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Tip Top

Ariel Cheung | June 18, 2018 | Feature Features

Make the most of your Chicago summer with these four places to snack, imbibe and take in the view.
Noyane makes for a gorgeous spot to dig into poke bowls and spiked shaved ice treats.

Savor chef Tommy Hines’ eclectic blend of flavors as he digs into his Japanese roots and New Orleans upbringing, resulting in dishes like beignets stuffed with matcha pastry cream and a tuna and salmon poke bowl served in a fresh coconut shell. These culinary delights, along with a selection of spiked snowballs served in sturdy Chinese takeout containers, are just the light, breezy fare you want to enjoy on this rooftop respite atop the Conrad Hotel with a name that means “hidden rooftop” in Japanese. 101 E. Erie St., 312.667.6796

Feel as if you’ve been transported to Peru while perched on this charming River North rooftop. Share a freshly prepared cebiche like the chalaco, a spicy blend of crispy calamari and the chef’s selection of fish, or sample some empanadas ($5 each). No matter what you’re craving, though, be sure to enjoy it with the signature El Chingon cocktail, a smoky blend of jalapeƱo-infused tequila and mezcal with spherical rocoto ice that provides added zing you’ll be craving for days. 118 W. Grand Ave., 312.222.9700

Z Bar
There are many elements at play at this swanky space with expansive views of Michigan Avenue—just ask the masked greeters dressed like foxes who were present at recent opening bashes. With such nods toward the beauty of nature, it’s no surprise that this Peninsula Hotel rooftop features fresh, floral cocktails like a Sunday Spritz with elderflower, chrysanthemum and strawberry and elegant takes on familiar dishes like ants on a log (here, topped with caviar) or fondue with dry-aged sirloin and shallot bearnaise. 108 E. Superior St., 312.337.2888

The Gwen
Even in winter, The Gwen’s rooftop is a happening place, but there's more fun to be had once warm weather rolls around. The terrace remains an ideal spot for snacking on dishes like grilled prawns with kale chimichurri and Bulgogi beef short rib with kimchi and a scallion pancake. If you go, keep an eye on the hotel’s event calendar, as live music and events like winter curling could enhance your well-planned visit. 521 N. Rush St., 312.645.1500


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