Rooftop bars Chicago

Complete guide to the 23 best rooftop bars in Chicago [2020 update]

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Last updated: March 5th, 2020

Looking for the best rooftop bar Chicago? Look no more! Right here you'll find a complete and up-to-date listing with the top Chicago rooftops, packed with all info you need about each venue: opening hours, dress code, pics, maps, booking links and much more. From Downtown Chicago, through The Loop and to River North, 'The Windy City' has a sky-high spot for everyone. Not only home to the largest rooftop bar in the world and some great Chicago rooftop pools, but buzzing with vibrant and trendy rooftop lounges, offering amazing views over both the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. And while summer is prime and peak season, there are quite a few Chicago rooftop bars open all year round. So, which is the best rooftop bar Chicago? Just scroll down and find the Chicago rooftop bar best suited for you.

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Area:The Chicago Theatre
Rooftop bar Chicago ROOF On the Wit in Chicago
1

ROOF On theWit

$$$$ 201 N State St
  • Highlights
  • 27th floor
  • Year round
  • Panoramic view
  • World known DJs

This rooftop lounge / cocktail bar / nightclub is located right in the city center, 27 floors up, with magical views of all the sky scrapers and the Chicago skyline. Open year round thanks to an adjustable roof, the ROOF has a stylish chic terrace offering different settings depending on when you visit. Early night you can enjoy al fresco dining from a Mediterranean-influenced menu, along with crafted cocktails in a more relaxing lounge atmosphere. Later on the mood changes towards what the ROOF is mostly famous for, namely beeing one of Chicago's top nightclubs.

Area:River North
Rooftop bar Chicago Terrace 16 in Chicago
2

Terrace 16

$$$$$ 401 North Wabash Ave
  • Highlights
  • 16th floor
  • Handcrafted cocktails
  • Magical view
  • Restaurant + bar

Terrace 16 captures the spirit of Chicago’s glorious summer months year-round with genuine hospitality, warm design, a convivial bar, unmatched vistas and an ever-changing menu whose ingredients shine bright. Located on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, the restaurant includes expansive outdoor seating on the idyllic terrace – all punctuated by breathtaking views of the city’s most iconic landmarks. A vibrant menu features new American flavors, an extensive craft cocktail program & thoughtful wine list enhance the experience of the downtown Chicago restaurant.

Area:Old Town Triangle
Rooftop bar Chicago The J. Parker in Chicago
3

The J. Parker

$$$ 13, 1816 N Clark St
  • Highlights
  • 13th floor
  • Signature cocktails
  • Panoramic views
  • Outdoor + indoor lounge

On top of Hotel Lincoln you find the fantastic J. Parker rooftop bar. Here you get an absolutely stunning 360-degree view over the Chicago skyline, Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park below. Complete with both an outdoor terrace and an indoor lounge, modern minimalistic in decor, with some grenery and a mix of bar stools, basket chairs and lounge sofas. The rooftop bar offers a quite small but good food menu and a nice selection of craft beer on cans, wines and some exciting signature cocktails named after exotic places. Great atmosphere and perfect rooftop for both relaxing afternoons and a full night out.

Area:River North
Rooftop bar Chicago Apogee Lounge in Chicago
4

Apogee Lounge

$$$ 2 West Erie St
  • Highlights
  • 26th floor
  • Mixologist cocktails
  • Panoramic views
  • Luxorious

One of the highest rooftop bars throughout Chicago, located at the Eurostars Magnificent Mile, right in the heart of the city. A swanky and trendy cocktail bar / nightclub, with a stylish indoor lounge and a lovely terrace, offering sleek lounge sofas, a fire pit and really cool views of the Chicago skyline. The number one feature up here is however the amazing cocktails. Wonderful creations, served in seashells and giant glass mushrooms, and made to perfection with the very best ingredients. Visit early for relaxing drinks and later on for nightclub vibes.

Area:Theatre District
Rooftop bar Cerise Rooftop in Chicago
5

Cerise Rooftop

$$$$ Virgin Hotel, 203 N. Wabash
  • Highlights
  • 26th floor
  • Great atmosphere
  • Panoramic views
  • Live DJs

26 stories up on the superb Virgin Hotels Chicago you find Cerise Rooftop, which is both a fantastic cocktail lounge and nightclub. From here you get breathtaking views over the city skyline admist all the sky scrapers. With both a chic and trendy indoor lounge and a very stylish rooftop terrace, serving tasty bar bites and well-crafted cocktails, the best part about Cerise Rooftop is (apart from views) the fantastic atmosphere. Friendly service and a great unpretentious vibe, no matter if you visit for early evening relaxing cocktails or late night rooftop party.

