Places

Chicago’s 6 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…

 

Number 6: 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.

 

Number 5: 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.

 

Number 4: Drumbar

Drumbar  (201 E. Delaware Place)

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

 

Number 3: J. Parker

J. Parker  (1816 N. Clark Street)

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

 

Number 2: Dark Horse

Dark Horse  (3443 N. Sheffield Avenue)

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

 

Number 1: The Gwen

The Gwen  (521 N. Rush Street)

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

 

Chicago Magazine created a super cool video about the Gwen, click HERE.

Which wintery spot looks best to you?

 

 

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Restaurants

5 Hot Chicago Restaurants to Visit Now

Chicago’s restaurant scene is as strong as ever. While our city has a host of longtime culinary institutions, a slew of new restaurants emerge each year. We have a pulse on the latest — and best — restaurants to visit now.

 

Bookmark these 5 hot Chicago restaurants to visit now…

 

Bellemore

Bellemore: Artistic American fare in swanky digs.  (564 W. Randolph Street)

 

Booth One

Booth One: Chicago classic re-invented at the former Ambassador Hotel.  (1301 N. State Parkway)

 

Gibsons Italia

Gibsons Italia: Casual elegance with contemporary Italian influences.  (233 N. Canal Street)

 

Somerset

Somerset: Pays homage to retro-American country club culture.  (1112 N. State Street)

 

Beatnik

Beatnik: Bohemian-inspired cocktail bar and restaurant.   (1604 W. Chicago Avenue)

 

 

Which spot looks best to you?

 

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Eat

Chicago Restaurant Week is Here

Restaurant Week is underway in Chicago, which is gathering nearly 400 of our city’s best restaurants to create prix fixe meals for a limited time. The concept is straightforward: Dinner may either be $44 or $33; while lunch and brunch are $22. It’s a perfect time of year to taste and experience the Chicago food scene. Additional details are available at ChooseChicago.com and reservations can be made through OpenTable. Don’t miss your chance!

 

See 8 of our favorite participating restaurants…

 

Nico Osteria

 

XOCO

 

Avec

 

Le Colonial

 

The Allis

 

Bar Siena

 

Del Frisco’s

 

Margeaux Brasserie

 

 

Which Chicago spot looks best to you?

 

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