The warm weather and breezy days call for eating and drinking outdoors. When it comes to deciding where to go, there are so many possibilities. The choices are endless and we can’t list them all, however, here are our recommended 5 most stunning rooftops around Chicago for every occasion and price range that offer both great food and city views.
The J Parker – Lincoln Park
816 N Clark St. 13th floor, Chicago, Illinois 60614
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Monday-Thursday 7am- 11am, 5pm- 1am
Friday 7am-11am, 3pm-2am
Saturday 9am-2am (Kitchen Closed 2pm-4pm)
Quickly becoming a must-attend spot due it’s beautiful unobstructed water view and of the city, The J Parker offers a unique setting to sip on a signature cocktail and enjoy the summer day or night. Located above Hotel Lincoln, soak up some sun on their patio during their Monday to Thursday happy hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. They offer $2 drafts, $5 wines by the glass, and $5 snacks along with a rotating cocktail for $9.
Mahalo- Wicker Park
1501 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
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Monday-Wednesday 11am- 10pm
Hawaiian for Thank you, Mahalo is a great place for happy hour, dinner with girlfriends or weekend brunch, this Modern Hawaiian Kitchen that used to be “Bom Bolla,” offers delicious Hawaiian food classics and unique tropical cocktails. Consisting of two levels with two bars, dining room seating and a beautiful rooftop patio, the Hawaiian surf shack atmosphere has a true island paradise vibe.
Cindy’s- Downtown/The Loop
12 S Michigan Ave, 13th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603
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Monday- Friday 11am -1am
Saturday 10am- 2am
If you have not been to Cindy’s, now is the time to go. With a relaxed ambiance of a Great Lakes beach house, Cindy’s provides you something for every craving as it consists of a rooftop restaurant, bar, and open- air terrace with a breathtaking view of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan.
Tanta- River North
118 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
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Sunday & Monday 11am-2:30pm, 5-9pm
Tuesday- Thursday 11am- 2:30pm, 5-11pm
Friday & Saturday 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-12am
Looking for delicious Peruvian food in the city with a view, Tanta is your place to try. Serving authentic Peruvian dishes and beverages by Gastón Acurio, a chef, writer, businessman and promoter of the Peruvian culinary arts. Their rooftop is opened seasonally every May until the end of October with live music every Wednesday to enjoy.
Shanghai Terrace- River North
108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611
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Monday- Sunday 11:30am- 10:30pm
Located at the Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai Terrace offers a spectacular Chinese Fine Dining experience. Bring your significant other or your best friend here on a celebration to enjoy this whole new take on Chinese food or to just sip on a delicately crafted cocktail. As voted the number one Chinese Restaurant in Chicago by Zagat Survey, you don’t want to miss dining here out in the Terrace. Make your reservation now.
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