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Bang Bang Pie Shop The Smoke & Whiskey Chocolate Pie proprietress Megan Miller devised as a Father's Day tribute to her dad—featuring a "bourbon smoked spicy black pepper & smoke bomb salted meringue," whiskey caramel, and bacon brittle—will be available for the next couple of weeks, along with rotating selections currently including key lime and cherry lattice pies.
Cafe des Architectes If you should find yourself caught amid the hordes on Michigan Avenue, you might consider fleeing a bit to the west, where the Sofitel is tucked away from most foot traffic, with outdoor seating at le Bar in addition to the restaurant's patio.
Cafe Orchid It gets crowded out on the patio at this small Lakeview restaurant specializing in "Ottoman" cuisine, and no wonder—it's BYO, affordably priced, and absolutely delicious.
La Cazuela Consider this secret garden number one: you might not expect it from the outside of this mariscos place on far north Clark Street, but there's a cozy little patio out back. BYO, with a limit of six beers per table.
La Creperie Secret garden number two, also out back, comfortable and secluded, and just a little the worse for wear (the restaurant opened in 1972).
Lillie's Q Charlie McKenna's Bucktown barbecue joint is up and running again after a fire, patio included.
Simone's The sidewalk seating at this funky Pilsen bar and grill offers some decent people watching, though it's hard to match the eye-popping interior.
The Terrace at Trump It opens at 2 PM; much beyond that and you're guaranteed a wait. But the steep drinks include the view from the 16th floor.