This summer, four new hotel rooftops deliver bird's-eye views, lively crowds and drinks to savor.
Sip sake with sushi at Noyane on top of the Conrad Chicago overlooking Michigan Avenue. The name means “hidden rooftop” in Japanese and the atmosphere is understated and elegant. The menu doubles as a cute comic about a ninja boy and plastic ninja figurines garnish the Kyoto Collins. Fish is shipped directly from Tokyo's Tsukiji Market several times a week and you can sit around the central bar to watch the chefs in action. Bachelorette contestant Anthony Battle was spotted here recently, indulging in uni and A5 wagyu off a sizzling hot stone. 101 E Erie St, 21st floor, 312-667-6796
Colorful, whimsical drinks at Apogee look like something out of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” This new cocktail lounge on the 26th floor of the Dana Hotel is only open Thursday through Sunday, serving fanciful drinks on the sweeter side in custom blown glass vessels. Eye-catching large format cocktails like The Oracle, made with vodka, bird's eye pepper, ginger, pear and Thai basil, are meant to be shared. Creative garnishes from dehydrated exotic fruit to cotton candy are courtesy of The Fifty/50 Group's executive pastry chef Chris Teixeira. 2 W Erie St, 26th floor, 312-202-6060
In the Loop, South American-inspired Boleo gets the party started for guests under the retractable glass roof at the Kimpton Gray Hotel. Happy hour at the 4,000 square-foot rooftop restaurant and cocktail bar is a big draw for the financial district after-work crowd. The diverse menu includes infused-pisco cocktails, ceviche, Peruvian causas and alfajores for dessert. 122 W Monroe St, 312-750-9007
Cabana Club in Wicker Park offers sweeping 180-degree views of the city from the top of The Robey around the rooftop pool. Be warned though, the pool is only for hotel guests. Everyone is welcome to watch the sun set with a spicy michelada or frozen margarita though. 2018 W North Ave, 872-315-3083
Explore more Chicago rooftops with a view or do your outdoor dining by the water, along a sidewalk cafe, or on a charming patio. These three dining districts have you covered too for alfresco eats: Restaurant Row (aka Randolph Street in the West Loop), The Mag Mile, and the Chicago Cultural Mile.