So there are so many great roof top bars to check out in our great city and I know I have only been to a fraction of them.   I would love to hear any suggestions you guys have – but here are my top five favorite Chicago roof top bars …

  1. Cindy’s  – When friends ask me where to take cocktail-loving out-of-towners, one spot always leads the pack: Cindy’s. The rooftop restaurant and bar at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel offers unparalleled views of the city, with an expansive look at Millennium Park and the Lake.  Seriously the drinks are amazing.  Craft cocktails at their finest!
  2. Raised – A rooftop bar on the third floor of a Renaissance hotel? It doesn’t sound very exciting, but you shouldn’t underestimate Raised, a stunning oasis perched above Wacker Drive in the Loop. The garden-themed bar offers unique views of the Chicago River and the surrounding skyline, with clear shots of the Wrigley Building, Marina City and the Michigan Avenue Bridge. If you can, grab a seat at the curved railing along the perimeter of the building and order a round of botanical-themed cocktails. So much fun.
  3. Waydown – Perched atop Ace Hotel in the West Loop, Waydown is a funky-cool joint that regularly hosts bumping sets from Chicago DJs. (You know … real DJ’s not the lame radio variety!)  Grab a seat on one of the cozy couches on the covered outdoor deck, and when your server comes by, copy my order and ask for a fizzy amaro and rootbeer. (Sounds weird but weirdly good!)
  4. Apogee -Sip otherworldly cocktails in a truly swanky place at this lounge situated atop Dana hotel and spa in River North. The drinks here are served with a side of whimsy and include colorful garnishes like cotton candy toppers, plastic butterflies and beautiful flowers. Choose your own or share a large-format sipper with a friend. If you can, request a couch by the modern fireplaces so that you can last long into the evening if things get chilly.
  5.  LH Rooftop – In a city full of amazing views, everyone wants to be on top. But this tri-level venue is the tippy top of all rooftop bars. Located on the 21st floor of LondonHouse Chicago, LH Rooftop affords guests stunning vistas of the architecture along the Chicago River and Michigan Avenue. The only downsides: You’ll have to arrive early if you want to find a seat, and the drinks aren’t cheap – but worth at least one visit.

Okay so that is my top five … now hop over to Facebook and tell me yours.