The time has come to sit outside, so use this as a helpful guide. Enjoy these free spots when the weather is hot — you’re sure to love them if you bring friends or not.

1. WARD (ERIE) PARK, 630 N. KINGSBURY

Pontificate on poodles or peek at pekingese at this dog-friendly park where you can enjoy the perks of dog ownership without the pleasurable poo pickups.

2. CHICAGO POETRY FOUNDATION, 61 W. SUPERIOR

In the heart of the windy city you can read a poem, then look in the mirror—you’ll need a comb.

3. PASSAGEWAY BETWEEN TRUMP & WRIGLEY, 400 N. RUSH

An inconspicuous location to people watch or catch a water taxi in case you decide not to return to work.

4. PATIO JUST TO THE LEFT OF 233 N. MICHIGAN

When you’re too cool for school to be bothered with the new, trendy riverwalk, search for a sunny nook in the crook of the buildings here.

5. AON CENTER PLAZA, 200 E. RANDOLPH

While sitting near the Aon Center fountain will not alter your age in any capacity, your midday break can make you feel refreshingly younger than you will feel tomorrow.

6. LAKE SHORE EAST PARK, 450 E. BENTON

This secluded park is the perfect patch of grass for lunchtime sunbathing. That is, if you don’t mind 5,000 high-rise employees staring down at you.

7. COZY SEATING AREA, MONROE & WELLS

This little area is filled with the melodious sounds of birds chirping and taxi drivers giving the bird.

8. SOUTH GARDEN, MICHIGAN AND JACKSON

Simply tell your coworkers (in your best British accent) that you’re taking lunch at South Garden adjacent to the Art Institute, and you’ll instantly seem more cultured.

9. NORTH-SIDE LAWN, 311 S. WACKER

Let your interns free once a week in this soothing spot, then make them fetch you an iced latte to make your break enjoyable.

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