Cite Rooftop Restaurant, 70th floor, Lake Point Tower, 505 N. Lake Shore Drive, Gold Coast, Chicago 60611. +1 312 644 4050. This stylish French/American resto-bar offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the Chicago skyline. MAP
Oak Street Beachstro, 1001 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago 60614 (Gold Coast). Sitting right on the crescent curve of the Oak Street Beach, its tables on the sandy edge of Lake Michigan, this restaurant has a dazzling beach view. MAP
The J Parker, 13th floor, Hotel Lincoln, 1816 N Clark St, Chicago 60614. +1 312 254 4747 Offering views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Mon to Fri 5pm–1am. Sat & Sun 4pm–1am.
Gene's Rooftop, 4750 N. Lincoln Ave, Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL 60625. Rooftop beer and wine garden. European sausages on open wood grill. North of Chicago. Thurs to Sat 11am-7pm. Sun 10am-3pm. facebook . MAP
Vines on Clark, 3554 N. Clark Street (Addison St), Chicago 60657. +1 773 327 8572. A rooftop deck for 50 and a sidewalk patio for 35 so you've got your al fresco options covered. Near Wrigley Field, north of Chicago. West of Belmont Harbor. MAP
Signature Room at the 95th, 95th floor, John Hancock Building, 875 N. Michigan Ave (bet. Chestnut St & Delaware Pl.), Chicago 60611. +1 312 787 9596. On the Magnificent Mile and atop the building. Navy Pier is about 1 mile away, about 3 minutes by taxi. Windows on all sides provide a spectacular view from almost any part of the Signature Room on the 95th floor or Signature Lounge on the 96th but you should request a table near the South East windows. Mon through Thurs Lunch 11am-2.30pm. Dinner 5pm-10pm. Fri and Sat Lunch 11am-2.30pm. Dinner 5pm - 11pm. Sun Brunch 10am-2.30pm. Dinner 5pm- 10pm. MAP
The Lobby, 5th floor, The Peninsula Hotel, 108 E. Superior St (bet. Michigan Ave. & Rush St), Chicago 60611. +1 312 573 6760. Huge windows. MAP
The Terrace, The Peninsula Hotel, 108 E. Superior St (bet. Michigan Ave. & Rush St), Chicago 60611. +1 312 573 6695. Small plates and specialty cocktails. MAP
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, 58 Oak St, Chicago, IL 60654 312 8882499. Only eight tables actually on the balcony so you may need to book. Mon to Friday 11am-3pm. Mon to Fri 3pm-11pm. Sat 5pm-11pm. Sun 5pm-10pm.
Homestead on the Roof, 1924 W Chicago Ave (at Winchester), Chicago, IL 60622.
The Attic, American Junkie, 15 W. Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654. +1 312 239 0995 This rooftop features a retractable roof. It is a nightclub and event venue. Thurs & Fri 9pm-2am. Sat 9pm-3am.
The Living Room Bar, W Chicago-Lakeshore Hotel, 644 N. Lake Shore Drive (between N. Erie St and N. Ontario St), Chicago 60611. +1 312 255 4463. Panoramic city views at the lake shore. Directly across the street from the Pier. Starwood. MAP
Wave Rooftop Restaurant, 33rd floor, W Chicago-Lakeshore Hotel, 644 N. Lake Shore Drive (between N. Eire St and N. Ontario St), Chicago 60611. Overlooks the sparkling shores of Lake Michigan. Breakfast Daily 6am–11am. Lunch Daily 11am–2pm. Bar Menu Daily 2pm–5pm. Dinner Sun to Thurs 5pm–10pm. Fri & Sat 5pm–11pm. Starwood. MAP
Vertigo Sky Rooftop Lounge, Dana Hotel & Spa, 2 West Erie Street, Chicago 60654. +1 312 213 9637. Fancy rooftop bar. Cocktails perched 26 floors up. DJ nightly. Fall and winter hours of operation: Patio closes at 11pm on weekdays and 12 midnight on weekends. Sun to Wed 6pm-12 midnight. Thurs & Fri 6pm-2am. Sat 6pm-3am. email . MAP
Epic, 112 W Hubbard St, Chicago 60654. +1 312 222 4940. 3rd floor outdoor rooftop. Summer months. Mon to Fri 4pm-2am. Sat 4pm–3am. Dressy. Rooftop lounge with an great variety of craft cocktails to sip while taking in the view. email . MAP
THE Langham Club Lounge, The Langham, 330 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. +1 312 923 9988 Overlooking the Chicago River and featuring panoramic cityscape and skyline views.
Sixteen, 16th floor, Trump International Tower & Hotel, 401 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago 60611. +1 312 588 8151. 30-foot floor-to-ceiling windows. Just North of Chicago River. Bar opens daily at 11am. MAP
The Terrace at Trump, 16th floor (adjacent to Sixteen), Trump International Tower & Hotel, 401 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago 60611. +1 877 458 7867. Spectacular vistas of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the Wrigley Clock Tower. Seasonal. Daily 2.30pm-11pm. The Terrace may be currently closed. MAP
Rebar Lounge, Mezzanine Level, Trump International Hotel & Tower, 401 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago 60611. A chic and sophisticated lounge with gorgeous views of the Chicago River and Michigan Avenue Bridge. MAP
The Dec Rooftop Lounge + Bar, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 East Pearson Street (at Water Tower Place), Chicago, Illinois 60611. +1 312 266 1000 Chic rooftop perched high above the Magnificent Mile on Chicago's Gold Coast.
