Rooftop decks | Beer Garden Guide
Chaise Lounge The handful of umbrella-topped wrought-iron tables in this Wicker Park lounge’s side patio may be fine for commoners, but you nightlife royalty are gonna want to request a rooftop cabana, one of the South Beach–style nooks enclosed by long, gauzy white curtains so that you and your boo (or crew) can enjoy French martinis in private. 1840 W North Ave between Honore St and Wolcott Ave (773-342-1840). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. Mon–Thu 5pm–2am; Fri 3pm–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 11am–2am. Average cocktail: $10.
Citizen Bar The view from this massive rooftop deck is of the area’s surrounding condos, but the drinkers and diners don’t seem to mind. It’s either because they’re entering that condo stage of life, or because they’re more focused on the tasty cocktails and elevated bar food Citizen puts out (think pancetta, roasted tomato and fried basil bruschetta). 364 W Erie St between Orleans and Sedgwick Sts (312-640-1156). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Chicago. Bus: 66 Chicago (24hrs), 125 Water Tower Express. Mon–Fri 11:30–3pm, 5pm–2am; Sat 3pm–3am; Sun 3pm–2am. Average cocktail: $5.
NoMI If your idea of winding down from the day involves 12-year single malt, a Montecristo cigar and rubbing elbows with international businessmen, you’ll find all three on the seventh-floor patio lounge of this Park Hyatt stunner. It’s breezy, sexy and substantial (sushi and small plates abound), but it sure ain’t cheap, honey, so pack that Amex black. 800 N Michigan Ave between Chicago Ave and Pearson St (312-239-4030). El: Red to Chicago. Bus: 3, 10, 26, 66, 125, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 151 (24hrs). Sun–Wed 11:30am–midnight; Thu 11:30am–1am; Fri–Sat 11:30am–2am. Average cocktail: $12.
NV Penthouse Lounge To access this see-and-be-seen contender, you have to take the elevator (whose color-of-envy glow is no accident) to the eighth-floor. The room has quite a view—both of the skyline and the well-heeled, bottle-service–seeking clientele—but once you slip into one of the private cabanas to get both your drink and your mack on, we doubt you’ll even notice. 116 W Hubbard St between Clark and LaSalle Sts (312-329-9960). El: Red to Grand. Bus: 22 (24hrs), 36, 65. Thu–Fri 8pm–2am; Sat 8pm–3am. Average cocktail: $9.