03/31/2011 12:15 pm ET Updated Jul 19, 2011

Best Rooftop Bars In Chicago

Though this past weekend kept us on ice, Chicago will be on defrost mode as April marks the beginning of spring. How better to celebrate the mercury rising than raising a glass to the new season at one of our favorite rooftop bars? Here's our guide to drinking alfresco and sky-high this year.

ROOF on theWit: Known as "the" rooftop bar of Chicago, ROOF offers awe-inspiring views of the city and a clientele of Chicago socialites and social climbers. Try to grab a seat around the built-in fire pits or at the highly coveted tables near the edge of the deck. Their fruity concoctions will lead you to think you're in the tropics despite the 60-degree temps.
Mon. and Tues. 4pm - 12am, Wed. 4pm - 2am, Thu. - Sat. 2pm - 2am
201 N. State St.; 312-239-9501

Bottom Lounge: The antithesis of a hotel bar, Bottom Lounge's rooftop deck provides a laid-back, beer-garden feel for their rocker customers. Take in the entire skyline atop this deck in the old meatpacking district as you sip on a beer from the lounge's diverse menu of brews.
Wed. - Fri. 6pm - 2am, Sat. 6pm - 3am, Sun. 6pm - 2am
1375 W. Lake St.; 312-666-6675

C-View: Crowning the Affinia Hotel in Streeterville, C-View bears phenomenal views of the nearby Hancock Center and the Mag Mile. Take a breather here after a lengthy shopping spree on Oak Street or a grueling business meeting downtown. The bar is unique, with a wall of greenery and flowers, further strengthening the fact that you are outside -- even though you're 29 floors up.
Tues. - Thu. 5 - 11pm, Fri. and Sat. 5pm - midnight (summer weekends noon - midnight)
Affinia Chicago Hotel, 166 W. Superior St.; 312-523-0923

Citizen Bar: Enjoy a goat cheese pesto flatbread pizza or an Angus burger topped with your favorite ingredients at this River North neighborhood bar. And if a heights-fearing friend is tagging along, alfresco dining is offered both at ground level and above the bar.
Mon. - Fri. 11am - 2am, Sat. 11am - 3am
364 W. Erie St.; 312-640-1156