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Fab 5: Elevated Cocktails

Nothing goes better with a cocktail than a view. Here are five of the newest rooftop bars to soak up every moment of the summer sun.

The new rooftop terrace Raised at Renaissance Chicago elevates summer cocktails.

1. Aire
Located atop the Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, this perch is the perfect open-air hiatus for anyone looking to escape their busy offices and unwind with dramatic 360-degree views, chic decor and handcrafted cocktails.

2. LH
Perched on the top three floors of the new LondonHouse, LH is situated at the corner of Wacker and Michigan—that is, right above the most architecturally scenic stretch of the river. Top-notch mixologist Riley Huddleston runs the place.

3. Raised
Raised—which draws its name from the city’s iconic drawbridges—debuted last month at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. The modern space by The Gettys Group fuses an industrial aesthetic with lush greenery, fire pits and comfy couches.

4. Terrace at GreenRiver
This 18th-floor upscale lounge features dazzling lakefront views. The catch? You’ll have to navigate through a medical center to get here. But once you do, you’ll be greeted with some of the city’s most impeccably made cocktails.

5. Upstairs at the Gwen
Mere steps from The Shops at North Bridge (so perfect for that post-shopping cocktail), Upstairs at the Gwen offers a 1930s-themed tableside cocktail experience called the Prohibition Porter, showcasing old-school drinks like the Old Fashioned and Gin Rickey.