Best Summer Takeout from Chicago Restaurants

28 May 2020

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Patio season is here, and while we’re at a standstill waiting for Chicago’s Phase 3 reopening — and restaurant’s patio reopening — summer take has never been better from these Chicago mainstays. Takeout doesn’t mean it’s not gourmet, and just because it’s not on a patio doesn’t mean you can’t eat it on the balcony, terrace or picnic-style in the park. Get creative with upscale clamshells from our favorite spots:


Lula Cafe

Logan Square-favorite Lula Cafe is back this summer. After a brief hiatus, the New American, farm-to-table locale is offering their fresh plates for pickup via Tock. For a summery brunch, try their brunch box to go, complete with entree, seasonal salad and house-baked pastry. For an even more immersive and summer-fresh experience, try their farm dinner to-go. Their famous Monday Night Farm Dinner is made ultra accessible to anyone who has the foresight to order ahead. And of course, they have wine and beer available too.



Chef Ryan McCaskey’s South Loop institution, Acadia — just around the corner from 1000M — is here for all your Michelin-worthy takeout needs. The contemporary American restaurant is offering its dishes tapas-style, so you can try a little bit of everything and create a full, restaurant-style spread in the comfort of your own home. And since you’re already indulging, their menu also includes wine, beer and spirits to round out the experience. For a full menu or to place a takeout order, visit them on Toast.



Speaking of Michelin-starred meals at home, West Loop’s Temporis is another deluxe summer takeout option. The creative and fine-dining experience is translated to-go as Dinner For Two, a pre-fixe menu showcasing “beautiful ingredients, bountiful servings, enough for leftovers.” The whole ordeal will only put you out $70 — and $30 more will get you a bottle of wine perfectly paired with it. You can check out their family meal offering and other menu items on Caviar



A socially-distanced picnic in the park isn’t complete without a spread of cheese and other opulent nibbles, right? And no one does opulent nibbles better than Quartino, a River North Italian restaurant whose menu boasts all the formaggi, cicchetti, salumi and spuntini your heart could possibly desire. Not to mention… tiramisu and house-made biscotti. Their mouthwatering takeout is available via Caviar