3 Chicago Venues to Raise the Rooftop

GreenRiver|Raised Chicago|10 Godfrey
When winter finally loosens its grip, there’s one place all Chicagoans run: to the nearest rooftop bar or restaurant. It’s no different for groups heading to the city this summer, and with three recent rooftops doubling as event space open for business this season, meeting organizers have options. Take a look at these three downtown locations that will have you headed up and out. GreenRiver The fact that this spot is tucked into a Northwestern Memorial Hospital building is both a blessing and a curse, but for meeting planners it’s mostly a good thing. For one, its proximity to thousands of hospital employees means it's a given for hosting medical groups; plus, it has an insider vibe that lends a bit of a speakeasy feel, especially at adjacent bar Annex. This brand-new rooftop, opened this spring off the main meeting space, is a packed house this summer. Photo Credit: Anthony Tahlier Raised Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel debuted its new rooftop venue in May following the completion of Phase II of a massive renovation. The 2,500-sq.-ft. terrace is available for a full buyout for receptions and capitalizes on the energy of downtown and the riverfront, as it's only three floors above street level. It's no wonder it was booked by several groups before its unveiling. Photo Credit: Renaissance Chicago IO Godfrey Don’t let the quick elevator ride to the fourth floor fool you—the views from The Godfrey Hotel Chicago’s rooftop rival the best in the city. With a prime spot in the bustling River North neighborhood, IO Godfrey has 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, plus amenities like a giant fire pit, water features, stylish heaters, a retractable roof, and a high-tech video wall that can play music videos or be converted into a social media wall for your conference. Photo Credit: Papadakis Photography