Rooftop bars in Chicago provide nightlife enthusiasts with interesting alternatives to the city’s ground-level hangouts. The main allure of these rooftop bars is the views that can be enjoyed by guests while they socialize. In a city like Chicago, that translates to views of the city’s famous skyline. Depending on the time of day and the Chicago rooftop bar in question, guests may also be treated to splendid views of Lake Michigan and such green expanses as Lincoln Park and Grant Park.
The best rooftop bars in Chicago have become quite popular in recent years, and as you might suspect, they are at their busiest during the warmer months. Among the standouts for Chicago rooftop bars is the J. Parker (pictured at top). Part of the Hotel Lincoln, this bar certainly impresses with its Lincoln Park, Lake Michigan, and skyline views. Complementing the views are signature cocktails and a tempting food menu. The J. Parker has 140 outdoor seats and 55 indoor seats and can be rented for private events.
Vertigo Sky Lounge
Another example of a great Chicago rooftop bar is the Vertigo Sky Lounge (pictured to left). Set on the 26th floor of the Dana Hotel and Spa, this is one of the highest rooftop bars in the city. It is also one of the most upscale and has a strict dress code, so visitors won’t exactly want to show up in t-shirts and tennis shoes. Because of the views and the bar’s overall popularity, it tends to get packed on the weekends. Among the features of the Vertigo Sky Lounge is an outdoor fire pit. During the winter months, there is a rooftop ice bar. On a nightly basis, DJs are in place to spin the tunes.
Several other tempting rooftop bars can be found in Chicago’s downtown area. At the Trump International Hotel & Tower, for example, you’ll find the oft-packed Terrace at Trump.The Peninsula boasts the alluring Shanghai Terrace. Another major player among the rooftop bars in Chicago is the ROOF on theWit, which is found at 201 N. State Street. If you need even more recommendations, check out The Dec at 160 E. Pearson Street, the Fountainhead rooftop garden at 1970 W. Montrose Avenue, the Drumbar at 201 E. Delaware Place, or the rooftop deck at the Rock Bottom Brewery. Or maybe venture over to the Art Institute to enjoy the rooftop hangout that is part of the museum’s Modern Wing.