Spring and Summer at Chicago\'s Rooftop BarsThere are fewer things nicer than good company, good drinks, and good weather-Chicago's myriad outdoor beer gardens and rooftop bars will soon be packed out as the summer weather grows hotter and hotter. The City of Broad Shoulders has no shortage of these outdoor oases-from upscale cocktail bars to beer-and-sausage joints, you're sure to find someplace that fits you (and your friends).
It's impossible to mention "rooftop bar" and "Chicago" without first paying homage to the Twisted Spoke, on the corner of Ogden and Grand Avenues. The neighborhood may now be too cool for its own good, but the Twisted Spoke is a true original in the landscape of Chicago rooftop bars. Sip one of the best Bloody Marys in the city, or visit Saturday night for the classic "smut and eggs"-yep, eggs and 70's porn-you're sure to be in raucous, yet good, company. Another stripped-down local joint, Gene's Sausage Shop, is a neighborhood landmark. Order a bock and brat, or pair that lager with a plate of pierogi. Gene's is a Lincoln Square staple, and a taste of Central Europe in Chi-Town. The Rock Bottom Brewery Chicago also serves its fine liquids a few stories above ground in the River North neighborhood.
For those who enjoy cordials, mixed drinks, and the harder stuff, Homestead is a quaint, serene setting-more of a garden than a bar-on West Chicago Avenue. Chances are whatever's floral and floating in your drink was picked that morning, and no more than 50 feet from the bar. It's a laid-back, low-key affair. Whatever your pleasure be, pick your poison, beat the heat, and grab a seat under an umbrella.