18 Chicago Bars and Restaurants With All-Season Retractable Roofs

Owners aim to keep customers feeling cozy in the open air


Chicago's weather isn’t always suitable for al fresco dining and drinking, but Chicagoans are crafty and know that there are ways to escape Mother Nature. Retractable roof coverings and sliding walls are now more vital than ever, as local restaurants attempt to balance safety, comfort, and costs during the pandemic.

Check out these establishments that shelter patrons from the elements while also allowing fresh air above. As with many things in the pandemic, hours are subject to change — be sure to check for the latest updates before making plans.

9. Porto

Portuguese-inspired wine bar and seafood restaurant Porto houses an atrium with sliding windows and a retractable roof.

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