Sunday, February 1, 2015

Rooftop Globetrot

Travel the world without leaving your 13th floor barstool


So what if we're not in London? 

Not only have we enjoyed the events in HD glory, but our dreams won't be haunted by that
giant creepy baby

And we don't have to wait two weeks to experience Lincoln Park's newest addition, J. Parker, the new rooftop bar and restaurant at Hotel Lincoln.

This swanky spot’s gold medal-worthy beverage program features a menu of international cocktails served at fire-pit-adjacent couches overlooking the lake, the park and the skyline.

Start in Mexico with a citrus-y Parker Paloma, then move to Cuba for the Cuban #2 punch made with rum and ginger beer, before crash landing in Spain with some sangria. (These itineraries are only available for three months, when new drinking destinations take their place.)

The dinner menu is your own personalized adventure.
Perennial Virant chef Paul Virant lets diners choose from two menu categories: a protein and an accompaniment, such as sirloin and lemon-herb butter.

No offense, Wheaties, but us grownups are more interested in a dinner of champions.

J. Parker
1816 N. Clark St. (at Lincoln Ave.), 13th floor
(312) 245-4747

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Scene: Buttoned-up connoisseurs of creative cocktails and market-fresh eating
Subway: Brown Line to Sedgwick
Best bets: Rushing waters rainbow trout; Three Sisters garden grit cakes; Q7 ranch dry-aged beef sirloin
Rain check: In addition to the rooftop patio that seats 124, the indoor space seats an additional 52
Nearby: Perennial Virant; Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap; Nookies

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