Cite Restaurant, 70th floor, Lake Point Tower, 505 N. Lake Shore Drive, Gold Coast, Chicago 60611. +1 312 644 4050. This stylish French/American resto-bar offers a breathtaking view of the Chicago skyline. The dining room has stunning 360-degree skyline views. Excellent. MAP
The Spirit of Chicago Cruise, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. +1 866 273 2469 Leaves from Navy Pier just off Lake Shore Drive. Grand buffets with breathtaking views of the spectacular Chicago skyline.
Riva, Phil Stefani Restaurant, On Navy Pier, 2nd floor, 700 E. Grand Ave, Chicago 60611. All windows. Excellent.
Landshark Beer Garden, Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave, Chicago 60611. +1 312 595 5439 Seasonal.
Harry Caray's Tavern, Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave, Chicago 60611. +1 312 527 9700.
North Pond Restaurant, 2610 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago 60614. +1 773 477 5845. Lunch (June through September): Tues to Fri 11.30am-1.30pm. Dinner: Tues to Sun: 5.30pm-10pm. Sun Brunch: 10.30am-1.30pm. Closed Mondays. CTA 151, 156 (Wrightwood), 22 (Clark & Deming). Pondside.p MAP
Spiaggia, 2nd floor, 980 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago 60611. +1 312 280 2750. A panorama of Lake Michigan and Oak Street Beach is offered. Service begins at 6pm Sunday through Thursday, and 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. Jackets required.
Signature Room at the 95th, 95th floor, John Hancock Building, 875 N. Michigan Ave (bet. Chestnut St. & Delaware Pl.) Chicago 60611. +1 312 787 9596. On the Magnificent Mile and atop the building. Request a table near the southeast windows. Navy Pier is about 1 mile away, about 3 minutes by taxi. Windows on all sides provide a spectacular view from almost any part of the Signature Room on the 95th floor or
NoMI, 7th Floor, Park Hyatt, 800 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago 60611. +1 312 239 4030. NoMI Garden, the über-chic NoMI Lounge and Cellar on the seventh floor. Castlelike original Chicago Water Tower. MAP
Vertigo Sky Lounge, Dana Hotel & Spa, 2 W. Erie Street, Chicago 60654. +1-888 301 3262. Fancy rooftop bar. Cocktails perched 26 floors up. Fall and winter hours of operation: Patio closes at 11pm on weekdays and 12am on weekends. Sun to Wed 6pm-12 midnight. Thurs to Fri 6pm-2am. Sat 6pm-3am. email . MAP
Sixteen, 16th floor, Trump International Tower & Hotel, 401 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago 60611. +1 312 588 8151. Bar opens daily at 11am. 30-foot floor-to-ceiling windows. Just North of Chicago River. MAP
The Terrace at Trump, 16th floor (adjacent to Sixteen). Trump International Tower & Hotel, 401 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago 60611. +1 877 458 7867. Spectacular vistas of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the Wrigley Clock Tower. Terrace opens Spring 2011. MAP
Rebar Lounge, Mezzanine Level, Trump International Hotel & Tower, 401 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago 60611. A chic and sophisticated lounge with gorgeous views of the Chicago River and Michigan Avenue Bridge. MAP
Bridge House Tavern, 321 N Clark St, Chicago 61510. +1 312 644 0283. Flatwater is located along the Chicago River with French doors that in the spring and summer open onto their riverside terrace. Dine outside and enjoy American style breakfast, lunch, or dinner while overlooking the water. MAP
Whiskey Sky Bar, 33rd floor, W Hotel, 644 N. Lake Shore Drive (between N. Eire St and N. Ontario St), Chicago 60611. +1 312 255 4463. Panoramic city views at the lake shore on Lakeshore Drive in Chicago directly across the street from the Pier. The restaurant Wave is on the 33rd floor and overlooks the sparkling shores of Lake Michigan. Starwood. MAP
Roof, 27th floor, The Wit Hotel, 201 N. State St, Chicago 60601. Overlooking the Chicago River just to the North; stunning views of the city. MAP
Smith and Wollensky, 318 N. State St. Chicago, IL 60654. +1 312 670 9900. Mon to Thurs 11.30am-11pm. Fri and Sat 11:30am-12 Midnigh.t Sun 11.30am–10pm.
