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20 Chicago Restaurants With Killer Views of the Windy City

From sports fields to city vistas, these haunts offer up more than good food and drink

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Chicago has some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world, and very few things enhance it better than standout food and drink. Here’s a list of restaurants and bars with exemplary city views. The spots on this list range from fine dining restaurants in the sky, to relaxing beachfront summertime draws, to hot new bars with sports arena proximity.

The updated map says goodbye to the Kitchen, Streeterville Social, Terzo Piano, and NoMI to make room for new players Cabra, restaurants at the Hotel Zachary, and SX Sky Bar.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Smoke Daddy BBQ, Mordecai, Dutch & Doc’s

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3636 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 227-2583
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Hotel Zachary offers a number of great dining options with terrific Wrigleyville views. For example, Smoke Daddy offers barbecue and beer, Matthias Merges’ bi-level Mordecai has extensive cocktails and elevated food, and Boka Group’s Dutch & Doc’s contemporary American restaurant all look out to Wrigley Field and Gallagher Way.

Smoke Daddy’s view to Wrigley Field.
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2. North Pond

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2610 N Cannon Dr
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 477-5845
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One of Chicago's most picturesque dining experiences is in this Michelin-starred restaurant on a pond in Lincoln Park that feels like a trip to the country, while still in shouting distance of downtown skyscrapers.

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3. The J. Parker

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1816 N Clark St Fl 13
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 254-4747
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This rooftop draw from the Boka Group and 90/94 Group’s location north of downtown gives bird's eye skyline views with excellent cocktails and small plates. A retractable roof makes it comfortable year-round.

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4. The Up Room

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2018 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(872) 315-3082
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Mid-century-designed indoor/outdoor terrace bar and lounge the Up Room is situated 13 floors up, within Wicker Park’s chic Robey hotel. In addition to curious cocktails like “Duck Fried Rice” (sesame-infused Aylesbury Duck Vodka, lemongrass-infused Ford’s Gin, and Bitterman’s tepache) patrons snag sweeping views of the city skyline. And it’s also worthwhile to note that Cabana Club, on the Robey’s sixth floor, has a pool, two bars (serving frozen cocktails), plus fab views of Wicker Park and the Chicago skyline.

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5. Spiaggia

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980 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2750
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Tony Mantuano's Italian fine dining gem continues to evolve after more than three decades, and a gorgeous renovation a few years back adds to the scenery that includes great views of Michigan Avenue and the lake from the swanky Gold Coast.

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6. Signature Room at the 95th

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John Hancock Center
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-9596
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Very few restaurants anywhere in the world offer views that can match those experienced from the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building. Sophisticated fine dining adds to the draw, while there’s also a lounge for drinks and similarly great views.

7. Homestead on the Roof

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1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 332-2354
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Although not near the lake, take in the sights and sounds of a Chicago neighborhood while sampling sophisticated chef-driven dishes, plus standout desserts and drinks. Fun fact: Some of the restaurant’s produce comes directly from its rooftop farm.

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8. Z Bar

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108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 573-6888
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At Z Bar, the cocktail lounge on the Peninsula hotel’s sixth floor, one can sip bourbon libations flecked with 24-karat gold flakes and imbued with black truffle. Vlad Novikov, formerly of Elixir and arcade bar Replay in Andersonville, commands intoxicants here, and his cocktail list spans the globe in terms of flavors and spirits. Snag a seat at the 131-seat contemporary space’s seasonal terrace for glowing city views.

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9. Caffe Oliva

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550 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 612-0734
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The seasonal beachfront spot on Ohio Street Beach's lakefront views are nearly unparalleled for a downtown establishment. Fill bellies with lobster, sandwiches, burgers, light starters, and a solid selection of cocktails, beer, and wine.

Caffe Oliva’s beach views.
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10. Riva Crabhouse

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700 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 644-7482
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Navy Pier draws in tourists for a reason, and its downtown views from the lake may be the largest one. Riva is the best restaurant on the pier, serving a seafood-driven menu from just above the water.

11. Chicago Cut Steakhouse

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300 N La Salle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 329-1800
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Diners at Chicago Cut not only paying top price for one of Chicago's best steakhouses and a possible celebrity spotting, they're also paying for sterling skyline views from the River North side of the Chicago River. Bonus points in the summertime for its elevated riverside patio.

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12. River Roast

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315 N La Salle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 822-0100
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Tony Mantuano’s large roast-driven restaurant has one of the best downtown riverside views in Chicago, especially on the elevated patio, and diners can even take a water taxi right to the door.

