Gazing over a glittering Lake Michigan and the iconic Chicago skyline from a sunny spot above the city, it all starts to make sense. Days like these are why Chicagoans suffer frigid temperatures and harsh winds for much of the year.
When I first moved to the city five years ago, I wasn’t sold on the weather. Then, rooftops and patios started opening, and I realized what many already know—summer in Chicago is glorious. It’s worth the winters and best embraced with a cocktail in hand and a view.
Whether you’re looking for a nice meal, a tranquil atmosphere, or to dance all night, there’s a hotel rooftop for you. Here are some of the best.