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The Best Rooftop Restaurants in Chicago

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!

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The OpenTable Team
10 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:Taxim, Gibsons Italia, Pelago
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Greek, Steakhouse, Italian
Neighborhoods:Bucktown / Wicker Park, River North (Chicago), Gold Coast / Streeterville
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Taxim

$$$$
Greek
Bucktown / Wicker Park
4.7
990 reviews
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 dining room with 16-foot ceilings, travertine marble floors, Byzantine-style lamps, and artwork and a phenomenal rooftop dining area lined with flowers and herbs. This critically-acclaimed restaurant specializes in small plates meant for sharing with larger plates like Lamb Chops and Oven-Roasted Amish Chicken as entrees.

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Gibsons Italia

$$$$
Steakhouse
River North (Chicago)
4.8
2069 reviews
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 appealed to younger crowds, so they designed this eatery with approachable elegance. It features a bar and lounge on the first floor, a main dining room on the second and a rooftop bar on the third. It is a sophisticated, exquisite space with a glass roof, smart leather furniture and an airy breeze with views of the city sky.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Pelago

$$$$
Italian
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.5
1772 reviews
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 Italian and local sources to make sure every dish is flavorful and memorable. The interior is classy and traditional and guests will feel comfortable bringing a date, family or meeting for a business gathering. They also offer outdoor terrace dining in a gorgeous space that can fit up to 50 people. They reserve it for groups of 50 or more so be sure to book in advance if you’re planning a big party.

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Somerset

$$$$
American
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.5
2220 reviews
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 date or a night out with the family and the menu has tons of superstar dishes like the smoked beet tartare, chicken cracklins and a Squid Ink Chitarra. Space is simply stunning with soaring ceilings, a royal blue and gold color scheme and an outdoor patio bar area that gives diners a chance to enjoy the weather.

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Tanta

$$$$
Peruvian
River North (Chicago)
4.6
4311 reviews
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 refreshing take on upscale Peruvian food and drinks to the city. Try some of the regional specialties like the street food skewers or classic cebiches. They also have fusion dishes that incorporate Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Italian foods. But without a doubt, one of the biggest claims to fame here is the sleek, modern rooftop bar where you can dine under the bright city lights.

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Pool Beds at Soho House Chicago

$$$$
American
Chicago
4.5
986 reviews
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’s great for dining, getting work done or just hanging out over a few drinks. Anywhere you sit is delightful but if you can, snag a chair by the corner and enjoy your cocktails with views of Green Street from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

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LUXBAR

$$$$
Comfort Food
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.7
2200 reviews
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, it is a beautiful and welcoming space that locals adore. The menu is fresh and seasonal with simple items like salads, sliders, and sandwiches and they have plenty of amazing cocktails and an extensive whiskey and bourbon selection. The upstairs patio is gorgeous and sprawling and a great place to check out the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Boleo

$$$$
Peruvian
Downtown / Loop
4.1
481 reviews
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 eatery. Diners will find a boisterous, fun environment with DJs spinning salsa music, a dance floor, bottled cocktail service and more. The atmosphere is industrial chic and it feels like an extra cool spot to sit and sip drinks with your friends. The rooftop lounge is one of the coolest in town and you can hang out up here with drinks and cocktails in the lovely warm weather.

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Steak 48 - Chicago

$$$$
Steakhouse
River North (Chicago)
4.7
5833 reviews
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 this establishment is no exception. You can order wet or dry-aged steaks, which show up on a sizzling, 500-degree plate, or an abundance of fresh seafood, like the live crab, lobsters, and oysters as well as wild-caught salmon. The 12,000 square-foot, two-story restaurant is airy and gorgeous and the best part is the 800-square foot patio and bar, where you can spread out and enjoy your meal al fresco.

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Parlor Pizza Bar - West Loop

$$$$
American
West Loop
4.8
1334 reviews
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 seating, as well as a large, beautiful patio where you can dine outside. They serve a full menu of Italian treats but the main specialty here is their delicious pizza pies. Try the al pastor pizza, topped with achiote marinated pork, roasted pineapple, salsa verde, chipotle marinara, queso fresco, and cilantro.

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