739 N Clark St (312-266-6691)
If ZED’s rooftop lounge were yours alone, you’d be the most popular kid in town, because this space is primed for entertaining: It has an outdoor bar, rustic lounges and a sleek fireplace for nights that dip below 70.
Height: 2nd floor
Drink of choice: Pimm’s Cup with Pimm’s, Svedka vodka, lemon juice, strawberries, cucumbers and rosemary sprig
If you’re eating one thing: $2–$6 snacks during happy hour, weekdays 4:30–6:30pm
Wait time: Since the roof seats 150, usually none
Crowd: A mix of scene-seeking locals and tourists
739 N Clark St (888-493-3451). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Chicago; Red to Chicago/State. Bus: 66, 156. Brunch (Sun), dinner. All you can eat: $44. Opens in April.