ROOF on theWit

3.9
107 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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: 4:00pm - 2:00am, Saturday: 2:00pm - 3:00am
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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 107 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

I was there for a nice date which we were seated outside on the patio in a pretty tight corner with a coffee table (it makes it hard to eat out there as they are all short coffee tables-would reccommend small plates to share). The handmade cocktail menu was fairly limited so I decided to go with a simple mojito and my bf ordered an old fashioned. My mojito was terribly sour, so I reccomend sticking to their specialty drinks because the old fashioned was delicious. Another couple seated in the corner with couches left and we were able to move to their table which had the most incredible views of the city. We then ordered some flatbread with chorizo and pineapple which was pretty good but took a long time to make seeing as there were not many people there at 7pm. We just wanted a quick bite and a drink with a view before dinner elsewhere and that’s what we got.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Not kid friendly - no kids cups, no Shirley Temples, and food was nothing special. Plus, I called several times over the course of one week to speak with someone and no one ever answered the phone. The front desk knows nothing about the restaurant and transfers you to the Roof ... and no one answers (calls placed during restaurant business hours).

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JP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Service was horrible. Slow slow slow and we were there for a show. There were four of us sharing 6 menu items and we had two sets of silverware and two plates. They should hire more waitstaff and teach them how to wait tables. Food was great!

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RR
Miami
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The design and views were great if you were able to sit in the terrace area. Despite the fact I had booked a high top table via OpenTable, our group was relegated to a coffee table in the inside, not even with a view. We waited almost 15 minutes to have our ordes taken. There were scores of empty tables inside by the windows, but they were not seating guests there. Made me question the value of using Open Table in the first place. The service was slow. Incredibly for a happening bar, they did not keep chilled glasses for beer. But server accomodated by having a glass chilled.

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NP
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Gia was friendly and volunteered to click pictures for us with a smile on her face .

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S
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous views. Appetizers were delicious as were the cocktails.

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MR
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch on a Sunday afternoon. The place was nice and cool. Had a high top by the window. Enjoyed three apps and some cold cocktails. Would like to come back in the evening to catch the vibe.

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N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Brutal hostess. Booked a high top and even though they were avail said she wouldn’t seat us because there were other reservations. She was extremely rude and made the experience less than desirable

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SK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here for late afternoon cocktails & food several times. The food is great & innovative with many vegan & vegetarian selections. Fantastic view and great upscale ambiance. It is an outdoor venue with closing glass roof for poor weather I like taking visitors here and they all enjoy it as much as I do. The Monday-Thursday happy hour is a great value!

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DG
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We had some problems with timely service. The manager was great! He quickly saw we were not pleased. He remedied the situation, we were grateful. We will be back!

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

They didn’t tell us there was a private party so the outdoor rooftop was closed off. Basically we ate on the 27th floor of a hotel not a rooftop. Be sure to ask.

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LO
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

I’ve visited this rooftop various times with colleges and I’m disappointed the our service this time could’ve been a lot better. My guest sat down and did not have a drink for over 10 minutes. When we finally asked for our server (mind you, it was not busy at all... she probably had two other tables in that area which is not very big anyway) she seemed inconvenienced by our questions and reluctant to give recommendations. I doubt I’ll ever bring a client back as there are many places in the city with a view and better service.

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IL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time spent together on our anniversary! The ambiance was perfect the food delicious! Perfect evening thanks to the wonderful staff and service received!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was well presented but bland. The drinks were interesting but weak.

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SR
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous setting. Great drinks and service. Food was pretty good.

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f
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible. Waited 30 minutes for first drink once seated. And good luck getting a waitress to come back. They also take your credit card and hold it until you leave which makes us uncomfortable for theft. Would not recommend.

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GH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

This place did not make me and my friends feel welcome at all. The service was slow and they treated us as if we didn’t belong there. I won’t be back and I will be letting all my friend that are brown like me that they obviously don’t want our business. Considering how much I paid for my room at the the Wit I won’t be back there either....... guilty by association.

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DH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Friday night prime time and place was not hopping. Plenty of open tables. Food was just ok.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I requested to have a table outside. When we got there, their patio was closed. We were told it was due to a private event. I did not get notified at all that their patio is closed, even though i had a reservation3 days in advance. Very disappointing.

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KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good but overall was priced a bit high. Fun rooftop atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great rooftop experience! Food was delectable. Drinks were well made.

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VG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The view was nice and the food was very good. The only negative was when we arrived there was only communal seating available.. I did not realize that when I made the reservation. There were some individual tables available but were supposed to be reserved for larger parties only.

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I
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband and I went to ROOF before the theater. I love Chicago for its restaurants and spent a lot of time choosing for our pre-theater dinner. The place was very nice (though we were seated with our backs to the view, while there were open seats facing the view) and the service was great. However, I was disappointed by the food itself. We ordered the buffala mozzarella, prosciutto and one more dish from their tapas menu, the chicken and chorizo paella, and the chocolate cake for dessert. Nothing was great and, in fact, I actually disliked the tapas. The paella and the chocolate cake were pretty good but nothing I would go back for, and certainly not worth the price of the meal. I was disappointed this was my one dinner in Chicago.

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s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Do not order vegetarian Paella and Old Fashion drink.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Food was terrible.

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J
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very patient with our group , heading from the burbs to the city was brutal.

We were there to celebrate a birthday for dinner and ended up staying for the entertainment.

