Best Wicker Park & Bucktown patios

Best Wicker Park & Bucktown patios
The patio at Red Door (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye)

Red Door

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


The Anthem

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.

The Southern

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.

Big Star

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.

Happy Village

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.

Enoteca Roma

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.