Sky High: Seven Chicago rooftops with a view
Looking for a spot with a view to sip and snack after work? There is no shortage of rooftop bars and restaurants to check out. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorites.
Grab your passport
Noyane, meaning “hidden roof” in Japanese, brings culture to the Windy City. Head to the rooftop, which overlooks Magnificent Mile for Nikkei style cuisine, which mixes flavors from Peru and Japan brought to life by celebrity chef Richard Sadndoval. From sushi selections to mushroom, chicken, shishito pepper, lamb, steak, or avocado skewers, there’s no shortage of bites to choose from. For dessert, try the mochi or matcha beignets. Drinks include sake, beer, wine, whiskey and spiked snowballs.
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On top of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel sits Cindy’s Rooftop. Offering panoramic views of Millenium Park and Lake Michigan, the drinks are just as much of a draw. Sip on Italian, French and Spanish wine. Try one of their signature cocktails, a piña colada, old fashioned or other classic favorite. Nibble on the shellfish platter, pork loin, veal and trout. For lunch, try the potato bisque soup with coconut milk, lemongrass and lime, or the grilled octopus with potatoes and sweet peppers. Looking for dessert? S’mores baked Alaska or chocolate chip pecan cookies with milk are calling your name.
Baseball fans rejoice! Deuce’s Major League Bar is a Cub fan’s playground. The bar opened in May of this year, is decked out with the classic Wrigley Field Ivy and has an actual baseball diamond in the lounge. Cubs decór lines every inch, with the famous white flag W and gloves, bats and hats hanging from the ceiling. Enjoy the game poolside on the upstairs on the open-aired patio. First pitch of every home game marks the start of $1 beer specials, with movies on Mondays, Bingo on Tuesdays, Trivia on Wednesdays, Karaoke on Thursdays and more drink specials on Fridays.
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By the numbers
What rises 22 floors above Chicago, measures in at 13,00 square feet, has three bars, and two patios? VU Rooftop. On the menu you’ll find a firewood flatbread with bacon and gruyere, buttermilk fried chicken and Belgian waffle for brunch and lobster chilaquiles with eggs, chihuahua cheese and salsa verde. Order up their cider, which comes with brandy, honey, ginger and berries. There’s even a fire pit to stay warm on cooler evenings.
Mix and mingle with mythology
Time for a quick lesson in Chinese mythology. Depicted as a dragon, Bixi is one of the nine sons of the Dragon King. Inspired by the tradition, BiXi Beer and it’s rooftop were born!
Looking for a bite from the sea? Choose from oysters, lobster, snow and king crab, or the seafood tower. Not into fish? Try the bao burger with American cheese and Chinese bacon or choose from one of the many items on the dim sum menu like the lamb wonton, bubble waffles or Vietnamese crepes. For dessert, they offer up sweet options including coconut milk flan and coffee cinnamon soft serve ice cream. Feeling adventurous? Try the BiXi handshake, their signature bourbon drink. Inside and outside rooftop seating available.
On the 18th floor of the Viceroy Chicago you’ll find Devereaux, one of the city’s most popular rooftop bars offering up views overlooking the 312.
Even more impressive is the diverse menu featuring tempura Buffalo cauliflower and the Devereaux cheeseburger, served on a potato bun with their special sauce. Cocktails at happy hour include a Jalisco mojito with tequila and cucumber and the gin-based Litchi Noir.
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Not quite on the roof but at 95 floors up, The Signature Room in the John Hancock Center deserves honorable mention. The lounge on the 96th floor takes it a step further, literally, with unobstructed views of the city from above. Order up a Godiva chocolate martini, passion fruit mule, or the signature PAMA kiss, with sparkling wine and PAMA pomegranate liqueur.