Best of Chicago: Dining and Drinking With a View

What is it about the view of skyscrapers ghastly looming over us or the sight overlooking the city streets as high as the clouds? When you put it in words, it actually seems more daunting if anything. Maybe it is the rareness, when bearing comparison to other cities, that cultivates intimacy and adventurous behaviors, marking it a special occasion. By any means, these images are pretty, pretty, pretty sweet.

Here are our favorite dine & drink establishments with a view:

High-point Dining

Signature Room at the 95th – At a great distance aloft, high above the John Hancock Center the Signature Room provides a cozy atmosphere with its 360 degree views of Chicago’s reputable skyline. Ninety-five stories high, it is a remarkable glimpse during the day for lunch and brunch on the weekends, and also as the sun settles for sleep. Fancy upon the incomparable food items on display and a glass of one of their hundreds of fine wines to choose from. Of course, to skip the meal and head to the cocktail lounge, you can always step-up to the 96th floor at the Signature Lounge, who are artists of preparing signature cocktails and premium Martinis. The Signature Room truly is a “restaurant everyone looks up to.”

Intimate Elegancy

Cite Chicago – Perched atop the Lake Point Tower 70th floor, Cite is a fine dinning upscale restaurant and sky lounge boasting award-winning seafood and steak. Withal, exhibiting superlative views of Chicago’s imposing sky and earth line, it comes natural to allege Cite as a premiere location for commencing passionate occasions.

Rooftop Dancing

ROOF on the Wit – Positioned 27 stories high, and conveniently open all year round, The ROOF on the Wit is a prime-time attraction for partying in the sky. Impressive during the daytime relaxation period and imperial after sundown, the ROOF offers live DJ’s throughout the entire night to dance the night away.

Outdoor Oasis

Terrace at Trump – Taking a gander along Michigan Ave, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, at the Trump visitors are marveled by the views of Chicago’s prestigious historical features. Inaugurated by Summer’s welcoming as ever, wander to the Terrace for a spectacular dine and drink experience with an exquisite menu to go along with an array of handcrafted cocktails.

River Viewing

Bridge House TavernThe Chicago River is one of the most celebrated water pathways in the country. It swoops and swirls around Chicago’s distinguished buildings and memorable streets, drawing large influxes of locals and guests. Sitting on the river is the Bridge House Tavern, an iconic bar and grill with two large established outdoor terraces. Ideal for that perfect day from Spring and Summer’s gestures, the BHT is a reasonably priced establishment with traditional and modern flairs to go with that cool and refreshing drink.

On the Outside Looking In

The J. Parker – While the list above illustrates extraordinary panoramic views of Chicago’s legendary Downtown areas, positioned in the heart of Lincoln Park rests a tranquil rooftop lounge with a focus on craft cocktails, small plates and magnificent views along the lakefront of Chicago’s North Side. With the sights of Lake Michigan, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and greenery sites, it’s a prefect location to unwind and dine.

Definitely worthy of adding to your barHappy wishlist, see the list of establishments with “Great Views” and tell us your favorite!


– barHappy Team

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