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5 Patios to Take In the Last Days of Summer

Ben Rains | September 15, 2016 | Feature Features

Even though autumn has officially started, if you ask us, it's still patio weather. Here, five posh patios to savor the season.
Piccolo Sogno's tree-covered patio makes this rustic Italian spot a West Town favorite—even after the leaves have changed.

1. Formento’s
This old-school Italian restaurant in the West Loop’s Fulton Market District specializes in flavors from the southern part of the boot. Enjoy a breezy end-of-the-summer night under rows of stringed lights with an expansive wine list and chef Stephen Wambach’s traditional-meets-modern fare. 925 W. Randolph St., 312.690.7295

2. Blue Door Kitchen and Garden
Art Smith’s Gold Coast farm-to-table destination takes pride in its fresh, seasonal menus. Enjoy the turning of the season on their gorgeous outdoor patio—a quaint spot with the look and appeal of a neighborhood garden. 52 W. Elm St., 312.573.4000

3. Piccolo Sogno
Soak in the last moments of summer at Piccolo Sogno, an Italian West Town mainstay with a sprawling tree-covered patio. Finish your meal with a scoop of homemade gelato to help you stay in a summer state of mind. 464 N. Halsted St., 312.421.0077

4. The Dawson
This West Town staple’s outdoor fireplace beckons visitors even when the temps cool down. Plus, with its own bar and an inventive list of drams and punches, this airy outdoor oasis is sure to become your favorite spot to savor the season. 730 W. Grand Ave., 312.243.8955

5. Maple & Ash
This tawny Gold Coast steakhouse’s bar and patio, dubbed Eight Bar, features a casual menu of American favorites. Having trouble choosing a libation? Ask the bar’s almighty eight ball for help and you might end up with a Signs Point to Yes, a light and fizzy concoction of vodka, ginger beer, house fernet and mint. 8 W. Maple St., 312.944.8888


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