Rooftop restaurants Chicago

Take your Chicago rooftop dining to the next level, with these fantastic venues to mix grand views with tasty food.

July 7, 2021
Rooftop restaurants Chicago
Rooftop restaurants Chicago, Gibsons Italia | Photocredit: www.gibsonsitalia.com/

Amazing views over the impressive Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan are best served with a fine meal. Step in: rooftop restaurants Chicago. Here you can indulge in some of the city's finest cooking, all while getting a new perspective on the Windy City.

From upscale downtown venues to charming rooftop gardens, the best rooftop restaurants Chicago offers something for everyone. Perfect for al-fresco wining and dining when the (long) Chicago winter is finally over.

While these Chicago rooftop restaurants are perfect for a filling rooftop lunch or dinner, you should also check out our complete guide to the best rooftop bars in Chicago, where the food menus might not always be as impressive, but the views and drinks for sure are.

Here's our list of the 7 best rooftop restaurants Chicago

1. Cindy's Rooftop

Rooftop restaurants Chicago - Cindy's Rooftop
Rooftop restaurants Chicago, Cindy's Rooftop | Photocredit: http://www.cindysrooftop.com/

For a Chicago rooftop meal with the very best views over Millenium Park and Lake Michigan, Cindy's Rooftop is undoubtedly the place to visit.

Perched 13 floors up at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, this vibrant rooftop restaurant and bar is open for both lunch, dinner and rooftop weekend brunch.

With a stylish and spacious glass atrium lounge, complemented with an open-air rooftop terrace, Cindy's is at your service year round.

Rooftop restaurants Chicago - Cindy's Rooftop
Rooftop restaurants Chicago, Cindy's Rooftop | Photocredit: http://www.cindysrooftop.com/

Here you can enjoy a wide selection of American and International classic comfort food, presented by executive Chef Christian Ragano.

The menu ranges from Cindy's House Salad and Mushromm Risotto to Saddle of Lamb and Island Creek Oysters. Served family style, the dishes are best enjoyed in company, and with the motto: sharing is caring.

To go with the food, Cindy's Rooftop also offers perfectly crafted cocktails, local brews and an impressive selection of wines.

The rooftop restaurant is usually buzzing in atmosphere, and it is higly popular both among locals and outside visitors. So reservations are highly recommended.

CINDY'S ROOFTOP

12 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago Loop, Chicago

Wed-Fri: 11am-11pm / Sat-Sun: 10am-11pm / Mon-Tue: closed

International

Main: ~$40

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2. Aba

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Rooftop restaurants Chicago, Aba | Photocredit: www.abarestaurants.com

Located in Chicago's historic Fulton Market District, Aba (which means father in Hebrew) is the sister restaurant to the River North located Ēma (which means mother in Hebrew).

With a lush, unique and beautiful decoration, the restaurant has both an indoor dining room and seating out on the spacious rooftop terrace.

The rooftop is partially enclosed and heated during the colder season, so it can stay open as long as the weather is not to bad. There are also some cosy rooftop greenhouses.

Rooftop restaurants Chicago - Aba
Rooftop restaurants Chicago, Aba | Photocredit: www.abarestaurants.com

Aba is a collaboration between chef CJ Jacobson and Lettuce Entertain You, serving both bites and more filling options of steaks and seafood, all with influences from the Mediterranean, including Israel, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece.

As dinner or weekend brunch you can indulge in signature dishes like Crispy Short Rib Hummus, Char-Grilled Lamb Chops and Jerusalem Bagel with Labneh, as well as a bar program by mixologist Liz Pearce, focusing on rare Mediterranean-inspired wines and spirits.

Aba is a very popular Chicago rooftop restaurant, so reservations well in advance are recommended.

ABA

302 N. Green Street, 3rd Floor, Chicago

Mon-Thu: 3pm-9pm / Fri: 3pm-11pm / Sat: 11am-11pm / Sun: 11am-9pm

Mediterranean

Main: ~$25

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3. Homestead On The Roof

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Rooftop restaurants Chicago, Homestead on the Roof | Photocredit: www.homesteadontheroof.com/

Homestead On The Roof is 'a literal farm-to-table restaurant', set on top of Roots Handmade Pizza in the heart of West Town Chicago.

Truly an urban rooftop garden oasis, this charming and rustic rooftop restaurant might not offer the most dazzling skyline views, but instead comes with a 3,000 square foot organic rooftop garden and two massive, vertical hanging gardens.

Thanks to a cosy indoor restaurant, Homestead can stay open year round. But the green season is when this venue really flourish, and the 85-seat outdoor terrace is in full swing.

Rooftop restaurants Chicago - Homestead on the Roof
Rooftop restaurants Chicago, Homestead on the Roof | Photocredit: www.homesteadontheroof.com/

Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday, Homestead on the Roof serves a seasonal menu based around the planting schedule.

The menu includes dishes to share, as well as smaller and larger selections. Like a Rooftop Garden Salad or a Grass-Fed Steak Frites.

With a lovely and intimate setting, Homestead on the Roof is pretty much the perfect venue for a romantic rooftop dinner in Chicago.

