The key to happiness is actually quite simple: It’s spending time on a great patio with your besties, good food and a few cocktails. For the past few months, those things have been in short supply but good news, friends: Chicago’s restaurant and bar patios have recently reopened with new health and safety measures in place.
We’ve rounded up the best outdoor dining spots across Chicago’s neighborhoods, so call your girls and get out there. But before you go: don’t forget your mask and some extra cash to tip your waitstaff lavishly—they deserve it, especially in times like these. You should also check the Department of Health’s website for current social distancing guidelines and other recommendations. Finally, remember that some restaurants now require reservations for these hot patio spots, so be sure to visit their websites for the latest before you make plans.