The official start of summer is next week, which means it’s time to start partaking in the great American pastime of imbibing outside.

Chicago has no shortage of rooftop bars. These 11 rooftops are all unique, meaning you can go to a different one for every kind of occasion—or if you just want to chill out and enjoy the view.


201 East Delaware Place

The decor and the views are perfect if you’re looking to impress. The menu is a bit on the pricey side, but the cocktails you’ll be getting are the kind you want to take time to enjoy every sip of.

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127 West Huron at LaSalle

If you want to feel like you’re at an upscale Vegas party, this is your place. They are open until 2am every night serving very expensive drinks with a DJ playing dance music.

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Plymouth Rooftop Bar & Grill

327 South Plymouth Court

If you are looking to enjoy the rooftop scene on a budget, check out the rooftop specials on food at Plymouth. This is a great casual spot to grab a drink and kick back with some buddies.

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1970 West Montrose Avenue

Wanting to try out a new brew? Fountainhead has a huge beer menu, with drafts from around the world. But don’t worry, they have a full bar for those in the group who don’t like beer.

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118 West Grand Avenue

Tanta has an amazing menu of Peruvian food, as well as great cocktails. If you’re wanting to try some new flavors on a beautiful rooftop terrace, this is your place.

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259 East Erie Street

Contemporary American cuisine and cocktails make this spot great, but the rooftop terrace makes it excellent.



Gene’s Sausage Shop & Delicatessen

4750 North Lincoln Avenue

You’ll feel like you flew to Europe to get to this roof. Enjoy the smells of bratwurst and sausage cooking while sipping on a beer or wine, surrounded by flowers and herbs. 

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12 South Michigan Avenue

If you’re taking someone out from out-of-town, this spot is great. The views of Millennium Park will dazzle them, as will the drinks.

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Whiskey Business & Fry Bar

1367 North Milwaukee Avenue

This rooftop is surrounded by greenery, with TVs, bocce, and plenty of couches. Despite the hilarious name, they do have a full bar.

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Citizen Bar

364 West Erie

If you just want a classic American bar, Citizen is a great spot. They often have fun events like trivia night, plus they have great summertime specials.



The Dec Rooftop Lounge + Bar

160 East Pearson Street 

Enjoy tapas and craft cocktails on this modern rooftop bar. The cool reflective sculpture makes for a great Instagram-worthy shot.

These four also get honorable mentions for having great views:

Cheers! Which one is your favorite?

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