Area:West Town
Rooftop bar Chicago Homestead On The Roof in Chicago
6

Homestead On The Roof

$$$$ 1924 W. Chicago Ave
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Rooftop garden
  • Restaurant
  • Great for events

A lovely and cozy rooftop restaurant, really a hidden oasis located in the heart of West Town. They call themselves 'a literal farm-to-table restaurant', and this goes hand in hand with the rooftop patio not offering any dazzling skyline views but instead over the 3,000 square foot organic rooftop garden. Both intimate indoor space year round, and during the warmer monts the lush and rustic patio serves elegant cuisine made from farm-fresh products along with a nice and creative cocktail menu.

Area:Theatre District
Rooftop bar Chicago LH Rooftop in Chicago
7

LH Rooftop

$$$$ 85 E Upper Wacker Dr
  • Highlights
  • 22nd floor
  • Great atmosphere
  • Panoramic views
  • Live events

LH Rooftop is a fantastic tri-level rooftop bar, located right by the Michigan Avenue bridge, on top of LondonHouse Chicago. The tri-level setting consits of an indoor lounge, called LH on 21, the main terrace called LH on 22 and a private dining space called Cupola. Focusing on LH on 22, this is definitely one of the best rooftop bars in Chicago, with an absolutely superb view among the city's skyscrapers and out towards Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Here you can enjoy tasty cocktails and bar bites in a fun and vibrant setting, great for both weekday after works and full days and nights of weekend fun.

Area:Millennium Park
Rooftop bar Chicago Cindy's Rooftop in Chicago
8

Cindy's Rooftop

$$$$ 12 South Michigan Ave
  • Highlights
  • 13th floor
  • Millenium Park views
  • Vibrant
  • Weekend brunch

A beautiful rooftop restaurant and bar with amazing views over Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. Cindy's Rooftop is set on top of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, and comes with both an airy and spacious glass atrium indoor lounge, as well as an open-air rooftop terrace. Stylish in decoration, the food and drinks served at Cindy's are just about as delightful. Enjoy comfort food and exquisite American fare served as lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, or come for bites and perfectly crafted cocktails in between. Popular venue, usually with a lively and buzzing atmosphere.

Area:River North
Rooftop bar Chicago I|O Godfrey Rooftop Lounge in Chicago
9

I|O Godfrey Rooftop Lounge

$$$$ 127 W Huron St
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Large terrace
  • Restaurant & lounge
  • Weekend brunch

At the Godfrey Hotel Chicago, just a few blocks of the Magnificent Mile, you find the large and lovely rooftop restaurant and bar I|O Rooftop Lounge. Decorated with modern and bright lounge furniture, nice water features, fireplaces and beautiful views of the Chicago skyline, accompanied with friendly service and a cool and comfortable atmosphere. Open year round thanks to retractable roof and some really cool rooftop igloos during the colder months. Here you can enjoy lunch, dinner or weekend brunch along with well made cocktails, some of them even hand crafted by the kitchen chef.

Area:River North
Rooftop bar Z Bar in Chicago
10

Z Bar

$$$$ 108 East Superior
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • Upscale lounge
  • Crafted cocktails
  • Amazing views

Set 6 floors up at The Peninsula Chicago, above Michigan Avenue, Z Bar is an upscale, refined and internationally inspired rooftop bar, offering amazing views over the central parts of Chicago. Out on the comfy and luxurious outdoor terrace you can indulge in both globally inspired cocktails and tasty bites, all served in a sophisticated yet lively and upbeat lounge atmosphere. Z Bar also offers a monthly 'Wanderlust Cocktail Class', if you want to deep-dive into the making of perfectly crafted cocktails.

Area:Magnificent Mile
Rooftop bar Chicago drumBAR in Chicago
11

drumBAR

$$$$ 201 East Delaware Place
  • Highlights
  • 18th floor
  • Handcrafted cocktails
  • Panoramic views
  • Awarded

On the 18th floor of Raffaello Hotel you find this classy Chicago rooftop bar. Location is quite perfect, right next to the John Hancock Center and just a few minutes away from Lake Michigan and the beach. This cocktail-focused rooftop bar has a year round old fashion indoor lounge and a rooftop terrace offering greenery, white lounge chairs, fire pits and panoramic views over the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Enjoy endless selection of whiskey and scotch, accompanied with well made specialty cocktails and a large selection of beers and wines.

