Rooftop bars Chicago

A complete guide to the 23 best rooftop bars in Chicago in 2018.

Here you'll find the best Chicago roof terraces with all info you need about each sky lounge. Opening hours, dress code, pics, maps, booking links and much more. “The Windy City” has something for everybody. Party, rooftops, high-rise buildings, and spectacular views. Both among the skyscrapers but also over Lake Michigan and the surrounding landscape. Scroll down and find the Chicago rooftop bar best suited for you.

ROOF On the Wit
27th floor
Rooftop bar Chicago ROOF On the Wit in Chicago
$$$ 201 N State St
This cocktail bar is located right in the city center on the 27th floor with a magical view of all the skyscrapers and the Chicago skyline. Open year...
  • Highlights
  • 27th floor
  • Year round
  • Panoramic view
  • World known DJs
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The J. Parker
stunning view
Rooftop bar Chicago The J. Parker in Chicago
$$$ 13, 1816 N Clark St
Regarding bars in "The Windy City", people often talk about The J. Parker. Here you get an absolutely stunning view of Chicago's skyline...
  • Highlights
  • 13th floor
  • Signature cocktails
  • Panoramic views
  • Rooftop breakfast
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Little Goat Diner
great food
Rooftop bar Chicago Little Goat Diner in Chicago
$$$ 820 W Randolph St
From the rooftop bar you get a great view of the skyscrapers in downtown Chicago. The roof terrace offers great food and good drinks. The inte...
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • American diner
  • Charming & friendly
  • All day breakfast
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Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
swimming pool
Rooftop bar Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago
$$$$ 221 N Columbus Dr
A big and spacious terrace, with a super big rooftop swimming pool to cool off in. The fantastic outdoor terrace features both a fancy...
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Hotel guests only
  • Rooftop pool
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Alta At K Station Rooftop Pool
rooftop pool
Rooftop bar Alta At K Station Rooftop Pool in Chicago
$$$$ 555 W Kinzie St
Alta at K Station have one of the best rooftop pools in Chicago. This roof terrace, perched on the 8th floor, has most of the things you need...
  • Highlights
  • 8th floor
  • Luxury apartments
  • Residents only
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Cerise Rooftop
breathtaking views
Rooftop bar Cerise Rooftop in Chicago
$$$$ Virgin Hotel, 203 N. Wabash
Cerise Rooftop is a fantastic place in Chicago, with breathtaking views over the city skyline admist the sky scrapers. A mix of mo...
  • Highlights
  • 26th floor
  • Great atmosphere
  • Panoramic views
  • Japanese bites
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Fountainhead
local feel
Rooftop bar Chicago Fountainhead in Chicago
$$$ 1970 W Montrose Ave
One of the best local rooftop bars Chicago have. On the roof terrace there is always a lot of people, but still doesn’t feel packed. There are seats...
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Beer/Whiskey bar
  • Local feel
  • Weekend brunch
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Homestead On The Roof
small oasis
Rooftop bar Chicago Homestead On The Roof in Chicago
$$$ 1924 W. Chicago Ave
A lovely and classic bar with seating for about 80 guests - a small oasis in the middle of the city. The bar has a wide selection of different...
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Rooftop garden
  • Restaurant
  • Great for events
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Terzo Piano
cool view
Rooftop bar Chicago Terzo Piano in Chicago
$$$ 159 East Monroe St
This Chicago rooftop bar is located in the middle of all the skyscrapers which gives a cool view surrounded by all these tall buildings...
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Restaurant
  • At Art museum
  • Rooftop lunch
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drumBAR
Raffaello Hotel
Rooftop bar Chicago drumBAR in Chicago
$$$ 201 East Delaware Place
This famous bar is located on the 18th floor of Raffaello Hotel. Garden furnitures with a lots of seatings. From the roof terrace you get a lov...
  • Highlights
  • 18th floor
  • Handcrafted cocktails
  • Panoramic views
  • Awarded
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Shanghai Terrace
Asian cuisine
Rooftop bar Chicago Shanghai Terrace in Chicago
$$$$ 108 East Superior St
Asian rooftop restaurant with a stunning Asian cuisine and well-made cocktails. The drinks are almost too finely made so you hardly want to...
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Handcrafted cocktails
  • Stylish
  • Great asian food
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LondonHouse Chicago
3 floors
Rooftop bar Chicago LondonHouse Chicago in Chicago
$$$$ 85 E Upper Wacker Dr
London House Chicago consists of 3 floors with rooftop terraces. The largest venue is located on the 22nd floor and is called LH 22...
  • Highlights
  • 22nd floor
  • Great atmosphere
  • Panoramic views
  • Live events
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Soho House Chicago
members & residents
Rooftop bar Chicago Soho House Chicago in Chicago
$$$$ 113 N Green St
Soho House Chicago are only available to members and residents of the hotel. The roof terrace is perfect for both relaxation and cocktails...
  • Highlights
  • 8th floor
  • Residents & members only
  • Rooftop pool
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Apogee Lounge
second highest
Rooftop bar Chicago Vertigo Sky Lounge in Chicago
$$$$ 2 West Erie St
The second highest rooftop bar throughout this city. The terrace has an elegant and stylish interior design in a modern style...
  • Highlights
  • 26th floor
  • Mixologist cocktails
  • Panoramic views
  • Luxorious
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IO Urban Roofscape
1000 sqm
Rooftop bar Chicago IO Urban Roofscape in Chicago
$$$$ 127 W Huron St
An approximately 1000 sqm large rooftop terrace. Almost feels like entering a nightclub when you walk in here. On this rooftop bar in Chicago...
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Large terrace
  • Restaurant & lounge
  • Weekend brunch
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Gene’s Rooftop
green &flowers
Rooftop bar Chicago Gene’s Rooftop in Chicago
$ 5330 W. Belmont Ave
Classic German decor with long wooden benches and a lot of green and flowers. From the bar/restaurants, grilled sausages and bratwursts...
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Beer & wine garden
  • Atmosphere
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The Terrace at Trump
great views
Rooftop bar Chicago The Terrace at Trump in Chicago
$$$$$ 401 North Wabash Ave
On this sky lounge in Chicago they often keep private parties, so check before to make sure it is open to the public. The terrace has a great...
  • Highlights
  • 16th floor
  • Handcrafted cocktails
  • Magical view
  • Luxurious
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52EIGHTY Rooftop Lounge
quite unknown
Rooftop bar Chicago 52EIGHTY Rooftop Lounge in Chicago
$$$ 166 E Superior St
52EIGHTY is quite unknown among places to drink. But here you get an exceptional view of the city skyline amidst all the skyscrapers in down...
  • Highlights
  • 29th floor
  • Events only
  • Panoramic view
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ESTATE Ultra Bar
yacht club
Rooftop bar Chicago ESTATE Ultra Bar in Chicago
$$$ 1177 N Elston Ave
A yacht club where like-minded people come’s to eat and drink well. Most of the Chicago terraces lies on a very high altitude, while...
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Yacht club
  • Nightclub
  • Large terrace
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NoMI Garden
cozy & picturesque
Rooftop bar Chicago NoMI Garden in Chicago
$$$$ 800 N Michigan Ave
A cozy and picturesque rooftop bar located on the 7th floor at Nomi Restaurant in the middle of downtown Chicago. Regarding terrace...
  • Highlights
  • 7th floor
  • Artfull cocktails
  • Great brunch
  • Romantic
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Zed451
large deck
Rooftop bar Chicago Zed451 in Chicago
$$$ 739 N Clark St
This is one of the nicest and cosiest terraces among the Chicago rooftop bars. Furnished with a large wooden deck with large and comfortable...
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Crafted cocktails
  • Delicious food
  • Awarded
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Raised Bar
city views
Rooftop bar Chicago Raised Bar in Chicago
$$$ 1 West Upper Wacker Dr
Raised Bar in Chicago is a popular place for those who place high value in superb service and beautiful city views. RAISED, as many call it...
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Crafted cocktails
  • River view
  • Downtown
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City info

