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17 Best Rooftops in Chicago for Weddings, Corporate Events, & Milestone Celebrations

The old joke goes, “Chicago has two seasons: winter and construction.” It’s less funny if you actually live here. However, what the adage overlooks is the glory of a Chicago summer. Rooftops in Chicago are legendary and our riverwalk and lakefront spring to life, filled with optimistic city-dwellers eager to celebrate the temperature edging above 50-degrees and the sun reliably shining.

We understand that festive feeling, and we’ve got your answer to the question of where to host your chic summer celebration — behold, our list of the best rooftops in Chicago. Whether its a milestone birthday party, a corporate event, or even if you’re searching for rooftop wedding venues in Chicago, we’ve got the perfect spot for you (and some of them even offer retractable roofs for year-round hosting). Read on for the best views, the best cuisine, and the best places to party above it all.

1. The Rooftop at Joe’s on Weed Street

The Rooftop at Joe’s on Weed Street
photo courtesy of Joe’s on Weed St.

For a close-to-home setting with casual charm…

Chicago, IL

  • Joe’s on Weed St. is a warehouse-style venue that hosts popular concerts as well as private celebrations
  • We appreciate how The Rooftop space features an easy-to-access bar, festive string lighting, and space heaters as needed for the fickle Chicago weather
  • Sports and music-lovers alike enjoy this spot, conveniently located in Lincoln Park with a  wide range of approachable fare
  • Joe’s on Weed St. has five private party spaces, each with a different vibe, and can accommodate groups of varying sizes with up to 800 guests
  • Perfect for company gatherings, birthday parties, and wedding welcome parties

Joe’s on Weed St.

Chicago, Illinois

2. The Rooftop at The J. Parker

The Rooftop at The J. Parker
photo courtesy of The J. Parker

For an expansive view without weather or wind worries…

Chicago, IL

  • The J. Parker sits atop The Hotel Lincoln situated in near Lincoln Park (perfect for a reception after a park wedding) & North Avenue Beach
  • We are wowed by The J. Parker’s spectacular, unobstructed water and Chicago skyline views, as well as its fully-retractable glass atrium — perfectly positioning the beautiful space for year-round gatherings
  • The spot draws raves for its wonderful staff and ability to work within budget to produce beautiful celebrations as well as its seasonal cuisine and specialty cocktails
  • The J. Parker can accommodate groups up to 225 guests
  • Perfect for weddings, corporate events, cocktail parties, and birthday celebrations

The J. Parker

Chicago, Illinois

3. The Laurel Room at Pacific Standard Time

The Laurel Room at Pacific Standard Time
photo courtesy of Pacific Standard Time

For mod design with a garden vibe and an astounding city view…

Chicago, IL

  • Well-located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Pacific Standard Time — as its name implies — offers fresh, coastal-inspired fare
  • The Laurel Room boasts outstanding views, a covered roof, and chic, low-slung furniture that allows the sparkling city to create the perfect backdrop
  • We adore the seasonal rooftop spot’s mix of covered and open space — allowing for flexibility of function — as well as its garden greenery and fresh coastal cuisine 
  • Perfect for rehearsal dinners, weddings, bridal showers, cocktail parties, and company dinners

Pacific Standard Time

Chicago, Illinois

4. Bluhm Family Terrace at The Art Institute of Chicago

Wedding at Bluhm Family Terrace at The Art Institute of Chicago
photo courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago

For lovers of beauty and art, nestled in the beating heart of the city’s skyscrapers…

Chicago, IL

  • The Art Institute of Chicago is an iconic space featuring even more iconic art — the perfect spot for Chicagoans who appreciate history and beauty all in one place
  • Located on the third floor of the museum’s modern wing, Bluhm Family Terrace offers sweeping views of the city’s skyline and Millennium Park
  • We can’t get enough of the glassed-in space and its expansive feel that requires little in the way of adornment for a luxe affair
  • Perfect for weddings, summer corporate gatherings, and milestone celebrations

The Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

5. Cindy’s Rooftop at The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Cindy’s Rooftop at The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
photo courtesy of The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

For modern design in a historic spot boasting lake and city views…

Chicago, IL

  • The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is a centrally-located, historic space that boasts a variety of city experiences, from couture cocktails to a luxe game room
  • Located on the 13th floor of the hotel, Cindy’s Rooftop features a private dining room with a fireplace and an open-air terrace overlooking Chicago icons like Cloud Gate and The Art Institute, as well as the lake
  • We love the rooftop’s mix of indoor and outdoor spaces and views that show the best Chicago has to offer
  • With eight event spaces to choose from, The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel offers variety with its architecturally-interesting ballrooms, luxurious game room, and more
  • Perfect for wedding welcome parties, bridal and baby showers, company cocktails, and dinners of all kinds

