Plus, where to catch outdoor movies this summer
Time Out No. #2 | Tue 25 August, 2020 
These 11 Chicago streets are
open for outdoor dining
This summer, select streets throughout Chicago are being closed off to traffic, allowing restaurants and bars to extend their outdoor footprint. Take a look at the 11 local roadways that are participating in the unique city program—with sprawling patios set up in Andersonville, Chinatown, West Loop and beyond.
Movies in the Park are back!
Pack a blanket and hit the corner store for a box of Milk Duds—the Chicago Park District’s annual lineup for Movies in the Parks is packed with goodies. This year, the schedule includes 45 screenings in parks across the city, from Sauganash to Kenwood. The lineup includes the requisite kid-friendly hits, undisputed classics and recent blockbusters. Check out the full schedule and read up on the new safety guidelines before you go.
The weekend ahead
Opportunities to see live music are scarce right now, but Navy Pier’s socially-distanced Water Color Jazz Series offers a welcome glimmer of normalcy—head to Polk Bros Park on Friday night to catch free performances from Greg Ward's Rogue Parade and the Jo Ann Daugherty Trio. Later, trek to the new private greenhouse dining experience at The Darling in the West Loop. Or check out the Chicago Beer Festival’s online editio n on Saturday, where you'll sip through a guided tasting session of 10 local brews from the comfort of your couch.
Emma Krupp
Assistant editor
Raising the bar
Take a look at two Chicago bars that are offering innovative solutions to alfresco drinking—we compare them side by side.
Private greenhouse
What is it? A small village of 10 private greenhouses that each seat two to four guests and offer contactless ordering in the sun
Where is it? At The Darling on Randolph Street in West Loop
Why go? For the shareable large-format cocktails and the Aperol Spritz sorbet
Floating rooftop
What is it? The upper deck of a boat that’s been converted into a floating rooftop bar, complete with cocktails, wine and beer
Where is it? Atop a Chicago's First Lady ship on the Riverwalk
Why go? For the panoramic skyline views and boozy raspberry lemonade
Hit the water
Looking for something different to do this weekend? Pick up a paddle and hit the water when you rent a kayak in Chicago. Businesses along the river and the lakefront will send you floating throughout the city, whether you want to head out solo or join a group tour led by an experienced guide. And don’t worry if you’re a novice—you’ll get a quick lesson and plenty of tips before you leave the dock!
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Before you go!
Beer nerds, get this: two Chicago breweries are crafting Arnold Palmer-inspired brews right now, turning the ultimate summer sipper into a boozy concoction.
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