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6 Must-Visit Chicago Outdoor Lounging Destinations

By Urbanmatter Chicago @UMatterChicago

With summer weather finally beginning to break, outdoor bars and restaurants are the best way to enjoy the season.

From neighborhood to neighborhood, we’ve got a mix of the newest and best Chicago outdoor lounging destinations for every appetite.

Chicago Outdoor Lounging Destinations
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Bang Bang Pie Shop

Locations: Logan Square – 2051 N. California Ave. | Ravenswood – 4947 N. Damen Ave.
Great For: Sweet and salty treats, casual dining

Just as their website says, Bang Bang has pie and biscuits for all! Combining Midwestern cooking traditions with hospitality and a picnic-style outdoor eatery, this is a sure to be a summer outdoor dining favorite. Try the Malted Milk Chocolate pie for a heavenly chocolate experience, or the Huevos biscuit for some spice.

6 Must-Visit Chicago Outdoor Lounging Destinations
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Location: Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel – 1 W. Upper Wacker Dr.
Great For: Chic and urban lounging, sightseeing

Right above State Street and Wacker Drive, the brand new Renaissance hotel bar is now available for chic summer lounging. Inspired by urban gardening, this unique bar experience will give you both a fresh take on the rooftop bar scene and breathtaking views of the city.

Chicago Outdoor Lounging Destinations
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El Cid

Location: 2645 N. Kedzie Ave.
Great For: Authentic eats, casual dining

For cozy seating, a variety of margaritas, and authentic Mexican cuisine, this Logan Square restaurant is a great, lowkey spot to relax on a summer evening. All for a reasonable price, you can grab smothered burritos and even potato tacos for vegetarians.

Chicago Outdoor Lounging Destinations
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Location: London House | 85 E. Wacker Drive at N. Michigan Ave.
Great For: Chic lounging, sightseeing

Coming soon, this multi-level lounging experience is one you must visit. This outdoor terrace offers beautiful views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, and the Magnificient Mile, along with classic cocktails and small bites.

Chicago Outdoor Dining Destinations
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Location: 4539 N Lincoln Ave.
Great For: Quaint dining, small celebrations

From family-style shareable meals to a variety of cocktails and spirits, Gather offers a natural setting that is sure to accommodate any quaint dining experience, from dates to milestones. The covered outdoor terrace features gathering tables, and reserves 50% of its seating just for walk-ins, as their goal is to make their location a great neighborhood nook. They were also featured in Chicago Chef Week.

Chicago Outdoor Lounging Destinations
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Location: 334 N. State St.
Great For: Night out with friends, ping pong

CALLING ALL PING PONG LOVERS: This social club is the coolest spot for fun and competition. Other than 20 outdoor and indoor ping pong tables, SPiN offers a full menu of favorites, including flatbreads and wings, to classic cocktails and drafts. Ping Pong fanatics can even get a membership to compete regularly in tournaments.

What are some of your favorite Chicago outdoor lounging destinations? Let us know below!

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