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Top 5 rooftop bars in Chicago

This week we’re headed for The Windy City, as we discover Chicago’s hottest rooftop bars. With summer in full swing, temperatures are high and the living is easy – so what better way to enjoy than with a cocktail in hand and panoramic views of Chicago’s skyline in front of you?  

Check out the other instalments in our series of the world’s best rooftop bars:

Book your cheap flights to Chicago and make like a local by heading to one of these breezy terraces to make the most of the summer sun.

The J Parker 

Located atop the Hotel Lincoln, this rooftop terrace boasts stunning lake views and a menu by Paul Virant. Arrive early if you want to get a seat before relaxing, cocktail in hand, as you enjoy unparalleled views over Lincoln Park and beyond.

  • Address: 1816 n Clark St. 13th floor, Chicago
  • Website

J Parker terrace and outdoor bar in Chicago

Cindy’s 

A lake house ambience and drinks from ‘Spirit Master’ Nandini Khaund await at this rooftop restaurant and open air bar. Go at lunch time to avoid the crowds and check out the breath taking views over Lake Michigan and Millennium Park.

  • Address: 12 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
  • Website

Cindy's rooftop bar and restaurant, Chicago

Streeterville Social 

Chicago’s largest rooftop offers plenty of space to relax, order from one of the two bars and take in stunning panoramic views while playing a game of oversized jenga or two. Split into the Bistro and the Terrace, it’s the perfect place for evening drinks.

  • Address: 455 N Park Dr, Chicago
  • Website

Streeterville Social rooftop bar in Chicago

Rooftop at Gene’s Sausage Shop 

A Chicago institution, this rooftop terrace is located above the sausage shop and delicatessen of the same name. Beer, wine and seasonal produce straight from the grill combine with a European vibe at this casual daytime to early evening jaunt.

  • Address: 4750 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
  • Website

Gene's Sausage Bar rooftop in Chicago

GreenRiver 

Head to the 18th floor of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital building to enjoy panoramic views from the recently opened terrace at this restaurant and bar serving up seasonal American cuisine and an extensive cocktail menu.

  • Address: 259 E Erie St, Chicago
  • Website

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