The snow has melted and there is not a cold day in sight! It’s almost summertime in the Windy City and Chicagoans are spending more time outdoors… even at the bar.


Since the smoking ban in 2008, Chicago bars, clubs and restaurants have been investing in beer gardens. Not only do they allow patrons to enjoy the beautiful weather, but they let smokers enjoy the nightlife, too. But which establishments have the best beer gardens? CultureMob is here to give you the scoop, with the Top 3 beer gardens in Chicagoland.

Fireplace Inn (Near North Side)
1448 N. Wells, Chicago

The Fireplace Inn boasts world-famous barbecue sauce! And if you’re lucky, you may see some famous people. Chicago athletes love to kick back at the Inn when they have a day off from the big game and several actors have been known to fly to Chicago just because they crave the famous barbecue sauce.

Cork & Kerry (South Side)
10614 S. Western Avenue, Beverly/Mount Greenwood

On the opposite side of the city, Cork & Kerry features a gigantic beer garden that is equipped with heat lamps for those chilly nights. And in the summer, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper does a radio show in the beer garden after every Sunday home game. He may even bring some players with him!

Zante Lounge (Southwest Suburbs)
10307 S. Roberts Road, Palos Hills

Zante’s beer garden is brand-new! Complete with leather sofas, a gorgeous granite bar and a huge projection TV screen, the beer garden is the talk of the Chicago burbs. And because it can be enclosed (for the winter), you can even rent out the entire beer garden for a party.

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