The Best Patios in Chicago

In Chicago, there are two seasons:  Winter and Patio.  The Oak Street District happens to have some of the best outdoor dining (and the best people-watching) in the city.  Herewith, a look at some of our favorites:

Most Historic:  Del Frisco’s (58 E. Oak (312) 888-2499)


This glamorous steakhouse is housed in what was once the Esquire, a single-screen, 1,400-seat movie theater built in 1938.  The cinema is gone, but there is still plenty to look at from Del Frisco’s beautiful terrace.

Best Rainy Day Option:  Fig & Olive (104 E. Oak (312) 445-0060)

Fig and Olive

On clear days, fashionable guests flock to this Mediterranean eatery’s lovely terrace.  But when the clouds set it, diners can still get that al fresco feel, thanks to the space’s bright, airy atrium and lush olive tree.

Quintessential Chicago:  Gibson’s (1028 N. Rush, (312) 266-8999)


Ever since it opened in 1989, Gibson’s has been a must-visit Chicago dining destination for celebrities, tourists, and locals alike.  Cozy heat lamps mean the patio can be open early in the Spring and well into Fall.

Best People-Watching:  Tavern on Rush (1031 N. Rush, (312) 664-9600)

Tavern on Rush

A prime location on the lively corner of Rush and Bellevue means that diners get the best view of all the comings-and-goings of the Gold Coast set, while also enjoying the privacy of Tavern’s oversized umbrellas.

Foodie’s Paradise:  Nico Osteria (1015 N. Rush, (312) 994-7100)


From the team behind Chicago’s celebrated One Off Hospitality Group, this sophisticated spot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Chef Erling Wu-Bower’s menu changes daily and boasts farm-to-table cuisine that is both rustic and refined.

Hidden Gem:  NoMi Garden at The Park Hyatt (800 N. Michigan Avenue (312) 239-4030)


Nestled seven floors above the hustle-and-bustle of Michigan Avenue, NoMi Garden is a quiet oasis serving artfully-crafted cocktails, flawless wines and a seasonal menu.  Their weekend brunch is also one of the best in town.

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Morgan Reed @ Madewell

MORGAN REED @ Madewell

June 18 | 2-4pm


Meet our Hometown Heroes

aka the local creatives, designers and makers who inspire our communities. Shop their picks and enjoy sips, snacks and 20% off your Madewell purchase of $125 or more.

Madewell Rush Street (932 N. Rush)

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Dad-Types and What to Give Them This Father’s Day

There are all different kinds of Dads, but one thing they have in common:  they can be very hard to shop for.   This Father’s Day, the Oak Street District, Chicago’s luxury shopping destination, has some gift ideas to help you find the perfect thing for all the Dads on your Father’s Day shopping list.

Dad-Type:  Sporty Dad (Dwayne Wade)

He’s a regular on his gym’s basketball court, he never misses a chance to play catch, and he still has his varsity letterman’s jacket from high school.

Dwayne Wade collage

Bomber jacket with embroidered toucan,  wool trousers with side piping (CH Carolina Herrera, 70 E. Oak, 312-988-9339);  Sneakers, sunglasses (Versace, 933 N. Rush, 312-445-9750);  Task Essential Wash-off Body Shower Gel, $25 (Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak, 312-587-1700)

Dad-Type: Cool Dad (Denzel Washington)

Whether it’s a board meeting, a cocktail party or a parent-teacher conference, he’s always the coolest guy in the room (and effortlessly so).

Denzel Washington Collage

Ricky Skyblue floral print sport shirt, $245(Ike Behar, 67 E. Oak, 312-624-9257); Crystal Double Old Fashioned Glass, Set of 2, $140 (Christofle, 40 E. Oak, 312-619-3700); Barton Perreira Princeton sunglasses, $395 (Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak, 312-587-1700); Steak Frites & Whiskey Pour, $45 (Coq d’Or at The Drake Chicago, 140 E. Walton Place, 312-787-2200)

Dad-Type:  Type-A Dad (Mitchell Pritchett , as played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson)

His ties are organized by color, his email inbox’s subfolders have subfolders, and he’s already made dinner reservations for your next three birthdays. 

