Red Door

The patio at Red Door (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye / August 29, 2012)

Red Door
2118 N. Damen Ave. 773-697-7221
The wooden communal tables on this spacious sideyard patio makes it feel like one big picnic, complete with seasonal shared plates, bacon jam-slathered burgers and spiked snow cones.

1266 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-687-8895
At this sleek restaurant serving contemporary Italian fare, two massive garage doors open up to a brickfloored patio that’s the closest thing you’ll find to a piazza in Wicker Park.

The Anthem
1725 W. Division St. 773-697-4804
Don’t worry mega-fans, even sitting outside you can still see the massive TVs in this retro sports spot. You’ll be thankful for the fresh air and extra elbow room after scarfing down the bar’s signature cheese-stuffed Juicy Lucy burger.

Nick’s Beer Garden
1516 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-252-1155
Tucked behind this dark, sprawling dive, Nick’s namesake beer garden is a great spot to get some fresh air—especially if you aren’t exactly digging the live music happening inside on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Southern
1840 W. North Ave. 773-342-1840
For whiskey and Southern-inspired bar food with a view, take a seat on the plant-lined brick patio just outside the entrance. The covered rooftop on the second floor is popular for private parties, but is open to the public on weekend nights when it’s not booked.

Northside Bar & Grill
1635 N. Damen Ave. 773-384-3555
The name may be nondescript, but you’ll remember this sports bar and eatery for the spacious, shady open-air seating available all summer, with a retractable roof for sudden showers.

Big Star