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DINING DELIGHTS | Enjoy a Taste of Summer with These Local Favorites


WESTERN SUBURBS – Summer is the perfect time to slow down and take in the beautiful sunny days and outdoor dining spaces throughout the western suburbs.

Marinella Italian Restaurant in Glen Ellyn serves farm-raised salmon, classic clams, and fresh pasta bringing the best Southern Italian plate to your tables. All their food is made from scratch, like the trattorias and ristorantes in southern Italy – they don’t precook anything so most meals take 20-30 minutes to prepare, from when you order encouraging you to take time for yourselves to enjoy the summer in their outdoor dining space with your favorite appetizer and glass of wine.

Enjoy a pigroast with good friends at Lagunitas Brewery & Chuck's Summer Beer Pairing Dinner in Darien on the patio (weather permitting) at 8025 Cass Avenue on June 26th from 6:30pm-9pm, featuring six beers with six courses.

Kick off summer right by treating yourself (and others) to a cool drink and a delicious meal at one of the 260 restaurants in Naperville. Make it feel even more like summer by eating lunch or dinner on the patio of your favorite place to grab a bite to eat. With more than 260 restaurants in the area, there are options for even the pickiest eater. Visit to browse the many options and get your summer started the right way.

Southbank Original Barbecue in downtown Yorkville is located right along the beautiful Fox River. They have a huge outdoor eating space and offer summertime favorites such as pulled pork, wings, drummies, ribs, and so much more. All of their BBQ is wood-cooked and homemade, served to order and delicious every time.

And of course, summer time is the best time for ice cream scoops, sundaes, shakes, malts, sodas, smoothies, custom made ice cream cakes and pies on the large outdoor paver brick patio of Batavia Creamery in Batavia. This family-owned and operated ice cream parlor started sharing their love of ice cream in 2006 and carries 44 flavors in-store and rotates over 100 with about 5 to 10 flavors rotating per week.

When you dine at these local west suburban places you will no doubt enjoy good food and good fun with great friends. -Kristen Kucharski

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