Chicago’s Highest Lounges

Chicago is home to some of the tallest buildings in the world. While some of these are reserved for work rather than play, these feature spaces where you can sip on a drink or nibble on gourmet dishes while enjoying the sweeping views.

ROOF on theWit

via Flickr user Gina Collecchia

via Flickr user Gina Collecchia

ROOF on theWit, located atop theWit Hotel, is as much a chill rooftop bar as it is a raging party spot—depending on when you go. Looking for a more relaxed atmosphere? Head there in the late afternoon, order a couple of appetizers (try the Stuffed Olives), and kick back with a cocktail or two. Want to party hard? Saturday nights are the perfect time for that.

We Love Their: Blackberry Ginger Mojito, Pear Pressure

201 N State St
(312) 239-9502

The Signature Room

via Flickr user TheeErin

via Flickr user TheeErin

One of the highest bars in the world, The Signature Lounge is nestled atop the John Hancock Center. The panoramic view is unparalleled—you’ll see downtown, Lake Michigan, and even the states that surround Illinois if it’s an especially clear day. This spot has an exquisite collection of cognac and single malt scotch, and they’re well-known for their signature martinis.

We Love Their: Signature Martinis

875 N Michigan Ave
(312) 787-9596


via Flickr user Michael Kappel

via Flickr user Michael Kappel

The crown atop Lake Point Tower, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world, Cité boasts a complete 360 degree view of the Windy City. This chic restaurant and lounge offers innovative dishes with a French twist, and if you’re there around 10:15, the lights will dim and you can see fireworks over the lake.

We Love Their: Wine Selection

505 North Lake Shore Drive
(312) 644-4050