It’s well-known that Chicago enjoys few precious months of warm weather. So as soon as the temperatures rise it’s time to seize the day and head outside to soak up as much sunshine as possible. Whether you’re itching for rooftop views, waterfront waves or a secluded patio garden, Chicago has something for everyone in its robust outdoor dining scene.
Trek up to the far North Side for a stop at the quaint and friendly Heartland Café, a favorite among local residents that boasts of its ‘good wholesome food for the mind and body.’ It has a comforting way of welcoming you like family even if it’s your first visit to Rogers Park. The place is split between cafe and grocery store, both offering a wide range of vegetarian, vegan, organic and gluten-free food options. Dine indoors at the bar or outside under their canopy of lights on a warm summer evening, and swing by during the week for bingo, trivia and open mic events.