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Puppy Treats

Who's to say who enjoys Chicago's summer weather more—us or our canine companions? Thankfully, more and more restaurants are welcoming our favorite four-legged friends. Here are some of our favorite pet-friendly patios to savor the summer.

Enjoying Bull & Bear’s dog-friendly patio.

1. Take your pup out for a night on the town with Bull & Bear's half-price wine bottle Mondays. Get cozy on the patio as you sip a 2009 Opus One—steal! But before you order too many bottles, you might want to savor some treats like the grilled salami sandwich ($11) or the wild boar sloppy joes ($12), both of which you might need to share with your furry friend. 431 N. Wells St., 312.527.5973, bullbearbar.com

2. Located in the vibrant heart of Wicker Park, The Boundary Tavern & Grille has an outdoor patio that seats up to 60, making it the perfect lunch spot after you and your pup have checked out all the fabulous boutiques along Division. Enjoy unique, contemporary creations, like the Sunnyside Up Burger ($12) while sampling more than 120 craft beers. You’ll stay for the food and drink, but your pup will want to stay for the trendy atmosphere—or is it the other way around? 1932 W. Division St., 773.278.1919, boundarychicago.com

3. Not only does Howells and Hood have a 300-seat patio on Pioneer Court, but it also has an outdoor pavilion bar where you can order one of the 114 craft beers on draft—the most in Chicago. As you snack on some of the "shareables" like the black mussels ($13) or the lamb meatballs ($16), your pup will be sure to enjoy the lush landscape. 435 N. Michigan Ave., 312.262.5310, howellsandhood.com

4. With one of the largest patios in the city, Bad Dog Tavern has plenty of room for you and your pooch. Indulge in one of the gourmet burgers while sipping a $10 martini named after your pal, like the Yellow Lab (Absolut Citron, Triple Sec, sweet and sour, and a sugar rim) or the French Poodle (Absolut Vanilla, Chambord and a splash of pineapple juice). If that doesn’t please your pup, you can take their photo and stick it on Bad Dog's Hall of Fame. Let's face it— who doesn’t love sharing cute photos of their dog? 4535 N. Lincoln Ave., 773.334.4040, baddogtavern.com

5. Give your dog the V.I.P. (Very Important Pooch) treatment it deserves and treat yourselves to one of the poshest restaurants in town. RL's charming 40-seat patio has perfect views of the Water Tower and bustling Michigan Avenue. Go for the brunch and indulge with the Gold Coast Benedict ($16) and a few mimosas ($13). 115 E. Chicago Ave., 312.475.1100, rlrestaurant.com