My Favorite Iconic Vino con Vista Destinations in Chicago

The Chicago River

The Chicago River

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities in the world! It has a magnificent skyline and agorgeous lakefront. When tourists visit, they usually head to an observatory or the Signiture Lounge on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building for a majestic panoramic view of the Windy City.

I love Chicago!

I love Chicago!

I love Chicago!!

Even the dogs are cute in Chicago

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In Chicago, if you want a great view and an amazing Vino con Vista, there are 4 basic options: a rooftop, a waterfront, a skyscraper or a sidewalk café.

Find a Vino con Vista in Chicago

Find a Vino con Vista in Chicago

These options offer something interesting to look at like Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, Rush Street or Chicago’s architectural gems like the Art Institute while you sip and savor a glass of wine. I call these options “Vino con Vista” destinations.

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If you are looking for a great place to dine or have drinks with iconic views of Chicago’s dramatic landscape there are plenty of options in “Foodie Nation” Chicago.

The Bean

The Bean

Chicago at night

Chicago at night

Salmon with mash potatoes and broccoli at Gibson's on Rush Street

 

Chicago's Buckingham Fountain At Night

Here are my top choices for a Vino con Vista in Chicago. Put them on your bucket list.

1.  The Dec at the top of the Ritz Carlton at 160 E. Pearson http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/chicago/dining/the-dec-rooftop-lounge-bar

Perched above the Magnificent Mile, The Dec has glorious views from the 12th floor lobby at the top of the Water Tower Place.Chicago Loop 2015 Statues 052

Chicago

Chicago

THE dec is open daily from 12 p.m.- midnight, weather permitting

This summer THE dec offers the following weekday specials:

MONDAY – Movie Fan Monday
50% OFF Bottles & Glasses of Wine
With any mention of the last movie you have seen.

TUESDAY – $2 Tuesdays
$2 Glasses of Red & White Sangria

WEDNESDAY – Ice Night
Moet & Chandon Ice – $10 Glass/ $60 Bottle
Featured Bottled Selections

THURSDAY – Tacos & Tequila
Complimentary Taco Bar
Beer, Tequila & Margarita Features

Chicago from the Columbia Yacht Club

Chicago from the Columbia Yacht Club

2. Rooftop of the Wit Hotel at 201 N. State Street in the Loop www.roofonthewit.com/

Find a Vino con Vista

Find a Vino con Vista

 

Rush Street Chicago

3. Terrace at the Trump at 401 N. Wabash

Trump has joined the long list of successful Chicago businessmen.

Trump Tower in Chicago

Aaron Montgomery Ward

Aaron Montgomery Ward in Chicago

Julius Rosenwald

Julius Rosenwald in Chicago

Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Water Tower

4. Drumbar on top of the Raffaello Hotel at 201 E. Delaware Place www.drumbar.com

DrumBar in Chicago on Delaware

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Chicago Hotels

Hotel Raffaello in Chicago

Chicago Hotels

5. Mile North Rooftop Bar on the 29th floor of the hotel with the same name at 166 E. Superior www.milenorthhotel.com

Phone at Booth # One at the Pump Room

Phone at Booth # One at the Pump Room

Chicago Gourmet 2012 Dine Around Receipt Holder

6. The J Parker has 55 seats on the 13th-floor vista at The Hotel Lincoln’s rooftop lounge at 1616 N. Clark Street www.jparkerchicago.com

7. Cindy’s Rooftop open air Terrace at the top of the historic Chicago Athletic Association (www.ChicagoAthleticHotel.com) is my absolute favorite Vino con Vista Destination in Chicago! There are amazing panoramic views of Millenium Park and Lake Michigan. The 250 foot Venetian Gothic Tower was completed in 1893. It was inspired by the Doge Palace in Venice and designed by Henry Ives Cobb. In 2012, a 2 year restoration project created the magnificent rebirth of this magnificent Chicago landmark. Make reservations for www.Cindysrooftop.com for the best Vino Con Vista in Chicago!

Jay Pritzker Pavillion Concert Venue

I love that Jay Pritzker named the rooftop bar and restaurant after his mother at the top of 12 S. Michigan. “Executive Chef Christian Ragano, creator of Glencoe’s much loved Guildhall, and former Chef de Cuisine at NoMi, joins forces with renowned Spirit Guide and alumni of The Violet Hour, Nandini Khaund, to bring classic comfort and culinary invention via large format style dining over cocktails and apothecaries.”

Cindy Pritzker by Andy Warhol

Cindy Pritzker by Andy Warhol

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8. For a fabulous river-front view check out Quay Restaurant and Bar at 465 E. Illinois http://www.quaychicago.com/docks.html

9. Chicago Cut at 300 N. LaSalle is another great river-front destination with award-winning steaks!

Chicago

Chicago

Scallops in Chicago at Aria

Scallops in Chicago at Aria

Cured and braised beef at Terzo Piano

Cured and braised beef at Terzo Piano

Flat iron steak over blue cheese mashed potatoes

10. Howells and Hood sidewalk café at 435 N. Michigan www.howellsandhood.com

Foodie Nation Chicago

11. Tortoise Club at 350 N. State http://tortoiseclub.com/

12. Grab on of the 80 seats at Homestead on the Roof at 1924 W. Chicago Avenue  www.homesteadontheroof.com

 13. Vertigo Sky Lounge on the 26th Floor of the Boutique Hotel at 660 N. State has a year-round indoor/outdoor lounge with a fire-pit. www.vertigoskylounge.com

Club Lago Italian Restaurant in Chicago

14. The Shanghai Terrace at the Peninsula Hotel at 108 E. Superior was voted the number one “Chinese Restaurant in Chicago” by Zagat. Checkout the Cantonese cuisine on the 4th floor terrace. www.chicago.peninsula.com

Learn about French Impressionism at the Art Institute in Chicago

15. Terzo Piano in the Art Institute at 159 E. Monroe Street overlooks Millennium Park. www.terzopianochicago.com/

Renoir at the Art Institute of Chicago

Renoir at the Art Institute of Chicago

Restaurant Reservations are required at the top places in Chicago

Restaurant Reservations are required at the top places in Chicago

Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago

16. I love the outdoor cafes at Tavern on Rush and Gibson’s, but who doesn’t?

Fabulous Margarita at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Fort Dearborn Chicago

Historic Fort Dearborn Chicago

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Chicago and Chefs on the Grill 2012

Magnificent Chicago

Magnificent Chicago

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Lobster Boil at Tavern on Rush in Chicago

Lobster Boil at Tavern on Rush in Chicago

Historic Chicago Bridge Relief on MIchigan Avenue

Historic Chicago Bridge Relief on MIchigan Avenue

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