Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Staff Picks: The Best Outdoor Patios in Chicago

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Though spring is only two days old, this record-setting run of absolutely gorgeous weather feels more like the middle of summer here in Chicago—not that we're complaining. So even though we are still weeks away from the traditional date when restaurants lug out their outdoor furniture, we're already jockeying for prime outdoor tables around town. Of course, everyone has their favorite place to see and be seen, so we asked all of our contributors to reveal their favorite outdoor patios.

From a Costa Rican joint in Bucktown to an Italian restaurant with commanding views of the Loop's skyline, the picks are all over the place. Check them all out, and then let us know your favorite place!


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