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Summer Hotspots: The Best Bars, Patios and Outdoor Events Near Loyola

Posted July 9, 2024

Summertime in Chicago is when the city comes alive. With an array of entertainment and opportunities to spend time

outside and enjoy the weather, every weekend is jam-packed with summer hot spots and can’t-miss meals, events, and music. For the students at Loyola, breaking from their routine and getting to know their city can prove just as advantageous as the classes they are taking. Check out our hot spots this summer, which include the best patio bars, outdoor events, and delicious meals, all at your fingertips. 

Events and Festivals

Glenwood Sunday Market 

A classic Chicago Farmers market to put on your calendar, this one takes the cake as one of the most visited in the city. Rogers Park is a neighborhood rich with community and hosts many events throughout the year, and one of the area’s favorites is the Glenwood Market. The market is open from June through October and takes place every Sunday. It’s a super fun way to spend any Sunday where you can get pastries, cuts of meat,  homemade jellies, crafted gifts, and more. Check out its location and information here

Southport Art Fest

Just steps away from Wrigley Field, this iconic market on Chicago’s northside features some of the best artists in the city. Their website boasts, “the two-day festival will showcase a diverse array of visual arts, live performances, and interactive experiences that captivate the imagination of attendees. A perfect place to spend the weekend with your family and enjoy all that Southport Art Fest has to offer. A special kid’s area has been designed with interactive games and activities, ideal for the artist to shine in every kid”. What’s better than fun for the whole family? Happening July 13th and 14th, check out more info on their website here

Bars, Patios, and Dining Experiences 

Smack Dab in Rogers Park 

If you are looking for elevated versions of classic breakfast, Smack Dab will be your new favorite spot. This restaurant is woman-owned and has tons of vegan and gluten-free options that will cater to tons of different audiences; there’s truly something for everyone! They also have a large patio with cute blue chairs and immaculate vibes. Dogs are always welcome and will be treated like special guests, too! Check out their menu and hours on their website here.

Carol’s Pub in Uptown

If you’re looking for something casual, a place where you can just drink and hang out, Carol’s Pub in Wrigleyville is for you. They closed down for a while, but now they are back and better than ever with some fan favorites, including deliciously fried bar food and beers galore. They feature a “refurbished bar, new windows and state-of-the-art sound system for live country music” and “tasty, no-frills fare includes charred burgers and hot dogs, wings, mammoth tater tots, and golden fries with Merkts Cheddar” according to a review on timeout.com. They have everything you want out of a dive bar experience, including a patio and outdoor seating to enjoy the Chicago summer weather. Check out their hours and menu here.  

Uncommon Ground 

Checking out their website is enough explanation as to why you should visit Uncommon Ground. Just on Sheridan, this restaurant is one of a kind, featuring a massive beer garden with tons of greenery and space.  “Home to the first certified organic rooftop farm in the US! The farm provides us with the organic produce we incorporate in our dishes”. They have earth boxes for produce, a beehive in the far corner for honey, and planter boxes that feature even more fresh produce. Uncommon Ground is a neighborhood favorite with great food, great ethics, and an awesome dining experience. 

Rogers Park Social 

Photo courtesy of Rogers Park Social

As close as you can get to Loyola, Rogers Park Social is a hot spot for students and community members alike. Their menu features delicious craft cocktails, locally brewed beers, and unique food and snacks. It has a modern and industrial vibe, making it the choice spot for cool drinks at a cool location. Their mission is to “reflect the soul of the neighborhood” by offering “a unique and inviting venue featuring craft beers and freshly prepared cocktails – lovingly created and served by your friends and neighbors.” Founded and operated by neighborhood residents, Rogers Park Social is a neighborhood hero and Morse Street favorite. They’re also a Becovic Neighborhood Partner so check out their menu here, and while you’re over that way, step into Rogers Park Provisions, their sister shop full of Chicago goods, snacks and bottles!


Don’t let summer pass you by! Get your visits to these fantastic restaurants or events on your calendar now! The proximity of Loyola to some of the best haunts in the city makes students, staff, and locals alike rave about their favorite places in Rogers Park and beyond. 

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