March 21, 2021

Do312: The Best Outdoor and Rooftop Bars in Chicago

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Raises your glasses to great views – outdoors & on top!

It’s that time of the year when Chicago’s temperatures are just right for outdoor & rooftop season. Grab a Leinenkugel's and make the most of Chicago's sights & sounds this summer – whether you like a daytime social gathering on a spread-out patio, or a nighttime soiree high in the clouds, we got you covered.

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Château Carbide

230 N. Michigan Ave. - The Loop


The Carbon & Carbide building has been around since 1920 but it's finally opening its first rooftop bar in the summer of 2021! Château Carbide debuts as a part of the Pendry Chicago hotel's reopening. The open-air 24th-story rooftop is absolutely going to be one of the hottest destinations this summer!



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VU Rooftop Bar

133 E. Cermak Rd. - South Loop


We don't know about you, but we're feeling 22! The 13,000 square foot rooftop sits on the 22nd floor under the sky of Chicago. VU Rooftop Bar has both the food and beverage programs that are locally driven, making sure this spot is as Chicago as can be!



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"At The Office" Sports Bar & Grill

4901 Cal Sag Rd. - Crestwood, IL


Away from the hustle and bustle, "At The Office" Sports Bar and Grill is the perfect spot for great food and cocktails enjoyed on their spacious outdoor patio. Watch the game on their Jumbotron while sipping on some Leinenkugel's.



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Rooftop Tap

12231 S. Harlem Ave. - Palos Heights, IL


Come for the food and spirits and stay for the fun in the sun! Rooftop Tap has fused the best of a Sports Bar ambiance with a casual dining experience, like the Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy drafts every Monday!



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Nellie's

180 N. Smith St. - Palatine, IL


Nellie's is your one-stop shop to enjoy craft beers, gourmet food, live music every weekend – and even swing dancing classes. They've been serving the Palatine community for over 45 years with an extensive beer selection, so make sure you swing by their patio for Leinenkugel's drafts.



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Pop's Pizza Sports Bar

817 E. Nerge Rd. - Roselle, IL


Pizza and beer are a match made in heaven, and Pop's is the place to be. They've got all the Blackhawks games on the TVs (and their goal horn), and a beautiful patio and beer garden for their signature 'za and Leinenkugel's draft beer.



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Tavern On The Point

6724 N. Northwest Hwy. - Edison Park


Tavern on the Point is Edison Park Chicago’s first rooftop outdoor space, offering a lively atmosphere accompanied by elevated American comfort food, craft beer, smooth bourbons, and quality whiskeys. Enjoy a city tavern ambiance while avoiding the stress of downtown Chicago, only Tavern on the Point with Leinenkugel's.



Chaser's Sports Bar & Grill

9003 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Niles, IL


Chaser's provides a warm and welcoming environment to share a meal or watch a game. Between their full-service menu of comfort food and ever-expanding craft beer menu including Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy drafts. Chaser's and their patio is the place to be.



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Will's Northwoods Inn

3030 N. Racine Ave. - Lakeview


Will's Northwoods Inn is a home of all things Wisconsin in Chicago! They have a bunch of pop-ups on their patio like Packerpalooza, the UW Marching Band, Musky Fest – and of course, an endless supply of cheesy deep-fried apps and Leinenkugel's craft beer.



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Rizzo's Bar & Inn

3658 N. Clark St. - Lakeview


Located less than 500 feet from the Cub's stadium, Rizzo's Bar & Inn is a family-run joint that pays homage to the history of Wrigleyville and serves classic ballpark fare and Rizzo family special recipes. Their spacious and sunny outdoor patio with Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy draft is a must-see site for any sports fan in Chicago.



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Hopsmith

15 W. Division St. - Gold Coast


Hopsmith Chicago boasts a two-story tavern with fully opening street-level windows and a 2nd-floor retractable roof perfect for the summer. Dig into their expansive food menu as you enjoy some gold Leinenkugel's beer.



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Lottie's Pub

1925 W. Cortland St. - Bucktown


Lottie’s Pub is a classic Chicago establishment offering a wide selection of craft beer like Leinenkugel's, as well as a menu stacked with bar favorites foods served on their patio. Lottie's remains a historic yet inviting corner bar deeply rooted in the neighborhood.



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The Hoxton

200 N. Green St. - West Loop


Chicago celebrity-chef Stephanie Izard's latest project, Cabra, on the top floor of The Hoxton hotel, is a Peruvian-inspired cervicheria that offers amazing views of the neighborhood...and a pool.



