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.
2055 W. Roscoe St.
Nestled behind the trappings of a typical Chicago bar is a rather subdued and altogether kid-tastic beer garden patio where the beer runs cool and the kids are satiated by typical pub fare.
Shaded from the blistering western exposure, and walled with Wrigley-like ivy, once you head to the Tap's patio, you might never want to leave.