you're in a city known for its architectural ingenuity and its location along
one of the Great Lakes, your vantage point is important. And while there are
multiple ways to take in the views of Chicago, hotel rooftop bars and
restaurants are increasingly drawing in crowds, especially at some of the
city's newest hotels. Not only do they recognize and embrace the need for a
social space with elevated views, the following "new kids on the block" serve
up this summer's hottest rooftops.
This former members-only athletic club for men turned hotel not only boasts a masterful restoration of a historic landmark, but has also gained adoring fans for its rooftop restaurant, Cindy's. While the dishes created by executive chef Christian Ragano are worth
savoring — along with carefully crafted cocktails by spirit guide Nandini
Khaund — it's the stunning view of iconic Millennium Park, Lake Michigan and
the Art Institute of Chicago from atop the hotel that has people clamoring to
be at this rooftop. It's the whole package!
luxurious Loews Chicago Hotel benefits from three key factors: location,
location, location. Situated on the north bank of the Chicago River, with Lake
Michigan directly behind its walls, there is no doubt that this impressive
52-story property totes some incredible views. After opening its doors in March
2015, the hotel recently celebrated the grand opening of its outdoor rooftop
terrace, Streeterville Social — the largest in Chicago. The terrace comes
complete with two bars, lounge seating - including cabanas and a couple of
birdcage chairs — and, of course, access to views of Chicago's famed river,
sprawling Lake Michigan and the skyscrapers that adorn the city's skyline.
of the Virgin Hotel brand opening its first property in Chicago led to some
out-of-this world rumors about what the hotel would be like. In keeping with
Sir Richard Branson's approach to fun and creativity, the hotel — housed in
what was the Old Dearborn Bank Building — is true to the Virgin brand, carrying
a sense of whimsy and cool throughout the entire property. These characteristics
are present in its rooftop lounge Cerise, which officially opened to the public
in April. The name comes from the French term for "cherry red" and its food
concept is inspired by Izakayas, Japenese after-hours bars that offer up small
plates. The rooftop terrace wraps around three sides of the lounge, giving you a
trio of vantage points from which to be enveloped by the city's architecture. If
that wasn't enough, the combination of blue hues and the eclectic décor of the
space will evoke a sense of fun and wonder.
further enhance your Chicago rooftop itinerary, check out this collection of
hotel bars and lounges with sky-high views.