Jesse Tyler Ferguson collage

Leather Tote, glasses, woven leather document holder (Versace, 933 N. Rush, 312-445-9750); Silver Plated Mail Tray, $280 (Christofle, 40 E. Oak, 312-619-3700); Stripe cotton pajamas, $247 (Paul Stuart, 107 E. Oak, 312-640-2650); Cosmetic services including Botox, jawline treatments and eyelid rejuvenation (Cadella Medical Spa and Wellness Center, 34 E. Oak, 6th floor, 312-915-0195)

Dad-Type:  Stylish Dad (David Beckham)

He knows the difference between a Windsor knot and a Four-in-Hand, his tailor is on speed dial, his “Dad jeans” are by Tom Ford.

David Beckham collage

Graffstar Slim 43mm Rose Gold Black Dial timepiece and Icon Cufflinks Rose Gold, both price upon request (Graff Chicago, 103 E. Oak, 312-604-1000,; Thom Browne Classic Chelsea Boot (George Greene, 49 E. Oak, 312-654-2490); Round Steel Box with Taupe Leather Cover, $215 (Christofle, 40 E. Oak, 312-619-3700); Paros billfold (Christian Louboutin, 58 E. Oak, 312-337-8200); Suede Medium envelope bag, $2,165 (Tod’s, 121 E. Oak, 312-943-0700)


Dad-Type: Adventurous Dad (Bear Grylls)

He can setup a campsite quicker than you can say “glamping,” his preferred method of travel is by motorcycle, and he’s never met a street-food he didn’t like.

Bear Grylls collage

Globe Trotter Luggage (George Greene, 49 E. Oak, 312-654-2490); Leather boots, nylon sandals (Versace, 933 N. Rush, 312-445-9750); Patek Philippe Men’s Calatrava in white gold with ebony black sunburst and silvery gray dial.  Featuring a mechanical, self-winding movement, $30,619 (Patek Philippe & Rolex Boutiques by Razny Jewelers, 109 E. Oak 312-663-8500); Linen button-up in army green, $225, and relaxed vintage cargo, $275 (VINCE, 106 E. Oak, 312-280-6890)

Baselworld @ Razny Jewelers

Baselworld 2017

Wednesday, June 7th, 4-8p

Razny Jewelers, 109 E Oak Street, Chicago IL

Baselworld 2017, a special event by Rolex.  New watches from Baselworld 2017 will be displayed for an exclusive company of horology aficionados. RSVP to by May 31st.


Galentines Day_Dig Invite

Gal Pal Valentine’s Party at Madewell

Madewell celebrates the launch of Madewell Intimates, its new line of understated bralettes and undies, with a girls’ night. Bring gal pals and hang out with future BFFs as you shop the collection, make custom valentines and enjoy some sips and treats.

One lucky lady will win a $50 gift card,* plus everyone can score a free Pintrill® pin with a purchase of $125 or more.** Bonus: 10 percent of total sales from all Madewell stores during the launch event will go to Girls, Inc., a nonprofit that’s all about building confidence in young girls. RSVP now and we’ll see you there (!).

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Thursday, February 9th, 6-8pm



Oak Street After Hours



An evening of fabulous holiday fun on Chicago’s luxury shopping destination

Tuesday, December 6     |      5:00 – 8:00 PM

Visit any participating store to pick up your Oak Street After Hours Passport, which gives you exclusive access to the evening’s in-store events and special offers.  Collect a stamp at each store you visit – the more stamps you collect, the more entries you’ll receive for the Oak Street After Hours raffle, featuring gifts, services and experiences from Oak Street stores including a $500 gift certificate to a participating Oak Street business of your choice. End the evening with special offers from Oak Street restaurants Del Frisco’s and Fig & Olive!

Register online HERE and receive TWO complimentary raffle tickets.


Agent Provocateur     Cadella MedSpa     David Yurman     Escada     Hermes of Paris

Ike Behar     Kate Spade     La Perla     Loro Piana     Madewell     Paul Stuart

Rebecca Minkoff     St. John     Tod’s     Tory Burch    Versace     Wolford