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13. Aba

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302 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

Lettuce Entertain You’s Aba serves as the counterpart to Ēma, both of which are helmed by chef C.J. Jacobson and proffer flavors of the Mediterraean. Aba spans 4,000 square feet both indoors and out, inclusive of a lush patio stamped with greenery and killer city view. Also expect exotic libations by Liz Pearce (the Drifter).

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14. Cabra

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200 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 761-1717
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When chic, London-based lifestyle hotel the Hoxton touched down in Chicago this spring, the team decided to partner with local hit-maker Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat fame. Her newest eatery Cabra, dedicated to the flavors of Peru, claims the Hoxton’s rooftop terrace, affording awesome views of the West Loop’s cityscape.

Cabra looks out over the West Loop.
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15. Beatnik On The River

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180 N Upper Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 526-3345
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The follow up to Bonhomme Hospitality Group’s Eater Award-winning Beatnik restaurant and lounge in West Town, Beatnik On the River brings the Euro-boho vibes to the Loop. With its totally clutch riverside locale decorated in pops of color and tasseled umbrellas, guests can expect a similar Spanish-Mediterranean menu by executive chef Marcos Campos.

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16. Cindy's

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12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(844) 312 2221
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The rooftop of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel may offer the best view in Chicago, where Millennium Park and Lake Michigan are in full view from high above Michigan Avenue. The cocktails and food are also top-notch.

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17. Everest Restaurant

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440 S La Salle St
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 663-8920
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One of Chicago's longest-running fine dining establishments, chef Jean Joho's staff serves up Michelin-starred French food in this destination restaurant with remarkable views from high above the financial district.

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18. SX Sky Bar

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808 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(773) 633-0214
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Newly-minted SX Sky Bar, which debuted within the refreshed Hotel Essex about two months ago, claims the property sixth floor, aiming to offer the South Loop a more luxe dining and imbibing experience. Don’t forget, there’s that nearly $700 cocktail called “Dominatrix,” made with Dom Perignon, tequila, orange liqueur, candied oranges, lime, and agave. Meanwhile, chef de cuisine Christopher Suzuki has built a Cali-Asian menu of bites like pork belly lettuce wraps and Kentucky fried cauliflower, all to be enjoyed by the bar’s retractable windows which look out to Grant Park and Lake Michigan.

SX Sky Bar peeks out to Grant Park and Lake Michigan.
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1. Smoke Daddy BBQ, Mordecai, Dutch & Doc’s

3636 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613
Smoke Daddy’s view to Wrigley Field.
Smoke Daddy [Official Photo]

Hotel Zachary offers a number of great dining options with terrific Wrigleyville views. For example, Smoke Daddy offers barbecue and beer, Matthias Merges’ bi-level Mordecai has extensive cocktails and elevated food, and Boka Group’s Dutch & Doc’s contemporary American restaurant all look out to Wrigley Field and Gallagher Way.

3636 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613

2. North Pond

2610 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

One of Chicago's most picturesque dining experiences is in this Michelin-starred restaurant on a pond in Lincoln Park that feels like a trip to the country, while still in shouting distance of downtown skyscrapers.

2610 N Cannon Dr
Chicago, IL 60614

3. The J. Parker

1816 N Clark St Fl 13, Chicago, IL 60614
J. Parker [Official Photo]

This rooftop draw from the Boka Group and 90/94 Group’s location north of downtown gives bird's eye skyline views with excellent cocktails and small plates. A retractable roof makes it comfortable year-round.

1816 N Clark St Fl 13
Chicago, IL 60614

4. The Up Room

2018 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The Up Room

Mid-century-designed indoor/outdoor terrace bar and lounge the Up Room is situated 13 floors up, within Wicker Park’s chic Robey hotel. In addition to curious cocktails like “Duck Fried Rice” (sesame-infused Aylesbury Duck Vodka, lemongrass-infused Ford’s Gin, and Bitterman’s tepache) patrons snag sweeping views of the city skyline. And it’s also worthwhile to note that Cabana Club, on the Robey’s sixth floor, has a pool, two bars (serving frozen cocktails), plus fab views of Wicker Park and the Chicago skyline.

2018 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Spiaggia

980 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

Tony Mantuano's Italian fine dining gem continues to evolve after more than three decades, and a gorgeous renovation a few years back adds to the scenery that includes great views of Michigan Avenue and the lake from the swanky Gold Coast.

980 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

6. Signature Room at the 95th

John Hancock Center, Chicago, IL 60611

Very few restaurants anywhere in the world offer views that can match those experienced from the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building. Sophisticated fine dining adds to the draw, while there’s also a lounge for drinks and similarly great views.