Area:Lincoln Square
Rooftop bar Chicago Gene’s Rooftop in Chicago
12

Gene's Rooftop Beer and Wine Garden

$$ 4750 N. Lincoln Ave.
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Beer & wine garden
  • Atmosphere

Located at Lincoln Square, on top of Gene's Sausage Shop & Delicatessen, this is a European-style rooftop beer and wine garden where you can enjoy grilled sausages along with beers on tap and wine by the glass from around the world. With flowers, herbs and community benches this is a perfect destination for a sunny day, enjoying some beers and sausages in the very friendly, open picnic style atmosphere. Just remember to bring some cash.

Area:River North
Rooftop bar Chicago Upstairs at the Gwen in Chicago
13

Upstairs at the Gwen

$$$$ 521 North Rush St
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Inventive cocktails
  • Stylish & sophisticated
  • Winter wonderland

Located in the heart of Chicago, just a block of the Magnificent Mile, Upstairs at the Gwen comes with both an indoor lounge and a stylish, open-air terrace. Luxurious and trendy in decoration, the rooftop bar offers a great selection of seasonal, inventive and well-crafted cocktails, a fine selection of wines, beers on draft and a set of sharable small plates. A great spot for stylish and sunny cocktails during summer, but also available during the colder months, when the terrace turns into a winter wonderland with both a curling rink and a cosy cabin.

Area:River North
Rooftop bar Chicago Zed451 in Chicago
14

Zed451

$$$ 739 N Clark St
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Crafted cocktails
  • Brazilian Steakhouse
  • Awarded

Zed451 is very stylish, contemporary Brazilian steakhouse, located in River North, a couple of blocks off the Magnificent Mile. Apart from an airy and modern indoor restaurant, ZED451 also boost a large wooden deck terrace, complete with bar, large and comfortable lounge sofas and cool close up view of the city's skyscrapers. The rooftop bar offers some very tasty bar bites, beer on both bottle and draught, and hand-crafted seasonal cocktails, like the 'Peach Caipirihna'. Expect a trendy, yet fun and relaxed ambience.

Area:Art Institute of Chicago
Rooftop bar Chicago Terzo Piano in Chicago
15

Terzo Piano

$$$$ 159 East Monroe St
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Restaurant
  • At Art museum
  • Rooftop lunch

Located at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, this rooftop restaurant and bar has a really cool setting and view in the middle of all the skyscrapers. Open daily for lunch, and for dinner and brunch once a week, you really have to time your visit. But if you do, you can enjoy fresh, local, organic cuisine with alot of Italian influences, along with carefully selected wines and well made cocktails. So while it is an obvious stop for anyone visiting the museum, it is also worth visiting for a sunny lunch on the modern and minimalistic terrace alone.

Area:Motor Row District
Rooftop bar Chicago VU Rooftop Bar in Chicago
16

VU Rooftop Bar

$$$ 133 E Cermak Rd
  • Highlights
  • 22nd floor
  • 2 terraces & 3 bars
  • Year-round
  • Panoramic views

VU Rooftop Bar is quite a new addition to the Chicago rooftop scene, opening in fall of 2018. This 13,000-square-foot rooftop bar, set 22 floors above the bustling McCormick Place, comes with a stylish indoor lounge, two rooftop terraces, three bars and some amazing and panoramic views over both the city skyline and Lake Michigan. Swanky, modern and spacious, here you can enjoy a locally driven beverage program and Chef Nolan Narut dishes, served nightly and as weekend rooftop brunch.

Area:Theatre District
Rooftop bar Chicago Raised Bar in Chicago
17

Raised Bar

$$$$ 1 West Upper Wacker Dr
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Crafted cocktails
  • River view
  • Downtown

On the 3rd floor of the trendy Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel you find Raised Bar, an urban rooftop bar. Not the highest rooftop in Chicago, but really cool close up views of downtown and Chicago River. All are welcome to enjoy the outdoor/indoor bar, private outdoor areas and a stylish open roof deck with bar seating around the edge, accompanied with some very comfy lounge sofas and fire pits. The rooftop menu consist of food inspired by classic American bar food with a twist, along with a large selection of beer, wine and creative crafted cocktails. Popular place with great service and a fun and relaxed ambience.

