Because there’s nothing quite like sipping on a refreshing Spritz on a warm summer evening.
There’s something about the bitter bite of Aperol, the fizziness of the prosecco and the slight touch of orange that just makes the Aperol Spritz the perfect summer refreshment. Luckily there are plenty of options to grab one around Chicago and pretend you’re lounging around in the sunny Italian coast.
1. Bar Roma, Andersonville
This Andersonville restaurant has opened a lovely sidewalk café perfect for starting your evening off with their refreshing Bar Roma Spritz with blood orange Amara, followed by some traditional Italian dishes!
Find Bar Roma at 5101 N Clark St.
2. Eataly, Magnificent Mile
At Eataly you can now enjoy your Aperol Spritz “alla grande” with their new Spritz specials which include Aperol Spritz served by the carafe ($28) and the pitcher ($48)! You can also choose to enjoy at their outdoor patio where you’ll feel like you’ve been whisked off to Italy.
Find Eataly at 43 E Ohio St.
3. Figo Wine Bar, Lakeview
For those who enjoy an Aperol Spritz in all of its traditional glory, Figo Wine Bar is the place to go. This Lakeview bar serves its Spritz the old-fashioned way with Aperol, prosecco and a splash of sparkling water ($10).
Find Figo Wine Bar at 3207 N Sheffield Ave.
4. Il Porcellino, River North
At this River North Italian-American restaurant, you can choose to enjoy their refreshing spritz out in their patio, or you can otherwise order their cocktail kit online to make your own Aperol Spritz at home!
Fin Il Porcellino at 59 W Hubbard St.
5. Pizzeria Portofino, Chicago Riverfront
If sipping on a Spritz by the water doesn’t scream summer then we don’t know what does! Pizzeria Portofino, the riverfront enclave inspired in the Amalfi coast, offers three different kinds of Spritz including the traditional “Venetian Spritz” ($13) with Aperol, orange and prosecco, their “Portofino Spritz” ($13) with Aperol, grapefruit and prosecco, and their “Amalfi Spritz” ($13) with Limoncello, prosecco and pinot grigio.
Find it at 317 N Clark St.
6. Port & Park, Lakeview
Enjoy a traditional Aperol Spritz for just $10 pair with some amazing New American Fare bites at this lovely River North bistro.
Find Port & Park at 4000 N Southport Ave.
7. Siena Tavern, River North
This upscale restaurant in River North has put its own spin on the classic with their Siena Spritz ($15) served with grey goose le melon, aperol, grapefruit,
lemon and prosecco!
Find Siena Tavern at 51 W Kinzie St.
8. The Darling, West Loop
Not only can you dine in adorable little greenhouses at the Darling’s outdoor patio, but you can also enjoy an uber-refreshing Aperol Spritz sorbet ($8) for dessert!
Find The Darling at 905 W Randolph St.
9. Waydown, West Loop
At Ace Hotel’s rooftop bar, Waydown, you’ll be able to enjoy some stunning views of Chicago while sipping on their extra boozy Aperol Spritz ($14) featuring vodka, lime and cava.
Find Waydown at 311 N Morgan St.
10. Wynwood Kitchen & Spirits, Wicker Park
This totally cool Wicker Park bar inspired by the famous Miami district serves its own spin on the Italian classic featuring Evan Williams Bourbon, Orange Nutmeg simple and peach bitters ($10).
Find Wynwood Kitchen & Spirits at 1560 N Milwaukee Ave.
[Featured image: @pizzeria.portofino, Instagram]