As the days begin to warm up, it's time to begin an ancient springtime ritual: the search for rooftop bars. Soon, the days will stretch longer and as everyone knows, the best way to spend a warm evening is with a good cocktail, good friends, and a great view. Look no further than these sky-high watering holes in Chicago's Lakeshore East neighborhood.
III Forks is a prime example of one of Chicago's greatest treasures, a steakhouse. What could be better than enjoying a porterhouse grilled to perfection and paired with just the right bourbon, all under the glowing lights of the gorgeous Chicago skyline? The patio lounge offers heated seating areas that overlook Lakeshore East Park. Come on the first Wednesday of each month for First Wednesday Wine Tasting, where you'll enjoy samples of 6 wines from a featured region.
High atop the Virgin Hotel sits Cerise. This trendy nightspot provides dancing and drinks with a spectacular view of the city. Cerise sits 26 floors up and features modern, cozy seating and dancing many nights hosted by visiting DJ's from across the country. If you go on a weekend, it would be wise to go early, as it can get crowded and there may be a wait to get in. But as the saying goes, all good things come to those who wait.
London House Chicago
On the banks of the Chicago River sits London House. And on the top of London House sits LH 22, a swanky rooftop bar with a view to die for. Sip a cocktail as you look out over the river and reminisce about all the movies you've seen that took place down there. Recall Steve McQueen driving a car off the Corncobs into the river. Or remember the Transformers destroying Trump Tower, and wonder if that could happen in real life. Ponder on the fact that down below you in East Lower Wacker Drive, Batman and countless others have had epic car chase scenes, often including explosions. Then go back to your martini.
Finally, on Michigan Ave. overlooking Millennium Park is Cindy's on the top of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. At Cindy's, you can look out over Lake Michigan and watch the happenings below at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, or watch tourists clammer for that perfect shot with The Bean. And this place takes their crafted cocktails very seriously. With an enormous wine and spirit list, you are sure to find something that will become a new favorite. While the Chicago Athletic Association was once an exclusive men's club, the atmosphere now couldn't be more welcoming.
If you're going to be enjoying a drink anyway, you should always have something amazing to look at. Try out one of these rooftop hotspots and delight all your senses. When you're in a big city, it can be hard to remember to take in the beauty around you. With these rooftop bars, the beauty is up close and personal.