Rooftop bar Chicago

Rooftop-grade: 8/10
Prime season: May-Sept
Residents: 9 millions
Climate: temperate

If you want to visit any of the best rooftop bars Chicago has available, you'll do best coming here during the summer.

Many of the best places here are located in the city center with skyscrapers close by, which provides a cool and stylish surrounding. Chicago has a lot of sky bars and many of them with fantastic views.

If you are searching for bars to drink with a view at, this is the only list you need. This website can help getting a better experience when visiting the city.

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From the blog

Prosecco at 52EIGHTY rooftop Lounge in downtown Chicago

Read the review from when The Rooftop Guide visited 52EIGHTY during their rooftop trip to Chiacgo in 2017

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Fantastic cocktails and food at The Terrace at Trump

If you like tasty food and cokctilas in a luxurious enviroment. Read about the Terrace at Trump in Chicago here.

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Midsummer lunch at one of the best rooftop bars Chicago

Check out the fantastic LondonHouse in Chicago. We spent a superb afternoon here in the summer of 2017, where we enjoyed drinks and food to the skyline views of the city.

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Friday drinks at Cerise Rooftop in Chicago

Read about our Friday evening at Cerise Rooftop Bar, where we also tried som super nice food and met the Lady in Red.

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The best rooftop restaurants in Chicago

Here's a list of the best rooftop restaurants in Chicago. Eat with a view over the sky scrapers in "The Windy City".

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Dress code rooftop bars Chicago

Read about the diffrent dress codes that applies at rooftop bars in Chicago.

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Rooftop brunch Chicago

Check out some of the best places for a brunch with a view in The Windy City.

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City info

About Chicago

Chicago is America's third largest city with about 9 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area. The city is a major hub of the US communications systems as well as a center for industry and agriculture. Chicago is also one of America's best sports cities with teams like the Bulls (basketball), Blackhawks (hockey), Bears (football), Cubs (baseball) and Fire (soccer). The climate varies from hot summers to cold winters. "The Windy City" has long been a nickname for Chicago. And the wind often blows at the rooftop bars in Chicago.