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A rooftop terrace bar.
Chateau Carbide is open, despite the rain.
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After Nearly a Century, the Carbide & Carbon Building Opens a Rooftop Bar

Chateau Carbide is open on the 24th floor of the historic Loop building

Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

A historic Chicago skyscraper has unveiled a downtown rooftop bar. High above the the 37-story Carbide & Carbon Building, Chicagoans will find Chateau Carbide and Chicago’s newest rooftop bar has swank cocktails, a picnic package for two, plus sushi and small bites.

The building was built in 1929, and the space in question was once reserved only for members and special gatherings. There’s room for about 150 total in this former private event space on the building’s 24th floor. With sibling French restaurant Venteux on the ground floor, there’s synergy with a French Riviera theme on the rooftop. The trendy libation on the rooftop is rosé which is available via glass, bottle, magnum, or a three-litter jeroboam. There’s caviar and lounge seating where customers can kick up their feet. There’s also house-brewed spiked kombucha for folks who want probiotics with their alcohol.

The rooftop bar transitions from chill daytime spot at 5 p.m. to more of a club vibe with DJs playing music including French house music.

A bar food station with exposed glass wine bottle case.
Look at all those wine bottles.
A rooftop lounge with windows, booths, and cool dark lighting.
The indoor capacity is 80.
Bottle service takes on a new meaning.
It’s a little damp this week in Chicago.

The Pendry Hotel has also revamped its lobby bar. Find classic cocktails, burgers, and more at Bar Pendry. With downtown businesses recalled workers to the Loop, management is billing their new bar as a happy hour destination.

Walk through Bar Pendry below and read through both menus.

Château Carbide, open 2 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday; Walk-ins accepted, reservations available via OpenTable.

Bar Pendry, open 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations via OpenTable.

There’s a fireplace and more.


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