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Outdoor Dining Along the Northwest Line


Dine alfresco and enjoy good food, fresh air and a view.  All of the restaurants below feature outdoor dining and are within walking distance of the Metra Northwest Line train stops. We would love to hear your reviews, please leave a reply and lets us know your favorites. If you have any favorite outdoor dining spots  let us know, and we can add them to our list.

Edison Park – Outdoor Dining

Cafe Touche
6731 N. Northwest Hwy.
Chicago, Il 60631

Curragh Traditional Irish Pub
6705 N. Northwest Hwy.
Chicago, IL 60631

Don Juan
6730 N. Northwest Hwy.
Chicago, Il 60631

Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
6727 Olmstead
Chicago, Il 60631

Nonna Silvia’s Trattoria & Pizzeria
(don’t let the address fool you this restaurant is closest to the Edison Park Metra Station)

1400 S. Canfield Road
Park Ridge, Il. 60068

Park Ridge – Outdoor Dining

Affresco Pizzeria Lounge
11 N. Northwesy Hwy.
Park Ridge, Il 60068

Hay Caramba Restaurante
122 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Des Plaines – Outdoor Dining

Leona’s Pizzeria
1504 Miner Street
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Giuseppe’s La Cantina
1062 Lee Street,
Des Plaines IL 60016

Mount Prospect – Outdoor Dining

Blues Bar
2 W. Busse Ave
Mt Prospect, IL 60056

Canta Napoli Pizzeria
90 E. Busse Ave.
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

Mrs. P & Me
100 E. Prospect Ave.
Mt Prospect, IL 60056

Arlington Heights – Outdoor Dining

70 N. Vail
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Harry’s of Arlington
1 N. Vail
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Javier’s Sabor Mexicano
8 W. Miner St.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Peggy Kinnane’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
8 N. Vail Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Palatine – Outdoor Dining

Lamplighter’s 2nd Floor Patio

Lamplighter Inn Tavern & Grille,

With two levels of outside seating this is a summertime favorite. Great place to bring the family, as the kids can watch the train from the upper deck. Head over on a Friday for their Family Happy Hour with entertainment and specials for you and your family, you can even bring your well mannered four legged members. Located in the heart of Palatine in a historic right across from the train. This is also preferred stop for train/pub crawls.

60 N. Bothwell St.
Palatine, IL 60067



Durty Nellies
180 N. Smith St.
Palatine, IL 60067

110 N. Bockway St.
Palatine, IL 60067

Barrington – Outdoor Dining

100 E. Station St.
Suite 140
Barrington, IL 60010-4333

Sidewalk Seating at McGonigal’s

McGonigal’s Pub,

We highly recommend this great Irish Pub, even though the outside seating is somewhat limited. McGonigals is in the heart of downtown Barrington only steps from the train. Enjoy updated Irish fare and higher end taps in Imperial pints.

105 S. Cook St.
Barrington, IL 60010

Cary – Outdoor Dining

The Tracks’ Patio

Tracks Bar & Grill,

If you are a burger lover the Tracks is for you. They are known for some of the best burgers in the northwest suburbs, and we will attest to that. They have a full menu as well. They have a great outdoor patio that is kid friendly for dinner.
108 W. Main Street
Cary, IL 60013

Crystal Lake – Outdoor Dining

Benedict’s La Strata
40 N. Williams St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Brink Street Restaurant
85 Brink St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen

Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen,  

Duke’s has a great selection of organic and vegetarian options. They have a large fenced beer garden that offers great ambiance. Check out their web site for the schedule of live music and food specials. Being located across from the train in Crystal Lake, makes this a popular stop for bar crawls as well.

110 Main St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

The Cottage
6 E. Crystal Lake Ave.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Woodstock – Outdoor Dining

La Petite Creperie & Bistro

 La Petite Creperie & Bistro,La Petite Creperie’s patio over looks the Historic Woodstock Square. Come for the ambiance and stay for their great food. They offer a 3 course prix-fixe menu off of their specials menu every night for $36.50. The night we visited we chose: Pate, with Kangaroo, Lamb & Venison wrapped in Rabbit with a Marsala Reduction sauce. Sea Scallops & Shrimp Fettuccine with Tomato Lobster Sauce and finished with Crepes Suzette. For more info

115 N. Johnson St.
Woodstock, IL 60098

McHenry - Outdoor Dining

Buddyz Pizzeria
1138 North Green Street
McHenry, IL 60050
(815) 363-1010

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