Best Alfresco Dining in Chicago
Think Greek isles
The Chicago skyline fills the view, but it's the emerald waters of the Mediterranean Sea that inspire Yiannis Melidis, owner of Pegasus in Chicago's Greektown, about a mile west of the Loop. Born on the Greek Isle of Patra, Yiannis grew up "50 feet from the ocean" and wanted his 160-seat place to capture a picnic feel.
"We ate from the sea every day. My mother and my aunts--all of their recipes are on our menu," Yiannis says. That includes grilled shrimp, spicy and skewered ($9.75) and squid steeped in wine and stuffed with spinach and feta cheese ($8.85).
Under sky-blue canopies shading linen-draped tables (left), diners pass small plates of fish-roe spread ($6.25), lamb chops ($12.95), gyros or pork kabobs ($7.75 each). If you start dinner at twilight, by the time dessert arrives you'll also get a truly spectacular view of the city as it lights up the sky.
Pegasus, 130 S. Halsted Street, Chicago (888/558-2637).