Monday, January 26, 2015

Sky High

Because the best stories happen several stories up


What happens in the sky stays in the sky.
Whether that be one too many cocktails or the must stunning views in Chicago, some things are best enjoyed with your head in the clouds. Like these top rooftop bars.
What happens when you take an ex-Aviary mixologist and transport him 200 feet up? You get progressive cocktails on a swanky 18th floor rooftop in the heart of the Mag Mile. One goes by the same Smoke and uses a sarsaparilla tincture, while another called Mûre combines cognac with blackberry jam and ginger beer.
Open now. 201 E. Delaware Pl., Mag Mile (312-924-2531).
If nitrogen-infused cocktails aren't your thing, get comfortable with a frothing fine draught on this rooftop beer garden. This craft beer-focused restaurant recently inherited a new chef who is rolling out a menu stacked with slow cooked pork chili, Belly Fire chicken wings and a signature burger to pair with hard-to-find drafts (we like Brewery Vivant Tripel).
Opening ASAP (weather permitting). 1970 W. Montrose Ave., Ravenswood (773-697-8204).
J. Parker 
Thirteen may be an unlucky number, but we bet you will have some luck at this 13th floor lake-adjacent rooftop (pictured) where the usually tame Lincoln Park crowd gets rowdy on seasonally inspired cocktails and small plates. With awesome panoramic views of the park and Chicago skyline, there's something for everyone. Including your boss.
Opening ASAP (weather permitting). 1816 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park (312-254-4747).
Joe’s Bar
The newest kid on the rooftop block is a big boy. Coming in at 3,500 square-feet, the new rooftop space from this sports bar veteran will feature custom cedar booths along with a full bar and specialty cocktail menu. Stop by before or after a concert below to come worship some sun, the skyline, or a Cubs game.
Opening late spring. 940 W. Weed St., Lincoln Park (312-337-3486).

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