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10 Not-So-Secret Gardens for Alfresco Dining

Julie Chernoff and Laura Hine | June 28, 2017 | Feature National

Part of our 40 finest things happening on the North Shore food scene right now.
With a bronze stag statue looking down, the courtyard at the Deer Path Inn is a lovely outdoor dining space.

Just steps from bustling Green Bay Road, you’ll discover this three-season outdoor space, which can be covered in the cooler months and open in the warm summer air. Ask owner Louie Alexakis for a wine recommendation from the very deep Greek wine list. 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka

Beelow’s Northshore
Owner Dan Beelow designed this brand-spanking-new outdoor dining space in downtown Highland Park; a full bar graces the wraparound patio. Bonus points are given for the retractable roof and heaters. 1850 Second St., Highland Park

Deer Path Inn
This venerable inn, renovated extensively just last year, has one of the most magical outdoor dining spaces around: a gorgeous stone patio surrounded by uplit trees and a tiered rock wall. Lights twinkle on each table, and it’s so easy to forget the outside world. 255 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest

The interior of Francesca's Restaurant Group’s newest spot is reminiscent of an Italian wine cellar, but the outside is pure Florentine bustle. Watch the luxury cars drive by while you happily munch thin-crust pizza and drink a glass of rosato. Ah, summer. 310 Green Bay Road, Highwood


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