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Time to Dine Outside!

Warm weather outdoor dining options

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    Time to Dine Outside!
    Are you ready to dine al fresco?

    One of the best outdoor activities in Chicago is dining al fresco, and with the weather warming up, it's time to map out your options. Here's some suggestions:

    • Le Colonial: Located in the heart of bustling Rush Street, Le Colonial's outdoor dining area is great place to enjoy a light lunch or dinner while watching Chicago’s movers and shakers stroll by. Le Colonial's patio is surrounded by Vietnam-influenced plants and flowers, the perfect setting to enjoy the restaurant's French-Vietnamese fare. Every Wednesday, Le Colonial offers a special Date Night menu -- three courses for $20 a person.
    • sola: Located on Byron Street, close to the bustle of Lincoln Avenue, sola's outdoor patio is a great spot to enjoy a quiet dinner, but still do some people watching. The tropical plants make it the perfect setting to enjoy Chef Carol Wallack's Hawaiian-influenced cuisine. Enjoy the Wicked Wahine cocktail or munch on Chef Wallack's signature Short Ribs or Salmon dishes. A $30 prix fixe menu is available Monday thru Wednesday, and on Free Wine Fridays, guests get a complimentary glass of wine with their meal. The perfect getaway right outside the hustle and bustle of the city! (3868 N. Lincoln)
    • Martini Park: Bring the nightlife outside at Martini Park's outdoor patio. The patio sits on the corner of Erie and LaSalle and features long rod-iron benches and tables. The patio, which seats 40, is surrounded by exotic flowers adding a fun and colorful atmosphere. Martini Park's Happy Hour menu features drinks and appetizers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $5 to $8.
    • David Burkes Primehouse: The al fresco scene at David Burke's Primehouse (616 North Rush) will be a place to see and be seen this summer. The restaurant is currently offering a No Bull Lunch Feast -- a $20.09 three course prix-fixe menu that includes choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert.
    • C-House: The brand new patio at C-House (166 East Superior) is located just steps from the Magnificent Mile. C-House's new street front patio is a great spot to enjoy this modern American seafood and chophouse cuisine and cocktails. Daytime lunch options include the $16 prix fixe lunch with choices such as seasonal salads, fresh springtime Pea Soup with crab and tomato, a Salami Pastrami Sandwich and the famed C-House whitefish burger. On Wednesdays, enjoy the 2 Tacos and a Beer deal for $9.
    • Bistro 110: This 40-seat patio offers guest a perfect view of the action on the Magnificent Mile. In early June, Bistro 110 (110 E. Pearson) will unveil a new patio design by Bravo's Top Design winner and Chicago native, Matt Lorenz. The Bistro 110 patio was scheduled to be open by mid-April, pending weather conditions.
    • Fulton's on the River: The only thing better than dining outside is dining by the waterfront. Fulton's On the River (315 N. LaSalle) will be hosting a monthly Clam Bake on the first Tuesday of every month during the summer (June 2, July 7 and August 4), offering guests live music and an all you can eat (oysters, clams, shrimp) spread along with two beers for $22.
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    • Duchamp: Duchamp's patio remains one of the most unique in the city, with its sleek design and communal style tables. They offer a Tuesday $25 prix-fixe that's a perfect complement to al fresco dining this spring. (2118 N Damen Ave.)