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Chicago, Illinois

6. Sun Deck at East Bank Club

Wedding at Sun Deck at East Bank Club
photographer: Elena Bazini Photography

For stunning river and bridge views amidst lush greenery…

Chicago, IL

  • Chicago’s East Bank Club is mainstay of the fitness and overall health scene, with its two-city-blocks of premier health club facilities and amenities — but the spot also boast great spaces for events
  • Its Sun Deck features 60,000 square feet of landscaped outdoor space, four stories high with river and city views that stun
  • We love how the Sun Deck has multiple spaces so that your event can move from cocktails to dinner against the skyline, nestled in the spot’s beautiful greenery
  • East Bank Club plays host to six events spaces for chic indoor and outdoor events for up to 1,000 guests
  • Perfect for weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations, kids birthday parties and summer corporate gatherings

East Bank Club

Chicago, Illinois

7. Second Floor Outdoor Terrace at the American Airlines Conference Center

Second Floor Outdoor Terrace at the American Airlines Conference Center
photo courtesy of American Airlines Conference Center

For the unbeatable backdrop of Wrigley Field paired with reliably-great fare…

Chicago, IL

  • American Airlines Conference Center offers a hyper-local entertaining option in the shadow of Wrigley Field and across the street from Hotel Zachary (perfect for visiting attendees and guests)
  • The venue’s Second Floor Outdoor Terrace is a flexible space off of the Home Plate Room, and offers the opportunity to be part of the thriving scene in Wrigleyville
  • We appreciate that the space offers a range of catering options from Levy Restaurant group, as well as from the amazing on-site restaurants — meaning that your menu will be just as memorable as the cool locale
  • American Airlines Conference Center features four events spaces that can be combined for varied types of events, accommodating from 50 to 190 guests
  • Perfect for pre- or post-game cocktail parties, corporate networking or summer gatherings, and milestone birthday parties

American Airlines Conference Center

Chicago, Illinois

8. Outdoor Patio at Loft Lucia

Wedding at Outdoor Patio at Loft Lucia
photographer: Danielle Dolan

For a West Loop spot that offers a beautifully customizable space…

Chicago, IL

  • Loft Lucia, conveniently located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, offers a lofted raw space rich in detail like wood floors, exposed brick, luxe marble bars, and a commercial kitchen
  • The Outdoor Patio space is adjacent to the Top Floor space, allowing guests to flow seamlessly in an out of doors, and also allows for a backup rain plan
  • We love how easy this team makes planning an event, with really beautiful rentals and bars included and a BYOB policy
  • Loft Lucia has three event spaces and can accommodate 35 to 190 guests
  • Perfect for weddings, luncheons and dinner parties, birthday gatherings, and corporate events

Loft Lucia

Chicago, Illinois

9. The Rooftop at Gibsons Italia

The Rooftop at Gibsons Italia
photographer: Genevieve Lauren Photography

For a reliably-amazing meal in a stunning space with a view…

Chicago, IL

  • Gibsons Italia is a modern Italian steakhouse that follows in the grand traditions of both Chicago’s iconic Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse, and offers customizable menus for events and celebrations 
  • The Rooftop provides panoramic views of the riverfront and skyline and offers a retractable roof — meaning a built-in rain plan and usage past the summer season — as well as a dedicated event staff
  • Gibsons Italia offers three options for events: The Rooftop, The Boardroom for intimate gatherings, and full-buyout for up to 750 guests
  • Perfect for milestone birthday, rehearsal dinners, wedding welcoming parties, and corporate dinners and networking events

Gibsons Italia

Chicago, Illinois

10. Rooftop Deck at Ignite Glass Studios

Wedding at Rooftop Deck at Ignite Glass Studios
photographer: Justin Hankins Photography

For lovers of beauty, art, and a cityscape view…

Chicago, IL

  • Ignite Glass Studios is a working glass studio as well as an industrial loft event space with doors that open to an urban garden
  • The Studios’ sprawling Rooftop Deck features dramatic skyline views and chic wood slat flooring  
  • Ignite Glass Studios is host to three event spaces and can accommodate up to 400 guests
  • Perfect for weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations, milestone birthdays, cocktail parties, and corporate events

Ignite Glass Studios

Chicago, Illinois

11. Rooftop Terrace at National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

Rooftop Terrace at National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
photo courtesy of National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

For sports fans who also adore astounding city views…

Chicago, IL

  • National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is perfectly located in the heart of Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood
  • Located at the top floor of the museum, the Rooftop Terrace is the perfect spot for gathering intimate groups up to 100 against the backdrop of its sprawling city view — nights are particularly impressive — for intimate events up to 100
  • National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame boast three event spaces to choose from, including a Grand Piazza and an exhibit space, accommodating up to 300 guests
  • Perfect for weddings, cocktail parties, milestone celebrations, and all kinds of corporate events

