5 Hotspots for Happy Hour in the West Loop

Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood is an increasingly popular place to live, work — and play.

In the West Loop (and beyond), Chicago restaurants and bars are reviving happy hour specials, since its citywide ban was lifted in 2015. Thankfully for us, there are a variety of specials to enjoy, from beer and wine, to craft cocktails and small bites. Pick your poison.


Try these 5 spots for happy hour in the West Loop:



Newer to the scene, Honey’s offers a spectacular environment for happy hour, Monday through Friday (5-7:00p) featuring cocktails, wine, beer and apps at the Atrium Bar. (Honey’s, 1111 W. Lake Street)


Visit Nellcôte for a wood-oven gourmet pizza and a Modelo pairing for only $10, every Monday through Friday. (Nellcôte, 833 W. Randolph Street)

RM Champagne

Perhaps the prettiest alleyway in Chicago, find the patio at RM Champagne for $1 oysters on Tuesdays. (RM Champagne Salon, 116 N. Green Street)

Cold Storage

Located inside the buzzworthy West Loop restaurant, Swift & Sons, Cold Storage offers $3 draft beer and fresh seafood specials every Monday through Friday, 3-6:00pm. (Cold Storage, 1000 W. Fulton Market)

The Betty

Head to The Betty for happy hour Tuesday through Saturday (4-6:30pm) for specials on beer, wine and bites — and stay for the ambiance and culinary menu. (The Betty, 839 W. Fulton Market)




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10 New Spots for Patio Season in Chicago

Summers in Chicago may be short, but the city’s patio scene is vibrant. From high rise rooftops to neighborhood patios, Chicago is home to a variety of cool outdoor spots to enjoy. We’ve rounded up 10 new outdoor places to visit, when you’re in the mood to take your food, drinks and revelry al fresco.


Here’s a look at new outdoor patios in Chicago for 2017…



Chic, upscale spot offering Japanese fare and cocktails atop the Conrad Hilton hotel with sweeping city views. (Noyane, 101 E. Erie Street)

Little Toasted

The space spans 3,000 square feet and it’s the same minimalist aesthetic used at parent restaurant, Slightly Toasted. There’s also an outdoor patio overlooking the river with seating for 250. (Little Toasted, 300 S. Riverside Plaza)


Cindy’s has been a hotspot for the past few years and recently unveiled the addition of a new outdoor terrace bar, where guests can enjoy a selection of rosés, rotating large format cocktails, and boozy popsicles. (Cindy’s, 12 S. Michigan Ave)


Located in The Loop, Boleo is a chic South American-inspired rooftop restaurant and cocktail lounge with a retractable roof. Guests can also enjoy Latin music every Wednesday through Saturday. (Boleo, 122 W. Monroe)

Cabana Club

Casual and hip hangout in Wicker Park. Here you’ll find an 180-degree view of the skyline, Mexican-inspired fare, and a full bar. (Cabana Club, 2018 W. North Ave)


LondonHouse offers some of the most spectacular views of Chicago. Overlooking the Chicago River and city skyline, visiting the LH Rooftop is a one-of-a-kind experience. (LondonHouse, 85 E. Wacker Drive)


Bask in the sun at this Hawaiian-themed restaurant and rooftop in Wicker Park. Come for weekend brunch or weekday happy hour, featuring summery cocktails like margaritas and Mai Tais. (Mahalo, 1501 N. Milwaukee Ave)


24 floors above The Hyatt Centric, AIRE offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Enjoy craft cocktails, wine, beer and small bites at this rooftop in Chicago’s Loop. (AIRE, 100 W. Monroe St.)

Broken English

If you dig Mexican food and a more casual environment, head to Broken English. The new patio in Lincoln Park serves killer tacos and margaritas, plus it’s pet friendly. (Broken English, 2576-2580 N. Lincoln Ave)


Set atop the Dana Hotel, the newly re-designed rooftop serves up creative cocktails, city views, couches and fire pits, plus rotating DJs. (Apogee, 2 W. Eerie St.)


Which spot do you want to visit most? Tell us your favorite Chicago rooftop or patio below!





Get Ready for Spring: Top 10 Rooftop Bars in Chicago

Who doesn’t love sipping on a colorful cocktail or nursing a beer while taking in endless views of the Second City itself? Culture Trip put together a list of the absolute best rooftop bars around the city just in time for spring! Don’t worry, we promise the warmer weather is on its way!

