No doubt dining out in winter will prove to be a challenge. But here are a few places around Chicagoland that have risen to the occasion and will offer a fun way to dine outdoors with the family. Just make sure to bundle up and BYOB (bring your own blankets) to stay warm and cozy with your crew!
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Where: 23 W. Hubbard St., Chicago
Good to know: Igloos are first come, first served. See the host to put your name on the list.
Over-the-top milkshakes and fun boozy adult drinks? Yes, please! We already know JoJo’s Shake Bar is a family fave but the addition of their 5000-square-foot outdoor Winter Wonderland with their decked0out heated outdoor tent will make you want to add this to your holiday bucket list. Go all out and enjoy your sweet treats inside one of two of the igloos available inside the tent.
This Logan Square vintage sports and club eatery is open year round. Find fire pits, patio heaters and tents to stay warm. Hot boozy drinks are available for adults while the s’mores kit will sure to be a hit for the kids. Bring your own blankets or purchase them on-site. Their rugby room, a four seasons room, will be enclosed during the winter and heated.
They also have the most adorable Christmas setup (with trees that you can even buy!) Stay tuned for a yurt setup that will be decorated as a vintage chalet complete with furs, electric stoves, benches and includes a fondue menu. How fun!
Where: West Fulton Market from Halsted Street to North Carpenter Street
Head to West Loop’s Fulton Market where the patios have turned into an Igloo Village! Take your pick at the following participating restaurants that offer outdoor dining: The Publican, Duck Duck Goat, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken and Beatrix.
Good to know: Dining huts seat 4-6 people. No fee to rent but make sure to call (847-843-3993) to make reservations.
You’ve seen igloos and tents, but how about a dining hut? Offered by The Assembly in Hoffman Estates, these huts, similar to a shed, has a sliding window for food and drinks so servers never need to enter. They’re currently working on adding insulation to the huts so you can stay toasty in the future. Huts are sanitized and disinfected between parties. Don’t miss trying their Bionic Burger, coined after wrestler Hulk Hogan tried it and called it “bionic.”
Good to know: Feel free to bring in or order food. Check their website for food trucks that drop by on the weekends.
Located in Historic Long Grove, the authentic German brewery transforms into a winter-themed oasis with the opening of their Socially Distanced Alpine Biergarten and Winter Lodge concept. In addition to the outdoor games and homemade non-alcoholic sodas that kids will love, the Alpine Biergarten will feature multiple fire pits, table heat lamps, mood lighting, blankets, throws and scarves for purchase, holiday decor all set against the picturesque pine forest. Make sure to dress warm and bring extra blankets to stay extra cozy!
Good to know: No fee to reserve just a minimum spend of $100 on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and $150 on Friday and Saturday. Two hours max.
The Long Grove winery strives to be family-friendly. Each igloo sports a different theme with cozy decor, lights and heaters. Bring your own blankets or purchase some that day. Should you need to contact your server, you can reach them by a dedicated walkie talkie. They fully clean and disinfect the igloos and replace all linens and table cloths between each seating.
Good to know: Make your reservation online for either a dome or picnic table. Private domes seat a max of 6 people and have a rental fee of $40 for two hours. Picnic tables are a $25 minimum spend. Outside food is allowed on the patio.
Open year-round, Side Lot’s grassy The Backyard has private domes and private picnic tables waiting for you. What could be even better? How about toasting marshmallows over the tabletop fire pit? Service lights are available to contact your server. Domes have air purifiers and heaters but it’s still best to bundle up!
Where: 2901 W. Lake Ave., Glenview
Good to know: Reservations needed. $50 to rent Monday to Thursday and $100 to rent Friday to Sunday. Choose from a dining igloo or a lounge igloo.
Stay warm and cozy in an igloo at The Glen Club. Not only will you have fantastic views overlooking the golf club but you can stay warm and cozy with a heater, listen to tunes with a Bluetooth speaker, and indulge in fun dessert options like chocolate fondue and s’mores kit. A fun time with the family for sure! Rest assured that each igloo is sanitized between reservations.
Where: 20505 Rand Road, Kildeer
Good to know: Call to reserve. No minimum but there is an igloo rental fee. Open Monday to Thursday for $25 and Friday to Sunday for $50. Can seat 1 to 8 people.
The Igloo Village at Gianni’s Cafe is sure to be a fun experience. Dine in one of their lighted igloos that are heated and have an air purifier in place.
Good to know: Reservations needed. No cost to rent igloo, but deposit is needed. Globes seats up to 9 people.
Rock out with the family at Freedom Brothers where brick oven pizza is the star here, and stay cozy in the LED-lit igloo. Adults will love the different craft beers on tap as well as an extensive wine and whiskey list. Bring extra blankets.
Where: 1001 Main Street, Lemont
Good to know: Reservations needed. $50/person includes a rotating winter dinner menu, dessert, and drink; globes seat 2-4 people
For 90 minutes, you and the family can enjoy a candle lit meal in a climate-controlled igloo. While you’re noshing on food and sipping on a beverage, you can take in the views of the holiday lights lining the picturesque Forge Quarry with the Eight Towers Adventure in the distance.
Where: 11 E. State St., Geneva
Good to know: Reservations needed. Call for same day reservations. No fee. Globes seat 8-10 people.
For all those with allergies, vegan, vegetarian or just want a healthy plant-based meal, head to the Geneva’s newest restaurant, Rejoice. To stay warm during the winter months, they are offering lighted heated igloos.
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