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The Chicago Rooftop Bar Index

Chicago has a ton of rooftop bars, and most of them are great spaces with excellent views. The issue is each attracts a particular crowd - some better than others. In order to properly choose the rooftop bar that's right for you, it's important you understand the type of scene you're about to throw yourself into. And we're here to help.

Today we bring you the Chicago Rooftop Bar Index, a scientific visual presentation that simultaneously plots "Quality of Place", ranked from 1-10, along with "Quality of Crowd," ranked from Fedora to Drake.

Let this guide you the next time you're making plans to drink on top of a building.



Vertigo – We’ve seen the police race in on multiple weekend nights. That shouldn’t happen at the corner of State St. and Erie.

Terrace At Trump – Even the Miss America pageant disassociated itself from Trump.

Epic – Epic is the River North scene as a whole on steroids. Part of us wants to have drinks on the rooftop in sweatpants just to make everyone around uncomfortable.

Godfrey – We are cool with daytime drinks at the Godfrey Hotel, but things take a turn for the worse at night as the scene gets strange. Werewolf syndrome, or something.

Roof On The Wit – The greatest tourist rooftop in the city. No thanks.

Rock Bottom Brewery – Low-key and pleasant, but also sort of a glorified Applebee’s.

Plymouth Grill – Best spot for post-work drinks, which unfortunately means you’re probably still hanging out with your co-workers.

Drum Bar – Quiet, with good views and solid drinks. Perhaps a little too quiet.

Virgin Hotel – Deep down you love everything Virgin, but judge anyone who openly says it.

Celeste – Celeste is the toned down version of Epic, which is across the street. That means it’s still on Hubbard though, so douche overflow is inevitable.

Cindy’s – The views overlooking Millennium Park are fantastic, but Cindy’s is new and the scene is still a question mark. We’re on to you, Cindy’s.

Citizen – Cedar Hotel 2.0, now that Cedar is gone. Just you wait and see.

J Parker – The daytime views over Lake Michigan are unparalleled, but you’re still kind of an *ss for being here.

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