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20 Bars to Enjoy an Outdoor Cocktail in the Chicago Area

Summer in Chicago is fleeting. Get a head start on the best spots

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Summer is here — and the return of some sunshine feels even more pivotal in the wake of *gestures wildly* everything going on. We’ve earned this one, everyone. And what better way to celebrate summer and good times than being outdoors (cocktail in hand) to enjoy the season? If you’re looking for the best outdoor places to pull up and enjoy a really good cocktail, we’ve got you covered. Here’s where you can enjoy a great cocktail outside in the windy city.

For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Deuce's Major League Bar

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3505 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(833) 466-3758
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The name alone screams America’s favorite pastime and summer fun, and that’s what you get at this baseball-themed venue near Wrigley Field, with patio cabanas to enjoy the weather. Serving up American fare, craft beers, and craft cocktails, this place is a great one for bringing groups and enjoying some drinks in the sun. We suggest the Golden Glove, made with flavored vodka and lemonade, to keep the vibes just right.

A light yellow cocktail with a sprig of mint and a lemon slice on a table outdoors
The Golden Glove at Deuce’s Major League Bar
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2. Sidetrack

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3349 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 477-9189
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In the heart of Boystown, this high energy gay club has a ton of outdoor space on its patio for you to dance, sway, and drink. With trivia nights, show tune nights, and other special programming, it’s always a good time — only enhanced by their signature slushy drinks. Too scared of a brain freeze? Try a Watermelon Sugar High, made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, elderflower liqueur and lemon, or the Spring Peach, made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary Vodka, orange vermouth, tonic, club soda, and an orange slice.

A red-hued cocktail with an orange slice
A cocktail at Sidetrack
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3. Wynwood

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1560 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-9339
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Taking its cue (and namesake) from Miami’s art-filled neighborhood, this sprawling spot has themed cocktails and a ton of energy that’ll have you ready to celebrate. Located in Wicker Park, the cocktail list and menu are tropical, vibrant, and the flavors do not disappoint. Try the Vogito cocktail made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, mint and lime.

The Vogito cocktail at Wynwood is in a tumbler glass, and garnished with a lemon slice, mint and a pink umbrella.
The Vogito cocktail at Wynwood
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4. Maple & Ash

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8 W Maple St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 944-8888
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Two-Michelin-star chef Danny Grant’s steak house is more than meets the eye — the outdoor dining will give some new brightness to your posh night out. It’s known for having an excellent oyster happy hour, and if you’re going to start with a cocktail, make it the Late to the Party, made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary, Lillet Rose, and lemon.

A frothy, white cocktail in a coupe glass at Maple & Ash, topped with a dark pink flower.
A cocktail at Maple & Ash
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5. LuxBar

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18 E Bellevue Pl
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 642-3400
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This modern pub with two floors and an outdoor patio located in the Gold Coast is your answer to “where can we go that everyone will like?” With brunch, bar snacks, steaks, and more, this restaurant has it all — including outdoor dining that has perfect people-watching vibes. Order a Summer Lovin cocktail, made with Grey Goose Watermelon & Basil, rose petal liqueur, rosé, and lemon juice.

A pale yellow cocktail in a wine glass topped with a watermelon slice, on an outdoor linen-covered table
The Summer Lovin cocktail at Luxbar
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6. Frontier

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1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772-4322
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Summer is here, and summer means one thing: beer gardens. Get outside and soak up some sunlight at this lodge-themed spot that boasts great social energy and some serious eats. While you’re getting your grub on, try the Spiked Watermelon Lemonade for ultimate refreshing, then continue your foray through the wildly delicious menu.

A pink cocktail with a lemon slice behind bright red sunglasses
The Spiked Watermelon Lemonade at Frontier
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7. WoodWind

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259 E Erie St 18th floor
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 283-4270
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This Streeterville destination 18 floors up has an extensive terrace with unbeatable views of the city and Lake Michigan. Definitely a must-visit for any meal, but particularly brunch — you can’t beat a warm summer day enjoying the terrace, a great meal, and a day drink. Enjoy their cocktail list envisioned by Carolina Gonzalez, their mixologist and beverage director, including the brunch cocktail Why So Peachy? made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary, tajin syrup, ginger beer, peach nectar, and chamoy.

A pink cocktail at WoodWind sits in a wine glass and is topped with a curl of lemon peel.
A cocktail at WoodWind
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632 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60654
(224) 888-0388
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The bistro and nightclub might not be the first place you think of when you think “cocktails outside,” but don’t sleep on the outdoor patio that boasts good vibes and welcomes more casual attire than its indoor counterpart. As summer temps rise, sip on a Tao Tini, a lychee martini that will up the ante on your drinking game.

