Chicago's Newest - and Hottest - Rooftop Lounges

Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and what better way to view its loveliness than from a rooftop lounge? With cocktail in hand the city looks even better from an elevated vantage point. This season there are even more places to soak in some sun while relishing in the view. Here are the newest Chicago rooftop lounges. While the views are all different, they're all in downtown Chicago. (Rooftop lounge-hopping, anyone?) pictured: AIRE at Hyatt Centric

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Hyatt Centric Aire Rooftop - Fire Pit

With locally sourced fare and an extensive craft cocktail and wine list, this oasis atop the new Hyatt Centric hotel is bound to be an after-work favorite this summer. 

Aire - Rooftop Lounge at Hyatt Centric
100 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL 60603
With a lengthy list of craft cocktails and wines, AIRE is the place to be for an exciting night out.

Fremont Chicago

Fremont Boozy Brunch

A retractable roof means you can party al fresco into the late night hours at this River North restaurant / nightclub. Whether you're looking for bottle service or a boozy brunch they've got you covered - or not, depending on the weather. Stop in on Thursdays for $20 all-you-can-eat oysters and you'll be seeing the world through rosé colored glasses.

Fremont Chicago
15 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
Fremont, located in the heart of River North, will take you from an eclectic dining experience into elevated nightlife.


GreenRiver Terrace

Although it technically opened last year it was late enough in the season that we think it still counts as new. One of the few rooftops situated east of Michigan Avenue, it offers unparalleled views. With Julia Momose (formerly of Aviary) at the cocktail helm GreenRiver also offers some of the best drinks anywhere.

GreenRiver Chicago
259 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611
GreenRiver is a bar and restaurant celebrating legendary Irish-American individuals who helped transform the city following the Great Fire of 1871.

Joy District

Joy District Deviled Eggs

More than just a place for a frozen cocktail or a throw-back beverage, Joy District will also offer Chef Matt Wilde's twist on classic dishes. Think Fried Amish Chicken lollipops, phyllo-wrapped tiger shrimp, and deviled eggs with caviar. 

Joy District
112 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Promoting excellent food, unique cocktails, and the conviviality of life itself.



When it comes to rooftops the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, has "Raised" the bar with this new third floor lounge. A Spanish-inspired menu features stuffed peppadew peppers and chilled shrimp with caper berries which you can enoy sitting by the fire pits or overlooking the Chicago River.

1 W Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
Raised welcomes locals and guests to enjoy the indoor/outdoor bar, open roof deck and private outdoor areas overlooking the scenic downtown Chicago River view.