Chicago’s Greatest Outdoor Spaces

Nothing beats sitting outside enjoying great food, drinks, and company. We’ve rounded up the best, so you know just where to go.

London House

London House is home to Chicago’s only 3-level rooftop venue. It has stunning views of the city with dining indoors and out. Level 22 features the outdoor terrace with views of The Chicago River, Magnificient Mile, and Lake Michigan. Enjoy small bites and great cocktails at this one-of-a-kind space. Make sure to come early if you want to grab a seat!


Located in the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, this garden lounge welcomes guests to enjoy the indoor/outdoor bar and open roof deck. It features private outdoor spaces that overlook Chicago’s River. They serve small plates, creative cocktails and have an extensive list of craft beer. They invite guests to enjoy the unparalleled service and relax in the luxurious atmosphere while watching the city below. If private outdoor spaces are an amenity that intrigues you, explore The Hudson, which has private amenity spaces as well as private terraces in some floor plans.

The Godfrey

On the fourth floor at The Godfrey, you will find an urban roofscape oasis. With uninterrupted views, a fire pit, gorgeous water elements, and a retractable roof, The Godfrey in River North has unique amenities unlike any other venue in the city.


Known as the “jewel in the crown” of The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Cindy’s is an open-air terrace with 360-degree views of the city. Enjoy classic drinks and delicious food while taking in the views of the Art Institute, Lake Michigan, and Millennium Park. The airy atmosphere gives a beach house vibe in Chicago’s Loop neighborhood

The Dawson

The Dawson is located in Chicago’s West Town. They are known for their food, drinks, and hospitality. The Dawson has a lovely patio, an extensive menu, and is known for having the perfect mix of relaxation and sophistication. They also take reservations, which many patios in Chicago do not!

After cold Chicago winters, renters want to spend the warmer months enjoying the outdoors. The list above is just the beginning. Whether you are looking for a rooftop terrace or a nighttime view of Chicago’s Skyline, there is no shortage in Downtown Chicago of beautiful spaces to spend outdoors.

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