The Tao Tini at Tao Chicago. The pink drink sits in a martini glass, topped with a skewer of raspberries.
Tao Tini at Tao Chicago
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9. Offshore

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1000 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 535-6660
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As the nation’s largest rooftop venue, Offshore is the perfect to dip your toe into re-entering society. The 20,000-square-foot terrace is on the third floor of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, right at the end of the pier. Explore the pier, then hit up the spot for amazing views and some seriously great drinks — including the Black Swan, made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, blackberry liqueur, and lemon. You can relax here well into the evening, as they also have fire pits that’ll warm up the cooler summer nights.

A pink cocktail in a glass with ice is on a patio overlooking the Chicago skyline
A cocktail at Offshore
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10. Arbella

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112 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 846-6654
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This River North gem features inspired cocktails and eclectic bites, perfect for hanging out with your best friends or enjoying a date night. With dark-lit ambiance and a cool, easy vibe (and DJs on the weekends) it’s a restaurant you’ll want to settle into and stay awhile. Start with The New Miss Tay cocktail, made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, passion fruit, and citrus, topped with sparkling wine.

The New Miss Tay cocktail at Arbella sits in a large wine glass. A bartender is placing sprigs of mint into the glass, which is filled with a red cocktail and an orange slice.
The New Miss Tay cocktail at Arbella
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11. London House Rooftop Bar

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85 East Wacker Drive At, N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 357-1200
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Head into this 1920s high-rise for spectacular, panoramic views of Chicago, including Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and the Magnificent Mile. With its spacious rooftop, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail outside and soak in some sun while doing so. Keep things light and refreshing with a Melon Spritz made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, rosé, cucumber, and seltzer, before graduating to the Perfect Pear cocktail, made with Grey Goose La Poire (pear vodka), elderflower liqueur, and lemon.

A pink Melon Spritz cocktail at London House sits in a large wine glass in their patio area
A Melon Spritz cocktail at London House
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12. Prime & Provisions

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222 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 726-7777
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This steakhouse is located right off the Chicago Riverwalk and features old-school charm with classic white tablecloth, cigars-on-the-patio vibes. Perfect for a date night or a family get together, you can’t go wrong with this traditional steakhouse menu that features prime black angus beef and quality cuts. Get a seat on the patio and start with some appetizers (go big with the shellfish tower) and a good summer cocktail, like the Solstice Spritz, made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, lavender syrup, lemon juice, b’lure flower extract, soda and prosecco.

A cocktail in a wine glass topped with a purple orchid
The Solstice Spritz at Prime & Provisions
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13. The Aviary

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955 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-0868
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The Aviary is a tried-and-true classic and one of the hottest seats in town. Located in the West Loop, this cocktail destination with outdoor seating will have you wondering how long you can stay. Order the Spring Spritz, made with Grey Goose Essences, to get the vibe just right before exploring the rest of the inventive cocktail menu and ordering some bites.

The clear spritz is in a very large wine glass, filled with ice cubes and peaches, as well as a sprig of rosemary.
A Spring Spritz at The Aviary
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14. ROOF on theWit

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201 N State St 27th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 239-9502
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27 stories above Chicago, this upscale event space and bar offers Neapolitan style pizzas freshly made in their hearth oven with views of the river. Opt for the spinach and artichoke or ‘nduja and sweet red pepper pizzas with a Peach Rosemary Spritz, made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary.

A light yellow cocktail sits in a wine glass, topped with a rosemary sprig.
Cocktail at ROOF on theWit
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15. The Darling

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905 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 285-2609
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You’ll feel chic and celebrated at this posh little post. With its outdoor garden lounge, The Darling lives up to its name with an ambiance that exudes intimacy, and one that will have you taking photos (even if you’re not *that* person) in no time — particularly in the Rose Garden that features greenhouses for groups. Make sure to order the Secret Garden cocktail, made with Grey Goose vodka, lime juice, raspberry brandy, génépy (an herbal liqueur), and grapefruit soda and comes with an edible hibiscus flower on top.

A small pitcher of the orange-pink drink, the Secret Garden, in between two empty glasses topped with dried orange slices.
The Secret Garden at The Darling
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16. WestEnd

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1326 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 981-7100
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This neighborhood sports bar in the West Loop has everything you want: TVs galore, great American bar food (get the cheeseburger and tin can nachos), lots of outdoor seating, and even a free shuttle to and from the United Center. Pull up for a laid back summertime atmosphere and stay for the drinks — including the Loose Goose, a cocktail made with Grey Goose, lemon juice, agave syrup, blackberries, and sparkling water.

