If you're a typical Chicagoan, the minute the mercury hits 65 degrees the windows fly open and any thought of sitting home in a hot kitchen cooking evaporates like the mist over Lake Michigan.
Summer in Chicago means taking advantage of the few warm months we have to enjoy doing almost everything we can outdoors, not the least of which is dining at sidewalk cafes.
Local restaurants manage to adjust all sorts of space outdoors to say they offer "alfresco dining"-even if that means just a few sparse tables on a busy sidewalk. Others build plush accommodations for pure relaxation. But anywhere outdoors is coveted by parents of children who would otherwise be messing up a clean kitchen floor.
The options are great and varied for alfresco dining in the city.
3358 N. Lincoln Ave.
Nestled in the heart of Lakeview on the city's north side is Frasca, the home of wood-burning pizza, fresh salads and a wide sidewalk café. What could make for a better summer dining combination? The best part of Frasca's café is that it's on a side street of Roscoe with plenty of clearance for walkers. Have your kids face the El while you eat and you'll have built-in entertainment to go along with that warm summer breeze.