Summer is a great time to soak in the sun and the expansive views from the rooftop bars dotted across the city! Below you will find some of our favorite rooftop bars, with the best views of the city, and some of the more creative drinks. Check out these rooftops, and the scenery that accompanies them!
The Loop; 12 S. Michigan Ave.
Topping off the historic Chicago Athletic Association at 13 stories high is this rooftop bar and restaurant, providing a breathtaking scene of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. As one of the best rooftops in the Loop, Cindy’s cocktails are balanced and aesthetically pleasing, to match the view. The glassed in deck area allows this to be a great decision, no matter the weather!
Hundreds of guests have complimented Cindy’s on Yelp and TripAdvisor, assuring that the drink prices are worth the view! One Yelper commented, “Cindy’s is highly recommended for anyone visiting Chicago! It is a beautiful space, which includes an open-air terrace that provides a great view of Millennium Park as well as the Lake.” Another guest commented, “Do you want an amazing view of the Millennium Park? Then you’re at the right place. You get a beautiful aerial view of the Millennium Park! Yes, the line is pretty annoying but definitely worth the wait.”
The South Loop; 2109 S. State St.
Reggies’ is a music lover’s favorite. This space has been transformed from a run down repair shop, to the music venue, record shop, and bar that is it today! Beyond the good food you will find a rooftop playground, complete with picnic tables, a pool table, and a basketball hoop! This spot is a refreshing change of pace from the downtown rooftops.
Many satisfied customers have reviewed Reggies’ on Yelp and TripAdvisor, calling it, “Just awesome.” One yelp review stated, “Super chill, South Loop bar. You’ll probably see the most diverse group of people at Reggie’s which makes it even more cool. The rooftop is a good spot to hang out on a nice day.” Another TripAdvisor review complimented the rooftop deck, “The rooftop bar is one great hang out. Great, relaxed bar scene with fire pit, pool tables, and mere feet from the ‘L’.”
The Loop; 85 E Wacker Dr.
Make your way to the top of the London House Hotel to find the sweeping views from this tri-level rooftop. Overlooking the Chicago River, Magnificent Mile, and the famous architecture along the way, this is one of the best angles to take in the surrounding city.
As a more recent addition to the city, this rooftop has already made an impression on many guests. A yelper stated, “I have been to London House twice, the rooftop, and the city views are amazing you can definitely see Chicago’s architecture. This is a good place to relax, drink and have a good conversation with your pals.” Another TripAdvisor review also complimented the view, “The rooftop bar is fantastic, with glorious views of the river and downtown Chicago.”
The Loop; 203 N. Wabash
26 stories up, the Virgin Hotel’s rooftop bar, Cerise, hosts a birds eye view of the expansive skyline. With crafty cocktails and comfy furniture, this is a great spot to begin or end the night. Enjoy the music and lights as you take in the fresh air from balcony that surrounds three sides of this historic building.
Many guests have advertised their positive experience at this bar on Yelp and TripAdvisor. The ambiance and drinks have been complimented, with comments stating, “Really cool atmosphere with amazing rooftop views overlooking downtown. Drinks were about $10+ for cocktails & $7+ for beers. I’d definitely return… Perfect for a summer night out.” Another satisfied guest stated, “Once you’re up there, awesome ambiance & music accompanied with a swanky interior.” Others also enjoyed the drinks and rotating music and DJ’s. “Drinks are on point…some pricey, some reasonable… music was great when we went.”
The Gold Coast; 201 E. Delaware Pl.
This rooftop sits a block off of the Magnificent Mile in the Gold Coast neighborhood. With a focus on crafty cocktails and quality liquor, this rooftop serves as an oasis on top of the Raffaello Hotel to enjoy some quality conversation and the beautiful scenery.
Many positive reviews prove Drumbar to be a rooftop you won’t want to miss. One Yelper appreciated this urban escape, stating, “This bar definitely has a local feel too it, since it’s tucked behind the Hancock and right off of Michigan. In my opinion, it’s a bit of a hidden treasure. The drinks are amazing and the ambiance is great.” Another TripAdvisor guest appreciated the drink menu and atmosphere, “This is a Fantastic space, with great drinks…..a true must do, rooftop bar in Chicago. They have many original drinks, and it’s set up with seating areas so you can have great conversations with your friends.”
