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7 Outdoor Chicago Venues For Your Summer Soiree



There’s nothing better than an alfresco party with friends—whether it be at a chic restaurant or on a stunning hotel rooftop, summertime is the perfect time to host an outdoor affair. Thinking of throwing a dinner party before the weather turns treacherous? Here are some of our favorite Chicago spots to host an alfresco bash.

LondonHouse Chicago

LondonHouse Chicago Rooftop
Photo by Nicholas James Photography

Occupying space at the “corner of where Chicago began,” or the London Guarantee & Accident building on East Wacker Dr. and N. Michigan Avenue, LondonHouse Chicago offers a timeless take on luxury. Featuring one of the best views the city has to offer, guests can experience the only tri-level rooftop bar overlooking the Magnificent Mile and Chicago River. LondonHouse Chicago’s experience is one that will leave your guests feeling on top of the world.

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I|O Godfrey

IO Godfrey Chicago Rooftop
Photo courtesy of The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

I|O Godfrey, located at the top of The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, is a hotspot for events year round. I|O Godfrey’s sunny seating effortlessly goes from a bright and relaxing brunch spot to the perfect place for a refreshing cocktail on a summer night. On the hottest days, guests can retreat into the indoor area of the bar for some extra shade and delicious cuisine.

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Pagoda Red

Photo courtesy of Pagoda Red

Cocktail receptions, private parties, corporate events, galas and fundraisers come to life in Pagoda Red’s 5,000-foot gallery and 5,000 square foot garden in the West Loop. Pagoda Red, the design destination for those who love the art, history, style and spirit of Asian and modern objects, is a unique and versatile space to celebrate this summer.

Ava at Public Chicago

Public Chicago Ava Rooftop
Photo by Nakai Photography

Located on the 17th “Penthouse” floor of Public Chicago, Ava offers seating for 32 on its fantastic terrace, which features views to the North, East (the lake!) and South (downtown). If there is rain, no problem! The inside features plenty of natural light, white linen drapery and window sheers. The room also features a neutral and soothing décor of dove grey, crisp white and taupe tiling throughout.

The Dawson

The Dawson Rooftop
Photo courtesy of The Dawson

Located in the heart of West Town, The Dawson is a versatile venue that is perfect for any occasion. With various event spaces to accommodate your event, The Dawson is a gathering place that celebrates the art of food, drink and hospitality. With a chic vibe and welcoming atmosphere, The Dawson’s outdoor space is the perfect place to host a polished event with modern-day edge.

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NoMI Garden at Park Hyatt

Photo courtesy of NoMi Kitchen

NoMI Garden is an urban sanctuary seven floors above downtown Chicago. This beautiful (and sexy!) rooftop restaurant and bar is a summertime haven for sipping artfully crafted cocktails, flawless wines and a seasonal menu. NoMI Garden truly inspires the senses—plus, the city views simply cannot be duplicated.

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Waldorf Astoria Courtyard

Waldorf Astoria Chicago Courtyard
Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Starting July 1, 2017 Event Planners and party hosts alike can elevate their events from the ground up by reserving this 6,000 square feet cobblestone courtyard for their next event. Designed by renowned French architect Lucien Lagrange, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago courtyard emulates the era of timeless glamour reminiscent of the grand hotels in Paris in the 1920s. The courtyard offers a secluded space for arrival as well as a welcome degree of separation from the bustling streets with understated privacy gates. Reserve this space today and wow your guests with this fabulous event space nestled in the heart of the Gold Coast neighborhood.

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