The Best Rooftop Restaurants in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

Chicago always tops when it comes to travel destinations in the U.S. It's a big city with a small-town feel and a day here can mean a swim in Lake Michigan, an evening at Wrigley Field, visiting some of the country's greatest museums and more - all without breaking your budget. The Windy is also known for its culinary treasures. It gets a lot of hype for hot dogs, deep dish pizza and Italian beef sandwiches, but Chicago also has plenty of restaurants with a special ambiance. We've asked the savviest foodies in the nation where they are going to enjoy a rooftop setting in Chi-town. Read our list to find the best rooftop restaurants in Chicago. Grab a table and enjoy!

Restaurants:Taxim, Gibsons Italia, Pelago
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Greek, Steakhouse, Italian
Neighborhoods:Bucktown / Wicker Park, River North (Chicago), Gold Coast / Streeterville

Taxim

$$$$·Greek·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
751 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Taxim, located in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, is an upscale Greek restaurant that features regional Greek cuisine with an all-Greek wine list. It has a stunning diningRead more
96% recommended

Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,384 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Gibsons Italia, the project from Gibsons Restaurant Group, is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city. The owners wanted to create an Italian steakhouse that also appealeRead more
92% recommended
Hot Spot in Chicago / Illinois

Pelago

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,625 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Pelago, located in the Gold Coast neighborhood, is Mauro Mafrici’s answer to fine dining Italian food. They focus on simple, genuine cuisine with fresh seasonal ingredients from ItRead more
86% recommended
Notable Wine List in Chicago / Illinois

Somerset

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,497 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Birthdays
Situated on a main drag of the Gold Coast neighborhood, Somerset is a classy place to stop for consistently awesome American food. It’s great for any type of party, including a datRead more
96% recommended

Aba

$$$$·Mediterranean·
West Loop
1,408 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Aba is a Mediterranean restaurant located in the city’s historic Fulton Market District with one of the best rooftop restaurants Chicago has to offer. This place is always jam-packRead more
97% recommended
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City Mouse

$$$$·American·
West Loop
333 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
For a casual dining experience and some of the best American food you can get in Chicago, head to City Mouse in the West Loop at Ace Hotel Chicago. They feature a seasonal menu insRead more
88% recommended
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Homestead on the Roof

$$$$·Contemporary Latin·
Ukrainian Village
687 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
When it comes to the best rooftop restaurants Chicago has to offer, Homestead on the Roof is definitely one to keep in mind. Located in Noble Square, they focus on actual farm-to-tRead more
96% recommended
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NoMI

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
3,202 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
NoMI, short for North Michigan Avenue, is the location of this upscale French restaurant. Head up to the 7th floor of the Park Hyatt to find an elegant dining room with an open kitRead more
89% recommended

Bernie's Chicago

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
621 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
Bernie’s is a classic River North Gem that locals adore. The staff aims to provide guests with a unique and memorable experience whether you are on a date, gathering with friends aRead more
99% recommended

The Kennison

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Park
433 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
The Kennison, located in the heart of Lincoln Park, is an elegant Contemporary American restaurant that many consider one of the best restaurants in the city. As part of the Hotel Read more
90% recommended

Tanta

$$$$·Peruvian·
River North (Chicago)
3,124 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Located in the River North, Tanta is one of Chicago’s most unique restaurant's thanks to the menu stylings of Giancarlo Valera. As a Peruvian native, he brings an exciting and refrRead more
96% recommended

The Allis

$$$$·American·
West Loop
984 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Great for Brunch
The Allis is the Soho House’s restaurant, located in the West Loop neighborhood. It’s a super chic space with enormous chandeliers, mismatched chairs and a homey environment that’sRead more
90% recommended
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LUXBAR

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,910 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Luxbar is a neighborhood saloon in the Gold Coast neighborhood that evokes an elegant simplicity. Decorated in stone, glass, brass, and wood and bathed in tons of natural light, itRead more
97% recommended
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Chop Shop

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
357 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
One of the city’s most unique restaurants, Chop Shop occupies a 100-year-old former auto body shop in the heart of Wicker Park. It features encased meats, craft beers, cocktails, aRead more
88% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago

Boleo

$$$$·Peruvian·
Downtown / Loop
356 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
Boleo is Chicago’s answer to elegant Latin American Dining in the Downtown Loop neighborhood. The cuisine and culture of Latin American infiltrate every aspect of this popular eateRead more
82% recommended
Late Night Find in Chicago / Illinois

Baptiste & Bottle

$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Chicago)
570 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
Baptiste and Bottle, located on the 20th floor of the Conrad in River North, is one of the top spots in the city to check out for upscale Contemporary American food and cocktails gRead more
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Steak 48 - Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
3,699 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Steak 48 on North Wabash Ave in River North, is a restaurant from Jeffrey and Mike Mastro of the Mastro’s Ocean Club restaurants. They are no strangers to great restaurants and thiRead more
95% recommended
Steakhouse in Chicago / Illinois

Parlor Pizza Bar - West Loop

$$$$·American·
West Loop
816 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
The owners of Parlor Pizza Bar opened this West Loop location after the original became so popular. They have a sprawling indoor dining space that is bright and airy with tons of sRead more
98% recommended
American in Chicago
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Upstairs at The Gwen

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
188 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Upstairs at The Gwen is definitely in the running for being one of the best rooftop bars Chicago has to offer. Perched on the 5th floor of the landmark McGraw-Hill building, The GwRead more
100% recommended
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Portsmith

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
353 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
Portsmith, conveniently located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, is the crown jewel of the city when it comes to seafood. They start with delicious cheddar biscuits and Read more
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