Lincoln Park; 1816 N. Clark St.
Panoramic views of Lincoln Park and the lake are found at The J. Parker, on top of the Hotel Lincoln. This year-round rooftop bar hosts themed drinks and small plates perfect for every season. With comfy seating and high top tables, this place is perfect for any occasion, and the needed diversion from the heart of downtown.
Many guests have claimed this as their favorite rooftop bar in the city! This bar provides beautiful views of the city, as one Yelper stated, “The view is impeccable! Seriously it is so beautiful I couldn’t stop looking at it.” Join in the crowd, as one guest recommends; “I have been here a few times and usually this place was more packed than I would like it to be, but that’s only because it’s so great and everybody wants to squeeze in! I will advice you not to hesitate and just join the pack…Whether you are in Chicago on a trip or you are local, you can’t skip visiting this place if you want to enjoy great view of stunning Lake Michigan, cool music and overall great atmosphere!”
River North; 118 W Grand Ave
Taste the color and flavor of Peruvian culture at the rooftop at Tanta. With Peruvian celebrity chef Gastón Acurio calling the shots, this spot has delicious food and cocktails. The rooftop deck provides space to enjoy the summer weather while you sip on a pisco sour and enjoy the delectable food.
This restaurant is becoming a River North staple, as seen with the hundreds of positive reviews posted on Yelp and TripAdvisor. One satisfied Yelper simply stated, “Tanta has a really cool rooftop, beautiful people, and amazing food & drinks. This is a great place to enjoy the short lived Chicago summer.” Another positive comment found on TripAdvisor reported, “Tanta is absolutely delicious. The ceviche is phenomenal and the ambiance is blissful. Went there for lunch and sat on the roof. enjoyed the beautiful weather while eating delicious, colorful, and flavorful food.”
Wicker Park; 1600 N. Milwaukee Ave.
This rooftop lounge above the Robery Hotel showcases the beauty of the city. Hovering above the ‘L’ tracks, you will find views of the skyline in the distance and the dynamic neighborhood that surrounds this hotel. Enjoy your inventive cocktail with the sun and the view.
As one of the newer rooftops in Chicago, this bar has already started to receive positive feedback from customers. Customers enjoy this rooftop escape in the vibrant Wicker Park neighborhood, as one Yelper commented, “Hands down the best view in Wicker park.” Another review stated, “5-star for the beautiful skyscraper view of Chicago. This place is right next to the Damen blue station which is a huge plus.”
River North; 127 W Huron St.
Nestled in River North, you will discover IO Roofscape within the Godfrey Hotel. With a spacious lounge and modern vibe, this rooftop provides indoor and outdoor seating for every season, and every time of day. This urban, upscale rooftop serves chef crafted cocktails accompanied with a view.
This has been a popular spot for years, as customers have commented on everything from the atmosphere to the food. One yelp review stated, “The outdoor seating is great! They have cabanas, comfy lounge seating, tables for dining, etc. I also like their inside lounge seating. It’s classy with dim light setting.” Many locals have used this as a platform to show off their city, as one TripAdvisor review stated, “It’s my go-to bar for visitors. Great view…Great service and drinks”
Streetersville; 259 E Erie St.
Tucked away in the midst of the Medical District, you will discover this rooftop escape. With stunning views of the surrounding buildings, you will find the perfect location for an innovative cocktail inspired by an Irish American flavor, as well as a seasonal small plates or a full course meal.
Hundreds of reviews have showed that this is another rooftop you will want to add to your list. One Yelper complimented the food, drinks, and atmosphere, stating, “The ambiance is beautiful, really elegant and the terrace is to die for. They have really cool cocktails and great food.” Another positive review said, “My new favorite Chicago restaurant, hands down! Beautiful outdoor seating area and the wait was not bad! Not overly crowded or loud but great energy. Food presentation was perfect, and delish!”