ROOF on theWit

3.9
67 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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  • Casual
ROOF on theWit has earned international praise for its expressive design, sweeping skyline views, unique
hand-crafted cocktails and imaginative menus drawing inspiration from Moorish Spain. ROOF on theWit is a unique
experience set 27 stories above the city. Sip on specialty cocktails as you snack on chicken and chorizo paella,
grilled beef kebabs, roasted brussels sprouts and crispy flatbreads from our wood-burning oven. Have a
sweet tooth craving? Enjoy delectable salted chocolate chip madeleines, crema catalana, ice cream sandwiches and
seasonal macarons from our award-winning pastry chef.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Daily hours: Monday - Friday: 2:00pm - 2:00am, Saturday: 2:00pm - 3:00am, Sunday: 2pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(312) 239-9502
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Nathan Sears
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Private party facilities
ROOF has 7,000 square feet of beautiful and modern space including floor to ceiling windows with fantastic views of the city and lake. The outdoor area has views of Millennium Park, Marina Towers, and the Lake and is suspended 27 floors above the city.
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Catering
​Celebrating the lifestyle and dynamic cuisine of the Western Mediterranean through food and culture,
Executive Chef Nathan Sears’ imaginative menu draws inspiration from Moorish Spain and surrounding
spice-bearing regions. The menu embraces classic Mediterranean dishes including slow cooked lamb
with roasted garlic tahini, grilled beef kebabs with pomegranate marinade and a robust flavor profile
incorporating cinnamon, cardamom, sumac and black pepper.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lake St.
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Parking details
Valet parking is offered through theWit Hotel.
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Public transit
​State and Lake – Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red

Clark and Lake – Blue
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Entertainment
Presenting an array of entertainment from live acoustic music to world renowned DJs,
ROOF on theWit is a unique experience set 27 stories above the city.
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Special events & promotions
If you are interested in hosting a private event on ROOF at theWit Hotel, please contact our Catering Team at 312.239.9517 or catering@thewithotel.com for details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 67 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
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3.7
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4.1
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3.3
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
26 reviews
3.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Hostess was very VERY snooty.
Couldn’t even get our Open Table reservation acknowledged even though I talked her through it. She was NOT even busy. No one in line behind us. Have us a horrible choice of two bad tables. She acted like she could have carried less that we were paying customers.
Conversely our server was LOVELY! She was trying a new server and they were both delightful!

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PL
Dallas
7 reviews
1.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Arrived and was seated. Waited 20 minutes and other than a hostess bringing water the waitresses ignored us. They walked by and avoid eye contact and bickered in the corner

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OT
Chicago
1 review
1.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible experience. They had two big parties or some corporate events and just 2-3 tables for others. They should have never even had those available in open table for reservations!!!!!! So loud you could barely hear each other. The view is not that great either. Never going back!

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W
Las Vegas
11 reviews
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The roof portion was closed for a special event- so we can’t speak to that. The rest of the bar was pretty packed, consequently- but in a pleasant, well-managed way. Service was attentive and finger-food was surprisingly excellent. I’d def go back when in the neighborhood again!

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MN
Chicago
6 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service and wonderful food and drink specials.
Care was taken in the presentation of each small plate brought to our table.

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RJ
Cleveland
3 reviews
3.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The view from ROOF was a bit disappointing, and limited. Service was fine, but the prices for food and drinks were high. The food was not memorable.

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KA
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice experience at the restaurant . Good service and good food. Drinks are pricey

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AK
1 review
2.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Really great atmosphere and scenic views. Waited 45 minutes for first drink so didn’t stay for second or for food. Menu did look good though. Interested in checking out again in the future. Not sure why poor service...due to being young or not a frequent flyer?

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AM
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful setting for cocktails and conversation

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OT
1 review
1.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Bad service, bad drinks, over priced. Great view and music but not enough to go back.

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AF
Chicago
1 review
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The rooftop is lovely and we had a great meal. The noise level was a little high but I think there were more people there to see fireworks (we were there on the 4th of July) than to have dinner. Overall it was nice and I would go again.

