Enjoy These Restaurants with Outdoor Dining in Chicago

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Like many cities with cold winters, Chicago comes alive in the summertime. When the warm weather arrives, residents and visitors alike relish any opportunity to get outside and take in everything the city offers. One of the best ways to enjoy the incredible weather is by relaxing at one of the city’s many outdoor eateries. Whether it’s a stunning rooftop or a streetside patio, there are lots of options for outdoor dining in Chicago. Here are a few favorites worth exploring:

Gibsons Italia

Located in Near West Side, Gibsons Italia is the ideal spot to take in the cityscape of Chicago. This tri-level eatery offers upscale cuisine with incredible river views from its rooftop patio. Steaks are the highlight of the extensive menu, including their mouth-watering bone-in filet mignon. Their pasta menu is also not to be missed with house favorites including a 7-year aged acquerello risotto.

Piccolo Sogno

Translated as “little dream,” Piccolo Sogno is a little slice of heaven in the River West neighborhood. Rustic Italian cuisine is the specialty of the house, and the quaint outdoor patio transports diners to a beautiful Tuscan village. Menu items including homemade pasta, traditional pizzas, and delightful seafood entrées.


With a nod toward Peruvian cuisine, Tanta is a sleek and stylish restaurant offering diners lots of flavor. Located in River North, Tanta has a charming roof deck to take in the great weather and enjoy the Peruvian fare. Tanta’s signature cocktails are a great way to start the meal, especially their famed pisco sour. Tanta’s menu offers a culinary trip through South America, with favorite dishes including wok-fried quinoa chaufa.

When you call 215 West Apartments home, great outdoor dining spots like these are right on your doorstep. Please contact us for additional information or to schedule a visit.

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