Chicago, Dining & Nightlife, HotelsChicago Under the Stars

Now that summer is here in Chicago, I pretty much want to spend all my time outdoors. The weather is finally nice, and I don’t think there is anything better than hanging out with friends, drinking wine up on a roof under the stars. Chicago’s rooftop bar scene is definitely getting better and better, and these are the places that are on my radar this summer:

Vertigo Sky Lounge, pictured above, is located atop the Dana Hotel at 2 W. Erie St. and opened late last year. The outdoor lounge area is about 1000 sq ft and wraps around the building with 12 ft high glass and amazing views of State St. Vertigo serves its own specialty cocktails, like the delicious-sounding Honey Bee (Flor de Caña dark rum, lime juice, and Acacia honey) and Peach Pussycat (Maker’s Mark whisky, peach schnapps, pineapple juice, and cherry). And if you’re hungry, light bites from the Dana Hotel’s ajasteak restaurant like sashimi and Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches are available. DJs spin an eclectic mix of music on the weekends, so be sure to hit it up (Wed.-Sun., 5pm-2am).

ROOF is located at the newly opened theWit Hotel on 201 N. State St. I’ve been hearing such great things about ROOF and am excited to finally see it for myself. The outdoor area is huge, covering over 3000 sq ft, and even includes a suspended, glass-encased table for 8 that extends past the building–literally dangling you in the sky! I might be too scared to try that, so I’ll keep myself busy at any one of the three bars equipped with long wine and cocktail lists. The outdoor space features fireplace pits and communal tables, and you can even find a telescope tucked away in the corner. You can also enjoy small plates of delicious Italian food to nosh on while enjoying the beautiful Chicago skyline. Just be sure to get there early as the line gets quite long, though guests of theWit get to skip the line.

Vertigo and ROOF are just two of the great rooftop bars here that I can’t wait to check out. What are your own favorites here, or in your city? Share your finds with us in the comments!

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