The J. Parker

Nestled in Lincoln Park, the J Parker rooftop will have you gazing at the Lincoln Park Zoo, the city skyline, panoramic views of the lake, and maybe even the attractive people sitting on this patio. There’s no doubt that their drinks like ‘Let’s Get Lost’ or the ‘Rebel Rebel’ are always deserving of five stars, and their small bites are a perfect companion.

The J. Parker, 1816 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 254 4747

Joy District

New to the River North rooftop scene, Joy District has a cool and eclectic decor. The overhead lighting, the beautiful paintings, the massive windows, the fun words lit up on the walls all combine for a mesmerizing experience. And the mouthwatering drinks and appetizers add to the draw. The cucumber coolers are top-notch. Unlike most places on Hubbard Street, this bar, club, and rooftop has an open door policy for all ages.

Joy District, 12 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 955 0339

Cerise at the Virgin Hotel

As if the Virgin Hotel wasn’t swanky enough, its rooftop bar, Cerise will inspire you to take your happy hour to the next level. Functioning as a rooftop bar and a nightclub with craft cocktails, this hot spot is in the heart of the Loop. With an elegant ambience, this place is always packed and the homemade honey whiskey is worth every penny.

Virgin Hotel, 203 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 940 4400

Vertigo Sky Lounge

This bar is notorious for staying open all year long. With a beautiful rooftop, and a fire pit, there’s nothing to complain about. Whether it’s a chilly summer night or a below freezing winter night the Vertigo Sky Lounge has you covered. Additionally, in the winter, there’s an ice bar set up in this chic winter wonderland.

Veritgo Sky Lounge, 2 W Erie St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 202 6060

Cindy’s Rooftop Bar

With the best aerial view of the Cloud Gate, Cindy’s rooftop has eye catching decor making even the small details gorgeous. From the cocktail glasses to the eclectic lighting, this is an Instagram-savvy experience. Favorite menu items include the meatballs, burrata, and scallops a la plancha. Some of the feature cocktails include the ‘Grey Garden’ and ‘We’ll Always Have Paris.’ There is also a fire pit here for the colder months.

Cindy’s, 12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 792 3502


Drumbar perfectly fits into the chic and trendy Streeterville neighborhood, and is an ideal spot to enjoy the beautiful patio atmosphere. If you’re strolling down the Mag Mile, this is the best place for a happy hour cocktail. The two cocktail favorites include the ‘Walk A Tight Rope’ and the ‘Hog Wild.’ These whiskey based drinks attract most people to keep coming back for more. Note that the happy hour specials run from Monday to Saturday.

Drumbar, 201 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 933 4805


Fremont is top-notch for brunch and Thursday happy hours. The weekend brunch buffet includes everything from a waffle station, to a seafood tower, a dessert table, carving station, charcuterie, salads, and more. Even better, there’s a phenomenal Bloody Mary bar with a plethora of fixings, and bottomless mimosas. Thursday happy hours include all-you-can-eat oysters and all you can drink Rose.

Fremont, 15 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 874 7270


GreenRiver is stocked with refreshing beverage options for any and every mood. If you’re seeking a more tropical option for your visit on the warm and sunny terrace, then say no more, the passion fruit meets lemon drink known as the ‘Haley’s Comet’ is the choice for you. This rooftop offers light and tasty bites as well. We recommend the pea and avocado toast or the goat cheese salad. Note that this restaurant also takes reservations.

GreenRiver, 259 E Erie St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 337 0101

I|O Godfrey

I|O Godfrey is not as high up as some of the other rooftops in the city, but it’s a swanky spot to hang with your friends where you can still feel the pulse of the city. This rooftop is open year round, and we recommend ordering the lobster Benedict, vegetable spring rolls or the charcoal grilled octopus.

I|O Godfrey, 127 W Huron St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 374 1830

ROOF on theWit

The best time to visit the Roof is the summer when it buzzes with DJs and special guests. With a massive video projection screen and a popping dance floor, this will be a night to remember. Additionally, there are top-notch views of the Cloud Gate and the Chicago River.

The Wit, 201 N State St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 239 9502