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N
New York Area
47 reviews
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

First time to The Roof. Very impressive layout, especially the retractable roof for inclement weather. Food was good, and with unique offerings.

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EM
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I absolutely loved ROOF on the Wit. My girlfriend and I went there as an anniversary dinner. We showed up a little early so we started with grabbing a drink at the bar. Seemed like a lot of business meetings were around, in the bar area with a few dates and two family gatherings as we sat there. They were setting up for their Monday dine in movie to watch Ferris Beuller I believe which looked like a very fun activity and I will surely try and check that out.
It was a little bit loud with the music, but not too loud to have a close conversation. My girlfriend and I were still easily able to get lost in conversation waiting on our table. It is a good thing that we did though because we did have to wait quite a while to get seats outside for, because the movie was going on, there wasn’t much available seating outside at the time, just be wary of other events that could be going on at the same time, other than that, I honestly can’t wait to go back! The food was incredible and the service, very welcoming. I would love to stay for a movie as well as check out the bar scene as well.

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C
1 review
3.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The really should invest ina few fans to help circulate the air during hot days.

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TC
1 review
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to go before a show. Diverse group. Food was very good, interesting dishes and simple. Drinks and service was quite good. The space is fun.

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JS
Milwaukee
1 review
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful Saturday night in Chicago and ROOF on the Wit was a great place to be in order to enjoy it!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
2.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The menu that was posted on OpenTable is not the same menu we were presented with upon being seated. The menu we received had 5 items.
Reviews were accurate that drink pours weak and the noise level high. Very difficult to talk across the table. Our reservations were at 7 pm.

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SP
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, we were full with just a few small plates. DJ playing music so it's a bit loud for kids. Casual wear is fine. View is amazing and even though they have the windows open it was not hot they have the A/C running so you are very comfortable. Great place to have a date partner and family.

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TI
1 review
1.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I HATED IT AND THEY'RE OVER PRICED. I'LL NEVER GO BACK AND I DEFINITELY WOULDN'T RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYONE

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OT
Chicago
1 review
1.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Probably the worst food I have had in Chicago and I live here for 3 years now. Never going back

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m
Chicago
1 review
3.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Just not what I expected. Food was over cooked.

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JO
Chicago
21 reviews
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! The view is beautiful and the service was excellent!

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OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
2.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Expensive drinks...disappointed rooftop wasn’t open even though waitress said top would be opening soon. Won’t be back.

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CL
Naples
1 review
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a college graduation and the atmosphere on the Roof was fabulous!

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TT
St. Louis
13 reviews
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, just awesome

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GS
1 review
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome live music and ambiance, even on a chillier night, it was very pleasant due to the cover they keep not sure if they take that off ever. The food was amazing. The Mushroom Coca flatbread was one of the most memorable, tastiest flavorful foods I've had in my life, and my table agreed! Must try it. The live music was outstanding, there was a gal and a guy, they were so upbeat and had amazing voices, and sang to very energetic beats to set the mood. Service was on point. My business guests from out of town were very happy and impressed. All of us had a great time.

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s
Chicago
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food service 5ambience 5

I was very happy with the whole setup and ambience. it was absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to go back. the drinks were delicious!

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VB
Chicago
4 reviews
4.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great view of the lake and city. Very loud, couldn't hold much of conversation. Eclectic group of patrons. Staff is top notch

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OT
Chicago
30 reviews
1.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The ROOF is spectacular space with breathtaking views;definitely impressive. Unfortunately, the overall quality is poor. The service is run by a bunch of nice kids that are learning and working hard but just don’t have the refinement.
The most unfortunate aspect is the fact that I couldn’t find anything worth drinking-crappy corporate drink package without personality or taste.
Did I mention that it heralds itself as a Spanish Tapas styled place? Not a single Spanish wine could be found on their menu of 6 domestic wines. I suppose it’s a place purely for champagne???
The food is highly disappointing and a waste of money since there are so many great food options up the street.
I would avoid eating and drinking there but might stop up to show the views to a visitor.

