The J. Parker

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For the best views of Chicago, head to the J. Parker, the rooftop bar atop the Hotel Lincoln.
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On the one hand, the BOKA Restaurant Group’s year-round rooftop bar is unlike any other in the city: It boasts destination-themed cocktails, seasonal small-plates from chef Paul Virant and sweeping, mesmerizing, breathtaking views of Lincoln Park from the 13th-floor roof of the Hotel Lincoln. On the other hand, it’s still a rooftop bar, which means you might need to sacrifice your first-born just to get a seat.

Venue name: The J. Parker
Address: 1816 N Clark St, 13th floor

Cross street: at Lincoln Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 5pm–1am; Sat, Sun 4pm–1am
Transport: El stop:Brown,Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick. Bus:22,36.
Price: Average cocktail: $13
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