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The 10 Must Get Out to Rooftop Bars in Chicago

With each passing day, it becomes more and more clear: Summer is coming. Whether you count Memorial Day or June 21st as the “official start” of summer, there’s no denying it’s on its way. The days are getting longer and the rays are getting warmer. And in Chicago, a city known for its architecture, this means a plethora of rooftop bars are opening for the season. Check out the top 10 rooftop bars you have to visit this summer.

IO Urban Roofscape
Between the video wall and the panoramic view of the skyline, you won’t know where to focus your attention.

127 W Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Nestled in the Gold Coast neighborhood, this location promises stunning views of Lake Michigan.

201 E Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611

Terzo Piano
If you can’t find anything to your liking in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, Terzo Piano will surely have something that suits your tastes.

159 E Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Vertigo Sky Lounge
It’s 26 stories high, so it might not be the best place to visit if you actually have vertigo.

2 W Erie St.
Chicago, IL 60654

The Terrace at Trump
The chances of Trump himself showing up to ruin your buzz? Slim.

401 N Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Who is J. Parker? You’ll have to show up to find out.

1816 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

The Garage Bar & Sandwiches
It has the local familiarity of a garage band, but without the terrible music.

6154 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646

Gene’s Rooftop
What sets this bar apart from the rest? It’s also home to Gene’s Sausage Shop & Delicatessen.

4750 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

We promise this location has nothing to do with the dull book your college roommate begged you to read.

1970 W Montrose Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613

ROOF On the Wit
We’re running out of witty lines to get you to visit this particular rooftop bar.

201 N State St.
Chicago, IL 60601

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