By Kit Graham
This LondonHouse hotel rooftop right in the Chicago loop has amazing city views and a large cocktail list. You feel like you are right in the center of the city as you look down at the Chicago River and take in the view of the skyline around you. Reservations are recommended, since the terrace does tend to be busy. 85 E. Wacker Dr. LondonHouseChicago.com/rooftop
Located on the 18th floor of the new Viceroy Hotel, Devereaux is part of the esteemed Boka Restaurant Group. Take in views of the Gold Coast while sipping cocktails beside the small pool. 1112 N. State. DevereauxChicago.com
This whiskey bar on the rooftop of the Raffaello Hotel in the Gold Coast has views of Lake Michigan and the Hancock building. The space is chic and sophisticated with a speakeasy vibe, and the cocktails are some of the best in the city. 201 E. Delaware. Drumbar.com
This cocktail spot atop the Hotel Lincoln has unique views of the skyline, Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan. It’s known for being a lively spot for a drink during the day or at night, especially with a retractable roof. 1816 N. Clark. JParkerChicago.com
This rooftop restaurant and open-air terrace on top of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel on Michigan Avenue is the best place to view the fireworks that are set off each Wednesday and Saturday night all summer long. 12 S. Michigan. CindysRooftop.com
Kit Graham is the author of TheKittchen.com, a food and travel blog where she shares original recipes and travel adventures.