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Swanky Rooftop Bars in the Chicago Loop

As warmer weather rolls in, rooftop bar hopping season is in full swing. Take your weekend or after work plans to a whole new level (literally) at one of Chicago Loop’s finest rooftop bars. These skyscraping patios boast perfectly crafted cocktails, award-winning dining and some of the best views of the city. They offer essential consolation and stimulation for you to creak back to life after months of indoor hibernation. Get out and enjoy these sky-high oases while you still can.

Roof on theWit

201 N State St

Chicago, IL 60601

Reservations

A glamorous escape set 27 stories above it all, ROOF has earned international praises for its stunning design, sweeping views of Chicago, private event spaces, entertainment programming and a unique, elevated dining experience. Rated one of the “Top 3 Rooftop Bars in the World” –Travel+Leisure, ROOF continues to dish out culinary excellence. Celebrating the lifestyle and dynamic cuisine of the Western Mediterranean through food and culture, Executive Chef Nathan Sears’ imaginative menu draws inspiration from Moorish Spain and surrounding spice-bearing regions. The menu embraces classic Mediterranean dishes that showcase a robust flavor profile incorporating cinnamon, cardamom, sumac and black pepper. This indoor/outdoor space showcases sweeping views of Chicago for a breathtaking open-air experience featuring a retractable ROOF and a space that is climate controlled making ROOF open all year round.

Cindy's

12 S Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60603

Reservations

The most "Insta-worthy" of all the rooftops on the list, Cindy’s has magnificent views of Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Atop the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Cindy’s view and beachy decor aren’t its only assets. The award-winning menu and cocktails make this a destination for locals and tourists alike. Reservations are available for lunch, dinner, cocktails and weekend brunch.

 

LondonHouse Rooftop Lounge

85 E Upper Wacker Dr

Chicago, IL 60601

Reservations

LondonHouse Rooftop is a truly one-of-a-kind experience. The city’s first tri-level rooftop venue, each floor has its own unique focal point including a fashionable bar, a rooftop terrace and exclusive in-dome dining for wedding proposals and private events. While reservations are required through Tock, we promise they are worth the wait for these incredible views of the Chicago River and overall luxurious experience.

 

IO Godfrey Rooftop Lounge

127 W Huron St

Chicago, IL 60654

Reservations

Sitting atop the Godfrey Hotel, this award-winning rooftop lounge offers exquisite American dining and two (indoor and outdoor) bars. Alongside the panoramic skyline views, IO Godfrey has festively illuminated decor, cozy fire pits, s’mores kits, shimmering water elements, a video wall and retractable roof. Bask in the sun with seasonal, chef-crafted cocktail drinks and revel in the night while enjoying the southern Chicago skyline.

 

Raised

1 West Upper Wacker Dr

Chicago, IL 60601

Located on the third floor of the newly remodeled Renaissance Chicago Hotel, Raised is an indoor-outdoor space with an industrial aesthetic that feels distinctly Chicago. Cabanas and fire pits provide a relaxing atmosphere for an afternoon overlooking the Chicago River with a drink in hand. Beer lovers will enjoy an expansive beer list, including six rotating draft beers together with over 40 beers by the bottle from breweries located throughout the neighborhoods of Chicago.

 

AIRE

100 W Monroe St

Chicago, IL 60603

Twenty-four floors above the Loop’s Financial District, AIRE lives up to its name with a beautiful open floor plan, airy décor and a 360-degree view of the city. A favorite for Loop locals, its cozy atmosphere features tabletop fireplaces, large umbrellas, plenty of greenery and some of the best cocktails in the Loop. This sky-high patio will feature a pop-up grill from Kuma's Corner this year on Saturdays starting June 2.

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