Unique Igloo and Dome Dining Experiences

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Outdoor ActivitiesWinter

More and more restaurants have heated igloos, huts, or greenhouses popping up on their outdoor patios. What started as a unique way for restaurants to maintain social-distancing guidelines last winter continues to be an exciting way to dine outdoors as 2021 turns to 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!

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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
Dining domes seating parties of 4 and should be reserved in advance.

Palm Court Restaurant
1912 North Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 870-7770
Heated Igloo for 4–8 guests. Reservations must be made in advance, with non-refundable deposit required.

Balmoral Restaurant
40W099 IL-64
Campton Hills, IL 60175
(331) 901-5224
The restaurant hopes to install 3 igloos on the patio. As of December 8, 2021, they are not yet ready for reservations. Check their Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

7 Gates Restaurant
10050 55th Street
Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 582-6800
The igloo on their covered patio seats up to 8 people. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Mockingbird Bar & Garden

Mockingbird Bar & Garden
217 Barrington Avenue
East Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 551-5614

Healthy Food with a Stylish Flair

Inspired by their desire to serve and create a sense of community, Mockingbird Bar + Garden is a food and drink focused gathering place in a lively, convivial setting, stylishly designed to create memorable experiences.

Located on the Bike Path and Open all day in European fashion, their combination of Espresso Bar, Cocktail Lounge and Wood-fired Kitchen offers fresh approachable Cicchetti (small plates) in the style of Venice, and prepared in our Wood Burning Oven, or as they in the French Countryside, “Au feu de bois”.

Driven by their love for food and knowledge of wellness, Mockingbird’s daily changing menu encourages you to eat seasonal and clean while still having a bit of indulgence. Whether served fresh or wood-fired, nothing is over complicated, but they promise to give your palate something delicious and maybe even something new.

The Wine Thief
6 Elwood Street
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 277-2954
Offers globes that seat up to 6 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 8 people. Pods are available for 90 minutes. See their reservations page for details on availability and minimum purchase.

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
GIA MIA has igloos at their St. Charles location, and plans to at their Geneva location as well. Call for reservations and opening dates.

Guildhall
694 Vernon Avenue
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-8100
Guildhall Greenhouses seat up to 6 guests. Deposits are required to reserve space, but will be applied towards the bill.

The Assembly Bar & Cafe
2570 Hassell Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
(847) 843-3993
Dining huts are available by reservation; guests must call in advance.

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.

The Forge: Forgefire
1001 Main Street
Lemont, IL 60439
(630) 326-3301
Cozy see-thru globes offer seating for 2–4 people with views of the Lemont Quarry. Tickets required; covers a prix-fixe experience.

Corked Wine Bar
132 Old McHenry Road
Long Grove, IL 60047
(224) 360-9460
Reservations that are made on their website are for their igloo dining.

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

Fiamme
19 N Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 470-9441
Offering greenhouses for outdoor dining. All reservations must be made through Open Table.

Solemn Oath Brewery
1661 Quincy Avenue, Suite 179
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 995-3062
Solemn Oath Brewery has a dome forest and is accepting reservations. See their dome forest page for more information.

Features Bar & Grill
14 West Chicago Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 416-3310
The Features dining cars are designed for COVID-19 outdoor dining guidelines (dividers, ventilation system, windows/doors open; heated). Make an advance reservation. Note: These are not private dining experiences, as other parties will be seated in the spaces with you.

The Drake

The Drake
2301 York Road 
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 571-0000

Outdoor, heated igloos are available November 5 through March 2022 at The Drake Oak Brook, Autograph Collection.

Select from eight private and fully enclosed igloos, all with a unique theme. Each igloo has a small heater for your comfort, but we suggest bundling up if it’s cold. Guest capacity varies per Igloo and can seat a minimum of 4 guests and up to 8 guests.

Reservations are available daily following the below times. These times are based on a maximum of 2 hour dine time.

  • Lunch 11:00am – 2:00 pm (not available on Sundays)
  • Dinner 2:15pm – 10:00pm

Click here to make a reservation.

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; see their igloo dining reservation page for more information.

GIA MIA
31 S. 1st Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 415-0770
GIA MIA has igloos at their St. Charles location, and plans to at their Geneva location as well. Call for reservations and opening dates.

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. Igloo reservations are taken Monday through Friday.

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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