shishito peppers…are the little peppers that could. A staple in Asian cooking the peppers got their name ‘shishito’ with a Japanese accent in reference to the tip of the chili pepper which looks like the head of a lion. These skinny, finger-long peppers are thin-walled and glossy with a unique ‘withered’ look. Fruit is typically... Read more »

The Terrace rooftop: Al fresco dining with the best views in Chicago if you can afford it

The Terrace rooftop: Al fresco dining with the best views in Chicago if you can afford it
The Terrace rooftop (401 N. Wabash) formerly known as the Terrace at Trump (but that’s another story) arguably offers the best views in Chicago of the skyline, the river and the lake. The views along with the lush rooftop surroundings on the 16th floor of the 401 N. Wabash building transport guests to another world... Read more »

Al Fresco dining Chicago: Genes Sausage Shop

You place your order, pay (cash only), get a number and bring your beverage to a table, then sit back and relax unitl your order is ready. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer
Fall in Chicago is special and unpredictable but we should easily have another six weeks to enjoy al fresco dining. Every year, Show Me Chicago (and now also, Chicago Eats) features our new hot spots and old favorites for al fresco dining. Genes Sausage Shop definitely belongs on that list. Gene’s Sausage Shop & Deli,... Read more »
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Aire rooftop: a welcoming oasis in the heart of Chicago

Highlights of Aire's rooftop include a 360-degree view and contemporary décor.
Chicago, May 25, 2016. In Chicago, we have two seasons, winter and July. Sometimes July stops by in other months just to tease us–and we love it. Yesterday was one of those days. It was July in May. Chicagoans and visitors alike filled the plazas, parks and outdoor cafes. AND…Chicago’s hot new rooftop bar AIRE... Read more »

Earls Kitchen Chicago offers 3-season al fresco dining

Earls Kitchen Chicago offers 3-season al fresco dining
Fans of outdoor eating have nothing to sweat now that Earls Kitchen has arrived in Chicago offering guests a three season al fresco dining option. Yes, you heard it right–even though this is Chicago–guests can bask (and dine) outdoors for a good part of the year on Earls outdoor patio. Earls, a family-owned Canadian company,... Read more »