A berry colored cocktail in a tumbler glass is topped with a blackberry and lemon slice.
Cocktail at WestEnd
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17. The Gage

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24 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 372-4243
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This elegant spot blends European influences with American eats, and has for years been one of Chicago’s most booked restaurants — for good reason. Make sure you grab some outdoor seating, and order up one of their specialty cocktails that are inspired by the turn of the century in Chicago. We’re keen on the Folies Bergere, made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, lemon, mint, and fresh fruit.

The Folies Bergere cocktail at The Gage, filled to the brim with ice and topped with an orange slice and a branch of mint leaves.
The Folies Bergere at The Gage
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18. Simone's

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960 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 666-8601
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At this Pilsen bar and grill, you’ll find Mexican-inspired dishes and delicious cocktails all ready to be enjoyed on their expansive seasonal outdoor patio. Most of the bar and space is made from reclaimed materials, as Simone’s is committed to green-friendly practices — check out its solar panels and rooftop herb garden. Pro tip: Go for brunch and try the Goose Hound cocktail, made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary, grapefruit, and lime, alongside the chilaquiles.

19. Bureau Bar and Restaurant

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2115 S State St
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 877-5122
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With live entertainment, Bureau Bar in the South Loop has outdoor seating that’ll get you through those summer days. With a lounge-like vibe inside and out, this space will make you want to catch up with friends and spend the day chatting away. Order up plenty of appetizers (great wings) and a cocktail or two — including the Watermelon Spritz (made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and tonic water), Peach Bellini (made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary, elderflower liqueur, peach nectar, and prosecco), and the Strawberry Rosé (made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, strawberry nectar, rosé prosecco, and Lillet).

Three cocktails alternate with bottles of Grey Goose Essences on a table.
Cocktails at Bureau
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20. Nipsey's Restaurant & Lounge

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9156 S Stony Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 801-3775
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A great casual spot near Burnside on the South Side, Nipsey’s features ‘90s-inspired decor and an easy vibe that’ll make you want to stay awhile. This new spot features Southern-style classics alongside other American fare like pizzas and burgers. Sit on the patio and enjoy a Pam’s Jam cocktail, made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, coconut cream, lime juice, and fresh strawberry puree.

Three tumblers are filled with a light pink drink, a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.
Pam’s Jam cocktails at Nipsey’s
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1. Deuce's Major League Bar

3505 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
A light yellow cocktail with a sprig of mint and a lemon slice on a table outdoors
The Golden Glove at Deuce’s Major League Bar
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The name alone screams America’s favorite pastime and summer fun, and that’s what you get at this baseball-themed venue near Wrigley Field, with patio cabanas to enjoy the weather. Serving up American fare, craft beers, and craft cocktails, this place is a great one for bringing groups and enjoying some drinks in the sun. We suggest the Golden Glove, made with flavored vodka and lemonade, to keep the vibes just right.

3505 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

2. Sidetrack

3349 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657
A red-hued cocktail with an orange slice
A cocktail at Sidetrack
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In the heart of Boystown, this high energy gay club has a ton of outdoor space on its patio for you to dance, sway, and drink. With trivia nights, show tune nights, and other special programming, it’s always a good time — only enhanced by their signature slushy drinks. Too scared of a brain freeze? Try a Watermelon Sugar High, made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, elderflower liqueur and lemon, or the Spring Peach, made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary Vodka, orange vermouth, tonic, club soda, and an orange slice.

3349 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657

3. Wynwood

1560 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
The Vogito cocktail at Wynwood is in a tumbler glass, and garnished with a lemon slice, mint and a pink umbrella.
The Vogito cocktail at Wynwood
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Taking its cue (and namesake) from Miami’s art-filled neighborhood, this sprawling spot has themed cocktails and a ton of energy that’ll have you ready to celebrate. Located in Wicker Park, the cocktail list and menu are tropical, vibrant, and the flavors do not disappoint. Try the Vogito cocktail made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, mint and lime.

1560 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

4. Maple & Ash

8 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610
A frothy, white cocktail in a coupe glass at Maple & Ash, topped with a dark pink flower.
A cocktail at Maple & Ash
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Two-Michelin-star chef Danny Grant’s steak house is more than meets the eye — the outdoor dining will give some new brightness to your posh night out. It’s known for having an excellent oyster happy hour, and if you’re going to start with a cocktail, make it the Late to the Party, made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary, Lillet Rose, and lemon.