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Virgin Hotels Chicago

203 N. Wabash Ave. - The Loop


Virgin Hotels’ Cerise rooftop bar strikes gold with its winning combo: quirky interior, beautiful downtown views, top-notch music programming and drinks that aren’t stupid expensive. It’s one of your best options if you’re looking to go the hotel bar route.



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The Robey

2018 W. North Ave. - Wicker Park


Have you ever wanted to be part of a club? The Robey’s Cabana Club invites everyone to the rooftop game in Wicker Park. Find a lounge chair, let the cool breeze hit you, drink a Paloma and listen to the Blue Line whiz past below. Elevate your evening even further (literally) by visiting the swanky UP Room bar on the hotel's 13th floor.



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Twisted Spoke

501 N. Ogden Ave. - River West


Drinking one of Twisted Spoke’s six house-recipe Bloody Marys atop its second-story rooftop garden is one of our favorite summertime hangover cures. Don’t take our word for it though. Try it for yourself!



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ROOF On theWit

201 N. State St. - The Loop


Day, evening, or night, ROOF On theWit has it all. The retractable roof and climate-controlled room allows for memorable nights any time of the year. You’ll regularly catch the best local and touring DJs keeping the dance floor moving at this rooftop hotel club. For the 2021 season, theWit has reimagined the space to encourage social distancing. Here is what to expect during your visit!



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The J. Parker

1816 N. Clark St. - Lincoln Park


Night on the town? Regularly recognized as one of the best views in the city, The J. Parker (on top of Hotel Lincoln) is what your Instagram feed has been missing. Take a trip, because they also renovated their space!



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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

1 W. Grand Ave. - River North


Rock Bottom is a classic happy hour spot for Chicagoans with downtown offices. Its rooftop is especially popular for beer lovers in the warm months.



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Homestead on the Roof

1924 W. Chicago Ave. - West Town


It almost feels like home! Homestead on the Roof is a farm-to-table-loving foodie’s paradise. The West Town rooftop restaurant focused on New American fare and many of the ingredients are plucked right from the surrounding garden.

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Reggies

2015 S. State St. - South Loop


Check out the new 99-person rooftop bar and playground. There’s nothing better than a rock show and rooftop hangs. That’s exactly what Reggies in South Loop has to offer seven nights a week.



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Bottom Lounge

1375 W. Lake St. - West Loop


If you love an off-the-beaten-path hangout and good views of Willis Tower (forever “Sears” in our hearts), Bottom Lounge’s rooftop should prove a pleasant surprise. Stop by for pre-show drinks the next time you have tickets to the bar’s venue portion. Just make sure the patio is open first.



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Plymouth Restaurant & Rooftop Bar

327 S. Plymouth Ct. - The Loop


You no longer have to leave downtown to relax under the sun. Plymouth is one of the few spots on this list offering a rooftop that’s open all year round.  



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Fig & Olive

104 E. Oak St. - Streeterville


Fig & Olive is a Mediterranean culinary treat in the center of Gold Coast with a beautiful outdoor dining space.



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Cindy's

12 S. Michigan Ave. - The Loop


Cindy’s, the centerpiece of Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, offers one of the best views of Millennium Park. More of a restaurant than a bar, it’s best to make reservations in advance at this popular rooftop. Head to the hotel’s recently reopened Game Room for a round of drinks and Bacci ball after dinner.



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Bernie's

660 N. Orleans St. - River North


The food at Bernie’s gets a lot of praise, but it’s the rooftop that’s the real star of the show during the summer.



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Londonhouse

85 E. Wacker Dr. - The Loop


Oh, you fancy, huh? It doesn’t get any more central than LondonHouse’s 22nd-story outdoor terrace overlooking the Chicago River, Michigan Avenue and—basically—the heart of the city.



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Raised

1 W. Upper Wacker Dr. - The Loop


If you’re really looking to impress out-of-town friends, Raised will be perfect proof of why Chicago does it better. Nestled at the bustling corner of State and Wacker, everything here is done to the nines—from the drinks to the decor to the decadent frites.




Joy District

112 W. Hubbard St. - River North


Exciting vibes linger around this funky, urban feel rooftop along River North’s stretch of Hubbard Street. Joy District is a solid spot for daytime or after-dark drinking. Bring your friends for a night under the stars.



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Aurelio's Pizza

1212 S. Michigan Ave. - South Loop


Pizza doesn’t always need to be served on the ground level. Aurelio’s South Loop location is your best destination for a rooftop pie.



