March is finally here, and with that comes longer days ahead and a glimpse into the best season in Chicago – we of course mean al fresco dining season! Be it an after-work happy hour, a fun night out with friends, or a much-needed date night— check out the hottest outdoor dining spots in the city and plan your upcoming spring and summer imbibing accordingly – as warmer days are ahead!

Fulton Market Kitchen: Culinary excellence meets creativity at this Fulton Market hotspot known for incredible eats and art all in one vibrant, high style restaurant. When warmer temps arrive, diners can enjoy dinner or late night drinks on their gorgeous, expansive patio situated on the bustling Cobblestone streets of Fulton Market District. To make a reservation, visit www.fultonmarketkitchen.com.

Komo Chicago: A Japanese fine dining destination on West Loop’s Restaurant Row, located at 738 W Randolph St., Chicagoans are invited to take their taste buds on an unforgettable journey this upcoming season on Kōmo’s intimate, four table patio for those looking to take their experience outdoors, with both a la carte and the 7-course tasting menus available. Patrons are invited to test out their latest Happy Hour Menu with half off featured cocktails and delicious items such as Fried Katsu Bao, Japanese Tacos, Spicy Tuna Crunch, and more. For more information or to book your table this summer season, please visit www.komochicago.com.

Chicago Firehouse Restaurant: Formerly Engine Company 104 of the Chicago Fire Department, the landmark restaurant at 1401 South Michigan Avenue features both a lush backyard patio providing a quaint escape in the city as well as an outdoor veranda affording picturesque views of the South Loop skyline. The timeless house favorites, steaks, chops, and seafood, are complemented by distinctive, contemporary seasonal dishes for all to enjoy.

Carnivale: Chicago’s one-of-a-kind restaurant serving Latin-fusion cuisine invites guests to take advantage of patio season on the scenic outdoor terrace with refreshing libations and sensational signature dishes. The West Loop hotspot also offers seven unique private and semi-private spaces, perfect for celebratory events. For reservations and event inquiries, please visit www.carnivalechicago.com

City Cruises Chicago: Set sail on City Cruises’ luxurious vessels including the Odyssey Lake Michigan, Spirit of Chicago, Chicago Elite, and the Odyssey Chicago River. Whatever the holiday or occasion, it’s better on a yacht. Guests can enjoy curated cocktails and cuisine during brunch and dinner cruises, all while taking in the unmatched views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline from the Chicago River.

Pacino’s: Sicily meets South Loop at this authentic Italian eatery located within Roosevelt Collection Shops at 1010 S. Delano Ct. Led by Executive Chef Michael Serratore, Pacino’s offers a wide range of classically-inspired antipasti, pizza, salads, seafood, fresh pasta, and more. Enjoy signature cocktails or a glass of vino at the full bar indoors or pull up a seat under the outdoor pergola for an amazing outdoor dining experience

Oaken Bistro + Bar: Bringing together worldly flavors and responsible, local ingredients rooted in flavors both strong and bold, Oaken Bistro + Bar, 200 N. Field Dr., features both indoor and outdoor dining, with a sleek lounge, stunning bar, spacious dining rooms, and a patio complete with intimate fire pit seating. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch service on weekends, the restaurant incorporates natural elements in everything from design and decor to menu offerings including a standout cocktail program complete with floral and herbal infusions.