Imbibe. Observe the skyline. Count your blessings. Maybe get a room.
Here’s a handful of your favorite sky-high hotel bars.
At Virgin Hotel’s chic rooftop space, gather in the electric-blue lounge, adorned with beaded tribal masks and a crochet deer head, or tipple at the fire-engine-red bar, decorated with vintage corkscrews and bottle openers. 203 N. Wabash Ave., 312.940.4774
This sophisticated rooftop, complete with two fire pits and skyline views, likes to mix it up. “I am going to be putting more of a twist on [the] classics,” says head bartender Whitney Morrow, whose summer menu ranges from a smoky, spicy Old-Fashioned to refreshing slushies. Raffaello Hotel, 201 E. Delaware Place, 312.933.4805
3. I|O Urban Roofscape
Chef Riley Huddleston’s kitchen cocktail menu punches traditional drinks up with gourmet ingredients, such as the Spicy Strawberry Daiquiri—Botran Reserva rum with spicy strawberry puree, grapefruit and St. Germain. The Godfrey Hotel, 127 W. Huron St., 312.649.2000
4. The J. Parker
A new retractable rooftop means a little rain won’t stop the festivities at this parkside gem. Make an evening out of it with chef Paul Virant’s selection of seasonal bites, like shrimp ceviche. Hotel Lincoln, 1816 N. Clark St., 312.254.4747
5. The Terrace at Trump
The latest acquisition at this 16th-floor bar is a sugar-cane press. The result? The addictive, earthy-sweet Batida Fresca, a bubbly concoction made with Cabana Cachaça, guava, cane syrup, lemon and cava. Trump International Hotel & Tower, 401 N. Wabash Ave., 312.588.8600