John Hancock Center
Chicago, IL 60611

7. Homestead on the Roof

1924 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Homestead [Official Photo]

Although not near the lake, take in the sights and sounds of a Chicago neighborhood while sampling sophisticated chef-driven dishes, plus standout desserts and drinks. Fun fact: Some of the restaurant’s produce comes directly from its rooftop farm.

1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

8. Z Bar

108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611
Z Bar [Official Photo]

At Z Bar, the cocktail lounge on the Peninsula hotel’s sixth floor, one can sip bourbon libations flecked with 24-karat gold flakes and imbued with black truffle. Vlad Novikov, formerly of Elixir and arcade bar Replay in Andersonville, commands intoxicants here, and his cocktail list spans the globe in terms of flavors and spirits. Snag a seat at the 131-seat contemporary space’s seasonal terrace for glowing city views.

108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Caffe Oliva

550 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Caffe Oliva’s beach views.
Caffe Oliva [Official Photo]

The seasonal beachfront spot on Ohio Street Beach's lakefront views are nearly unparalleled for a downtown establishment. Fill bellies with lobster, sandwiches, burgers, light starters, and a solid selection of cocktails, beer, and wine.

550 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Riva Crabhouse

700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Navy Pier draws in tourists for a reason, and its downtown views from the lake may be the largest one. Riva is the best restaurant on the pier, serving a seafood-driven menu from just above the water.

700 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

11. Chicago Cut Steakhouse

300 N La Salle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Diners at Chicago Cut not only paying top price for one of Chicago's best steakhouses and a possible celebrity spotting, they're also paying for sterling skyline views from the River North side of the Chicago River. Bonus points in the summertime for its elevated riverside patio.

300 N La Salle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654

12. River Roast

315 N La Salle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

Tony Mantuano’s large roast-driven restaurant has one of the best downtown riverside views in Chicago, especially on the elevated patio, and diners can even take a water taxi right to the door.

315 N La Salle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654

13. Aba

302 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
Jeff Marini

Lettuce Entertain You’s Aba serves as the counterpart to Ēma, both of which are helmed by chef C.J. Jacobson and proffer flavors of the Mediterraean. Aba spans 4,000 square feet both indoors and out, inclusive of a lush patio stamped with greenery and killer city view. Also expect exotic libations by Liz Pearce (the Drifter).

302 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

14. Cabra

200 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
Cabra looks out over the West Loop.
Anthony Tahlier

When chic, London-based lifestyle hotel the Hoxton touched down in Chicago this spring, the team decided to partner with local hit-maker Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat fame. Her newest eatery Cabra, dedicated to the flavors of Peru, claims the Hoxton’s rooftop terrace, affording awesome views of the West Loop’s cityscape.

200 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

15. Beatnik On The River

180 N Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606
Bonhomme Hospitality [Official Photo]

The follow up to Bonhomme Hospitality Group’s Eater Award-winning Beatnik restaurant and lounge in West Town, Beatnik On the River brings the Euro-boho vibes to the Loop. With its totally clutch riverside locale decorated in pops of color and tasseled umbrellas, guests can expect a similar Spanish-Mediterranean menu by executive chef Marcos Campos.

180 N Upper Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606

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16. Cindy's

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Chicago Athletic Association [Official Photo]

The rooftop of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel may offer the best view in Chicago, where Millennium Park and Lake Michigan are in full view from high above Michigan Avenue. The cocktails and food are also top-notch.

12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

17. Everest Restaurant

440 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60605
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

One of Chicago's longest-running fine dining establishments, chef Jean Joho's staff serves up Michelin-starred French food in this destination restaurant with remarkable views from high above the financial district.

440 S La Salle St
Chicago, IL 60605

18. SX Sky Bar

808 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
SX Sky Bar peeks out to Grant Park and Lake Michigan.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Newly-minted SX Sky Bar, which debuted within the refreshed Hotel Essex about two months ago, claims the property sixth floor, aiming to offer the South Loop a more luxe dining and imbibing experience. Don’t forget, there’s that nearly $700 cocktail called “Dominatrix,” made with Dom Perignon, tequila, orange liqueur, candied oranges, lime, and agave. Meanwhile, chef de cuisine Christopher Suzuki has built a Cali-Asian menu of bites like pork belly lettuce wraps and Kentucky fried cauliflower, all to be enjoyed by the bar’s retractable windows which look out to Grant Park and Lake Michigan.

808 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

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