8 W Maple St
Chicago, IL 60610

5. LuxBar

18 E Bellevue Pl, Chicago, IL 60611
A pale yellow cocktail in a wine glass topped with a watermelon slice, on an outdoor linen-covered table
The Summer Lovin cocktail at Luxbar
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This modern pub with two floors and an outdoor patio located in the Gold Coast is your answer to “where can we go that everyone will like?” With brunch, bar snacks, steaks, and more, this restaurant has it all — including outdoor dining that has perfect people-watching vibes. Order a Summer Lovin cocktail, made with Grey Goose Watermelon & Basil, rose petal liqueur, rosé, and lemon juice.

18 E Bellevue Pl
Chicago, IL 60611

6. Frontier

1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
A pink cocktail with a lemon slice behind bright red sunglasses
The Spiked Watermelon Lemonade at Frontier
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Summer is here, and summer means one thing: beer gardens. Get outside and soak up some sunlight at this lodge-themed spot that boasts great social energy and some serious eats. While you’re getting your grub on, try the Spiked Watermelon Lemonade for ultimate refreshing, then continue your foray through the wildly delicious menu.

1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

7. WoodWind

259 E Erie St 18th floor, Chicago, IL 60611
A pink cocktail at WoodWind sits in a wine glass and is topped with a curl of lemon peel.
A cocktail at WoodWind
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This Streeterville destination 18 floors up has an extensive terrace with unbeatable views of the city and Lake Michigan. Definitely a must-visit for any meal, but particularly brunch — you can’t beat a warm summer day enjoying the terrace, a great meal, and a day drink. Enjoy their cocktail list envisioned by Carolina Gonzalez, their mixologist and beverage director, including the brunch cocktail Why So Peachy? made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary, tajin syrup, ginger beer, peach nectar, and chamoy.

259 E Erie St 18th floor
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Tao

632 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654
The Tao Tini at Tao Chicago. The pink drink sits in a martini glass, topped with a skewer of raspberries.
Tao Tini at Tao Chicago
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The bistro and nightclub might not be the first place you think of when you think “cocktails outside,” but don’t sleep on the outdoor patio that boasts good vibes and welcomes more casual attire than its indoor counterpart. As summer temps rise, sip on a Tao Tini, a lychee martini that will up the ante on your drinking game.

632 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60654

9. Offshore

1000 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
A pink cocktail in a glass with ice is on a patio overlooking the Chicago skyline
A cocktail at Offshore
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As the nation’s largest rooftop venue, Offshore is the perfect to dip your toe into re-entering society. The 20,000-square-foot terrace is on the third floor of Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, right at the end of the pier. Explore the pier, then hit up the spot for amazing views and some seriously great drinks — including the Black Swan, made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, blackberry liqueur, and lemon. You can relax here well into the evening, as they also have fire pits that’ll warm up the cooler summer nights.

1000 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Arbella

112 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
The New Miss Tay cocktail at Arbella sits in a large wine glass. A bartender is placing sprigs of mint into the glass, which is filled with a red cocktail and an orange slice.
The New Miss Tay cocktail at Arbella
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This River North gem features inspired cocktails and eclectic bites, perfect for hanging out with your best friends or enjoying a date night. With dark-lit ambiance and a cool, easy vibe (and DJs on the weekends) it’s a restaurant you’ll want to settle into and stay awhile. Start with The New Miss Tay cocktail, made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, passion fruit, and citrus, topped with sparkling wine.

112 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

11. London House Rooftop Bar

85 East Wacker Drive At, N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
A pink Melon Spritz cocktail at London House sits in a large wine glass in their patio area
A Melon Spritz cocktail at London House
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Head into this 1920s high-rise for spectacular, panoramic views of Chicago, including Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and the Magnificent Mile. With its spacious rooftop, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail outside and soak in some sun while doing so. Keep things light and refreshing with a Melon Spritz made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, rosé, cucumber, and seltzer, before graduating to the Perfect Pear cocktail, made with Grey Goose La Poire (pear vodka), elderflower liqueur, and lemon.

85 East Wacker Drive At, N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

12. Prime & Provisions

222 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60601
A cocktail in a wine glass topped with a purple orchid
The Solstice Spritz at Prime & Provisions
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This steakhouse is located right off the Chicago Riverwalk and features old-school charm with classic white tablecloth, cigars-on-the-patio vibes. Perfect for a date night or a family get together, you can’t go wrong with this traditional steakhouse menu that features prime black angus beef and quality cuts. Get a seat on the patio and start with some appetizers (go big with the shellfish tower) and a good summer cocktail, like the Solstice Spritz, made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, lavender syrup, lemon juice, b’lure flower extract, soda and prosecco.

