Chicago Mag just posted the top 12 rooftops bars in the Chi and I've only been to three of them. I will be knocking one of these off every time I visit home this summer. I'll publish the Pittsburgh rooftop list soon too. It PALES in comparison, but... when in Rome.
By Kaitlin Jakola
After a winter of drinking indoors, it’s time to come out of
hibernation and drink on a roof. These alfresco bars are some of the top
spots in Chicago for the summer of 2013—an update to our 2012 list, and a nice chaser to February’s Best Bars package. Just keep a sweater on hand in case a chill comes to join the party.
The Dec (160 E. Pearson St., 312-573-5160)
It’s a deck bar outside a restaurant inside a hotel popular with an
older crowd. That said, The Dec (above) makes masterful use of the
12th-floor space outside Deca restaurant, with a full bar and an ice cream sundae cart.
If you’re feeling reflective, peer into “The Lens,” an eye-shaped
statue made of the same material as Millennium Park’s “Cloud Gate.”
Read the rest here.