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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.

Savor glam city views, gastropub fare and handcrafted cocktails at 52Eighty Rooftop Lounge on the 29th floor of Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile, a new boutique hotel near Michigan Avenue.  

With more than 20,000 square feet of function space, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago also presents unparalleled views at Sixteen restaurant (on the 16th floor), the chic REBAR and The Terrace at Trump that seats 200.

Terrace at Trump 

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.

Streeterville Social at Loews Chicago Hotel 

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.

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.

ROOF on the Wit 

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.

Related Listings

52Eighty Rooftop Lounge
166 E. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-6000

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
401 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 588-8000

Hotel Lincoln
1816 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 254-4700

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

The J. Parker
1816 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 254-4747

Sixteen
401 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 588-8030

Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile
166 E. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-6000

ROOF on theWit
201 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 239-9502

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
127 W. Huron at LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 649-2000

Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago
100 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 236-1234

Cindy's
12 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 940-3552