These Unique Igloo and Dome Dining Experiences Turn a Meal Out Into a Magical Memory

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Have you tried dining in a heated igloo, hut, or greenhouse on an outdoor patio? What started as a unique way for restaurants to maintain social-distancing guidelines during the pandemic, continues to be an exciting way to eat al fresco in 2022. Chicagoans aren’t afraid of cold weather, and it’s certainly not scaring us away from outdoor dining this winter! Nearly all restaurants require advance reservations, so start looking into details for an upcoming outing. Don’t forget a blanket!

photo courtesy of Hacienda Real in Yorkville

Igloo Dining Experiences in Chicagoland

Please note that some of these experiences require non-refundable reservations or have minimum spend requirements; we’ve noted those details where available, but you may want to check directly when making your reservation as well.

La Zingara Trattoria
2300 E Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 398-3700
At the time of publication, the dining domes were being set up and were not yet available. Call to confirm availability and reservations.

Charlie’s Restaurant
7427 Roosevelt Rd.
Forest Park, Illinois 60130
Igloos available. Call the restaurant for details.

The Wine Thief
6 Elwood Street
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 277-2954
Offers globes that seat up to six people comfortably. Some times require a minimum purchase, and reservations must be booked on Tock.

Bien Trucha
410 West State Street
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-2665
Offering pods that can host up to eight people. Pods are available for 90 minutes. Make a reservation here or call the restaurant directly.

Guildhall
694 Vernon Avenue
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-8100
Newly-built heated “Streetery” seats up to 8 guests. Deposits are required to reserve space but will automatically be refunded directly to your credit card at the time of your visit.

Livia Geneva 
207 S. Third Street
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 402-6444
Call in advance to reserve an igloo dining experience.

GIA MIA
13 N 3rd Street
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 405-5544
Call for reservations and availability. Some igloo availability may be booked through their online reservation system, too.

The Glen Club
2901 West Lake Ave
Glenview, IL 60026
(847) 724-7272
Igloo dining for up to eight guests. Make your reservation on Tock.

Gianni’s Cafe
20505 Rand Road
Kildeer, IL 60047
(847) 550-8872
Igloos are available at the Kildeer location and fit 2–8 people.

DIGS on Canal
316 Canal Street
Lemont, IL 60439
(630) 243-7210
Offering dining in heated igloos, comfortably seating up to eight people. See their igloo dining reservation page for information on pricing, minimum spend, and more.

Rebel Kitchen and Bar
229 West St Charles Road
Lombard, IL
(630) 317-7939
Heated igloos available by reservation. Minimum 4 people required. Call the restaurant to secure your spot.

Enzo & Lucia’s
343 Old McHenry Road
Long Grove, IL 60047
(847) 478-8825
Dome dining experience must be booked over the phone.

JoJo’s Shake Bar
5 Jackson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(331) 204-6665
Family-friendly, heated and covered winter wonderland treehouse that is decorated for the holidays with oversized ornaments, giant presents and more. Open through January 8th. Make a reservation online.

The Drake Oak Brook
2301 York Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 571-0000
The Drake’s seven private igloos each have their own theme and seat between four and ten people, depending on the igloo. You can reserve the igloos online for specific times Wednesday through Sunday. Bookings are available November 11, 2022, through March 23, 2023 and minimums apply; see website for details.

Freedom Brothers Pizzeria & Ale House
11914 Illinois Route 59
Plainfield, IL 60585
(815) 733-5626
Igloo domes with seating up for to 9 people. Non-refundable deposit required, which will be applied towards your order. Make a reservation online

Alter Brewing
12 S. First Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
(331) 901-5949
Heated globes can seat up to eight people. Reservations are required and can be made via Tock. You must select “Outdoor Seating” to reserved a globe. There is a $100 food and beverage minimum per reservation.

Hen House
1060 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 480-0611
The Hen House, a breakfast restaurant open until 2:30pm, offers igloo dining on their patio on weekdays only. Call the restaurant to make a reservation. 

Hacienda Real
585 E Kendall Drive
Yorkville, IL 60560
(630) 882-9541
Outdoor winter dining villas for 6 or fewer people, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call ahead for wait times.

Another fun tip: if you are visiting the Ice Castles of Lake Geneva, Geneva National offers igloo dining reservations.


If you are looking for other exciting dining experiences with your family, check out our Top Kid-Friendly Restaurants You Won’t Want to Miss!

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  • How about Cook County?

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  • Michelle Shaw
    January 10, 2021 2:47 pm

    Thank you for this, it is amazing!! 2 things to add though. 1. I drove my family out to features (naperville) last night, and was very disappointed to see that it is not individual dining. There are 3 train cars, that are separate, but each one has 6-8ish tables inside. Not covid-safe in my opinion, and certainly not in the category of others on this list.

    2. Stray Hen Cafe in Elmhurst has added igloos, it is a great breakfast restaurant, with cocktails, and right on the train tracks so kids can be entertained by the trains.

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