HOMESTEAD ON THE ROOF

1924 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago

Mon-Thu: 5pm-10pm / Fri: 5pm-11pm / Sat: 10am-11pm / Sun: 10am-10pm

Farm-to-table

Main: ~$25

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4. Shanghai Terrace

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Set 4 floors up at the five star hotel The Peninsula Chicago, Shanghai Terrace is a offers both a lovely rooftop terrace and a great Chinese restaurant.

Here you find an indoor restaurant with a 1930s supper club décor, and a stylish decorated terrace with dining tables, cabanas and comfy lounge sofas along with cool views of the downtown sky scrapers.

A visit at Shanghai Terrace is really something for the taste buds. Voted "The Best Chinese Restaurant in Chicago", you can enjoy a wide range of fantastic dishes, from Dim Sum and Asian Salad to Peking Duck and Dong Po Pork Belly.

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Rooftop restaurants Chicago, Shanghai Terrace | Photocredit: www.peninsula.com/

Apart from the Cantonese and Shanghainese goodies, the rooftop offers a drink list just as impressing, with Asian beers, premium sake and beautiful specialty cocktails.

With great service and a pleasant, upscale atmosphere, it is not surprising that the price tag is quite high. But, it is well worth it.

Reservations can be made for the indoor restaurant, but the outdoor roof terrace works on a first come, first served basis.

SHANGHAI TERRACE

108 East Superior Street Chicago

Lunch: Fri-Sun 11.30am-2pm / Dinner: Wed, Thu & Sun 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm

Cantonese & Shanghainese

Main: ~$45

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5. Gibsons Italia

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Located by the waterfront in West Loop, Gibsons Italia is one of several smaller siblings to the iconic Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, which has been one of Chicago’s leading restaurants since 1989.

Bright, modern and quite swanky in decoration, Gibsons Italia is set over three levels, with both an outdoor terrace and a rooftop with retractable roof. And, best of all, fantastic views over Chicago River and the skyline.

Rooftop restaurants Chicago - Gibsons Italia
Rooftop restaurants Chicago, Gibsons Italia | Photocredit: www.gibsonsitalia.com/

True to both its name and its roots, Gibsons Italia serves modern steakhouse dishes as well as authentic Italian creations. Run by Chef Jose Sosa, the kitchen offers everything from risotto and gold-extruded pasta to a world-class tour of beef featuring Gibsons USDA Prime Angus, grass-fed Australian and Japanese Kobe.

Casual elegant in setting and atmosphere, Gibsons Italia is available daily for both lunch and dinner with a view.

GIBSONS ITALIA

233 N Canal St, Chicago

Sun-Wed: 11am-11.30pm / Thu-Sat: 11am-midnight

Italian / Steakhouse

Main: ~$45

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6. Tanta

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Rooftop restaurants Chicago, Tanta | Photocredit: www.tantachicago.com/

Tanta brings a large slice of the flavors and culture of Peru to the heart of Chicago and River North. And best of all, they do so with a second floor rooftop terrace, where summer alfresco food and drinks can be combined with cool skyline views.

Run by acclaimed South American Chef Gastón Acurio, Tanta Chicago is filled with a lively, fun and friendly atmosphere.

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Rooftop restaurants Chicago, Tanta | Photocredit: www.tantachicago.com/

Open daily for dinner, and during weekends for a brunch special, the menu includes everything from cebiches, skewers and beef empanadas, with many dishes made perfect to share.

As with the food, drinks also walks side-by-side with the Latin American influnces, and the Pisco inspired Peruvian cocktails are a 'must try'.

Tanta is a great rooftop restaurant Chicago for everything between charming weekday dinners to vibrant weekend fun.

TANTA

118 W Grand Ave., Chicago

Mon-Thu: 4pm-9pm / Fri: 4pm-10pm / Sat: 11am-10pm / Sun: 11pm-9pm

Peruvian

Main: ~$30

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7. Terzo Piano

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Located on top of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Terzo Piano rooftop restaurant is a given lunch destination for anyone visiting the museum. Or anyone else for that matter, as it is open to all, museum-visitor or not.

While open to all, the restaurant comes with quite limited opening hours, and apart from lunch it is only open for Thursday dinner and Sunday brunch.

The spacious, minimalistic and modern indoor restaurant is open year round, and during the warmer months you can also enjoy your food out on the half covered terrace, serving some really cool views of the skyscrapers in downtown Chicago.

Rooftop restaurants Chicago - Terzo Piano
Rooftop restaurants Chicago, Terzo Piano | Photocredit: http://www.terzopianochicago.com/

Created by Chef Tony Mantuano adn Chef di Cucina Carolina Diaz, Terzo Piano offers a seasonal and uncluttered menu with fresh, local, organic, and sustainably produced ingredients and a Modern American flair.

The food is paired with Cathy Mantuano’s wine list, featuring top American producers alongside Old World favorites.

TERZO PIANO

159 East Monroe Street, Chicago

Mon-Sun: 11am-3pm & Thu: 5pm-8pm

Modern American

Main: ~$25

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