Panoramic views and the zoo at Cafe Brauer

Sat. July 16, 2022 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

Chicagoans have limited time to enjoy seasonal patios with the sometimes unpredictable weather and short summers every year. Time is running out to visit The Patio at Cafe Brauer, one of the best patios in terms of panoramic views of the city.

Located near Lincoln Park Zoo, 2021 N. Stockton, is a picturesque spot to see the beautiful Chicago skyline, plenty of vegetation and folks strolling along the area.

Overlooking the Nature Boardwalk has its perks and eye candy is certainly one of them, no matter what your type is. The restaurant is also a superb place to bring a date for a romantic evening or possibly a place to unwind after a long workday. The area is tranquil and quiet with nearby wildlife to see. Live music is sometimes scheduled during peak hours to add to the overall experience. This summer Wednesdays and Thursdays make Cafe Brauer the place to be from 5 to 7 p.m. if the weather cooperates.

There are weekly specials to partake in along with the regular menu in this outdoor hot spot for lunch or dinner. Start off with a refreshing beverage such as a craft beer. Unique offerings like Uncle John's Blueberry Cider or go local with Revolution Brewing Anti-Hero IPA with a tongue-popping hoppy taste. Wines are offered from various locations like Argentina, California and New Zealand, among others. Sip on a summer cocktail such as a minty mojito or a robust glass of sangria.

Try a guilt-free summer salad that won't pack on the pounds or munch on a corn tortilla taco full of skirt steak that won't weigh you down.

There are gluten-free options as well, just inquire with your server.

Visit and navigate over to the Cafe Brauer section for more information including private parties and wedding events. Don't delay, make a reservation today. Patio season is fleeting, but Cafe Brauer has you covered!