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Chicago event spaces with a view

If there’s one thing that Chicago is renowned for, no matter what time of year, it’s our expansive, stunning views. With more unique event spaces popping up around the city, attendees are no longer restricted to meeting room walls and uninspiring expanses. Check out our guide below for some of our favorite event venues around the city with the best views:

Zoom up the elevator to the 13th floor of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel for priceless terrace views and seasonal drinks and shareable plates at Cindy’s.

I|O Godfrey Lounge offers al fresco dining and drinking on the fourth floor of The Godfrey Hotel, a Cubist-inspired, 16-story property in River North. I|O boasts one of Chicago’s largest year-round retractable outdoor lounges.

With more than 20,000 square feet of function space, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago presents unparalleled views at Terrace 16 restaurant (on the 16th floor).

Terrace at Trump
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At Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, head straight up to AIRE, a rooftop lounge with chic ambiance, fun décor, seasonal small plates, and a large menu of craft cocktails and wines.

Situated near the Chicago River, the 52-story Loews Chicago Hotel is home to Streeterville Social, one of the city’s largest rooftop terraces with multiple bars, a grassy lawn area with games, lounge-style seating, and big views.

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If it’s sweeping views of Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan you’re after, The J. Parker can’t be beat. Nestled atop the Hotel Lincoln, guests enjoy expertly crafted cocktails and upscale bar bites like cheese fritters and shrimp ceviche, all under a retractable rooftop.

In the hip West Loop neighborhood, Convene at 333 North Green Street offers sweeping views of downtown Chicago. This dedicated meetings and events floor offers seamless technology, an onsite AV team, and a plethora of hot dining options just steps away.

One of the most perpetually popular rooftop destinations downtown is, unquestionably, ROOF on theWit. The slick, splashy year-round space offers ample views of the Loop and the Chicago River. Bottle service, a substantial champagne list, punch bowls, and martinis are the tip of the drink iceberg, while seafood towers, sushi rolls, and macarons headline the dining menu.

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Cerise takes up residence on the Virgin Hotels Chicago’s rooftop, revealing views from three sides. The 26th-floor lounge is a chic destination with pillowed couches, DJ-spun music, and summer events like the Daylight Disco monthly afternoon party.

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