ROOF on theWit

Hotel Bar / Lounge / Restaurant / Rooftop Bar
ROOF on theWit Set atop the 27th floor of a trendy boutique hotel in the heart of downtown, ROOF on theWit boasts an expansive view of Chicago's glittering skyscrapers – not to mention a good sampling of its see-and-be-seen crowd as well... Chicago United States 41.8856973817615 -87.6277470588684
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ROOF on theWit - Hotel Bar | Lounge | Restaurant | Rooftop Bar in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Set atop the 27th floor of a trendy boutique hotel in the heart of downtown, ROOF on theWit boasts an expansive view of Chicago’s glittering skyscrapers – not to mention a good sampling of its see-and-be-seen crowd as... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple Express Lines: State/Lake; Red Line: Lake

  • Phone:

    312-239-9501

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Tu 4pm–midnight, W 4pm–2am, Th–Sa 2pm–2am, Su 11am–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth ROOF on theWit Review

The Scene

Set atop the 27th floor of a trendy boutique hotel in the heart of downtown, ROOF on theWit boasts an expansive view of Chicago's glittering skyscrapers – not to mention a good sampling of its see-and-be-seen crowd as well...

Set atop the 27th floor of a trendy boutique hotel in the heart of downtown, ROOF on theWit boasts an expansive view of Chicago’s glittering skyscrapers – not to mention a good sampling of its see-and-be-seen crowd as well.

A dedicated elevator opens into a sprawling main room filled with clusters of low-slung chairs and couches, where gaggles of trendy girlfriends sip hibiscus liqueur garnished with edible orchids as socialites on brunch duty power through a few $15 Bloody Marys.

Aside from a pair of contemporary stainless steel fireplaces flickering in the corners and a large bar down one side, the furnishing are kept at a minimum, perhaps to put the focus on the massive floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Chicago River and beyond.

Open-air patios flank both sides of the main room, including a coveted small dining area that hangs precariously over the side of the building, seemingly unsupported.

Midday shoppers and lunching business people take over the long granite table on the other patio – which features a line of actual flames burning down its center – while modern wooden booths and brightly-lit futuristic umbrellas highlight the rest of the spacious room.

A more casual vibe during the day transforms into a swankier scene in the evenings when a crowd of gussied-up ladies and gents shows up hoping to snag one of the prime patio tables reserved for thousand-dollar bottle service, or to groove to a DJ and live music.

Whether filled with trendy partiers at night or quieter upscale tourists and professionals during the day…the roof, the roof, the ROOF is on fire.

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Tip from Adriana:

The ROOF is all open seating unless you get bottle service or reserve the overhanging patio, aptly called the Hangover. Both are good options on Fridays and Saturdays, when the three-hundred seats here can fill up fast.

  • Crowd

    Mix of upscale tourists, high-end shoppers, hotel guests, trendy club types, fashionistas, celebratory groups, and socialites, 20s to 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Nightly DJ spins mostly hip-hop, house, and R&B. Live music two or three times a month.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Limited Italian menu featuring finger foods including pizza and goat cheese crostini.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $10–$20/F–Sa after 9pm, otherwise no cover charge. Brunch menu $10–$20, small plates $9–$15. Beer $7, wine $10–$20/glass or $40–$125/bottle, cocktails $15, shots $8, champagne $13–$50/glass or $125–$1000/bottle, bottle service $300–$600. Valet $15–$26.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Business attire, dressy, and club wear: Hampton’s chic sundresses and linens, jeans paired with dress shirts, suits, slinky tops, dresses, and sport coats. Dress code: No ball caps, flip-flops, torn or baggy jeans, or tank tops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any evening with great weather for the best outdoor patio experience, usually May through October; Saturday and Sunday afternoons for a mellow brunch; and Friday and Saturday nights for bigger crowds and the most popular DJs.

  • Close By

    The Phoenix Lounge (201 North State Street), on the second floor of theWit, serves cocktails in a similarly sleek space without the table wait on busier nights.

ROOF on theWit User Reviews

Average rating:
The roof the with the view...
Terra S. Jul 23, 2013
There isn't a lot of things better than a city full of lights and Chicago has quite the nighttime appeal. If you are going for a high end relaxing night-out with good vibes and a good view, then the Rooftop may be the place for you. It is chic, fun, and enjoyable for happy hour. However, you are paying for the view and the ambiance- when it comes to the drinks, they are O.K.- but nothing as spectacular as the view.
But The View
Master C. Feb 26, 2013
It's a bit pricy, but that's part of the feel. Eyes that have paid to enter here are reappraised by a dispersed crowd of 300 seating that has definitely spent some time in the mirror. A concotion of socialities and a back-drop of the Chicago skyline like you've never seen -do well to set the mood for this rooftop lounge.
Amazing views - expensive
Nick T. Sep 5, 2012
Possibility the best view in the city in terms of places you're able to grab a drink. theWit is in prime location in the Loop with easy access to River North and unbeatable views of the river and the lake. Being in the heart of the business sector of Chicago, the prices and crowd you find here makes sense. Definitely an older, more sophisticated crowd than you would find in Lakeview or Bull and Bear just a few blocks away. You are paying for the view and the atmosphere more than the drinks or the food. As far as a place everyone should experience - I would definitely recommend this. But if you are looking for a go-to spot or a place to have a ton of fun, The Roof on theWit might not be your best bet.
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