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Behold the Downtown Views From the New Terrace Bar Inside the Peninsula Hotel

Z Bar opens this afternoon in River North

The view from Z Bar at the Peninsula Chicago hotel.
Barry Brecheisen
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The Peninsula Chicago management seeks to give Chicagoans a swanky new terrace lounge with Z Bar, the new bar opening this afternoon on the hotel’s sixth floor. It’s a lesson in luxury with new views of the Mag Mile, decadent drinks with ingredients like 24-karat edible gold flakes, and fancy cocktail carts serving patrons throughout a 131-seat space. The space brings some electricity inside the 20-story Gold Coast hotel.

High rollers will find floor-to-ceiling windows, murals of Chicago mainstays, and portraits of animals (including a pug and a bunny). There’s a fire pit for the fall and winter months outside, and the deck is partially enclosed in places. Yabu Pushelberg, which locally redesigned the Public hotel in Gold Coast, designed Z Bar.

The cocktails are a mix of riffs on classics with surprises in each drink. The menu features familiar bar food using fancy ingredients. Wagyu sliders, steak fondue, and fried chicken buns are among the offerings.

Walk through the space below. Z Bar opens this afternoon.

Z Bar, on the Peninsula Chicago hotel’s sixth floor, 108 E. Superior Street, open 2 p.m. until midnight on Monday through Thursday; noon to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday; noon to midnight on Sunday.

The action is outside, but that doesn’t mean the insides are an afterthought.
The skyline murals fit in with the terrace theme.
A few furry critters adorn the hallway.
A communal table and lounge furniture provide a peek at the view.
This area provides room for bigger groups.
Yes, this rooftop has a fire pit.
A new view of the Mag Mile.
Part of the terrace is enclosed.
The former John Hancock Center and Water Tower Place are some of the buildings visitors can see.
Ba-Daq Attack (with Australian finger lime)
True North (maple syrup spheres and edible hibiscus leaf)
CoZmo bucket (a draft cocktail that’s bottled in house)

The Peninsula

108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 337-2888 Visit Website

Z Bar

108 East Superior Street, , IL 60611 (312) 573-6888 Visit Website