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27 best rooftop bars in Chicago

Updated:July 2, 2021

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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Rooftop bar Chicago ROOF On the Wit in Chicago
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ROOF On theWit

$$$$ | 27th floor | The Chicago Theatre
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Chicago Terrace 16 in Chicago
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Terrace 16

$$$$$ | 16th floor | River North
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Chicago LH Rooftop in Chicago
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LH Rooftop

$$$$ | 22nd floor | Theatre District
  • Highlights
  • 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.

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Rooftop bar Chicago Rooftop at Nobu Hotel in Chicago
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Rooftop at Nobu Hotel

$$$$ | 11th floor | Fulton Market
  • Highlights
  • Upscale
  • Skyline views
  • Asian inspirations

Found on Chicago’s famous and vibrant Restaurant Row, right in the heart of West Loop, the rooftop at the elegant Nobu Hotel Chicago is just as stunning as the hotel itself. Mixing stylish indoor lounge and an airy outdoor terrace, here you find a sophisticated and upscale atmosphere and setting, surrounded with some of the best Chicago skyline views you can find. The rooftop bar serves a fine selection of specialty cocktails, where many are classics with an Asian twist, along with hot and cold plates by famous sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and a daily rooftop breakfast.

Rooftop bar Cerise Rooftop in Chicago
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Cerise Rooftop

$$$$ | 26th floor | Theatre District
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Chicago The J. Parker in Chicago
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The J. Parker

$$$ | 13th floor | Old Town Triangle
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Z Bar in Chicago
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Z Bar

$$$$ | 6th floor | River North
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Chicago Cindy's Rooftop in Chicago
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Cindy's Rooftop

$$$$ | 13th floor | Millennium Park
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Chicago Utopian Tailgate in Chicago
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Utopian Tailgate

$$$ | 4th floor | Old Town Triangle
  • Highlights
  • Playground for grownups
  • Skyline views
  • Weekend brunch

Perched on top of the Second City Comedy Club in Old Town, Utopian Tailgate really puts a playful and colorful spin on the Chicago rooftop scene. Dubbed a playground for grownups, the 10,000-square-foot indoor / outdoor venue comes with everything from swings and bungalows to eye-catching picnic tables, all surrounded with fantastic views over the Chicago skyline. Challenge your friends in putterball, super-sized jenga, giant connect-4 and beer, while you munch a curated menu of elevated pub grub and sip well-priced cocktails or something from the large draft selection.

Rooftop bar Chicago I|O Godfrey Rooftop Lounge in Chicago
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I|O Godfrey Rooftop Lounge

$$$$ | 4th floor | River North
  • Highlights
  • 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.

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Rooftop bar Chicago VU Rooftop Bar in Chicago
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VU Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 22nd floor | Motor Row District
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Chicago Upstairs at the Gwen in Chicago
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Upstairs at the Gwen

$$$$ | 5th floor | River North
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Chicago Kennedy Rooftop in Chicago
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Kennedy Rooftop

$$$ | 9th floor | Wicker Park
  • Highlights
  • Entire skyline views
  • Presidential cocktails
  • Weekend brunch

Found in the hip, trendy and unique area called Wicker Park, northwest of downtown Chicago, the Kennedy Rooftop aims to highlight the culture and ambience of its neighborhood. Set on top of Hyatt Place, the rooftop bar is modern and trendy in decoration, mixing indoor lounge and heated outdoor terrace, here you get fantastic panoramic view over the entire Chicago skyline. The Kennedy rooftop menu includes tasty shareables and a few solo dishes, as well as a drink list filled with both signature cocktails and Presidential ones.

Rooftop bar Chicago Homestead On The Roof in Chicago
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Homestead On The Roof

$$$$ | 2nd floor | West Town
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Chicago AIRE Rooftop Bar in Chicago
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AIRE Rooftop Bar

$$$ | 24th floor | Theatre District
  • Highlights
  • Amazing views
  • Summer hot-spot
  • Vibrant

Found high, high above the Chicago Loop, more precisely on the 24th floor of the Hyatt Centric, AIRE Rooftop Bar is a summer hot-spot to mix vibes, views, drinks and bites. Dressed in a fun décor, mixing comfy lounge spots with bar tables and greenery, the open-air terrace comes surrounded with an amazing view over downtown Chicago, in all directions. With a chic and vibrant atmosphere, AIRE is a great Chicago rooftop bar to visit for an after work, or some drinks and bites before a night out in town, enjoying the expanded list of craft cocktails and wines.

