Cold Weather, Cooler Rooftop Bars


Think that rooftop season is over? Don’t give up hope just yet! The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of outdoor happy hours. There are still plenty of places around Chicago that keep their rooftop spaces open for your enjoyment. Enjoy the crisp fall weather as you sip on a delicious drink. Whether you want to look out onto the Chicago skyline or snuggle up by a fire in Milwaukee, these spots have everything you need to make your weekend outing unforgettable. Grab your coat and head on over to these amazing places for some fall rooftop drinks. Cheers!

Cindy’s: One of the more popular spots in Chicago, this rooftop bar is on the 34th floor of the Chicago Athletic Club and overlooks Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. The gorgeous drinks and aery décor make it the perfect place for a fall weekend soirée. It has a balcony space and an indoor area enclosed in glass, which means that even if the weather takes a turn for the worse, you can still have a fun rooftop experience. The lines may be long to get inside, but the wait will be worth it.

The Outsider: Feeling adventurous? Take a mini road trip to Milwaukee and check out Zapwater client The Outsider. It’s located on top of the Journeyman Kimpton Hotel, a fabulous boutique hotel in the heart of the historic Third Ward district. Grab some delicious bites, choose a drink from its creative cocktail menu, and throw on a blanket by the fireplace. The breathtaking Milwaukee skyline and cozy atmosphere will have you wanting to come every weekend.

London House Rooftop Bar: With a chic lounge vibe, this tri-level hot spot is perfect for those who want an outdoor happy hour.  Take in views of the Chicago River, the Magnificent Mile, and Lake Michigan at this rooftop bar. Check out the 21st floor bar area, the 22nd floor restaurant, or the exclusive cupola private area. With delicious drinks and amazing views of the city, you can’t go wrong!