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Parlor Pizza

108 N. Green St. - West Loop


Both the West Loop and Wicker Park Parlor Pizza locations have excellent outdoor dining (and ping pong!) areas, but only the original West Loop bar and restaurant offers rooftop views. Go for brunch and experience one of the best Bloody Mary bars in the neighborhood.



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I|O Godfrey

127 W. Huron St. - River North


No, not the Godfather, but the Godfrey. Satisfy rooftop cravings in any weather at The Godfrey Hotel's gorgeous indoor/outdoor fourth-floor rooftop bar.



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WhirlyBall

1825 W. Webster Ave. - Bucktown


When WhirlyBall upgraded to its new space in Bucktown, it also gained a second-floor outdoor terrace complete with several communal fireplaces. Cool down (or warm up) after a game of WhirlyBall (a combination of bumper cars, lacrosse and basketball for those not in the know) or bowling or LaserTag.



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Devereaux

1112 N. State St. - Gold Coast


16th, 17th, no 18th floor! Devereaux, part of the Viceroy Chicago hotel, has found its ranking amongst Chicago's best rooftops. The swanky space feels more like Hollywood in the '70s than present-day Chicago. Oh, and did we mention there's a pool?



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Offshore

1000 E. Grand Ave. - The Loop


Navy Pier's new mega-rooftop is a record breaker—literally. The 52,000+-foot space is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "World's Largest Rooftop." In addition to ample views of beautiful Lake Michigan, Offshore also reserves a 21+ age policy, providing a break from the otherwise family-friendly activities on the Pier. It's not hard to find the appeal in this place.



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Bounce Sporting Club

324 W. Chicago Ave. - River North

Sports, food, and a great view—what better way than to spend a night on the town? This weekend turn-up spot has also snuck its way into our hearts as a happy hour favorite. That has a lot to do with its rooftop patio. The hardwood and lounge-style seating can make this feel like a party in your own backyard.


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Aba Restaurant

302 N. Green St. - Fulton Market


A favorite in the Fulton Market District, Aba Restaurant has already received several accolades like Chicago Tribune’s Readers’ Choice award for “Chicago’s Best New Restaurant.” We’re sure their welcoming and lush rooftop might have something to do with that.



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Lonesome Rose

2010 N. California Ave. - Logan Square


We’re not certain, but we have a sneaking suspicion that tacos taste better when eaten on a rooftop. Maybe it’s the sun, or maybe it’s the breeze blowing through our hair, but either way, Lonesome Rose’s rooftop is a must if you’re planning a day out in Logan Square.



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BiXi Beer

2515 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square


Another new addition in 2018, BiXi Beer has a top floor featuring an outdoor patio as well as an indoor atrium with a retractable roof. So, no matter where you sit, you’ll be feeling those sweet rays of sunshine. Perfect for sipping on one of their house-brewed beers.



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The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

1750 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square


Where else in Chicago can you play shuffleboard on the roof? This Floridian-themed cocktail and shuffleboard bar ups the paradise levels during the summer with a cute rooftop where you can shuffle in the sun.



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Z Bar

108 E. Superior St. - Magnificent Mile


Put on that chic outfit in the back of your closet and get ready for an extravagant night. The Peninsula Chicago brings you their fabulous rooftop bar on top of Michigan Ave. Z Bar has the perfect combination of luxury, fun, and cocktails.



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The Kennedy Rooftop

1551 West N. Ave. - Wicker Park


Last summer we got friendly with The Kennedy Rooftop but we're really buddying up to it in Summer, 2021. This trendy, new, heated rooftop sits atop the Hyatt Place Chicago/Wicker Park. If you're looking for a new hot spot, just look up!


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Bar avec

640 N. LaSalle Dr. - River North


Avec restaurant just opened a new open-air rooftop bar on the 6th floor of its River North location! The restaurant is made for casual drinking and dining. Bring your friends and enjoy cocktails and delicious food while taking in the phenomenal skyline view.



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Tanta

118 W. Grand Ave. - River North


We know Tanta has amazing Peruvian food, but did you know the cocktails they serve on the rooftop are just as good? Tanta restaurant is giving you unique, delicious food, housemade cocktails, and a chance to dine under the stars.



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Carnivale

702 W. Fulton Market


Sitting in Chicago's West Loop, Carnivale is serving up cuisine and culture of Mexico, South America, and Central America. This restaurant is offering more than just dinner and cocktails, but one-of-a-kind desserts as well!



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Hush Money

3632 N. Clark St. - Wrigleyville


Enjoy a pre or post-game cocktail at Modecai's top floor lounge, Hush Money, while gazing out at Gallagher Way's park and Wrigley Stadium from the enclosed rooftop patio.


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