We hate to say it, but the days of summer are numbered. Soon summer rays will give way to autumn leaves, so take advantage of it while you can. And there’s no better way to take advantage than by catching a summer breeze while enjoying the skyline via rooftop deck. Don’t have one of your own? That’s okay. Here’s our pick of rooftop bars with a view that are either a hop, a skip, or a blip of a cab ride away from one of our ‘hoods.
Gold Coast/River North
Epic Sky (112 W. Hubbard Street) – Melding South Beach style with River North steel, Epic Sky, the rooftop lounge at Epic Restaurant, lives up to its name. Expect to be wowed at this hangout for suits and scenesters alike.
C-View (166 E. Superior St.) – 29 floors up in the Affinia Chicago Hotel is where you’ll find this date worthy lounge with jaw dropping views of Michigan Ave and the city skyline. It’s the perfect place to relax at after work, or to head to for after dinner drinks.
Benchmark (1510 N. Wells) – There’s nothing run of the mill at this mainstream sports bar. Not only do they have 46 plasma screens and a video wall to watch the game, but the second floor has an adjustable, fully retractable glass roof. This one should stay interesting once the snow hits.
Sully’s House (1501 N. Dayton Street) – Sully’s has been a hangout of locals for years, but a little known fact about this tavern/sports bar is that during the summer months they open their roof to the public. Expect the crowd to be young, and on game day, expect it to be rowdy.
Casey Moran’s (3660 N. Clark St.) – Casey’s rooftop is so close to Wrigley Field that you can (almost) see inside the ball park. If you’re a Cubs fan, it’s the perfect place to cause trouble before, after, or during a game.
Vines on Clark (3554 N. Clark St.) – They do serve wine, but don’t let the name fool you. Over the past few years Vines has become a true and true Wrigley bar. Similar to Casey’s, but just a touch more refined.