Daylight Savings happened, the temps continue to drop, and the Bears are still bad. It’s late Fall in Chicago. While the days get shorter, it doesn’t quite mean that we’re ready to give up our weekend social life, because we’re well aware that’ll probably come early January. Even though we’ve (thankfully) moved past the pandemic, some key things we’ve implemented as staples in the city’s bustling nightlife: everyone loves a good heated patio or warm rooftop for the sake of staying social. We’re from Chicago, after all, and we’re ready to brave any and all of the elements to warm up with cold drinks and a great atmosphere.
127 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654
Perched on the fourth floor of the The Godfrey Hotel, the IO is the perfect place to stay warm while sipping on your favorite drinks. Since COVID, the IO has offered personal igloos for you and your friends to enjoy the winter weather with some shelter from the cold. The staff is incredibly friendly, the vibes are immaculate, and the IO remains to be one of the best bars in the city.
Upstairs at the Gwen
521 N Rush St 5th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
The Mag Mile is one of the most breathtaking spots in the city and this next rooftop is right in the center of all the action. The Gwen Hotel embodies the best of Chicago history, taking influence from the glamorous and illustrious past. On top of the Gwen you’ll find their Upstairs bar packed with delicious craft cocktails, cozy fire pits, and everyone’s favorite Olympic Winter Sport – curling!
12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
A staple in the city, Cindy’s Rooftop is the place to be no matter what time of the year it is. Cindy’s is well-known for the beautiful views of Millenium park, and you don’t have to miss that view when the weather starts to turn. This fall and winter, head to Cindy’s for a colorful cocktail or your favorite glass of cab knowing you’ll be nice and toasty atop the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.
112 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
In the heart of the Loop, Joy District stands as one of the most popular spots for a night out with friends. With multiple levels, Joy District can literally take your night to the next level. On the roof, Joy District has set up Winter Wonderland experiences for guests to enjoy the best of the seasons without sacrificing personal comfort (and body heat). No matter what time of the year, Joy District’s party atmosphere never cools off.
1551 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Wicker Park is a more low-key area of the city, but it certainly isn’t lacking in spectacular views. The best place to take in Chicago’s twinkling skyline? The Kennedy Rooftop at the Hyatt Place. From shareable plates to delectable desserts, the Kennedy has everything you need for a perfect date night or night out with your best friends.
1816 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Nestled on top of the Hotel Lincoln is the J Parker. With a retractable roof, you don’t have to lose out on some lofty fun this winter. With no reservations, make sure that you get to the J Parker early enough to secure a cozy corner with an immaculate view. Nights out this winter are perfectly paired with the J Parker’s ambience and beautiful views.
230 N Michigan Ave 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601
Chateau Carbide is one of the most elegant rooftops in the city. Sitting atop the Pendry Hotel, Chateau Carbide takes inspiration from the French countryside to ensure guests get crisp drinks, a beautiful atmosphere, and a Winter Garden complete with private lodges, plush blankets, and seating for you and 5 of your closest friends. Indulge on some seasonal small plates and wintery drinks, you’re sure to feel glamorous doing it.
Featured Image: The Kennedy