Summertime in Chicago brings outdoor pleasures galore, but save room on your list of under-the-sun activities to sample these spanking-new patios.
Ada St., a stylish lounge tucked away in River West, opens its grass-covered back patio today complete with fire pit, Ping-Pong table and picnic-table seating. The place is perfect for a post-music-festival snack: Try the salmon tartar with bacon ($12) and the brioche doughnuts with port-wine caramel ($7).
1664 N. Ada St.; 773-697-7069 or adastreetchicago.com
If we could drink a garden, it would taste like the cocktails at the new Bucktown spot Red Door. Settle in at a chic lantern-topped table and peruse the menu of adult snow cones ($7) and cocktails. We sampled a blush-pink mix of rose water, honey-flavored vodka and peppercorns; we also got a flowery buzz from the High Tea, made with Chinese-orange-blossom-infused bourbon.
2118 N. Damen Ave.; 773-697-7221 or reddoorchicago.com
For a summery dessert after a spin through the Green City Market, head to Butcher & the Burger. The alfresco café at the Lincoln Park butcher shop is surrounded by cedar fencing and spruced up with colorful blooms and tomato plants. A portable custard cart doles out cool treats in unexpected flavors like bacon, goat cheese and pear-mascarpone brûlée.
1021 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-697-3735