Places

6 Chicago rooftops open all Winter long

Bundle up, Chicago. Our city is about to enter its 4th (and harshest) season: Winter.

Nonetheless, Chicagoans are tough and always down for a good time. Even during the chilliest months of the year, the show goes on — with restaurants, bars, and events buzzing around town. Believe it or not, there are a variety of outdoor rooftops that cater to Chicago’s winter. Scroll below for our favorite rooftops (and patios) you should visit this season.

 

See the best rooftops and patios for a Chicago winter…

 

I|O Godfrey

I|O Godfrey  (127 W. Huron Street)

The rooftop at I|O Godfrey transforms into a winter wonderland during Chicago’s coldest months.

 

The Peninsula

The Peninsula  (108 E. Superior Street)

Grab a pair of skates and hit the ice rink at the luxury hotel, called The Peninsula Sky Rink.

 

Drumbar

Drumbar  (201 E. Delaware Place)

Sip a craft cocktail in Drumbar’s swanky digs, complete with city views and outdoor fireplaces.

 

J. Parker

J. Parker  (1816 N. Clark Street)

Sit atop the J.Parker, overlooking Lincoln Park and ZooLights — inside warm and cozy confines.

 

Dark Horse

Dark Horse  (3443 N. Sheffield Avenue)

Step inside this inviting neighborhood bar, complete with a beer patio, open year-round.

 

The Gwen

The Gwen  (521 N. Rush Street)

New for 2017, The Gwen Hotel recently unveiled a rooftop curling rink and seasonal cocktails.

 

 

Which wintery spot looks best to you?

 

 

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Bars, Restaurants

9 Coziest Places to Eat & Drink in Chicago

Winter weather is here… and for Chicagoans, that means braving the cold — while still enjoying what our city has to offer. Worry not, the chilly temperatures and snowfall don’t dampen the spirits of Chicagoans. There are plenty of places to cozy up, with a cocktail of choice or hearty meal. Our team at Preview Chicago compiled a list of our favorite spots that always feel welcoming, warm, and full of ambiance.

 

Bookmark this list of Chicago’s coziest bars and restaurants…

 

Gilt Bar

230 W. Kinzie Street  •  Gilt Bar

 

Bavette’s

218 W. Kinzie Street  •  Bavette’s

 

Maude’s

840 W. Randolph Street  •  Maude’s Liquor Bar

 

RL Restaurant

115 E. Chicago Avenue  •   RL Restaurant

 

RM Champagne

116 N. Green Street  •  RM Champagne

 

BLVD

817 W. Lake Street  •  BLVD

 

Celeste

111 W. Hubbard Street  •  Celeste

 

Drawing Room

12 S. Michigan Avenue  •  The Drawing Room

 

The Library

1301 N. State Pkwy  •  The Library

 

Tell us your favorite cozy winter spot in Chicago!

 

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Life

10 Ways to Celebrate Fall in Chicago

Fall is officially here — and so are the seasonal activities, like apple picking, cider sipping, and sight seeing.  Looking for fall activities locally in Chicago?  We’ve got a round-up of things to do, see and enjoy this autumn season — many free of cost.

 

Check out these 10 ways to celebrate fall in Chicago:

 

Chicago BeerHoptacular

BeerHoptacular is Chicago’s original craft beer festival with over 150 craft beers, now in its seventh annual celebration on November 4.  BeerHoptacular.com

Fall foliage at Millennium Park

Don’t miss the changing leaves against the city skyline at Millennium Park, where you’ll find 24+ acres filled with vibrant elms, hawthorns and maples.  Millennium Park

Bucktown Apple Pie Festival

Treat your sweet tooth on October 15 at the Bucktown Apple Pie Festival, where you can expect live music, raffles, activities for kids… and lots of apple pie.  BucktownApplePieContest.com

Take a seasonal cooking class

Put your cooking skills to the test at Chopping Block, now offering seasonal cooking classes like: autumn soups and stews, wine harvest dinner, and fall dinner party.  TheChoppingBlock.com

Loews Chicago Harvest Fest

Now in its third year, the rooftop terrace at the Loews hotel will transform into a fall pumpkin patch and biergärten on October 14. Admission is free. Loews Chicago Harvest Fest

The Massacre Horror Movie Marathon

For you movie junkies, catch a slasher flick (or two) at Patio Theatre, playing a 24-hour horror movie marathon.  Massacre Horror Movie Marathon

Chicago Haunted Tours

Chicago has its fair share of haunted landmarks and eerie history. At your risk, take a Chicago Ghost Tour or a Chicago Hauntings Tour.

Trick or Treat on Southport

Great for the kiddos, visit Chicago’s Southport Corridor neighborhood for trick-or-treating on October 30 from 4PM – 8PM.  Trick or Treat on Southport

Dylan’s Candy Bar

Just because you’re ages past trick-or-treating, you can still get your candy fix. Visit Dylan’s on Michigan Avenue for a vast array of sweets.  Dylan’s Candy Bar

Tailgate at Soldier Field

Fall and football is a natural pairing, right? Catch a Bears game at Soldier Field, or partake in pre-game festivities with a tailgate.  Soldier Field

 

 

What’s your favorite fall activity?

 

 

Feature image by: Julia Engel

 

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