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10 Best Outdoor Venues in Chicago to Host a Party

From rooftop bars to chic terraces, we've got the best spots to host a party outside.

Alice Prendergast


Photo credit: Apogee

Looking for a killer outdoor party venue in Chicago? Well, we’ve got a few ideas for you! If you’re planning a party and love the great outdoors, these Chicago event spaces are sure to knock your socks off. From rooftop bars to charming greenery-clad patios to chic terraces, this list has something for every style of soiree and occasion. These spots are awesome for birthday parties, corporate events, anniversaries, private parties, and everything in between.

Here are the best outdoor venues in Chicago.

Saint Lou’s Assembly, 664 W Lake Street

Head to the Fulton River District of Chicago and you’ll find Saint Lou’s Assembly, an American spot specializing in comfort classics with a heavy dose of industrial flair. Besides delicious food, this eatery has a beautiful back patio that’s perfect for outdoor events. It’s equipped with a high wooden fence, modern furnishings, and strands of Edison bulb lights that make it glow in the evening. If you need a bit of extra space, opt for a full buyout—the restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows that can be fully opened to create a cool indoor-outdoor event space with more room to dance, mix, and mingle with friends and family. It can fit between 25 and 65 guests.

Tack Room, 807 S Allport Street

If you want an indoor-outdoor Chicago party venue with some cool, hipster style, look no further than Tack Room. The rustic-chic piano bar, located in the Pilsen neighborhood, has got everything you need for a good time. The inside of the restaurant is absolutely gorgeous, boasting exposed brick walls, visible pipes (for a nice industrial touch), and plenty of knickknacks. It spills out onto the petite sidewalk patio where you can enjoy drinks or dinner with your guests giving you the best of both worlds. It can accommodate anywhere from 45 to 75 guests.


Old Grounds Social, 950 W Wrightwood Avenue

Love Lincoln Park? Well, Old Grounds Social may just be the outdoor event venue for you. It offers 1200 square feet of party space, giving you and your guests plenty of room to move around. As for style, this spot really does have it all—a pool table, dart boards, whimsical decor pieces, hanging basket chairs, dice-shaped ottomans, and much, much more. If you’re into the idea of hosting your event in a quirky, cool outdoor space that won’t require any extra decor for your celebration, this spot is a must-see. It can cater to events with 10 to 100 guests.


The Duck Inn, 2701 S Eleanor Street

If you’re on the hunt for a sweet and simple outdoor Chicago venue, check out The Duck Inn. It’s located between the Pilsen and Bridgeport neighborhoods by the Chicago River and is the ideal spot for a more casual event. It flaunts high fences, wood-heavy decor, and plenty of greenery (perfect for plant fanatics). If the weather starts acting up, they can cover the entire space with a tent for a reception-style, so you don’t have to stress if Mother Nature decides to rain on your parade (literally). It can accommodate up to 118 guests, so you can go ahead and add a few extra names to your RSVP list.


Formento’s, 25 W Randolph Street

For those who love people watching and top-notch Italian food, Formento’s is great. Its slim patio is right on the sidewalk, so you can watch the hustle and bustle of the city go by as you dine and party the night away (it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Morgan Station). The outdoor space is decorated with wicker patio furniture, string lights, and tons of foliage, giving it a bit of chic, European charm. It’s large enough to fit up to 85 guests, but can cater to smaller affairs, too.


Enoteca Roma Ristorante, 2146 W Division Street

The cozy backyard patio at Enoteca Roma Ristorante is the ideal spot for anyone who wants to give their birthday celebration a homey dinner party feel. The Italian wine bar is located just south of Wicker Park, but it looks like it belongs in, well, Italy. Here you’ll be dining al fresco under string lights, surrounded by a garden of gorgeous shrubs and flowers. It covers 2,400 square feet and can fit anywhere from 25 to 65 guests.


Woodwind, 259 E Erie Street, 18th floor

If you want a chic rooftop terrace with stunning skyline views that’s great for cocktail parties, Woodwind has just what you’re looking for. It’s located in the Streeterville neighborhood and looks out onto the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan (it’s perched 18 stories above street level, so you won’t have an obstructed view). As for style, it has tiled flooring, chrome furnishings, and is definitely on the more minimalist side of things (essential, if you want to add your own decorative touches). It can fit up to 70 guests, so you can probably fit all of your nearest and dearest.


Chop Shop, 2033 W North Avenue

Woodwind a bit too fancy for your taste? Head over to Wicker Park to take advantage of the back patio at Chop Shop. This former auto body shop is cool, casual, and colorful with a rainbow of mixed and matched stools and chairs and exposed brick walls. During the day it gets plenty of sunlight and at night it is set aglow with strands and strands of string lights (so it’s great for both midday and evening events). It’s large enough to accommodate between 25 and 75 guests.


Joe’s on Weed Street, 940 W Weed Street

Joe’s on Weed Street is home to a cool rooftop bar with an industrial vibe. It’s just a short walk from the River North (right near Clybourne Corridor) and has amazing views, food, and drinks on offer. The outdoor space covers 3,500 square feet and is pretty bare-bones, so you can really transform it to fit your theme. As for capacity, it can fit up to 120 guests, making it great for larger celebrations.


Apogee, 2 W Erie Street

Apogee is an effortlessly chic rooftop cocktail bar located in the heart of downtown Chicago. It’s one of the most stylish outdoor spaces that Chicago offers, making it awesome for luxurious private events. Whether you want to have an elegant cocktail reception where everyone dresses to the nines or something a bit more laid back, this spot can make it work. It also has plenty of room indoors, if you need more room for all of your friends and family. The outdoor and indoor spaces combined can accommodate up to 200 guests.

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Published on 6/30/2020