We ordered Venezuelan rice with chicken and chorizo. The small skillet is good enough for 4 ppl. We also had cucumber salad good enough for 2/3 ppl and the potatoes with an incredible sauce serving 2-3 ppl

Drinks were The daiquiri formerly known as prince and the frozen lemonade.

Desert was a blueberry crumb cake good enough for two. It was delicious and good enough for 2. The blueberry sauce mixed with a creamy peanut butter whip on the side was the perfect ending.

We stayed and danced away. The DJs were awesome and entertainment included a Bruno mars impersonator. So much fun.

Our waitress went from 4 stars to 2 by the end of the night we went from her being very attentive ,to then forgetting drinks ,adding things to our bill. But they fixed it right away and had it handled within minutes.

There is a lot of security probably due to the amount of bachelorette parties there. The security was attentive and really did a great job. They handled themselves very professionally.

Cute set up ,photo booth, entertainment,dinner ,dancing ...what more can you ask for. We were lucky to enjoy dinner with the roof top open.

Thank you again ...highly recommended!

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G
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Hostess was a little rude and unprofessional, other staff was very kind and helpful. Good food, great views and nice ambiance.

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KV
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

It was a disappointing experience for our first and last visit. It started when we arrived 30+minutes early for our reservation and asked the hostess if we could have a drink at the bar. She promptly grabbed menus and walked us to our table. When I inquired again, she stated that the bar was full and the table will have to do....except we could see the bar and there were open chairs. Our waitress, Emily, introduced herself and was fairly attentive with drinks and water. We ordered our first share plate and upon delivery, she grabbed the menus and asked if we’d like the check. We had planned on additional shares but took that as our cue to exit, which we did. It was 3 drinks, a beer and a mushroom flatbread (overpowered with lemon) for $70. The city view was nice but downgraded with the service. It’s to bad because it looks like it could be a really neat venue.....

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Came for birthday drinks, they brought us a free birthday dessert. Great atmosphere, beautiful views, would definitely come back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I met with a co-worker to celebrate the end of the week! It was my first time at The Wit Rooftop but heard so many wonderful things about it. It definitely did not disappoint. I will return.

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GE
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It was my birthday but they didn’t do anything special. So I wouldn’t recommend for any special occasion. And our waitress keep starring at me. I didn’t like the feeling I was getting from her. The view was spectacular so probably won’t be going back to soon.

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A meal out on an evening for two. The food was excellent with different flavours. Service was very good.

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CT
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went to ROOF before a concert at the Chicago Theater and the location was perfect! It's ideal for a pre-show bite as it is just steps from the theater. The hostesses were rather cold and made it seem like we were bothering them. We were initially seated inside and it was a bit loud for talking so I asked if we could sit outside at one of the open tables. The hostess wanted me to prove that I had a reservation and made me show her our table before she allowed us to sit outside. Lucky us because it was perfect outside. It was quiet and the view was outstanding. One odd thing about eating at ROOF are the tables. They are all extremely low to the ground. I can't imagine trying to eat one of the main courses while leaning down. We ordered apps to share for our meal and that wasn't bad but I wouldn't order anything that required cutting. Overall, it was a beautiful setting and the food was good. The only issues we had were the unfriendly hostesses and the low tables.

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MM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

we booked this to have rooftop drinks as part of a bachelorette party weekend. unfortunately there was a wedding reception on the outdoor deck which prevented us from being able to sit out there. our seats were fine & the view was still good, but I wished I would have been informed of the other events taking place at that time, especially since we had asked to be seated outdoors. the drinks were good, as was the flight of macarons! the server completely disregarded us though after we didn’t order a second round of drinks.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

This is not a “day time” hang out place. There’s zero outdoor seating even if you book months in advance like I did. Why I had a reservation and called twice is ask was a waste of time. The place inside is beat up. Have you ever been to a club till it closes and they turn on the lights to kick everyone out? Imagine that. Not a fun place to bring someone during the day for a cocktail and a view of the city.

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P
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Server never refilled our waters. Food was creative but flavors clashed and were overpowering on mushroom flatbread. Only had one of the 8 pieces of the flatbread and server never inquired about whether or not we liked it. The view and bottle of champange were the two saving graces. I recommend drinks and the potato starter.

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SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. And drinks that I’ve always described before as good value for the money give the healthy pours tasted watered down. Last time I’ll frequent this bar.

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R
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great view / food was excellent

Best for a few people sharing small plates and cocktails. We did this pre-theatre and it worked out fantastic, but I would recommend letting your server know what time you need to leave, as they begin to get busy and you won't want to rush.

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MM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The view was very pretty. They need to be clearer on the description of the ROOF outside portion in the description. The outside portion is communal seating and small; the inside, where ur table is reserved is not outside - there are floor to ceiling windows along three walls and the views are decent. The frustrating part was when we were seated - after the waitress brought us our drinks we decided to step outside so we asked the waitress if that was okay to leave our table (open menus and open napkins) she said yes; however, 5 minutes later the maitre de informed us that the hostess gave away our table and we had to sit somewhere else. I asked why the waitress allowed that and she said she didn't see it happen. (Open floor plan with 6 tables and a center couch - VERY easy to see that different people were sitting in our spot)
The food was very good but we were only able to get 3 of the 4 dishes as they were out of a menu item. Disappointing when you label yourself as a high-end restaurant.
We won't be going back nor will we be recommending the ROOF to friends - we will be sharing this story though.
Regards,
Melissa

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B
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
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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