Best Alfresco Dining in Chicago
East meets West
Shanghai Terrace's doting staff, swank decor and traditional Chinese cuisine await at this Peninsula Hotel restaurant four stories above Michigan Avenue. Flowering trellis screens divide the spacious patio (left) into intimate dining and lounging areas, complete with plump couches and daybeds draped in flowing sheers.
Pleasantly exotic, the cooking uses all organic ingredients, spices and herbs. A dim sum sampler appetizer offers a shrimp spring roll, crispy scallop, lobster dumpling, spicy beef gyoza, peeky crab wonton and foie gras dumpling ($18). A seafood wonton and noodle soup satisfies small appetites ($14), while a crispy duck entree comes with Chinese long beans and tangy homemade hoisin sauce ($32).
Reservations recommended. Shanghai Terrace, 108 E. Superior Street, Chicago (312/573-6744).