Meet the “new kids on the block” serving up this summer’s hottest rooftops.

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When 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.

Cindy's at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Cindy's at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (Opened May 2015)

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!

Streeterville Social at Loews Chicago Hotel

Streeterville Social at Loews Chicago Hotel (Opened March 2015)

The 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.

Cerise at Virgin Hotel Chicago

Cerise at Virgin Hotel Chicago (Opened January 2015)

News 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.

To further enhance your Chicago rooftop itinerary, check out this collection of hotel bars and lounges with sky-high views.

Virgin Hotels Chicago
203 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601
(855) 946-6600
Loews Chicago Hotel
455 N. Park Dr.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 840-6600
The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
12 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 940-3552
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