Our Favorite Rooftop Bars in River North

rooftop bars in river north

Summertime is winding down. You’ve still got time to enjoy some sunshine before Chicago’s cold weather creeps in, though. And what better way to send off the season than to take in Chicago’s skyline views with a drink in hand? The Windy City boasts some of the world’s best rooftop bars, and the River North neighborhood is home to some of our favorite spots. Here are our picks for the best rooftop bars in River North to visit this month.

rooftop bars in river north

Rooftop Bars in River North

Joy District 

Joy District’s urban rooftop bar is a sky-high oasis. Complete with vibrant murals by artist P. Scott and a greenery garden wall for photo-ops, the spot has just the vibe you’re looking for to end summertime on a high note. If you’re feeling brave, go for the 33-ounce “punch pouch.” Bonus: the lounge seating is so comfy, you may never want to leave.

Z Bar

Next on our list of rooftop bars in River North is Z Bar. Located on the sixth floor of the Peninsula Chicago, Z Bar offers a menu of tried-and-true classics and unexpected flavors. If you can’t decide on a drink, leave it to the bartender by choosing the cocktail of the day from the menu. When hunger strikes, order the goggi chicken wings, with spicy Korean chili, pickled veggies, and palm sugar.


According to its website, “noyanne” translates to “hidden roof” in Japanese. Take in the views of Magnificent Mile from this sophisticated spot while sipping on a cocktail, beer, wine, or a “spiked snowball,” made from shaved ice. Don’t miss the Japanese-Peruvian eats from chef Richard Sandoval.

 IO Godfrey Rooftop Lounge

Finally, head to IO for panoramic views of Chicago’s famed skyline. With a video wall and retractable roof, the spot offers a sophisticated vibe with unique food and drink offerings that live up to the hype. Add CBD to your cocktail for an extra dose of relaxation.


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