Tired of having to choose between brunching with pals and spending time with your furry best friend? In honor of National Pet Month and the unofficial start of summer coming up soon, savor the best of both worlds at these dog-friendly patios.
B&B’s newly pooch-friendly patio is situated at the bustling corner of Hubbard and Wells, making it prime for people- (and dog-) watching while you and your pup bask in the sunshine. Chow down on signature dishes like Chef David Blonsky’s griddled salami sandwich with kosher salami, melted aged cheddar, picked green tomatoes, and spicy mustard on a hearty brioche bun, and share a few meaty scraps with you-know-who. 431 N. Wells St., 312-527-5973
Between its impeccably kept plant and floral arrangements, thirst-quenching brunch cocktails, and Irish-centric menu, there’s not much to not love about patio dining at The Kerryman—the fact that dogs are welcome is just a bonus. Don your best Fighting Irish gear (football season or not, The Kerryman is always a proud Notre Dame supporter), park your pup, and settle in for quality pub fare and a Guinness-infused Kerry Mary or three. 661 N. Clark St., 312-335-8121
Wicker Park’s preeminent taco and margarita purveyor is home to a massive patio space strewn with twinkling lights and wall-to-wall outdoor seating. Find a shady spot underneath one of the big, yellow umbrellas for you and your furry friend, and indulge in Executive Chef Paul Kahan’s eclectic, street food-inspired offerings and libations. 1531 N. Damen Ave., 773-235-4039
The interior space of Ralph Lauren’s Michigan Avenue grill exudes the same classic elegance as his clothing lines—complete with automotive and equestrian accents—but when the weather’s nice, our allegiance lies wholeheartedly with the pooch-approved patio. Dine on saffron steamed mussels, a lobster club sandwich with truffle mayo and bacon, and bananas foster prepared tableside. 115 E. Chicago Ave., 312-475-1100
Enjoy ribs, open air, and time with your four-legged friend at Smoke Daddy.
Devour fall-off-the-bone ribs, smoky oven-baked mac and cheese, and iron skillet cookies out on the patio at this always-packed barbecue joint. All the meat is smoked in-house, and will have you drooling like the canine critter at your feet. Given how popular Smoke Daddy’s coveted patio space is, be sure to arrive early to snag a seat, as they only take reservations for parties of eight or more (and unfortunately, Fido doesn’t count as a human). 1804 W. Division St., 773-772-6656