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As the temps creep upward and the days get longer, it’s time to take advantage of the change in seasons by moving your next happy hour or date night outside. Whether it’s a sky high rooftop or a lush second-story garden, Chicago offers multiple opens for open air dining. So grab your shades and head outside to enjoy the fresh air on one of these rooftops:
Fountainhead on the corner of Montrose and Damen offers up a uniquely chill atmosphere that you most likely won’t find at the city’s trendy rooftop establishments. On the seasonal rooftop garden, complete with a fountain of course, patrons can enjoy a lengthy beer list and thoughtfully selected organic eats. If a cocktail is more your style, check out the impressive whiskey and bourbon selection.
Known as one of the best whiskey and rooftop bars in Chicago, Drumbar on the 18th floor of the Raffaello Hotel in the Gold Coast neighborhood provides Instagram-worthy views of Lake Michigan and the Hancock building. If you can’t claim a spot on the outdoor terrace near one of the open fire pits, the sleek indoor lounge area won’t disappoint.
ROOF on theWit
If rooftop bars get better the higher you climb, ROOF on the 27th floor of theWit Hotel in the Loop would top them all. This glamorous hot spot is open year-round for patrons to enjoy sweeping views of the city, as well as acoustic music series, dance parties and runway shows. “Travel + Leisure” named ROOF one of the top three rooftop lounges in the world, and after one visit, you’ll know why.
The Garage Bar
Over in Norwood Park, “neighbors become friends” at the Garage Bar, where you can join up to 50 of your new friends on the rooftop deck. Beer drinkers will rejoice at the beer list with 130 brews, and free games like shuffleboard, darts and bags are on hand if you want to kick off a friendly competition. Comfortable and welcoming with a warm, industrial vibe, the Garage is the ultimate casual rooftop spot.
Gene’s Sausage Shop & Delicatessen
Gene’s Sausage Shop & Delicatessen is a family-owned Chicago establishment in Lincoln Square that not only boasts more than 40 varieties of smoked sausage but a European-style rooftop beer and wine garden. Grab a seat at one of the communal wooden tables to enjoy fresh eats from the seasonal rooftop menu and relax in this unique space in the heart of the city.