The Best Patio in Wicker Park or Bucktown

Who’s got the BEST Patio in Wicker Park or Bucktown?

There's aren't enough long warm days in Chicago but we have some great, comfortable and casual places to hang when the weather’s hot and the drinks are cold. Here are your favorites and if you provided comments, we quoted you too. We always love hearing from -- and seeing --  you.



Big Star -    1531 N. Damen Avenue Wicker Park

@SonoGK via Twitter

At Big Star on a recent Saturday we met Darien Hallagan, Lauren Accarelli and DJ Dugan.  When asked why they chose "Big Star" as their spot: the answer was “location location, location, proximity to the park and, of course, the take out tacos." This spot is always packed on warm days. Get there early. 



Division Ale House- 1942 W. Division Street

“A friend and I sat outside Division St. Ale House for a Hawks game. Service was amazing, perfect view of outdoor tv and good weather!” @strawburrymiwk via Twitter

On a beautiful afternoon at the Division Ale House, we met Emily Iverson, Kirstin Jerzy and Ashley Schneider. The highly recommended Bloody Mary's drew them to the Ale House patio.



The Handlebar Bar & Grill – 2311 W. North Avenue Wicker Park

“The Handlebar has the best patio in the neighborhood.” #urbanoasis

@brianscola via Twitter


Jack & Gingers –2048 W. Armitage Avenue Bucktown (previously Cleo's)

“They’re expanding their patio and it’s bound to be a hot spot in Summer.” 

@swmaher via Twitter





Jerry's Sandwich Shop –1938 W. Division Street Wicker Park.

Jacklyn Cook via Facebook




Letizia's Bakery- 2144 W. Division Street - Wicker Park

More like an urban oasis, Letizia's has both a front street side patio and a very cool secret patio in the back of the bakery. Quiet and perfect for a little neighborhood getaway. 

L. Pugliese via Twitter



Lotties Pub  1925 W. Cortland Avenue Bucktown

Melissa Murphy Hainault via Facebook



Mana Food Bar–1742 W. Division Street Wicker Park

I only eat there in the Summer so I can sit outside.”

@LaLaLauren via Twitter



Moonshine- 1824 W. Division Street Wicker Park

“Moonshine for sure!”

 Michael Whiskey-Lee Wha via Facebook


"Moonshine is my favorite."

@jakecrowl via Twitter

"Moonshine has the best patio in Wicker Park."

 @urbadada via Twitter

 @urbababy via Twitter

Nicks Beer Garden 1516 N. Milwaukee Avenue Wicker Park

Debbie Gaurige-Kusek via Facebook




Northside - 1658 N. Damen Avenue Bucktown

Jason Einhorn via Facebook: Northside is great! Best bar food in the area.” 


On a 70 degree afternoon Jason was right. Northside was packed and we were lucky to meet Ukrainian Village resident Matt Berg and West Loop resident Carolyn Brodnay enjoying the perfect spot. Great sunny table right on Damen Avenue.      



Shambles- 2050 W. Division Street Wicker Park

Michael Loonam via Facebook



Standard Bar & Grill - 1332 N. Milwaukee Avenue - Wicker Park

The side patio facing north is spacious - if not the biggest one of the biggest spaces on Milwaukee Avenue.


The Fifty/50 - 2047 W. Division Street - Wicker Park

Always packed in the Summer, The Fifty/50 patio is one of the places to be in the Summer.

Let us know what you think. If we've missed your favorite, just say the word. And if you have any Wicker Park or Bucktown patio pictures you would like to share, contact us.  



Last but not least here are our "honorable mentions". Honorable mentions are those establishments mentioned by our viewers but aren't quite within the boundaries of Wicker Park and Bucktown.


First and foremost, many votes were noted for Happy Village in East Village.

Happy Village  1059 N. Wolcott

@urbnexplorer @manupchicago and @MelMuoiovia Twitter


Rothchilds - 1532 W. Chicago Avenue

 Todd Oliver via Facebook



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Posted on 29-Jun-2011 07:31 PM
Best Patio in WP-Handlebar by far and it's close to home!