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.
11 N. Michigan Ave.
Millennium Park, one of the city's most kid-friendly outdoor spaces, also has one of the most kid-friendly outdoor cafes. Nestled off Michigan Avenue, but within sight of the park's eye candy-the great water fountains-Park Grill Café offers a menu kids will adore and parents will find equally appealing. The only challenge is keeping the kids still while you finish your meal. Those fountains are calling.