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BK
1 review
1.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

This is not a restaurant. This is a tapas/desert/cocktail bar that also apparently does not serve coffee. Had a reservation, was seated in a timely manner. Took 40 minutes for a server to even come to the table, so we were just going to the bar, getting our own drinks. The menu first given, was not correct, so we had to review again and found it to be lacking. I mean, 3 large dinner plates only, and so limited in actual desire of any of them. This place is a trendy pub club, and not a dining establishment. The cocktails were inconsistently made, with each bar tender doing it "their own way", of which with a mixed drink, is obvious. Don't waste your time or your money if you are looking to share a meal with friends. This is a place to stop by after work for drink with co workers/date/friends before you head out for a real meal. Also, they have a handicap stall, not labeled, so it was a Prima Donna water closet, even if you can clearly see someone in need of that room waiting patiently for the line for that one, single stall. I will say the GM tried to make things kosher, but after the Security detail followed us up because we requested coffee and were told they did not serve coffee, so we went and got our own (I mean, it is a cocktail bar, where people will want to have options after booze or even if they don't drink) was just pretty much the end of anything happy I could say about this spot. You can do better rooftops, with better food options, service, and ambience in this city that I hope they take a look to upgrade. Sadly disappointed. Again, the GM was a good guy, and one bar tender top shelf, but the rest of it was the pits.

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R
New York Area
14 reviews
3.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Long waits for service for both drinks and food. Not sure what the hype is about this place.

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LT
San Francisco
2 reviews
3.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 3

We were waiting for our server for a long time. After 15-20 min I had to ask a waitress for our server instead of looking for someone else she took our order. The cocktails were pricey and not good. I only recommend shots or rum&coke. The chicken&chorizo paella was disgusting. The paella had so many pieces of chicken skin and cartilage not worth $40. The ambience was good. The waitress was nice. The music was good.

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LD
Toronto
2 reviews
3.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Not overly impressed. View was nice but not spectacular. Disappointed by limited menu for weekend but food we did get was very good. Restaurant was very noisy and poor rude service on the outside deck ruined the evening so didn’t stay for after dinner drinking. Also no wifi.

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BR
Chicago
1 review
3.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

majority of roof top does not have outdoor seeting and very limited view - much better roodtop bars in Chicago.

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A
Chicago
1 review
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful view but the menu could of had a better selection.

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ED
Atlanta
2 reviews
4.0Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful night to sit outside

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E
Chicago
21 reviews
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The reviews did make it sound like you just have to visit theWit ROOF for an amazing experience and for us it was average, nothing over the top. The cocktails were expensive and there are better places to hang out.

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CJ
Des Moines
7 reviews
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The weather was iffy so the roof was closed, but there was still a great view. We had the meat and cheese appetizer and it was very good. The cocktails were all delicious as well. It was early, so an after work vibe. The beats were good too.

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OT
1 review
1.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I stayed at theWit and was excited to learn of the “top 3 rooftop bar in the world”, Roof, and made reservations for an evening dinner date with my wife. We read the stern dress code enforcement rules on their website and dressed appropriately, only to arrive and note the “jeans and T-shirt” look listed as forbidden online, was rampant in the restaurant. On what appeared to be a fairly slow day, it took a nearly 20 minutes to be noticed by the waitstaff after being seated. Even worse, the wrong appetizer was ordered by our aloof waitress and the correct one came out after the meal was finished, with no offer to try and correct the situation by not charging us for it, even though the meal was over. The menu was very limited in general and overpriced. I would not recommend this place for general dining. Maybe the night life scene is why it is so highly rated, but the dinner was a major letdown.

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DM
1 review
5.0Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Christine, our server, went above and beyond. The view is unmatchable. The food is a fancy, which is a good and bad thing. I like fancy food when the point of the outing is to talk and socialize. If you are starving and just want to eat, this may not be the place.

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