What are the best rooftop bars in Chicago?

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Lauren Viera

My current favorite is Drumbar atop the Raffaello Hotel, just east of Michigan Avenue downtown. It’s smaller than most rooftop bars, but that’s why I like it—it feels exclusive. Top-notch cocktails are on offer as well as bottle service, if that’s your thing.

Newly opened in summer 2013 is The dec at the the Star-Rated Ritz-Carleton, a Four Seasons Hotel, which borrows bittes from the property’s deca Restaurant and Bar. Decorated with bold neon lighting and shiny sculptures, The dec is a much talked about hotspot for summer nights.

The north end of Lincoln Park offers one of the prettiest views from the J. Parker, the roomy rooftop bar perched on top of Hotel Lincoln. Sharing some menu items with critically heralded Perennial Virant, on the hotel’s ground floor, the J. Parker specializes in market-fresh cocktails.

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