Bask in the sun: Best rooftop bars in Chicago


Forget the snow, wind and harsh winter. Get out and enjoy the sun, warmth and good times at Chicago’s best rooftop bars.

While some people have a favorite bar or local watering hole, many Chicagoans are looking for the best rooftop bars in the city. Everyone knows that Chicago winters are harsh. Once the weather clears, everyone wants to be outside. Whether it is walking around the Lakeshore or just walking to work, people are ready to be outside. Luckily many Chicago restaurants and bars are ready to open their rooftop bars.

When it comes to a great rooftop bar, the options are many. Some people prefer sweeping views of the Lakefront. Other people enjoy viewing the twinkling lights of the skyline. Luckily in Chicago, you could pick a different rooftop bar location every day of the week.

Here are some of FoodSided’s choices for best rooftop bars in Chicago.

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Cindy’s at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Chicago’s Millennium Park is one of iconic locations in the city. At Cindy’s, the rooftop bar offers amazing views of both Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. Set in the historic building, Cindy’s offers a modern twist on the old world charm. Whether you sip on a classic cocktail or nibble on food inspired by the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, Cindy’s is definitely a treat. Plus, don’t worry about that chilly Chicago wind, the fire pits can ward off any chill.

Cindy’s is located on the 13th floor of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. It is open for lunch and evenings.


Definitely an urban oasis, Raised combines chic design in a comfortable setting. Whether sitting by a fire pit or relaxing in a cabana, this rooftop bar is perfect place to unwind with friends. With the Chicago River and skyline in the backdrop, groups of friends can have a perfect evening. From shareable plates to the crafted cocktails, the food and drinks are as impressive as the views. Don’t miss the sharable decanters of cocktails.

Raised is located at 1 W. Wacker Drive.

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LH Rooftop at LondonHouse Chicago

Ready to have a luxurious picnic experience in a picture perfect setting? LH Rooftop offers that experience. Located on the 22nd and 23rd floors of LondonHouse Chicago, the rooftop bar and restaurant offers picturesque views and impeccable cuisine. A definite highlight is the American Picnic Basket. The experience is the elevated picnic that you never knew existed.

LH Rooftop is located at 85 E. Wacker in LondonHouse Chicago.

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I|O Godfrey

When spring weather isn’t perfect, but you want to be outside, I|O Godfrey is the choice for Chicagoans. With the retractable glass roof, this rooftop bar is always in season. Nestled in River North, this hot spot offers some of the best interactive cocktails. Whether you watch the sun set or the stars sparkle, I|O Godfrey is always a good choice.

I|O Godfrey is located in The Godfrey Hotel Chicago at 127 W. Huron Street.

ROOF on theWit

Named as a Travel+Leisure “Top 3 Rooftop Bars in the World” is the glamourous rooftop bar that is completely Instagram-worthy. If the view from the floor to ceiling windows isn’t enough, guests can peer through the telescope. Of course, the craft cocktails and scrumptious bites are just as impressive as the sweeping views.

ROOF on theWit is located at 201 N. State Street.


Warm weather, starry nights and a Pisco Sour is a perfect evening. At Tanta, the Peruvian restaurant is the best place to enjoy the iconic Peruvian cocktail. The bold flavors of the Peruvian cuisine takes even better with a Pisco Sour. Definitely a place to sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

Tanta is located at 118 W. Grand Avenue.

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Upstairs at The Gwen

Who remembers the call of the ice cream truck on a warm day? At the Gwen, the grown-up version of a roaming champagne cart and ice cream tricycle are calling you. The fifth floor, rooftop terrace has had a re-launch. The re-designed space offers beautiful murals and a retractable wall. Enjoy internationally inspired street food while gazing on the city views.

Upstairs at The Gwen is located at 521 N. Rush Street.

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These are our recommendations for best rooftop bars in Chicago. Do you have a favorite spot? Share your thoughts with us. Until then, let’s raise a glass to the warmer weather that is finally here.