Summer spots with views of Lake Michigan and sky-high places for late-night libations line up in this Illinois city.
Chicago has always marched to its own beat and the Second City is second to none when it comes to rooftop revelry. Although the summers are short, the nights are long as many of the hotels, restaurants and hotspots turn their open-air rooftops into cozy centers for cocktails, cuisine and conversation, whatever the season. So, head up to see this architecturally arresting city from above and get a soaring snapshot from these rooftop haunts.
Modern luxury and an address amid the vibrant restaurants, shops and theaters around the Loop allows the Pendry to capture Chicago’s spirit. With sweeping city views and a distinguished bar with digestifs for the discerning drinker, Pendry delivers an experience that showcases Chicago in a new light. For the best views in the warmer months, head up to Cote D’Azur-like rooftop restaurant Château Carbide, where the light, airy feel is as intoxicating as the champagne selection.
A true taste of Chicago involves deep-dish pizza and Italian beef, but those with a refined palate know all too well that an opportunity to dine at Nobu should never be missed. Head up to the rooftop of Nobu Hotel for an elevated dining experience found nowhere else in the Midwest. Whitefish tiradito, based on the Peruvian ceviche-like dish, mini wagyu tacos and lamb anticucho (street-food-style Andean skewers) are just a few of the delicious plates you’ll plow through en route to a chocolate sobacha cake. The extensive wine selection lets you refill a whim while drinking in the rooftop atmosphere.
It’s a refreshingly odd feeling sitting on the rooftop of the Hoxton: you’re planted deep within the heart of the city in the Fulton Market district and yet feel a million miles away from the rush of the streets below. Maybe it’s the floor-to-ceiling windows in your room that set a slow pace or the chill vibes on the sundeck that keep you cool at the pool. Whichever it is, as you munch on crab causa, goat empanadas and other Peruvian-inspired bites at the Cabra Cevicheria, you’ll feel delightfully content at this rooftop roost.
Heads up, sports fans: the best way to see the Cubbies in action is from the Wrigley View Rooftop. This game-changing experience hits a home run, whether you’re catching nine innings or a late-night concert, you’ll have a full view of the field and a full buffet to keep you going. You’ll need a group to rent out this space, but trust us: it’s the ultimate outing for those who love the Windy City, America’s favorite pastime and an all-round unforgettable experience.
You’ll feel in your element the moment you check into the Godfrey. Chic guest rooms have both wet bars and workstations, allowing you to work and play during your stay. Its prime location is ideal for knocking off the tourist trail: the Gold Coast, Navy Pier and Riverwalk are all within a few Subway stops. Head up to the I|O Rooftop Lounge to scan the skyline and snack on a dangerously decadent s’mores martini made with rum, cold-brew coffee and the signature sweets.
You’ll have to head almost down to Chinatown to reach Reggie’s, but the extra Subway stops are worth it. This no-frills bar has live local music, tons of pub grub and a beer list that pleases its mixed crowd. It’s way too easy to spend hours on the rooftop here, knocking back a few pints. If you happen to be in town for a concert or a sporting event, let the free shuttle bus be your designated driver so you can indulge safely.
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