The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel just ushered in summer in the city when it opened THE dec Rooftop Lounge + Bar for the season. This scenic hot-spot, perched 12 stories above the Magnificent Mile, is one of the hippest venues to sip and savor, see and be seen in Chicago. Here are seven reasons to celebrate "rooftop season" on THE dec.

The view

The 12-story high dec offers one of the best views in the city, including a Spider-Man style close-up of the iconic John Hancock building. The glowing elements, lush landscaping and fire pits make the space feel both intimate and glamorous.

The cocktails

The cocktails here are hand-crafted by top mixologists. The Hemingway Daiquiri (10 Cane Rum, Grapefruit, Maraschino Cherry) and the Cucumber Collins (Beefeater Gin, Cucumber, Lime-Tyme Soda) are especially refreshing.


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Small bites that make sharing with friends a must

THE dec menu features small plates perfect for sharing with friends. New favorites include chilled soba noodle salad, duck confit nachos, mahi mahi ceviche and falafel bites, and

Desserts perfect for hot summer nights

Executive Pastry Chef Eric Estrella knows what Chicagoans crave on a hot summer day - popsicles and snow cones galore!

Get your shuck on Thursdays

Every Thursday, guests can experience Get Your Shuck On, where one of the talented chefs will be shucking East and West Coast oysters, made to order, served with all of the delicious traditional accoutrements and a couple of the dec's own unique enhancements.

Sunday-Funday ice cream socials

Cap Sunday-Funday off with an Ice Cream Social featuring boozy floats and ice cream desserts - the perfect way to cool down after an afternoon on Oak Street Beach.

Celebrated Chefs Cook for a Cause

On Thursday, June 4, an extraordinary group of local chefs will gather at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago for the first Celebrated Chefs Cook for a Cause in support of Camp Kids are Kids Chicago. Chefs will showcase tasting portions of signature dishes, accompanied by delicious sips and sweets. THE dec will be open for attendees to sit back, relax and enjoy one of the best views in Chicago.

The impressive lineup of chefs includes Carrie Nahabedian (NAHA and Brindille Restaurants), Martin Knaubert (deca RESTAURANT + BAR), Mauro Mafrici (Pelago), Michael Kornick (DMK Restaurant Group), Sarah Stegner (Prairie Grass Cafe), Stephen Wambach (Allium Restaurant and Bar) and Tony Priolo (Piccolo Sogno). Head to the event page to buy tickets and learn more about this sure-to-be memorable event.

Photos Courtesy of THE dec ROOFTOP LOUNGE + BAR