It’s a long weekend, the weather is warming up, and you and your friends are all vaccinated, and some of Chicago’s hottest spots are opening back up— it’s finally outdoor drinking season in Chicago! Technically there isn’t any scientific evidence to support that cocktails taste better or that music slaps harder on top of a building than inside the building, but it’s one of those well-known, widely-agreed-upon “facts.” To get your dose of sky-high partying this weekend, check out some of Chicago rooftop bars this Memorial Day Weekend:


203 N Wabash Ave 26th floor, Chicago IL 60601

Perched atop the Virgin Hotel on Wabash, this swanky bar hosts a rotation of DJs, serves killer cocktails, and, of course, unbeatable views. In the words of Cerise, “Cocktails with a view never tasted so good.”


VU Rooftop Bar

133 E Cermak Rd, Chicago IL 60616


This South Loop spot serves craft cocktails and incredible dishes, all while looking out over Chicago’s downtown. Try the elote flatbread or crab mac and cheese, paired with a Peachy Creek (Knob Creek with fruity mixings) or the Strawberry Solstice (Roku Gin with lychee).


2105 S State St, Chicago IL 60616

Featuring 8 flat screen TVs and a boatload of games, Reggies Roof Deck is a relaxed, casual rooftop experience. Order wings for you and all your friends, along with just about anything you can think of from the fully-stocked bar.

ROOF On theWit

201 N State St 27th floor, Chicago IL 60601

27 stories above the city, ROOF dominates the sky-dwelling bar scene. Colorful cocktails like “Breaking News with Wolf Spritzer” and “You Can Ask Me Hennything” include top-notch liquors and refreshing mixers; balance your booze with a salad or pizza, and you’re in for a great night out.

The J. Parker

1816 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60614

The roof of the Hotel Lincoln hosts The J. Parker, giving a perfect vantage point from which to sip your beverages and look down at the city. Start off with an Afternoonified frosé and some truffle fries, and maybe even a Nashville hot chicken sandwich if you’re feeling particularly peckish.

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