222 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60601

13. The Aviary

955 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
The clear spritz is in a very large wine glass, filled with ice cubes and peaches, as well as a sprig of rosemary.
A Spring Spritz at The Aviary
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The Aviary is a tried-and-true classic and one of the hottest seats in town. Located in the West Loop, this cocktail destination with outdoor seating will have you wondering how long you can stay. Order the Spring Spritz, made with Grey Goose Essences, to get the vibe just right before exploring the rest of the inventive cocktail menu and ordering some bites.

955 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

14. ROOF on theWit

201 N State St 27th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601
A light yellow cocktail sits in a wine glass, topped with a rosemary sprig.
Cocktail at ROOF on theWit
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27 stories above Chicago, this upscale event space and bar offers Neapolitan style pizzas freshly made in their hearth oven with views of the river. Opt for the spinach and artichoke or ‘nduja and sweet red pepper pizzas with a Peach Rosemary Spritz, made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary.

201 N State St 27th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

15. The Darling

905 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
A small pitcher of the orange-pink drink, the Secret Garden, in between two empty glasses topped with dried orange slices.
The Secret Garden at The Darling
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You’ll feel chic and celebrated at this posh little post. With its outdoor garden lounge, The Darling lives up to its name with an ambiance that exudes intimacy, and one that will have you taking photos (even if you’re not *that* person) in no time — particularly in the Rose Garden that features greenhouses for groups. Make sure to order the Secret Garden cocktail, made with Grey Goose vodka, lime juice, raspberry brandy, génépy (an herbal liqueur), and grapefruit soda and comes with an edible hibiscus flower on top.

905 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

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16. WestEnd

1326 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607
A berry colored cocktail in a tumbler glass is topped with a blackberry and lemon slice.
Cocktail at WestEnd
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This neighborhood sports bar in the West Loop has everything you want: TVs galore, great American bar food (get the cheeseburger and tin can nachos), lots of outdoor seating, and even a free shuttle to and from the United Center. Pull up for a laid back summertime atmosphere and stay for the drinks — including the Loose Goose, a cocktail made with Grey Goose, lemon juice, agave syrup, blackberries, and sparkling water.

1326 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607

17. The Gage

24 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
The Folies Bergere cocktail at The Gage, filled to the brim with ice and topped with an orange slice and a branch of mint leaves.
The Folies Bergere at The Gage
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This elegant spot blends European influences with American eats, and has for years been one of Chicago’s most booked restaurants — for good reason. Make sure you grab some outdoor seating, and order up one of their specialty cocktails that are inspired by the turn of the century in Chicago. We’re keen on the Folies Bergere, made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, lemon, mint, and fresh fruit.

24 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

18. Simone's

960 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

At this Pilsen bar and grill, you’ll find Mexican-inspired dishes and delicious cocktails all ready to be enjoyed on their expansive seasonal outdoor patio. Most of the bar and space is made from reclaimed materials, as Simone’s is committed to green-friendly practices — check out its solar panels and rooftop herb garden. Pro tip: Go for brunch and try the Goose Hound cocktail, made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary, grapefruit, and lime, alongside the chilaquiles.

960 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

19. Bureau Bar and Restaurant

2115 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616
Three cocktails alternate with bottles of Grey Goose Essences on a table.
Cocktails at Bureau
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With live entertainment, Bureau Bar in the South Loop has outdoor seating that’ll get you through those summer days. With a lounge-like vibe inside and out, this space will make you want to catch up with friends and spend the day chatting away. Order up plenty of appetizers (great wings) and a cocktail or two — including the Watermelon Spritz (made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and tonic water), Peach Bellini (made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary, elderflower liqueur, peach nectar, and prosecco), and the Strawberry Rosé (made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, strawberry nectar, rosé prosecco, and Lillet).

2115 S State St
Chicago, IL 60616

20. Nipsey's Restaurant & Lounge

9156 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60617
Three tumblers are filled with a light pink drink, a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.
Pam’s Jam cocktails at Nipsey’s
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A great casual spot near Burnside on the South Side, Nipsey’s features ‘90s-inspired decor and an easy vibe that’ll make you want to stay awhile. This new spot features Southern-style classics alongside other American fare like pizzas and burgers. Sit on the patio and enjoy a Pam’s Jam cocktail, made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, coconut cream, lime juice, and fresh strawberry puree.

9156 S Stony Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60617

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