Area:Lakeshore East Park
Rooftop bar Chicago III Forks Steakhouse & Bar in Chicago
18

III Forks Steakhouse & Bar

$$$$ 180 N Field Blvd
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Steakhouse
  • Park views
  • Romantic setting

A lovely steakhouse located at Lakeshore East Park, right between the Magnificent Mile and Lake Michigan. The restaurant offers seven contemporary fine dining rooms, where the Prime Roof Lounge on the second floor is the crown jewel. This luxurious rooftop patio comes with beautiful dining settings, a cool wooden bar in the midle, fire places and a beatiful view over Lakeshore East Park and the surrounding sky scrapers. It is of course recommended to try one of the delicious steaks, but the rooftop bar also serves fine wines by the glass and very well made both classic and seasonal cocktails.

Area:Gold Coast
Rooftop bar Chicago Devereaux in Chicago
19

Devereaux Chicago

$$$ 1118 North State St
  • Highlights
  • 18th floor
  • Skyline views
  • Chic & intimate
  • Rooftop pool

Devereaux Chicago is a chic and intimate rooftop bar and lounge, perched 18 floors up at the Viceroy Chicago Hotel in the Gold Coast. The rooftop offers something of a rarity in Chicago: a seasonal poolside rooftop lounge, and really the go-to spot for sky-high summertime vibes. Chilling poolside, you can enjoy panoramic views over the Gold Coast skyline, as well as a selection of crafted signature cocktails, local brews, wine and tasty small plates created by Chef Lee Wolen. Poolside lounge by day, turning into a swanky rooftop lounge by night.

Area:Magnificent Mile
Rooftop bar Chicago NoMI Garden in Chicago
20

NoMI Garden

$$$$ 800 N Michigan Ave
  • Highlights
  • 7th floor
  • Artfull cocktails
  • Great brunch
  • Restaurant

A cozy and picturesque rooftop bar and restaurant located on the 7th floor of Park Hyatt, right along the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. Up at NoMi you find three different settings, with both restaurant, lounge and garden. While the indoor restaurant and lounge is open year round, the best season is of course summer when the bright and stylish NoMI Garden is open, offering cool views amidst all the skyscrapers. The rooftop bar serves both great food and artfull and tasty cocktails, all in a great and relaxed lounge atmosphere and friendly service.

Area:Ravenswood / North Chicago
Rooftop bar Chicago Fountainhead in Chicago
21

Fountainhead

$$$ 1970 W Montrose Ave
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Beer/Whiskey bar
  • Local feel
  • Weekend brunch

A classic beer and whiskey place with a fresh take on seasonal pub fare. With a local feel, both in atmosphere and ingredients, this north Chicago establishment also comes with a lovely rooftop deck. The rustic, wooden decorated terrace do not have the best views in town, but make up for it in atmosphere and plentiful of drinks. Here you can enjoy almost limitless options of beer and whiskey, along with some nice coktails. Expect a low-key and relaxed atmosphere on weekday and quite a buzz on weekends.

Area:West Loop
Rooftop bar Chicago Soho House Chicago in Chicago
22

Soho House Chicago

$$$$ 113 N Green St
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • Residents & members only
  • Rooftop pool

Soho House Chicago is a fantastic and exclusive hotel, located in an old warehouse building in the West Loop. It also holds and equally fantastic and exclusive rooftop bar in Chicago, only available to members and residents of the hotel. A perfect place to eat, drink and relax to some amazing views of the Chicago skyline. Enjoy Middle East influenced cuisine, well made cocktails, lovely lounge furniture, cozy fireplaces and a fantastic, steel-rimmed rooftop swimming pool.

Area:Pulaski Park
Rooftop bar Chicago ESTATE Ultra Bar in Chicago
23

ESTATE Ultra Bar

$$$ 1177 N Elston Ave
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Yacht club
  • Nightclub
  • Large terrace

A yacht club and social dining + drinking destination, located north of downtown Chicago, right by the Chicago River. This weekend nightspot is divided into different themed rooms, where the large open air terrace called 'Star Deck' is the crown jewel. Here you get a Las Vegas-style decor, with lounge sofas and cool lighting and a great view towards the city skyline. Enjoy live DJs, a great party atmosphere, plates of American fare perfect to share, original cocktails and quite a large bottle menu.

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