62 great outdoor dining spots in Chicago and suburbs

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Today, it’s relatively rare to find a restaurant that doesn’t offer some sort of outdoor dining, no matter how tiny the available space. I strolled past Sushi Dokku the other day (tiny, cute place on Randolph Street), and it had an outdoor-dining space. It was exactly three two-seat tables, but, darn it, they were in the game.

The inspiration, bordering on desperation, is easy to understand. For the price of some weatherproof tables and chairs and a few flower boxes, restaurants can increase their seating capacity by 20 percent or more while adding only an extra server or two. Outdoor tables … Full Story