201 N State St, 27th floor (312-239-9501)
Prepared to throw some elbows? Get in line. ROOF is the sexiest outdoor bar in the city, and you’re far from the only one who wants a piece of the action. But as long as you know what you’re in for, the crazy scene (and the crazy waits, which sometimes extend down the block) actually can be part of the fun, as long as the service doesn’t slack off, as it did on a recent visit. Once you’re finally planted on a cushy white couch, sipping on a fruity, fresh drink and feeling like an extra on Entourage, those hurdles will be far from your memory.
FOOD 6 This ain’t Cibo Matto…or even State and Lake
DRINKS 7 A bit sweet and expensive
CROWD 5 Nothing wrong with the people, just the number of them
VIEW 10 Make that 11 if you’re on the smaller deck
SPACE 10 Heat lamps, comfy chairs, roaring fires, bliss