Merchants Market Cafe and Cityscape Bar, 15th floor, Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North, 350 W Mart Center Dr, Chicago, IL 60654. +1 312 836 5000 Floor to Ceiling city views. Settle in at their Cityscape Bar for unbelievable sunset views of the Chicago skyline while you enjoy a cocktail, specialty beer, or glass of fine wine over lunch or dinner. MAP
The Wit Hotel
Roof on the Wit, 27th floor, The Wit Hotel, 201 N. State St, Chicago 60601. +1 312 239 9501. Indoor/outdoor lounge featuring soaring panoramic views, roaring fire pits, live music, telescopes and unparalleled ambiance. Overlooking the Chicago River with stunning views of the city. New all year roofing. Mon to Thurs 3pm-2am. Fri 1pm-2am. Sat 1pm-3pm. Sun 1pm-12 midnight. Hilton. MAP
III Forks Prime Steakhouse, 333 E. Benton Pl., (Field Boulevard) Chicago, IL 60601. +1 312 938 4303 Sun to Thurs 5pm-11pm. Fri Sat 5pm-12 midnight. MAP
Plaza at Park Grill, 11 N. Michigan Ave (E. Madison Street), Chicago 60602. +1 312 957 8259. In the winter, the restaurant's innovative seating allows all diners a view of the fun on the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. Mon to Thurs opens 11am & serving dinner until 9.30pm. Fri opens 11am & serving dinner until 10.30pm. Sat opens 10am & serving dinner until 10.30pm. email . MAP
Tavern at the Park, 130 East Randolph Street, Chicago 60601. +1 312 552 0070
Terzo Piano Rooftop, Modern Wing, Art Institute of Chicago, 159 East Monroe Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60603. +1 312 443 8650. Views of Millennium Park and Michigan Avenue. Lunch daily and also Thursday Dinner. MAP
Plymouth Rooftop Bar & Grill, 327 S. Plymouth Ct, The Loop, Chicago 60604. +1 312 362 1212. This is a cool little outdoor rooftop bar overlooking, yes, a parking garage top and the library and the el. It's a great hangout for drinks after work in the loop. Open year round. Summer Hours May - Sept 30th: Mon to Fri 11am-Close. Sat & Sun 10am-Close. Winter Hours Oct till April 30th: Mon to Fri 4pm-Close. Sat & Sun Closed. MAP
Rivers, 30 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606. +1 312 559 1515. Large outdoor deck for alfresco dining during warm weather months. email . MAP
Everest Room, 40th floor, Chicago Stock Exchange Building, 440 S. LaSalle St (Congress Pkwy), Chicago 60605. +1 312 663 8920. On the top floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, this elegant restaurant has magnificent views of the city. Tues to Fri from 5.30 pm. Sat from 5pm. MAP
Pegasus, 130 South Halsted St, Chicago 60661. +1 312 226 3377. 888 558 2637. The rooftop has plenty of seating and a full bar and it offers diners a beautiful, unobstructed Eastern view of the Chicago Skyline. SUMMER: Sun 12 noon-12 midnight. Mon to Thurs 11am-12 midnight. Fri 11am-1am. Sat 12 noon-1am. WINTER: Sun 12 noon-11pm. Mon to Thurs 11am-11pm. Fri 11am-1am. Sat 12 noon-1am. MAP
The Rooftop Lounge, 3rd floor, Market Bar, 1113 W. Randolf St (between Aberdeen St and May St), Chicago 60607. +1 312 929 4787. Retractable roof. Cabanas. Sun to Wed 11am-12 midnight. Thurs 11am-2am. Fri 11am-2am. Sat 11am-3am. email . MAP
Little Goat, 820 W. Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607. +1 312-888-3455 On weekdays, the roof is open for lunch for people who want to bring up their sandwich from Little Goat Bread downstairs. Weekends, it turns more lounge-like with table service and an outdoor bar. Sun to Thurs7am-10pm. Fri & Sat 7am-12 midnight. email
ESTATE Ultra Bar, 1177 N Elston, Chicago, IL 60642. +1 312 582 4777 Sky Deck: A huge rooftop with a view of the skyline. West of Goose Island. Mon to Fri 11.30am-2am. Sat 11.30am-3am. Sun 11.30am-2am. facebook . email . MAP
Roof Deck, Twisted Spoke, 501 N Ogden Ave, Chicago 60642. +1 312 666 1500 Mon to Fri 11am–2am. Sat 9am–3am. Sun 9am–2am.
Ventana Revolving Restaurant, atop Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018. +1 847 696 1234. Near O'Hare airport. North West. Closed to the public; only open for receptions, parties, etc.. West. MAP
Sam Buca's, 12231 South Harlem Avenue, Palos Heights, Chicago, IL 60463. +1 708 361 1226 Rooftop opens in May and stays open through October (weather permitting). SW of City.