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8 patios for sunny days in Lincoln Park and Old Town

By RedEye staff

May 18, 2012

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Rocco Ranalli’s
1925 N. Lincoln Ave. 312-642-4700
Inside, this eatery is all old-school Italian with brick walls and checked tablecloths. Outside, the massive patio is the perfect place to devour a pizza and a few rounds of craft beer.

Corcoran’s Grill & Pub
1615 N. Wells St. 312-440-0885
During the summer at this Irish pub, beach volleyball teams from nearby North Avenue Beach vie with thirsty locals for seats on the sidewalk cafe and backyard beer garden, complete with its own coach house bar.

Crossing
2548 N. Southport Ave. 773-327-4900
Not only does this fenced-in beer garden have its own bar, but it’s also decked out with heaters when
needed to extend the outdoor boozing season as long as possible. Couches tucked under the shade of
the building are great for groups.

John Barleycorn
658 W. Belden Ave. 773-348-1570
Hidden behind the building and decked out with projection screens and a waterfall wall, the beer garden at this sports bar is one of the neighborhood’s best.

Mickey’s
2450 N. Clark St. 773-435-0007
Just a few blocks from the lakefront, this laid-back tavern draws sports fans and warm-weather people-watchers alike. The covered patio with a view out onto busy Clark Street is a reliable hangout even on rainy days, and in the winter, it’s enclosed and heated.

Perennial Virant

1800 N. Lincoln Ave. 312-981-7070
There’s perhaps no better place to savor chef Paul Virant’s super-seasonal, farm-driven fare than on this
restaurant’s picturesque corner patio facing Lincoln Park.

Sarks in the Park
444 W. Fullerton Parkway 773-404-9000
The menu of pancakes, omelets and signature breakfast subs (called Lorettas) will do the job to cure last night’s hangover, but Sarks’ biggest asset is the spacious stretch of cement out front, located a flight of stairs down from street level.

Zella
1983 N. Clybourn Ave. 773-549-2910
The inside of this Clybourn corridor wine bar features sofas and a fireplace, but on a warm day, the party is out back on the sprawling, tree-shaded patio.
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