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8 toasty patios to keep you warm through the fall

  • Strategically placed firepit tables keep drinkers warm at The J. Parker rooftop lounge in Lincoln Park.
Strategically placed firepit tables keep drinkers warm at The J. Parker… (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
September 21, 2012|By Samantha Nelson, For RedEye

If you think that patio dining and drinking is just another relic of the summer to be pushed to the back of the closet with your tank tops and flip flops, think again. A handful of bars and restaurants that debuted new outdoor spaces earlier this year are keeping customers comfy outside thanks to heat lamps and fireplaces—and in some cases, blankets and hot drinks, too. Slap on a scarf and head to one of these cozy hangouts.

The J. Parker
1816 N. Clark St. 312-254-4747
The rooftop lounge atop Lincoln Park's Hotel Lincoln gets the full brunt of the wind coming off of Lake Michigan, which can add a chill even to a warm night. Luckily it's equipped with two small fireplaces and a fire pit in the center of a massive 14-seater booth, plus additional heat lamps for the fall. If that's not enough, one of the bourbon- or whiskey-focused cocktails on its new drink list will help warm you from the inside out.
Open until: End of October

Fountainhead
1970 W. Montrose Ave. 773-697-8204
This Ravenswood spot is serious about keeping you warm. It already has four heaters and a fireplace and is planning on adding more heaters and doling out blankets to keep the garden rocking throughout fall with events like a Day of the Dead bash Nov. 2 and a Punkin' Party Oct. 29 featuring punk music and beer poured out of huge pumpkins.
Open until: End of November

Drumbar
201 E. Delaware Place 312-924-2431
Cocktailers at the Raffaello Hotel's rooftop lounge can keep an eye out for heaters moving into the garden area on Oct. 15, adding to the warmth already provided by fire tables. Get cozy on a couch and enjoy the view while sipping a fall cocktail such as The Ol' One Two ($15), a blend of Hennessy Black, blackberry jam, ginger liqueur, ginger beer and cayenne pepper.
Open until: Mid-November

Red Door
2118 N. Damen Ave. 773-697-7221
Surrounded by an herb and pepper garden and set below street level, the patio at this Bucktown spot feels especially cozy when the 14 space heaters are turned on. Strike up a conversation with someone new at a communal tables while sizing up the the food and cocktail pairings on its fall menu.
Open until: End of October

RM Champagne Salon|
116 N. Green St. 312-243-1199
Even the coldest weather won't shut down the patio at this West Loop bubbly bar: The owners plan to enclose its upper-level patio and use heaters to keep it open all year long. Toast the change of seasons with a glass of sparkling wine and a sampling of sweets from the dessert menu.
Open until: Next summer, as long as it's not raining or snowing.

Pasteur
5525 N. Broadway 773-728-4800
Go ahead and call it a late bloomer: Edgewater's newest Vietnamese restaurant just opened a 164-person patio earlier this week, and a heating system is in the works. The mellow space, decorated with hibiscus plants and 15-foot tall trees lit to look like they're glowing, sets the scene to sip a hot after-dinner drink such as the Canton Espress ($10) made with ginger green tea, orange and ginger liqueurs and topped with whipped cream and candied ginger.
Open until: Mid-November

Argent
660 N. State St. 312-202-6050
Heat lamps and lounge furniture make this River North restaurant's sidewalk patio fit for lingering until late. To drink, try autumn beers such as Southern Tier's Imperial Pumking ale and Sam Adams Oktoberfest, or try a glass from the newly expanded wine list. It's also dog-friendly, with water bowls and treats on hand for a post-walk pit stop.
Open until: December

Derby
1224 W. Webster Ave. 773-248-0900
This horseracing-themed Lincoln Park bar is adding four propane space heaters to keep drinkers at its 16 outdoor tables toasty. The patio also has four TVs, so you can get the feel of bundling up to watch a Bears game without having to shell out for tickets.
Open until: Mid-November

Samantha Nelson is a RedEye special contributor. redeye@tribune.com | @redeyeeats

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