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DINE UNDER THE SUN & STARS | Chi-Town's Hottest Rooftop Decks, Outdoor Dining & Patios Open Up


As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, more and more of the city’s favorite rooftop and outdoor dining destinations are opening their doors again to welcome back both spring and customers. Whether it’s a fun night out with friends, or for the perfect date-night location, following is a roundup of some of the hottest rooftop and outdoor dining spots Chicagoland has to offer:


Offshore, the world’s largest rooftop deck and one of Chicago’s most exciting hotspots located at Navy Pier is thrilled to re-open their doors to the public on Thursday, April 22. Boasting over 56,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space with spectacular views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, this year-round rooftop destination will again offer locals a truly unique opportunity to enjoy Chicago’s upcoming warm months, safely. Signature, Instagrammable drinks include a lychee-style cocktail, a fruit-forward cocktail served in a bag, and much more. Parking for Offshore is available in the East Garage located on the North Dock of Navy Pier. For more information, please visit



Kennedy Rooftop, 1551 W. North Ave., is currently serving up specialty drinks and delicious dishes Thursday through Sunday on their spacious deck in Wicker Park. Known for iconic views of the complete city skyline from the John Hancock to the Willis Tower, Kennedy Rooftop is open Thursday from 5 pm -9 pm, Friday/Saturday 4 pm -10 pm and Sunday for Brunch from 11 am - 4 pm. Seating is first come, first served. For more information, please visit



Lakefront views and Latin-Inspired Fare crafted by Executive Chef Michael Shrader create the perfect symphony at Lírica, Chicago’s splashy new waterfront dining destination on Navy Pier. Step into the stunning new dining room or out onto the 150-seat open-air patio to experience the awe-inspiring views of breathtaking Lake Michigan. Friendly, energetic energy sets the scene for the space, and a playful, poetic menu inspired by Latin American cultures will create a celebration with each dish. Lírica is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner service daily. Tailor-made to play host to the most unforgettable occasions, Lírica is also available for private dining, corporate events and wedding celebrations. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit or call (872)710-5703.



Hornblower Group, a global leader in world-class experiences and transportation, announced today the launch of its Chicago cruising operations as City Cruises under City Experiences, the new brand name for the company’s water- and land-based portfolio of offerings. Locals and travelers alike are invited back on City Cruisesluxurious yachts including the Odyssey Lake Michigan, Spirit of Chicago, Chicago Elite, and their newest vessel to join the fleet, Odyssey Chicago River, to enjoy specialty curated cocktails and cuisines, all while taking in the unmatched views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline from the Chicago River. City Cruises offers plated brunch and dinner cruises featuring delicious cuisine alongside a sophisticated selection of award-winning wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails, all while enjoying the spectacular views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Cruise prices start from $86.90 for brunch or $99.90 for dinner (prices per person, excl. fees & taxes).



Geja’s Café, the renowned "Restaurant of Romance" located at 340 W. Armitage, is open for indoor dine in service as well as outside on their patio under their Pergolas seven days a week. Reservations are very limited outside on their recently installed Pergolas, and can be made by calling (773) 281-9101 or clicking here.



With new Executive Chef, Jonathan Harootunian, Fulton Market Kitchen is set to reopen with a brand-new menu on April 8. Located in the vibrant Fulton Market District, guests can enjoy either outdoor or indoor dining at the part restaurant part art gallery crossover, and try 4-Star Rated Chef Harootunian’s seasonal menu, in addition to locally-sourced cocktails. Chef Harootunian’s focus is to provide a variety of refined, seasonal dishes utilizing ingredients sourced from regional farms, local markets and neighbors along Fulton Market Street. Located at 311 N. Sangamon, FMK is open Thursday through Sunday, and offers a delicious brunch menu on the weekends. To learn more about FMK or to make a reservation, please visit



Sicily meets South Loop at Pacino's, the authentic Italian eatery located within Roosevelt Collection Shops at 1010 S. Delano Ct. Led by Executive Chef Michael Serratore, Pacino's offers a wide range of classically-inspired antipasti, pizza, salads, seafood, fresh pastas and more. Enjoy signature cocktails or a glass of vino at the full bar indoors or pull up a seat under the outdoor pergola for an amazing outdoor dining experience. Pacino's is open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday from 5 pm-10 pm. To make a reservation or place an order, diners can visit their website.



Known as one of the hottest rooftop spots in Chicago, AIRE features 360-views from the 24th floor of Hyatt Centric the Loop Chicago. This rooftop deck serves as the perfect urban atmosphere for both Chicago residents and tourists alike to enjoy. AIRE has made its mark on the Chicago dining and drinking scene. The regular food menu at AIRE carries an array of flatbreads, appetizers, and salads. The beverage program at AIRE serves up a variety of specialty- crafted cocktails, craft beer, draft beer, and wine. This outdoor area features fire pits, cabanas, couches and an outdoor bar with an unmatched urban feel. AIRE is open Monday – Wednesday 3:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., Thursday - Saturday 3:30 p.m. – 12 a.m, Sunday – Closed. To learn more please visit their website or call 312.236.1234.

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