Unique Igloo and Dome Dining Experiences in Chicago’s West Suburbs

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Winter does not stop Chicagoans from dining outdoors anymore! Restaurants have created igloo and pod outdoor dining experiences to embrace the winter weather, without having to eat inside. Igloo dining gives families the opportunities to eat together while being secluded from other diners. Pods and igloos do require reservations, so make sure to call ahead. You may also want ask how long igloos are cleaned and aired out in between reservations and bring a blanket if you get cold easily. (And of course, keep your reservation — restaurants are depending on keeping their igloos full.) Happy dining!

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Igloo Dining Experiences in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

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 Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 398-3700
Dining domes seating parties of 2-6 people.

Palm Court Restaurant
1912 North Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 870-7770
Heated Igloo for 4-8 guests.

Balmoral Restaurant
40W099 IL-64
Campton Hills, IL 60175
(331) 901-5224
Their four igloos are heated, seat 2-4 people each, and reservations are strongly encouraged.

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

Bobby’s Deerfield
695 Deerfield Rd.
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 607-9104
Call to reserve your outdoor bubble. Reservations span a 90-minute dining experience.

Mockingbird Bar & Garden
217 Barrington Avenue
East Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 551-5614
Igloo style nests are heated and can accommodate up to 8 people. Reservations suggested, but some walk-ins may be accepted. 

The Wine Thief
6 Elwood St.
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 277-2954
Offers globes that seat up to 6 people, comfortably. Some times require a minimum spend.

Bien Trucha
410 West State St.
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-2665
Offering seven pods that can host up to 8 people in each. Pods are available for 90 minutes. See their outdoor pod page for details on pod cleaning, availability, and minimum spend

Rejoice Lounge
11 E State St.
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 943-7499
Providing a private, COVID-compliant outdoor dining experience in heated igloos. Advance reservations are closed, but you can call to check whether same-day reservations are available.

The Lucky Monk
105 Hollywood Blvd.
South Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 898-0500
Two-hour experience in outdoor heated igloos.

The Assembly Bar & Cafe
2570 Hassell Rd.
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
(847) 843-3993
Dining huts hold up to 6 people for 90 minutes.

Gianni’s Cafe
20505 Rand Rd
Kildeer, IL 60047
(847) 550-8872
Igloos at both Gianni’s locations fit between 2- 8 people. Rental is $25 for weekdays and $50 for weekends, not including food purchases, and your reservation will begin promptly at the scheduled time.

DIGS on Canal
316 Canal St.
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 can be made online.

Enzo & Lucia’s
343 Old McHenry Rd.
Long Grove, IL 60047
847) 478-8825
Dome dining experince. Call ahead for reservations. There is a minimum required spend for dinner; no minimum if you book for lunch.

19 N Washington St
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 470-9441
Offering winter villas and greenhouses for dining. Call for reservations or book online.

Solemn Oath Brewery
1661 Quincy Ave Ste. 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.

Granite City
1828 Abriter Court
Naperville, Illinois 60563
(630) 544-3700
Outdoor dining shanties are open.

The Drake
2301 York Road 
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 571-0000
Igloos seat up to 8 guests, but during the current government mitigations, igloo seating will be capped at 6 guests.

Gianni’s Cafe
18 W. Station St.
Palatine IL, 60067
(847) 991-1416
Igloos at both Gianni’s locations fit between 2- 8 people. Rental is $25 for weekdays and $50 for weekends, not including food purchases, and your reservation will begin promptly at the scheduled time.

Freedom Brothers Pizzeria & Ale House
11914 Illinois Rte 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.

Granite City
801 Plaza Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(630) 523-5700
Ventilated, insulated, and individually heated outdoor dining shanties.

Hen House
1060 College Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 480-0611
The Hen House, a breakfast restaurant open until 2:30pm, offers igloo dining on their patio.

Ivy Restaurant
120 North Hale Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 665-2489
A clear, enclosed dome patio for 4-8 adults.  $100 rental fee, $400 dinner minimum, and $300 lunch minimum. See their Ivy Igloo page for more information.

Hacienda Real
585 E Kendall Dr.
Yorkville, IL 60560
Outdoor heated igloos 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. Check the details here.

If you are looking for other unique experiences or experience gifts for the holidays, check out our Experience Gifts to Give Kids for the 2020 Holidays!

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  • How about Cook County?

  • 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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