Whaddya Got to Do to Get a Drink Around Here?

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Ok, we’re gonna be honest with you right off the bat. Compiling a list of ‘Chicago’s Best Bar Patios’ for the upcoming sunny season isn’t exactly an original concept. In fact, if you open up the Google and type those four little words in, you will be treated to no less than, oh, 67,100,000 results. In 0.82 seconds. Hey, Chicago residents are thirsty folk in warm weather.

Of course, you’d be parched too if you spent your entire winter watching Bears and Bulls games. There’s screaming involved. And lately, a rather copious amount of tears. Which really only makes the dehydration worse, when you think about it.

But Chicago in the spring time is also bursting with color, character, and a sense of community. Pride in their city is not something the residents wear – it’s in their marrow. You can hear it in their tone of voice, and feel it in their actions. City of Broad Shoulders, indeed.  

We figured, what better place to find an wide variety of viewpoints and opinions than at a real estate company? So we conducted a quick poll of d’aprile properties agents (they are your Chicagoland local area experts, after all) and asked them their favorite city venue to kick back on the patio and enjoy a cocktail.

There was one glaring result: there is no such thing as a majority opinion when it comes to the city’s best locale for enjoying a little liquid lubrication, al fresco.  

So here is a random sampling of some of our favorites, based on intense (hic) field research…

Where You Can Feel Fancy Shmancy

We start with the high end. Twenty-seven stories above the city’s streets, Roof lounge at theWit was voted one of the top three rooftop bars in the world by Travel + Leisure. While this one is all about the view, the signature cocktails, award-winning food, and world-renowned DJ’s don’t exactly hinder the experience.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name: 

Then again, some of us like our bars a little more subdued. The Garage in Norwood Park is just the place – a true ‘neighborhood bar’, where people come to watch games (70” flat screen on rooftop bar), play games (darts, shuffleboard, bags), or just…hang out.  With a great beer list and a high quality (yet uncomplicated) menu, their tagline says it all: “Where Neighbors Become Friends.”

When You Want to Make Ill-Advised Decisions

We give you Fountainhead, one of the most popular brewhouses in the city.  They have beer.  Like, a LOT of beer.  And whiskey.  Like a LOT of whiskey.  And an amazing rooftop garden to drink it on. And…

…wait, what were we saying?

When You Want to Say “Forget It” to Swimsuit Season: 

In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the doomed Roman general states his mistrust of skinny people. He’d fit right in at Honey Butter Fried Chicken. Maybe the best fried chicken in town (dipped in honey butter for cripe’s sake) is served by a casual yet incredibly friendly waitstaff. All of which is best enjoyed in the soft night lighting of the outdoor patio, which gets even sparklier after a couple of Hill Pops. Which are bourbon lemonades. Served by the pitcher. You’re welcome.

d’aprile locales – Make Room for Truman

Welcome to ‘Locales’, a series that highlights vendors, businesses, and organizations who stand out in their respective communities through their passion and purpose.

May we introduce you to: Make Room for Truman

THEIR STORY: Nestled in the heart of Park Ridge’s ‘Shops of Uptown’, the new venue Make Room for Truman is turning heads thanks to their proudly unique specialty concept. They utilize time-honored methods and slow-cooking, traditional recipes (think of those dinners you had at Grandma’s house as a kid) and combine them with modern techniques, served in an authentic ambience. The goal is to create a nostalgic atmosphere, while still providing enough modern options to keep you there all night! 



THEIR VIBE: The decor is hometown Americana – enjoy a night on the town, without feeling like you ever left home! The menu’s emphasis on slow-cooked food means you’ll find burgers, ribs, steaks, rotisserie chicken, and fish. You’ll also be treated to more original fare, such as Housemade Jumbo Tots and Pastrami Wings. Wine tastings and dinners, beer tastings, exclusive parties, and a whole host of fundraisers assures that there is something going on year round at Truman!



WHAT’S HOT: That name above the door does have meaning – you simply cannot leave without experiencing the restaurant’s namesake, the Truman: a rotating dessert selection, picked and perfected straight from the recipe box of one Grandma Truman. Their current masterpiece is a Baked Lemon Dutch Baby Pancake, straight from the oven in a cast iron skillet. You get your choice of sweet or savory toppings, so that each and every delectable bite can be perfectly tailored to your tastes!


Make Room for Truman

550 W Touhy Ave

Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 692-6205