Rooftop dining in Chicago is a lively and friendly competition to see whose venue can provide the most sweeping or unique views of this dynamic city, along with enticing dining, drinking and even dancing options. Lots of contenders invite your attention – many of which are situated atop elegant hotels. Perfect for us baby boomers to get out and enjoy the outdoor views, the food and the ambiance as the weather warms up. Tip: Go early to miss the younger crowds! Here are a few to put on your must-try list this spring:
- Raised, An Urban Rooftop Bar, 1 W. Wacker Dr., 3rd floor of Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. One of the most popular and buzzed-about rooftop destination, Raised will host the 2017 Tin on Tin Cocktail Classic Mixology Competition on March 27, 2017 from 4pm-9pm. Six Chicago bartenders will go head to head before judges Liz Pearce (Winner of Chicago Speed Rack), Brian Jaymont (Marriott Global Beverage Manager), Matt Schnieder (Certified Sommelier) and two elite judges. The winner will receive a trip to the 2017 Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.
- AIRE, 100 W Monroe St. Kicking off just its second year in Chicago, AIRE, located at on the 24th floor of Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, has quickly become Chicago’s hottest new happy hour destination and weekend escape. This spring, AIRE will debut a new, carefully crafted menu featuring signature city-themed cocktails as well as an extensive offering of local beers and wines and seasonal small plates.
- ROOF on theWit, 201 N State Street, a glamorous indoor/outdoor escape set 27 stories above the city with sweeping views of Chicago, private event spaces and entertainment programming. Watch for their dynamic party events several times each year.
- LH, LondonHouse Luxury Hotel‘s tri-level rooftop venue at 85 E. Wacker Dr. lets you dine indoors or out on re-imagined American cuisine and cocktails. The modern, firelighted spaces draw in both visitors and locals and inspire those at the top of their game to engage, sip, converse, taste, connect and exchange ideas.
- Geja’s Café, 340 West Armitage Ave. Not exactly on the roof, but a beautiful patio for sure. As part of their ever-evolving worldly wine festivals, Geja’s Café is celebrating International Women’s Wine Festival March-April. Each of those months the wine menu will devote an entire page to wines made by notable women of enology from around the world. Geja’s Café will donate $1.00 for every bottle ordered to Deborah’s Place, Chicago’s largest provider of supportive housing exclusively for women.