Rooftop bar Chicago Raised Bar in Chicago
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Raised Bar

$$$$ | 3rd floor | Theatre District
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Chicago Apogee Lounge in Chicago
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Apogee Lounge

$$$ | 26th floor | River North
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Chicago Gene’s Rooftop in Chicago
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Gene's Rooftop Beer and Wine Garden

$$ | 2nd floor | Lincoln Square
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Chicago Offshore Rooftop & Bar in Chicago
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Offshore Rooftop & Bar

$$$ | 3rd floor | Streeterville
  • Highlights
  • World's largest
  • Panoramic views
  • Weekend brunch

Branded as 'the world's largest rooftop bar' by Guinness World Records, Offshore Rooftop & Bar is an all-seasons / all-weather venue, thanks to a 36,000 sq. ft glassed indoor lounge (with a fully retractable roof), leading out to a 20,000 sq. ft terrace, with two private lawns, seven fire pits and even an entertainment and gaming area. All surrounded with panoramic views over Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Here you can indulge in small plates of seasonal and contemporary American fare, as well as a nice selection of creative and updated classic cocktails, bubbles, wines and crafted beers.

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Rooftop bar Chicago Whiskey Business in Chicago
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Whiskey Business

$$$ | 2nd floor | Wicker Park
  • Highlights
  • Fun & vibrant
  • Rooftop movies
  • 80’s & 90’s nostalgia

Found in the heart of Wicker Park, Whiskey Business is a spacious, fun and unique Chicago rooftop bar, offering vibes and happenings pretty much every day of the week. Up at the colorful and quirky rooftop terrace you can watch classic movies on the 100” TV’s, party under the stars all weekend, or just enjoy the vibes and sounds of the 80’s and 90’s whenever. The rooftop menu comes filled with over 100 different whiskeys, crafted and seasonal cocktails, an expansive beer list, as well as a wide range of culinary creations.

Rooftop bar Chicago Devereaux in Chicago
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Devereaux Chicago

$$$ | 18th floor | Gold Coast
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Chicago NoMI Garden in Chicago
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NoMI Garden

$$$$ | 7th floor | Magnificent Mile
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Chicago Sky Terrace at the Ivy Hotel in Chicago
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Sky Terrace at the Ivy Hotel

$$$$ | 16th floor | Streeterville
  • Highlights
  • Hidden gem
  • Fantastic views
  • Seasonal

Perched on top of the Ivy Boutique Hotel in Streeterville, the Sky Terrace is somewhat of a hidden downtown gem. Sixteen floors above the hectic E Ontario Street, this is an elevated rooftop oasis for relaxing food and drinks, complemented with fantastic views over the Chicago skyline. Open during the warmer months, the Ivy Hotel rooftop menu includes a tasteful selection of small bites, shareables and items off the grill, as well as crafted signature cocktails, wine and a rotating selection of beers. Visit for relaxing happy hour drinks daily, or evening cocktails with skyline views.

Rooftop bar Chicago Lonsome Rose in Chicago
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Lonsome Rose

$$$ | 2nd floor | Logan Square
  • Highlights
  • Californian / Mexican vibes
  • Relaxed
  • Crafted cocktails

Open, airy and lush both inside and out, the Lonesome Rose rooftop terrace might not be the highest or most panoramic in town, but with a charming and relaxing atmosphere, it is well worth a sunny visit anyway. Up here you can enjoy a menu filled with Mexican goodies, from empanadas and vegan nachos, to tacos, bowls and burritos. Served as lunch and dinner, and Friday to Sunday also as brunch. While the food is good, the drinks are even better. Especially the cocktail selection, ranging from crafted signatures to classic Margaritas, served as a pitcher for the whole crew if you like.

Rooftop bar Chicago Terzo Piano in Chicago
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Terzo Piano

$$$$ | 3rd floor | Art Institute of Chicago
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Chicago Soho House Chicago in Chicago
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Soho House Chicago

$$$$ | 6th floor | West Loop
  • Highlights
  • 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.

Rooftop bar Chicago drumBAR in Chicago
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drumBAR

$$$$ | 18th floor | Magnificent Mile
  • Highlights
  • Huge rooftop garden
  • Magical views
  • Weekend brunch

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.

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Rooftop bar Chicago

Rooftop-grade: 9/10

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. And here's a list of the best hotels in Chicago with a view

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.