Best Wicker Park & Bucktown patios
Wicker Park's best patios, rooftops and sidewalk cafes
The patio at Red Door (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye / August 29, 2012)
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.
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.
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.
1531 N. Damen Ave. 773-235-4039
The most notoriously popular patio in the ’hood, this taco-and-whiskey bar’s outdoor seating is a hot commodity, with tables often filling in the early afternoon on sunny days.
1059 N. Wolcott Ave. 773-486-1512
A bar that looks like any no-frills dive gives way to a room filled with pingpong tables and a seriously spacious patio out back. It’s technically just south of Wicker Park proper, but the outdoor imbibing space is among the best in the area, if not the whole city.
1846 W. Division St. 312-878-1212
This sleek restaurant is known for its sustainable and organic focus, but the unique patio, with loungey couches and shady umbrellas for long afternoons of people-watching, is just as much of a draw.
1616 N. Damen Ave. 773-772-7100
The eclectic menu at this eatery offers a little bit of everything, from coconut-curry quesadillas to salmon with avocado salsa. It’s all best enjoyed on the side patio, which is partially covered for rainy days.
2146 W. Division St. 773-772-7700
Division Street is known for shady seating on its extra-wide sidewalks, but the real al fresco action at this Italian eatery and wine bar is the fenced-in backyard patio, lined with greenery and shaded with rose red umbrellas.