Chicago's Best Beer Gardens: Andersonville Edition
Though it’s a stone's throw from the already-covered Edgewater neighborhood, Andersonville features such a dense cluster of great restaurants and watering holes that it warrants its own list. Read on for some of the top places to drink outdoors in this ‘hood.
Edgewater Lounge: This neighborhood bar is known around the 'hood as a great place to kick back with beer in hand. The laid-back atmosphere, shaded patio, craft beers and tasty sandwiches keep patrons coming back to Edgewater Lounge all summer long. Be advised: It’s a popular place on summer evenings, so show up early to snag a table.
5600 N. Ashland Ave.; 773-878-3343
Adriatic Café: The recently expanded patio at Adriatic Café is ideal for al fresco drinking. Rather than barebones metal or plastic chairs, expect cushy seats at sizable tables. A roof provides cover in not-so-sunny weather while fountains add a wonderful ambiance. On top of that, the restaurant also serves up tasty Mediterranean fare with plenty of wine and beer selections from exotic locations like Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia.
5553 N. Clark St.; 773-828-8889
Fireside Restaurant: For outdoor drinking into the wee hours, Fireside Restaurant is the place to go. This night owl hot spot stays open until 4 a.m. daily (5 a.m. on Saturdays), with food served through 3 a.m. The spacious back patio is enclosed and heated when necessary, but stays wide open during the warmer summer months. The huge menu and impressively extensive beer and wine lists are also pluses.
5739 N. Ravenswood Ave.; 773-561-7433
Anteprima: This Italian restaurant features one of the most charming back patios on the North Side. The al fresco area at Anteprima is lined by a tall fence for privacy with ivy winding up the bordering buildings and twinkling lights strung overhead, giving it the feel of an urban oasis. On warm afternoons and evenings, this garden area is packed with locals leisurely sipping their beer and wine in true Italian style.
5316 N. Clark St.; 773-506-9990
Hamburger Mary's: With an impressive beer list, delish cocktails and some serious burgers--Hamburger Mary's is a great place to get tipsy in the sun. The friendly service and usually upbeat vibe can't be beat, either.
5400 N. Clark Street; 773-784-6969
T’s Restaurant and Bar: This popular lesbian bar is a great place to party on weekend nights. Pop music plays as groups gather at the bar or around the pool tables in the back. On warm evenings, the spacious outdoor patio is always packed. Great daily food and drink specials at T’s have been known to turn occasional visitors into regulars.
5025 N. Clark St.; 773-784-6000