Wollensky's Grill, 318 N. State St. Chicago, IL 60654. +1 312 670 9596 Downstairs riverfront at Marina City. Panoramic water views.
Plymouth Restaurant & Bar, 327 S. Plymouth Ct, The Loop, Chicago 60604. +1 312 362 1212. This is a cool little outdoor rooftop bar overlooking a parking garage top, the library and the el. It's a great hangout for drinks after work in the loop. MAP
Everest Room, 40th floor, Chicago Stock Exchange Building, 440 S. LaSalle St (Congress Pkwy), Chicago 60605. +1 312 663 8920. On the top floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, this elegant restaurant has magnificent views of the city. MAP
Bluhm Family Terrace, Art Institute of Chicago, 159 East Monroe St, Chicago 60603. +1 312 443 8650 Enjoy spectacular views of Millennium Park and Michigan Avenue. Dine al fresco on the spectacular location on the third level of the Modern Wing. Fri to Wed 6pm–11.30pm. May through September (weather permitting). Located just one block east of the Loop and easily accessible
Terzo Piano, Art Institute of Chicago, 159 E Monroe St, Chicago 60601. +1 312 443 8650 Offers panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the city's skyline.
The Rooftop Lounge, Market Bar, 1113 W. Randolf St (bet Aberdeen St and May St), Chicago 60607. +1 312 929 4787. Sun to Wed 11am-12 midnight. Thurs & Fri 11am-2am. Sat 11am-3am. email . MAP
Pegasus, 130 S. Halsted St, Chicago 60661. +1 312 226 3377. +1 888 558 2637. Don't miss out on this rooftop. With plenty of seating and a full bar, it offers diners a beautiful, unobstructed Eastern view of the Chicago Skyline. SUMMER: Sun 12 noon-12 midnight. Mon to Thurs 11am-12 midnight. Fri 11am-1am. Sat 12 noon-1am. WINTER: Sun 12 noon-11pm. Mon to Thurs 11am-11pm. Fri 11am-1am. Sat 12 noon-1am. MAP
Dick's Last Resort, Chicago, IL 60654. +1 312 822 0100
Fulton's on the River, 315 N. LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60654. +1 312 822 0100. Views of downtown. Mon to Thurs 11am-9pm. Frid 11am-10pm. Sat 5pm-10pm. Sunday closed.
Quay Restaurant, 465 E. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60611.
312 981 8400.
You can pull into The Docks and dine along the Ogden Slip. Just off Navy Pier.
Thurs 12 noon–11pm.
Fri 11am–11pm. Sat 11am–12 midnight. Sun 11am – 11pm.
Red Door, 2118 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60647. +1 773 697 7221.
Chicago Cut Steakhouse, 300 N. LaSalle St, Chicago IL 60654. +1 312 329 1800 Enjoy one of Chicago's favorite meals while sitting next to the lovely Chicago River.
Dock at Montrose Beach, 200 W Montrose Harbor Dr. Chicago, IL. +1 773 704 8435 p Beachside.
Harbor 550, 550 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202. +1 414 395 4900. Windows provide panoramic lakeside views at this elegant seafood house. Mon to Thurs 11.30am-10pm. Fri & Sat 11.30am-11pm. Sun 5pm-9pm. Photos
Courtright's, 8989 Archer Avenue, Willow Springs, IL, 60480. +1 708 839 8000 Tues to Thurs 5pm-9pm. Fri & Sat 5pm-10pm. Sun 4pm-8pm. The main dining room displays expansive views of the four-season outdoor garden, surrounding woodlands and wildlife through floor-to-ceiling windows SW of Cacago down R55.
Rooftop Restaurants and Bars