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May 2, 2012 09:37 PM

Best view for dinner or cocktails in Chicago?

Do any of the skyscrapers have restaurants or bars on top?

I would also like a great place to watch the sunset while eating dinner or having a drink.


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  1. the Hancock. maybe policy has changed but once (about 10 years ago) one could wait in a LONG line for the viewing floor and pay X amount for the privilege. or go to the bar floor for free (and even one higher! but I guess when one is is 80 floors up what is 81?) and have a drink for generally the same price as the other elevator ride yet with no wait (but then it was a Sunday evening). no idea about the food.

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    1. re: hill food

      Have a drink there. Enjoy the view. Then go for dinner somewhere else.

      1. re: chicgail

        The SIgnature Room has a new chef, for what it's worth.

        Whether than translates into less mediocre food is anyone's guess. I was strong-armed into a Sunday brunch there a year or so ago and while the view was indeed spectacular, the food was cruise-ship cuisine.

        1. re: ferret

          The likelihood is that the restaurant continues to be selling a spectacular view for tourists, rather than fine cuisine for foodies.

        1. re: weinstein5

          that's it - so ok it's the 96th floor (and my rule of thumb is: a good view = ehh food. but it is a cool space for a coupla $$ drinks)

      2. The bar at the Holiday Inn at the top of Merchandise Mart is surprisingly nice and has a great view.

        1. The Trump Towers has a couple of options for eating and drinking with a view,

          If you come in the summer time, you can eat at the rooftop of Pegasus in Greektown

          1. Hancock for a drink don't recommend dinner. Everest if you want a high end dinner.

            1. There's Roof at the Wit hotel, too. I think it's more of a place to see and be scene than it is a worthy dining/drinking destination, but still - rooftop.

              The Plymouth, towards the South Loop, has a nice view of the surrounding skyscrapers in a much more relaxed setting. Still not going to get the best food or drinks, though.

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              1. re: danimalarkey

                Drinks are not bad at Roof, but they're very expensive.