Spring Has Sprung

Thu. March 22, 2012 12:00 AM
by Rick Karlin

The unseasonably warm weather has had restaurants all around town scrambling to open their outdoor dining spaces. Among those ready for al fresco dining in the city are:

Zed 451 , 739 N. Clark, has opened its rooftop deck which seats more than 100.

Elate , 111 W. Huron, has 26 outdoor seats

Athena , 212 S. Halsted, 2,500 square foot patio situated under a retractable dome with seating for 150.

Carmine's , 1043 N. Rush, seats up to 78.

Carnivale , 702 W Fulton, patio seats 30.

Rosebud Trattoria , 442 N. Dearborn, seats up to 28.

The Purple Pig , 500 N. Michigan Ave., veranda, seats 40

Chicago Cut Steakhouse , 300 N. LaSalle, patio along the Chicago River seats 120.

Frontier , 1072 N. Milwaukee, 2,500 square-foot beer garden with seating for 100.

Lottie's Pub , 1925 W Cortland, outdoor patio for 63 guests.

Phil Stefani's , 437 N. Rush, just steps off Michigan Avenue, the patio seats 45.

Quartino Ristorante , 626 N. State, has a street side patio that seats 85.

Riva Crab House , Navy Pier, the café's outdoor seating for 125, overlooking Lake Michigan

Tavern on Rush , 1031 N. Rush, 114-seat patio was voted "Best Outdoor Dining" by Chicago Scene Magazine.

Davanti Enoteca , 1359 W. Taylor Street, has 11 tables which seat 30.

Suburban locations ready for outdoor dining include:

Francesca's Fiore , 7407 W. Madison, in Forest Park with si tables, 20 seats.

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse , 2105 Spring Rd in Oak Brook, boasts outdoor capacity to seat 200 including a lounge area with three fire pits.

Rosebud Italian Country House & Pizzeria , 560 Waukegan in Deerfield, patio seats 90.

Tuscany Wheeling , 550 S. Milwaukee in Wheeling, accommodates about 60 guests.

In Other News

Porkchop , 941 W Randolph, in the meat-packing district, is under new management and has updated its menu to include traditional Southern, four burger varieties including a vegetarian option, which was sorely lacking on the original menu.

LM Restaurant Group is opening two new restaurants; Troquet , which opened March 8, and Brasserie by LM , slated to open Wednesday, March 28. Brad Phillips, currently of the Pump Room , will serve as the chef partner for all three restaurants.

Gibsons , 1028 N. Rush, will hold a second installment of their 2012 Sommelier dinner series with an exclusive dinner hosted by winemaker Jeff Stewart on March 28. The five-course dinner features wines from Hartford Court Winery for $140 per person.

Next week: Rick's Pick's for Easter and Passover

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