National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

Chicago, Illinois

12. Rooftop Garden at Celeste

Rooftop Garden at Celeste
photo courtesy of Celeste

For a lush garden paradise amidst an urban atmosphere…

Chicago, IL

  • Celeste is a unique spot in Chicago, offering four floors of experiences, with the entire décor, vibe, and speciality changing with every flight of stairs
  • This lush Rooftop Garden is a standout in our list as it features a clear, plexi-glass enclosed roof — meaning guests will remain comfortable year-round, while also enjoying an additional, intimate fully-outdoor section
  • With four spaces, Celeste offers disco, deco, and pub theming to choose from, accommodating up to a maximum of 130 guests
  • Perfect for cocktail parties (note their innovative cocktail program), birthday dinners, weddings, and wedding welcome parties

Celeste

Chicago, Illinois

13. LH Tri-Level Rooftop at LondonHouse Chicago

LH Tri-Level Rooftop at LondonHouse Chicago
photo courtesy of LondonHouse Chicago

For river views like you’ve never seen before…

Chicago, IL

  • LondonHouse Chicago is a full-service, luxury lifestyle hotel perfectly located at the intersection of Chicago’s thorough-fares Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive
  • LH Tri-Level Rooftop features multiple spaces with a rooftop bar, north and south spaces, and an intimate cupola spot — all boasting astounding river and skyscraper views
  • With more than a dozen event spaces to choose from, LondonHouse Chicago offers a wonderful variety for gatherings of all kinds
  • Perfect for weddings, company gatherings, networking events, galas, and Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations

LondonHouse Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

14. Full Buyout at Devereaux

Full Buyout at Devereaux
photographer: Bonphotage

For poolside glamour and sweeping views of Chicago’s Gold Coast…

Chicago, IL

  • On the 18th floor of Viceroy Chicago, Devereaux from Boka Restaurant Group offers an intimate spot with small plates by Chef Lee Wolen
  • A Full Buyout at Devereaux offers access to its impossibly chic indoor space, filled with swanky cream décor and mixed metals, as well as its poolside roofdeck
  • Devereaux can accommodate groups up to 150 guests
  • Perfect for cocktail parties, wedding welcome parties, bachelorette parties, and birthday dinners

Devereaux

Chicago, Illinois

15. Rooftop & Penthouse at Morgan’s on Fulton

Rooftop & Penthouse at Morgan’s on Fulton
photographer: Being Joy Photography

For a multi-level space that offers the opportunity for a roving celebration…

Chicago, IL

  • Morgan’s on Fulton, located in Chicago’s historic Fulton Market District, features a historic facade paired with modern party-perfect amenities
  • The Rooftop & Penthouse offers the best of both worlds with space that flows in an out of doors, including a sleek indoor bar and lush boxes of greenery offering additional ambiance
  • Morgan’s on Fulton offers four event spaces, from two studios and a gallery to the rooftop and penthouse, accommodating up to 250 guests
  • Perfect for weddings, corporate events, and milestone celebrations

Morgan’s on Fulton

Chicago, Illinois

16. I|O Godfrey at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

I|O Godfrey at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
photo courtesy of The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

For large gatherings against Chicago’s skyline that won’t ever feel crowded…

Chicago, IL

  • Well-located in the bustling River North neighborhood, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, offers a boutique experience in a modern, well-appointed space 
  • I|O Godfrey is a massive 4th-floor space boasting 10,000 square feet of gathering space that includes a fire pit, a water feature, a video wall, and a retractable roof — meaning that it offers indoor and outdoor space — the feature it is aptly named for  
  • The Godfrey Hotel Chicago has two event spaces including I|O which accommodates up to 795 guests; the other is meant for intimate gatherings up to 40
  • Perfect for corporate events, wedding welcome parties, and large milestone celebrations

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

17. Outdoor Patio/Terrace at Raised | An Urban Rooftop Bar

Outdoor Patio/Terrace at Raised | An Urban Rooftop Bar
photo courtesy of Raised | An Urban Rooftop Bar

For river views in hip, eclectic setting…

Chicago, IL

  • Raised | An Urban Rooftop Bar is a year-round space boasting an industrial, eclectic vibe that’s hard to find in a rooftop space
  • Urban’s Outdoor Patio/Terrace is an indoor and outdoor bar with an open roof deck featuring sweeping views of the Chicago River and Chicago’s sparkling skyline
  • Raised | An Urban Rooftop Bar offers three event spaces and can accommodate up to 175 guests in its largest space
  • Perfect for wedding rehearsal dinners, birthdays, small wedding receptions and corporate gatherings, proposals, anniversaries, and graduation parties

Raised | An Urban Rooftop Bar

Chicago, Illinois