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?





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



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



Which spot looks best to you?




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 and reservations can be made through OpenTable. Don’t miss your chance!


See 8 of our favorite participating restaurants…


Nico Osteria






Le Colonial


The Allis


Bar Siena


Del Frisco’s


Margeaux Brasserie



Which Chicago spot looks best to you?