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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
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Taxim

$$$$·Greek·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
668 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Authentic
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
93% recommended

Gibsons Italia

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
1,126 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
95% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago / Illinois
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Pelago

$$$$·Italian·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,550 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
83% recommended

Portsmith

$$$$·Seafood·
River North (Chicago)
311 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
87% recommended

Somerset

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,326 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
94% recommended

Aba

$$$$·Mediterranean·
West Loop
1,031 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Chicago / Illinois
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City Mouse

$$$$·American·
West Loop
201 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
93% recommended
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Homestead on the Roof

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Ukrainian Village
607 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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
93% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Chicago / Illinois
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NoMI

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
3,033 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • 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
85% recommended

Bernie's Chicago

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
536 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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
87% recommended

The Kennison

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lincoln Park
354 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
85% recommended

Tanta

$$$$·Peruvian·
River North (Chicago)
2,778 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
94% recommended

The Allis

$$$$·American·
West Loop
879 reviews
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Afternoon Coffee
  • Good for a Date
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

LUXBAR

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
1,641 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
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
89% recommended

Chop Shop

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
270 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Bar Seating
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
86% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Chicago

Boleo

$$$$·Peruvian·
Downtown / Loop
279 reviews
  • Fun
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Happy Hour
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
84% recommended
Hot Spot in Chicago
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Baptiste & Bottle

$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Chicago)
526 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
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
91% recommended
Scenic View in Chicago

Steak 48 - Chicago

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
2,918 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
94% recommended
Steakhouse in Chicago / Illinois

Parlor Pizza Bar - West Loop

$$$$·American·
West Loop
654 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
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
88% recommended
American in Chicago

Upstairs at The Gwen

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
173 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
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