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New McCormick Place Rooftop Bar Opens Thursday With Skyline Views and Karaoke

VU Rooftop Bar gives the South Side a rare rooftop spot

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VU Rooftop Bar
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A South Side rarity — a rooftop bar — debuts Monday near McCormick Place in the South Loop. VU Rooftop Bar is a sleek 13,000-square-foot space on the 22nd floor of the building at 133 E. Cermak Road. Convention goers, Bears fans coming and leaving nearby Soldier Field, and locals have a new spot for skyline views, small plates, and fancy cocktails.

The outdoor deck features TVs, fire pits, and the kind of comfy lounge seating that hearty Chicagoans will use throughout the winter. There’s a solarium with retractable glass walls for the colder days, and customers who want to belt out a tune can visit its private karaoke room. There are other rooms for private parties or meetings, too.

A mural and a 100-foot video wall decorate the interiors. The food’s from chef Nolan Narut who was last seen at Stefani Prime in Lincolnwood.

But the star is the view. Chicagoans love rooftop bars, and patrons can scope out a new perspective of the city from the 22nd floor. Take a stroll through the space and check out some of the dishes and drinks below, as well as the menu. VU Rooftop Bar, from Atlanta company Concentrics Restaurant Group, opens on Thursday.

Up on the 22nd floor.
The mural’s called “Hidden Figures” and it’s from artist Todd Murphy.
The South Side has a rare rooftop bar.
There are fire pits.
McCormick Place gets a bar upgrade.
The 100-foot bar has an oven in the middle.
Safe from the elements inside with booze.
More seating areas inside.
A board room for private meetings.
The private karaoke room.
Look, another bar!
A rooftop bar space.
These windows open wide.
What are those?
They look like waterfalls.
The rooftop space features fire pits and couches.
But they hold a fiery secret.
Views aplenty.
A TV outside in case the views are boring.
Char-roasted broccoli and cauliflower (yuzu vinaigrette, toasted peanuts)
Poached scallops (orange, jalapeño, pepita vinaigrette)
Beet-cured salmon (creme fraiche, chopped egg, lavosh)
Buttermilk fried chicken thighs (sweet chile, fresno, celery, sesame)
Amaro #2 (citrus, egg, malbec)
Blended #1 (bourbon, silver tequila, danish cherry, nut liqueur, blended bitters)
Tequila #1 (reposado, roobios, cassis, citrus, bitters)
Cognac #2 (floral berry liqueur, blackberries, thyme)
Gin #3 (alpine liqueur, vermouth bianco, citrus, rosemary, cucumber)

VU Rooftop Bar

133 East Cermak Road, , IL 60616 (312) 528-0191 Visit Website

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