10 Top Chicago Rooftop Lounges

Chicago's coolest outdoor spaces for a drink and a bite.

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The Kensington, located at 812 N. Orleans above Parliament nightclub, opened for the season over Memorial Day weekend. The lounge accomodates up to 150 people and includes private seating areas and panoramic skyline views.
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The Kensington offers bites from Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar and 10 crafted cocktails freshly mixed with seasonal ingredients. Look for weekly special events all summer long co-hosted with Parliament Tuesday through Sunday. (@parliament_chi)
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Vertigo Sky Lounge sits on the 26th floor of the Dana Hotel & Spa, offering great views of downtown. The stylish vibe produced by their wrap-around floor-to-ceiling windows with a mixture of sofas, highboys, end chairs and is a go-to spot for a variety of celebrities. (Two West Erie Street)
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This summer, Vertigo is re-vamping the food and drink menus with new seasonal options. The Bartender’s Booth is also back this year, creating an idyllic alcove for up to six guests. Keep an eye out for their series of food and drink specials themed around the World Cup.
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The dec Rooftop Lounge + Bar is situated 12 stories above the Magnificent Mile atop the The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (160 E. Pearson St.). The 57-seat rooftop accommodates up to 100 guests and will feature new food and beverage menus this summer.
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Architectural features at The dec include an opaque, color-changing LED waved wall and a polished stainless steel circular sculpture, “The Lenz,” by artist David Sorenson.
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ROOF at theWit Hotel celebrated its 5th anniversary over Memorial Day Weekend. A full lineup of summer programming is planned for 2014 including ROOF Sundays, ranked the No. 1 day club in the country by Nightclub&Bar.
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New events planned this summer include Movie Mondays, a 15-week series including films like "Ted" and "Horrible Bosses" starting at dusk. ROOF LIVE takes place every Tuesday at 5 p.m. and featured live acoustic guitar performances with the city's skyline as the backdrop.
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The J. Parker has to be in the conversation for one of the better views in the city from a rooftop lounge. It sits atop the Hotel Lincoln and offers 140 outside seats and 55 seats indoors. The small plates from acclaimed chef Paul Virant aren't too bad either.
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III Forks' rooftop lounge is open from 4 p.m.-midnight daily and offers private cabana-style seating with built-in heaters for those chilly nights, stone fireplaces and serene, city views. Signature cocktails and a full menu is available.
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III Forks' rooftop lounge is available for private parties of up to 100 guests.
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You can't go wrong with the view from the Stardeck at Estate, just one of three outdoor spaces located at the restaurant and lounge on the banks of the Chicago River at 1177 N Elston. Starting in June, Estate will be open 7 days a week.
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Ivy Sky Terrace is located 27 floors above The Ivy Hotel, just steps from Michigan Avenue (233 East Ontario St). The rooftop is open days a week and offers signature cocktails plus a shared-plate menu with offerings such as truffle-infused shoestring fries and herb-marinated chicken tempura bites.
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If you're looking for a quality drink, Drumbar is the rooftop for you. The cocktail-focused bar is located atop the Raffaello Hotel and includes an intimate indoor lounge area aconnected to an outdoor terrace with views of Lake Michigan and the Hancock building.
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Homestead On The Roof recently launched its updated 80-seat outdoor rooftop patio. The second-floor patio sits next to a 1,000 square foot organic rooftop garden, two vertical hanging gardens, and dozens of planter boxes filled with vegetables, fruits, and herbs used in the literal farm-to-table restaurant.
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