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Rooftops in the United States Not to Miss for the Upcoming Season

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Rooftops in the United States Not to Miss for the Upcoming Season

Including three in Chicago

From developing signature craft cocktail menus to boasting some of the best views of their respective cities, rooftops are a hot commodity and we have rounded up some of the best ones to visit for this upcoming season.

L27 Rooftop Lounge, Nashville’s highest rooftop lounge, with breathtaking views of the city’s skyline.  Located on the 27th floor of The Westin Nashville, the lounge recently unveiled a stunning new interior transformation, as well as an exciting seasonal menu with innovative cocktail programming. We hope you might consider including should you do any future national rooftop roundups. The perfect upscale escape from the hustle and bustle of Broadway, L27 features a contemporary and refined indoor lounge, as well as an outdoor terrace offering an idyllic space to unwind and lounge poolside. Photos of the menu items and space are linked here. A refined design, woven together by Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward of Pierce & Ward design, features an artful sophistication and elegance. Incorporating elements of Asian Fusion decor, the lounge flaunts a large square shaped bar, velvet couches, round copper tables, leather banquettes, and a variety of elegant copper touches throughout. Chic daybeds positioned around the terrace line a glass-enclosed dipping pool, while a stairwell leading up to the intimate 28th floor space is adorned with an eclectic hand-painted mural. Other statement pieces include ornate Art Deco-era chandeliers, vintage wall coverings and mosaic tile flooring.

Raised, located at 1 W. Wacker Drive, provides a stunning view of the skyline and Chicago River, with an outdoor area that features fresh flowers, fire pits, cabanas, couches and an outdoor bar with a decidedly urban feel. Under the direction of Chef Timothy Powles, the regular menu at Raised features American bar food with a twist, highlighting sharable plates – ideal for mixing and mingling while soaking up the summer. Chef Powles focuses on all things local, sourcing his menu ingredients within 200 miles of Raised. The beverage program at Raised is curated by William Nykaza and features an array of wines on tap, an extensive offering of local craft beers on draft and by the bottle, and specialty cocktails served by the glass or in a shareable decanter. The creative libations with seasonal, fresh ingredients encourage guests to sample and share. Raised was designed by The Gettys Group, fusing an industrial aesthetic with eclectic style and raw finishes.

AIRE, one of the Chicago’s hottest and most sensational rooftop decks, located at 100 W. Monroe on the 24th floor of Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, provides an unmatched urban atmosphere is at the peak of summer downtown destinations. With its central location, dramatic 360-degree view and contemporary décor, guests can escape their busy offices for an open-air hiatus or city visitors wanting to relax after a long day of exploring can unwind in luxury with friends over artisan drinks and small bites. Taking into account Chicago’s unpredictable weather, AIRE features open fireplaces for cool nights spent high above the city streets, and umbrellas for shade on sunny summer days. AIRE is also available for private events.

A glamorous escape set 27 stories above the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city streets, ROOF on the Wit, located at 201 N State, has proven itself as the hottest nightlife destination in Chicago. With a panoramic skyline and breathtaking views, ROOF on theWit has earned international praise for its stunning design, private event spaces and entertainment programming. Rated one of the “Top 3 Rooftop Bars in the World” by Travel+Leisure, ROOF continues to excite guests with world-renowned DJs, acoustic music series and live runway shows. The 7,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor venue features a retractable ROOF and a space that is climate controlled, making the destination accessible all year-round. In addition to sweeping views of Millennium Park, the Chicago River and spectacular architectural icons, guests can enjoy a large outdoor projection screen, floor-to-ceiling windows and a high-quality telescope that can see for miles, all while sipping on handcrafted cocktails and enjoying savory small plates from ROOF’s full-service kitchen.

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